Friday, December 23, 2011

Full Sail Wreck the Halls


Type: Bastard Child
Origin: Portland, OR
Price: $4.49/22 oz
ABV: 6.5%
NSP: 9.41 (unscaled)

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Second beer of the 2011 Portland Thanksgiving BeerPlow. This one is a winter seasonal from Full Sail, a combo of winter warmer and IPA. It's pretty malty on the nose, but the malt body is a touch thin on the flavor. There's a fair amount of citrus from the dry hopping. This is actually a bit like a malty east coast IPA (e.g. DFH-style), and all told, it's not bad at all. But I kind of feel like they're trying to pull a fast one here- i.e. they're pouring equal amounts of their IPA and Wassail in one batch, dry hopping it a bit, and marketing it as a special release. I could do most of that myself after a quick trip over to Trader Joe's. That bothers me for some reason. I mean, you've got the guys at Bridgeport doing their very best to honor their craft with the Hop Harvest, but then here's a beer that seems like a bit of a shortcut. I don't know, I could be wrong about the process for Wreck the Halls, but if I'm not, I'd hope for more.

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