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

Wreck The HallsWreck The Halls
BA SCORE
61.9%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,203
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
499
Liked:
309
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
11.14%
Alströms:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of jenlovesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of n2pux
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sanitarium16
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, brilliantly clear, amber-tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is redolent of hops; I get notes of pine, a bit of menthol and some definite notes of grapefruit. There is also some notes of something like plastic or wax, which is a bit too dominate of the finish.

The palate is a bit lighter than I was expecting; initially this is pretty nice though. The beer is not quite as hoppy as I was expecting either, it is nicely bitter throughout and notes of pine dominate the flavor profile. The pine is supported by orange-like notes of citrus. Interesting, this beer is just weak, which in an of itself is not necessarily bad, but there are not shining flavors and the beer seems to melt away to nothing. The beer is quite clean and I don't notice any flavor flaws, but this beer is just plain lacking.

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Photo of JDV
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Transluscent amber pour. Nicely hopped nose mostly. Strong hop flavor balanced by slightly lingering "red" maltiness. Hoppy finish with a pleasant light charred flavor. Pretty good.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -11.9%
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 -11.9%
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 raindog814
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeubTube
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.6%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.5%
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 -9.5%
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 -9%
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 -9%
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 -9%
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 -9%
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 -9%
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 Donkster46
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wreck The Halls from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 61.9% out of 100 with 499 ratings
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