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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

450 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-30-2013 21:35:25 | More by Remdog
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Radiosox

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

11-30-2013 17:20:11 | More by Radiosox
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-26-2013 22:26:10 | More by jheezee
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-24-2013 05:30:11 | More by jnardone235
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 04:54:32 | More by kojevergas
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JezyGray

Texas

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
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-18-2013 21:03:24 | More by ummswimmin
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-04-2013 00:11:25 | More by Zach122
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-02-2013 01:45:06 | More by Jame515
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2013 21:11:33 | More by EigenBeer
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-12-2013 23:52:18 | More by tbone1384
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-14-2013 02:53:11 | More by ROGUE16
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nygannon

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-03-2013 19:25:51 | More by nygannon
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-06-2013 01:33:19 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-01-2013 22:42:06 | More by JamLand
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Moose90

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-09-2013 01:56:35 | More by Moose90
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jakecattleco

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-31-2013 22:04:39 | More by jakecattleco
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Zimm

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-15-2013 17:34:26 | More by Zimm
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Kenai4

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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surfrogue1

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Fahz

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-15-2013 19:01:34 | More by Fahz
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.