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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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. Gold medal winner at the 2010 World Beer Championships. ABV 6.5% IBU 68

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
bomber. pours a hazy copper, white lacy head. nose is resinous grapefruit like, malty. mouth is upfront, grassy, bitter, and resinous, malt profile just keep hopping rate in check. overall is a grassy, herbal, and bitter thing. interesting hop profile, strong bitter and resins at work in tandem.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2326) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sending. Pours a reddish color with off-white head. Piney, caramel, earthy, hoppy aromas. Piney, caramel, grainy, hoppy flavors. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (659) - - JAN 19, 2013
Aroma is hoppy. Dark amber color with light head. Smooth to start with a very hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1117) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
December 26th, 2011 - Another long holiday day spent in pajamas and cowering from the cold and snow, another winter warmer beer on the evening menu. Full Sail’s Wreck the Halls moves away from the cookie cutter malt bombs and brings some hops to play, which feels just about the same to me as decorating a palm tree with Christmas lights. Sure, it’s celebrating Christmas, but with more than a ladle full of blasphemy. Cloudy with an orange marmalade glow, Wreck the Halls immediately distinguishes itself from all of the seasonal brown beers, and divorces itself even more acutely in the aroma, where marshmallow, sweet cream, touches of hops, aloe, bubblegum and even banana portend an ester rich IPA. Surprisingly, the flavor is tart, tangy and sour, like a mild but acidic fruit medley. This makes for a lovely blending with the bitterness of the hops, developing int a light and sweet citrus based IPA, in contrast to those that might lean more towards pine and resinous tastes. Not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KegOstertag (92) - - JAN 6, 2013
Drank in pilsner glass from bomber at home. Aroma- smells like rye mixed with hops. Appearance- nice auburn golden color. Light head and good carbonation. Taste- smooth with lighzt hoppiness. Missing something to make this beer stand out. Palate- get a little hop mouthfeel. Not outstanding. Overall- decent ale. Tries to be an ipa but not enough umph. With that said for the price it is a great value at 2.99

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Shared at the local homebrew Christmas party. Amber pour with some floaters and a white head. Aroma is caramel, hops, and pine sap. Taste is pine, grain, alcohol, and a little floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1001) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bomber. Aroma is citrusy Centennial hops, grapefruit, cinnamon. Rich mouthfeel, near full bodied, good carbonation. The flavor is a pleasant blend of bitter citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of spice. The finish is fresh and bright, with a twang of acidity playing off the the malty / bitter balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2011 22oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a light tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Smooth, medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Excellent flavor of a lightly spiced winter warmer mixed with a West Coast IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
dark amber with french vanilla froth of about 2 fingers. lots of fresh hop character in nose. not sure I detect any spice and not in listed in recipe, so not sure about the "winter warmer" hybrid style they are referring to. Some what SN Celebration like though not as good, especially aroma wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6565) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle from Urban Wine Cellars, Baltimore. Deep amber with a decent, off-white head. Citrus hops, spice and fruitcake aroma. Flavour had some bready malts, orange and dried fruits, leading to a dryish finish. Drinkable.

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