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

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Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls

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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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Reviews: 275 | Ratings: 498
Photo of NitroGen
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 1 PT 6oz. Bomber @ 6.7% ABV

A: Pours slight hazy amber with a thin foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover and lacing.

S: Crisp citrus pith, sweet brown sugar and malt.

T: Piney and grapefruit pith that explodes in the mouth with a bit of spice on the finish that mingles with the pure bitter hops.

M: Full bodied with a nice bite of bitter hops from beginning to end. Spices become more evident as it warms and much more balanced and flavorful.

D: This is a hopheads brew that is a great one to taste and enjoy. Very refreshing and would be great for an evening with friends.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another highly enjoyable bitter beer from the west coast of the United States, quickly becoming one of the most respected hoppy beer regions in the world. Full Sail of Bend, Oregon presents bitter beer fans with a super addition to the hoppy seasonal favorites dubbed Wreck The Halls.

Like the Stone and Lagunitas IPAs, this one has similar characteristics without going over the top. I'm quickly finding myself steering towards hoppier beers all the time (Stone's Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, Dog Fish Head 90 Min IPA and now Full Sail's Wreck The Halls).

A little harsher in texture compared with Lagunitas IPA, but not overly so harsh that its going to shock your senses.

Pours a deep copper color with a nice large off white tightly packed foamy head. Head slowly minimizes to a solid surface coating with extensive glass lacing during the drink.

Aroma is highlighted by extensive earth tones, pine and some mossy undertones. A much richer bitter ale compared to most, but not overwhelming, this making for a very enjoyable and very drinkable beer.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 650ml bottle / ABV: 6.5% / PRICE: $3.69 USD ]

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Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this for a month or so and decided it was time to "Wreck the Halls".

So, it's got a great appearance, thick creamy off-white head that stuck around and left a nice lace. Deep copper amber color with a slight cloudiness. Smells of lots of hops, and a hint of pine or fir, kind of like a fresh cut piece of wood...very intriguing. There are tons of hop flavors, a kind of acidic bite and then more pine notes. There's a nice light bitterness at the end, but nothing overwhelming. Overall it's a very good, smooth IPA.... I think I'll have another!

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Photo of unclederby
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ale a few times now, both from the bottle and on tap.

Poured with some vigor into a pint glass just a whisper of a head forms atop this slightly hazy, dark honey-colored ale. Only spotty lacing.

I steal a big whiff just after the pour and am greeted by a huge, perfumy, spicy bouquet of hops... dominated by centennial. I think i catch some cinnamon there too. Once the dust settles so to speak, one notices caramel malt, vanilla and more of a piney presence. The bouquet just keeps drawing me in.

Spicy, piney hops dominate the flavor., while there is sufficient malt backbone to keep them from going over the top. Enlivened with a citrusy tinge. Tasty but not as complex as the aroma might lead you belive.

Wreck the Halls is medium-bodied with nice viscosity and complementary carbonation.

A nice change of pace from most winter ales, more akin to Celebration than anything, i suppose. Good beer.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 BurpingtonDC
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper/carmel color. Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Not a pretty brew I must say. The cloudiness combined with a somewhat non-descript color make is so.

S - Floral hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus and malt.

T - Nice balance of hop and malt for an IPA, Hops don't overwhelm. Slight taste of oranges.

M -A little carbonated with a small, fuzzy bubble. Not a full bodied feel.

D - I was a bit disappointed by this ale. Nothing special.

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Photo of Luchman
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a 22 ounce bomber

A: dark, cloudy, burnt orange/amber color with a very faint off white head that dissipates quickly.

S: faint orange peel and grapefruit with a little bit of pine. Toasted malt is there too.

T: Much like the nose. Orange peel with a burnt, toasty malt and some caramel. Ends slightly bitter. Lemon and pine more apparent as the beers warm.

M: Just a tad above too light mouthfeel, which is slick and with low to medium/low carbonation.

D: Very conservative here. A decent IPA.

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Photo of twbrewer
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A-Pours a clear copper hued color that has a 1" head of off-white foam in a standard pint glass,decent lacing.

S-It smells of hops,sweet malts and a musty floral or leafy aroma.

T-Taste at first is hops with a nice hint of malts then hops again in a nice almost smooth sweet finish.Reminds me of some Ambers I have tasted.

M-Good balance, slightly dry but sweet feel.

