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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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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Bright orange amber hue, lots of lacing action. Zesty and juicy citrus nose with some malt in the back. Expected a bit more body but it has the body of the usual PNW IPA. Kiss of warmth, assertive hop bitterness, and lots of citrus peel and rind flavor make this beer festive. Very happy I was able to try this brew again, certainly worth getting some.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xmas image, so was looking for something spicy. Mahogoney coloured body with a good head. I was getting hops and spice in the aroma. The taste is some yeast, corriander, with pepper in the finish. The bitterness was unusual, but grew on me.Another fun beer from Full Sail, Thanks Jason.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Big frothy off white head. Tons of lacing and good head retention.

Piney, resiny, citrus hops dominate the aroma.

Lots of piney hops in the flavor. Crystal and caramel malts. Mildly fruity and plenty bitter.

Sticky, juicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Long bitter finish. Pretty solid. Puts me to mind of Celebration Ale. Similar styler with the same spiciness and hoppiness.

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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a gold/ orange color with a very thin white head.

S: I am getting a lot of hops and malt. I am also getting a little alcohol on the nose.

T: The beer has a nice taste, but not as hoppy as most IPAs. Its very tasty, but I was let down with the lack of hops. On the finish I just get a lot of malt.

M: The beer is crisp, but it is very pleasant going down. Not much carbonation going on in this beer, which is a plus for me.

O: This is a very good IPA. I have enjoyed everything Full Sail has done and this is just another great addition to the Brewmasters Reserve.

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls to ring some sparse lace.

Aroma is floral and fruity apricot springs to mind light hints of pine perhaps.

Taste is like the aroma lots of floral hops nice dose of fruit again lightly twangy apricots come to mind. Finish is light pine resin and lingering apricot funk with lingering caramel hints. pretty descent IPA not awe inspiring but not bad.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with good lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew, not quit Celebration Ale but pretty damn good try at it.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a brilliant light amber to light copper with a nice frothy white head, some decent signs of lacing.

Aromas are light grapefruit and lemon zest with a substantial toasty to slightly fresh baked bread malt character with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste is predominantly malt, fresh baked bread, sugar cookies and some light orange to lemony hop character, with a substantial and nicely expressed bitterness. Could have a touch more complexity in the flavor.

Nice medium light body, with no alcohol showing through, very good dry finish, very drinkable beer.

Really felt the bitterness shines through here, more like an extra special bitter than an IPA but a nice drinker.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky head but it leaves little lace on the glass. Amber color with a large amount of cloudiness.

Surprisingly mild hop aroma. This actually smells well-balanced like a regular APA. Pale malts and flavoring hops predominate the smell.

Mixed malt flavors of pale and crystal, but soon the bittering hop takes over. Slightly on the thin side but not enough to detract. The swallow is predominately hoppy with a long aftertaste.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in Dirty Jersey. My 2nd from this brewery. Will have more 12oz bottles soon when I find singles. Into a big ass Chimay goblet.

Wreck the halls looks lighter than a normal WW in that this is actually labeled an American IPA, I love IPA's so score for me. A bright red mixed with tangerine orange with a slight haze and minimal cap about a 1/4 of an inch, no lace. A huge amount of grain in the nose followed by some bittering hops, this still smells hoppy after two months on the shelf. Some spice with warming but nothing to overkill, it's fairly faint. Some caramel and sweet scents as well. Taste is pretty carmel forwward with hops backing that and spice in the distance. Small amounts of grapefruit and some earthiness towards the warmth. Some candi cane and grain. Pretty simple and str8 forward. I would say this is more IPA than WW and it aint all that bad. Feel is less than medium with a bitter aftertaste. Carb is minimal and just right. I drank my bottle with ease and suggest you get one to try something worth trying.

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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 NickThePyro
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark copper color, with a dense half-inch thick head on top. Grassy, herbal, slightly citrusy aroma, with not much accompanying malt scent. An abundance of hop flavor dominates the taste, following the nose, but there's also some moderate caramel malt. Bitterness is very high, making for a very dry finish.

