The 2012 Wreck The Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale, an American IPA and Winter Warmer hybrid brew, from Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon pours out a golden-brown in color with amber hues, a little sediment and some cloud. The beer is topped with a two finger, off-white, tightly knit head that slowly reduces down to a thick film with a good sized collar. On the nose, a nice amount of malt shines with an abundance of hops. Aromas of treacle, caramel, pine, citrus, spice and some dark fruit. In the mouth, there is a solid malt presence but the hops still make themselves known. Flavors of citrus rind, pine, spice and fruit with a solid underlying sweetness of treacle and caramel. Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Oily, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is long and quite bitter with a little honey and peppery hop like flavor coming in right at the end.
Far from your typical holiday craft beer but one, as a hophead, I am very happy to see. While hoppy, this craft brew has wonderful balance and really incorporates the best of both the IPA and Winter Warmer styles. Solid malts and bold hops married in harmony. I look forward to this hoppy brew each and every year. Keep brewing the good brew Full Sail. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, ABV 6.5%, IBU 68
Beer 335 of 366 for 2012