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

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85
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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:
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of JayAre46
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

could not pass this one with a $3 dollar price tag. wreck the halls, sometimes i feel that way during the holidays, anyway a 22oz bomber poured relatively firm into a pint glass that gave a very mild thin 1finger head that receded at record speed with minimal lace. the color is of deep amber and orange hues with a bit of chill haze. the aroma was immediate pine and hops not much of a citrus but a definite caramel malt backbone. the taste follows the nose, a bit of spice with the hoppy resins with a good amount of caramel malt for balance and a bitter hop finish. pretty simple characters here and im not sure if much else could be done without screwing things up. i do get the festive spice influence on the ipa but nothing revolutionary. the mouthfeel is pretty typical of the style medium with the right amount of carbonation. easy to drink and for $3 bucks i can't comlain, but i feel like this is just an east coast style ipa with the most subliminal spice influence. simplicity.

Photo of palma
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like a double ipa. Im looking for more balance
Where is the malt. Where is the winter warmer in this beer. Not only that but i dont think its a very good ipa. Way too prickly and harsh tasting. Not very enjoyable. A beer can be super hoppy and still smooth and drinkable. This beer is not that.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear copper color with a small off-white head. Retention and lacing both average.

Nose is vibrant hops, toasty malt and a little bit of nutty yeast. Light notes of acetone.

Taste is pretty nice...nice balance of citric/floral hops and caramel maltiness. Medium sweetness and the flavor profile has a nice flow to it...helped along by a rich creamy body. At 3.99 per bomber, this one is a deal. Full Sail has missed on their fair share of these 'Brewmaster Reserve' series beers, but this one might just be the best of the bunch. Nice beer. I do not regret my two bomber purchase and actually wouldnt mind picking up one or two more.

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says it’s an IPA and winter warmer hybrid, but it’s just an IPA, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Pours a clear darker orange with two finger thick cream colored, dense head. Settles in a few minutes to a quarter inch, leaving thick clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: citrus rind - orange, grapefruit, some resiny pine, background is toffee. Taste: big raw hop flavors - pine and citrus rind, leafy, solid toffee backdrop. Light-medium bodied, semi-creamy feel into a hop filled drying finish. It’s a solid IPA not dissimilar to other “holiday” IPAs.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Cyberkedi
3.77/5  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 JohnnyP3
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of hyprlt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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!!

Photo of dbmernin83
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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