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"

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber. Dark amber body with small silky head. Immediate aroma of piney hops, some caramel. Taste is mostly hops but not to much, balance is perfect) with some caramel and malt sweetness, and is touch of winter spice (nutmeg?). This is what I love about the holidays!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mostly light copper/amber appearance, 1" of head, chunky. Hops like most full sail beers, weren't pungent in the aroma, barely there for an ipa.

Taste was bitter, but lots of crystal malt drown out the hop flavor. Full Sail seems like one of the only breweries who don't jack you up on the cost per ounce of their bombers, so that does factor into the scoring.

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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 81tillinfinity
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hopped up fruit cake in a glass. An ipa with a residual sweetness and a malt backing the hops that is a little unusual. An okay beer but pales in comparison to Pfriem's winter warmer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look : Orange-amber colored, 60% opaque, creamy milky head.

Smell : Lots of orange candy and raisin, with tons of juicy, fruity hop. Some plum sweetness in there as well.

Taste : Totally piney, and then an alcohol warmth with rind and faint biscuit malt.

Feel : Creamy, medium bodied, hot, ending buzzing and semi-dry.

Overall : This was a punch to the face with a fist full of pine needles. I could have dealt better with it had it been dialed back, but there's no denying the loud flavor of this concoction of both Winter Warmer and traditional IPA. I'd say it's worth a try, I thought it was decent.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut to mahagony under a ¼” foam collar that grips the side of the glass producing thin lacy designs.
S: Citrus, cloral and caramel.
T: Spicy, floral citrusy hops balance big caramel malt flavors. Both linger long into the after taste.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A pleasant, easy to drink Holiday ale.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label info: ENJOY BY 020315

Deep, copper-colored body featuring a lasting, foamy white head. A strong citrus aroma with a note of pine teases the nose; mild sugary sweetness in the scent. Big hop bitterness rides roughshod over a mild, dried citrus rind and faint malt background. Medium body with a raspy, coarse feel on the palate; very dry finish.

The overall experience has its highs and lows with hops being the core of the story. The malt components are pretty weak and leave the beer feeling and tasting rather watery. But the hops do provide a nice sensory treat to the nose and tongue. The bitterness, especially, should please fans of west coast styled IPAs. The label points out an IBU rating of 68. This beer ultimately winds up being an interesting mish-mash that best serves the your inner hophead desires...

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Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the beers I wonder why it took be so long to get to, esp. at the price point ($3.99) and the decent ratings.
A really pretty intense hop oil aroma, and since it is something I usually don't favor, this one isn't so bad, but still a mark against it. Additionally, citrus, pine and grass.
Nice color with a reddish hue to the orange amber. Nice dense, almost soapy head with interesting pocking.
Taste also has the intense, excessiveness of the hop oils and it works to make this out of balance, as it covers the other, and IMHO, better flavors elsewhere in the drink. A very brief touch of sweetness. A long smooth bitterness with a touch of dryness.
A little bigger than moderate feel with a soft carbonation. Some malt approaches the advertised Winter Warmer in time, but it pales in presence in comparison to the hop oils.
I usually think of Cenntenial as having the sweet/spicy quality but I"m not finding that here very much.
I like Full Sail, but this one is just not hitting the mark with me.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev +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 StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

one of the more clever and enjoyable full sail beers ive had. 2011 vintage has lost some of its hop intensity, particularly aromatically, but this is still drinking really nicely. copper in color, mostly clear, with a patchy white head that sticks around. the nose is akin to an English ipa, sweet caramel and toffee and butterscotch and honey all coming from the malt, big and sweet, but there is more hops than just bittering balance. there is an oily hop aroma, not as fresh as it probably was, but it transfers a ton of flavor. citrusy and bright hops compliment and contradict the sweet grain complex, its really well balanced and chock full of flavor. I also appreciate the relative lack of holiday spice flavors, but rather a good drinking beer for the holiday season instead of trying to bottle the holidays. not a huge fan of English ipas, but this one is great. also love the name. well carbonated still and full enough bodied to suit colder weather yet remain drinkable. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

6.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Full Sail label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which tends to disappoint. Best before: 01/22/14. 68 IBUs. Reviewed as a hybrid winter warmer/IPA because the label description identifies it as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of dull white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Okay complexion. Decent uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is bad - about 40 seconds.

