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

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Ratings: 456
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 Beer4Baltimore
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with an enjoy by date of:1-22-12
A - a clear light coppery bright ale with a finger of fastly receding head. Leaves some lacing.
S - one dimensional hops and a bit of malts if you dig deep.
T - like the smell it's fairly straightfoward. Nice hops with a light malt background and maybe a trace of something herbal.
M - moderate carbonation in a medium bodied beer that leaves a pronounced astringent aftertaste.
D - drinks moderately easy.
Not the winter warmer I was hoping for, but not bad either. Overall it's just a bit beyond a plain American IPA.

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 06, 2011
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.

billab914, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish amber color from a 22 oz bomber, with the "best-by" date clearly marked on the label.

Not much of a head in the first pour, but with a slightly aggressive pour in the second helping there was a nice two finger frothy head which dissipates quickly.

Massive spice (nutmeg, cardamom) aroma upfront when the bottle was cracked open and poured. As the beer warms up, the hops become more noticeable amongst the biscuity, spicy, malty backbone. Some tobacco like notes too.

Taste however is predominantly hoppy. There is a slight sweetness upfront which gets completely drowned by the hop bitterness (can tell this is dry hopped). Again, as the beer warms the sweetness begins to pop up more often, complimenting the hop bitterness and adds a nice zing. Feels much more like a strong ale as it warms up.

Oily, chewy mouthfeel. Coats the palate completely with every sip. Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
A very nice seasonal from Full Sail. I can see this becoming one of my favorite seasonal beers. Right up there with Nosferatu, and Celebration for example, which are some of my top seasonal ale's.

Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 20, 2011
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.

mechamifune, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split 22oz Bomber. Very happy with this one, good crafty taste with holiday flavors/accents. Not overpowering, just good drinking holiday beer. This is one is on my short list of favorite holiday craft beers. Pick one or a few bombers up to share with friends over holidays. They will be glad you did.

TheBigBoy, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber, not as dark as years past, but with a very sticky and foamy head on top, this one was here for a while. The smell was obnoxious, it was so sticky and fresh with hop resin, I did not even know what to do. Such a great mix of pine nugget freshness with a little bit of spice mixed in, dare I say perfect. The flavor was nothing short of extraordinary with a deep rich and stick hop profile, it was much better then any I had tried the last few years. Overall this was great and far exceeded last years version. This is a huge hop monster this year and it really needed to be.

mikesgroove, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh, arf! A wet dog sort of bite to the flavor. Smell is canned tomato soup and some spoiled canteloupe. It's the 2010 edition, but I don't think it is aging well. Looks OK, though, with a classic dark amber, nice head, and lacing along the snifter. Thinnish body.

Very dry and austere, yet with a touch of Old Ale fruity funk. The hops are just plain bitter and sharp. Very harsh for an IPA, where you hope for some mellow resins or something to balance the bitterness. Aftertaste makes me not want to have another mouthful.

mactrail, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Nordicmonk
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initially cautious because of the name.

A - Clear medium amber color, nice frothy head, fair retention, slight lacing.

S - A bit of a bland generic nose, mild bitter hint and slight malt aroma.

T - Flavor has a hoppy taste but seems as a poor cutting of the hops, not a good flavor A generic bitterness with a mild spiced taste, nothing much in the way of a remotely enticing hop profile, hints of mal.

M - Medium to medium-light body, and moderate carbonation. Light metallic sense in the lingering flat bitterness.

O - Not impressive, rather poor for the style. The group of us that tried the it were disappointed at best.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. . Served in a tulip glass.

Nordicmonk, May 24, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xmas image, so was looking for something spicy. Mahogoney coloured body with a good head. I was getting hops and spice in the aroma. The taste is some yeast, corriander, with pepper in the finish. The bitterness was unusual, but grew on me.Another fun beer from Full Sail, Thanks Jason.

