Friday, January 4, 2013

Full Sail Brewing - Wassail Winter Ale

For the Eleventh Beer of Christmas, we set sail for a brewery with 47 employee owners. We'll delve into that cool little footnote at the end of the review.

Full Sail is another relatively new to Lubbock brew that I've been looking forward to sampling.  I don't know the first thing about sailing, but I do know good beer and the 47 employee owners of Full Sail apparently do, too.

Reddish brown with a moderate head, the beer makes for a pretty glass.  The head quickly subsided to next to nothing.  Just a thin ring where the beer met the glass.

Piney hops come through in the aroma.  There are also notes of citrus, roasted chocolate malt, and a hint of oak-aged whiskey.  I can't find any information that suggests this brew was barrel aged.  It's probably just a combination of the roasted malts and high alcohol content.

A strong does of roasted coffee and malt forms the base flavor.  Warming alcohol and a bite of citrus hops round out the middle taste while bittersweet chocolates close each drink.  Full bodied with low carbonation, each drink is just shy of being called "chewy."

By the end of the first glass, I was feeling a bit full and a bit warm.  This isn't a sessionable beer.  But it would make for a great night in front of the fire place with two glasses of beer.

Aaron said this was another good, toasty one.  Brandon said it had coffee flavor and he thinks it's "awesome."

Aaron: 10
Brandon: 10
Wyatt: 8
Tracy: 10

Brewer: Full Sail Brewing Company
Location: Hood River, OR
Style: Winter Warmer
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Interesting Note: In 1999, twelve years (and certainly more than twelve beers) after opening, Full Sail split up ownership of the brewery among their 47 employees. Reading their company mantra, I have to admit that I felt a little choked up. Give it a read: .

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