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

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Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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"

Added by dolem98 on 11-19-2002

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my 2004 review is still on here, let me say that I had the 2006 vintage on 11-8-06.
I love this beer. I cannot say more except that there is a flavor that presents itself after the hops aroma has left that I love as a "special" beer flavor. Perhaps they are experimenting with belgian styles or maybe it is a special malt or yeast, but whatever it is, I love it!
You owe it to yourself to try this beer and you owe it to us to write a review.
My lexicon fails in description of the 2006 vintage as served fresh, but that shouldn't prevent you from trying it.
I will edit this review when I buy another bottle or 24 from my local bottle shop to include the traditional descriptors and sensation factors. Try it!!!!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a hazy pale orangy light brown of peach skin, one finger high head thats yellowy cream colored, tight frothy spongy foam, settles slowly to a nice skim and ring with lace in oily spots and strings. Smell is lightly peachy, dry sense of pinewood, slightly juicy and oily green of all kinds of hops with a very slight caramel malt backing. Taste hits of hoppy bittering dryness immediately, pineyness, bright, green, and fresh, a touch of peachyness, nice and clean, smooth in places where the balancing of caramel malts in the background are barely detectable. Excellent bittering dryness into and through to the finish. Feel is medium body, solid bittering middle and smooths, thins into a drying tingly, slight piney finish that lingers with good quaility. One excellent IPA.

Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW oh wow what a beer! Even before i poured this brew from the bottle the head was rising up over the top! and it had not been shaken. This is a seasonal beer I think well it says "Reserve 2002" on the label.
The appearance of the beer is truelly great..hazelnut brown with just the righ murkiness..nice one 2 finger head ..that dissapated quick to form a rich lace down the glass..I oove the look of this beer.
Smell what can i say if you love hops ( and I do) the smell is dreamy..very strong..a bit of dark chocolate and liquorice too.
Taste is really quite bitter HOORAY but not so bad that it masks all the malt..
Lovelly in the mouth, just the correct carbonation
Overall an extremelly drinkable IPA..strong though I recommend this one.
Hope Reserve 2003 is a s good : )

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Photo of jreitman
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Taphouse. This is probably the only beer I have ever seen sporting a turtleneck. The head was just amazing forming a thick collar that followed the beer down the glass. Amer in color with some very intense Saaz hop aroma. Sweet malt backbone layes below a pretty intense hop bite. Citrus flavors were relatively low with mostly piney contributions from th ehops. Bitterness was not overwhelming and was kept well in check. A very finely crafted brew.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with golden an off white head. Nose is really nice. Piney and citric hops are prevalent with a slight cinnamon cookie breadiness underneath it. Smells really good.

Mmm, taste is similar, some sweet cookie taste up taste with a piney balancing hop presence. Truly a christmas beer, definitely out did my expectations. Flavors are layered and blended spectacularly. Medium and body with good carbonation. Quite the christmas treat.

Would be a bit better if hop presence was downplayed a bit, but that's the only thing keeping this thing from an A+. Not that I don't like hops, but they just really nailed it with those malts for a winter seasonal, the hops take away from them slightly.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color. Thin beige film coats the surface while a thick collar surrounds it. Lacing shows nice drooping patterns. Aroma is what I imagine a hop garden to smell like. Beautiful. Piney, floral, sprucy, herbal, oily. Very nice. First thing noted on the palate is the stinging bitterness. Nicely done. After that, other hop nuances let you know they're around: Oily. Pungent. Sprucy. Citric. Resiny. And to a lesser degree, Rind and Pine like qualites. The malt backbone is adequate, but could use maybe just a bit more support. It's seems to be a caramel malt base. The lingering bitterness is a treasure. The body of this beer seems to be closer to medium than to medium-full. A slightly thirst quenching dry aspect makes this brew highly drinkable. (The great taste doesn't hurt the drinkability either.)

This almost brings to an end my mini-run of 5 "top notch" West Coast IPAs. I've yet to be let down, and I doubt the last one I try will "Ruin" this streak.

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Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reserve 2003
Pours a deep amber copper color with a tall light tan head that leaves spider webs of lace across the glass as it recedes. Nose is citrusy hops and pine oil along with some roasted malt. Medium to full in body with a bit of a sticky mouth feel. Taste begins with some sweet caramel malt followed by juicy citrus fruit. Next come some notes of black tea and a bit of tobacco leading up to a good bite of bitter and acidic hop resins in the finish that remain in the aftertaste. A very enjoyable IPA with enough malt to keep the strong Pacific Northwest hoppyiness in check. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky rustic orange with sunflower yellow accents at the margins. While there's very little visible carbonation, the firmly creamy head doesn't seem to need the help. The cap is the color of rich, polished ivory bathed in a softly glowing orange light and eventually deposits shards of lace that stick to the glass with tenaciousness.

The nose is sparklingly bright and easily earns the moniker 'hoptastic'. It's much more orange zesty than grapefruit zesty and there's some tropical fruit juiciness in the mix as well. I can't quite pull the trigger on perfect, so 'merely excellent' will have to do.

