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

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Brewed by:
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 jdwilliamson79
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: Resinous amber in color, when given an average pour, it produces a dissapointing .75 finger head - I've found this to be typical of Full Sail's brews. As it settles it looks just like apple cider.

S: Slightly acidic hop oil hits the nose first, followed by hints of mulling spices. The two actually work quite well together.

T: Surprisingly the alcohol hits first - strange for a 6.5% ABV brew. It passes quickly, followed closely by a really unique blend of bitter hops, cloves and holiday spices.

M: Nice creamy texture and well carbonated. Again, I'm a bit surprised as the ABV is fairly low. It's got reasonable weight and comes off a bit bigger then I'd expected.

O: I was fairly impressed with this one, as I've yet to have a Full Sail brew I enjoyed, until now. It's a different kind of beer, and something I found balanced and understated - cheers go to the Full Sail brewmaster(s) for pulling this hybrid off.

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Photo of rarigney
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chewy6935
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge blooming head that sits for awhile before coming down leaving huge amount of lace very nice.Whoa hops and more hops in the aroma some spruce and evergreen dominate with an underlying nuttiness oh man I can feel the tongue curl now,piney and citrusy up front but doesnt hit quite as hard as expected as the beer warms medicinal flavors come thru a lightly sweet caramel malt flavor comes thru but is not in balance with the big dose of hops.A hopheads brew here a big Pacific NW IPA true to form.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a huge white head that lingers and sticks around for the whole beer.

Smells of cracker, bread, and pine hops. I get more cracker than anything. Nice if not a bit too subtle.

Up front clean malt with a hint of caramel sweetness that lacks in the middle and finishes with a nice pine hop kick. The finish is fantastic on this, but there is nothing going on in the middle of the taste.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation work well with the beer, but it is a bit too thin.

This is a fine IPA that rides a pine note. It has a distinct cracker malt character, which I guess is the "winter" part of the beer. It is a bit too simple to be anything amazing, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "American IPA + WInter warmer" is sure to intrigue. Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper/amber with a cream colored head. Visible lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a winter beer, with raisins and faint floral hops which become the dominant aroma after about a minute.

Flavor: Spicy and hoppy, much like described. There are figs, raisins, and hints of cherries in the beginning. A slight oak taste leads into hop grassiness and then bitterness of the finish. There is definite warmth to this beer, which is sort of confusing my mouth with the hop presence. The finish is full floral hop oils.

MF: Not sweet or full-bodied like lots of holiday beers. All ingredients are in moderation and mostly work well with each other. I think Full Sail really accomplished what they wanted this beer to be.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, hoppy aroma has fruity and cloves hints. It pours a dark honey-golden amber with a thick, fluffy, snow-white head that leaves a few patches of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with woody and malty notes and a hint of spiced fruit, and just a little hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but just a little fizzy, with average body. Overall, just fine for "wrecking" the halls.

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Photo of diamondc
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5 for a bomber. Enjoy by: 02.06.12

A: Good amount of lacing. Clear, bronze colored. Fits the holiday theme.

S: Citrus and light pine. Not that bold though.

T: Big citrus, mainly grapefruit, hop flavor with a spicy, cinnamon-like malt kick to balance out. Leaves a lasting herbal bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy for an IPA, but I'm not complaining.

O: Good IPA for the price. Definitely worth another purchase.

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Photo of RyanStelzner
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Orangey-amber color with a sufficiently sized head. Smells like the winter holiday season; pine sap, nutty toasted malt, ripe fruit and a hint of alcohol. Smooth medium body, a little fluffy and a little wet. Wildly hoppy and bitter at first, but then some malt and fruity fla- vors come through. The 6.5 percent is noticeable on the breath, yet is not a distraction. Ripe tropical fruit meets a nutty toasted grain, meets a mouthful of hops.

Hops don't show a whole lot of discretion, which we love; while the malt leans dry, the base holds together quite well. This is sort of an "in your face" winter seasonal.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of redleg64
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer I've tried from my Secret Santa '07 BIF package from SwillinBrew.

a - pours a dark orange color with a one-finger tan colored head, retention around the edges and decent lacing, fairly cloudy with a good amount of suspended sediment

s - pretty balanced nose with a nice malty backbone holding supporting the pine and grapefruit of the hops

t - quite malty for an IPA, right up front there is a bitter hoppiness with some citrus and grassiness, midpalate dominated by a biscuity and caramelly maltiness, finish is some more citrusy bitterness with a good deal of graininess from the malt, slight caramel as well on the finish, tastes more like a APA than an IPA, but I don't fault it for that

m - medium-bodied, mild carbonation, mildly dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, alcohol is really not that noticeable and it's easy on the palate with the maltiness balancing out the bitterness of the hops

Decent beer overall, but nothing outstading. Pretty well balanced beer that drinks like a pale ale, at least to my palate. Worth a try, though I'll stick to SN Celebration for my go-to winter seasonal IPA.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light orangey red, and there were small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. A thin caramel brown head that clung to the sides nicely topped it off. Aroma was both hoppy and sweet. Sometimes the hops took precedence, and other times it reminded me more of a barley wine. Taste was remarkably like how it smelled. Had the hoppy flavors, but with a slightly sticky sweet undertone. Fairly well balanced. Felt a smidge off in the mouth. Almost coated too well in the mouth I.E. overly sticky, but something just wasn't right. Pleasant to drink outside of the off mouthfeel.

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Photo of hyprlt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into 16oz tumbler.

A: awesome head, granted its a good glass with a well made scratch, great head retention, white slightly yellow. gold to light amber body color.

S: piney, i think. its definitely a scent that snips the nostrils. very good.

T: in a good, and bad way, a typical west coast IPA.

M: good carbination, very proper thickness.

O: as a holiday beer, no way is this what you expect. in comparison SN Celebration Ale is more fitting, but this is a great beer. Much respect, up up and away!! Diaper dandy!!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 503 ratings
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