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

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477 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: dolem98 on 11-19-2002

"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"
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Ratings: 477 | Reviews: 272
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. A nice head stand of creamy off-white bubble, about a finger high that slowly settle.

S: A moderately-strong hop aroma of citrus with moderate grassy notes from dry hopping. The malt aroma is pretty clean and the esters are low.

T: Like candied citrus hops. Lots of hops flavor and moderately-strong hops bitterness but with lots of balance and none of that harshness from trying to get as much hops bitterness as possible. There is a light caramel malt flavor with a light malt sweetness. The balance is bitter, the finish is dry and the aftertaste is a bit of pine needles and a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. It is moderately creamy with a light alcohol warmth .

O: A balanced and easy to drink IPA, at least for a hop head. Balance is the most stricking feature of this beer as the hops flavor and bitterness are clearly there but thier not harsh. My favorite time of beer, it's also nice to know you're getting a freshly brewed IPA

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber.

Pours out a clear amber liquid with an off-white head that fights to remain until the bitter end. Nice lacing sporadically spots the glass.

Aroma is full of spicy pine hops. Green and yummy. They threw in a touch of citrus and sweet caramel just to make sure it attract too many loggers. Yeah...I love the pine.

The flavor isn't as much of a hop bomb as I expected it would be from the smell. The taste is quite good and surprisingly smooth. Pine and citrus hops with a spicy bitterness...not pucker up and squint bitter, but more like "hey, my tongues a tingling" bitter.

Oily, resiny, medium bodied brew. Smooth and easy drinking. I really wish we could get more of these west coast beers on this side of the country.

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 02/13/12. This pours an amber color with a small white head. The smell is of hops, caramel malts and spices. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty good, initially bitterness, some sweet caramel and spices and then it finishes with a nice long bitterness.

Photo of dedrinker
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber with cream colored head.

Aromas of not very much. Aromas of boredom. Aromas of a drab socialist planned economy. Grey.

Flavor is pretty much the same, but wait! There is a little bitterness on the finish from hops and a little harsh bitterness from the spice. Sometimes I imagine I'm detecting actual citrus peel.

Medium body, prickles the throat and tongue in places, and finishes slightly bitter.

I haven't had a single interesting beer from these guys yet, and I'm no extremeist either. There is more character to Old Milwaukee than this.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy bronze color, 1 finger width white frothy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S: Hoppy aroma, slight metallic scent.
T: Good hoppy flavor but suprisingly well balanced out maltiness to it as well
M: Smooth mouthfeel, goes down easily
D: Wasn't what I was really expecting, normally when I think of winter beers I don't think of something real hoppy. This beer has good hop flavor and nicely balanced with a caramel maltiness. Would buy this again for sure.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a christmas present from my fiance.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- hops, perfume, citrus, really nice

Taste- smooth, nice balance, hops, malt

Mouthfeel- dry, medium bodied

Drinkability- This was a really good beer. I really enjoyed it. I loved the perfumy aroma.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived wearing a crisp, solid shade of amber without much head. Lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is a solid balance of malt and hops, with pine and citrus very noticable but not dominating. The taste is very good, definitely allowing the hops to take center stage but not neglecting its strong malt base. It's easy to drink, the mouthfeel is pleasing, and the overall flavor is great.

This might even be my favorite west coast winter IPA!

Photo of NCSUdo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper colored body under a medium sized white head. Good retention, OK lace.

S: Decent citrus hops, malt backbone holds up well. Rather tame but well balanced.

T: Pine and citrus hops, some caramel malt, fair amount of bitterness, splash of mint, a little sweet up front.

M/D: Medium bodied, a little crisp. Drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage, 22 oz, poured into a Unibroue tulip. Clear, oily, blurry lacing on glass. Light copper in color. Aroma is part citrus, part caramel, part fusel alcohol. Taste is sharp, biting bitter with some chalky spices, balanced out in the back with some malty sweetness. My only complaint about this one is that the flavors don't seem to mask the alcohol even though it isn't too high of an ABV. All in all, not bad however.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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