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). troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Draught. Poured deep amber with lasting white head. Much hoppiness in the aroma, with a bit of pininess. Deep hoppy flavour with warmth, tastes stronger than it is. Wonderful hoppy finish. It may be just luck, I was in the mood for a good IPA and this hit the spot nicely. beerguy101 (5360) - 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. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Color is a hazy pale orangy light brown of peach skin, one finger high head thats yellowy cream colored, tight frothy spongy foam, settles slowly to a nice skim and ring with lace in oily spots and strings. Smell is lightly peachy, dry sense of pinewood, slightly juicy and oily green of all kinds of hops with a very slight caramel malt backing. Taste hits of hoppy bittering dryness immediately, pineyness, bright, green, and fresh, a touch of peachyness, nice and clean, smooth in places where the balancing of caramel malts in the background are barely detectable. Excellent bittering dryness into and through to the finish. Feel is medium body, solid bittering middle and smooths, thins into a drying tingly, slight piney finish that lingers with good quaility. One excellent IPA. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Reserve 2002. Nose is of pine cones, slightly sweet malt and citrus. A little perfumey as well. Copper color, slightly hazy. Medium carbonation, good sized tan head that dissapates, but clings to the side of my glass. Mouthfeel on this beer is huge! First taste impressions is the malt, but the hops take over quite quickly. It has a very earthy hop flavor to it, previous posters have referred to it a chalky. This is a very sturdy beer. Lots of hops, but there is plenty of malt as well, so the hops are not overpowering. Quite a nice beer to have after I've spent the better part of the day hanging Christmas lights on my house in breezy, 30 degree weather!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
This is a delightfully crisp and refreshing IPA. Hop flower at the nose with a hint of sour malt. Lively hop flavor, not earth-shattering in its bitterness, but it delivers. Well balanced with a nice malt backbone. Finishes crisp. Very nice IPA. Thans to ecrvich. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2005
2004 bottle. A big, beautiful resin nose comes from a hazy orange elixar. A nice bitter grapefruit sweetness is right up front then comes more hops to buckle the tongue some more. Great stuff. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Draft. Dark amber color with a frothy tan head. Very faint caramel malt aroma but very hard to find. Light malt flavor with vanilla and a trace of bubblegum. Clean fruity finish. Light flavor but nice.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Very nice microbrew. Aroma is very strong. Appearance is brown with a clear finish. Mouthfeel is strong and very hoppy. Almost like a ESB. Flavor is strong for an ipa with excessive hops. A very nice winter brew philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls--Brewers’s Reserve Series. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.5% ABV--60 IBU’s.
2002 Release. Clear rich bright amber red color. Floral dry hopped Centennial front. Light lacy head. Malty smooth caramel complex body with sweet buttery hop richness. Citrus zinged earthy hop spice end. Sampled 11/9/2002.
2003 Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Light head. Clear rich bright amber color. Toasted floral rich hop front. Dry sweet richly flavored toasted caramel mild fruit hop infused body. Smooth tangy earthy citrus hop end. Big hoppy dry malty brew. Sampled 12/21/2003.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls-Brewmaster’s Reserve 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber color. Toasted rich floral hop front. Crisp tangy earthy dry sweet grapefruit toasted caramel body. Clean rich astringent earthy citrus hop spice end. IPA. Sampled 10/30/2004 & 11/23/2004.
Full Sail Brewing Company Wreck The Halls--Brewmaster’s Reserve 2005--22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--60 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Rich malty grassy floral hop front. Dry sweet tangy caramel fruit mild toasted crusty body. Crisp clean dry hop spice tangy mild citrus malty end. IPA-ESB? Very Nice. Sampled 11/10/2005.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--65 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich amber red color. Rich malty floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet fully fermented grassy toasted caramel mild fruit body. Tangy hop spice lingering earthy malt end. Rich Red! Sampled 11/13/2006.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale--Brewmaster Reserve 2007--22 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--68 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale. 10 @ $3.99 Each. Off white tight lacy head. Clear rich amber color. Mild roasted malty earthy hop front. Crisp crusty earthy dry sweet toasted biscuit caramel mild fruit body. Smooth rich hop malt spice end. Best. Sampled 11/5/2007.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2009-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-Aggressive Yet Sublime,Assertive Yet Mellow,Complex Yet Drinkable Ale. 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--68 IBU’s. (4.6 / 5.0) IPA--Winter--Rich dense lacy off white light tan head. Clear rich bright amber color. Herbal floral pine toasted hop front. Rich dry sweet crusty earthy malty resinous pine hop infused caramel mild fruit body. Dry hop spice earthy mild bitter end. Holiday Hop Bomb! Sampled 12/1/2009. 12 @ $4.99 Each.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wreck The Halls Brewmaster Reserve 2010-22 Fluid Ounces Of Hoppy Holiday Ale-"A Sublime Hybrid of an American IPA and a Winter Warmer." 6.50% ABV. 68 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Winter. Big dense lacy off white head. Turbulent fizzy clear bright dark amber color. Earthy roasted caramel floral hop malt spice front. Tangy rich zesty dry sweet roasted fruit caramel subtle pine hop toasty tasty body. Dry hop citrus mild bitter spicy Winter end. Sampled 10/26/2010. 22 oz. bottle purchased for $4.69 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 10/26/2010.