Eh, another Full Sail IPA. It's not bad, but I'd like some variety from the brewer.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Reddish Gold with a nice 1/2" head.
S: Slightly medicinal - a bit off for the look and taste. Hints of cardboard - not exactly inviting.
T: Slightly off-balance with hop bitterness. Not what I would look for in a holiday Ale or winter seasonal. Lacking spiced flavor or a robust malty backbone.
M: medium carbonation, nothing either special or lacking here.
D: a medium bodied beer that goes down easily enough, just did not seem to suit my palatte.

Overall, an unremarkable beer, which is dissapointing when picking up a seasonal bomber. No great flaws, but with so many great beers out there I would not seek this one out.

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Photo of Topher78
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wreck the Halls pours a burnt orange with a fingers width of an off white head. The aroma is very citrusy from the centennial hops but the strong maltiness of beer scales the taste down considerably making it more drinkable than the aroma would have led you to believe. Truly a unique brew that is a must to try this Christmas season if you're a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to PA. Glad to give this one a try. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A nice medium golden copper with a hint of ruby. A small 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Some grapefruit hop upfront blended with some candi sugar malt. Some faint cherry in the middle with a hint of boozy toffee on the backend. Good.

T: Follows your nose. A very nice blend of slight bitter hop and candi sugar malt. Some boozy toffee in the middle with a hint of dishwater. Decent.

M: Medium bodied with a very good carbonation feel. A nice clean finish. Very good.

D: This goes down good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Very well blend between an IPA and a malty brew. Hoppy and malty. Definitely good to try if you enjoy like well blended IPA's. If you're looking for a hop bomb, then this is not for you.

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Photo of gandres
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 loren01
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy bronze color, 1 finger width white frothy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S: Hoppy aroma, slight metallic scent.
T: Good hoppy flavor but suprisingly well balanced out maltiness to it as well
M: Smooth mouthfeel, goes down easily
D: Wasn't what I was really expecting, normally when I think of winter beers I don't think of something real hoppy. This beer has good hop flavor and nicely balanced with a caramel maltiness. Would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of cheah
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uccle81
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsyberg01
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - bomber, 06 vint, from notes

A - Pours toasted amber, clear. Head is tight, then drops to a patchy cap. Lacing is fair.

S - Caramel, slightly astringent, fruity, floral, citrus

T - great hop character, resinous, oily, sweet sitrus, malty backbone evening it all out

M - coats gently and finishes nicely

D - Nice to drink, may get a bit numbing at a certain point but then again what doesnt.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of hops and caramelized malt but isn’t very strong. There’s also a little bit of spice and citrus mixed in.

T: The taste starts out sweet and spicy with flavors of caramel, cinnamon and citrus, then a good burst of hops bitterness follows. The malt character isn’t too heavy but is quite complimentary. As the beer warms, all of the flavors start to come together. The after-taste has a little bit of sweetness, but is mostly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, decent, kick, good hybrid of two styles, overall it’s a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a tall pint glass. Well within freshness date.

A- Nice amber color, bright and clear. 1f off-white head, sticky lacing. Little evidence of carbonation.

S-Sweet caramel malts, some alcohol. Hops deliver some spice aroma, some citrus, orange rind, pine.

T- Some sweet winter breads, citrus hops.

M- Light, drinkable body with more better carbonation than it shows. Finishes dry enough.

O- Good enough: drinkable and the winter ale/ ipa mix works.

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Capril’s, which is an awesome restaurant in Portland.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a bright bronze with a bone white head and good lacing.

I like the nose. Nice citrus and caramel aroma.

The beer is nicely hopped with grapefruit and pine taste. Turned slightly sweet at mid glass, with a touch of lightly roasted grains.

The mouth was pleasantly oily but turned a trifle thin late. I liked this beer, and while it may not be overly sessionable, it is worth a a few samples!

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Rose and Crowne.

Pours a deep dark coppery ruby red/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly hoppy earthy aroma with hints of citrus and dry pine as well as some sweet rye and caramel malt. There's also a slight syrupy character in the nose along with some sweet dark cherry.

Hop forward medium body with a decent amount of dry bitter pine that's quickly balanced out by a sweet malty backbone and a dry spicy finish. Hints of rye and caramel malt mid palate and a slightly cloying syrupy character. Nthere's also a bit of dark fruit especially cherry and subtle peppery spice in the finish.

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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 500 ratings
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