Whereas the nose just misses greatness, the flavor just achieves it. The flavor is dominated by a sweet hoppy goodness that keeps the lion's share of bitterness at bay. Ripe oranges still lead the way with accessory flavors of pine sap and, oddly enough, pear syrup. White grapefruit is never very far away when one or more of the 4-Cs are in use, and such is the case here. Another thing that I love about this beer is that it's different enough to make it stand out from the crowd of highly hopped Pacific NW IPAs.

The finish is long, lingering and wonderfully mouthcoating. Bitter tries valiantly, but ultimately in vain, to supercede sweet. That isn't to say that this is an overly sweet IPA, just that it uses its sweetness well. The body approaches medium-full and almost reaches it as the beer warms.

Wreck The Halls isn't a palate wrecker of an IPA, but it is a damn good one. Through a truly masterful choice of hops and a brewing alchemy that only the best brewers possess, the boys at Full Sail have impressed me yet again. I could drink beer like this until the end of my days and not tire of its myriad charms. It's a shame that this particular offering is a seasonal and even more of a shame that I don't have ready access.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this last night, so going by memory!

a - coppery, good head

smell - very piney

taste - hoppy, and like most very hoppy beers I've had, that taste goes away after half a glass to reveal other flavors ( in this case, some of the malts come through). Nice long, aftertaste.

m- Similar to every Full Sail I've had.

d- i would drink this all night long, and I'm not a hop-head.

Full Sail should get more props for the beer they make! They don't necessarily go extreme all the time, but they are not cookie cutter! They also have some more intense offerings, which this one is.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this one is like taking a whiff of fresh aroma hops.

One of the most obvious hop aromas I have every experienced. Some malty sweetness hiding in the back.

Had to pour this one right down the middle to get much head and even then it was gone quickly without much lacings, not totally surprising since the ABV is marginally higher than average at 6.5

Mouthfeel is a a bit slick almost wine like, light on carbonation, medium body. Aftertaste is somewhat dry. The taste is nice, very hoppy with very nice sweet maltyness to try to restore some kind of balance to this one.

I really like this one, if you like hops you have to try it. A nice winter warmer with a northwest hoppy attitude.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great name. I probably would have bought it anyway, but that was a clincher. Pours slightly cloudy from the cold, but seems to settle. Reddish caramel with thin white head that dissipates quickly to a lthin bubbly film. Nice color. Nice citrus hop aroma with a good malt base. The IF is nice and hoppy, pretty well balanced with malt that leads into a long lived bitter aftertaste that is also a little citrus. Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. This is a nice hoppy red ale. Very tasty; I will definitely buy a few more.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of this as the local Fred Meyer tonight.

appearance - mostly transparent amber/orange with a moderate head and some lacing

smell - big floral hop profile, very dank aroma

taste - very fresh, big floral hops, resinous with some citrus notes, balanced by a malt body that hides beneath the hops

mouthfeel - medium body with carbonation to match, slightly oily, slightly dry

overall - a great ipa, did not expect such robust hop profile, very fresh and flavorful, great brew

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Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Riverfront Full Sail facility.

The beer pours a rich orange red color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks impressive. On the nose one gets noticeable citrusy bitterness, with the beer smelling exactly what it is, a hoppy winter IPA. On the palate this beer is just delicious. The beer is pretty dry with just enough malt to hold up the considerable hoppy profile. There is good bitterenss on the finish and the beer is not the least bit heavy. Abv. is not the least bit noticeable and for an IPA, this beer is incredibly drinkable.

An absolutely delicious IPA from Full Sail and much better on cask then on the gas or out of the bottle. Excellent beer.

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Photo of bigoten13
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber to a tulip glass, pours a nice golden caramel with a one finger head that bubbles down to a nice lace.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy, with a little spice, and the taste is full-bodied and delicious, great Centennial hop character, with the aforementioned spice finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average, with the spiciness really adding to it, and the drinkability is okay: wouldn't do a whole session with this beer, but it is great for a whole bomber full.

Overall, another yummy offering from our employee-owned Full Sail.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity. 2005 edition.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the slightly cloudy dull copper brew. Head fades relatively slowly, with sticky bubbly lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus hops, with a sweet malt undercurrent. Taste is pretty well-balanced for the style, which is to say that the hops are pronounced, but shouting everything down. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, with drinkability that is great. As a seasonal, it hearkens towards Yulesmith, to me. Very nice brew.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours an amber color with an off white head. Nice smell of grapefruit and floral hops. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Great taste is mostly flowery and citrusy hops with just enough of a sweet malt smoothness to balance.
There are big hop flavors here without being overly bitter.
A nicely crafted brew, wish I had more of this !

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Brewmaster's Reserve 2004** I look forward to the release of Wreck The Halls every season. And though it isn’t clear to me if Full Sail brews the same recipe every year, I know I can always count on a big, ballsy IPA just in time for the holidays.

The Wreck begins with a magnificent aroma of fresh, resinous hops. The smell is piney, arboreal, and sensuous – like an enchanted hop forest. The Wrecked body is an unfiltered translucent garnet with turbulent CO2. A fluffy head of creamy duff stands tall above the rim of the glass and trails large fragmented lace.

