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

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86
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | 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 jeffjeff1
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rose and Crowne.

Pours a deep dark coppery ruby red/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly hoppy earthy aroma with hints of citrus and dry pine as well as some sweet rye and caramel malt. There's also a slight syrupy character in the nose along with some sweet dark cherry.

Hop forward medium body with a decent amount of dry bitter pine that's quickly balanced out by a sweet malty backbone and a dry spicy finish. Hints of rye and caramel malt mid palate and a slightly cloying syrupy character. Nthere's also a bit of dark fruit especially cherry and subtle peppery spice in the finish.

corby112, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Plinythechugger
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a light copper hughe color with an inch thick head that quick disapated.

S - very enticing. Full of hops with a hint of citrus and nut. Very complex!

T - very light. Extremely "up and down" and hoppy to an enjoyable degree.

M - medium to light bodied. Almost a tad too light for a winter seasonal beer.

D - very drinkable. At 6.5% alcohol it's approachable and enjoyable. Could be bigger, will look for it next year.

Cheers!

Plinythechugger, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear copper with a small off-white head, very nice lacing.

smell is of subdued grapefruit, some perfume, a touch of caramel, a little spice, citrus, a little pine, and sour malts in the back.

taste is somewhat creamy, spice, malt, a touch of caramel, a tad bit of citrus, somewhat sweet in back, and hops, aftertaste is nicely bitter, mouth-feel is dry.

froghop, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of voteforgoat
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this last night, so going by memory!

a - coppery, good head

smell - very piney

taste - hoppy, and like most very hoppy beers I've had, that taste goes away after half a glass to reveal other flavors ( in this case, some of the malts come through). Nice long, aftertaste.

m- Similar to every Full Sail I've had.

d- i would drink this all night long, and I'm not a hop-head.

Full Sail should get more props for the beer they make! They don't necessarily go extreme all the time, but they are not cookie cutter! They also have some more intense offerings, which this one is.

voteforgoat, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge light beige head with lots of structure. Bright Copper Amber color with prefect clarity. Interesting in that the head has amazing retention and yet leaves no lacing..

Aroma is light pine, a bit musty and at first a solvent like aroma (phenolic) This seems to dissipate. Black pepper and toasted malt.

Slight mineral flavor, a touch of diacetyl. Black pepper, lots of fruity esters and pretty sweet. Fairly bold bitterness towards the end which lingers nicely. I'd say a touch too sweet for me. As it warms slightly you begin to taste for bread like flavors.

Medium bodied and almost sticky. The sweetness sticks with you.

It's ok... Not the most drinkable as there seem to be a few issues with this beer. The almost cloying sweetness is among the biggest.

Reagan1984, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with a slight chill haze and active carbonation. A fizzy cream head is slow to form and retreats quickly to a ring at the beers edge. The beer's weak point.

S: Lots of grapefruit, lemon and pine in the nose. No one hop aroma overpowers the others. A light caramel sweetness can be found behind the hops.

T: A rush of bitterness comes on right away. It has a nice balance of citrus, pepper and pine. Malt is there with a sweetbread flavor, but is mostly covered by the hops. Finishes tart, with a lingering bitterness.

M: The medium-light body is oily and leafy. The carbonation feels right on.

D: Fairly standard IPA fare, but a nice beer overall. I'm glad I'm picked it up.

Rayek, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source Serving: 22oz. Bottle, No expiration date. Served cold.

Smell: Lots of piney/grassy hops and a hint of orange and herbalness. A little spice flavor, but mild and much more at the level of a typical and not "holiday" beer.

Taste: Essentially an IPA with a perceptible, but not strong level of the typical winter beer spices. Very bitter and not at all sweet, and the spices are actually pretty nice addition. Definitely some malts in the background.

Notes: Definitely the holiday beer for the person who isn't a fan of overly spiced and sweet holiday beers. However, as such it isn't a beer that has a lot of "holiday" flavor. Interesting, but not innovative.

