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

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-11-2012 15:48:00 | More by dtx00
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apple cider hue with a solid finger of creamy white that fades slowly and leaves behind some nice sticky dots of lace.

aroma is a bit subdued certainly hop forward with citrus zesty notes. a bit of pine and some herbal notes as well. caramel, a hint of apple cider and winter spices.

Taste is clean and hoppy with a bit of earthy caramel malt undertones. sweet and fruity. orange, carmelized citrus. burnt sugar. The malt profile carries it in a different direction than the average IPA, which makes it pleasant. Personally, I'm not a fan of heavy centennial hopping, as I find it a touch metallic and overwhelmingly citric, but I can certainly appreciate the delicously well blended flavors.

Mouth is spot on. Perfect for the style, the abv, and the season. Lingering bitterness is pleasantly fruity and creamy. I'm diggin' it, as it's perfect for sipping.

All in all, this is a winner. While it's definitely centennial forward (which I'm personally not a huge fan of,) this one hits all the high notes and is a brilliant IPA for the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:22:20 | More by djeucalyptus
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-02-2013 01:14:32 | More by dcbeers
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light orangey red, and there were small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. A thin caramel brown head that clung to the sides nicely topped it off. Aroma was both hoppy and sweet. Sometimes the hops took precedence, and other times it reminded me more of a barley wine. Taste was remarkably like how it smelled. Had the hoppy flavors, but with a slightly sticky sweet undertone. Fairly well balanced. Felt a smidge off in the mouth. Almost coated too well in the mouth I.E. overly sticky, but something just wasn't right. Pleasant to drink outside of the off mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:02:14 | More by mountdew1
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-31-2013 22:04:39 | More by jakecattleco
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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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:17:08 | More by Magpie14
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-19-2012 17:57:26 | More by TrojanWheels
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls--Brewers's Reserve Series. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.5% ABV--60 IBU's. 2002 Release. Clear rich bright amber red color. Floral dry hopped Centennial front. Light lacy head. Malty smooth caramel complex body with sweet buttery hop richness. Citrus zinged earthy hop spice end. Sampled 11/9/2002.

2003 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Light head. Clear rich bright amber color. Toasted floral rich hop front. Dry sweet richly flavored toasted caramel mild fruit hop infused body. Smooth tangy earthy citrus hop end. Big hoppy dry malty brew. Sampled 12/21/2003.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls-Brewmaster's Reserve 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber color. Toasted rich floral hop front. Crisp tangy earthy dry sweet grapefruit toasted caramel body. Clean rich astringent earthy citrus hop spice end. IPA. Sampled 10/30/2004 & 11/23/2004.

Full Sail Brewing Company Wreck The Halls--Brewmaster's Reserve 2005--22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Rich malty grassy floral hop front. Dry sweet tangy caramel fruit mild toasted crusty body. Crisp clean dry hop spice tangy mild citrus malty end. IPA-ESB? Very Nice. Sampled 11/10/2005.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--65 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber red color. Rich malty floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet fully fermented grassy toasted caramel mild fruit body. Tangy hop spice lingering earthy malt end. Rich Red! Sampled 11/13/2006.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale--Brewmaster Reserve 2007--22 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--68 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale. 10 @ $3.99 Each. Off white tight lacy head. Clear rich amber color. Mild roasted malty earthy hop front. Crisp crusty earthy dry sweet toasted biscuit caramel mild fruit body. Smooth rich hop malt spice end. Best. Sampled 11/5/2007.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2009-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-Aggressive Yet Sublime,Assertive Yet Mellow,Complex Yet Drinkable Ale. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--68 IBU's. (4.6 / 5.0) IPA--Winter--Rich dense lacy off white light tan head. Clear rich bright amber color. Herbal floral pine toasted hop front. Rich dry sweet crusty earthy malty resinous pine hop infused caramel mild fruit body. Dry hop spice earthy mild bitter end. Holiday Hop Bomb! Sampled 12/1/2009. 12 @ $4.99 Each.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2010-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-"A Sublime Hybrid of an American IPA and a Winter Warmer." 6.50% ABV. 68 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Winter. Big dense lacy off white head. Turbulent fizzy clear bright dark amber color. Earthy roasted caramel floral hop malt spice front. Tangy rich zesty dry sweet roasted fruit caramel subtle pine hop toasty tasty body. Dry hop citrus mild bitter spicy Winter end. Sampled 10/26/2010. 22 oz. bottle purchased for $4.69 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 10/26/2010.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:35:14 | More by philbertk
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2013 21:11:33 | More by EigenBeer
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-06-2013 01:33:19 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of this as the local Fred Meyer tonight.

appearance - mostly transparent amber/orange with a moderate head and some lacing

smell - big floral hop profile, very dank aroma

taste - very fresh, big floral hops, resinous with some citrus notes, balanced by a malt body that hides beneath the hops

mouthfeel - medium body with carbonation to match, slightly oily, slightly dry

overall - a great ipa, did not expect such robust hop profile, very fresh and flavorful, great brew

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 06:42:37 | More by djbreezy
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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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:44:30 | More by tonistruth


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronze with orange highlights. Frothy ivory head. Nice organic laces.

