Wreck The Halls - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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2.6/5 rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
6.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Full Sail label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which tends to disappoint. Best before: 01/22/14. 68 IBUs. Reviewed as a hybrid winter warmer/IPA because the label description identifies it as such.
Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of dull white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay complexion. Decent uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is bad - about 40 seconds.
Body colour is a dark auburn red. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks terrible for an IPA and underwhelming for a winter warmer. I can't say it's horribly inviting, but outside of style conventions it's decent. Not unique or special.
Sm: Floral hop character is dominant. Some resinous hop character. A touch of pine. Pale malts. Caramalt. Amber malts. Bread crust/brady malts. Light burnt sugars. Some toasted malts. Light onion. An inoffensive aroma of mild strength. Not spicy or toasty enough to be within winter warmer conventions, but not hoppy or bright enough to be within IPA conventions. I'm optimistic.
T: Burnt sugars. Bready malts. Amber malts. Char. Toasted malts. Poorly integrated floral hop notes along with some oniony/garlicky character and a hint of pine. Way too much caramalt is present, which lends it a sickening sweetness about the climax. The hoppy bitterness on the climax goes untamed, tanking the balance. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. I'm not a big fan. Overripe orange.
Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's no spicing here. Should be toastier. I'd like it to commit more to the winter warmer aspect, and to abandon the IPA aspect. The two different builds are clashing here, and the beer isn't better than its constituent parts.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Strange unbecoming presence on the palate: it's too light up front and too heavy towards the backend, lending it a lopsided structure. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Weird body. Too thick. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.
Not oily, harsh, rough, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. Even its seemingly low price point doesn't justify a second purchase. Not terrible, but pretty mundane.
A largely unsuccessful attempt at merging two styles that just don't go together. Not sure what they were thinking. More mediocrity from Full Sail.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 04:54:32 | More by kojevergas
3.61/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours deep auburn with a couple fingers of khaki head. Sweet, mellow citrus from the Centennial hops on the nose. Nice bitterness on the front of the tongue, turning floral toward the middle with more sweet orange juice flavors, and then finishing with another pleasant pop of bitterness. Really refreshing. Great value!
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2013 18:02:31 | More by JezyGray
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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