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

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463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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:
"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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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wreck the Halls (love the name!), pours a coppery amber with dark golden highlights and a big white head that lingers and leaves loads of thick lacing behind.

The aroma is of fresh baked bread and lemony citrus, quite nice if a bit faint.

This beer is all IPA with big bready malts held in check by a lot of citrusy and resinous hop flavor which yields a very pleasant bitterness on the finish nicely balanced with the sweet but not cloying malts.

Mouthfeel comes close to medium, smooth and bit creamy from the pleasant amount of fine carbonation.

Very nice IPA and I will look for it every year now just as I do Celebration!

Photo of Luchman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a 22 ounce bomber

A: dark, cloudy, burnt orange/amber color with a very faint off white head that dissipates quickly.

S: faint orange peel and grapefruit with a little bit of pine. Toasted malt is there too.

T: Much like the nose. Orange peel with a burnt, toasty malt and some caramel. Ends slightly bitter. Lemon and pine more apparent as the beers warm.

M: Just a tad above too light mouthfeel, which is slick and with low to medium/low carbonation.

D: Very conservative here. A decent IPA.

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wreck the Halls pours a dense orange colour with a wafer-thin layer of white frost for head and very fine-beaded lace. Its complexion is very icy but far from opaque; plenty of light shines through and out onto the hand (although it's not the finger that's seen on the other side of the glass but rather its shadow).

Full Sail were clearly in a joyous mood when crafting this holiday ale - they may have broken the bank on buying hops. Clearly a lot were used. Good thing though: as for as aroma goes, hops are the gift that keep on giving (wonderful aromas of citrus, spice, and bitter pine resins). That said, the aroma is by no means overwhelming.

The hops sparkle in the mouthfeel with soapy citrus flavours and zestful spice. It is at once fruity and earthy and pretty much takes over the malt from the start right through to the finish. The tastes of rank melon and grapefruit seep into the gums with lemony acidity. There's also enough toffee-like malt to think it could have supported more alcohol.

Despite an almost crunchy, biscuity maltiness the beer stays pretty light on its feet. For all the bitter melon and pine resin flavors, it's not as bitter as you'd guess (even at 68 IBUs). At 6.5%, it may be a bit stronger than conventional beers, but we're in American IPA territory and this beer has no problem handling (and hiding) the extra notch or two.

This full-bodied, hop-forward ale is the kind of beer that makes the holidays, not wrecks them. What better gift for a beer geek? Anything this gratifyingly refreshing, by the way, deserves the 22oz bomber. Remembering I had yet to pour the other half of the bottle certainly put me in good cheer. Oh what a wonderful time of the year!

Photo of Kgrubb1224
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, hoppy aroma has fruity and cloves hints. It pours a dark honey-golden amber with a thick, fluffy, snow-white head that leaves a few patches of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with woody and malty notes and a hint of spiced fruit, and just a little hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but just a little fizzy, with average body. Overall, just fine for "wrecking" the halls.

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 02.20.12. Pours a very hazy burnt orange with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around and to the sides of the glass, producing some nice lacing.

Smell is hops--orange pulp, pineapple, mango, brown sugar, and some wood (oak).

Tastes like a hop lovers holiday delight. Very hop forward style delivers hop resins, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango. There is an undercurrent of malt flavors that produces some caramel sweetness and some toast or biscuit.

Mouthfeel is alive with some slickness from the hop oils. Medium body.

Overall, definitely a west coast take on Christmas beer, and a pretty good one at that. A welcome and refreshing addition to the seasonal lineup available in the area.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of hyprlt
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into 16oz tumbler.

A: awesome head, granted its a good glass with a well made scratch, great head retention, white slightly yellow. gold to light amber body color.

S: piney, i think. its definitely a scent that snips the nostrils. very good.

T: in a good, and bad way, a typical west coast IPA.

M: good carbination, very proper thickness.

O: as a holiday beer, no way is this what you expect. in comparison SN Celebration Ale is more fitting, but this is a great beer. Much respect, up up and away!! Diaper dandy!!

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dbmernin83
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt golden with lacing here and there.
Mild hops on th nose
I just now read that this is an IPA/winter warmer blend. That makes sense. Hops dance well with malts, a light holiday slice hidden in the hop bitterness. Almost tastes like a really light DIPA. Sweet and hoppy on the finish.
Medium bodied, good carbonation.
A good beer for what it is. A "balanced", east coast style IPA.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with golden an off white head. Nose is really nice. Piney and citric hops are prevalent with a slight cinnamon cookie breadiness underneath it. Smells really good.

Mmm, taste is similar, some sweet cookie taste up taste with a piney balancing hop presence. Truly a christmas beer, definitely out did my expectations. Flavors are layered and blended spectacularly. Medium and body with good carbonation. Quite the christmas treat.

Would be a bit better if hop presence was downplayed a bit, but that's the only thing keeping this thing from an A+. Not that I don't like hops, but they just really nailed it with those malts for a winter seasonal, the hops take away from them slightly.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Wreck the Halls is a very sparkling amber ale with a dense, light khaki foam that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a hoppy aroma with citrus, pine and spice along with notes of orange and caramel. It has a fluffy, smooth, medium body with a slightly astringent, dry finish. It's pretty bitter but not very hoppy tasting. These hops were boiled for a while. Later in the taste is some slightly sweet caramel and black pepper. The finish is hot and boozy. It tastes stronger than it is. This is like a slightly clumsy version of Celebration Ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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