Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color, nice long lasting head. Complex aroma, citrus, toasted malt, pine. Malt and hops are in prefect balance, the flavors are very blended and smooth but then this is a winter beer and I drinking it in June. Hints of raisins and flowers and a very full but not thick palate. A real winner
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you have the opportunity to try Wreck the Halls, don't waste it. A lovely seasonal IPA, this pours a nice dark head atop a light brown opaque ale. The bouquet is redolent of hops and a subtle nose of sweet malt. A nice, smooth body with floral and citrus hops exploding in the mouth. The aftertaste is very hoppy, but not unpleasant. Had the privelege of also trying off the cask (I got the last pour as the man behind the tasting bar at the brewery looked on in sad disbelief).
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown, bit hazy. Brownish thick head. Explosion of noble hops, a bit of chalk. Fine hopflower nose, very nice. Taste gives malt first, good underbuild, then very bitter finish, kind of spice-herbal extract, in the nicest way possible. Retronasal, I'd hazard lemon-grass! Sweet vegetable frying oil-flavour. Not overly full-bodied, more restrained. Oily again. Bitter-effect is very long; nice bitterness, honest hops. I might have wished for an extra, though.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say that this one looks like apple cider. A nice hill top head also. An interesting combo of hops, citrus and stomach acid in the aroma. Lots of thick malts make up the body of this brew, and I must say that it has a strong washington apple flavor to it along with some chalk, hops and some type of citrus, probably grapefruit.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a burnished copper color, the head masterful in size, spumous in texture, the color a winsome light tan, as the head evanesces, the lace left behind a fine covering upon the glass. The aroma of hops quite evident, sweet malt and a bit of citrus twang also noted, a real sniffable beer, with the start sweet and thickly malt, the top full in its feel to the palate. Finish has a perky acidic bite, the hops bountiful and spicy, quite dry aftertaste that is also long lasting. A quite decent drinking IPA, not overwhelming, just about right in my humble opinion.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon, honey and cream in the nose. Bright gold senset color with a tight cramy head. Creamy piney hops with enough malt to back it up, velvety smooth grapfruit is just enough without being overbearing. Finishes a bit on the light side making this a good session IPA, no if Full Sail would jsut replace Wassail all together and focus on this.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very creamy, honeydew melon, slight grapefruit aromas coming from a cloudy copper colored fluid with a big creamy topping...spicy english hops make a lovely intro..with a nice backing of balancing maltiness..a chewy mouthfeel tops things off..Yum..nice session IPA..just enough english spicy hops to make it lovely...Superb!
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper color. Medium head. Aroma is juicy hops and some malt. A full-bodied IPA. Malts are slightly sweet and a touch nutty. But it’s the big juicy NW hops that dominate this beer. Hops are grapefruity and juicy, without being too bitter. Very well balanced. Nice and smooth. This stuff beats their regular IPA to death. An excellent example of a Pacific NW IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Deep copper color with a tan head. A load of fresh hops leaps from the glass with a true Pacific Northwest delight.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Belgian lace and an orange-amber appearance with some large bubbles. Nice strong hop aroma that fills your nose with spicy bitterness. The flavor has some maltiness to it however that is not found in the aroma. They have enough malt to blance the generous hops. A well built beer, the hoppiness lingers with the solid background. A very good beer.