jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this one a year ago and was stoked to see it onthe shelf again this season. This was one of my favorite winter ales. Iím sure itís due to the shit load of cascade hops but thereís more...Aroma is slight but has a classic NW India Pale. The color give a hint to the malt character that hides within... deep mahogony. The carbonation on the toungue brings out a ton of the aroma-flavor that seems hidden early on..Big hops. The finish is a little tart and bitter...I would expect more sweetness from a winter. BUT>>>as a hop head this has to be my favorite seasonal so far. A ton of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma should keep you on the look out for this one all season.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Beer pours mahogany with a nice head. Spicy, medium body, and very balanced. Drinkable holiday brew but tastier can be found...
loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Nose is subtle so the toasty, nutty flavor surprises to the upside. Not overly complex. What there is the toastiness on a malt and subtle hops base in a pleasingly balanced offering. Assertive without being excessive. The only thing I donít like is the high ABV.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown/amber with quickly disappearing head. Surprisingly robust aroma with both malt and hops present. Starts crisp and hoppy then moves to roasted malt. Balanced finish. A pretty good winter ale.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this beer. It has been taking the number one spot in my seasonal rotation this year. Pours a dark mahogany with a one inch tan head. Nice well carbonated mouthfeel. Good balance of malt and hops with a nice spicy hop finish. I feel this represents the style well. Very drinkable...will be picking this one up as long as it lasts.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a malty palate, but spicy flavor in with the hops help to balance this beer perfectly. It is an excellent winter brew.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours deep brown. taste of ginger and nutmeg. good seasonal taste.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish brown and has a brown head. Smells fruity like prunes, full bodied, tastes malty with a little bit of spice and has a slight bitter finish. Overall a good beer.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks dark mahogany in color however when held up to light actually a deep red color. Lacey thin white head. A bit of spice in the aroma. Smooth upfront with a dry slightly hopped finish. Nothing too exciting going on, not much jumping out and no distinct flavors coming through. Overall a drinkable beer that would be good for someone whoís not into super heavy, spicy or otherwise big winter beers but still wants something fitting for the cold weather.