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

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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 babaracas
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says it’s an IPA and winter warmer hybrid, but it’s just an IPA, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Pours a clear darker orange with two finger thick cream colored, dense head. Settles in a few minutes to a quarter inch, leaving thick clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: citrus rind - orange, grapefruit, some resiny pine, background is toffee. Taste: big raw hop flavors - pine and citrus rind, leafy, solid toffee backdrop. Light-medium bodied, semi-creamy feel into a hop filled drying finish. It’s a solid IPA not dissimilar to other “holiday” IPAs.

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours light auburn in color under a small, tight-bubbled, tan colored head. A couple swirls brings it back up to a 1/4" after it fades. Lace is spotty. Aroma is delightful. Bright floral over deep earthy woodiness, tangy citrus, sugary pine, with a generous handful of malty goodness. Tastes like a dank coniferous forest topped with various citrus rinds, and has a bit of a bitter edge. I am enjoying this. Texture feels resiny and slick with a medium-light body, and goes for fairly easy drinking.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky. Copper in color. Quite hazy for an IPA. Upward carbonation.
S) Tangerine. Hints of caramel. Pleasant floral notes.
T) Pink grapefruit, but not overpowering. Nutty notes throughout. The hop bitterness shows up in the finish and beyond.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. My traditional holiday ideologies make it tough to associate this with Christmas, but maybe that's the idea behind the title - "wreck" the halls.

Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange color. White colored head fades to a thick film. Lacing in thick sheets.

S - Rich amber balance-like smell, green hoppy bitterness and some brown sugary malts.

T - Oily bitterness starts out, brown sugary malts and a greener lightly hoppy bitterness carry out the rest of the flavor.

M - Medium consistency with light to medium carbonation.

D - Probably not as hoppy as it once one was but I still enjoyed for the nicely balanced amber-like beer that it is now.

Photo of twbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A-Pours a clear copper hued color that has a 1" head of off-white foam in a standard pint glass,decent lacing.

S-It smells of hops,sweet malts and a musty floral or leafy aroma.

T-Taste at first is hops with a nice hint of malts then hops again in a nice almost smooth sweet finish.Reminds me of some Ambers I have tasted.

M-Good balance, slightly dry but sweet feel.

D-Very easy drinking beer.This could easily become a long session
beer or a nice sipping winter warmer at 6.7%.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a candy sweet malt with an earthy yet resiny hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet grainy malt balanced by a fruity, oily hop. A nice toasted grain toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the full side with a residual hoppiness.

Overall a tasty IPA. Nicely balanced and full bodied.

Photo of dolem98
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reserve 2002.

This is the first time I'd ever seen this, it was at a Nature's Store. I'm guessing on the availability, since they already have a Winter Seasonal (Wassail), I put limited edition.

Amber in color, with a quite foamy 1 cm head that stays while drinking.

Heavily aroma hopped, but not as much bitter hopping as I would expect for an IPA. (I am the one who pigeon-holed this beer to an IPA, however). Strong scent of pine sap with citrusy notes.

Mild-Medium bitterness in the taste, as well as a creamy malt-taste. Quite interesting. Not much sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy as well, with a tangy note of citrus hops.

This is definitely an interesting beer. I'd love to see what others think of it. I would recommend highly to people who love the aroma of hops, but were scared of super-bitter beers.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage received from Liquid Solutions.
Poured a cloudy amber with a pretty white head. Bubbly froth with great lacing in my SA glass.
Aroma- all grapefruit!
Taste- all grapefruit! Maybe some spice was thrown in...spruce tips for the Holiday? Not sure but very hoppy. I kept thinking this beer was "something more" but she is a really nice seasonal IPA to counter the typical dark Holiday beer.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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