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

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85
very good

472 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kuhndog
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dbmernin83
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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%
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 +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with about a 1in head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is strong, can full on smell it just while pouring. It is a very hop filled nose that is piney and just a touch of citrus. Very "dirty" smelling in a good way. I am really enjoying the flavor of this. There is a hint of spice in the beginning with the malts but the hops and bitterness quickly take over.

This finish is very clean but there is just enough bitter bite from the hops to make you salivate for another sip. Love this part. This was a very enjoyable bomber for great price. Nice holiday ale.

Photo of deepchills
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.73/5  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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Popp24
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Topher78
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DeSoto
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.