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

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86
very good

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 480
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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:
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 TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, ruby amber color with a white, half finger head and sub-par retention, leaving a modest float of bubbles on the top. Lacing is thin, but consistent with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma is hoppy, but also quite earthy. Hits on notes of citrus, pine, caramel, grass and a touch of wood.

Taste - More hop character than the nose would have one believe. Hits on a range of citrus, from orange rind to mild lemon, while touching briefly on notes of grapefruit and pine. Malt is there, but subtle, providing more structure than flavor, though caramel comes through a bit more as the beer warms. Somewhat earthy, woody flavors hit near the finish. Aftertaste is a mild citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with lively carbonation. Smooth, with just a hair of creaminess. Goes down with great ease.

Overall - Very good winter warmer/IPA hybrid. Leans more toward the IPA side. Fairly well balanced. One I'll certainly consider purchasing next season. (977 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: ugly mud light grown. Kind of looks like somebody mixed a nitro stout with a he'd. Foam disappeared quickly and left sticky off white rings.

S: smells delicious. Just like an IPA. Doesn't smell toasty at all.

T: Nice full hoppy flavor. A tad lighter on the hops would have balanced out the mild roast flavor a bit better. Think of it more as an ipa with a few roasted grains to make it interesting.

M: nice and light. Not quite as filly or chewy as your standard winter seasonal.

O: I like it. The hops are a little to straightforward and they throw off the balance. Though, I expected a typical dark winter seasonal and this wasn't it. This is hoppier with only a dash of chocolate roasts to round it out a tad. If the hops were toned down slightly, this would be a world class beer. As it stands, it's still a great brew. (830 characters)

Photo of Kevin73
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of dry hopped ales and this is one of my favorites. Shame its seasonal. Spicy, hoppy, but extremely well balanced. Not overly intense. American IPA's in general are fun to drink but not particularly easy to drink due to their unabashed intensity. This one, despite its name, is more mild, more well balanced because of the attention to the spices and the malts, and eminently drinkable. Highly recommended. (416 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely fogged out reddish-orange with a ton of floaties. A finger of bright white heads sits for a while. Spotty lacing.

The nose first starts with pine resin and some slightly fruity hops. There is a great deal of sweet caramel malt as the backbone.

The hop profile starts this one out with pine and mango flavors. The malt profile is semi-sweet, nutty, and has notes of brown sugar and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry feel. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, decent holiday ale with an almost memorable balance. (552 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to Rathakem.

a - brew poured a transparent, yet maroon amber. there was a half a finger of foamy head that left some decent chunky and streaky lacing.

s - as advertised, hopped out winter warmer. nice hop and caramel balance, but heavier on the caramel.

t - pretty interesting. more winter warmer than hopped out bomb, but there is some hopping on the finish and the edges of the caramel malting. pretty good, but nothing earth shattering. like bittered malts.

m - medium bodied with a bitter finish.

o - overall fairly good, but lacking that umph to make it special. half way between here and there on the flavors...needs to pick a direction and go full force. (673 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 22oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a light tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Smooth, medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Excellent flavor of a lightly spiced winter warmer mixed with a West Coast IPA, but marred by a somewhat unappealing, overly earthy aroma. (316 characters)

Photo of bensbeers
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Color is an earthy copper. Head was thick and frothee - the color of cafe au lait

Smell was pretty well balanced - hoppy, malty, fruity, and spicey. Tart apple and citrus, molasses, nutmeg, allspice.

Tasty follows the nose closely - hoppy but the bitterness is subdued by the sweetness of the roasted malts. I gave this a 3 because of the aftertaste. Not sure if my bottle was from last holiday season, but it was not pleasant. I think it may just be the combo of the malts with the tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Lightly carbonated and refreshing.

