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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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Mdblub


5/5  rDev +30.2%

07-20-2014 04:49:23 | More by Mdblub
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jmhart

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 22:16:25 | More by jmhart
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herring556

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

05-29-2012 05:34:20 | More by herring556
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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-21-2011 15:34:18 | More by WillyMac
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sneth019

Maryland

5/5  rDev +30.2%

02-10-2012 01:39:27 | More by sneth019
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harryhood41

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-16-2011 02:54:24 | More by harryhood41
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CamM

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-29-2012 00:41:57 | More by CamM
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buckyp

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-10-2011 19:06:14 | More by buckyp
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-15-2011 16:44:25 | More by ColSanders123
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +30.2%

03-04-2013 22:27:53 | More by TwoForty
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Igizzle

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-23-2011 19:34:49 | More by Igizzle
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TerjUGA

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark almost amber tint when held to light. good tanned foamy head with medium bubbles.

S-smells of warm spices, reminds me of cold winter nights

T- Muy bien! You can definitely taste the spices hidden in the dark aroma of this fine festive ale. Hints of brown sugar tickle your taste buds as it flows. Gives a very warm feeling.

M-Very smooth, lightly carbonated

D-Good dinner beer, and definitely a beer that will be most enjoyed during the winter months. Also has active yeast so buy a couple of extra and save them for next winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 04:56:30 | More by TerjUGA
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kdawg105

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! I love Christmas time when all the great seasonal brews come around. Anyway this beer is very inviting when poured into a glass it looks almost exactly like a coke, the smell was a bit fainter than I expected but this beer has awesome taste it all the Malts are so balanced. It has nice light fluffy mouthfeel very warming for real this is a excellent winter ale if you can get on please do! THE REAL CATCH is the beer is so smooth you don't realize how easy it is to drink and be surprised by the warmth!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:53:53 | More by kdawg105
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cgarcer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer from a bottle poured into a pint glass.
Small head with little lacing.
Dark, coffee appearance.
Taste of spice, nuts, coffee.
This is a very drinkable beer that warms you from the inside. Drinkability is easy, and the alcohol content makes you feel festive.
Definitely give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:46:09 | More by cgarcer
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-01-2014 18:56:27 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Evolver311

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

07-16-2014 20:53:47 | More by Evolver311
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sleepyteacher

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-19-2014 03:08:37 | More by sleepyteacher
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Beersnob77


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-02-2013 21:26:50 | More by Beersnob77
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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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JohnTurano

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

03-21-2014 01:28:44 | More by JohnTurano
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uscgsc22

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's in my top 10 beers and is a must try beer. It's alot like Sweet water 'Happy ending"

Try this it is worth the price.

Pro about the beer it ranges $11 to $12 for a 6 pack.

Con it's only out once a year.

Sweet Water Brewing Company!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:16:58 | More by uscgsc22
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for bringing this to our tasting yesterday. This bottle is a 2005 vintage.

Pours a dark brown. Spotty lacing. The head is spotty on top of the surface in my huge brandy snifter.

This is by far the best smelling brew I have ever had... I smelled it for the first time, and had two comments immediatly. First was: "This is a five" Next came "This smells like Thanksgiving dinner". Both are very very true. It was the easiest rate I have ever done on a particular attribute of any beer. Amazing nose. I got cloves, raisin, nutmeg, spicy, potpouri, pumpkin pie spice. Amazing! Let it warm, and it just gets better.

The flavor is in the nose, but is a bit more subtle. Lots of spice, with some very small hints of some faded grassy hops in the background. Some sweet malts. Really good beer. This might be one of the best beers I have EVER had. Great

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:55:03 | More by mikecharley
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sideshowrob

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large Bomber-sized bottle. Grolsch-style swingtop covered in thick, red wax. Wax was rather difficult to remove gracefully, but well worth the effort. Brew was much darker than I was expecting, a nice almost-black color. Very little head. Nice aroma on this one. Hint of cardamom spice, reminiscent of an Anchor X-mas brew. Taste was unexpected, there was a stong smoke flavor to the brew, not unlike a good rausch style. The smokey flavor was distinct, not unlike maple bacon. The hops offset the strong malt note, resulting in an enjoyable experience. The bottle was numbered to indicate that only 7200 bottles of this sucker are avaible, so grab one while you can. I had number 3499.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 21:24:13 | More by sideshowrob
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JayEvans813

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-07-2013 03:09:49 | More by JayEvans813
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-17-2012 17:04:23 | More by Zachb4au
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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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