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

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86
very good

271 Reviews
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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 barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I finally brought this up from the cellar to try. One of a bunch of neat beers acquired in trade. I read the label and only saw holiday ale. The name had me thinking winter warmer. The pour had me thinking hopped like crazy. What? So finding out this is an American IPA makes total sense this morning. See what happens when you assume...

A - wonderful burnt auburn color. billowy off white head that makes me think of many a belgian beer rather than a winter warmer.

S - crisp piney hops, some hint of citric but really strong. Light underlying toffee / biscuit malts.

T - it's all about the hops. Mild complimentary malts support a strong hop bill from first sip to last.

M - medium bodied, slightly warming effect, smooth and crips.

D - A hoppy beer for a hop head. I drank it after dinner but probably would've enjoyed it more paired with a really spicy mexican dish. It's got that kind of hop strength to compliment and bite through hot spices.

Glad to have tried it. (995 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 ounce bottle, this poured a hazy copper color with an nice long lasting cream head that was very attractive and left good lacing. Nose of citrus hops with grapefruit dominating and a malt undertone underneath. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Flavors are hops and malts, with some spices showing, and the malts are well balanced with the hops Finish is long and bitter and what you would expect from a quality IPA, which this is for sure (442 characters)

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

A 650 mL bottle from a trade with with Wasatch.

A: The ale is reasonably dark, a darker brown color that has some orange highlights to keep it grounded. The head was large on pour, leaving 2 fingers of head that lace nicely.

S: The nose is full of hops, so strong that I noticed it as I poured the beer at about an arm's length. Up close, thick resiny pine aromas really stand out.

T: The body of the beer doesn't measure up to the nose. That's neither good nor bad, just an observation. The body is far more balanced than one would expect. The first sip reveals a piney hop presence that cannot overtake the grainy caramel malts. Those grainy malts are strong up front, providing a soft body for the hops. The hops are much stronger later in the sip, building hoppy momentum as they go. The pine is still evident, just not in the strength that I anticipated.

M: The mouthfeel is very well balanced between malts and hops. The saving grace is that the hops really jump out at the end of each sip, providing a biting finish that makes me appreciate the pine tree.

D: The ale is moderate in its abv and has a well balanced flavor that finishes with a great hop body. Very enjoyable. (1,195 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hollingshead for $6. 2006 label red with green sheild and 6.5% ABV. Brewer's reserve hoppy holiday ale.

Pours with a tiny flake laden sunset auburn polished copper hue topped with an airy khaki spongy craggy head cap leaving a good amount of lace spider webbing down the glass.

Sharp biterhop nose with a lemon peel zest. Moderate balance that edges to a 60/40 hops kick. Lemonade floral aromas.

First swigs: Snappy citrus lemon hints of Smarties candy like hops balance with an underbelly of benign generic lolipop malt. Instant dusty bitter finish. Fruit mix plays around with cherry and apple. Lingering underpinning sweetness. Zesty for sure.

Last swigs: American IPA for the IPA junkie. Otherwise, nothing too crazy. Worth checking out if you happen stumble across some like thie Idiot did. Quite "Rogue-esque."

Beer is good. Happy brewmaster reserve beering. (893 characters)

Photo of trep
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to Wasatch.

Amber hued translucent body with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as it settles down. Aroma is very balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste is nearly as balanced as the aroma, with more of the weight leaning towards hop bitterness. Very piney hop bitterness. Finishes malty with an aftertaste of pine.

Medium body with light carbonation creates a nice oily texture that sticks to the inside of your mouth. I wouldn't say this is an easy drinking brew, but it's not too bad. Two bombers of this would be my limit. (577 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2006 22 oz gem pours amber/copper with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Pineyness & a little fruittyness, not much else

T: Piney hops, maltsweetness & a hint of breadyness up front. Some fruittyness & grapefruit hops follow as this warms. Finishes slightly dry, fruitty & uber piney/citrussy

MF: Medium bodied with pretty healthy carbonation & love the balance

Very drinkable this is to my tastes, enough malts to back up the hoppyness. This should be year round IMO, this is the way I like my AIPAs! (560 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of hops and caramelized malt but isn’t very strong. There’s also a little bit of spice and citrus mixed in.