4000qtrap, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Belmont Station poured 12/26/09 into Full Sail shaker pint glass.

Clear amber brew, 1 1/2 finger white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Big hop blast in the nose balanced by bready malts. Taste features a bit of sweet malts on the tongue, but dominated by spicy hops. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit salty, with minimal carbonation. Fairly drinkable for an IPA. IMO, the hoppiest of Full Sail products. Recommended for holiday hopheads.

jdense, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of vkv822
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Pours an amber-orange color with slightly off white head. Has a very hoppy, slightly citrusy and possible pine smell. The flavor is also a very hoppy bitterness that still is able to not become too bitter. There is a nice citrus backing. It has a strong-medium mouthfeel, with not too much bitterness.
I find it is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable IPA because of the bitterness being very present and still managing to not be too overwhelming. Too bad it's only around for the winter!

vkv822, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rose & Crown. Went there with a bunch of other BAs and they seemed not to like this beer much. I had it on tap later and it wasn't half bad.

Pours deep amber with a medium off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, rough leafy and piney hops, and some mild spice.

Flavor is lots of caramel malt and again rough and leafy hops, with a little citrus in there too.

Really does wreck your palate with hop bitterness. Medium-full body.

Drinkability is average-plus. Overall good but not great.

nickd717, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of steveja57
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Holiday beer of 2009. Beautiful amber color, crystal clear, nice collar of white lace. The nose is pungent with hops but has a sweet malt backbone. In the mouth it hits you like a typical IPA, but counters that with a bit more malt sweetness than some IPAs. This beer is all about balance to me: crisp yet malty, well-hopped but not astringent. 6.5% alcohol means you can have a couple, too.

steveja57, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear orange with a small head and some lacing
Aroma is faint bittering hops and malt slightly astringent.
Taste is as it smells, crisp bittering with a nice malt backbone, what one might describe as balanced rather than over hopped like a DIPA, but this is a IPA so I guess its spot on for the style.
Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Nice brew! Cheers

mudbug, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass.

Served cool, beautiful redish amber color with great clarity.

Aroma is hoppy but not super fresh or over the top.

Flavor is like a malty caramel-toffee IPA. There's a little bit of toasted malt and earthy hops like a NW IPA but with a hint of winter warmer to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body (which is a little much for the style) and low in carbonation.

Definately a hop-forward winter seasonal. Not great but enjoyable.

GilGarp, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at a Whole Foods in LaCamas WA.... first time trying it. First year for me. 2009 bottling.

- Dark clear copper brew with a foamy white head... lots of lace-making suds. Quite simple really...

- Nice signature roasted malt scent that I love in a good Full Sail brew... slightly sweet copper malt... grain.. roasty and lightly smoked... with a balanced citrus and floral hop flare. If you stuck this brew under my nose blindfolded.. I would know it's a Full Sail.

- Robust balance of bitter bitter hops that are well worked with citrus and floral sweetness... riding alongside a complex roasted malt... smoky, caramel... earthy... very nice and certainly fantastic compared to all of the other seasonals out there that all seem the same... like some tame imperial porter w/ a scoop of dirt added.

- Dry/bitter... nice zingy dryness.... chewy... and dries the teeth that that little blow nozzle they use at the dentist.

- Super tasty and balanced... a must have for any IPA lover... or Full Sail fan.

Docer, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
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

Magpie14, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a ruby brown with a tint of amber, slightly off white head

pine, lemon, breadiness, and a dash of floral hops

pine upfront followed by citrus, toasty malt, floral hops, and a good resiny finish

smooth, hoppy, with a dash of malt to balance it out. slightly sweet malt backbone but with enough hops to really make it about as hoppy as a pale or weak IPA

smooth, tasty, hoppy yet balanced, a really enjoyable beer and a really nice alternative to all the malt bombs associated with the winter. I am glad this beer is back and i know ill be getting another one

bitterthebetter, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at the brewery in Hood River.
Clear copper with a two finger cream color head. Good lacing in the upper half.
Aroma of hop resins and caramel.
Taste is grapefruit orange hops with a modest malt backing. Easy drinker and alright abv for the style. Modest carbonation levels.
Nice seasonal IPA not overly sweet like most winter beers.

