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Wreck The Halls - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 6.5% IBU 68"

(Beer added by: dolem98 on 11-19-2002)
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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wreck the Halls (love the name!), pours a coppery amber with dark golden highlights and a big white head that lingers and leaves loads of thick lacing behind.

The aroma is of fresh baked bread and lemony citrus, quite nice if a bit faint.

This beer is all IPA with big bready malts held in check by a lot of citrusy and resinous hop flavor which yields a very pleasant bitterness on the finish nicely balanced with the sweet but not cloying malts.

Mouthfeel comes close to medium, smooth and bit creamy from the pleasant amount of fine carbonation.

Very nice IPA and I will look for it every year now just as I do Celebration!

BlackBearForge, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.
Nice big malt aroma with a citrusy floral hop smell.
Rich, creamy and slightly grainy malt taste with tropical fruit and a citrus, floral and mildly earthy hop finish. Nice lingering bitterness.
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Good drinkability. Tasty, solid Pale Ale.

rkhaze, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan coarse head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Broken lacing.

S: Lighlty sweet caramel malt. Floral flavoring and peppery bittering hops; a hint of ctrus rind.

T: A fairly strong hop character in the taste; citrus rind, pepper and pine. Plenty of caramel malt. Sharply bitter in the finish for a nice balance.

M: Light-to-medium body. Medium carbonation. Nice balanceing bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable and moderate ABV. This will be a holiday staple.

Haybeerman, May 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a darker amber, almost caramel like in color with a full frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Decent head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a fresh and juicy hop profile to it. I get some grapefruit and mango notes mixing with a bit of a herbal hoppiness. A little bit of the bready, pale malts come through as well.

The taste shows a little bit more of the herbal, bitter hoppiness to it up front. Towards the finish the juicy and citrusy hoppiness starts to come out with more of those mango and grapefruit notes. A little bit of the sweeter, bready pale malts come out in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it had some great hoppiness to it. It was very flavorful and drinkable and just an excellent beer overall.

billab914, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Popp24
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark Amber.

S - Piney; nice hop aroma.

T - A nice holiday beer. Not overly hoppy but the hops are definitely present.

M - Not bad; a little on the thin side but easy to drink.

O - This is a good beer and I usually look for this one to drink every year around the holiday season. It doesn't "wreck" my palate but the hops are there so that is a good thing.

Popp24, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the head is a rough and coarse amalgamation of large dingy white bubble rally. Nothing dense about the head as it slowly vanished. The hues in the body run from light orange yellow to a faintly hazed cinnamon red color. Bubbles are noted as actively working with some lacing hugging my tumbler

S: nose has plenty of fresh hop pop to it. I channel a large amount of bright citrus fruit laden hops, even with a dash of tropical fruits. Some pine smells are working around as well and a light candied sugar cookie smell is flowing. Malts are hidden amongst the zesty hops and zesty they are...vary nice representation in the nose

T: plenty of fresh green hops permeate throughout. The little green cones conjure up flavors of oranges, grapefruit, lemon peel, and a heedful squeeze of passion fruit. A few sips in I find that ripe oranges, grapefruits, and some pine needles lead the way with a leisurely snap on the tongue. Another snap that is worth mentioning are the caramel crusted malts and almost sugar cookie backbone present, very nice. The hops are pretty firm and pressing as far as the palate is concerned...good stuff

M: the body is pretty lean and has mild dimensions. Drinking is pretty easy and I would maybe expect a little more girth for a winter release as it comes across a little flat. Well, I suppose this is me just being picky as my tongue is coated nicely with hop juice...smiles

D: this is a pretty kicking for a AIPA. It does not go as far as to "ruin" your taste buds but it gets a few strong crazed kicks of hoppy green goodness. One of the better hop brews I have had from Full Sail. Oh yea, drinks very well

Magpie14, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/ruby color with a slight white head. Looks pretty creamy and shows some pretty nice lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Smell is some nice citrus, floral hops, and sweet malt. Makes me think of 2hearted but a little more muted, which, given the listed hop profile, is not surprising.

Taste is in line with the smell. Sweet upfront with juicy hops in the middle and a smooth bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy. Pleasant, but it could stand to feel a little crisper on the tongue. Really just nit-picking though.

