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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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Ratings: 596 | Reviews: 268 | Display Reviews Only:
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2013 20:00:53 | More by AMCPhD
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sammygt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-06-2013 17:08:09 | More by sammygt
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-04-2013 18:08:23 | More by jheezee
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-04-2013 00:33:22 | More by Axnjxn
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cubanbeerguy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-30-2013 16:37:44 | More by cubanbeerguy
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-29-2013 15:08:59 | More by GetTheYayo
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sd123

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-28-2013 02:25:52 | More by sd123
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C-Dog


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-25-2013 21:54:58 | More by C-Dog
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akgroom

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-25-2013 15:00:16 | More by akgroom
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babaracas

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a clear dark brown with one finger of light brown colored head, settles to a thin layer with a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: brown sugar, lots of baking spices, a little plum and toasted bread. Taste: dark brown sugar, gingerbread, end of the sip is soft pear, grape skin, and more cinnamon. Sweet, creamy feel, enough spices and mild spicy and earthy hopping to keep it from being cloying. Easy drinking for 8.5%.

01-25-2013 04:24:51 | More by babaracas
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark brown. Much darker than the typical winter warmer. Also, no real head on this one just thin wisps. Hard swirling does produce a light blanket that fades quickly.

S - Roasted malts, toffee, booze, and...gingerbread?! Definitely interested winter warmer spices here.

T - Bit too boozey for me. Light chocolate from the roasted malts, toffee is subded. More of the vibrant spice notes. Super unique, different from the typical winter warmer. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, slightly on the thinner side with lighter carbonation.

O - If not for the average appearance this would actually be a pretty good beer. All things considered its a refreshing take on a classic style.

01-24-2013 19:15:16 | More by rudzud
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-21-2013 02:02:51 | More by ninaturner
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MAJ85

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-20-2013 13:58:51 | More by MAJ85
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Ravencrest

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2013 22:38:38 | More by Ravencrest
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Gobzilla

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-19-2013 04:49:21 | More by Gobzilla
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Ajbradsher

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-19-2013 01:13:19 | More by Ajbradsher
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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2013 02:06:23 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Murrhey

Montana

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Expectations are quite high. I received this beer as part of a secret santa gift exchange from a beer-friendly stranger in Atlanta, Ga.

A- One finger khaki head with tiny little bubbles. Retention lasted about 45 seconds, which is alright for the ABV. Ruby red color with low clarity. Very dark. Sliding khaki lacing. Attractive looking brew.

S- Dark chocolate, toffee, coffee and gingerbread. Molasses and deep roasted malts. Rich and dark, with bakery notes. Very interesting and complex beer. Hop profile is negligible at best.

T- Molasses, toffee and deep, dark roasted malts. Alcohol makes its presence felt in the aftertaste, along with the burnt malts.

M- Dry and roasty feel, some chewiness to the thickness. Some slight syrupy feel.

O- Tasty, alcoholic and roasty. I'm glad I got to try this beer.

01-16-2013 03:08:19 | More by Murrhey
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2013 23:26:52 | More by BeerBucks
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TheMarkE

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2013 23:32:13 | More by TheMarkE
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Dark brown with a small light tan head

S- Dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee

T- Fruits, roasted maltiness, coffee and chocolate.

M- Medium body with good carbonation

O- Nice complexity, not bad for a winter warmer would get again.

01-10-2013 18:41:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-10-2013 05:00:48 | More by RWLawman
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NWCraftman

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-08-2013 03:02:05 | More by NWCraftman
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-06-2013 22:40:12 | More by Lovely85
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CitizenGrain

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-06-2013 15:43:24 | More by CitizenGrain
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.