D-Very easy drinking beer.This could easily become a long session
beer or a nice sipping winter warmer at 6.7%.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gonna check this one out from Full Sail. I've been drinking their Session series for a long time. Gonna share this one with a co-worker and see what we think.

Bottle Type: 22oz bomber
Poured into a 15oz snifter
Best Before Date: 2/13/2012

Appearance: Reddish brown hue. Nice lacing. Head retention was medium. Two finger head with 25 seconds duration.

Smell: Hop characteristic is funky. Not very clean profile. Smell like wet grassy pond. Coriander in the back around. Not to inviting but curious.

Taste: Nice sharp hop notes. Bitterness comes starts and ends with this one. Nothing complex. Just a good clean drink.

Mouthfeel: Real clean textures. Nothing lingering or offensive. Kind of a simple profile, but wish there was more.

Overall: Nice beer. Have had way better American IPA's than this one, but it is a good example of the style. Still will have my Session Black as my favorite from Full Sail. But now I will try some others on their portfolio.

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Photo of deepchills
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber for $3.99 at Halls in Grapevine.

A nice amber color with a ¼ inch head, which disappeared quickly never to return.

A big aroma of pine on the nose, a little lemon rind and malt too. The pine is huge at first and hits your nose during the pour.

A piney, bitter start as expected. The middle is odd with orange, black pepper and lemon. The lemon and orange get bigger as the beer warms. Some clove in the finish perhaps?

This Holiday IPA/Winter Warmer feels a little thin in my mouth, and ever so slightly under carbonated. I think a little all spice or cinnamon replacing the pepper would do this ale some good. A bigger malt would help too.

I want to say I like the taste in general, but the pepper and clove are throwing me off. There is a lot going on, and I don’t dislike it, but I think I would rather drink two separate beers, a IPA then a Winter Warmer, and forgo the combo.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this last night, so going by memory!

a - coppery, good head

smell - very piney

taste - hoppy, and like most very hoppy beers I've had, that taste goes away after half a glass to reveal other flavors ( in this case, some of the malts come through). Nice long, aftertaste.

m- Similar to every Full Sail I've had.

d- i would drink this all night long, and I'm not a hop-head.

Full Sail should get more props for the beer they make! They don't necessarily go extreme all the time, but they are not cookie cutter! They also have some more intense offerings, which this one is.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my 2004 review is still on here, let me say that I had the 2006 vintage on 11-8-06.
I love this beer. I cannot say more except that there is a flavor that presents itself after the hops aroma has left that I love as a "special" beer flavor. Perhaps they are experimenting with belgian styles or maybe it is a special malt or yeast, but whatever it is, I love it!
You owe it to yourself to try this beer and you owe it to us to write a review.
My lexicon fails in description of the 2006 vintage as served fresh, but that shouldn't prevent you from trying it.
I will edit this review when I buy another bottle or 24 from my local bottle shop to include the traditional descriptors and sensation factors. Try it!!!!

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Photo of bensbeers
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Color is an earthy copper. Head was thick and frothee - the color of cafe au lait

Smell was pretty well balanced - hoppy, malty, fruity, and spicey. Tart apple and citrus, molasses, nutmeg, allspice.

Tasty follows the nose closely - hoppy but the bitterness is subdued by the sweetness of the roasted malts. I gave this a 3 because of the aftertaste. Not sure if my bottle was from last holiday season, but it was not pleasant. I think it may just be the combo of the malts with the tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Lightly carbonated and refreshing.

Only issue is the aftertaste. Other than that, a pretty good attempt at a hoppy, rich, malty winter ale. Want to try again to see of the one I had was skunked. Cheers

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Photo of comat0se
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock Taphouse

Nice copper color with an everlasting off-white head which leaves nice sticky lace on the glass. Citrusy hop aroma. Taste begins with an aggressive piney hop flavor, leading you to believe that it's going to be a strongly bitter IPA. But then, the beer takes a left turn and an underlying strong sweetness appears. This sweetness is a bit different, almost sugary. The hops and sweetness battle it out for awhile and at the end the hops pulls forward by a nose with a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is solidly medium with the carbonation adding to the creamy mouthfeel. I'd like to try this one in bottles to see how it compares.

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light copper with a fine, foamy head.

S: Strong piney hops, tiny bit of alchohol, and sweet burnt caramel.

