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RATINGS: 646   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Wow, I didnít really get the malt on this one ítil I just inhaled a bit by accident and it went up my nose. Aside from the unpleasantness of this not-so-wonderful experience I got a better depiction of the beer. This is the most rediculous way to go about things, but I did it by accident...I promise. Very hoppy, smells great and tastes like a Sierra Nevada until you get the full flavor of the malt (try not to visualize this). Mellow nuttiness. I must admit though, this is not really what I would have in mind for a winter brew, the malt is a bit hard to find and doesnít really have that warmth you look for in winter brews. Iíd buy this again though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2002 version - Deep red color, medium foamy head. Malty and smooth. Spice with nutmeg and ??. Flavor is complex. A little taste of raisins and figs. Malty and not very hoppy. Lots of flavor, subtle and diverse. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and a little bitter. Nice version this year. 2000 version-Deep Red color, medium head. Roasted malts, full flavor, aggressively hopped. Robust full mouthfeel. Very malty. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is malty and somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2002
no mouthfeel, some lingering berry and malt but no real lasting impressions

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I felt this was really too bitter for me. I think Iíll try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 11, 2002
medium body, flavor of roasted malt, candy sugar and ample hope spice. lots of hop bitterness too... definitely on the zippy side of winter ales - quite good but I usually prefer the mellow-malty style of winter ales...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2002
At the brewery... An easy drinking winter beer, with good spices, some hops and a lite body, but a nice head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Hazy dark amber. Thin off white head. Light carbonation. Soft spicy aroma (nutmeg, coriander) with some toffee, berries and floral hops. Starts mellow and finishes with a kick, where the spiciness and a light bubblegum flavor lingers. Medium thin body. Fruity slickness. Turns hoppier as it sits, earthy and floral, yet it remains spicy in the background. English yeast flair. Finishes slick with not much character. Pretty weak in the malt department as well. A decent brew but not something Iíd look for every year. Does get intensely hoppier as it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2002
The recipe for Wassail actually changes year to year, depending on brewer John Harrisís mood. The 1999 vintage was only average, but the 2001 vintage was extraordinary. Generally Wassail is on the highly hoppy end, but only average alcohol for a wintera ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2002
best head iíve seen on a beer...lace is stuck to the sides to the rim...i detect a nice bitterness in the aroma...very tasty beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Great winter ale. Great combination of spices for the cold holidays. Up here in eastern Washington, we have cold weather 7 months out of the year. This is a great blend of winter spices with great smell and taste. Very enjoyable.

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