This is a bold, northwestern IPA. The hops are immediate and unrelenting with strong citrus bittering and a piney, sprucy aftertaste. The dominant hop flavor is unabashedly lemony, perhaps like a lemon tea. The total effect of the combined hop elements is distinctive and makes for a solid ale-drinking experience.

I drank most of my 22 oz. bomber after a careful pour that retained most of the yeast in the bottle; a process I would recommend for this beer.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another highly enjoyable bitter beer from the west coast of the United States, quickly becoming one of the most respected hoppy beer regions in the world. Full Sail of Bend, Oregon presents bitter beer fans with a super addition to the hoppy seasonal favorites dubbed Wreck The Halls.

Like the Stone and Lagunitas IPAs, this one has similar characteristics without going over the top. I'm quickly finding myself steering towards hoppier beers all the time (Stone's Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, Dog Fish Head 90 Min IPA and now Full Sail's Wreck The Halls).

A little harsher in texture compared with Lagunitas IPA, but not overly so harsh that its going to shock your senses.

Pours a deep copper color with a nice large off white tightly packed foamy head. Head slowly minimizes to a solid surface coating with extensive glass lacing during the drink.

Aroma is highlighted by extensive earth tones, pine and some mossy undertones. A much richer bitter ale compared to most, but not overwhelming, this making for a very enjoyable and very drinkable beer.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 650ml bottle / ABV: 6.5% / PRICE: $3.69 USD ]

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Photo of comat0se
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock Taphouse

Nice copper color with an everlasting off-white head which leaves nice sticky lace on the glass. Citrusy hop aroma. Taste begins with an aggressive piney hop flavor, leading you to believe that it's going to be a strongly bitter IPA. But then, the beer takes a left turn and an underlying strong sweetness appears. This sweetness is a bit different, almost sugary. The hops and sweetness battle it out for awhile and at the end the hops pulls forward by a nose with a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is solidly medium with the carbonation adding to the creamy mouthfeel. I'd like to try this one in bottles to see how it compares.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived wearing a crisp, solid shade of amber without much head. Lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is a solid balance of malt and hops, with pine and citrus very noticable but not dominating. The taste is very good, definitely allowing the hops to take center stage but not neglecting its strong malt base. It's easy to drink, the mouthfeel is pleasing, and the overall flavor is great.

This might even be my favorite west coast winter IPA!

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an amber orange color with a nice looking 1 inch off white head. Lacing sticks around for a good while, and lacing is moderate when glass is tipped.

S - Rich, lightly toasted aroma with hoppy flavors of pine and light citrus (grapefruit, etc.). Nice balance with the toasted malt aroma. Clean.

T - Bitter with notes of pine and grapefruit as well as a rich, yet mildly sweet, toasted biscuit flavor. Impressive balance for an IPA, especially one from the West Coast. Dries a bit in the aftertaste. Taste is as clean as the smell.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium body and an appropriately bitter aftertaste.

D - The balance and roasted malt flavor make this an appropriate winter version of an IPA. Nice change of pace in the winter seasonal offerings. Alcohol is not a factor.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour that tells me right off the bat that if I were in need of a hop fix, and I poured this, I'd instantly know my troubles were over. Autumn colored with a small head, but you can smell the hops before you even try. First to hit your taste buds are the glorious hops. Lots of grapefruit and bitterness followed by mellow lemon and fleeting grain. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. I can honestly say I'll be buying this again, this and next holiday season. Don't be a grinch, try it! Thank you to all 47 people in the brewforce. This is a nice treat.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronze with orange highlights. Frothy ivory head. Nice organic laces.

Herbal, grassy, piney. Apple/pear like fruit esters. Toasty caramel and biscuit.

Juicy fresh biting hops: herbal, pine, touch of grapefruit, spicy resins. Some apple/pear fruity notes. toasty caramel and biscuit malts that keep it somewhat balanced. Sticky resinous piney bitterness.

Sticky, dry, biting, med body, well carb'd.

Very drinakble, fresh hoppy winter IPA

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Photo of TheBigBoy
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split 22oz Bomber. Very happy with this one, good crafty taste with holiday flavors/accents. Not overpowering, just good drinking holiday beer. This is one is on my short list of favorite holiday craft beers. Pick one or a few bombers up to share with friends over holidays. They will be glad you did.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $3.69 from Utah state store. Bottle states 6.5% ABV, 2006 vintage.

Pours a very slightly hazy deep orange with a medium thick, dense off-white head, leaves moderate to significant lacing. Dissipates after a time, lacing sticks around.

Aroma is full of fruity hop spice, and suggests a slightly sweet malt base.

Taste is solid piney resin hops, some citrus and grapefruit, but overall one of the nicer pine resin hoppy beers I've had in a long, long time. Just enough sweet tangy malt back to support the hops, while letting the hops do the talking, as a good American IPA ought to. Very, very solid.

Mouth is bright and prickly with carbonation and hop tinge. Solid.

Overall, this is a great beer, and I'm very, very happy with it. This is what I know Full Sail can do, and I'm really happy to see them do it.

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