1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

463 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 463
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Wreck The Halls Alström Bros
Ratings: 463 | Reviews: 268 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange color. White colored head fades to a thick film. Lacing in thick sheets.

S - Rich amber balance-like smell, green hoppy bitterness and some brown sugary malts.

T - Oily bitterness starts out, brown sugary malts and a greener lightly hoppy bitterness carry out the rest of the flavor.

M - Medium consistency with light to medium carbonation.

D - Probably not as hoppy as it once one was but I still enjoyed for the nicely balanced amber-like beer that it is now.

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Transluscent amber pour. Nicely hopped nose mostly. Strong hop flavor balanced by slightly lingering "red" maltiness. Hoppy finish with a pleasant light charred flavor. Pretty good.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours hazy copper/amber with a thin lasting head.

The smelll is of the signature Full Sail yeast strain with orange, caramel and a bit herbal.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with floral/herbal and citric/orange hops and the Full Sail yeast strain. Slight alcohol in the dry finish.

A tad thinner than expected for an IPA/winter release, but hits medium-bodied.

Easy enough, and tasty enough to be quite drinkable. A nice, balanced IPA.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled upon this at the liquor store today for $2.99 a bottle and figured I'd give it a whirl.

This amber gem pours smoothly into my English Imperial pint glass. There is a reasonable head initially, but it quickly transitions to a lace. Good, solid carbonation. Pretty standard looking for an IPA, but with a Christmasy feel. The aroma starts out nice w/ some hoppy aromas first. For some reason I get a strong alcohol aroma. I had to look at the label several times to ensure that the beer was only 6.7% alcohol. I guess I'll write off the alcohol aroma as "fruitiness." There is some malty sweetness in the background. The flavor of this brew is pretty solid. Good hops, good malts, good balance. Not too overpowering on any level. Its not a boring beer at all, but not a trailblazer in any manner. The website boasts that this beer is "aggressive but sublime, assertive yet mellow, complex yet drinkable, and contains a lot of hops." I guess this beer fits that pretty well. The mouthfeel is a little different than what I've experienced w/ IPAs. It seems to be very soft and smooth. It starts out that way at least, but finishes crisp and dry. Something a little different I guess. I could be hallucinating though (these damn 80 + hour weeks are killing me).

A good, solid beer. Nothing to go out and tell someone to find by any means possible though. If it came in a sixer, I may pick up one again. Not sure if I'll buy more bombers of this beer though. A pint or 12 oz at a time would be enough. Worth a try at least.

Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note, been sitting in a 35 degree fridge since it was purchased in January '08.

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, Belgian Goblet 12 ounce.

Appearance, amber and hazy with a mild white foamy head profile that dissipates quickly leaving no lace behind.
Aroma, hop berry sweetness, with some minor pine & grapefruit
Taste, is sweet, with the hops subdued (could be I waited too long), almost simcoe like with some spice.
Mouthfeel is mild to medium.

Overall, I almost feel like I waited too long on this one, sigh.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that sticks and laces, too

Smell: Big caramel blast with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that is joined by piney bitterness in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates, though the caramel lingers underneath, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A style bender that is a bit too unbalanced to be that enjoyable

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale and caramel malts along with some citrusy hops and grandma's bowl of wrapped spiced candy.

Taste: More pale malts, as the caramel seems to have gone absent and with only a subdued sweetness. Spicy throughout. Resinous, citrus hop flavor with a moderate bitterness. Hoppy, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Looked nice and smelled good, but it kinda lost me on the flavor.

Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz from Bel-Air in Natomas.

A - Cloudy, mostly unfiltered, with an orange-tan body and off-white head. Head dissipates slow, little lacing, with foam sediment containing small protein clumps.

S - Pine, malts, citrus, with a bread-like aroma.

T - Ginger, citrus, pine, slightly earthy hops, light bitterness, and lotsa nutmeg at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, lightly bitter, fairly chewy, robust as in filling, with strong note of nutmeg at the end.

D - I really enjoyed this one. Refreshing, yet filling, like a winter beer should be.

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Wreck The Halls is bronze with slight chill haze and large ivory head that settles to a thick skim, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is moderately strong, pine and citrus hops, hint of gingerbread, I think just malts, perhaps a dash of spice?

Taste is spicy hops and sour citrus, bit of alcohol and caramel malt. Big hoppy ambers fade fast and this one is probably a bit long in the tooth - the hops are getting soapy and a bit to sweet. I missed it at most of my beer spots when it came out 6 weeks ago or so until I spied this bottle at room temp at the co-op....moral of that story is to drink 'em fresh!

MF is a bit oily, med.thin body

Drinkability is average, not to bad, pretty smooth, but going downhill I thinks...next year i'll get this asap an not slack.

Photo of unclederby
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ale a few times now, both from the bottle and on tap.

