Festivus - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 11-16-2010

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Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Festivus is dark brown with some red-brown highlights. The wispy head forms a loose cap that fades pretty quickly, though some light brown foam is always left at the edges. The foam manages some surprisingly decent patching, considering, as well as leaving a thin ring where the beer settles in the glass.
The nose provides good spicing, some allspice with a almost bit of a ginger/nutmeg sort of combo, and a mild sweetness over a sturdy malts foundation. Vanilla is subtle, but it's there.
This beer gets the spicing levels right; they're as strong as they could be without being overpowering. That said, my only complaint is that they're sort of generic on the tongue. The sweetness is very brief, and a sort of dark breads flavor anchors it. A mild slightly leafy but more earthy bitterness speaks to the addition of hops.
The feel is good. Crispness and smoothness are even with each other and each forward on the palate. It's consistent, and neither effect fades or flattens. It gets pretty creamy in the middle, actually, then some leafy dryness kicks into the finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kbuzz
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this growler directly from the brewery. Thanks to Jake for letting me in and get in his way a bit.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, dark amber. About a one finger head that reduced to a half finger fairly quickly but stuck around. A fair amount of bubbles in the beer, not too many. Some lacing.

S: Very nutty/biscuity smell...burnt croissant. Some vanilla. Little hop aroma if any.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very biscuity flavor. Some toffee notes along with some strong vanilla in the finish that coats the back of the throat...maybe even a little cinnamon back there. Some very minor piney hop notes on the sides of the mouth as well.

M: Silky, velvety mouthfeel. Medium-thin to medium bodied beer. Carbonation isn't very high, but it works well with this beer. Very easy drinking

O: A very tasty, easy drinking beer. Nuttier than most brown ales, in a good way. I like the hints of vanilla and cinnamon, appropriate for the season.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks t Ray in Pittsburgh for this one.

A- a raisin brown type of color that is opaque. A somewhat criscross lacing with a 2 finger head.

S- vanilla, and dark candied fruits and thats it. Simple.

T- a nutty and fig type of flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

M- creamy carbonation which is odd but a nice complexity. The finish is smooth but the lingering effects are strong in the nut family.

O- A decent beer and one this is unique to Seinfeld. The nutty and cinnamon flavors dont complement each other overl well but this works.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that died down and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon along with strong notes of underlying dark and nutty malts. Slight hints of malty sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus, this is a nice holiday-spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Jono1986
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite seasonal beers. Dark, flavorful and compliments food well. Love it!

Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of off white head. There is some solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Malty but not too sweet. Some vanilla and dark fruit notes with some mild spices. Nice.

Taste: Initially it reminds me of the smell, but the taste ends up being a bit watery and there is a bitterness that overtakes some of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really wish the taste was more like the smell. I don't mind the bitterness, but it overshadows the other flavors.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at my local place for $2.50, if I enjoy it I can grab up a four pack for around 8 bucks tax included.

Brown ale brewed with Cinnamon, vanilla, and mace which is nutmeg based.

A - Color is a hazy caramel brown with a nice inch of slightly opaque head. Head is nice and sticky.

S - For me what stands out the most is the mace and chocolate malts which give it a spicy and fruity smell. Smells fairly sweet.

T - Kind of thin and watery with very little spice making its way to the palate. If I swish it around in my mouth I can pick up some chocolate malts but it's mostly slight vanilla in the start and cinnamon hit in the finish. Pretty sweet though for Simcoe hops...

M - Thin even for 6 percent and only slightly spiced. Eh..

Overall I guess I expected more from full pint and maybe this isn't my favorite style but it really is kind of lackluster. If anything it could use more hops to give it a fuller body and always MORE spice! Pass...

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, minimal head. Scent bring notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, seasonal spice such as cinnamon. Taste dials back the nose a bit, lightly muddy, nutty and sweet malts, spices are moderate but noticeable. Medium bodied, light in carbonation. Solid brown ale all around, maybe a touch less sweetness prefered, but appropriate for the season.

Photo of bobtopich
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a "holiday ale" I was expecting more in the way of flavors. I didn't find anything special to make me want to ever have this beer again. To me there was nothing in the way of holiday spices that I've found in some other holiday beers like Winter Solstice or Merry Maker. It just tasted like a beer. I'm sure others will enjoy it but it isn't anything for me. It looks nice when poured. After that, zip.

This is the second beer from Full Pint that I have tried and as a Pittsburgh guy I was hoping to enjoy a Pittsburgh craft beer. Full Pint is not that for me...sorry.

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a pint glass, appeared as a typical brown ale, dark brown color, slightly hazy, with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, and light spice. Sweet malt profile in the taste, but not one-dimensional and watery, like I find many brown ales to be. Rich, nutty, with tones of molasses and nutmeg. Medium body. Very sessionable.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet roast, hint of caramel and a small nuttiness. In the taste, a small roast and dry nuttiness and a small caramel sweetness, but a bit watery. A small bite and medium to a thin bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop in the aftertaste, but a bit thin.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full Pint, Festivus. Ontap.

Pours a dark brown in color, the bartender had to work to get any head on the beer at all. Aroma consists of caramel malt and some holiday spice. Flavor is a bit more complex with nutty, mildly roasted malts and some allspice and cinnamon. Fresh tasting beer with some spearmint like hops. Overall a well rounded beer and my favorite seasonal from full pint.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY JUNE2013. LOT 284.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/burgundy body with a decent toffee colored head.

Smell: Malty alcohol-laced aroma of coffee liquor. Kahlua or Amaretto. Chocolate malts.

Taste: Chocolate malts. Christmas cookie aftertaste. Slight coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Typical of brown ales in my opinion.