Overall I wish more "holiday" beers were like this and SN celebration. This is a very solid IPA at a nice price point for a bomber.

mechamifune, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of genog
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a sparkling body, and see through. Head is rocky and foamy making an excellent top leaving plenty of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is pine and grapefruit, delicious, with some cinnamon and a little nutmeg making this one a holiday IPA. Taste is bitter at first with a lingering feeling. Medium body with an oily composition. I was satisfied with this one!

genog, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an impulse buy at the front door of Total Wine. A $3.29 prictag from a solid brewer will do that. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

An inch of white collar forms above this amber colored....no, scratch that, orange colored....I'm not totally sure, the light in my room is playing tricks with the color of the beer. The head drops to a blanket of creamy lace, retaining well and leaving some creamy lacing on the glass. The label was right, so far I'm smelling a pleasant mix of winter warmer and IPA. It's more IPA with the tangerine, pine, lemon, and a little vague spice.

The flavor is laid back, IPA first and winter warmer second. I'm finding suggestions of gingerbread and caramel between the more noticable orange and pine flavors. There's a secret "Xmas flavor" that I can't identify at this moment. What I can identify is that I'm liking this. And to make it better is the extremely smooth and "frosty" body.

Full Sail is associated with solid beer at good prices. Wreck The Halls is good beer at a good price. Pick this up this holiday season, it will put you in a festive mood. It has for me. In fact, it makes me want to go caroling;

Wreck the halls with poison ivy
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tis the season to be naughty
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Break a window, pop a tire
Fa la la, fa la la, la la la
Set your neighbor's house on fire
Fa la la la la, la la la la

DoubleJ, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of hero27
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brewmaster Reserve 2005.

Figured there's no better time to crack this open then during my family Christmas. Hazy copper color. Average head retention of tight foam..above average lacing. Aroma is piney floral hops with a sweet malt background. Tastes are big earthy hops and a slight citrus character. The bitterness doesn't linger on the tongue very long..it fades fairly quickly after each sip. Overall, a highly hopped IPA that compared very well to the SN Celebration I had before it. At 6.5% with a mix of spices and hops, it's a great holiday offering.

hero27, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Tiernan
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This delightfully hoppy and well balanced beer has some really nice fruity notes to it for a holiday brew. I can definitely taste and smell hints of tart cranberry and nutmeg in this. It's very crisp for a winter warmer, very fresh hop flavor leaving my mouth with a great clean feeling.

Tiernan, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper burned orange with a couple fingers of off white head that laces sheets. Nose is sweet malt, a winter spice, almost ginger bread like and an earthy hop presence. Nice sweet malt at the start, the spice comes next and finishes with a long lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel dissapoints, kind of thin and watery and though it tickles with carbonation, it finishes flat. Very drinkable and if pulled together this could be outstanding but still a tasty brew.

franksnbeans, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with about a 1in head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is strong, can full on smell it just while pouring. It is a very hop filled nose that is piney and just a touch of citrus. Very "dirty" smelling in a good way. I am really enjoying the flavor of this. There is a hint of spice in the beginning with the malts but the hops and bitterness quickly take over.

This finish is very clean but there is just enough bitter bite from the hops to make you salivate for another sip. Love this part. This was a very enjoyable bomber for great price. Nice holiday ale.

lonestar4lunch, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- auburn with orange hues, little foam ring lingers, didn't get much of a head

S- pine, citric, cookie, grassy

T- cookie flavored malts make up a solid backbone for the hops, pine and grassy hop flavors, some hop oils, piney after

M- slick medium body, hoppy finish

D- ranks up their with celebration for winter IPA's (though this is more balanced than celebration), recommended

tonistruth, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color, more brown than orange, with a decent head. It also has some sediment floating around even though the bottle has been sitting upright in my fridge for at least two weeks.

Smell – The nice, easy combination of pine and citrus hops is balanced well with some lightly-toasted malt. The malt actually is very noticeable.

Taste – This is the first time that I have ever had an IPA that is heavy on the piney flavor and so well balanced with malt. It is a very interesting combination indeed. This one is Even Steven, 50/50, hop and malt, and tastes great.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and kind of dry with a slightly sweet caramel malt finish.

