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

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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:
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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Reviews: 271 | Hads: 481
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy dark reddish/amber colour with a nice big head of white foam. The aromas are very subtle, but hint at caramel malts, and fresh/piney hops. The tastes is quite hoppy up front, but the piney/earthy hops are soon eclipsed by a big load of caramel malts. The mouthfeel is good, but a bit rough around the edges, and the drinkability is good for an IPA. A good stab at the style, but i've had many better IPAS, and better beers from this brewery as well...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 bomber from Supersaver.

Hazy dark amber body, topped by an off-white level finger of foam.

Strong aroma of pine and herbs, some juicy fruit notes in the rear.

Sticky sweet malt coats the tongue. A bitter blast then covers the entire mouth. Lot of balance to this IPA. Earthy finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, with just a touch of bubbly.

Okay drinkability, goes down fairly easy, but not a beer you can't stop yourself from drinking too quickly.

Could have used some juicy fruit with the bitterness. Not a great IPA but worth a spot in the winter rotation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 22oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a light tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Smooth, medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Excellent flavor of a lightly spiced winter warmer mixed with a West Coast IPA, but marred by a somewhat unappealing, overly earthy aroma.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source Serving: 22oz. Bottle, No expiration date. Served cold.

Smell: Lots of piney/grassy hops and a hint of orange and herbalness. A little spice flavor, but mild and much more at the level of a typical and not "holiday" beer.

Taste: Essentially an IPA with a perceptible, but not strong level of the typical winter beer spices. Very bitter and not at all sweet, and the spices are actually pretty nice addition. Definitely some malts in the background.

Notes: Definitely the holiday beer for the person who isn't a fan of overly spiced and sweet holiday beers. However, as such it isn't a beer that has a lot of "holiday" flavor. Interesting, but not innovative.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. 22oz bomber.

Poured a carmelly-cloudy brown. Less than a finger head and slight lacing.

Smell was hoppiness and some spicy undertones. Malt presence, a little floral and some agressive citrus notes. Smells pretty good to me.

Balanced beer, with no flavors completely overwhelming the others. Hops and a slight orange taste dominate a little. Some spicy malts and other citrus as well.

Mouthfeel wasn't anything spectacular. Medium to light body?

I judge drinkability in IPA's on how aggressive I am at finishing the second half of a bomber by myself. I was itching to drink more. Good, clean drinkability.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I finally brought this up from the cellar to try. One of a bunch of neat beers acquired in trade. I read the label and only saw holiday ale. The name had me thinking winter warmer. The pour had me thinking hopped like crazy. What? So finding out this is an American IPA makes total sense this morning. See what happens when you assume...

A - wonderful burnt auburn color. billowy off white head that makes me think of many a belgian beer rather than a winter warmer.

S - crisp piney hops, some hint of citric but really strong. Light underlying toffee / biscuit malts.

T - it's all about the hops. Mild complimentary malts support a strong hop bill from first sip to last.

M - medium bodied, slightly warming effect, smooth and crips.

D - A hoppy beer for a hop head. I drank it after dinner but probably would've enjoyed it more paired with a really spicy mexican dish. It's got that kind of hop strength to compliment and bite through hot spices.

Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge light beige head with lots of structure. Bright Copper Amber color with prefect clarity. Interesting in that the head has amazing retention and yet leaves no lacing..

Aroma is light pine, a bit musty and at first a solvent like aroma (phenolic) This seems to dissipate. Black pepper and toasted malt.

Slight mineral flavor, a touch of diacetyl. Black pepper, lots of fruity esters and pretty sweet. Fairly bold bitterness towards the end which lingers nicely. I'd say a touch too sweet for me. As it warms slightly you begin to taste for bread like flavors.

Medium bodied and almost sticky. The sweetness sticks with you.

It's ok... Not the most drinkable as there seem to be a few issues with this beer. The almost cloying sweetness is among the biggest.

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Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rose & Crown. Went there with a bunch of other BAs and they seemed not to like this beer much. I had it on tap later and it wasn't half bad.

Pours deep amber with a medium off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, rough leafy and piney hops, and some mild spice.

Flavor is lots of caramel malt and again rough and leafy hops, with a little citrus in there too.

Really does wreck your palate with hop bitterness. Medium-full body.

Drinkability is average-plus. Overall good but not great.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely fogged out reddish-orange with a ton of floaties. A finger of bright white heads sits for a while. Spotty lacing.

The nose first starts with pine resin and some slightly fruity hops. There is a great deal of sweet caramel malt as the backbone.

The hop profile starts this one out with pine and mango flavors. The malt profile is semi-sweet, nutty, and has notes of brown sugar and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry feel. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, decent holiday ale with an almost memorable balance.

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Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leather. Hoppy, fruity and medicinal aroma with a touch of green melon, grapefruit and herbs. Fruity. Resinous. Notes of pine and passion fruits. Balanced by a sweet caramel taste. An enjoyable hop flavor with minimal bitterness. Watery texture. An enjoyable brew each and every year.