Body colour is a dark auburn red. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks terrible for an IPA and underwhelming for a winter warmer. I can't say it's horribly inviting, but outside of style conventions it's decent. Not unique or special.

Sm: Floral hop character is dominant. Some resinous hop character. A touch of pine. Pale malts. Caramalt. Amber malts. Bread crust/brady malts. Light burnt sugars. Some toasted malts. Light onion. An inoffensive aroma of mild strength. Not spicy or toasty enough to be within winter warmer conventions, but not hoppy or bright enough to be within IPA conventions. I'm optimistic.

T: Burnt sugars. Bready malts. Amber malts. Char. Toasted malts. Poorly integrated floral hop notes along with some oniony/garlicky character and a hint of pine. Way too much caramalt is present, which lends it a sickening sweetness about the climax. The hoppy bitterness on the climax goes untamed, tanking the balance. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. I'm not a big fan. Overripe orange.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's no spicing here. Should be toastier. I'd like it to commit more to the winter warmer aspect, and to abandon the IPA aspect. The two different builds are clashing here, and the beer isn't better than its constituent parts.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Strange unbecoming presence on the palate: it's too light up front and too heavy towards the backend, lending it a lopsided structure. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Weird body. Too thick. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Not oily, harsh, rough, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. Even its seemingly low price point doesn't justify a second purchase. Not terrible, but pretty mundane.

A largely unsuccessful attempt at merging two styles that just don't go together. Not sure what they were thinking. More mediocrity from Full Sail.


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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 olfolxholme
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


22 oz bottle of 2012 release, into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - Small head. Little retention. Would like more foam, but the color of the beer is a deep pleasant amber. Nice clarity.

S - Faint bready malts. Very faint hops. Nothing unpleasant, but not much to work with.

T - Can definitely detect those "winter warmer" malts. They play nicely with the hop notes, but it's all pretty faint. I want more from this beer. Gets better as it warms.

M - Kind of thin. Almost but not quite watery. Not bad, but not good.

O - So basically I wish this beer would go farther with the concept. In fact, I think the concept is great, and I really enjoyed the taster of this I had a few years back at a Winter Beer Festival. Unfortunately, this beer fails to meet any of my expectations. It's not bad or offensive, but it isn't doing much. Actually, if you are newer to craft beer, etc - you might really like this. I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more at the beginning of my craft beer journey. I'll certainly never turn one down, and I may even check in with this beer next year.

It has a LOT of potential, but Full Sail needs to kick it up a notch. WRECK the halls, please! But really do it next time!

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

a clean yet deep amber in color with a finger of head. smells of piney hops, grapefruit, caramel. really grassy aroma, really hoppy.
an earthy bitter taste followed by a very sweet malty backbone and grapefruit flavors combined. nicely balanced. medium body, moderately carbonated, sticky on the mustache.
a really nice ipa for the winter time. nicely balanced and very flavorful.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, ruby amber color with a white, half finger head and sub-par retention, leaving a modest float of bubbles on the top. Lacing is thin, but consistent with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma is hoppy, but also quite earthy. Hits on notes of citrus, pine, caramel, grass and a touch of wood.

Taste - More hop character than the nose would have one believe. Hits on a range of citrus, from orange rind to mild lemon, while touching briefly on notes of grapefruit and pine. Malt is there, but subtle, providing more structure than flavor, though caramel comes through a bit more as the beer warms. Somewhat earthy, woody flavors hit near the finish. Aftertaste is a mild citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with lively carbonation. Smooth, with just a hair of creaminess. Goes down with great ease.

