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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | 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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IrishFrenchman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-28-2013 22:51:44 | More by IrishFrenchman
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P1ay3rO

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2013 15:52:11 | More by P1ay3rO
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Greenster

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2013 05:26:11 | More by Greenster
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-26-2013 20:54:48 | More by Pens1967
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Dperry33

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-26-2013 16:27:51 | More by Dperry33
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

12-26-2013 15:22:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-24-2013 18:02:27 | More by BlueMoon10
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2013 17:00:29 | More by xseanprimex
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-22-2013 01:54:37 | More by ethanmc12
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Hophead21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-21-2013 04:23:32 | More by Hophead21
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2013 19:39:59 | More by jeffthepony
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scvance

South Carolina

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.

12-19-2013 23:45:16 | More by scvance
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Kerne

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-19-2013 00:49:45 | More by Kerne
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watermelon

North Carolina

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.

12-19-2013 00:43:21 | More by watermelon
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-18-2013 21:35:52 | More by emottram
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spense727

North Carolina

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

12-18-2013 02:37:53 | More by spense727
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-17-2013 02:56:46 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-16-2013 05:33:16 | More by bcsbeer
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2013 04:18:36 | More by kingmaker
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BeerBeast

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-13-2013 23:39:12 | More by BeerBeast
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-13-2013 03:47:35 | More by cjgator3
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

12-12-2013 18:14:22 | More by BeerGod27
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the initial aroma, with an underlying malty tar character surfacing beneath. Notes of chocolate, cola, and clove add complexity. As it warms, molasses and subtle dark fruit emerge.

Flavor reveals more clove dominance, with dark chocolate and roasty malt dominating the slightly bitter finish. Hints of cola and ginger are subtle initially, but become more pronounced. Cinnamon rounds out the finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side, and modest alcohol warmth.

Good variety of spice character, with enough malt presence to prevent it from becoming completely overwhelming. Hides the abv fairly well. Still a little too much spice for my tastes. Perfumey notes and a touch of acetaldehyde surface as it warms.

12-12-2013 02:07:15 | More by barczar
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Born_Beerknurd

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-12-2013 00:31:48 | More by Born_Beerknurd
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-08-2013 05:56:49 | More by BillRoth
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.