T: The taste starts out sweet and spicy with flavors of caramel, cinnamon and citrus, then a good burst of hops bitterness follows. The malt character isn’t too heavy but is quite complimentary. As the beer warms, all of the flavors start to come together. The after-taste has a little bit of sweetness, but is mostly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, decent, kick, good hybrid of two styles, overall it’s a pretty good beer. (940 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber copper body; clear, topped by a frothy, creamy, long-lasting light beige head. Big time hop nose of pine sap, resin, sharp grapefruit, and orange. Modest caramel and cookie malt backing. Love the fresh, strong hop aromatics. Toasted malt and hop bitterness right out of the gate. Slightly spiced caramel and fruit cake malt follow. Piney, citric, bitter hops grow until they take over the finish. Residual cake batter and tongue-numbing hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderately creamy feel. A nice holiday IPA in the spirit of SN Celebration. (553 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber.

Pours out a clear amber liquid with an off-white head that fights to remain until the bitter end. Nice lacing sporadically spots the glass.

Aroma is full of spicy pine hops. Green and yummy. They threw in a touch of citrus and sweet caramel just to make sure it attract too many loggers. Yeah...I love the pine.

The flavor isn't as much of a hop bomb as I expected it would be from the smell. The taste is quite good and surprisingly smooth. Pine and citrus hops with a spicy bitterness...not pucker up and squint bitter, but more like "hey, my tongues a tingling" bitter.

Oily, resiny, medium bodied brew. Smooth and easy drinking. I really wish we could get more of these west coast beers on this side of the country. (767 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Capril’s, which is an awesome restaurant in Portland.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a bright bronze with a bone white head and good lacing.

I like the nose. Nice citrus and caramel aroma.

The beer is nicely hopped with grapefruit and pine taste. Turned slightly sweet at mid glass, with a touch of lightly roasted grains.

The mouth was pleasantly oily but turned a trifle thin late. I liked this beer, and while it may not be overly sessionable, it is worth a a few samples! (508 characters)

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

This beer poured a amber brown with a slight hint of red. It had a slightly yellow head that lasted most of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. the smell was was that of a sour malt with a slight hint of hops.

The taste was a slightly watered down malty flavor with hints of hops and lemon. It reminded me more of a red ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being good, but the beer seemed a little thin.

I am going to try another one of these just because I have enjoyed Full Sail in the past. It was not a bad beer, I just did not think it was an IPA. (579 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a nice, off white head that soon recedes most of the way. The beer is a rich amber in color.

smell: Rich and leafy PacNW hops of the green, piney variety abound in the aroma (spicy and brash, I like it). Just behind are sweet, grainy aromas of caramel malt. Various candied, sugary tropical fruits are noted, from citrus to mango. Maybe even a touch of dark tree fruit in there (most notably fig syrup). Slight alcohol note as it warms.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body on the light side of the medium range. Nice...full and smooth while maintaining the light feel that an IPA should have.

taste: Resinous, dark green Left Coast hop flavors dominate, and a nice bitterness grows into the finish. A good amount of grainy caramel malt sweetness provides some balance. I like an absurdly hop-forward IPA, and this one approaches that. There might be a little ethanol in there, but I may just be picking up on some harsness from the hops. Hops linger on the palate for quite awhile, which is great...they hops don't come across quite as nicely as they do in the aroma, but the flavor is very solid.

drinkability: a bomber with no problem at all...and I could easily do another

Received in a trade with TheKegergator...vintage 2006

11/07/10: bomber of the 2010 version from WF Arlington, love the balance between the bready caramel and earthy grapefruit/orange hops, briefly sweet-ish but drying to a med-full bitterness, hops really stand out but the toasted malt and citrus compliment each other well all the same, creating two sides to the same beer, body satisfying but clean, easily drinkable, would score 4s here, but no changes since this likely changes year to year, and the old score is worthy as any other (1,761 characters)

Photo of ReDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine IPA I've had lately.
Nice slightly orangeish amber color. Head doesn't last too long, but is OK. Some laces.

Nice aroma, a little more than i expected.

Great tasting IPA. A little different than some, perhaps a little more complex,
Full Sail is a fine brewer of my hoppy favorites, and this is another one. (327 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Reserve

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange, nice carbonation, nice small tan head which leaves quickly, some islands and sticky lacing left behind. The scent is hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet/hoppy/malty, and a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, kinda chewy. Drinkable, a very nice staple brew from FS, can always count on this one.