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Photo of Floydster
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Hollingshead's in Orange during their Christmas in July promotion

Poured was a dark brown with a thick white head, a little over an inch

Smell was filled with lots of hops, a little bit coffee and chocalate with some citrus

Taste was bitter like the IPA that it is, and could not what I smelled at all, dry and lacking significant sweetness from any malts, very hoppy Christmas beer

Very carbonated and full body

Could drink a good amount of these, not too heavy and ABV is not too high

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of JezyGray
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep auburn with a couple fingers of khaki head. Sweet, mellow citrus from the Centennial hops on the nose. Nice bitterness on the front of the tongue, turning floral toward the middle with more sweet orange juice flavors, and then finishing with another pleasant pop of bitterness. Really refreshing. Great value!

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that sticks and laces, too

Smell: Big caramel blast with a piney hop aspect

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that is joined by piney bitterness in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates, though the caramel lingers underneath, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A style bender that is a bit too unbalanced to be that enjoyable

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Falling Rock as part of their Christmas selection. Nice orange color with a two inch foamy head. Smell is instant hops and nothing but hops. The taste was very hoppy with some spiciness at the back. This is a good beer but I prefer it from the bottle.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled upon this at the liquor store today for $2.99 a bottle and figured I'd give it a whirl.

This amber gem pours smoothly into my English Imperial pint glass. There is a reasonable head initially, but it quickly transitions to a lace. Good, solid carbonation. Pretty standard looking for an IPA, but with a Christmasy feel. The aroma starts out nice w/ some hoppy aromas first. For some reason I get a strong alcohol aroma. I had to look at the label several times to ensure that the beer was only 6.7% alcohol. I guess I'll write off the alcohol aroma as "fruitiness." There is some malty sweetness in the background. The flavor of this brew is pretty solid. Good hops, good malts, good balance. Not too overpowering on any level. Its not a boring beer at all, but not a trailblazer in any manner. The website boasts that this beer is "aggressive but sublime, assertive yet mellow, complex yet drinkable, and contains a lot of hops." I guess this beer fits that pretty well. The mouthfeel is a little different than what I've experienced w/ IPAs. It seems to be very soft and smooth. It starts out that way at least, but finishes crisp and dry. Something a little different I guess. I could be hallucinating though (these damn 80 + hour weeks are killing me).

A good, solid beer. Nothing to go out and tell someone to find by any means possible though. If it came in a sixer, I may pick up one again. Not sure if I'll buy more bombers of this beer though. A pint or 12 oz at a time would be enough. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my DFH snifter. Dark amber reddish body with a moderate white head that fell quickly. Almost looks more like a DIPA. Great caramel and toffee aromas are equaled by the citrus aromas. Very inviting but needs more hop aroma. The bitterness is held nicely in check by the caramel from the malt. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue. There is a touch of spice in there also, but very little. Nice medium to heavy body. Not a bad IPA, but not great either.

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Photo of hophead247
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark amber color offset by a nice white head. Aroma that first hit me was the malts, but then the citrusy hops comes around. It took awhile, but it did. The malt aroma is the strongest by far. Mouthfeel is full and round. Flavors were malty sweet and moderately hopped. Nothing outstanding, and nothing wrong with this brew.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange and yellow hue with amber thread throughout. Big, faomy bright white head leaves a thick, solid sheen of lace of the glass.
Aroma of pale malts, lighter citrus fruits, spruce and a hint of caramel and breadiness.
Flavor is hyper sweet grapfruit/melon notes. Some bread and herbal hop notes present along with some herbal or grass hints.
Mouthfeel is sweet, sweet. Almost orange juice sweet with some real heral notes. Very light bittering detected on the tongue. Almost a little saltiness as well.
Drinkability is solid. Little bit too sweet without many other notes to balance it out. Interesting take on style.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/10/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured into a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber color. Smallish head and sub par lacing.

Smell- A very light smelling IPA. Sensed some hops, but also sensed a bit of spice.

Taste- Odd tasting beer this is. A tad bitter as expected, but not a whole lot of hops. Maybe like a cross between a pale ale and an IPA. There was also some weird taste at the back of my tongue. A very dry taste, but other than that I can't describe it.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level was very good. Pretty smooth drinking.

Drinkability- Odd taste, but I likened to it more as I consumed it. I may try it again as my first beer rather than my last.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (room temp) a hazy reddish gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving an ample layer with some lacing.

The smell is very fruity with citrus notes and pine.

The taste is dominated by citrus up front but then some caramel sweetness moves in to balance it out. The finish returns to bitterness but it's not at all intense.

Bottom line: An interesting interpretation of an American IPA with a taste that's off the beaten track a bit but it doesn't really strike my palate in a way that would make me want to buy this very often. Hehe...I guess that's why it's a seasonal. ;^)

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