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

very good
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"

Added by dolem98 on 11-19-2002

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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Copper color with a half finger of head.

Rich smell. Usual citrus: lemon and grapefruit; there's another spicy note.

Tastes malty and bitter, surprise! A heady brew, the malt (not sweet) and hops just tumble around. I like it but it's confusing.

Crisp texture, medium body, and moderate to high carbonation.

"Wreck the Halls" fits. It's a big, bold fun mess.

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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 Nerudamann
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of rogerthegill
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of DaveONan
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of jskennedy
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown dark copper type of color, good head, nice carbonation, a little clump left here and there on the glass. Aroma was slightly disappointing, only for the lack of hop aroma if you think of it as an ipa, decent for a winter warmer ya dig?

Taste, it was bitter and hoppy, but the hops didn't have what would seem like an obvious good choice of pine flavor for something named Wreck the halls, winter warmer, ipa etc. . . but it was a substantial beer in the malt department too, not huge, but definitely not thin, plenty of caramel to it. At the price tag of $4 a bomber, it is a beer worthy of a recommendation.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of timahood32
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Dark brown with no head at all. A few tan bubbles form around the edges.

S - Roasted malts, spices, cinamin, nutmeg.

T - Similar to the scent, pretty mild.

D - Average body, low carbonation.

O - Forgetable. Pretty boring to be honest.

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

This beer pours light auburn in color under a small, tight-bubbled, tan colored head. A couple swirls brings it back up to a 1/4" after it fades. Lace is spotty. Aroma is delightful. Bright floral over deep earthy woodiness, tangy citrus, sugary pine, with a generous handful of malty goodness. Tastes like a dank coniferous forest topped with various citrus rinds, and has a bit of a bitter edge. I am enjoying this. Texture feels resiny and slick with a medium-light body, and goes for fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01.29.12

Hazy orange topped with a thin, sticky head. Deep orange and floral hop aroma with some pine and caramel stickiness. Tasty hoppy flavor...smooth and bitter. Spicy citrus, black tea, pine, mint, and some malty sweetness. Solid, well-rounded mouthfeel with a fair amount of bitterness. Good stuff...I'm not getting too much from the winter warmer side of things, but as an IPA, it's good.

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Photo of seldomseen
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 2/13/12.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch puffy light brown head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal/vegetal hop aromas. I am getting a bit of onion in the smell. Taste is of toasty malt with herbal and citrus zest hop flavors on the finish. There is also a slight onion quality in this one just like the smell but not as noticeable in the flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA and the vegetal onion aroma/flavor sort of ruins this one for me.

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Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Big frothy off white head. Tons of lacing and good head retention.

Piney, resiny, citrus hops dominate the aroma.

Lots of piney hops in the flavor. Crystal and caramel malts. Mildly fruity and plenty bitter.

Sticky, juicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Long bitter finish. Pretty solid. Puts me to mind of Celebration Ale. Similar styler with the same spiciness and hoppiness.

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Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

a: This was a hazy orange coppery color. It poured with a very sticky head.

s: Big citrus aromas with caramel and some candied fruit.

t: Lots bracingly caramel sweetness quickly joined by juicy citrus and some tea-like spicy fruit. Plenty of bitterness at the finish.

m: Pretty chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: Not sure about the winter warmer IPA hybrid. This just tasted like a really good IPA to me.

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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of elwoodjblues
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Seanibus
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what qualifies this as a Christmas type beer, but it's pretty good.

Pours a clear copper with a nice, tight tannish head. The aroma is a little bitter and nutty, but the flavor is satisfyingly hoppy, with a sweet malt backbone, with some bread and brown sugar and a round citrusy hop. The mouthfeel is a sticky and thick, but not at all unpleasant.

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Photo of ichorNet
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jaredseaman77
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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