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

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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
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally get this, and in growler form, too!

Pours out a hazy dark orange, with minimal head, some glimmers of white foam, but maybe it's lost something in the travel.

Aroima is beautiful, lovely, sparkling mix of potent, fruity hops, mainly the Pacific Northwest variety of course, Cascade, Centennial, ...Mt. Hood? Now, I'm just guessing, but it's spilling over with citrus, pine, and spice. Nice.

Taste: fresh, vibrant, alive, bubbling with brisk, hoppy flavor. Love it. Clean, classy, and bristling with crisp hop bite. Wait, I think I wrote the same sentence twice, two different ways. Whatever.
Tasty, biscuity caramel malt underneath. Snappy.

Lean, but not light bodied, and never too bitter, either. Terribly drinkable. I will polish off this growler with no trouble at all.

big thanks to skyhand!

Photo of TheLiterati
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber. Amber colored with a big, sturdy off-white head. Smells of citrus and fresh bread along with mild spice, white pepper and pine. Nice.

Mouthfeel was spot on – nice carbonation, full without being heavy.

Bold hoppy flavor well balanced with light spice and other flavors. Holds my attention from start to finish, even as it warmed. Also did not “sour” as it warmed, as some hoppy brews will do. Finished dry. Nice seasonal offering from Full Sail. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A very impressive head .... 3 fingers....atop a bright golden clear brew. Head remains craggy and takes it's own sweet, long time melting to sticky lacing.
Aroma is wonderfully fresh pine and citrus hops...a little sweet amber malt...but seriously all about the hops. Yet somehow they don't become obnoxious at all...just ever-present.
Flavor follows scent....really fresh and bright pine and citrus hops. A touch of light sweet malt then all back to light and bright citrus.
Mouthfeel seems a little thin but aftertaste is nice and fresh and drying.
This is a wonderful American West Coast IPA and a pleasant surprise for a winter beer.

Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright orange color topped by a small, creamy white head that immediately recedes to a thin halo. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, and light caramel malt is quite pleasant. Palate is well-balanced between caramel malt and tasty floral hops. And I mean a lot of hops for a winter beer. Body is a bit thinner than I would prefer for a big IPA, but overall still suits the character of this particular beer. I could (and do) drink this all winter long.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint on-tap at Capt. Ankeny's in Portland, slice of pizza & a pint for $3.75, not a bad deal. I'm almost certain I've had this seasonal from Full Sail before, though I never paid that much attention to it.

A: Pour is a copper brown with a creamy off-white head, about 1/2 finger. Consistency is hazy. An attractive delicate lace is left on the glass.

S: Fresh juicy hops, both spicy and citrusy, with a bit of bready malt.

T: Starts malty and caramel sweet then the hop character bursts forward. A surprising lemon zest tang, then a sweeter pink grapefruit finish. Hops are well-balanced with malt.

M: I was impressed by what a refreshing IPA this was; a relatively light mouthfeel, lively and clean. There is a little alcohol warmth, which fills the mouth nicely.

D: I asked myself while drinking this "why haven't I discovered this before?" As I mentioned above, I'm pretty certain I've tried WTH in the past, but it must not have made an impression. This one I just had, the '06 version, was one of the better IPA's I've enjoyed; this should become a seasonal I'll be sure to grab from now on. Good work, Full Sail!

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 Matthew
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 RJLarse
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper bronze color, with a tight foamy head.

The smell is typical of an IPA, a lot of citrus and pine fragrances.

The taste is very acerbic and sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This beer is ok but not great. A little sour and bitter. It gets tiresome. I'll probably avoid this one in the future. It's a bit of a "wreck."

Photo of Muddybuddy
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my 2004 review is still on here, let me say that I had the 2006 vintage on 11-8-06.
I love this beer. I cannot say more except that there is a flavor that presents itself after the hops aroma has left that I love as a "special" beer flavor. Perhaps they are experimenting with belgian styles or maybe it is a special malt or yeast, but whatever it is, I love it!
You owe it to yourself to try this beer and you owe it to us to write a review.
My lexicon fails in description of the 2006 vintage as served fresh, but that shouldn't prevent you from trying it.
I will edit this review when I buy another bottle or 24 from my local bottle shop to include the traditional descriptors and sensation factors. Try it!!!!

Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leather. Hoppy, fruity and medicinal aroma with a touch of green melon, grapefruit and herbs. Fruity. Resinous. Notes of pine and passion fruits. Balanced by a sweet caramel taste. An enjoyable hop flavor with minimal bitterness. Watery texture. An enjoyable brew each and every year.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (room temp) a hazy reddish gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving an ample layer with some lacing.

The smell is very fruity with citrus notes and pine.

The taste is dominated by citrus up front but then some caramel sweetness moves in to balance it out. The finish returns to bitterness but it's not at all intense.

Bottom line: An interesting interpretation of an American IPA with a taste that's off the beaten track a bit but it doesn't really strike my palate in a way that would make me want to buy this very often. Hehe...I guess that's why it's a seasonal. ;^)

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity. 2005 edition.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the slightly cloudy dull copper brew. Head fades relatively slowly, with sticky bubbly lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus hops, with a sweet malt undercurrent. Taste is pretty well-balanced for the style, which is to say that the hops are pronounced, but shouting everything down. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, with drinkability that is great. As a seasonal, it hearkens towards Yulesmith, to me. Very nice brew.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, brilliantly clear, amber-tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is redolent of hops; I get notes of pine, a bit of menthol and some definite notes of grapefruit. There is also some notes of something like plastic or wax, which is a bit too dominate of the finish.

The palate is a bit lighter than I was expecting; initially this is pretty nice though. The beer is not quite as hoppy as I was expecting either, it is nicely bitter throughout and notes of pine dominate the flavor profile. The pine is supported by orange-like notes of citrus. Interesting, this beer is just weak, which in an of itself is not necessarily bad, but there are not shining flavors and the beer seems to melt away to nothing. The beer is quite clean and I don't notice any flavor flaws, but this beer is just plain lacking.

Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this for a month or so and decided it was time to "Wreck the Halls".

So, it's got a great appearance, thick creamy off-white head that stuck around and left a nice lace. Deep copper amber color with a slight cloudiness. Smells of lots of hops, and a hint of pine or fir, kind of like a fresh cut piece of wood...very intriguing. There are tons of hop flavors, a kind of acidic bite and then more pine notes. There's a nice light bitterness at the end, but nothing overwhelming. Overall it's a very good, smooth IPA.... I think I'll have another!

Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half-finger tan head over a lightly cloudy rust-amber liquid. Smells lemon, pith, and rough woody hops. Tastes orange rough hop start paired with a too edgy carbonation. Dry woody in the mouth. Pine with some sugary sweet and lemony rising late. Also late is a caramel that hangs around a long time in the aftertaste. Md body and a bit over carbonated. Enjoyable, but not one I need to repeat.

Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brewmaster Reserve 2005.

Figured there's no better time to crack this open then during my family Christmas. Hazy copper color. Average head retention of tight foam..above average lacing. Aroma is piney floral hops with a sweet malt background. Tastes are big earthy hops and a slight citrus character. The bitterness doesn't linger on the tongue very long..it fades fairly quickly after each sip. Overall, a highly hopped IPA that compared very well to the SN Celebration I had before it. At 6.5% with a mix of spices and hops, it's a great holiday offering.

Photo of charlatan
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.

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

A nice pour that tells me right off the bat that if I were in need of a hop fix, and I poured this, I'd instantly know my troubles were over. Autumn colored with a small head, but you can smell the hops before you even try. First to hit your taste buds are the glorious hops. Lots of grapefruit and bitterness followed by mellow lemon and fleeting grain. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. I can honestly say I'll be buying this again, this and next holiday season. Don't be a grinch, try it! Thank you to all 47 people in the brewforce. This is a nice treat.

