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

Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls
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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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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 lilsmizzul1225
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 axeman9182
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rarigney
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with szwaya who had this shipped to him by his benevolent brother living in Portland.

A: Pours a clear amber color. Frothy one finger cream colored head. Nice retention. Nice lacing.
S: Smells like a Christmas tree. Wreck them halls. A bit of fruit in there also and a tad grassy. Smells like this one will be a big hop bomb.
T/M: Wonderful flavor this one has. Nice piney, grapefruit, and spicy initiation with a long bitterness that has a twang of that grapefruit flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. Stinging bitterness that has a grassy characteristic to it. Nice mouthfeel that starts out average and finishes resiny, popping with juices.
D: Highly drinkable. Very happy I was offered the chance to try this hop bomb. Love the northwest brews.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 sanitarium16
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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 mithrascruor
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel-amber color. Minimal off-white head quickly becomes a very light film.

Smell: Hardly any aroma, just a vague hint of caramel.

Taste: There's lots of caramel and apple up front, followed by grains and some hops. They just don't fit together well; everything is a bit off, and by the finish it is just a bit muddy. And after a while, the finish and aftertaste is a big, and slightly unpleasant, combination of bitterness, caramel, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit too slippery. And somehow combined with a bit of graininess. Weird. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: For such a low ABV, there's a surprising amount of alcohol in the taste.

Full Sail has always been hit-or-miss with me. This one, unfortunately, missed by a long shot. Sorry guys, this just doesn't work.

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Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Buebie
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purcahsed from Heritage Liquore in a 22 oz brown bomber.
Poured into a tulip. Brown amberish hazy color, with a 2 finger off white sudzy head.

Smell is of toffee, lime, sweet malt, caramel rolls, toast, piney hops.

Taste is very thick and bready with pine and grapfruit hops. More of that lemon flavor with a pirculiar sour stangeness. Still good but awkward too.
Finish is very dry with bittering hops. Medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel for the amount of caramel and bready yeast flavor.
The color also lead me to beleive this would be a bit more creamy.

Still a delicious beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz from Bel-Air in Natomas.

A - Cloudy, mostly unfiltered, with an orange-tan body and off-white head. Head dissipates slow, little lacing, with foam sediment containing small protein clumps.

S - Pine, malts, citrus, with a bread-like aroma.

T - Ginger, citrus, pine, slightly earthy hops, light bitterness, and lotsa nutmeg at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, lightly bitter, fairly chewy, robust as in filling, with strong note of nutmeg at the end.

D - I really enjoyed this one. Refreshing, yet filling, like a winter beer should be.

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Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 kbub6f
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Reserve 2002", bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-75F.

The medium-large head is creamy-dense and vanilla-ice-cream-colored, leaving thick, sticky lacing. Nice. The beer is a coppery brownish-orange and is almost clear.

Tons of hops dominate the nose: some grapefruit, a little tobacco. But there's also some creamy caramel in there. The sweetish caramel shows up in the hoppy front and turns creamy, malty and sweeter (but not too sweet) in the middle. The hops remain strong throughout, but take a solo in the finish, shouldering out any competing tastes. The aftertaste is bitter-fresh, with some nice fresh grains making an appearance. This is an excellent, deep beer. The hops are over-the-top, but the malt holds its own, especially in the middle, especially at temperature.

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Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brewmaster Reserve 2005.

Figured there's no better time to crack this open then during my family Christmas. Hazy copper color. Average head retention of tight foam..above average lacing. Aroma is piney floral hops with a sweet malt background. Tastes are big earthy hops and a slight citrus character. The bitterness doesn't linger on the tongue very long..it fades fairly quickly after each sip. Overall, a highly hopped IPA that compared very well to the SN Celebration I had before it. At 6.5% with a mix of spices and hops, it's a great holiday offering.

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

The wreck the halls comes in a non descriptive bottle with no freshness date. It pours a lovely amber color with very little foam head but leaves a trace of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell was hop dominated and in taste is was definitely bittered to start. In the finish it was a grassy flavor with a little maltiness. Overall a nice American ipa.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has an amber brown color with a thin head that dissapates quickley leaving nill lace. Smell has a nice balance with the malt and hop with grapefruit citrus riding on top. Taste rings true to aroma that has a spike of bitterness from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. A very nice IPA, nothing over the top, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Nerudamann
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – soft amber color, a little hazy, with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – quite hoppy indeed! Would have guessed maybe Cascade hops mixed with some others, that is, before reading the label and seeing that its Centennial hops. I can smell the sweetness involved in the mixture and brewing, but probably wouldn’t have known it was caramel malts.

Taste – extremely hoppy, both in taste and in feeling. The bitterness and taste permeates throughout the beginning and middle of the taste, where the sweetness of the malts pick up in the finish. The hops are strong enough to last through into the finish and aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel – very nicely blended and overall well-balanced…not leaning too heavily on the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – rather strong on the hops, but still interesting to taste and sample.

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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 61.9% out of 100 with 499 ratings
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