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 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 david18
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this at Pioneer supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was a somewhat enjoyable beer but not my favorite of the style. Very light in color and a little over carbonated. Aroma was as much malty as hoppy.Overall, I would have classified this more as a pale ale than an ipa.

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Photo of Luchman
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a light cloudy pale amber color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of light floral, hint of elderflower, citrus, roasted malt, caramel and what I thought was some kind of tulip like feel over the palate. Medium bodied with a dry texture and an average carbonation. Somewhat moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Dry and bitter finish. Thought the tulip notes was very interesting however.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a light white head. Caramel, pine, and orange aroma. Not very strong, but subtle instead of weak. Hops heavy up front, lots of resin without much citrus. Malt and caramel are close to follow. Finish is a decent blend of both. Decent IPA, especially for Full Sail.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gonna check this one out from Full Sail. I've been drinking their Session series for a long time. Gonna share this one with a co-worker and see what we think.

Bottle Type: 22oz bomber
Poured into a 15oz snifter
Best Before Date: 2/13/2012

Appearance: Reddish brown hue. Nice lacing. Head retention was medium. Two finger head with 25 seconds duration.

Smell: Hop characteristic is funky. Not very clean profile. Smell like wet grassy pond. Coriander in the back around. Not to inviting but curious.

Taste: Nice sharp hop notes. Bitterness comes starts and ends with this one. Nothing complex. Just a good clean drink.

Mouthfeel: Real clean textures. Nothing lingering or offensive. Kind of a simple profile, but wish there was more.

Overall: Nice beer. Have had way better American IPA's than this one, but it is a good example of the style. Still will have my Session Black as my favorite from Full Sail. But now I will try some others on their portfolio.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served today 05/18/2012 with a best by date of 02/13/2012 (So keep this in mind when reading my review).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber, 1/4" off white head settled in seconds after the first sip.

Smell: Very very light floral, not really impressed at all.

Taste: Very tasty actually, slightly bitter but overwhelmingly smooth. Very light caramely body with the usual piney after taste.

Mouth: Medium carbonation good after taste but nothing new here.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I knew nothing about it till i tried it and it was good but to make a seasonal out of it is a little out there. It is a borderline imperial with it's complex flavors, I would definitely get next season's fresher this time. Salud!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

22oz bottle (*Brewmater's Reserve 2007*) served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky, amber color with a tight tan head that thinned out to a light layer.

S - sweet malt and faded hops.

T - sweet malty flavor with a faint bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - I got through the bottle.

Final Note: I'm sure this had more of a hop bang when it was fresh and I'd like to try a fresh bottle of this brew.

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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 dbmernin83
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt golden with lacing here and there.
Mild hops on th nose
I just now read that this is an IPA/winter warmer blend. That makes sense. Hops dance well with malts, a light holiday slice hidden in the hop bitterness. Almost tastes like a really light DIPA. Sweet and hoppy on the finish.
Medium bodied, good carbonation.
A good beer for what it is. A "balanced", east coast style IPA.

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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 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 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 beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wasatch for this brew.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is fairly clear orange amber. About one finger of off white head fades to leave a modest lace ring.

The aroma is rather malt forward with a hint of hops. The spice comes through for sure. Cinnamon and clove seem to be the most dominant. Toasted nuts and bread are also present.

The flavor is full on bready malt. Touches of spice and hops as well. Not much else to speak of here.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice holiday IPA. Just enough spice to set it apart from a regular one.

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

From notes. Pours shiny copper, clear, very active with modest dirty white head that lingers for a spell and dissipates gradually. Spotty lacing. Very attractive.

Semi-sharp piny hops, boozy esters, slightly fruity boozy esters, a little grainy, vaguely malty.

Piny bitter character, medium strength, is the platform for this one. Reasonably well balanced by the malt bill, and has some floral and piny flavors before the dry and bitter finish. Something about this one misses the mark on my palette.

Medium body and visociity noticeable briefly, then overwhelmed by the bitter/dryness which pretty much defines the feel.

Just a bit too dry for me. It was going down pretty easily at first, but was harder to drink later. It's at least decent, maybe better, but didn't really work that well for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass, this brew pours a clear orange amber in color and yields a thin head. Retention is short and lacing reduces through the glass, becoming flatish towards the end.

Smell is a blend of light resiny pine hops along with some sweet malts. Nothing really jumps out to grab or deter from the nose.

Taste follows the nose accurately. A decent balance yet nothing particularly robust and finishes with a tinge of bitterness. Feel and carbonation are good on the tongue even when the head dissipates fully. Drinkability is good, not too sweet or bitter. This beer has a dryness I might expect from an IPA but otherwise is reminiscent of an APA to me. Yet surely preferred over their standard IPA offering.

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Photo of imasloth
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. grower into a snifet.

A- Pours a rich orange brown color with a noticeable head that dissipates quickly.

S- I get entirely hops ... citrusy, which I like.As it warms there may be a sight hint of malts.

T- Very strong hop flavor with little malt to finish.

M- Light body with light mouthfeel. Very little hop aftertaste and no real after-feel.

O- Much more IPA than winter warmer. I really don't know about this one ... Just seems like an IPA, which I like, but given the holiday name I expected something different and more complex.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear copper with a small off-white head, very nice lacing.

smell is of subdued grapefruit, some perfume, a touch of caramel, a little spice, citrus, a little pine, and sour malts in the back.

taste is somewhat creamy, spice, malt, a touch of caramel, a tad bit of citrus, somewhat sweet in back, and hops, aftertaste is nicely bitter, mouth-feel is dry.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with an enjoy by date of:1-22-12
A - a clear light coppery bright ale with a finger of fastly receding head. Leaves some lacing.
S - one dimensional hops and a bit of malts if you dig deep.
T - like the smell it's fairly straightfoward. Nice hops with a light malt background and maybe a trace of something herbal.
M - moderate carbonation in a medium bodied beer that leaves a pronounced astringent aftertaste.
D - drinks moderately easy.
Not the winter warmer I was hoping for, but not bad either. Overall it's just a bit beyond a plain American IPA.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy holidays. This beer is a crystal clear amber color with a small, tufty white head. The aroma has an intense hop nose, fresh, herbal, and a little citric. Not much malt in the smell. Balanced taste; I might even call it semi-dry. Some pale malt in the flavor, along with a touch of fruit (pears?). Not quite intense, and the hops that were in the aroma get a little lost. Bitter finish.. The beer is medium body. Not what I really look for in a winter beer, but it's a decent and fairly drinkable IPA.

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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 BierReise
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear gold with a thick head and good retention. Has a strong hop aroma with a nutty malt in the background. Body is a bit thin for the style. Flavor reminds me of SN Celebration Ale yet not as good. Blend of hops and grains with a slight metallic finish. Overall ok but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale and caramel malts along with some citrusy hops and grandma's bowl of wrapped spiced candy.

Taste: More pale malts, as the caramel seems to have gone absent and with only a subdued sweetness. Spicy throughout. Resinous, citrus hop flavor with a moderate bitterness. Hoppy, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Looked nice and smelled good, but it kinda lost me on the flavor.

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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 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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