Poured with some vigor into a pint glass just a whisper of a head forms atop this slightly hazy, dark honey-colored ale. Only spotty lacing.

I steal a big whiff just after the pour and am greeted by a huge, perfumy, spicy bouquet of hops... dominated by centennial. I think i catch some cinnamon there too. Once the dust settles so to speak, one notices caramel malt, vanilla and more of a piney presence. The bouquet just keeps drawing me in.

Spicy, piney hops dominate the flavor., while there is sufficient malt backbone to keep them from going over the top. Enlivened with a citrusy tinge. Tasty but not as complex as the aroma might lead you belive.

Wreck the Halls is medium-bodied with nice viscosity and complementary carbonation.

A nice change of pace from most winter ales, more akin to Celebration than anything, i suppose. Good beer.

Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of caramel malts and some bitter pine hops.

Beer is very malty. Very roasty malt character, some creamy malts, some sweetness, and a slight tea like flavor. Hops are a bitter and pine like on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a touch thin on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Nice tasting malty brew. Doesn't really strike me as being an American IPA, more like a souped up Amber Ale.

Photo of AndoBrew
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*did not like it, would not ever buy it*

app: brown red, plain bland. no head.

smell: nice, hops, malts, beer, yummy. it has some pine type hops, nice mild brown amber ish malts.

taste: sour, hops, mild malts, acidic unbalanced. Not a fan, where is the balance?

mf: nice, lil silky, good.

drinkable?: very hop acidic, but for that, yes.

Photo of walshclimb
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great name. I probably would have bought it anyway, but that was a clincher. Pours slightly cloudy from the cold, but seems to settle. Reddish caramel with thin white head that dissipates quickly to a lthin bubbly film. Nice color. Nice citrus hop aroma with a good malt base. The IF is nice and hoppy, pretty well balanced with malt that leads into a long lived bitter aftertaste that is also a little citrus. Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. This is a nice hoppy red ale. Very tasty; I will definitely buy a few more.

Photo of NitroGen
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 1 PT 6oz. Bomber @ 6.7% ABV

A: Pours slight hazy amber with a thin foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover and lacing.

S: Crisp citrus pith, sweet brown sugar and malt.

T: Piney and grapefruit pith that explodes in the mouth with a bit of spice on the finish that mingles with the pure bitter hops.

M: Full bodied with a nice bite of bitter hops from beginning to end. Spices become more evident as it warms and much more balanced and flavorful.

D: This is a hopheads brew that is a great one to taste and enjoy. Very refreshing and would be great for an evening with friends.

Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is smooth but hoppy, maybe spices in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste. Typical IPA. $3.79 for a 22oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage received from Liquid Solutions.
Poured a cloudy amber with a pretty white head. Bubbly froth with great lacing in my SA glass.
Aroma- all grapefruit!
Taste- all grapefruit! Maybe some spice was thrown in...spruce tips for the Holiday? Not sure but very hoppy. I kept thinking this beer was "something more" but she is a really nice seasonal IPA to counter the typical dark Holiday beer.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer I've tried from my Secret Santa '07 BIF package from SwillinBrew.

a - pours a dark orange color with a one-finger tan colored head, retention around the edges and decent lacing, fairly cloudy with a good amount of suspended sediment

s - pretty balanced nose with a nice malty backbone holding supporting the pine and grapefruit of the hops

t - quite malty for an IPA, right up front there is a bitter hoppiness with some citrus and grassiness, midpalate dominated by a biscuity and caramelly maltiness, finish is some more citrusy bitterness with a good deal of graininess from the malt, slight caramel as well on the finish, tastes more like a APA than an IPA, but I don't fault it for that

m - medium-bodied, mild carbonation, mildly dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, alcohol is really not that noticeable and it's easy on the palate with the maltiness balancing out the bitterness of the hops

Decent beer overall, but nothing outstading. Pretty well balanced beer that drinks like a pale ale, at least to my palate. Worth a try, though I'll stick to SN Celebration for my go-to winter seasonal IPA.

Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my DFH snifter. Dark amber reddish body with a moderate white head that fell quickly. Almost looks more like a DIPA. Great caramel and toffee aromas are equaled by the citrus aromas. Very inviting but needs more hop aroma. The bitterness is held nicely in check by the caramel from the malt. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue. There is a touch of spice in there also, but very little. Nice medium to heavy body. Not a bad IPA, but not great either.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Riverfront Full Sail facility.

The beer pours a rich orange red color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive. On the nose one gets noticeable citrusy bitterness, with the beer smelling exactly what it is, a hoppy winter IPA. On the palate this beer is just delicious. The beer is pretty dry with just enough malt to hold up the considerable hoppy profile. There is good bitterenss on the finish and the beer is not the least bit heavy. Abv. is not the least bit noticeable and for an IPA, this beer is incredibly drinkable.

An absolutely delicious IPA from Full Sail and much better on cask then on the gas or out of the bottle. Excellent beer.

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.