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

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499 Ratings
Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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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499
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276
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Vibrant and strong show of macro-bubbles rapidly rise within a translucent coppery-orange color. The head is one part spongey, one part soapy, filled with macro-bubbles on the top layer with a tannish color that sat moderately before dissipation. The glass remained clean of lace.

S: Fresh wet citrusy and lemon hops of moderate strength come about with some sugary cereal grain moments. Nice level of hops though lacked spicing and malt warmth (for the record this brewery describes this as a hybrid between a ipa and a winter warmer).

T: The hops are fresh and wet for flavor with a decent level of bitterness satisfying the ipa requirements, but seems to lack an initial malt impression appearing a bit watery and thin on the first take. Grapefruit with a following of toasted grains finalizes with fresh lemony flowery notes. Again the malt aspect seems to be lacking as well much winter warmer appeal. More aptly suited as an ipa and should of left it at that.

M: There appears a good amount of tingle from the active carbonation. Some edginess with a flowery feel that turns creamy and luscious on the hold. Medium bodied with a warming citrus and bitterness on the fade.

D: Decent drinkability, better suited if you just called this an ipa instead of trying to be fancy with the whole hybrid thing. Nothing to kick your heels up and holler, but a moderate ipa at the end of the day, good for a bomber, and a repurchase if lack of options.

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Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

head is excellent; liquid is hazy reddish copper (meh)

centennial hop nose with a sneaky biscuit aroma. i certainly smell what NW hop denigrators refer to as "cat piss". i must say they're onto something

coarse, though not intrusive, centennial bitterness. dry finish allows hops to do their spicy, piney thing. some darker caramel malts produce mild biscuit and butterscotch notes. the hop flavoring dominates the brew, and not because it's so highly hopped, but because the beer behind it seems flimsy (or if not flimsy, somewhat uninteresting)

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Photo of steve8robin
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to PA. Glad to give this one a try. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A nice medium golden copper with a hint of ruby. A small 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Some grapefruit hop upfront blended with some candi sugar malt. Some faint cherry in the middle with a hint of boozy toffee on the backend. Good.

T: Follows your nose. A very nice blend of slight bitter hop and candi sugar malt. Some boozy toffee in the middle with a hint of dishwater. Decent.

M: Medium bodied with a very good carbonation feel. A nice clean finish. Very good.

D: This goes down good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Very well blend between an IPA and a malty brew. Hoppy and malty. Definitely good to try if you enjoy like well blended IPA's. If you're looking for a hop bomb, then this is not for you.

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

Pours darker than amber, let's call it acorn. Nice and hazy. Foamy cap brings to mind Santa's (slightly dirty) fluffy beard. Lacing is decent but not quite what I would expect from the style.

Aroma absolutely crushes it. Grapefruit for sure, but lively with other fruits (not all of them identifiable) and floral notes. Taste is great, but somehow falls a little short of matching the nose. The hops are obviously up front, and while the malt is not completely invisible, this stays true to the style. The bitter finish lasts a bit longer than I'd like.

This is a fantastic beer. I'm just a little confused by the label, which describes it as a hybrid between an American IPA and a winter warmer. I get none of the spices you'd expect in a warmer, but that shouldn't take away from the beer. Given the price (less than $5 per bomber) I will definitely buy this again, and I'm glad it's made its way to the east coast.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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 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 Scotchboy
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. 22oz bomber.

Poured a carmelly-cloudy brown. Less than a finger head and slight lacing.

Smell was hoppiness and some spicy undertones. Malt presence, a little floral and some agressive citrus notes. Smells pretty good to me.

Balanced beer, with no flavors completely overwhelming the others. Hops and a slight orange taste dominate a little. Some spicy malts and other citrus as well.

Mouthfeel wasn't anything spectacular. Medium to light body?

I judge drinkability in IPA's on how aggressive I am at finishing the second half of a bomber by myself. I was itching to drink more. Good, clean drinkability.

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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 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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very nice orangeish-gold color with about a half-inch of off-white head that decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is mostly citrus and pine hops, with a trace of grainy malt in the background. On the tongue, the scant malt foundation does a nice job of supporting the hops, again mostly citrus and pine.

The body was decent, not quite full, but more substantial than a lot of others (including this breweries own regular IPA). Drinkability was very good, having multiples of this nice beer is easy.

Overall, a very nice beer. This one of the few yearly releases from Full Sail that I look forward to and it has yet to disappoint. Worth seeking out.

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

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: floral hops, citrus, and some softer earthy tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, floral hops, light grapefruit, orange, and some mild earthy tones create a nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short as the flavors quickly leave the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to consume this beer. Nice flavors and this isn't your typical west coast IPA which is what I was expecting.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an impulse buy at the front door of Total Wine. A $3.29 prictag from a solid brewer will do that. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

An inch of white collar forms above this amber colored....no, scratch that, orange colored....I'm not totally sure, the light in my room is playing tricks with the color of the beer. The head drops to a blanket of creamy lace, retaining well and leaving some creamy lacing on the glass. The label was right, so far I'm smelling a pleasant mix of winter warmer and IPA. It's more IPA with the tangerine, pine, lemon, and a little vague spice.