Only issue is the aftertaste. Other than that, a pretty good attempt at a hoppy, rich, malty winter ale. Want to try again to see of the one I had was skunked. Cheers (753 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the beer (even when poured very vigerously) but it has very descent lacing though so I give it a solid 4.0
S-The aroma when first poured (being a little cold) is mild and vague, but lets come back to this as it warms a little and I'll give it a swirl... oh yes indeed the aroma really opens up as it warms, with lots of sweet candied fruity hops with some pungent citrus notes as well. And I also get passionfruit hop-like notes as well. The yeast used is fruity as well which helps excentuate the fruity hoppy notes too. On the second pour, the caramel sweet maltiness really comes out almost to the forefront, very nice aroma indeed.
T-Ok, I gave the flavor a 4.5 I know, but to me the flavor really reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration beer really. With lots of citrus and pine notes (not found in the aroma) , also the fruity notes are muted in the flavor. The sweetness from the malt is still there but also muted a little by the huge yet clean bitterness. I was pleasantly suprized by this offering from Full Sail, and I don't know why it has a slightly low score. This is truly the best Full Sail beer I've had to date.
M- The mouthfeel is medium to full in body and slightly creamy up front with a slightly dry and bitter finish that lingers forever. And I think the carbonation is almost spot on.
O-Overall I was impressed that Full Sail made this. Happily suprized for sure. A very good beer and I might just buy this one again (being only like $3.59 n' all). Well worth the money. (1,603 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This delightfully hoppy and well balanced beer has some really nice fruity notes to it for a holiday brew. I can definitely taste and smell hints of tart cranberry and nutmeg in this. It's very crisp for a winter warmer, very fresh hop flavor leaving my mouth with a great clean feeling. (287 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. A nice head stand of creamy off-white bubble, about a finger high that slowly settle.

S: A moderately-strong hop aroma of citrus with moderate grassy notes from dry hopping. The malt aroma is pretty clean and the esters are low.

T: Like candied citrus hops. Lots of hops flavor and moderately-strong hops bitterness but with lots of balance and none of that harshness from trying to get as much hops bitterness as possible. There is a light caramel malt flavor with a light malt sweetness. The balance is bitter, the finish is dry and the aftertaste is a bit of pine needles and a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. It is moderately creamy with a light alcohol warmth .

O: A balanced and easy to drink IPA, at least for a hop head. Balance is the most stricking feature of this beer as the hops flavor and bitterness are clearly there but thier not harsh. My favorite time of beer, it's also nice to know you're getting a freshly brewed IPA (1,033 characters)

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This is being reviewed nearly three months after the best-by date. I received it for free, so it's still worth a try. It pours out a very hazy orange color with a small head. The aroma is still hop-dominated, which isn't quite what I was expecting from an "aged" IPA/Winter Warmer hybrid. There are strong citrus hops over a lightly spiced caramel malt base. For the age on this one, it's still drinking quite well. It's probably a little smoother than it would be fresh with some more aggressive hops, but it still tastes good, which is alright for me. The mouthfeel is dry and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is still a good beer well after the best-by date. I'd love to try one fresher next year. (784 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served today 05/18/2012 with a best by date of 02/13/2012 (So keep this in mind when reading my review).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber, 1/4" off white head settled in seconds after the first sip.

Smell: Very very light floral, not really impressed at all.

Taste: Very tasty actually, slightly bitter but overwhelmingly smooth. Very light caramely body with the usual piney after taste.

Mouth: Medium carbonation good after taste but nothing new here.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I knew nothing about it till i tried it and it was good but to make a seasonal out of it is a little out there. It is a borderline imperial with it's complex flavors, I would definitely get next season's fresher this time. Salud! (745 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a blend between an IPA and a winter warmer. Bottle had a best by date of 2/20/2012, opened on 3/8/2012. I’m guessing that it’s not meant to age, after the fact mind you, and my rating bears this in mind. (I guess I was thinking more along the lines of an Anchor “Our Special Ale” than a Sierra Nevada “Celebration”… but if this is a blend of both then what does that mean for freshness and drinkability?)

This pours an amber orange color, slightly musty looking. Perhaps hazy is more accurate. Like a darker orange juice, without pulp.

I guess I’m thinking oranges because that’s the predominant aroma characteristic: a light orange hop smell, more like orange juice than orange zest or a floralness. Actually, it reminds me of the smell of orange concentrate. I have a feeling the hops have, by this point, faded a bit and what remains is more of the residual sweetness and whatever flavors the winter warmer brings to the brew. The beer has a peppery spice to it, and noticeable bitterness without any real hop flavor. It’s not terrible but there’s nothing exciting here, either. (1,114 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is hoppy up front, somewhat piney, a touch of citrus, a bit of mild malts kicking in later, significant bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (299 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Copper color with a half finger of head.

Rich smell. Usual citrus: lemon and grapefruit; there's another spicy note.

