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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed for the holiday season, Wassail is a delight with itís warm flavors and festive holiday packaging. Itís a lush, garnet colored winter ale that has a malty full-body and a pleasant hoppy finish. Sure to warm the hearts of malt and hop lovers alike, Wassail is brewed with a 4 types of malts and is hopped with a special blend of imported hops.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark amber color with red highlights. Thin lacy head. Maltiness is subtle in the beginning and lingers in the end. Could use more hops!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Wassail is dark amber and is decievingly dark for how hoppy it is compared to the malt factor. The hop flavor is characteristic of the Full Sail Pale Ale. This beer has the holiday taste of course, but it is like a strong/olde ale mixed with an American Pale Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2002 - An enjoyable medium-bodied holiday ale, with a good malt backbone to balance the spices. Went great with turkey dinner.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
I wasnít as big a fan of this as other Christmas ales Iíve had. Thick, malty mouthfeel that constrasts with the spicy hops. Clean finish. Not too interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Bottle of the 2002 vintage (6 4 6 3 14). Dark brown color with a laced light brown head. Maybe my palate is shot but all I picked up was some malts and alcohol with only a hint of spice. Bottle of the 2003 Vintage (7 3 7 3 15). A dark see-through brown color with a thin light brown head. An enjoyable dark peppery spice in the aroma. Rich full roasted body with a nice malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2002: Pours well, reddish brown, good head formation. Creamy caramel malt aroma, signs of burnt alcohol, spice and hop bitterness. Smooth, robust palate, medium to full bodied. Malty fruit-cake front, turns chocolaty, fairly high in alcohol towards the end. Nice hoppy finish provides a touch of citrus in the aftertaste while there seems to be a late hot pepper spice. Pretty full flavored, hearty and warming but I was expecting more spice from a wassail.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Thick dark amber with a clumpy and scabby head..a nose full of Crisp winter hop twang with slight roasty notes..a mouth bombarded with roasted sweet and sour malts with a firm bitter backing..a body of full & firm deep malt..squishish notes which turn sweeter as it warmed...some yeasty spice..some bubblegum and bitter lingerings..let warm!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of dried papaya/mango and black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Surprisingly good for this brewery...balanced (in both nose and mouth), flavorful, nicely textured, attractive, etc. Quite nice, although itís certainly more American-styled than British (classified as an English Strong as of this writing).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 Nice dark ruby color with very small head. Alcohol, caramel, malty aroma. The flavor was dominated by the malty sweetness. As it warmed the alcohol took over. Nice winter brew.

Re-rate 12/19/03: This time I definitely got bubblegum in the aroma with a very late (in the sniff) tobacco tone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Re-rate 02: Dark, with a foamy, yellowish-tan head; lasting, with nice lace patterns. Smooth on the tongue, richly malted, hinted with spices, rather carbonated, and a little bitter with pinch of tartness. Bitter hops and sweet malts linger with a slight warming sensation. Pretty good and easy to drink.


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