2008 Reserve

Pours a slightly cloudly dark golden orange, nice carbonation, nice small tan head which leaves quickly, some islands and sticky lacing left behind. The scent is hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet/hoppy/malty, and a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, kinda chewy. Very drinkable, a nice brew from Full Sail.

2007 Reserve

Thanks msubulldog25

Pours a slightly cloudly dark golden orange, nice carbonation, nice small tan head which leaves quickly, some islands and sticky lacing left behind. The scent is hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet/hoppy/malty, and a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, kinda chewy. Very drinkable, a nice brew from Full Sail. (1,171 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $3.69 from Utah state store. Bottle states 6.5% ABV, 2006 vintage.

Pours a very slightly hazy deep orange with a medium thick, dense off-white head, leaves moderate to significant lacing. Dissipates after a time, lacing sticks around.

Aroma is full of fruity hop spice, and suggests a slightly sweet malt base.

Taste is solid piney resin hops, some citrus and grapefruit, but overall one of the nicer pine resin hoppy beers I've had in a long, long time. Just enough sweet tangy malt back to support the hops, while letting the hops do the talking, as a good American IPA ought to. Very, very solid.

Mouth is bright and prickly with carbonation and hop tinge. Solid.

Overall, this is a great beer, and I'm very, very happy with it. This is what I know Full Sail can do, and I'm really happy to see them do it. (846 characters)

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

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. No freshness date to be found. Poured a somewhat hazy orange color, with about an inch of off-white foam that didn't hang around too long. Modest, spotty lace.

Strong, herbal hop notes with a fairly beefy malt backbone. This smells like an IPA with something extra.

The hop profile in the taste is more complex than in the nose. In addition to the herbal, almost medicinal hops that I noted in the scent, there are also more citrusy hop flavors to be tasted. The effect of the hops is still a fairly bitter flavor, but not as much as I had thought there'd be. There's also a very solid malt backbone to keep the hops from being too much of a palate burner, but it's still clearly subordinate to the hops.

Definitely a medium bodied beer, with a fairly oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer at all, one that I wouldn't mind being around a little longer than just the holidays. I'll definitely be buying more of this next year. (980 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear red colored beer with a decent tan colored head. If this is amber it is the reddest amber I have ever seen.

Smell is very malty and more herbal than hoppy; the scent is much more like an ESB than an IPA. Lots of Fuggles in the scent and lots of tobacco and butter aroma.

The taste begins sweet and VERY buttery with a very strong taste of Fuggles hops. The taste remains buttery and herbal but after a bit a smoky taste emerges and mellows out this beer considerably. Some flavors of spice emerge after a while and it is VERY obvious to my taste buds that this is in fact an ESB and a rather good one. This is very herbal in taste and slightly sweet. This is a mellow and good beer for just not thinking about work and relaxing.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not an IPA, this is a quite good ESB. VERY English tasting and worthwhile for what it very accurately mimics. (885 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with szwaya who had this shipped to him by his benevolent brother living in Portland.

A: Pours a clear amber color. Frothy one finger cream colored head. Nice retention. Nice lacing.
S: Smells like a Christmas tree. Wreck them halls. A bit of fruit in there also and a tad grassy. Smells like this one will be a big hop bomb.
T/M: Wonderful flavor this one has. Nice piney, grapefruit, and spicy initiation with a long bitterness that has a twang of that grapefruit flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. Stinging bitterness that has a grassy characteristic to it. Nice mouthfeel that starts out average and finishes resiny, popping with juices.
D: Highly drinkable. Very happy I was offered the chance to try this hop bomb. Love the northwest brews. (759 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small tulip it formed an easily managed off white head that leaves thick ring lacing. Copper body with some orange tint to it as well.

Nicely balanced IPA leaning towards the hop end. A resinous hop bite that is washed away quite nicely at the end. Some grapefruite rings through as well. Nothing over the top just a nice quality IPA. There is a spiced portion that gives this a unique character. These holiday type spices seperate it from your usual IPA and are well thought out. Sweetened green grapes lie in the underbelly.

Notes: I would really reccomend drinking this as fresh as possible. The first bottle I sampled was upon the release and it was a bit more vibrant. Just a couple months down the road and its lost a bit of the snap. Nitpicky wallace. (780 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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! (831 characters)

Photo of TheLiterati
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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! (1,143 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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. (476 characters)

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