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RATINGS: 460   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verne (262) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
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).

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2003
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
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.


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