T: If wreck the halls is a hybrid, the ipa peaks over the winter warmer. The hops come to the forefront being abrasive with slight notes of orange pith and pine. The sweet malt feebly supports the hop profile.

M: Moderate carbonation with a decently viscous mouthfeel.

D: Again the ol' overhopped without balance. Smells and feels good but tastes average.

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Photo of Kevin73
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of dry hopped ales and this is one of my favorites. Shame its seasonal. Spicy, hoppy, but extremely well balanced. Not overly intense. American IPA's in general are fun to drink but not particularly easy to drink due to their unabashed intensity. This one, despite its name, is more mild, more well balanced because of the attention to the spices and the malts, and eminently drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hyprlt
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of bigoten13
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber to a tulip glass, pours a nice golden caramel with a one finger head that bubbles down to a nice lace.

The smell is very hoppy and citrusy, with a little spice, and the taste is full-bodied and delicious, great Centennial hop character, with the aforementioned spice finishing it off.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average, with the spiciness really adding to it, and the drinkability is okay: wouldn't do a whole session with this beer, but it is great for a whole bomber full.

Overall, another yummy offering from our employee-owned Full Sail.

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Photo of dolem98
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reserve 2002.

This is the first time I'd ever seen this, it was at a Nature's Store. I'm guessing on the availability, since they already have a Winter Seasonal (Wassail), I put limited edition.

Amber in color, with a quite foamy 1 cm head that stays while drinking.

Heavily aroma hopped, but not as much bitter hopping as I would expect for an IPA. (I am the one who pigeon-holed this beer to an IPA, however). Strong scent of pine sap with citrusy notes.

Mild-Medium bitterness in the taste, as well as a creamy malt-taste. Quite interesting. Not much sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy as well, with a tangy note of citrus hops.

This is definitely an interesting beer. I'd love to see what others think of it. I would recommend highly to people who love the aroma of hops, but were scared of super-bitter beers.

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Photo of Stagi
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice red/amber color to it, good 1 inch head.

The smell is great, smells of hops, malt, citrus, and spices come through.

The taste is much like the smell, good citrus flavor, hoppy and some spices as well. Has a dry IPA end to it.

I think that it has a nice level of carbonation, and it sits in the mouth nicely.

A very drinkable beer, could and would drink a number of these all night.

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Photo of steveja57
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Holiday beer of 2009. Beautiful amber color, crystal clear, nice collar of white lace. The nose is pungent with hops but has a sweet malt backbone. In the mouth it hits you like a typical IPA, but counters that with a bit more malt sweetness than some IPAs. This beer is all about balance to me: crisp yet malty, well-hopped but not astringent. 6.5% alcohol means you can have a couple, too.

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Photo of ScottishStoutMan
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3-finger head on the pour, plenty of carbonation, nice dark copper colour. Hops dominate the smell, although it is pleasantly mixed with citrus (mostly orange with a hint of lime), and some grainy and clove aromas mixed in. Hops are just as pleasantly balanced in the taste-not too overpowering-and the beer actually feels like it might make a decent session beer. There is also a subtle apple flavor, and some more prominent spice, clove, and cinnamon as well. Not a huge complexity in here; just a down-to-earth American pale ale that's not too overwhelming on the hops. A Christmasy beer that won't put you under the table before dinner's over, but will still leave you feeling in the holiday spirit.

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Photo of JezyGray
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep auburn with a couple fingers of khaki head. Sweet, mellow citrus from the Centennial hops on the nose. Nice bitterness on the front of the tongue, turning floral toward the middle with more sweet orange juice flavors, and then finishing with another pleasant pop of bitterness. Really refreshing. Great value!

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Photo of Plinythechugger
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Nordicmonk
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initially cautious because of the name.

A - Clear medium amber color, nice frothy head, fair retention, slight lacing.

S - A bit of a bland generic nose, mild bitter hint and slight malt aroma.

T - Flavor has a hoppy taste but seems as a poor cutting of the hops, not a good flavor A generic bitterness with a mild spiced taste, nothing much in the way of a remotely enticing hop profile, hints of mal.

M - Medium to medium-light body, and moderate carbonation. Light metallic sense in the lingering flat bitterness.

O - Not impressive, rather poor for the style. The group of us that tried the it were disappointed at best.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. . Served in a tulip glass.

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