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

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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:
"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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Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:07:25 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of arizcards


3.93/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:29:57 | More by arizcards
Photo of snpub540


3.93/5  rDev +4%
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/

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 04:04:08 | More by snpub540
Photo of jdense


3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 13:23:19 | More by jdense
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 05:48:31 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:22:20 | More by djeucalyptus
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than amber, let's call it acorn. Nice and hazy. Foamy cap brings to mind Santa's (slightly dirty) fluffy beard. Lacing is decent but not quite what I would expect from the style.

Aroma absolutely crushes it. Grapefruit for sure, but lively with other fruits (not all of them identifiable) and floral notes. Taste is great, but somehow falls a little short of matching the nose. The hops are obviously up front, and while the malt is not completely invisible, this stays true to the style. The bitter finish lasts a bit longer than I'd like.

This is a fantastic beer. I'm just a little confused by the label, which describes it as a hybrid between an American IPA and a winter warmer. I get none of the spices you'd expect in a warmer, but that shouldn't take away from the beer. Given the price (less than $5 per bomber) I will definitely buy this again, and I'm glad it's made its way to the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:16:30 | More by coachdonovan
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours hazy copper/amber with a thin lasting head.

The smelll is of the signature Full Sail yeast strain with orange, caramel and a bit herbal.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with floral/herbal and citric/orange hops and the Full Sail yeast strain. Slight alcohol in the dry finish.

A tad thinner than expected for an IPA/winter release, but hits medium-bodied.

Easy enough, and tasty enough to be quite drinkable. A nice, balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 16:43:16 | More by jwc215
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail : Wreck the Halls
22oz Bottle. "Brewmasters Reserve 2010" 68 IBU
Cold Garage Temperature

Appearance: A burnt orange with a pillowy, marshmallowy head. Forms lacing in patches on my nonic pint glass.

Smell: Bready malts, a tinge of citrus and some pine cone all there in the aroma.

Taste: Solidly bitter, with some fresh orange notes as well. Roasted malt also in the profile, giving the beer some body. Just a hint of spice giving it that holiday beer touch. A nice winter warmer style IPA. This is a style that needs to exist.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, adequate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish, with spices and citrus lingering.

Drinkability: A nice hybrid of styles, pretty cool mixing a west coast IPA with some winter ale characteristics. Finishing a bomber was no problem at all. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 08:03:28 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This bottle is the 2010 Brewmaster Reserve.

Appearance: murky dark amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy light tan head. A solid looking IPA.

Smell: nice hop aroma with citrusy overtones and funky undertones, plus a light spiciness. Underneath that is a caramelly malt aroma which really fills out the picture. Pretty darn decent.

Taste: good caramel malt backbone with fresh, lively hops on top. Hops here are a little more citrusy than the aroma and even somewhat floral in character. Balanced and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not outstanding, but perfectly reasonable.

Drinkability: refreshingly flavored and not too heavy. I was expecting something a little more along the lines of a holiday-type winter warmer, but the IPA I got was not a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:43:22 | More by flagmantho
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this for a month or so and decided it was time to "Wreck the Halls".

So, it's got a great appearance, thick creamy off-white head that stuck around and left a nice lace. Deep copper amber color with a slight cloudiness. Smells of lots of hops, and a hint of pine or fir, kind of like a fresh cut piece of wood...very intriguing. There are tons of hop flavors, a kind of acidic bite and then more pine notes. There's a nice light bitterness at the end, but nothing overwhelming. Overall it's a very good, smooth IPA.... I think I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:42:10 | More by sockeye101
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 22:57:30 | More by Rayek
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer hasn't been retired and it isn't even making a lame-o Michael Jordan style comeback. The 2005 edition packs a decent punch. It appears a rather nondescript amber colour and offers a strong herbal nose which is reflected in a very strong herbal hoppy kick inside my mouth. There is a hint of a white sugary flavour here, but this beer tastes unusually clean, particularly for a winter seasonal (it is correctly pigeonholed as an IPA above after all). If you like the herbal hop thing then this is a beer for you.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2005 07:42:37 | More by charlatan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:50:17 | More by JohnnyP3
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at the brewery in Hood River.
Clear copper with a two finger cream color head. Good lacing in the upper half.
Aroma of hop resins and caramel.
Taste is grapefruit orange hops with a modest malt backing. Easy drinker and alright abv for the style. Modest carbonation levels.
Nice seasonal IPA not overly sweet like most winter beers.

