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

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499 Ratings
Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 81tillinfinity
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hopped up fruit cake in a glass. An ipa with a residual sweetness and a malt backing the hops that is a little unusual. An okay beer but pales in comparison to Pfriem's winter warmer.

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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 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 Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Vibrant and strong show of macro-bubbles rapidly rise within a translucent coppery-orange color. The head is one part spongey, one part soapy, filled with macro-bubbles on the top layer with a tannish color that sat moderately before dissipation. The glass remained clean of lace.

S: Fresh wet citrusy and lemon hops of moderate strength come about with some sugary cereal grain moments. Nice level of hops though lacked spicing and malt warmth (for the record this brewery describes this as a hybrid between a ipa and a winter warmer).

T: The hops are fresh and wet for flavor with a decent level of bitterness satisfying the ipa requirements, but seems to lack an initial malt impression appearing a bit watery and thin on the first take. Grapefruit with a following of toasted grains finalizes with fresh lemony flowery notes. Again the malt aspect seems to be lacking as well much winter warmer appeal. More aptly suited as an ipa and should of left it at that.

M: There appears a good amount of tingle from the active carbonation. Some edginess with a flowery feel that turns creamy and luscious on the hold. Medium bodied with a warming citrus and bitterness on the fade.

D: Decent drinkability, better suited if you just called this an ipa instead of trying to be fancy with the whole hybrid thing. Nothing to kick your heels up and holler, but a moderate ipa at the end of the day, good for a bomber, and a repurchase if lack of options.

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Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.81 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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