Photo of kgotcher
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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 czechsaaz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition, so maybe it's time to pull this out of retirement? Just showed up at my local grocery this week. (still 6.5% ABV)

Very spicy hop aroma. Kind of piney with maybe a touch of grapefruit in there. A little candy smelling like bubblegum. Just a hint of roasty.

Amber, really clear with a smallish but lasting head that leaves nice lacing.

Flavor - right off I get spices (I've had this before but don't remember it being a spice all) spruce maybe but not real strong. There's got to be something added to it cause that spice isn't yeast (kind of explains the piney aroma I get.) Hop bitterness is fairly well subdued allowing malty/marshmellowy flavors to get through. Hop flavor and spice rounds it out.

Medium-full bodied, pretty creamy, nice carbonation level and slightly warming.

Pretty nice beer. Not hugely spiced like some holiday beers. Definitely different than I remember previous Wreck the Halls. I like it.

Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours an amber color with an off white head. Nice smell of grapefruit and floral hops. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Great taste is mostly flowery and citrusy hops with just enough of a sweet malt smoothness to balance.
There are big hop flavors here without being overly bitter.
A nicely crafted brew, wish I had more of this !

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber - Brewmaster's reserve 2004. This bottle has been properly stored since I purchased it late last year.

Appearance: Red orange with an off-white head.

Smell: Lots of cirtus and pine, but the sweet malt presence is there too. Very appealing.

Taste: Very well balanced - plenty of malt to keep the hops from overpowering, but they are still there and provide a great bitter finish.

Overall impression: Very nice IPA - I wish this was available year round. If I had known how good it was it probably wouldn't have lasted this long in my fridge.

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 BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky rustic orange with sunflower yellow accents at the margins. While there's very little visible carbonation, the firmly creamy head doesn't seem to need the help. The cap is the color of rich, polished ivory bathed in a softly glowing orange light and eventually deposits shards of lace that stick to the glass with tenaciousness.

The nose is sparklingly bright and easily earns the moniker 'hoptastic'. It's much more orange zesty than grapefruit zesty and there's some tropical fruit juiciness in the mix as well. I can't quite pull the trigger on perfect, so 'merely excellent' will have to do.

Whereas the nose just misses greatness, the flavor just achieves it. The flavor is dominated by a sweet hoppy goodness that keeps the lion's share of bitterness at bay. Ripe oranges still lead the way with accessory flavors of pine sap and, oddly enough, pear syrup. White grapefruit is never very far away when one or more of the 4-Cs are in use, and such is the case here. Another thing that I love about this beer is that it's different enough to make it stand out from the crowd of highly hopped Pacific NW IPAs.

The finish is long, lingering and wonderfully mouthcoating. Bitter tries valiantly, but ultimately in vain, to supercede sweet. That isn't to say that this is an overly sweet IPA, just that it uses its sweetness well. The body approaches medium-full and almost reaches it as the beer warms.

Wreck The Halls isn't a palate wrecker of an IPA, but it is a damn good one. Through a truly masterful choice of hops and a brewing alchemy that only the best brewers possess, the boys at Full Sail have impressed me yet again. I could drink beer like this until the end of my days and not tire of its myriad charms. It's a shame that this particular offering is a seasonal and even more of a shame that I don't have ready access.

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 - 22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a medium sized fine off-white (almost orangey) head that recedes to a thin skimming that leaves some nice lacing. The second pour has a lot of cloudy yeast sediment.

Its aroma is spicy, piney hops and some musty leather. Some fruitiness (orange) comes out as well.

The flavor is crisp spicy, fruity (orange) malts leading to a musty reserved hop finish. As the beer warms, a lot more hop bitterness appears. There is a kind of acidic medicinal twang to it. The mouthfeel is thin to medium. The carbonation seems a bit low. The mouthfeel has a kind of sharp harshness (maybe from the acidity/medicnal qualities).

Overall, a mediocre IPA - it is not offensive, but nothing special either. A bit too sweet and fruity for me - the orange kind of pervades throughout. The musty yeast is a bit much as well.

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