Sammy, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of bigoten13
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber to a tulip glass, pours a nice golden caramel with a one finger head that bubbles down to a nice lace.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy, with a little spice, and the taste is full-bodied and delicious, great Centennial hop character, with the aforementioned spice finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average, with the spiciness really adding to it, and the drinkability is okay: wouldn't do a whole session with this beer, but it is great for a whole bomber full.

Overall, another yummy offering from our employee-owned Full Sail.

bigoten13, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: Resinous amber in color, when given an average pour, it produces a dissapointing .75 finger head - I've found this to be typical of Full Sail's brews. As it settles it looks just like apple cider.

S: Slightly acidic hop oil hits the nose first, followed by hints of mulling spices. The two actually work quite well together.

T: Surprisingly the alcohol hits first - strange for a 6.5% ABV brew. It passes quickly, followed closely by a really unique blend of bitter hops, cloves and holiday spices.

M: Nice creamy texture and well carbonated. Again, I'm a bit surprised as the ABV is fairly low. It's got reasonable weight and comes off a bit bigger then I'd expected.

O: I was fairly impressed with this one, as I've yet to have a Full Sail brew I enjoyed, until now. It's a different kind of beer, and something I found balanced and understated - cheers go to the Full Sail brewmaster(s) for pulling this hybrid off.

Rhettroactive, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a friend. It poured clear red with an off-white head. I'm going to have to agree with the label, this is a blend of mild Christmas spice with hops. I've tried a couple beers that try to achieve this before but this is the only one I thought really did it well. The hops have a flowery, citrus character that's quite smooth. I'd really consider this more of a hoppy winter warmer, either way it's a nice change of pace in the colder months.

tempest, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 10/2011.

pours deep orangey amber with just a touch of haze. a small cap of cream coloured head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving a bit of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. grapefruit and pine. caramel and a bit of toffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

taste is nice. grapefruit and pine. light caramel. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. lightly spicy hop character. bit of alcohol. medium bitterness level. hint of toasty character.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. definitely get a bit of the winter warmer as well as american ipa character. good stuff.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a light cloudy pale amber color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of light floral, hint of elderflower, citrus, roasted malt, caramel and what I thought was some kind of tulip like feel over the palate. Medium bodied with a dry texture and an average carbonation. Somewhat moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Dry and bitter finish. Thought the tulip notes was very interesting however.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "American IPA + WInter warmer" is sure to intrigue. Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper/amber with a cream colored head. Visible lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a winter beer, with raisins and faint floral hops which become the dominant aroma after about a minute.

Flavor: Spicy and hoppy, much like described. There are figs, raisins, and hints of cherries in the beginning. A slight oak taste leads into hop grassiness and then bitterness of the finish. There is definite warmth to this beer, which is sort of confusing my mouth with the hop presence. The finish is full floral hop oils.

MF: Not sweet or full-bodied like lots of holiday beers. All ingredients are in moderation and mostly work well with each other. I think Full Sail really accomplished what they wanted this beer to be.

ebrauser, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Barely fair and forgettable Christmas offering.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label offer the seal layout of Full Sail with a red background, green center shape, and general typography. Side narrative offers an overview of the intent, and ingredients. Notes IBU´s (68), and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%), and vintage as 2010 brewmaster reserve. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, nice frothy head, average retention, fair surface memory, small touches of lacing.

S - A bit of a bland generic nose, mild bitter hint and caramel malt.

T - Flavor does not do much better, not bad but just a touch above. A generic bitterness with a mild spiced sense flows, nothing much in the way of a remotely enticing hop profile, hints of malt and caramel.

M - Medium to medium-light body, and moderate carbonation with an adequate texture. Light metallic sense in the lingering flat bitterness.

D - Not offensive but rather uninspiring and forgettable.

Notes: It's a pity cause I really dig their employee-owned story. And more so now that their brews are being distributed around here it is a welcome addition. But even before of the little I had a chance to try, it did not make a lasting memory, and while not torture this one is surely a brew that one could pass on without regret.

