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Festivus - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%


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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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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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chadmoe1

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -25%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:28:38 | More by chadmoe1
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AMiz602

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:52:21 | More by AMiz602
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark cola brown, ruby hues, a one finger dull white head that fades slowly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, malt a a slight spiciness.

Taste followed the nose with sweet dark fruits and vanilla, hints of malt, a light touch of spice and a slight bitter finish.

Mouth Feel was a little thin, moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight bitter, dry after taste.

Overall a nice brown Ale, however, a little more balance and body would make this a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 17:18:40 | More by dtivp
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 15:45:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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oline73

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:19:34 | More by oline73
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 16:39:32 | More by IronCitySteve
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:15:14 | More by DrDemento456
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 19:03:21 | More by Dodo2step
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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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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:08:20 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 16:20:49 | More by rfgetz
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 05:23:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 15:38:54 | More by Stinkypuss
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-dark brown with a reddish tint. cream colored head. basically looks like a holiday version of a brown ale

S-holiday spices with some molasses. decent for a brown ale, not too strong though.

T-hmmm a good taste of molasses and holiday spices with an ending thats mostly molasses. very balanced and decent tasting. one of the best brown ales i've had

M-medium carbonation, a bit cream as well. dry finish

D-the taste stays decently but this is not a classic. i wouldn't mind drinking this all night but i'd rather not if i had a choice

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 17:59:02 | More by AdamBear
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA. Poured a dark brown, translucent color with a bit of haze. Small white head that mostly receded, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of spices, sweet malts and brown sugar. Taste followed the nose and was fairly one-dimensional, but still well-balanced. Would have preferred a bit more spice. It was a touch too sweet, but still very drinkable. Smooth.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A good beer to have with food as it isn't too heavy and it's not overwhelming on the palate. Wouldn't go out of my way to have this one again, but recommended as a one time try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 14:51:17 | More by MsRif
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2011 18:02:02 | More by Cylinsier
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2011 01:05:36 | More by kbuzz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 05:13:52 | More by Rifugium
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Ccath66


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold/coppery color when poured into a glass. Has a pleasantly spicy aroma fall/holiday cooking smells. The spice mix comes through in the taste, but doesn't linger. Although I had it only as a drink, would probably be a better beverage with food rather than those looking for chewy-ness in the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 11:51:31 | More by Ccath66
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Boto

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a ruby-tinged fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Malty with some holiday type spices, but not overly done. The taste is good. Nice medium malt body, with a hint of sweetness. Spices and some fruits in the background. Just enough spices to be considered a holiday beer, but not so much that you wouldn’t mind drinking it all year. This one grew on me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 20:38:55 | More by Boto
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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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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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Festivus from Full Pint Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.