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

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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 Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/21
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is citrus hops - grapefruit most predominantly, minor caramel notes and a touch of pine.

T: Taste starts with all bitterness in the forefront - a good deal of pine bite. Then a fruity hopness mingled with caramel sweetness comes in. The sweetness is ever so mild. Finish is extreme grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick at the forefront with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, decent representation of style. Not a bad beer, I may opt for others of the style, but it hit the spot this evening.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- apples, biscuits, caramelized malt

color- honey amber

clarity- hazy

smell- apples, bread

body- well balanced, crisp hop flavor, medium-length carbonated finish, plenty of malt to balance the hoppiness of the beer

appearance- slightly off-white creamy head that disipates quickly, some residual lace

overall impression- want to like this beer every year but it always comes up short for me

notes and comments- i'm not sure i'd call this an ipa, more of a winter warmer. not much hiss when cap was removed

glassware: tulip

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Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Rusty-garnet hue with 2-finger beige big-bubbled head with average retention but spectacular lacing all over the glass.

S: A little light in the aroma for a Full Sail beer but pleasant with crisp citrus, resin, and floral hops tones and a sticky sweet caramelly-toffee malt base. I could not detect any spice at all.

T: I think some spice provides some prickle in the flavor as the hops seem amped up compared to the nose with big, bright orange and grapefruit fruity hops notes coupled with more resinous and pine tones as well. No specific spice is really detectable, but something has provided more sharpness to the hoppiness. The maltload is ample and in line with the upper tier IPAs and a mix of pale and medium roasted malts to provide some balancing sweetness. The aftertaste is very resinous but not overly bitter.

M: Nice full body with plenty of stickiness but it still rides smoothlywith nice coating qualities as well.

D: Wreck the Halls is a hit with me, and I usually hate spiced beer and winter warmers. This one, though, seems to have found a light touch of spice that enhances the citrus and pine hoppiness just right -- it is a really good brew that I'll find at least one or two more times this season.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double deuce purchased at Westmere Beverage on 11-19-10 ($4.99 I think). Consumed on 11-20-10.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small (half-finger at most) ivory head. Some splotchy lace clings to the glass.

S: Nice nose for an IPA - citrusy (grapefruit) hops dominate, along with a touch of pine. As it warms there's more malt sweetness - whole wheat toast comes to mind.

T: First impression: citrusy, and slightly resiney piney hops. But there's a nice foundation of malt here too - caramel malt/toffee-like sweetness provides balance. In fact, at times the malt and hops seem to battle for prominence, reminding me more of an English-style IPA at times. In the end, however, the hops prevail - as they should for this style. . . . Finishes with a slightly minerally, dry bitterness with a touch of pine needles, perhaps spruce even - bringing to mind SN Celebration in some ways.

M: Good active but fairly fine-bubbled carbonation. Medium in heft.

D: Very good. This is my first Full Sail beer. They're off to a good start in my book; if I could find more of this, I'd buy it again. . . .

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 dedrinker
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber with cream colored head.

Aromas of not very much. Aromas of boredom. Aromas of a drab socialist planned economy. Grey.

Flavor is pretty much the same, but wait! There is a little bitterness on the finish from hops and a little harsh bitterness from the spice. Sometimes I imagine I'm detecting actual citrus peel.

Medium body, prickles the throat and tongue in places, and finishes slightly bitter.

I haven't had a single interesting beer from these guys yet, and I'm no extremeist either. There is more character to Old Milwaukee than this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a mildly bitter hop nose. It's well balanced with some excellent citrus notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth, bitter flavor that's mildly hoppy, yet balanced with a good deal of pale and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptionally smooth beer. It's not great in any one category, but it drinks well.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber orange into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine with some sweet notes of caramel and a hint of pepper.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel with a slightly thin finish. Flavors of caramel malt and biscuit up front followed by gentle citrus hops, a fair amount of spice, and a mild pine bitterness on the finish.

While I wouldn't exactly call this one balanced, it's very easy drinking and there's a nice mix of flavors going on.

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Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Brewmaster Reserve 2010. Paid $4.29 at local grocer.

A-Pours a hazy orange-amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and lacing.

S-Floral and citrusy Centennial hops, and some caramel malt but not aroma is not pronounced enough, even though dry hopped.

