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

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452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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 brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that sticks and laces, too

Smell: Big caramel blast with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that is joined by piney bitterness in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates, though the caramel lingers underneath, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A style bender that is a bit too unbalanced to be that enjoyable

02-12-2008 02:58:58 | More by brentk56
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale and caramel malts along with some citrusy hops and grandma's bowl of wrapped spiced candy.

Taste: More pale malts, as the caramel seems to have gone absent and with only a subdued sweetness. Spicy throughout. Resinous, citrus hop flavor with a moderate bitterness. Hoppy, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Looked nice and smelled good, but it kinda lost me on the flavor.

02-10-2008 06:41:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of MisterClean


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

22 oz from Bel-Air in Natomas.

A - Cloudy, mostly unfiltered, with an orange-tan body and off-white head. Head dissipates slow, little lacing, with foam sediment containing small protein clumps.

S - Pine, malts, citrus, with a bread-like aroma.

T - Ginger, citrus, pine, slightly earthy hops, light bitterness, and lotsa nutmeg at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, lightly bitter, fairly chewy, robust as in filling, with strong note of nutmeg at the end.

D - I really enjoyed this one. Refreshing, yet filling, like a winter beer should be.

02-06-2008 04:23:22 | More by MisterClean
Photo of ccrida


3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Wreck The Halls is bronze with slight chill haze and large ivory head that settles to a thick skim, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is moderately strong, pine and citrus hops, hint of gingerbread, I think just malts, perhaps a dash of spice?

Taste is spicy hops and sour citrus, bit of alcohol and caramel malt. Big hoppy ambers fade fast and this one is probably a bit long in the tooth - the hops are getting soapy and a bit to sweet. I missed it at most of my beer spots when it came out 6 weeks ago or so until I spied this bottle at room temp at the co-op....moral of that story is to drink 'em fresh!

MF is a bit oily, med.thin body

Drinkability is average, not to bad, pretty smooth, but going downhill I thinks...next year i'll get this asap an not slack.

02-02-2008 07:37:36 | More by ccrida
Photo of unclederby


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

01-29-2008 02:51:57 | More by unclederby
Photo of flexabull


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of caramel malts and some bitter pine hops.

Beer is very malty. Very roasty malt character, some creamy malts, some sweetness, and a slight tea like flavor. Hops are a bitter and pine like on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a touch thin on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Nice tasting malty brew. Doesn't really strike me as being an American IPA, more like a souped up Amber Ale.

01-13-2008 01:17:57 | More by flexabull
Photo of AndoBrew


2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

*did not like it, would not ever buy it*

app: brown red, plain bland. no head.

smell: nice, hops, malts, beer, yummy. it has some pine type hops, nice mild brown amber ish malts.

taste: sour, hops, mild malts, acidic unbalanced. Not a fan, where is the balance?

mf: nice, lil silky, good.

drinkable?: very hop acidic, but for that, yes.

01-13-2008 00:08:44 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of walshclimb


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Great name. I probably would have bought it anyway, but that was a clincher. Pours slightly cloudy from the cold, but seems to settle. Reddish caramel with thin white head that dissipates quickly to a lthin bubbly film. Nice color. Nice citrus hop aroma with a good malt base. The IF is nice and hoppy, pretty well balanced with malt that leads into a long lived bitter aftertaste that is also a little citrus. Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. This is a nice hoppy red ale. Very tasty; I will definitely buy a few more.

01-09-2008 20:05:06 | More by walshclimb
Photo of NitroGen


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

P: 1 PT 6oz. Bomber @ 6.7% ABV

A: Pours slight hazy amber with a thin foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover and lacing.

S: Crisp citrus pith, sweet brown sugar and malt.

T: Piney and grapefruit pith that explodes in the mouth with a bit of spice on the finish that mingles with the pure bitter hops.

M: Full bodied with a nice bite of bitter hops from beginning to end. Spices become more evident as it warms and much more balanced and flavorful.

D: This is a hopheads brew that is a great one to taste and enjoy. Very refreshing and would be great for an evening with friends.

01-09-2008 05:36:15 | More by NitroGen
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -22%

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is smooth but hoppy, maybe spices in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste. Typical IPA. $3.79 for a 22oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

01-06-2008 23:50:37 | More by jdhilt
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

01-05-2008 21:46:59 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

The second beer I've tried from my Secret Santa '07 BIF package from SwillinBrew.

a - pours a dark orange color with a one-finger tan colored head, retention around the edges and decent lacing, fairly cloudy with a good amount of suspended sediment

s - pretty balanced nose with a nice malty backbone holding supporting the pine and grapefruit of the hops

t - quite malty for an IPA, right up front there is a bitter hoppiness with some citrus and grassiness, midpalate dominated by a biscuity and caramelly maltiness, finish is some more citrusy bitterness with a good deal of graininess from the malt, slight caramel as well on the finish, tastes more like a APA than an IPA, but I don't fault it for that

m - medium-bodied, mild carbonation, mildly dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, alcohol is really not that noticeable and it's easy on the palate with the maltiness balancing out the bitterness of the hops

Decent beer overall, but nothing outstading. Pretty well balanced beer that drinks like a pale ale, at least to my palate. Worth a try, though I'll stick to SN Celebration for my go-to winter seasonal IPA.

