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

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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 272
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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Ratings: 477 | Reviews: 272
Photo of cheah
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsyberg01
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - bomber, 06 vint, from notes

A - Pours toasted amber, clear. Head is tight, then drops to a patchy cap. Lacing is fair.

S - Caramel, slightly astringent, fruity, floral, citrus

T - great hop character, resinous, oily, sweet sitrus, malty backbone evening it all out

M - coats gently and finishes nicely

D - Nice to drink, may get a bit numbing at a certain point but then again what doesnt.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a tall pint glass. Well within freshness date.

A- Nice amber color, bright and clear. 1f off-white head, sticky lacing. Little evidence of carbonation.

S-Sweet caramel malts, some alcohol. Hops deliver some spice aroma, some citrus, orange rind, pine.

T- Some sweet winter breads, citrus hops.

M- Light, drinkable body with more better carbonation than it shows. Finishes dry enough.

O- Good enough: drinkable and the winter ale/ ipa mix works.

Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of Matthew
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, 2006.
Pours a copperish color with a small white head that settles very quickly.
The nose is filled with light spiced hops, some floral tones, more malty sweetness than expected, and a tinge of alcohol.
Bitter hop bite up front, hop flavors mainly consist of faint citrusy type tastes with a fairly sweet malt back drop that includes some mild roasted flavors.
Medium bodied IPA with good level of carbonation.
A pretty drinkable IPA from Full Sail. A pretty straight forward solid IPA.

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rose and Crowne.

Pours a deep dark coppery ruby red/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly hoppy earthy aroma with hints of citrus and dry pine as well as some sweet rye and caramel malt. There's also a slight syrupy character in the nose along with some sweet dark cherry.

Hop forward medium body with a decent amount of dry bitter pine that's quickly balanced out by a sweet malty backbone and a dry spicy finish. Hints of rye and caramel malt mid palate and a slightly cloying syrupy character. Nthere's also a bit of dark fruit especially cherry and subtle peppery spice in the finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, reasonably priced @ $4.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, "Brewmasters Reserve 2010".

Pours quite dark amber, murky, darker tan head, frothy fluff and ample thicker sheet/lace left on the glass.

Malty nose with a back sniff of grainy hops.

Nice hopped up, full flavor brew, more grainy hops, with a slight mintyness. Ample hop at the base of things. Tastes like Arrogant Bastard lite to me.

I enjoyed it, I'll pick up some more bottles at the next opportunity

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/21
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is citrus hops - grapefruit most predominantly, minor caramel notes and a touch of pine.

T: Taste starts with all bitterness in the forefront - a good deal of pine bite. Then a fruity hopness mingled with caramel sweetness comes in. The sweetness is ever so mild. Finish is extreme grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick at the forefront with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, decent representation of style. Not a bad beer, I may opt for others of the style, but it hit the spot this evening.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper colored body under a medium sized white head. Good retention, OK lace.

S: Decent citrus hops, malt backbone holds up well. Rather tame but well balanced.

T: Pine and citrus hops, some caramel malt, fair amount of bitterness, splash of mint, a little sweet up front.

M/D: Medium bodied, a little crisp. Drinkability is pretty good.

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 cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wreck the halls comes in a non descriptive bottle with no freshness date. It pours a lovely amber color with very little foam head but leaves a trace of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell was hop dominated and in taste is was definitely bittered to start. In the finish it was a grassy flavor with a little maltiness. Overall a nice American ipa.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a friend. It poured clear red with an off-white head. I'm going to have to agree with the label, this is a blend of mild Christmas spice with hops. I've tried a couple beers that try to achieve this before but this is the only one I thought really did it well. The hops have a flowery, citrus character that's quite smooth. I'd really consider this more of a hoppy winter warmer, either way it's a nice change of pace in the colder months.

Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Brewmaster Reserve 2010. Paid $4.29 at local grocer.

A-Pours a hazy orange-amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and lacing.

S-Floral and citrusy Centennial hops, and some caramel malt but not aroma is not pronounced enough, even though dry hopped.

T-Very balanced. Not the typical in your face West Coast style IPA. Hops are present but don't assault the taste buds. A hoppy winter ale according to the brewer. A blend of the the American IPA and winter warmer? I like both styles, but not sure this accomplishes what the brewer expected. A good beer, but nothing remarkable. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Good carbonation.

