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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

656 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 11-14-2002)
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Photo of Brackh
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Did a holiday beer tasting with the wife. This was the first winter warmer holiday beer I was ever exposed to. It has a special place in my heart. Pours a nice black with a small head. Smells spicy with some molasses. Bitterness up front and finishes well with the spice (almost tastes toasted). Carbonated well. Done well all around.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Winter Warmer!

Smells like a christmas cookie! Molasses, figs, roasty malts abound.

Those same flavors come through in the taste. The alcohol hides nicely, giving balance and depth.

As others have said, I don't know why this beer isn't rated higher. Lots to appreciate here. Well done Sweetwater!

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.8/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of EHopkinsi
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 27 November 2014. Happy Thanksgiving!

Look- pours very dark.

Smell- smells like a good ale.

Taste- very nice. You know you're drinking an ale. Delivers good taste without overdoing any one element.

Overall- Not sure why this isn't rated higher. I thought this was a very well done beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.