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

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 485
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of deepchills
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber for $3.99 at Halls in Grapevine.

A nice amber color with a ¼ inch head, which disappeared quickly never to return.

A big aroma of pine on the nose, a little lemon rind and malt too. The pine is huge at first and hits your nose during the pour.

A piney, bitter start as expected. The middle is odd with orange, black pepper and lemon. The lemon and orange get bigger as the beer warms. Some clove in the finish perhaps?

This Holiday IPA/Winter Warmer feels a little thin in my mouth, and ever so slightly under carbonated. I think a little all spice or cinnamon replacing the pepper would do this ale some good. A bigger malt would help too.

I want to say I like the taste in general, but the pepper and clove are throwing me off. There is a lot going on, and I don’t dislike it, but I think I would rather drink two separate beers, a IPA then a Winter Warmer, and forgo the combo.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is Brewmaster Reserve 2011. The beer pours a hazy, ruby highlighted, pale orange coloring with a thin film of white head. The nose has light cedar highlights overlapping a strong grapefruit and citrus aroma profile, with a little pineapple, too. Flavors are sharp and tart citrus and tropical fruit blends, with a light and peppery edge to it. Slight sourness to the brew, both from the subtle malt backbone and the different fruit characteristics. Light bodied for the flavor profiles, which leads to the sharp mouthfeel. The aftertaste is tart, and the citrus becomes somewhat astringent, leading to a drying, tart finish. Tart almost to the point of a lock-jaw citrus brew. Interesting, but not one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of this as the local Fred Meyer tonight.

appearance - mostly transparent amber/orange with a moderate head and some lacing

smell - big floral hop profile, very dank aroma

taste - very fresh, big floral hops, resinous with some citrus notes, balanced by a malt body that hides beneath the hops

mouthfeel - medium body with carbonation to match, slightly oily, slightly dry

overall - a great ipa, did not expect such robust hop profile, very fresh and flavorful, great brew

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Photo of Popp24
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark Amber.

S - Piney; nice hop aroma.

T - A nice holiday beer. Not overly hoppy but the hops are definitely present.

M - Not bad; a little on the thin side but easy to drink.

O - This is a good beer and I usually look for this one to drink every year around the holiday season. It doesn't "wreck" my palate but the hops are there so that is a good thing.

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Photo of Topher78
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wreck the Halls pours a burnt orange with a fingers width of an off white head. The aroma is very citrusy from the centennial hops but the strong maltiness of beer scales the taste down considerably making it more drinkable than the aroma would have led you to believe. Truly a unique brew that is a must to try this Christmas season if you're a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gonna check this one out from Full Sail. I've been drinking their Session series for a long time. Gonna share this one with a co-worker and see what we think.

Bottle Type: 22oz bomber
Poured into a 15oz snifter
Best Before Date: 2/13/2012

Appearance: Reddish brown hue. Nice lacing. Head retention was medium. Two finger head with 25 seconds duration.

Smell: Hop characteristic is funky. Not very clean profile. Smell like wet grassy pond. Coriander in the back around. Not to inviting but curious.

Taste: Nice sharp hop notes. Bitterness comes starts and ends with this one. Nothing complex. Just a good clean drink.

Mouthfeel: Real clean textures. Nothing lingering or offensive. Kind of a simple profile, but wish there was more.

Overall: Nice beer. Have had way better American IPA's than this one, but it is a good example of the style. Still will have my Session Black as my favorite from Full Sail. But now I will try some others on their portfolio.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

A. Coppery amber colour with a thin off-white head. Some lace.

S. Very strong grassy, skunky hop aroma, and in a good way. The way you often get when hops are there in abundance.

T. The taste is a lot sweeter than the nose hints at. Nice caramel malts up front, a bit lacking in the middle but a pleasant bitter finish with some strong grapefruit flavours.

M. Medium, quite creamy.

O. Not bad overall, but it doesn't excite me the way some others of this style do. A very drinkable beer, all the same. A nice change from the usual darker, maltier, spicier Christmas fare.

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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a gold/ orange color with a very thin white head.

S: I am getting a lot of hops and malt. I am also getting a little alcohol on the nose.

T: The beer has a nice taste, but not as hoppy as most IPAs. Its very tasty, but I was let down with the lack of hops. On the finish I just get a lot of malt.