The flavor is laid back, IPA first and winter warmer second. I'm finding suggestions of gingerbread and caramel between the more noticable orange and pine flavors. There's a secret "Xmas flavor" that I can't identify at this moment. What I can identify is that I'm liking this. And to make it better is the extremely smooth and "frosty" body.

Full Sail is associated with solid beer at good prices. Wreck The Halls is good beer at a good price. Pick this up this holiday season, it will put you in a festive mood. It has for me. In fact, it makes me want to go caroling;

Wreck the halls with poison ivy
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tis the season to be naughty
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Break a window, pop a tire
Fa la la, fa la la, la la la
Set your neighbor's house on fire
Fa la la la la, la la la la

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This bottle is the 2010 Brewmaster Reserve.

Appearance: murky dark amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy light tan head. A solid looking IPA.

Smell: nice hop aroma with citrusy overtones and funky undertones, plus a light spiciness. Underneath that is a caramelly malt aroma which really fills out the picture. Pretty darn decent.

Taste: good caramel malt backbone with fresh, lively hops on top. Hops here are a little more citrusy than the aroma and even somewhat floral in character. Balanced and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not outstanding, but perfectly reasonable.

Drinkability: refreshingly flavored and not too heavy. I was expecting something a little more along the lines of a holiday-type winter warmer, but the IPA I got was not a disappointment.

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

Pours a hazy amber color with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls to ring some sparse lace.

Aroma is floral and fruity apricot springs to mind light hints of pine perhaps.

Taste is like the aroma lots of floral hops nice dose of fruit again lightly twangy apricots come to mind. Finish is light pine resin and lingering apricot funk with lingering caramel hints. pretty descent IPA not awe inspiring but not bad.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with good lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew, not quit Celebration Ale but pretty damn good try at it.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apple cider hue with a solid finger of creamy white that fades slowly and leaves behind some nice sticky dots of lace.

aroma is a bit subdued certainly hop forward with citrus zesty notes. a bit of pine and some herbal notes as well. caramel, a hint of apple cider and winter spices.

Taste is clean and hoppy with a bit of earthy caramel malt undertones. sweet and fruity. orange, carmelized citrus. burnt sugar. The malt profile carries it in a different direction than the average IPA, which makes it pleasant. Personally, I'm not a fan of heavy centennial hopping, as I find it a touch metallic and overwhelmingly citric, but I can certainly appreciate the delicously well blended flavors.

Mouth is spot on. Perfect for the style, the abv, and the season. Lingering bitterness is pleasantly fruity and creamy. I'm diggin' it, as it's perfect for sipping.

All in all, this is a winner. While it's definitely centennial forward (which I'm personally not a huge fan of,) this one hits all the high notes and is a brilliant IPA for the season.

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

Aromas of light, sweet caramel malt with balanced floral and peppery bittering hops; a few hint of citrus rind.

The tastes are fairly strong in the hop department. Flavors are comprised of citrus rind, mild pepper and hint of pine. Plenty of caramel malt as well. A nice sharp bitterness creates a dryness in the finish for a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable and moderate ABV. This should be be a holiday staple for craft beer aficionado because of it's quality and low price point.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is definitely more winter warmer than IPA. Looks as if it might be unfiltered as well. Hazy honey / amber / dark orange color with some moderate cream colored head.

S: This one definitely caught me off guard. Much more IPA than winter warmer in the scent. Very strong citrus (lemon + grapefruit) and a hint of pine. Some caramel sweetness as well.

T: Seems to match the scent very well. Not terribly far off from fresh Ruination IPA from what I remember - strong on the lemony hops with some slightly herbal/piney bitterness as well. Not overly bitter, although the hops are winning out over the malt for sure. Very hard to discern any traditional "warmer" spices in this.

M: Good body for an IPA. Moderate viscosity and carbonation. Not much else to note here other than that this is textbook for an IPA.

D: Seems pretty darn drinkable both at cold and room temperature. Nicely balanced beer and well rounded IPA.

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Photo of u2carew
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky. Copper in color. Quite hazy for an IPA. Upward carbonation.
S) Tangerine. Hints of caramel. Pleasant floral notes.
T) Pink grapefruit, but not overpowering. Nutty notes throughout. The hop bitterness shows up in the finish and beyond.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. My traditional holiday ideologies make it tough to associate this with Christmas, but maybe that's the idea behind the title - "wreck" the halls.

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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 bonkers
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep orange pour, solid one inch white head. The aroma has lots of sweet pine. The flavor has sweet pine, hints of citrus, lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated and very smooth. A very solid IPA, enjoyable but I was expecting more.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -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 argock
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +12.9%
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 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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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.81 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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