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

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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: 500 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of jaredseaman77
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JayAre46
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

could not pass this one with a $3 dollar price tag. wreck the halls, sometimes i feel that way during the holidays, anyway a 22oz bomber poured relatively firm into a pint glass that gave a very mild thin 1finger head that receded at record speed with minimal lace. the color is of deep amber and orange hues with a bit of chill haze. the aroma was immediate pine and hops not much of a citrus but a definite caramel malt backbone. the taste follows the nose, a bit of spice with the hoppy resins with a good amount of caramel malt for balance and a bitter hop finish. pretty simple characters here and im not sure if much else could be done without screwing things up. i do get the festive spice influence on the ipa but nothing revolutionary. the mouthfeel is pretty typical of the style medium with the right amount of carbonation. easy to drink and for $3 bucks i can't comlain, but i feel like this is just an east coast style ipa with the most subliminal spice influence. simplicity.

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Photo of palma
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear copper color with a small off-white head. Retention and lacing both average.

Nose is vibrant hops, toasty malt and a little bit of nutty yeast. Light notes of acetone.

Taste is pretty nice...nice balance of citric/floral hops and caramel maltiness. Medium sweetness and the flavor profile has a nice flow to it...helped along by a rich creamy body. At 3.99 per bomber, this one is a deal. Full Sail has missed on their fair share of these 'Brewmaster Reserve' series beers, but this one might just be the best of the bunch. Nice beer. I do not regret my two bomber purchase and actually wouldnt mind picking up one or two more.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Label says it’s an IPA and winter warmer hybrid, but it’s just an IPA, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Pours a clear darker orange with two finger thick cream colored, dense head. Settles in a few minutes to a quarter inch, leaving thick clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: citrus rind - orange, grapefruit, some resiny pine, background is toffee. Taste: big raw hop flavors - pine and citrus rind, leafy, solid toffee backdrop. Light-medium bodied, semi-creamy feel into a hop filled drying finish. It’s a solid IPA not dissimilar to other “holiday” IPAs.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Luchman
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wreck the Halls pours a dense orange colour with a wafer-thin layer of white frost for head and very fine-beaded lace. Its complexion is very icy but far from opaque; plenty of light shines through and out onto the hand (although it's not the finger that's seen on the other side of the glass but rather its shadow).

Full Sail were clearly in a joyous mood when crafting this holiday ale - they may have broken the bank on buying hops. Clearly a lot were used. Good thing though: as for as aroma goes, hops are the gift that keep on giving (wonderful aromas of citrus, spice, and bitter pine resins). That said, the aroma is by no means overwhelming.

The hops sparkle in the mouthfeel with soapy citrus flavours and zestful spice. It is at once fruity and earthy and pretty much takes over the malt from the start right through to the finish. The tastes of rank melon and grapefruit seep into the gums with lemony acidity. There's also enough toffee-like malt to think it could have supported more alcohol.

Despite an almost crunchy, biscuity maltiness the beer stays pretty light on its feet. For all the bitter melon and pine resin flavors, it's not as bitter as you'd guess (even at 68 IBUs). At 6.5%, it may be a bit stronger than conventional beers, but we're in American IPA territory and this beer has no problem handling (and hiding) the extra notch or two.

This full-bodied, hop-forward ale is the kind of beer that makes the holidays, not wrecks them. What better gift for a beer geek? Anything this gratifyingly refreshing, by the way, deserves the 22oz bomber. Remembering I had yet to pour the other half of the bottle certainly put me in good cheer. Oh what a wonderful time of the year!

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, hoppy aroma has fruity and cloves hints. It pours a dark honey-golden amber with a thick, fluffy, snow-white head that leaves a few patches of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with woody and malty notes and a hint of spiced fruit, and just a little hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but just a little fizzy, with average body. Overall, just fine for "wrecking" the halls.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 500 ratings
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