Full Sail “Wassail”

      “Here we come a-wassailing”! What the heck is Wassail? Literally Wassail means “good health”. It is also a very old ,and very English beverage that was typically made around this time of year. The Internet presents a myriad of variants on this recipe. All the recipes involve spice and something mulled, like beer, wine or cider. Sometimes slices of toast are layered on the top, and that just seems weird/gross to me. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is the historical value this beverage has and the part it played in making the yuletide special. On to some modern Wassail.
Full Sail Brewing Co.’s “Wassail” pours a dark reddish brown color, with a one finger thick khaki color head. The aroma unveils musty hops, roasted malt, dried cherries, woods and light spice. The taste is spicy upfront with vanilla, malt, toasted bread and a hint of earthy hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the finish has a spicy hop kick accompanied by heat from the 7% ABV. I’d say this is just what one may want from a Holiday / Winter Ale; spice and heat! Party this holiday season like it’s olden times, and grab a Wassail! Good Health to You, and Here’s to Good Beers!
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