Review: Wassail, Full Sail Brewing

Full Sail Brewing — Hood River, OR

  • Style:  Winter Warmer
  • Bitterness: 56 IBU
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "A 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. — Full Sail Brewing

Random thoughts:   This is the third of my winter seasonal reviews

The tasting:  Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge.  Had a nice tan head with some lacing.  Aroma is mainly malts.  Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops.  Body is light to medium—I expected it to be fuller.  The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable.  Has a bit of a lingering bitterness. 
Rating:  3 star.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.  Overall, a nice beer.
Have you tried Wassail or any other winter seasonals?  I'd appreciate some recommendations!

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