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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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EvilAsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-27-2012 11:49:15 | More by EvilAsh
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shand

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Festive Ale pours a brown color with a tiny mocha head. The aroma is very nice, it's chocolatey and full of holiday spices and a decent amount of hops. Ginger comes through strong on the taste, pairing well with the aroma and solid hop kick. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and with a bit of prickly carbonation leading to a smooth finish. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this is one of the best winter warmers I've had. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:24:45 | More by shand
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jverizon23

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-25-2012 19:48:07 | More by jverizon23
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-24-2012 22:36:28 | More by grumpygerman
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-24-2012 18:49:19 | More by jonathaniler
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swimfire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-23-2012 03:04:30 | More by swimfire
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from waxed bomber into tulip glass. Pours a very deep brown along with a nice medium to thin tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, toasted malts, and maybe a touch of chocolate. The flavor allows for a decent amount of chocolate to sneak in there to go with the cinnamon holiday spice, vegetation notes, and sweet malt. Medium bodied with decent carbonation throughout. Overall, a nice holiday beer and one I wouldn't mind seeking out again!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:18:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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jakehembree

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-20-2012 18:46:05 | More by jakehembree
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-17-2012 21:29:21 | More by brewdude1982
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rcontn


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-15-2012 20:39:11 | More by rcontn
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CGAR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-14-2012 14:27:57 | More by CGAR
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sweetwater Festive ale pours a solid black, with between two and three fingers of khaki colored foa crowning the beer. Head retention is well above average, and there's definitely more of the glass left covered in lacing than not. The nose is disappointingly weak. There are some light chocolaty notes, and a decent amount of cinnamon aroma, but all in all it's a bit muted. The flavor profile is a bit more complex, if still dull. The malt opening features layers of biscuit and caramel, along with a delicate chocolate presence. The back end is cinnamon, which brings an almost pepper like spiciness to bear The mace is more noticeable here, adding a bit of balance to things. The body is a bit thin, and the carbonation is on the flat side, all in all the mouthfeel is a little lackluster. I've found most of Sweetwater's beers to be hit-or-miss, and this one is unfortunately trending towards the latter. I like the concept for the beer, but the execution largely leaves a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:06:19 | More by axeman9182
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bjwilson

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review.
Wow. This beer really is a mouthful. Pours a big head but dissipates quickly. The smell and taste of coffee mixed with winter spices is upfront. The alcohol is warming, but really packs a punch at the end. Overall, a wonderful warming winter beer. I will be seeking this one out over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:52:26 | More by bjwilson
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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-14-2012 02:51:58 | More by harrylee773
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bellce0

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-14-2012 01:18:31 | More by bellce0
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Cluker

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2012 00:51:16 | More by Cluker
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours jet black with a half finger very light brown head that doesn't stick around for awhile. Disappointing

S- tons of holiday-type spices...cinnamon comes through a lot, as well as some ginger. Not too shabby

T- getting a decent bit of ginger in the mouth....some cinnamon, maybe a little bit of clove. Everything is rather muted overall, but I'd rather have it be muted than to choke on the spices. Not bad

M- body is actually really thin. Stunning, disappointing

O- such a strange beer. Very easy to drink, better than many Winter Warmers I've had....yet not blowaway at all

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:37:48 | More by bigfnjoe
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psdonnelly

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

12-11-2012 03:40:27 | More by psdonnelly
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-11-2012 03:33:07 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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jnance34

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-11-2012 02:01:25 | More by jnance34
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-10-2012 01:07:21 | More by muskiesman
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-09-2012 04:44:09 | More by FUwolfpacker
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-07-2012 03:39:40 | More by dalepryor
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cheribom

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

12-06-2012 00:08:49 | More by cheribom
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-03-2012 22:12:56 | More by BigTrubble
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.