Wreck The Halls
Full Sail Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #4,667
Ranked #24,230
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: "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 by mechamifune:
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/ruby color with a slight white head. Looks pretty creamy and shows some pretty nice lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Smell is some nice citrus, floral hops, and sweet malt. Makes me think of 2hearted but a little more muted, which, given the listed hop profile, is not surprising.

Taste is in line with the smell. Sweet upfront with juicy hops in the middle and a smooth bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy. Pleasant, but it could stand to feel a little crisper on the tongue. Really just nit-picking though.

Overall I wish more "holiday" beers were like this and SN celebration. This is a very solid IPA at a nice price point for a bomber.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color, more brown than orange, with a decent head. It also has some sediment floating around even though the bottle has been sitting upright in my fridge for at least two weeks.

Smell – The nice, easy combination of pine and citrus hops is balanced well with some lightly-toasted malt. The malt actually is very noticeable.

Taste – This is the first time that I have ever had an IPA that is heavy on the piney flavor and so well balanced with malt. It is a very interesting combination indeed. This one is Even Steven, 50/50, hop and malt, and tastes great.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and kind of dry with a slightly sweet caramel malt finish.

Drinkability – This was a very unique offering by Full Sail. I personally enjoyed it but others may find the malt a little too much (or unexpected) from an IPA.

Update – I grabbed this ’05 vintage on the day it was released to the stores, and man of man does this have a hop bite. The aroma is straight pine resin stank, and it carried it’s way through the taste like Godzilla stomping out Tokyo. Forget the balance from 2003, this is a hop bomb.

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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 gandres
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Amber, slightly hazy, medium foam that slowly disappears
Smell: hoppy but not as hoppy as other northwest IPAs
Taste: bitter
Feel: good carbonation, good follow through, dry finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:03 PM

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan coarse head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Broken lacing.

S: Lighlty sweet caramel malt. Floral flavoring and peppery bittering hops; a hint of ctrus rind.

T: A fairly strong hop character in the taste; citrus rind, pepper and pine. Plenty of caramel malt. Sharply bitter in the finish for a nice balance.

M: Light-to-medium body. Medium carbonation. Nice balanceing bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable and moderate ABV. This will be a holiday staple.

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Photo of Liverocks
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DOCRW
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of justinthegypo
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear copper with a small off-white head, very nice lacing.

smell is of subdued grapefruit, some perfume, a touch of caramel, a little spice, citrus, a little pine, and sour malts in the back.

taste is somewhat creamy, spice, malt, a touch of caramel, a tad bit of citrus, somewhat sweet in back, and hops, aftertaste is nicely bitter, mouth-feel is dry.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of steveja57
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Holiday beer of 2009. Beautiful amber color, crystal clear, nice collar of white lace. The nose is pungent with hops but has a sweet malt backbone. In the mouth it hits you like a typical IPA, but counters that with a bit more malt sweetness than some IPAs. This beer is all about balance to me: crisp yet malty, well-hopped but not astringent. 6.5% alcohol means you can have a couple, too.

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Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ChaseBeer
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, ruby amber color with a white, half finger head and sub-par retention, leaving a modest float of bubbles on the top. Lacing is thin, but consistent with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma is hoppy, but also quite earthy. Hits on notes of citrus, pine, caramel, grass and a touch of wood.

Taste - More hop character than the nose would have one believe. Hits on a range of citrus, from orange rind to mild lemon, while touching briefly on notes of grapefruit and pine. Malt is there, but subtle, providing more structure than flavor, though caramel comes through a bit more as the beer warms. Somewhat earthy, woody flavors hit near the finish. Aftertaste is a mild citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with lively carbonation. Smooth, with just a hair of creaminess. Goes down with great ease.

Overall - Very good winter warmer/IPA hybrid. Leans more toward the IPA side. Fairly well balanced. One I'll certainly consider purchasing next season.

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Photo of ToddKehoe
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the beer (even when poured very vigerously) but it has very descent lacing though so I give it a solid 4.0
S-The aroma when first poured (being a little cold) is mild and vague, but lets come back to this as it warms a little and I'll give it a swirl... oh yes indeed the aroma really opens up as it warms, with lots of sweet candied fruity hops with some pungent citrus notes as well. And I also get passionfruit hop-like notes as well. The yeast used is fruity as well which helps excentuate the fruity hoppy notes too. On the second pour, the caramel sweet maltiness really comes out almost to the forefront, very nice aroma indeed.
T-Ok, I gave the flavor a 4.5 I know, but to me the flavor really reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration beer really. With lots of citrus and pine notes (not found in the aroma) , also the fruity notes are muted in the flavor. The sweetness from the malt is still there but also muted a little by the huge yet clean bitterness. I was pleasantly suprized by this offering from Full Sail, and I don't know why it has a slightly low score. This is truly the best Full Sail beer I've had to date.
M- The mouthfeel is medium to full in body and slightly creamy up front with a slightly dry and bitter finish that lingers forever. And I think the carbonation is almost spot on.
O-Overall I was impressed that Full Sail made this. Happily suprized for sure. A very good beer and I might just buy this one again (being only like $3.59 n' all). Well worth the money.

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Photo of cheah
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gkangas
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look : Orange-amber colored, 60% opaque, creamy milky head.

Smell : Lots of orange candy and raisin, with tons of juicy, fruity hop. Some plum sweetness in there as well.

Taste : Totally piney, and then an alcohol warmth with rind and faint biscuit malt.

Feel : Creamy, medium bodied, hot, ending buzzing and semi-dry.

Overall : This was a punch to the face with a fist full of pine needles. I could have dealt better with it had it been dialed back, but there's no denying the loud flavor of this concoction of both Winter Warmer and traditional IPA. I'd say it's worth a try, I thought it was decent.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +5%

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 505 ratings