2010 version: Have to down rate on appearance this year. Head retention and lacing was less than last year. Still a nice Winter Warmer/ IPA. Not a hop bomb or alky blast. Easy drinker, almost a session beer for the style. From a bomber. 11-13-2010.

Spikester, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass, this brew pours a clear orange amber in color and yields a thin head. Retention is short and lacing reduces through the glass, becoming flatish towards the end.

Smell is a blend of light resiny pine hops along with some sweet malts. Nothing really jumps out to grab or deter from the nose.

Taste follows the nose accurately. A decent balance yet nothing particularly robust and finishes with a tinge of bitterness. Feel and carbonation are good on the tongue even when the head dissipates fully. Drinkability is good, not too sweet or bitter. This beer has a dryness I might expect from an IPA but otherwise is reminiscent of an APA to me. Yet surely preferred over their standard IPA offering.

HalfFull, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a light white head. Caramel, pine, and orange aroma. Not very strong, but subtle instead of weak. Hops heavy up front, lots of resin without much citrus. Malt and caramel are close to follow. Finish is a decent blend of both. Decent IPA, especially for Full Sail.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clouded copper color with a nice white foamy head. Nose of citrus hops with grapefruit dominating and good malt profile. Flavors are hops and malts, with some spices in there, and the malts are well balanced with the hops. The finish was rather bitter. It is indeed a true IPA. Full Sail got it right this time.

barleywinefiend, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purcahsed from Heritage Liquore in a 22 oz brown bomber.
Poured into a tulip. Brown amberish hazy color, with a 2 finger off white sudzy head.

Smell is of toffee, lime, sweet malt, caramel rolls, toast, piney hops.

Taste is very thick and bready with pine and grapfruit hops. More of that lemon flavor with a pirculiar sour stangeness. Still good but awkward too.
Finish is very dry with bittering hops. Medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel for the amount of caramel and bready yeast flavor.
The color also lead me to beleive this would be a bit more creamy.

Still a delicious beer.

Buebie, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

22oz bottle (*Brewmater's Reserve 2007*) served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky, amber color with a tight tan head that thinned out to a light layer.

S - sweet malt and faded hops.

T - sweet malty flavor with a faint bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - I got through the bottle.

Final Note: I'm sure this had more of a hop bang when it was fresh and I'd like to try a fresh bottle of this brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wasatch for the bottle (this was an extra thrown in from a trade). The beer is very dark for an IPA, a hazy dark copper orange color with a fat yeast cake of off-white foam. The smell is rich, definitely a lot of malt along with the hops, it reminds me of several DIPA's (Yulesmith, maybe Stone 10th). The taste is very good as well, grapefruit and a little burning with bitterness, but a strong balance of malty sweetness evens things out. If anything I smell the malt more when I inhale while sipping. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, maybe 10-20% more body than water, leaving a coating sensation to keep the flavors burnt in. A very good IPA and appreciated.

TurdFurgison, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

"Brewmaster Reserve 2007" at 6.7%abv per the label.

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a full ivory head. Really decent retention for an IPA.

Smell is really nice, with rich full malty caramel aroma complimented by fresh juicy hops. Big peach and pineapple with a light resin. Soft melon and sugar sweetness hang in the back.

Taste is very pleasant. Smooth malt kind of brightens up with some juiciness and honey, rising to a resiny coating and distinct but understated bitterness.

Feel is pretty thick for an IPA, but nice all the same. Leaves a full mouth coat and some tongue numbing alkaline feel.

Overall pretty good for drinkability. It tastes good. It smells nice. I like it.

lightindarkness, Mar 21, 2008
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.