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

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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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 NorCalYeti
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- apples, biscuits, caramelized malt

color- honey amber

clarity- hazy

smell- apples, bread

body- well balanced, crisp hop flavor, medium-length carbonated finish, plenty of malt to balance the hoppiness of the beer

appearance- slightly off-white creamy head that disipates quickly, some residual lace

overall impression- want to like this beer every year but it always comes up short for me

notes and comments- i'm not sure i'd call this an ipa, more of a winter warmer. not much hiss when cap was removed

glassware: tulip

Photo of nimrod979
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Big frothy off white head. Tons of lacing and good head retention.

Piney, resiny, citrus hops dominate the aroma.

Lots of piney hops in the flavor. Crystal and caramel malts. Mildly fruity and plenty bitter.

Sticky, juicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Long bitter finish. Pretty solid. Puts me to mind of Celebration Ale. Similar styler with the same spiciness and hoppiness.

Photo of JayAre46
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

could not pass this one with a $3 dollar price tag. wreck the halls, sometimes i feel that way during the holidays, anyway a 22oz bomber poured relatively firm into a pint glass that gave a very mild thin 1finger head that receded at record speed with minimal lace. the color is of deep amber and orange hues with a bit of chill haze. the aroma was immediate pine and hops not much of a citrus but a definite caramel malt backbone. the taste follows the nose, a bit of spice with the hoppy resins with a good amount of caramel malt for balance and a bitter hop finish. pretty simple characters here and im not sure if much else could be done without screwing things up. i do get the festive spice influence on the ipa but nothing revolutionary. the mouthfeel is pretty typical of the style medium with the right amount of carbonation. easy to drink and for $3 bucks i can't comlain, but i feel like this is just an east coast style ipa with the most subliminal spice influence. simplicity.

Photo of DaveONan
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 02.20.12. Pours a very hazy burnt orange with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around and to the sides of the glass, producing some nice lacing.

Smell is hops--orange pulp, pineapple, mango, brown sugar, and some wood (oak).

Tastes like a hop lovers holiday delight. Very hop forward style delivers hop resins, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango. There is an undercurrent of malt flavors that produces some caramel sweetness and some toast or biscuit.

Mouthfeel is alive with some slickness from the hop oils. Medium body.

Overall, definitely a west coast take on Christmas beer, and a pretty good one at that. A welcome and refreshing addition to the seasonal lineup available in the area.

Photo of jnn4v
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is definitely more winter warmer than IPA. Looks as if it might be unfiltered as well. Hazy honey / amber / dark orange color with some moderate cream colored head.

S: This one definitely caught me off guard. Much more IPA than winter warmer in the scent. Very strong citrus (lemon + grapefruit) and a hint of pine. Some caramel sweetness as well.

T: Seems to match the scent very well. Not terribly far off from fresh Ruination IPA from what I remember - strong on the lemony hops with some slightly herbal/piney bitterness as well. Not overly bitter, although the hops are winning out over the malt for sure. Very hard to discern any traditional "warmer" spices in this.

M: Good body for an IPA. Moderate viscosity and carbonation. Not much else to note here other than that this is textbook for an IPA.

D: Seems pretty darn drinkable both at cold and room temperature. Nicely balanced beer and well rounded IPA.

Photo of blackcloud
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 Pjev11
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheTinDoor
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PBoegel
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a brilliant light amber to light copper with a nice frothy white head, some decent signs of lacing.

Aromas are light grapefruit and lemon zest with a substantial toasty to slightly fresh baked bread malt character with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste is predominantly malt, fresh baked bread, sugar cookies and some light orange to lemony hop character, with a substantial and nicely expressed bitterness. Could have a touch more complexity in the flavor.

Nice medium light body, with no alcohol showing through, very good dry finish, very drinkable beer.

Really felt the bitterness shines through here, more like an extra special bitter than an IPA but a nice drinker.

Photo of SJbigtuna
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of omnigrits
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

A. Coppery amber colour with a thin off-white head. Some lace.

S. Very strong grassy, skunky hop aroma, and in a good way. The way you often get when hops are there in abundance.

T. The taste is a lot sweeter than the nose hints at. Nice caramel malts up front, a bit lacking in the middle but a pleasant bitter finish with some strong grapefruit flavours.

M. Medium, quite creamy.

O. Not bad overall, but it doesn't excite me the way some others of this style do. A very drinkable beer, all the same. A nice change from the usual darker, maltier, spicier Christmas fare.

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.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than amber, let's call it acorn. Nice and hazy. Foamy cap brings to mind Santa's (slightly dirty) fluffy beard. Lacing is decent but not quite what I would expect from the style.

Aroma absolutely crushes it. Grapefruit for sure, but lively with other fruits (not all of them identifiable) and floral notes. Taste is great, but somehow falls a little short of matching the nose. The hops are obviously up front, and while the malt is not completely invisible, this stays true to the style. The bitter finish lasts a bit longer than I'd like.

This is a fantastic beer. I'm just a little confused by the label, which describes it as a hybrid between an American IPA and a winter warmer. I get none of the spices you'd expect in a warmer, but that shouldn't take away from the beer. Given the price (less than $5 per bomber) I will definitely buy this again, and I'm glad it's made its way to the east coast.

Photo of kgotcher
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this one is like taking a whiff of fresh aroma hops.

One of the most obvious hop aromas I have every experienced. Some malty sweetness hiding in the back.

Had to pour this one right down the middle to get much head and even then it was gone quickly without much lacings, not totally surprising since the ABV is marginally higher than average at 6.5

Mouthfeel is a a bit slick almost wine like, light on carbonation, medium body. Aftertaste is somewhat dry. The taste is nice, very hoppy with very nice sweet maltyness to try to restore some kind of balance to this one.

I really like this one, if you like hops you have to try it. A nice winter warmer with a northwest hoppy attitude.

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

22 oz bomber, 2006.
Pours a copperish color with a small white head that settles very quickly.
The nose is filled with light spiced hops, some floral tones, more malty sweetness than expected, and a tinge of alcohol.
Bitter hop bite up front, hop flavors mainly consist of faint citrusy type tastes with a fairly sweet malt back drop that includes some mild roasted flavors.
Medium bodied IPA with good level of carbonation.
A pretty drinkable IPA from Full Sail. A pretty straight forward solid IPA.

Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of trep
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to Wasatch.

Amber hued translucent body with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as it settles down. Aroma is very balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste is nearly as balanced as the aroma, with more of the weight leaning towards hop bitterness. Very piney hop bitterness. Finishes malty with an aftertaste of pine.

Medium body with light carbonation creates a nice oily texture that sticks to the inside of your mouth. I wouldn't say this is an easy drinking brew, but it's not too bad. Two bombers of this would be my limit.

Photo of Hopscat
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Another fine IPA I've had lately.
Nice slightly orangeish amber color. Head doesn't last too long, but is OK. Some laces.

Nice aroma, a little more than i expected.

Great tasting IPA. A little different than some, perhaps a little more complex,
Full Sail is a fine brewer of my hoppy favorites, and this is another one.

Photo of hophead247
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark amber color offset by a nice white head. Aroma that first hit me was the malts, but then the citrusy hops comes around. It took awhile, but it did. The malt aroma is the strongest by far. Mouthfeel is full and round. Flavors were malty sweet and moderately hopped. Nothing outstanding, and nothing wrong with this brew.

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.