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"

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Photo of jskennedy
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage received from Liquid Solutions.
Poured a cloudy amber with a pretty white head. Bubbly froth with great lacing in my SA glass.
Aroma- all grapefruit!
Taste- all grapefruit! Maybe some spice was thrown in...spruce tips for the Holiday? Not sure but very hoppy. I kept thinking this beer was "something more" but she is a really nice seasonal IPA to counter the typical dark Holiday beer.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange color. White colored head fades to a thick film. Lacing in thick sheets.

S - Rich amber balance-like smell, green hoppy bitterness and some brown sugary malts.

T - Oily bitterness starts out, brown sugary malts and a greener lightly hoppy bitterness carry out the rest of the flavor.

M - Medium consistency with light to medium carbonation.

D - Probably not as hoppy as it once one was but I still enjoyed for the nicely balanced amber-like beer that it is now.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wreck the Halls (love the name!), pours a coppery amber with dark golden highlights and a big white head that lingers and leaves loads of thick lacing behind.

The aroma is of fresh baked bread and lemony citrus, quite nice if a bit faint.

This beer is all IPA with big bready malts held in check by a lot of citrusy and resinous hop flavor which yields a very pleasant bitterness on the finish nicely balanced with the sweet but not cloying malts.

Mouthfeel comes close to medium, smooth and bit creamy from the pleasant amount of fine carbonation.

Very nice IPA and I will look for it every year now just as I do Celebration!

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

"Brewmaster Reserve 2007" at 6.7%abv per the label.

Pours a deep hazy copper color with a full ivory head. Really decent retention for an IPA.

Smell is really nice, with rich full malty caramel aroma complimented by fresh juicy hops. Big peach and pineapple with a light resin. Soft melon and sugar sweetness hang in the back.

Taste is very pleasant. Smooth malt kind of brightens up with some juiciness and honey, rising to a resiny coating and distinct but understated bitterness.

Feel is pretty thick for an IPA, but nice all the same. Leaves a full mouth coat and some tongue numbing alkaline feel.

Overall pretty good for drinkability. It tastes good. It smells nice. I like it.

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Photo of TheTinDoor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a huge white head that lingers and sticks around for the whole beer.

Smells of cracker, bread, and pine hops. I get more cracker than anything. Nice if not a bit too subtle.

Up front clean malt with a hint of caramel sweetness that lacks in the middle and finishes with a nice pine hop kick. The finish is fantastic on this, but there is nothing going on in the middle of the taste.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation work well with the beer, but it is a bit too thin.

This is a fine IPA that rides a pine note. It has a distinct cracker malt character, which I guess is the "winter" part of the beer. It is a bit too simple to be anything amazing, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 diamondc
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5 for a bomber. Enjoy by: 02.06.12

A: Good amount of lacing. Clear, bronze colored. Fits the holiday theme.

S: Citrus and light pine. Not that bold though.

T: Big citrus, mainly grapefruit, hop flavor with a spicy, cinnamon-like malt kick to balance out. Leaves a lasting herbal bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy for an IPA, but I'm not complaining.

O: Good IPA for the price. Definitely worth another purchase.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.
Nice big malt aroma with a citrusy floral hop smell.
Rich, creamy and slightly grainy malt taste with tropical fruit and a citrus, floral and mildly earthy hop finish. Nice lingering bitterness.
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Good drinkability. Tasty, solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of palma
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like a double ipa. Im looking for more balance
Where is the malt. Where is the winter warmer in this beer. Not only that but i dont think its a very good ipa. Way too prickly and harsh tasting. Not very enjoyable. A beer can be super hoppy and still smooth and drinkable. This beer is not that.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried anything from Full Sail, but I was in my local beer store this past weekend and this really cute college age girl was stocking up on Full Sail along with a bunch of Stone, Founders, and Bear Republic....She put this in her cart and I asked her about it and she suggested I give this a whirl if I like a good IPA....who doesn't?, so here it goes.

Poured from a bomber straight out of the cooler into a pint glass.

A-Medium veiled apricot amber with a thick creamy ivory head. Average looking brew, but a half point uptick for that nice head that laces well as it goes down.

S-Hoppy orange and grapefruit zest with some sweet caramel malts in the background. When it comes to well balanced highly hopped "C hop" textbook IPAs, this checks all the boxes.

T-Crisp citrus hops with more emphasis on orange than grapefruit here. Semi sweet caramel malts are present behind the dominating C hops, but the hopping is not so overpowering to offset the balance between the two. In addition, there is a fresh juice backbone present throughout the palate that is a nice refreshing twist on the run of the mill IPA.

M-Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer and a damn good IPA. My only beef here is that this is billed as a holiday ale. Now don't get me wrong, not every Yule release need be a warmer or a spiced ale, but this is the type of beer that I would jones for on a 98 degree day in July sweating it out in high humidity. Great for that Midwinter IPA fix, but alas, I won't be grabbing more of these to enjoy during IPA season as this is one to enjoy fresh.

Thanks beer chick...you know your stuff...

...at least your IPA's anyhow.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug

A Pours a nice clear amber color topped off with a thick white head that has excellent retention.

S Lots of pine hops with a touch of sweetness.

T Pretty similar with a lot of pine hops with a touch of malt on the back end.

M Pretty average body nothing noticeable.

Overall this is a decent but forgettable winter seasonal.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours an amber color with an off white head. Nice smell of grapefruit and floral hops. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Great taste is mostly flowery and citrusy hops with just enough of a sweet malt smoothness to balance.
There are big hop flavors here without being overly bitter.
A nicely crafted brew, wish I had more of this !

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an amber orange color with a nice looking 1 inch off white head. Lacing sticks around for a good while, and lacing is moderate when glass is tipped.

S - Rich, lightly toasted aroma with hoppy flavors of pine and light citrus (grapefruit, etc.). Nice balance with the toasted malt aroma. Clean.

T - Bitter with notes of pine and grapefruit as well as a rich, yet mildly sweet, toasted biscuit flavor. Impressive balance for an IPA, especially one from the West Coast. Dries a bit in the aftertaste. Taste is as clean as the smell.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium body and an appropriately bitter aftertaste.

D - The balance and roasted malt flavor make this an appropriate winter version of an IPA. Nice change of pace in the winter seasonal offerings. Alcohol is not a factor.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wreck the Halls is yeasty, sweet, metallic, and mild.

It poured a nice copper color with no head and no lace. The glass finished crystal clear with nothing at all clinging. The smell was all sweet metallic malt and the flavor was caramel-sweet, dominated by yeast, with an acrid metallic aftertaste. The feel was slippery-sweet with very little bitterness.

Wreck the Halls is an average IPA, with nothing citric, earthy, or aggressive. It doesn't compare well with several readily-available year-round IPAs and has no distinguishing characteristic that makes it special at holiday-time.

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Photo of Fahz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

22 ounce bottle, $3.69 from Utah state store. Bottle states 6.5% ABV, 2006 vintage.

Pours a very slightly hazy deep orange with a medium thick, dense off-white head, leaves moderate to significant lacing. Dissipates after a time, lacing sticks around.

Aroma is full of fruity hop spice, and suggests a slightly sweet malt base.

Taste is solid piney resin hops, some citrus and grapefruit, but overall one of the nicer pine resin hoppy beers I've had in a long, long time. Just enough sweet tangy malt back to support the hops, while letting the hops do the talking, as a good American IPA ought to. Very, very solid.

Mouth is bright and prickly with carbonation and hop tinge. Solid.

Overall, this is a great beer, and I'm very, very happy with it. This is what I know Full Sail can do, and I'm really happy to see them do it.

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Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 brewqueno
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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