01-02-2008 03:55:55 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Served in my DFH snifter. Dark amber reddish body with a moderate white head that fell quickly. Almost looks more like a DIPA. Great caramel and toffee aromas are equaled by the citrus aromas. Very inviting but needs more hop aroma. The bitterness is held nicely in check by the caramel from the malt. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue. There is a touch of spice in there also, but very little. Nice medium to heavy body. Not a bad IPA, but not great either.

12-31-2007 05:34:06 | More by drseamus
Photo of John_M


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Had this on cask at the Riverfront Full Sail facility.

The beer pours a rich orange red color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive. On the nose one gets noticeable citrusy bitterness, with the beer smelling exactly what it is, a hoppy winter IPA. On the palate this beer is just delicious. The beer is pretty dry with just enough malt to hold up the considerable hoppy profile. There is good bitterenss on the finish and the beer is not the least bit heavy. Abv. is not the least bit noticeable and for an IPA, this beer is incredibly drinkable.

An absolutely delicious IPA from Full Sail and much better on cask then on the gas or out of the bottle. Excellent beer.

12-30-2007 18:04:04 | More by John_M
Photo of gmcfarre


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an amber orange color with a nice looking 1 inch off white head. Lacing sticks around for a good while, and lacing is moderate when glass is tipped.

S - Rich, lightly toasted aroma with hoppy flavors of pine and light citrus (grapefruit, etc.). Nice balance with the toasted malt aroma. Clean.

T - Bitter with notes of pine and grapefruit as well as a rich, yet mildly sweet, toasted biscuit flavor. Impressive balance for an IPA, especially one from the West Coast. Dries a bit in the aftertaste. Taste is as clean as the smell.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium body and an appropriately bitter aftertaste.

D - The balance and roasted malt flavor make this an appropriate winter version of an IPA. Nice change of pace in the winter seasonal offerings. Alcohol is not a factor.

12-27-2007 03:42:02 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of largadeer


2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

Appearance - Dark, clear amber; darker than your average IPA. Pours with about an inch of head, which settles into a ring.

Smell - Herbal and citrus hops with a big grapefruit character and faint dry malt. It smells like a generic IPA.

Taste & mouthfeel - Moderate bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and orange peel; subtle herbal/medicinal notes. A thin and fairly dry malt flavor is present but lacking in character. Medium in body, slightly slick on the palate - pretty standard for an American IPA.

Notes - Blah, yet another uninteresting IPA. Nothing particularly wrong with it; nothing particularly good about it either. People that can't get enough IPA may find this interesting, but I personally struggled to finish my glass.

12-12-2007 19:01:00 | More by largadeer
Photo of ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at the Falling Rock as part of their Christmas selection. Nice orange color with a two inch foamy head. Smell is instant hops and nothing but hops. The taste was very hoppy with some spiciness at the back. This is a good beer but I prefer it from the bottle.

12-12-2007 16:49:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of genog


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

12-11-2007 22:00:53 | More by genog
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev +4%

What a nice pour. Dark, rich copper/ruby body topped by a full white head that settled to a 1 finger splotchy patch. Nice.
Aromas of juniper and citrus, some mild malt. A bit of cherry-ness I think.
Great feel to it. Very crisp and nice balance with the malt, yet certainly an IPA. Pine and juniper are quited a bit with some grapefruit and citrus. Almost seems like a blend with EIPA with some earth tones and bitterness. But this is nice. I like it.

12-09-2007 03:07:25 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of franksnbeans


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

12-08-2007 03:52:57 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of twbrewer


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%


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%.

12-06-2007 06:28:26 | More by twbrewer
Photo of Mdog


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Hazy amber with a minimal head.

Smell: Piney, bread, spices.

Taste: This beer has kind of a spicy start but is dominated by a piney finish and dry citrus rind bitterness.

Drinkability: Meets the daily hop requirement but not too special.

I think this is a mix between a holiday spiced beer and an IPA, which sounds like an interesting possibility, but the beer is a little too aggressively hopped to have the flavors mix well. Interesting concept, maybe with a little age to dull the hops slightly this might be better.

12-01-2007 19:21:31 | More by Mdog
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

22oz bottle picked up at the Boise Coop for about $3.75... Shared with my fiancee ... my half in my standard red wine glass.

Dark orange hazy amber under a shortlasting tan head and only a little lacing.

Big juicy hop nose... very fresh and shiny... Not a DIPA ... but the aroma is close. Balanced very nicely with aromatic toasty malts and a caramel sweetness.

Bracing bitterness flows seemlessly into a biscuity malt and into a grassy citrus and pine hop flavor... lipsmacking hop oils... medium body with fine bubble carbonation.

This is a pretty good PNW IPA, better than their standard by a long shot. The Full Sail seasonals are always a good bet, I even like Vesuvius (sorta). Now I will sit and wait content and patient until this year's Old Boardhead pops up.
Edit: The Full Sail seasonal 22's are also a fantastic value.

12-01-2007 04:03:36 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

The wreck the halls comes in a non descriptive bottle with no freshness date. It pours a lovely amber color with very little foam head but leaves a trace of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell was hop dominated and in taste is was definitely bittered to start. In the finish it was a grassy flavor with a little maltiness. Overall a nice American ipa.

11-29-2007 03:58:54 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Full Sail- Wreck the Halls

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Hazy bloody red orange with a decent foamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Verry hoppy, citrus and dried fruits.
T- Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, raisins, and boozy alc.
M- Sweet and fruity throughout with an alc. kick in the end.

Overall- A bit strong for 6.5%. A few of these will warm you up.

11-25-2007 23:21:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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