2010 version: Have to down rate on appearance this year. Head retention and lacing was less than last year. Still a nice Winter Warmer/ IPA. Not a hop bomb or alky blast. Easy drinker, almost a session beer for the style. From a bomber. 11-13-2010.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 05:58:54 | More by Spikester
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:42:45 | More by wedge
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a christmas present from my fiance.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- hops, perfume, citrus, really nice

Taste- smooth, nice balance, hops, malt

Mouthfeel- dry, medium bodied

Drinkability- This was a really good beer. I really enjoyed it. I loved the perfumy aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:23:45 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This is being reviewed nearly three months after the best-by date. I received it for free, so it's still worth a try. It pours out a very hazy orange color with a small head. The aroma is still hop-dominated, which isn't quite what I was expecting from an "aged" IPA/Winter Warmer hybrid. There are strong citrus hops over a lightly spiced caramel malt base. For the age on this one, it's still drinking quite well. It's probably a little smoother than it would be fresh with some more aggressive hops, but it still tastes good, which is alright for me. The mouthfeel is dry and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is still a good beer well after the best-by date. I'd love to try one fresher next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:14:55 | More by shand
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: ugly mud light grown. Kind of looks like somebody mixed a nitro stout with a he'd. Foam disappeared quickly and left sticky off white rings.

S: smells delicious. Just like an IPA. Doesn't smell toasty at all.

T: Nice full hoppy flavor. A tad lighter on the hops would have balanced out the mild roast flavor a bit better. Think of it more as an ipa with a few roasted grains to make it interesting.

M: nice and light. Not quite as filly or chewy as your standard winter seasonal.

O: I like it. The hops are a little to straightforward and they throw off the balance. Though, I expected a typical dark winter seasonal and this wasn't it. This is hoppier with only a dash of chocolate roasts to round it out a tad. If the hops were toned down slightly, this would be a world class beer. As it stands, it's still a great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 02:06:53 | More by constantine_272
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition, so maybe it's time to pull this out of retirement? Just showed up at my local grocery this week. (still 6.5% ABV)

Very spicy hop aroma. Kind of piney with maybe a touch of grapefruit in there. A little candy smelling like bubblegum. Just a hint of roasty.

Amber, really clear with a smallish but lasting head that leaves nice lacing.

Flavor - right off I get spices (I've had this before but don't remember it being a spice all) spruce maybe but not real strong. There's got to be something added to it cause that spice isn't yeast (kind of explains the piney aroma I get.) Hop bitterness is fairly well subdued allowing malty/marshmellowy flavors to get through. Hop flavor and spice rounds it out.

Medium-full bodied, pretty creamy, nice carbonation level and slightly warming.

Pretty nice beer. Not hugely spiced like some holiday beers. Definitely different than I remember previous Wreck the Halls. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 07:15:00 | More by czechsaaz
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 1 PT 6oz. Bomber @ 6.7% ABV

A: Pours slight hazy amber with a thin foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover and lacing.

S: Crisp citrus pith, sweet brown sugar and malt.

T: Piney and grapefruit pith that explodes in the mouth with a bit of spice on the finish that mingles with the pure bitter hops.

M: Full bodied with a nice bite of bitter hops from beginning to end. Spices become more evident as it warms and much more balanced and flavorful.

D: This is a hopheads brew that is a great one to taste and enjoy. Very refreshing and would be great for an evening with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 05:36:15 | More by NitroGen
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New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean yet deep amber in color with a finger of head. smells of piney hops, grapefruit, caramel. really grassy aroma, really hoppy.
an earthy bitter taste followed by a very sweet malty backbone and grapefruit flavors combined. nicely balanced. medium body, moderately carbonated, sticky on the mustache.
a really nice ipa for the winter time. nicely balanced and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 05:53:16 | More by facundoCNB
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 17:41:29 | More by wrycon
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New Jersey

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

Never tried anything from Full Sail, but I was in my local beer store this past weekend and this really cute college age girl was stocking up on Full Sail along with a bunch of Stone, Founders, and Bear Republic....She put this in her cart and I asked her about it and she suggested I give this a whirl if I like a good IPA....who doesn't?, so here it goes.

Poured from a bomber straight out of the cooler into a pint glass.

A-Medium veiled apricot amber with a thick creamy ivory head. Average looking brew, but a half point uptick for that nice head that laces well as it goes down.

S-Hoppy orange and grapefruit zest with some sweet caramel malts in the background. When it comes to well balanced highly hopped "C hop" textbook IPAs, this checks all the boxes.

T-Crisp citrus hops with more emphasis on orange than grapefruit here. Semi sweet caramel malts are present behind the dominating C hops, but the hopping is not so overpowering to offset the balance between the two. In addition, there is a fresh juice backbone present throughout the palate that is a nice refreshing twist on the run of the mill IPA.

M-Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer and a damn good IPA. My only beef here is that this is billed as a holiday ale. Now don't get me wrong, not every Yule release need be a warmer or a spiced ale, but this is the type of beer that I would jones for on a 98 degree day in July sweating it out in high humidity. Great for that Midwinter IPA fix, but alas, I won't be grabbing more of these to enjoy during IPA season as this is one to enjoy fresh.

Thanks beer chick...you know your stuff...

...at least your IPA's anyhow.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:38:22 | More by caddybuyer
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear orange with a small head and some lacing
Aroma is faint bittering hops and malt slightly astringent.
Taste is as it smells, crisp bittering with a nice malt backbone, what one might describe as balanced rather than over hopped like a DIPA, but this is a IPA so I guess its spot on for the style.
Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Nice brew! Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 23:29:09 | More by mudbug
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