Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Full Sail Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale
Full Sail Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale, a seasonal offering from Full Sail Brewing, poured a honey color into the glass with iced tea darkness on the sides where the ale met the stick, medium white head. The nose carried forward strong notes of pine and orange blossoms.
Full Sail Wreck the Halls Ale opened with a slight bitterness that lingered in the background throughout the tasting experience, but a mellow orange juice flavor rode high for most of the drinking experience. Some hints of tropical fruits came through as the ale warmed in the fade, but they were of little note in the long run.
Full Sail Wreck the Halls Holiday Ale works well because it keeps things simple. Nothing ever jumps forward from the pack, and the whole, orange flavored experience is pleasant enough without feeling noteworthy.