Overall - Very good winter warmer/IPA hybrid. Leans more toward the IPA side. Fairly well balanced. One I'll certainly consider purchasing next season.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: ugly mud light grown. Kind of looks like somebody mixed a nitro stout with a he'd. Foam disappeared quickly and left sticky off white rings.

S: smells delicious. Just like an IPA. Doesn't smell toasty at all.

T: Nice full hoppy flavor. A tad lighter on the hops would have balanced out the mild roast flavor a bit better. Think of it more as an ipa with a few roasted grains to make it interesting.

M: nice and light. Not quite as filly or chewy as your standard winter seasonal.

O: I like it. The hops are a little to straightforward and they throw off the balance. Though, I expected a typical dark winter seasonal and this wasn't it. This is hoppier with only a dash of chocolate roasts to round it out a tad. If the hops were toned down slightly, this would be a world class beer. As it stands, it's still a great brew.

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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 ChugginOil
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 cosmicevan
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to Rathakem.

a - brew poured a transparent, yet maroon amber. there was a half a finger of foamy head that left some decent chunky and streaky lacing.

s - as advertised, hopped out winter warmer. nice hop and caramel balance, but heavier on the caramel.

t - pretty interesting. more winter warmer than hopped out bomb, but there is some hopping on the finish and the edges of the caramel malting. pretty good, but nothing earth shattering. like bittered malts.

m - medium bodied with a bitter finish.

o - overall fairly good, but lacking that umph to make it special. half way between here and there on the flavors...needs to pick a direction and go full force.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 22oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a light tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Smooth, medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Excellent flavor of a lightly spiced winter warmer mixed with a West Coast IPA, but marred by a somewhat unappealing, overly earthy aroma.

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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 hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the beer (even when poured very vigerously) but it has very descent lacing though so I give it a solid 4.0
S-The aroma when first poured (being a little cold) is mild and vague, but lets come back to this as it warms a little and I'll give it a swirl... oh yes indeed the aroma really opens up as it warms, with lots of sweet candied fruity hops with some pungent citrus notes as well. And I also get passionfruit hop-like notes as well. The yeast used is fruity as well which helps excentuate the fruity hoppy notes too. On the second pour, the caramel sweet maltiness really comes out almost to the forefront, very nice aroma indeed.
T-Ok, I gave the flavor a 4.5 I know, but to me the flavor really reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Celebration beer really. With lots of citrus and pine notes (not found in the aroma) , also the fruity notes are muted in the flavor. The sweetness from the malt is still there but also muted a little by the huge yet clean bitterness. I was pleasantly suprized by this offering from Full Sail, and I don't know why it has a slightly low score. This is truly the best Full Sail beer I've had to date.
M- The mouthfeel is medium to full in body and slightly creamy up front with a slightly dry and bitter finish that lingers forever. And I think the carbonation is almost spot on.
O-Overall I was impressed that Full Sail made this. Happily suprized for sure. A very good beer and I might just buy this one again (being only like $3.59 n' all). Well worth the money.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This delightfully hoppy and well balanced beer has some really nice fruity notes to it for a holiday brew. I can definitely taste and smell hints of tart cranberry and nutmeg in this. It's very crisp for a winter warmer, very fresh hop flavor leaving my mouth with a great clean feeling.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. A nice head stand of creamy off-white bubble, about a finger high that slowly settle.

S: A moderately-strong hop aroma of citrus with moderate grassy notes from dry hopping. The malt aroma is pretty clean and the esters are low.

T: Like candied citrus hops. Lots of hops flavor and moderately-strong hops bitterness but with lots of balance and none of that harshness from trying to get as much hops bitterness as possible. There is a light caramel malt flavor with a light malt sweetness. The balance is bitter, the finish is dry and the aftertaste is a bit of pine needles and a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. It is moderately creamy with a light alcohol warmth .

O: A balanced and easy to drink IPA, at least for a hop head. Balance is the most stricking feature of this beer as the hops flavor and bitterness are clearly there but thier not harsh. My favorite time of beer, it's also nice to know you're getting a freshly brewed IPA

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