Drinkability – This was a very unique offering by Full Sail. I personally enjoyed it but others may find the malt a little too much (or unexpected) from an IPA.

Update – I grabbed this ’05 vintage on the day it was released to the stores, and man of man does this have a hop bite. The aroma is straight pine resin stank, and it carried it’s way through the taste like Godzilla stomping out Tokyo. Forget the balance from 2003, this is a hop bomb.

RoyalT, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from a trade with with Wasatch.

A: The ale is reasonably dark, a darker brown color that has some orange highlights to keep it grounded. The head was large on pour, leaving 2 fingers of head that lace nicely.

S: The nose is full of hops, so strong that I noticed it as I poured the beer at about an arm's length. Up close, thick resiny pine aromas really stand out.

T: The body of the beer doesn't measure up to the nose. That's neither good nor bad, just an observation. The body is far more balanced than one would expect. The first sip reveals a piney hop presence that cannot overtake the grainy caramel malts. Those grainy malts are strong up front, providing a soft body for the hops. The hops are much stronger later in the sip, building hoppy momentum as they go. The pine is still evident, just not in the strength that I anticipated.

M: The mouthfeel is very well balanced between malts and hops. The saving grace is that the hops really jump out at the end of each sip, providing a biting finish that makes me appreciate the pine tree.

D: The ale is moderate in its abv and has a well balanced flavor that finishes with a great hop body. Very enjoyable.

akorsak, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that really smells like a fresh buttermilk scone. No, really, with lemon glaze. Cloudy dusty golden. Off white froth holds on delightfully. Metallic nip on the surface. Then a bit of the sour grapefruit rind - sour to astringent. Hay. Hay, there's great bits of barley candy in here, nice sweetness.

gbontrag, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a bomber of this while picking up the full sail ipa. Poured into a tulip

A- pours an amber red body with a good head that sticks around. Really a hearty look for a brew. Lacing doesn't really stick around on the sides

S- a good whiff of pine, spices, and caramel malt. The hops are pretty impressive in the beginning. Good combinations that collaborate the Hoppy Holiday Ale that's mentioned on the bottle

T- same attributes as in the scent... good piney flavor that carries some sugar and spices along top. The caramel is very strong at the end. The bitterness shines in the end and lingers throughout

M- medium bodied and full of flavor. Pretty carbonated too

D- Wreck the Halls is a great brew to bring to the table on Christmas time. It's not too overwhelming or hoppy, so it goes well. I will be snagging a couple of these for Christmas Time.

lovindahops, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint on-tap at Capt. Ankeny's in Portland, slice of pizza & a pint for $3.75, not a bad deal. I'm almost certain I've had this seasonal from Full Sail before, though I never paid that much attention to it.

A: Pour is a copper brown with a creamy off-white head, about 1/2 finger. Consistency is hazy. An attractive delicate lace is left on the glass.

S: Fresh juicy hops, both spicy and citrusy, with a bit of bready malt.

T: Starts malty and caramel sweet then the hop character bursts forward. A surprising lemon zest tang, then a sweeter pink grapefruit finish. Hops are well-balanced with malt.

M: I was impressed by what a refreshing IPA this was; a relatively light mouthfeel, lively and clean. There is a little alcohol warmth, which fills the mouth nicely.

D: I asked myself while drinking this "why haven't I discovered this before?" As I mentioned above, I'm pretty certain I've tried WTH in the past, but it must not have made an impression. This one I just had, the '06 version, was one of the better IPA's I've enjoyed; this should become a seasonal I'll be sure to grab from now on. Good work, Full Sail!

msubulldog25, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of unclederby
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ale a few times now, both from the bottle and on tap.

Poured with some vigor into a pint glass just a whisper of a head forms atop this slightly hazy, dark honey-colored ale. Only spotty lacing.

I steal a big whiff just after the pour and am greeted by a huge, perfumy, spicy bouquet of hops... dominated by centennial. I think i catch some cinnamon there too. Once the dust settles so to speak, one notices caramel malt, vanilla and more of a piney presence. The bouquet just keeps drawing me in.