Herbal, grassy, piney. Apple/pear like fruit esters. Toasty caramel and biscuit.

Juicy fresh biting hops: herbal, pine, touch of grapefruit, spicy resins. Some apple/pear fruity notes. toasty caramel and biscuit malts that keep it somewhat balanced. Sticky resinous piney bitterness.

Sticky, dry, biting, med body, well carb'd.

Very drinakble, fresh hoppy winter IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:41:46 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-01-2011 05:15:12 | More by johnhenryconway
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear gold with a thick head and good retention. Has a strong hop aroma with a nutty malt in the background. Body is a bit thin for the style. Flavor reminds me of SN Celebration Ale yet not as good. Blend of hops and grains with a slight metallic finish. Overall ok but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 20:38:25 | More by BierReise
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer hasn't been retired and it isn't even making a lame-o Michael Jordan style comeback. The 2005 edition packs a decent punch. It appears a rather nondescript amber colour and offers a strong herbal nose which is reflected in a very strong herbal hoppy kick inside my mouth. There is a hint of a white sugary flavour here, but this beer tastes unusually clean, particularly for a winter seasonal (it is correctly pigeonholed as an IPA above after all). If you like the herbal hop thing then this is a beer for you.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2005 07:42:37 | More by charlatan
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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the beer (even when poured very vigerously) but it has very descent lacing though so I give it a solid 4.0
S-The aroma when first poured (being a little cold) is mild and vague, but lets come back to this as it warms a little and I'll give it a swirl... oh yes indeed the aroma really opens up as it warms, with lots of sweet candied fruity hops with some pungent citrus notes as well. And I also get passionfruit hop-like notes as well. The yeast used is fruity as well which helps excentuate the fruity hoppy notes too. On the second pour, the caramel sweet maltiness really comes out almost to the forefront, very nice aroma indeed.
T-Ok, I gave the flavor a 4.5 I know, but to me the flavor really reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration beer really. With lots of citrus and pine notes (not found in the aroma) , also the fruity notes are muted in the flavor. The sweetness from the malt is still there but also muted a little by the huge yet clean bitterness. I was pleasantly suprized by this offering from Full Sail, and I don't know why it has a slightly low score. This is truly the best Full Sail beer I've had to date.
M- The mouthfeel is medium to full in body and slightly creamy up front with a slightly dry and bitter finish that lingers forever. And I think the carbonation is almost spot on.
O-Overall I was impressed that Full Sail made this. Happily suprized for sure. A very good beer and I might just buy this one again (being only like $3.59 n' all). Well worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:17:15 | More by hoplover82
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-17-2012 23:04:16 | More by adkieffer
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An oxidative caramel nose, viscous liquid Jell-O pour, and paltry thin sheet of head all suggest barleywine. Though the initial taste, fresh out of the fridge, is almost numbingly bitter, both time and warmth bring the beer around full circle to a focus that is wholly on these rich malts, hopped mostly to dry out the finish and bring out the subtle alcohol.

I'm reminded of IPAs like Gordon -- those that do have a freshness of hop character and definite notes of resin and pine, but never take a leap into the tall canopy of complex hop flowers -- American brown ales or barleywines that are even more aggressively than usual.

There's no denying the hop intensity of Wreck the Halls and, though not entirely complicated on taste, it is there on every part of the tongue and in every stage of the drink. The integration is resolute -- we get fresh pine, an herbal bitterness, watered-down chocolate, cheap coffee, some residual sweetness on the midpalate, burnt caramel, maybe even some pine nuts.

This beer is not to be questioned for its depth or inventiveness. And, though the alcohol is entirely controlled, I've never had a 6.5% beer taste this full and rich without being cloyingly sweet (which this is not at all). Because of the heavy hop presence, this feels like a fully attenuated 10% abv barleywine. Maybe there's some sweetness in here that the hops are hiding or maybe this has just matured to a finger's length of perfection. Wreck the Halls is an anomaly for what it can do with what it is.

There is no circus of hops here which, to me, goes against the American tradition of IPA. Apricots and rum-soaked peaches. What there is, however, is prodiguous balance and maturity from a beer big enough to mug me on the street corner that would rather walk me home, keep me safe.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 18:41:32 | More by ngandhi
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 07:54:08 | More by Popp24
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-08-2014 13:50:08 | More by Mikexw
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-11-2012 22:21:10 | More by TexAggie011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-10-2013 23:16:08 | More by fivetime
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Reserve.
Tan head sits atop a nice looking coppery red beer.
Aroma of piney hops and toasty malt.

Taste shows a hefty, piney, resinous hop flavor. Decent toasty, caramel, toffee malt backbone attempts to balance, but falls a touch short. Hop resins cling to the palate at finish. A bit of an English feel to this one.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA, yet disappointing at the same time as I was expecting much more from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 04:54:24 | More by PhantomVodoo
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-29-2012 03:04:18 | More by rogerthegill
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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