After the Abita Christmas Ale, I’m hoping for another brew that impresses me a little more. I’m also trying to get through some of the winter brews I have before the spring thaw. This is also my first brew from Full Sail and I’m a big fan of the bottle. On the cap, it says naughty or nice and it has some other subtle aspects of wit on the label. Very cool. I’m all about the little details.
Style: Winter Warmer
Trivia: According to the Full Sail website, “Few unmistakable signs tell us when winter has arrived here in Hood River. The waterfalls in the Gorge start kicking out the jams. The snow report for the backcountry regains its hold over us. And the Wassail starts flowing once again. We’ve brewed Wassail every holiday season since 1988, and it’s now as much a part of the festivities as sharing a roaring fire with our closest family and friends. A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle.”
Random: These guys also make the Session beers that I’ve started to see pop up around some beers stores.
This brew poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a dark, cloudy mahogany brown. On the nose, I got lots of happy winter smells: spice, caramel malty sweetness, nuttiness. This seems more like my style for a winter brew. On the taste, the first thing that comes out is some spices (cinnamon especially) and sweet caramel malt. The mild carbonation becomes apparent with a hint of bitterness at the end. This lingered on the tongue for a while. The body was really complementary to the flavors. I would put this as a medium bodied brew. The alcohol doesn’t really make an appearance on the brew and I could easily put a few away. I would definitely have this brew again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0