Tastes malty and bitter, surprise! A heady brew, the malt (not sweet) and hops just tumble around. I like it but it's confusing.

Crisp texture, medium body, and moderate to high carbonation.

"Wreck the Halls" fits. It's a big, bold fun mess. (390 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug

A Pours a nice clear amber color topped off with a thick white head that has excellent retention.

S Lots of pine hops with a touch of sweetness.

T Pretty similar with a lot of pine hops with a touch of malt on the back end.

M Pretty average body nothing noticeable.

Overall this is a decent but forgettable winter seasonal. (364 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – soft amber color, a little hazy, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – quite hoppy indeed! Would have guessed maybe Cascade hops mixed with some others, that is, before reading the label and seeing that its Centennial hops. I can smell the sweetness involved in the mixture and brewing, but probably wouldn’t have known it was caramel malts.

Taste – extremely hoppy, both in taste and in feeling. The bitterness and taste permeates throughout the beginning and middle of the taste, where the sweetness of the malts pick up in the finish. The hops are strong enough to last through into the finish and aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel – very nicely blended and overall well-balanced…not leaning too heavily on the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – rather strong on the hops, but still interesting to taste and sample. (932 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown dark copper type of color, good head, nice carbonation, a little clump left here and there on the glass. Aroma was slightly disappointing, only for the lack of hop aroma if you think of it as an ipa, decent for a winter warmer ya dig?

Taste, it was bitter and hoppy, but the hops didn't have what would seem like an obvious good choice of pine flavor for something named Wreck the halls, winter warmer, ipa etc. . . but it was a substantial beer in the malt department too, not huge, but definitely not thin, plenty of caramel to it. At the price tag of $4 a bomber, it is a beer worthy of a recommendation. (629 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Dark brown with no head at all. A few tan bubbles form around the edges.

S - Roasted malts, spices, cinamin, nutmeg.

T - Similar to the scent, pretty mild.

D - Average body, low carbonation.

O - Forgetable. Pretty boring to be honest. (283 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours light auburn in color under a small, tight-bubbled, tan colored head. A couple swirls brings it back up to a 1/4" after it fades. Lace is spotty. Aroma is delightful. Bright floral over deep earthy woodiness, tangy citrus, sugary pine, with a generous handful of malty goodness. Tastes like a dank coniferous forest topped with various citrus rinds, and has a bit of a bitter edge. I am enjoying this. Texture feels resiny and slick with a medium-light body, and goes for fairly easy drinking. (509 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01.29.12

Hazy orange topped with a thin, sticky head. Deep orange and floral hop aroma with some pine and caramel stickiness. Tasty hoppy flavor...smooth and bitter. Spicy citrus, black tea, pine, mint, and some malty sweetness. Solid, well-rounded mouthfeel with a fair amount of bitterness. Good stuff...I'm not getting too much from the winter warmer side of things, but as an IPA, it's good. (406 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 2/13/12.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch puffy light brown head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal/vegetal hop aromas. I am getting a bit of onion in the smell. Taste is of toasty malt with herbal and citrus zest hop flavors on the finish. There is also a slight onion quality in this one just like the smell but not as noticeable in the flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA and the vegetal onion aroma/flavor sort of ruins this one for me. (697 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Big frothy off white head. Tons of lacing and good head retention.

Piney, resiny, citrus hops dominate the aroma.

Lots of piney hops in the flavor. Crystal and caramel malts. Mildly fruity and plenty bitter.

Sticky, juicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Long bitter finish. Pretty solid. Puts me to mind of Celebration Ale. Similar styler with the same spiciness and hoppiness. (420 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a hazy orange coppery color. It poured with a very sticky head.

s: Big citrus aromas with caramel and some candied fruit.

t: Lots bracingly caramel sweetness quickly joined by juicy citrus and some tea-like spicy fruit. Plenty of bitterness at the finish.

m: Pretty chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: Not sure about the winter warmer IPA hybrid. This just tasted like a really good IPA to me. (408 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what qualifies this as a Christmas type beer, but it's pretty good.

Pours a clear copper with a nice, tight tannish head. The aroma is a little bitter and nutty, but the flavor is satisfyingly hoppy, with a sweet malt backbone, with some bread and brown sugar and a round citrusy hop. The mouthfeel is a sticky and thick, but not at all unpleasant. (362 characters)

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