T-Very balanced. Not the typical in your face West Coast style IPA. Hops are present but don't assault the taste buds. A hoppy winter ale according to the brewer. A blend of the the American IPA and winter warmer? I like both styles, but not sure this accomplishes what the brewer expected. A good beer, but nothing remarkable. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Good carbonation.

D-A good, but not great beer. The attempt at a blend of styles seems to get stuck in between.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a bomber of this while picking up the full sail ipa. Poured into a tulip

A- pours an amber red body with a good head that sticks around. Really a hearty look for a brew. Lacing doesn't really stick around on the sides

S- a good whiff of pine, spices, and caramel malt. The hops are pretty impressive in the beginning. Good combinations that collaborate the Hoppy Holiday Ale that's mentioned on the bottle

T- same attributes as in the scent... good piney flavor that carries some sugar and spices along top. The caramel is very strong at the end. The bitterness shines in the end and lingers throughout

M- medium bodied and full of flavor. Pretty carbonated too

D- Wreck the Halls is a great brew to bring to the table on Christmas time. It's not too overwhelming or hoppy, so it goes well. I will be snagging a couple of these for Christmas Time.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Holiday Ale? Sounds good to me. It pours out a stunning hazed blood orange color, with a finger of white heading. The hops can be smelled during the pour, and become more intense as it sits in the glass for a few minutes. Interesting cereal/grain nose as well, very dry. Bitter dry hops dominate the equation and give off minor notes of earth and citrus. The mouthfeel is lacking somewhat in that there really isn't much body to compete with the hops. That being said, this more than satisfied the hop craving I had tonight, and for being only 68 IBU's, it tastes a hell of a lot hoppier than that. Finally, Full Sail is a welcome addition to the Massachusetts craft beer market.

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Photo of david18
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this at Pioneer supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was a somewhat enjoyable beer but not my favorite of the style. Very light in color and a little over carbonated. Aroma was as much malty as hoppy.Overall, I would have classified this more as a pale ale than an ipa.

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Photo of philbertk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls--Brewers's Reserve Series. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.5% ABV--60 IBU's. 2002 Release. Clear rich bright amber red color. Floral dry hopped Centennial front. Light lacy head. Malty smooth caramel complex body with sweet buttery hop richness. Citrus zinged earthy hop spice end. Sampled 11/9/2002.

2003 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Light head. Clear rich bright amber color. Toasted floral rich hop front. Dry sweet richly flavored toasted caramel mild fruit hop infused body. Smooth tangy earthy citrus hop end. Big hoppy dry malty brew. Sampled 12/21/2003.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls-Brewmaster's Reserve 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber color. Toasted rich floral hop front. Crisp tangy earthy dry sweet grapefruit toasted caramel body. Clean rich astringent earthy citrus hop spice end. IPA. Sampled 10/30/2004 & 11/23/2004.

Full Sail Brewing Company Wreck The Halls--Brewmaster's Reserve 2005--22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Rich malty grassy floral hop front. Dry sweet tangy caramel fruit mild toasted crusty body. Crisp clean dry hop spice tangy mild citrus malty end. IPA-ESB? Very Nice. Sampled 11/10/2005.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--65 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber red color. Rich malty floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet fully fermented grassy toasted caramel mild fruit body. Tangy hop spice lingering earthy malt end. Rich Red! Sampled 11/13/2006.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale--Brewmaster Reserve 2007--22 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--68 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale. 10 @ $3.99 Each. Off white tight lacy head. Clear rich amber color. Mild roasted malty earthy hop front. Crisp crusty earthy dry sweet toasted biscuit caramel mild fruit body. Smooth rich hop malt spice end. Best. Sampled 11/5/2007.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2009-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-Aggressive Yet Sublime,Assertive Yet Mellow,Complex Yet Drinkable Ale. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--68 IBU's. (4.6 / 5.0) IPA--Winter--Rich dense lacy off white light tan head. Clear rich bright amber color. Herbal floral pine toasted hop front. Rich dry sweet crusty earthy malty resinous pine hop infused caramel mild fruit body. Dry hop spice earthy mild bitter end. Holiday Hop Bomb! Sampled 12/1/2009. 12 @ $4.99 Each.

Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2010-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-"A Sublime Hybrid of an American IPA and a Winter Warmer." 6.50% ABV. 68 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Winter. Big dense lacy off white head. Turbulent fizzy clear bright dark amber color. Earthy roasted caramel floral hop malt spice front. Tangy rich zesty dry sweet roasted fruit caramel subtle pine hop toasty tasty body. Dry hop citrus mild bitter spicy Winter end. Sampled 10/26/2010. 22 oz. bottle purchased for $4.69 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 10/26/2010.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, reasonably priced @ $4.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, "Brewmasters Reserve 2010".

Pours quite dark amber, murky, darker tan head, frothy fluff and ample thicker sheet/lace left on the glass.

Malty nose with a back sniff of grainy hops.

Nice hopped up, full flavor brew, more grainy hops, with a slight mintyness. Ample hop at the base of things. Tastes like Arrogant Bastard lite to me.

I enjoyed it, I'll pick up some more bottles at the next opportunity

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 15 Jan 2008. Courtesy of my brother, thanks!

Small tight yellowish head. Slightly cloudy deep copper color. Aroma of pineapple and candied orange. Aroma is fruity and toffeeish. Fairly bitter, hoppy citrus. Tart and fruity, grapes, strawberry, maybe pomegranite. Aftertaste is reminiscent of tart white grape juice.

A tasty beer but it is not going to wreck anyone...

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wasatch for this brew.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is fairly clear orange amber. About one finger of off white head fades to leave a modest lace ring.

The aroma is rather malt forward with a hint of hops. The spice comes through for sure. Cinnamon and clove seem to be the most dominant. Toasted nuts and bread are also present.

The flavor is full on bready malt. Touches of spice and hops as well. Not much else to speak of here.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice holiday IPA. Just enough spice to set it apart from a regular one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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 sprucetip
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Pours shiny copper, clear, very active with modest dirty white head that lingers for a spell and dissipates gradually. Spotty lacing. Very attractive.

Semi-sharp piny hops, boozy esters, slightly fruity boozy esters, a little grainy, vaguely malty.

Piny bitter character, medium strength, is the platform for this one. Reasonably well balanced by the malt bill, and has some floral and piny flavors before the dry and bitter finish. Something about this one misses the mark on my palette.

Medium body and visociity noticeable briefly, then overwhelmed by the bitter/dryness which pretty much defines the feel.

Just a bit too dry for me. It was going down pretty easily at first, but was harder to drink later. It's at least decent, maybe better, but didn't really work that well for me.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mrasskicktastic
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rosy hued amber with a huge head that doesn't quite, in spite of the small amount of carbonation in the beer. Lacing cling in a textured erratically barbed ring.

S - Not very strong, but I get sweet malt and peppery notes with a hint of citrus.

T - A strong hoppy (pine, pepper and citrus pith) backbone. There is a lot of caramel malt. The sweetness is overshadowed but the bitterness. It lingers through to the aftertaste, the other hop flavors are joined by a grassiness.

M - A little tingly on the mouthfeel, thick and refreshing.

D - This is a fantastic beer. I really like it! It is a super hopped IPA. A pleasurable experience. I might have this again next year.

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Photo of hophead247
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark amber color offset by a nice white head. Aroma that first hit me was the malts, but then the citrusy hops comes around. It took awhile, but it did. The malt aroma is the strongest by far. Mouthfeel is full and round. Flavors were malty sweet and moderately hopped. Nothing outstanding, and nothing wrong with this brew.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a christmas present from my fiance.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- hops, perfume, citrus, really nice

Taste- smooth, nice balance, hops, malt

Mouthfeel- dry, medium bodied

Drinkability- This was a really good beer. I really enjoyed it. I loved the perfumy aroma.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Plinythechugger
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a light copper hughe color with an inch thick head that quick disapated.

S - very enticing. Full of hops with a hint of citrus and nut. Very complex!

T - very light. Extremely "up and down" and hoppy to an enjoyable degree.

M - medium to light bodied. Almost a tad too light for a winter seasonal beer.

D - very drinkable. At 6.5% alcohol it's approachable and enjoyable. Could be bigger, will look for it next year.


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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 504 ratings
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