Spicy, piney hops dominate the flavor., while there is sufficient malt backbone to keep them from going over the top. Enlivened with a citrusy tinge. Tasty but not as complex as the aroma might lead you belive.

Wreck the Halls is medium-bodied with nice viscosity and complementary carbonation.

A nice change of pace from most winter ales, more akin to Celebration than anything, i suppose. Good beer.

unclederby, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber orange into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine with some sweet notes of caramel and a hint of pepper.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel with a slightly thin finish. Flavors of caramel malt and biscuit up front followed by gentle citrus hops, a fair amount of spice, and a mild pine bitterness on the finish.

While I wouldn't exactly call this one balanced, it's very easy drinking and there's a nice mix of flavors going on.

grittybrews, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a hazy orange coppery color. It poured with a very sticky head.

s: Big citrus aromas with caramel and some candied fruit.

t: Lots bracingly caramel sweetness quickly joined by juicy citrus and some tea-like spicy fruit. Plenty of bitterness at the finish.

m: Pretty chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: Not sure about the winter warmer IPA hybrid. This just tasted like a really good IPA to me.

DIM, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wasatch for the bottle (this was an extra thrown in from a trade). The beer is very dark for an IPA, a hazy dark copper orange color with a fat yeast cake of off-white foam. The smell is rich, definitely a lot of malt along with the hops, it reminds me of several DIPA's (Yulesmith, maybe Stone 10th). The taste is very good as well, grapefruit and a little burning with bitterness, but a strong balance of malty sweetness evens things out. If anything I smell the malt more when I inhale while sipping. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, maybe 10-20% more body than water, leaving a coating sensation to keep the flavors burnt in. A very good IPA and appreciated.

TurdFurgison, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get this, and in growler form, too!

Pours out a hazy dark orange, with minimal head, some glimmers of white foam, but maybe it's lost something in the travel.

Aroima is beautiful, lovely, sparkling mix of potent, fruity hops, mainly the Pacific Northwest variety of course, Cascade, Centennial, ...Mt. Hood? Now, I'm just guessing, but it's spilling over with citrus, pine, and spice. Nice.

Taste: fresh, vibrant, alive, bubbling with brisk, hoppy flavor. Love it. Clean, classy, and bristling with crisp hop bite. Wait, I think I wrote the same sentence twice, two different ways. Whatever.
Tasty, biscuity caramel malt underneath. Snappy.

Lean, but not light bodied, and never too bitter, either. Terribly drinkable. I will polish off this growler with no trouble at all.

big thanks to skyhand!

feloniousmonk, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Reserve

Hazy, tawny-ruby in hue with flecks of gold, this has an attractive color. A smallish white head of less than a finger in height topped the beer. The head retention was fair; it quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was such minimal subsequent lacing it is pointless to discuss it any further. The nose is very… pleasant? Have I reached the point that a nose as hoppy and juicy as this is merely “pleasant”? Oh, lord! To be fair the malt is much more vocal than most West Coast IPAs, that is nothing to complain about. The hops are, like I said earlier, juicy with citrus notes and kisses of spruce. The malt is talkative, firm, with stale caramel and toffee notes, modestly sweet too. Still, the maltiness is not complex and the potency isn’t that loud, nevertheless the bouquet is inviting. The palate is very well balanced. First and foremost the silence of the alcohol is very noticeable. For an Americanized IPA this is a nice change of pace. As for the hops, they are very tasty. The outright bitterness is above moderate yet it is very flavorful with spruce notes, pine needles, and citrus rinds. It is not as juicy as the nose indicated. That’s fine, it made up for that it is arid finish, which was splendid! The malt is solid and it does a great job of balancing out the hops yet it only imparts a little actual flavor. In the aftertaste I got a pleasant candy-like heat (along with the hoppy flavors). This was a great way to finish the beer. It is a tickle bigger than medium in body. The carbonation is moderate but very appropriate and this helps create a great mouthfeel. Since this has perfect balance on the palate I can’t help but want to quaff this, repeatedly. This is a lovely IPA, it is not too bold but pleasant tasty. I purchased a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO. If I had purchased more I would have not complained!

bditty187, Jun 21, 2004
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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