M: The beer is crisp, but it is very pleasant going down. Not much carbonation going on in this beer, which is a plus for me.

O: This is a very good IPA. I have enjoyed everything Full Sail has done and this is just another great addition to the Brewmasters Reserve.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 02/13/12. This pours an amber color with a small white head. The smell is of hops, caramel malts and spices. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty good, initially bitterness, some sweet caramel and spices and then it finishes with a nice long bitterness.

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Photo of imasloth
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. grower into a snifet.

A- Pours a rich orange brown color with a noticeable head that dissipates quickly.

S- I get entirely hops ... citrusy, which I like.As it warms there may be a sight hint of malts.

T- Very strong hop flavor with little malt to finish.

M- Light body with light mouthfeel. Very little hop aftertaste and no real after-feel.

O- Much more IPA than winter warmer. I really don't know about this one ... Just seems like an IPA, which I like, but given the holiday name I expected something different and more complex.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Mildly peach-colored and hazy, with a bright head over the body of the brew, leaving drops more than sheets of lacing.

Smell: Huge Centennial citrus aromas coming through, with a lot of bitter orange and lemon, and off in the background, some sweeter peach and tangerine, and maybe some grapefruit.

Taste: What I love here is the lingering peach flavor in the background, long after the initial puckering orange and lemon bitterness, along with some grapefruit rind in there too. Starts bitter to a lingering juicy peach and tangerine finish, almost like a tropical gum that's lost its sugary flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, with a nice scattered burst of carbonation at the end, making the puckering nature of the hops even more tangible.

Drinkability: A very solid brew, almost like SN Celebration's cousin in some ways. I like, usually, more of the darker brews come this season, but every once in a while it's nice to get a blast of hops amidst all the char and roast and malt that are all over the place. and like all of Full Sail's bombers, the price is always right too, and these days, that's a big factor for many when choosing one bomber over another, of course.

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Photo of diamondc
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5 for a bomber. Enjoy by: 02.06.12

A: Good amount of lacing. Clear, bronze colored. Fits the holiday theme.

S: Citrus and light pine. Not that bold though.

T: Big citrus, mainly grapefruit, hop flavor with a spicy, cinnamon-like malt kick to balance out. Leaves a lasting herbal bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy for an IPA, but I'm not complaining.

O: Good IPA for the price. Definitely worth another purchase.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark copper color, with a dense half-inch thick head on top. Grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy aroma, with not much accompanying malt scent. An abundance of hop flavor dominates the taste, following the nose, but there's also some moderate caramel malt. Bitterness is very high, making for a very dry finish.

Eh, another Full Sail IPA. It's not bad, but I'd like some variety from the brewer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fully drinkable beer. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge before pouring a decent, off-white, foamy, frothy head that lasted a while and some lace. Color is is a hazy orange apricot. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, banana, toffee. Flavor's similar to nose with bitterness on top, sweet and tang about equal below, then the other things. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor but with resin and banana hanging on for some time.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by 1/22/12

Hybrid of an American IPA and Winter Warmer huh? I think I've seen it all now.

A: Crimson, almost Christmas red, mildly cloudy and bubbly, and with a slight 1/3 finger tight white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: I got a pleasant citrusy and piney hop profile along with a fresh clean cotton scent.

T: Nice bitter sting on the front end. This reminds me of SN's Celebration Ale like no other....seriously! I like the malt backbone of this one. It complements the citrus notes and add's sort of a "candy cane-like" flair to the brew overall.

M: Perfectly carbonated and realized on the bitter hop front, and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: I believe I mentioned candy cane on the taste profile. Perhaps Full Sail should make a minted version of this one as well. On second thought... maybe not.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a huge white head that lingers and sticks around for the whole beer.

Smells of cracker, bread, and pine hops. I get more cracker than anything. Nice if not a bit too subtle.

Up front clean malt with a hint of caramel sweetness that lacks in the middle and finishes with a nice pine hop kick. The finish is fantastic on this, but there is nothing going on in the middle of the taste.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation work well with the beer, but it is a bit too thin.

This is a fine IPA that rides a pine note. It has a distinct cracker malt character, which I guess is the "winter" part of the beer. It is a bit too simple to be anything amazing, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Nordicmonk
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.