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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

610 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 17
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of EvilAsh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

EvilAsh, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of shand
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

shand, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jverizon23, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

grumpygerman, Dec 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

jonathaniler, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

swimfire, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

CuriousMonk, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jakehembree
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jakehembree, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

brewdude1982, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

rcontn, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CGAR, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

axeman9182, Dec 14, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

bjwilson, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

harrylee773, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bellce0, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Cluker, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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

bigfnjoe, Dec 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

psdonnelly, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Dec 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jnance34, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

muskiesman, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dalepryor, Dec 07, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

cheribom, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BigTrubble, Dec 03, 2012
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.