D-A good, but not great beer. The attempt at a blend of styles seems to get stuck in between.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice pour. Dark, rich copper/ruby body topped by a full white head that settled to a 1 finger splotchy patch. Nice.
Aromas of juniper and citrus, some mild malt. A bit of cherry-ness I think.
Great feel to it. Very crisp and nice balance with the malt, yet certainly an IPA. Pine and juniper are quited a bit with some grapefruit and citrus. Almost seems like a blend with EIPA with some earth tones and bitterness. But this is nice. I like it.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rosy hued amber with a huge head that doesn't quite, in spite of the small amount of carbonation in the beer. Lacing cling in a textured erratically barbed ring.

S - Not very strong, but I get sweet malt and peppery notes with a hint of citrus.

T - A strong hoppy (pine, pepper and citrus pith) backbone. There is a lot of caramel malt. The sweetness is overshadowed but the bitterness. It lingers through to the aftertaste, the other hop flavors are joined by a grassiness.

M - A little tingly on the mouthfeel, thick and refreshing.

D - This is a fantastic beer. I really like it! It is a super hopped IPA. A pleasurable experience. I might have this again next year.

Photo of Plinythechugger
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a light copper hughe color with an inch thick head that quick disapated.

S - very enticing. Full of hops with a hint of citrus and nut. Very complex!

T - very light. Extremely "up and down" and hoppy to an enjoyable degree.

M - medium to light bodied. Almost a tad too light for a winter seasonal beer.

D - very drinkable. At 6.5% alcohol it's approachable and enjoyable. Could be bigger, will look for it next year.


Photo of flexabull
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of caramel malts and some bitter pine hops.

Beer is very malty. Very roasty malt character, some creamy malts, some sweetness, and a slight tea like flavor. Hops are a bitter and pine like on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a touch thin on the finish.

Drinkability is good. Nice tasting malty brew. Doesn't really strike me as being an American IPA, more like a souped up Amber Ale.

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on Veteran's Day from BevMo for $3.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a one finger white head.

Nose is nutty malts with some citrus hops.

Taste is a light nutty malt backing with a huge amount of citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, finish is somewhat lively.

Drinkability is good, this is a classic IPA with some touches in conjuncion with the Holiday season. Nice beer, would love to see this packaged as a sixer!

Photo of snpub540
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle. Poured a clear ruby hue with a cream colored head that stood about about 2 fingers tall before settling down to thin ring of bubbles. Very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very sweet and hoppy. Aromas were all citrus: lemon and grapefruit mostly.

The taste was mostly the same. Sweet grapefruit up front followed by a pleasant grassiness. Very crisp and dry finish. Warming alcohol is present in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A refreshing drink. Drinkability is good/

Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Belmont Station poured 12/26/09 into Full Sail shaker pint glass.

Clear amber brew, 1 1/2 finger white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Big hop blast in the nose balanced by bready malts. Taste features a bit of sweet malts on the tongue, but dominated by spicy hops. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit salty, with minimal carbonation. Fairly drinkable for an IPA. IMO, the hoppiest of Full Sail products. Recommended for holiday hopheads.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apple cider hue with a solid finger of creamy white that fades slowly and leaves behind some nice sticky dots of lace.

aroma is a bit subdued certainly hop forward with citrus zesty notes. a bit of pine and some herbal notes as well. caramel, a hint of apple cider and winter spices.

Taste is clean and hoppy with a bit of earthy caramel malt undertones. sweet and fruity. orange, carmelized citrus. burnt sugar. The malt profile carries it in a different direction than the average IPA, which makes it pleasant. Personally, I'm not a fan of heavy centennial hopping, as I find it a touch metallic and overwhelmingly citric, but I can certainly appreciate the delicously well blended flavors.

Mouth is spot on. Perfect for the style, the abv, and the season. Lingering bitterness is pleasantly fruity and creamy. I'm diggin' it, as it's perfect for sipping.

All in all, this is a winner. While it's definitely centennial forward (which I'm personally not a huge fan of,) this one hits all the high notes and is a brilliant IPA for the season.

Photo of Rayek
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with a slight chill haze and active carbonation. A fizzy cream head is slow to form and retreats quickly to a ring at the beers edge. The beer's weak point.

S: Lots of grapefruit, lemon and pine in the nose. No one hop aroma overpowers the others. A light caramel sweetness can be found behind the hops.

T: A rush of bitterness comes on right away. It has a nice balance of citrus, pepper and pine. Malt is there with a sweetbread flavor, but is mostly covered by the hops. Finishes tart, with a lingering bitterness.

M: The medium-light body is oily and leafy. The carbonation feels right on.

D: Fairly standard IPA fare, but a nice beer overall. I'm glad I'm picked it up.

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