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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

600 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Beers9beers, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

warnerry, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GratefulEdd, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gritz147, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

IrishFrenchman, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

P1ay3rO, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Greenster, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pens1967, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Dperry33, Dec 26, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%

Sweetwater Festive Ale has a thin, creamy, cream-colored head, a very dark brown appearance with ruby highlights and visible, tight bubble streams, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of spiced bread, bread crust, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with subdued bitterness and syrup of some sort. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, and Sweetwater Festive Ale finishes refreshing, sweet, easily drinkable, mostly dry, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is one of the better spice ales I’ve tried.


RonaldTheriot, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

BlueMoon10, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

xseanprimex, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ethanmc12, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Hophead21, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jeffthepony, Dec 20, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

2013 version, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Smell is slightly spicy, caramel sweet, and earthy. Taste is slightly alcoholic upfront, not much bitterness, but plenty of rich malty character through the finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick and viscous. Feels slightly syrup like in the finish. Low carbonation, this beer is wonderful as a winter warmer. I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a rich spicy winter seasonal beer.

scvance, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Kerne, Dec 19, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

$3 pint draft had at the Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Really murky brown body, khaki head with medium retention and lacing.

S: Smells medicinal, dark malts, and winter spices.

T: Molasses taste, with some dark fruit and malts.

M: Awesome mouthfeel, alcohol is hidden well and the body is thick and syrupy with very little carbonation.

O: Its decent, better then some I've had , but not as good as others. At $3 bucks for a pint of 8.6 ABV this was a no brainer, and a great value.

watermelon, Dec 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

emottram, Dec 18, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Appearance - dark brown, cloudy, the color of black jesus
Smell - smokey beef jerky smell
Taste - Rauch beers little brother, a slight hint of smokiness, with a fine medium roast
Mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, light mouthfeel,
Overall - it was a nice beer tastey kind

spense727, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bcsbeer, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kingmaker, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BeerBeast, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

cjgator3, Dec 13, 2013
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.