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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
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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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-14-2012 02:51:58 | More by harrylee773
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bellce0

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-14-2012 01:18:31 | More by bellce0
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Cluker

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2012 00:51:16 | More by Cluker
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

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

12-12-2012 00:37:48 | More by bigfnjoe
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psdonnelly

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

12-11-2012 03:40:27 | More by psdonnelly
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-11-2012 03:33:07 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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jnance34

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-11-2012 02:01:25 | More by jnance34
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-10-2012 01:07:21 | More by muskiesman
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-09-2012 04:44:09 | More by FUwolfpacker
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dalepryor

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-07-2012 03:39:40 | More by dalepryor
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cheribom

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

12-06-2012 00:08:49 | More by cheribom
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-03-2012 22:12:56 | More by BigTrubble
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-03-2012 18:17:04 | More by lupercmda
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2012 05:05:42 | More by justinm4bama
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

a: Dark and black, with little head. perfect for a winter ale like this one
4.5/5

S: Very varible and smelling of spice. With each smell someone can smell a differnt spice or detect something new in it. It is very nice, but could be stronger. A bit of yeasty fruityness in the smell as well
4/5

t: smooth for a beer of its ABV, with light spicing and malty backbone. the maltyness comes through in the after taste with some hoppy bitterness.
3.5/5

M: Very light for its dark color and ABV, but still quite nice
but could be stronger
3.5/5

Overall
Its a very decent winter warmer and one of the best deals on a 6 pack you can get. Its good spiceing and high ABV make this one a personal favorite, even with its flaws. If it had a heavyer body and a more pronounced spice taste in the body, I might had given it even higher marks
its s 4/5, but it is still very recommended.

11-30-2012 04:10:44 | More by jucifer1818
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BhojanBevGuy

Georgia

1/5  rDev -74%

11-29-2012 22:28:46 | More by BhojanBevGuy
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-29-2012 17:02:35 | More by SlowWideTurns
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sinistarfab

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-27-2012 22:29:41 | More by sinistarfab
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raoulduke25

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

I picked up a six-pack of this at the grocery store. By the time I got to drinking it, it had warmed to a pleasant 45-50°F.

The beer is very dark, but if you shine a light through it, you can see the amber hue around the edges. After pouring, a nice bubbly (non-foamy) head appeared, but didn't last long.

The smell is enough to let you know that this is something special. Hints of spices and smooth fragrances all around.

Once the head had dissipated, I gave a small taste. It was full-bodied, but not overwhelming. In fact, the taste was highlighted by its subtlety: nothing lacking, yet each sip feels like you're getting just enough.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly non-viscous. I would say "watery" but that's clearly not the word. If you are expecting something like a cream stout or a frothy syrup, that's not what this is at all. It is a dark ale that hangs in your mouth like water.

Overall, the marks on this beer are high. The taste and smell are nothing short of heavenly. I would have preferred a heavier feel, but nothing to complain about with this one.

11-27-2012 02:52:30 | More by raoulduke25
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discdueler

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2012 20:16:13 | More by discdueler
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LibrariansLoveBEER

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-24-2012 01:54:52 | More by LibrariansLoveBEER
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2012 23:27:35 | More by circus_cat
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smitbo7

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2012 00:29:21 | More by smitbo7
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Brandtmo


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-19-2012 23:58:40 | More by Brandtmo
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khargro2

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-19-2012 03:25:07 | More by khargro2
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.