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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

631 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 75 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ressling, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

zrab11, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

jerefreakinmiah, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This beer pours up a deep brown, almost black. There is a one finger light brown head, no retention to speak of and quite a bit of lacing at first, but it fades away quickly. The nose is spicy with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is rather sweet at first sip with some notes of cola and molasses. The finish has a mild bitterness with some spiciness, but the sweetness upfront overshadows it. The alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is pleasing with a syrupy texture. Not mad overall.

Mojo, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 batch.

A: Pours a nice dark mahogany. Big fluffy light brown head. Lacing doesn't seem to stick as the head fades away. Just a splotch here and there. Decent retention though.

S: Lots of holiday spaces. Nutmeg and cinnamon primarily it seems. Some others that I can't quite place. Get a bit of dark bread in there too but it's mainly the spices.

T: Again, lots of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg up front. Kind of a thick, molasses breadiness to the malt, for lack of a better description. More spices in the finish, almost like black pepper here. Cinnamon lingers between sips.

M: Nice medium bodied, pretty standard.

O: A fairly simple and spicy winter warmer. Fairly mellow with decent balance. Easy drinking but somewhat plain.

Dope, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jeffani, Feb 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ramblinwreck101, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DarrellK, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ThomasAWilson2, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

sammygt, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Axnjxn, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

cubanbeerguy, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

GetTheYayo, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sd123, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

akgroom, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of babaracas
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%.

babaracas, Jan 25, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

rudzud, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ninaturner, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

MAJ85, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ravencrest, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Gobzilla, Jan 19, 2013
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.