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

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
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 NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

NCSUdo, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

biegaman, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

cswhitehorse, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Plinythechugger
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.


Plinythechugger, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

flexabull, Jan 13, 2008
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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 09, 2007
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!

arizcards, Jan 08, 2011
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/

snpub540, Nov 13, 2007
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.

jdense, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of mrasskicktastic
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.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of djeucalyptus
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.

djeucalyptus, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
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.

coachdonovan, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Mar 01, 2008
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of sockeye101
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!

sockeye101, Jan 27, 2006
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.

Rayek, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of charlatan
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.

charlatan, Dec 18, 2005
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.

JohnnyP3, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Spikester
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.

Spikester, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of shand
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.

shand, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of constantine_272
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.

constantine_272, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of czechsaaz
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.

czechsaaz, Nov 09, 2005
Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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