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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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3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 - 22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a medium sized fine off-white (almost orangey) head that recedes to a thin skimming that leaves some nice lacing. The second pour has a lot of cloudy yeast sediment.

Its aroma is spicy, piney hops and some musty leather. Some fruitiness (orange) comes out as well.

The flavor is crisp spicy, fruity (orange) malts leading to a musty reserved hop finish. As the beer warms, a lot more hop bitterness appears. There is a kind of acidic medicinal twang to it. The mouthfeel is thin to medium. The carbonation seems a bit low. The mouthfeel has a kind of sharp harshness (maybe from the acidity/medicnal qualities).

Overall, a mediocre IPA - it is not offensive, but nothing special either. A bit too sweet and fruity for me - the orange kind of pervades throughout. The musty yeast is a bit much as well.

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3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Wreck The Halls is bronze with slight chill haze and large ivory head that settles to a thick skim, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is moderately strong, pine and citrus hops, hint of gingerbread, I think just malts, perhaps a dash of spice?

Taste is spicy hops and sour citrus, bit of alcohol and caramel malt. Big hoppy ambers fade fast and this one is probably a bit long in the tooth - the hops are getting soapy and a bit to sweet. I missed it at most of my beer spots when it came out 6 weeks ago or so until I spied this bottle at room temp at the co-op....moral of that story is to drink 'em fresh!

MF is a bit oily, med.thin body

Drinkability is average, not to bad, pretty smooth, but going downhill I thinks...next year i'll get this asap an not slack.

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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper bronze color, with a tight foamy head.

The smell is typical of an IPA, a lot of citrus and pine fragrances.

The taste is very acerbic and sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This beer is ok but not great. A little sour and bitter. It gets tiresome. I'll probably avoid this one in the future. It's a bit of a "wreck."

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3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Barely fair and forgettable Christmas offering.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label offer the seal layout of Full Sail with a red background, green center shape, and general typography. Side narrative offers an overview of the intent, and ingredients. Notes IBU´s (68), and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%), and vintage as 2010 brewmaster reserve. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, nice frothy head, average retention, fair surface memory, small touches of lacing.

S - A bit of a bland generic nose, mild bitter hint and caramel malt.

T - Flavor does not do much better, not bad but just a touch above. A generic bitterness with a mild spiced sense flows, nothing much in the way of a remotely enticing hop profile, hints of malt and caramel.

M - Medium to medium-light body, and moderate carbonation with an adequate texture. Light metallic sense in the lingering flat bitterness.

D - Not offensive but rather uninspiring and forgettable.

Notes: It's a pity cause I really dig their employee-owned story. And more so now that their brews are being distributed around here it is a welcome addition. But even before of the little I had a chance to try, it did not make a lasting memory, and while not torture this one is surely a brew that one could pass on without regret.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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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3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a amber brown with a slight hint of red. It had a slightly yellow head that lasted most of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. the smell was was that of a sour malt with a slight hint of hops.

The taste was a slightly watered down malty flavor with hints of hops and lemon. It reminded me more of a red ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being good, but the beer seemed a little thin.

I am going to try another one of these just because I have enjoyed Full Sail in the past. It was not a bad beer, I just did not think it was an IPA.

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3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a blend between an IPA and a winter warmer. Bottle had a best by date of 2/20/2012, opened on 3/8/2012. I’m guessing that it’s not meant to age, after the fact mind you, and my rating bears this in mind. (I guess I was thinking more along the lines of an Anchor “Our Special Ale” than a Sierra Nevada “Celebration”… but if this is a blend of both then what does that mean for freshness and drinkability?)

This pours an amber orange color, slightly musty looking. Perhaps hazy is more accurate. Like a darker orange juice, without pulp.

I guess I’m thinking oranges because that’s the predominant aroma characteristic: a light orange hop smell, more like orange juice than orange zest or a floralness. Actually, it reminds me of the smell of orange concentrate. I have a feeling the hops have, by this point, faded a bit and what remains is more of the residual sweetness and whatever flavors the winter warmer brings to the brew. The beer has a peppery spice to it, and noticeable bitterness without any real hop flavor. It’s not terrible but there’s nothing exciting here, either.

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3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
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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3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 503 ratings
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