Daniellobo, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazing amber since some orange highlights. There is a thin finger of foamy white head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit bready with malts coming right out at first and then pushed forward with a nice spicy flavor. Some tart orange flavor is there in the aroma as well. There is a bit of a bitterness in the background accompanying the citrus here.

The taste is bitter at first with some earthy hop flavor. There is a peppery flavor that is working off the slight tart citrus flavor in the back. The bitterness seems to build and stick onto my tongue. The there is a sweetness there of some nice malty flavor but gets a slight bit overshadowed just a bit by the loud bitter hop flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and full with some nice flavor. It goes down easy and is packed with a nice refreshing drinkable feel.

Duhast500, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
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.

mountdew1, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on Veteran's Day from BevMo for $3.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a one finger white head.

Nose is nutty malts with some citrus hops.

Taste is a light nutty malt backing with a huge amount of citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, finish is somewhat lively.

Drinkability is good, this is a classic IPA with some touches in conjuncion with the Holiday season. Nice beer, would love to see this packaged as a sixer!

arizcards, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice orange/amber in color with a beautiful slight off white head that left decent lacing down the glass.

Smell - pine covered hop cones and grain.

Taste - boom, IPA. Didn't catch a hint of winter warmer whatsoever in this. I did catch the hops in the forefront, with a bit of caramel to balance things out (maybe that's the winter warmer part). For a second, I thought it started to remind me of Celebration, in terms of hops and carbonation.

mouthfeel - medium, very well suited for the style.

drinkability - the bomber of this was delicious and if I can find another, I most certainly will.

Genuine, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Orangey-amber color with a sufficiently sized head. Smells like the winter holiday season; pine sap, nutty toasted malt, ripe fruit and a hint of alcohol. Smooth medium body, a little fluffy and a little wet. Wildly hoppy and bitter at first, but then some malt and fruity fla- vors come through. The 6.5 percent is noticeable on the breath, yet is not a distraction. Ripe tropical fruit meets a nutty toasted grain, meets a mouthful of hops.

Hops don't show a whole lot of discretion, which we love; while the malt leans dry, the base holds together quite well. This is sort of an "in your face" winter seasonal.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in Dirty Jersey. My 2nd from this brewery. Will have more 12oz bottles soon when I find singles. Into a big ass Chimay goblet.

Wreck the halls looks lighter than a normal WW in that this is actually labeled an American IPA, I love IPA's so score for me. A bright red mixed with tangerine orange with a slight haze and minimal cap about a 1/4 of an inch, no lace. A huge amount of grain in the nose followed by some bittering hops, this still smells hoppy after two months on the shelf. Some spice with warming but nothing to overkill, it's fairly faint. Some caramel and sweet scents as well. Taste is pretty carmel forwward with hops backing that and spice in the distance. Small amounts of grapefruit and some earthiness towards the warmth. Some candi cane and grain. Pretty simple and str8 forward. I would say this is more IPA than WW and it aint all that bad. Feel is less than medium with a bitter aftertaste. Carb is minimal and just right. I drank my bottle with ease and suggest you get one to try something worth trying.

BARFLYB, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 bomber from Supersaver.

Hazy dark amber body, topped by an off-white level finger of foam.

Strong aroma of pine and herbs, some juicy fruit notes in the rear.

Sticky sweet malt coats the tongue. A bitter blast then covers the entire mouth. Lot of balance to this IPA. Earthy finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, with just a touch of bubbly.

Okay drinkability, goes down fairly easy, but not a beer you can't stop yourself from drinking too quickly.

Could have used some juicy fruit with the bitterness. Not a great IPA but worth a spot in the winter rotation.

RonfromJersey, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has an amber brown color with a thin head that dissapates quickley leaving nill lace. Smell has a nice balance with the malt and hop with grapefruit citrus riding on top. Taste rings true to aroma that has a spike of bitterness from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. A very nice IPA, nothing over the top, but still enjoyable.

Bookseeb, Jan 01, 2011
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.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 30, 2010
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