Overall: Similar to my just reviewed All In Amber by the same brewery, the chocolate malts dominate this beer. I am more accustomed to chocolate malts in a stout or porter. Very interesting in a brown or amber ale. A good beer for the holidays.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler.

Dark brown and cloudy with a medium tan head.

Smells of spices and dark sugar malts.

Taste has hints of ginger and bready malts with brown sugar and molasses sweetness, but none of the flavors are overwhelming.

Medium feel with mild carbonation.

Good flavor ale with Christmas flavors. A nice change of pace from the typical winter warmers which tend to be more rich and sweet than this.

Photo of righthereisay
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop. Had it on tap the other day after a few other beers, so wanted a clean slate.

Pours like Coca Cola.

Smell, a bit nutty.

Tastes like a nut roll if a beer was made to taste like a nut roll. Maybe some vanilla. Not overly sweet though. Nice body and mouthfeel.

One could throw these down at a Christmas party, no doubt. That is why they were made.

Photo of Starkk00
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Pint Festivus pours nice with a nice head and smells great. Originally from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - A nice brown/amber which you are able to see through.

S - Brown ale smell with cinnamon and vanilla notes.

T - Smooth brown ale again with slight notes of cinnamon and vanilla but nothing over powering.

M - Mouth is nice and finishes smooth.

O - A very drinkable brown ale for the Festivus season.

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper perhaps a shade lighter than mahogany; an impressive head caps the liquid and leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Vanilla and caramel, with a hint of chocolate and pineapple as well as some spice undertones from the cinnamon and mace

Taste: The caramel and vanilla flavors co-mingle with the chocolate and Munich malt flavor, up front, with the honey, mace and cinnamon developing in the middle; earthy/pineapple hops arrive, after the swallow, to offset the sweetness; the spices linger in the finish, bringing a rather peppery quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: Been a while since I have had a winter warmer (how did that happen all winter long) but this is an interesting one brewed with some rather unusual ingredients

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy brown color with some reddish hues. Provides a small tan foam head that quickly dissipates

S: Some mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and bread.

T: Tastes like christmas with a little bit more caramel and bread. A nice spice kick to this brown ale.

M: Leaves a slightly creamy taste on the palate. A nice medium body, just a tad thin.

D: This is an easy to drink Brown Ale, especially for the holidays.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this thing is great. Total Christmas-y kind of thing. Lots of spices that really show well. The flavor profile follows suit, but is not as sharp, unfortunately. Kind of a thick body and presentation that seems a bit muddled and lacking clarity. A nice winter and holiday style beer. I think this would go really well with food.

Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice brown ale, but it also is a holiday warmer, because it is spiced.

So, for quality? It's good. The brew opens nice and dark and it yielded a nice head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma is faint, and of spice. The taste is brown ale with spice. Nicely balanced but not very hoppy. Not very American (nothing is over the top). But it's a pleasant brew with nothing bad going on, it just is not something I would be looking for more of - it's kind of ordinary.

Photo of chadmoe1
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes on 12/12/11

A -- Brown with 1/8" tan head; some lacing

S -- Spice (cinnamon stands out), little hops, some toasty notes

T -- Spice (cinnamon and mace) up front, smooth middle, definite hops at end (not sure what kinds though)...

M -- Nicely carbonated (not super high); smooth with some body

O -- A bit spicy and one-dimensional, especially on malt flavors given what the label states; hops seem misplaced at the end. Not my favorite holiday beer...a bit disappointed because I generally enjoy Full Pint / Rivertown beers...

Photo of AMiz602
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very interesting case....it is sweet and spicy to begin with, then goes to a very mellow hoppy flavor, followed by some hints of chocolate. It says it is brewed with cinnamon, and you can definitely taste it. But like I said, it quickly dissolves away for a light hop flavor and dry chocolately taste afterwards.

It is a gorgeous amber that is not too dark, and for being poured out of a bottle, held its head fairly well. The smell is quite sweet with a bitter hoppiness to it, and has about an average mouthfeel.

This is a very good seasonal beer, and is should be served a little warmer than one's average amber ale due to the spiciness and chocolate malt.

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep brown with mild haze and thick light beige cap with tight bead pattern, the lace sticks in a stringy way. The smell is good with a nice toasted grain element and light spice with earthy nose and slight sweet tinges in the aroma with a gentle roasted biscuity accent. The feel is excellent -the balance is spot on practically with the spice, malt and hops working toghether with the yeast. There is a subtle toastiness and spice but the bitterness is moderate and carbonation adds levity to the overall feel with a semi-dry quality in the finish.

The taste is interesting with mild bready nutty notes with some cinnamon evident and the mace giving an earthy quality to accent the dark malt presence. The vanilla does more of a job giving the impression of sweetness and helps to balance the bitter elements. There is a mild hop quality which brings out the warmth of the spice in the back of the throat. The flavor has a mild caramel element with slight alcohol coming in as it finiished with light smokiness and subtle yeast flavor. The taste of pine returning in the last sip is pleasant.

Overall I felt this was a very decent brew for those who enjoy spice beers it lives up to the name. I like the balance and recomend this to those who like winter warmers- a very flavorful brew.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge aroma. Vaguely reminiscent of a Stone strong ale. Dark malts, crisp hops overall. Mild spices, maybe some cinnamon. Lots of malt aromas, some darker, some lighter. Chocolate, very bready.

Appearance: Dark brown, but clear when held up to a bright light. Pours a medium off-white head. Lots of lacing!

Taste: Dark malts, worty. Caramel, honey, cinnamon. Odd, but it's got the pleasant portion of that fresh paint aroma. Probably just in the way the malts and hops combine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily overall, mild carbonation.

Overall: Nice change-up from the typical winter warmer. Heavier on the dark malts, lighter on the spice and extra crisp hops.

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