When I toured the Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, Oregon two summers ago, I have to be honest here, I was looking forward to the end of the tour at which time I was hoping to get a free beer to taste. Instead I had to settle for a free pint glass. Don’t get me wrong I’m not an ingrate and was happy for the glass. The tour guide explained that they used to give free beer after tours but the locals got wind of it and were, shockingly, showing up for tours all of the time, ha. Dang locals!!

Today I tried what it’s label describes as a “ridiculously tasty winter ale” from Full Sail called Wassail (ABV 7.0, IBU 56). First I have to disclose that this beer comes from one of my favorite breweries and its cousin Full Sail IPA is one of my favored beers of all time. So I was not only expecting a lot from this beer I was also partial. This dark brown nearly opaque seasonal did not let me down. The color is complimented by a fluffy head with a light brown hue and it sticks around too. Although it was good at first drink the taste appeared to get better and better with every taste. It gave a hoppy and sweet scent reminiscent of an IPA to me. The hoppy finish which to a hop head like myself was the icing on the cake. Cheers.