Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

669 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 96 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 version that pours a clear, deep, ruby red color with a nearly two-finger light tan head. Decent retention but only a little lacing.

The aroma is light and malty. As it warms, I get a little more of the spicy, cinnamon notes and a bit of cocoa.

The chocolate/cocoa flavor shows up more in the flavor than in the aroma. The overall flavor is very malt forward, as expected, and the spicy mix does not overwhelm, but accents.

Light to medium mouthfeel that works well overall. This works very well as a Winter Warmer and does not offend in any way. Just a solid offering altogether.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SarahHealey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DocAJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bhudlow23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Snapps
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of UAyeroc2425
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GaryJR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ZinFanDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CamM
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of ZDePaolo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lwoods7
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that has a reddish hue when put to light. There is a quarter of an inch of foamy, loose, off white head that quickly dissipates. The nose has notes of caramel and ginger. The flavor is sweet at first with notes of caramel and chocolate then finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note. A few more sips reveal some vanilla, ginger, and faint spice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied though a little crisp at first. The carbonation settles down as the beer warms.

The flavor becomes a little boring throughout the drink. The chocolate, caramel, and ginger start out as a good flavor. As I continued to drink it though they lost their individual flavor. They meshed together into an incoherent, one-dimensional, boring flavor. This is a decent beer and enjoyable at first, but I don't think it's something I would come back to.

Photo of bmcduff2
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to chefmikeanderson for sending this as an extra! pours out a dark cola color. a tan head rises to a fingers height than quickly falls to a thin almost non-existant ring. smells very malty with hints of chocolate and cinammon. the taste is pretty much the same with a slight smokey finish. mouthfeels thin for the style, but has decent carbonation. a little spicy and warm on the finish from the cinammon. overall this is easy drinkin, goes down smooth.

Photo of iadler
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin cap. No lacing is left behind.

S- Raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, star anise, nutmeg, roasted malt and a hint of unsweetened chocolate.

T- Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee beans, grassy hops, molasses, roasted malt and brown sugar. Spices are more subtle in the taste

M- Medium carbonation and a fairly light body that finishes with a hint of roasted malt.

O- A good seasonal from SweetWater. The mouthfeel was a little watered down, but other than that, a winter warmer to visit if you have a chance.

Photo of RWNewhouse
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nofearbeerishere
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ncbeerbubba
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.