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Festivus - Full Pint Brewing Company

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 11-16-2010)
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Reviews by Brenden:
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Brenden

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 14:10:41 | More by Brenden
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-03-2014 10:43:46 | More by apasternak
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque brown color with a low white head and light lacing. Medium to heavy carbonation.

The smell is thick roasted and sweet malts. Nutty with a little bit of chocolate and/or espresso.

The taste follows the nose with the thick malts dominating, then nuts and espresso, maybe some light chocolate. Light peppery hops on the the back end and just the tiniest bit of alcohol seeping through. The taste gets better as the beer warm up.

The mouthfeel is thick and filling. It is just a little tangy due to the medium to high carbonation.

Overall this is not bad for a winter warmer/brown ale. It is about average, maybe just above. I would say try it and see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 19:20:09 | More by microbrewlover
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-10-2014 13:36:56 | More by Mojoman8561
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-12-2014 21:36:04 | More by greg4579
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

03-03-2014 15:58:25 | More by dannyfayy
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-28-2014 03:51:41 | More by Saxboy10
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +11%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:46:48 | More by brentk56
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sammyt728

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-18-2014 01:01:56 | More by sammyt728
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-11-2014 14:01:20 | More by pcsnyder
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, copper/brown in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint spices
Taste-Toasted malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey. Nicely spiced and balanced. A tasty winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:46:34 | More by hosehead83
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:22:44 | More by superspak
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-05-2014 04:16:56 | More by MonicaC
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bobtopich

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:36:22 | More by bobtopich
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Scott_Thomas


2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

01-30-2014 23:49:35 | More by Scott_Thomas
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Jeremy0682

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-30-2014 01:08:31 | More by Jeremy0682
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2014 17:50:06 | More by bigfnjoe
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-09-2014 22:16:27 | More by JJStorm
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-07-2014 20:38:44 | More by JohnK17
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-05-2014 13:59:04 | More by Griggsy
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-02-2014 03:41:10 | More by rxthree
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twonder23

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-26-2013 04:40:11 | More by twonder23
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer really pours well for a typical American Christmas brown ale and looks really good. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that fades to one finger that lingers on and on. Plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is rich and brown. There is a light spiciness to it with nutmeg, brown malt, and a hint of cinnamon.

T- Mild chocolate with nutmeg and cinnamon overtones. A hint of nuttiness in the finish adds a hint of complexity. The finish amplifies the initial flavor.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice full medium weight body. Very smooth with a hint of dry spiciness to it.

O- Overall this is a nice Christmas beer/winter warmer. Overall I really like full pint and their offerings. While the flavor profile of this beer is nothing too exciting the mouthfeel is exceptional, smooth and full pint nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:38:16 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Loaf31

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

12-22-2013 02:30:35 | More by Loaf31
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 00:45:22 | More by schoolboy
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Festivus from Full Pint Brewing Company
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