Festivity Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Festivity AleFestivity Ale
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 12.98%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
427
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 23, 2019
Added:
Aug 03, 2014
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  170
SCORE
82
Good
Festivity AleFestivity Ale
Notes: Every year we brew a brown ale to celebrate the holidays. To make each year’s special, we alter the recipe. This year we wrapped caramel and dark fruit malt flavors inside a creamy toasty brown ale. May your holidays be filled with Festivity.
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottled 9/25/14; drank 11/15/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange hue.

Big khaki head; thick lace.

Candle wax, mild raspberry & acorn nose; intriguing!

Medium mouthfeel.

Candle wax, mild raspberry...and a jarring shot of pickle juice. A harsh hop bite on the finish.

The nose promised bliss, but the the flavor didn't follow through. Too bad.
Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 2.45 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by bconsidine from Maryland

Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.54 by h4ger from Connecticut

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.31 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Apr 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I love brown ales, and I like this one as well as most. Dark red color........low carbonation....sweet... malty... toasty toffee -caramel taste....a bit of hops seeps through in the end. Not a big fan of this brewery, but this is good.
Apr 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Mar 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by dotASC from Florida

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.45 by rderedin from Maine

Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
From notes taken 02/18/17:

Bottled October 2014, glad I decided to age this although it would be nice to try fresh as well!

Dark copper, but opaque enough to make it a reddish brown, all capped with foamy, frothy almost orange golden-brown head of great retention. Dark fruit, toffee, alcohol, toast aromas. Heavy toast and toffee flavor, overwhelming even the dark fruit suggestions that this beer advertises on its label. A little spicy and boozy and leathery hops, besides. Full-bodied, sticky as hell. Mild and gentle carbonation, but consistent throughout. Warms up quite a bit. Far from your standard Brown Ale, definitely a Warmer.
Feb 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by Satsuma from Florida

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear dark amber color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and sugary with some raisins and dried banana chips. Taste follows with sugary sweetness and belgian yeast character, especially banana and other dried fruits. Medium to light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Overall it's a decent belgian style Christmas beer.
Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 2.97 by emwild12 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
The last of the 6 pack. I thought I had rated it but guess not…

12 oz brown longneck poured into a shaker, the beer is a medium brown with ruby highlights and pretty good clarity. There is some sticky tan lacing.

There is some dark fruit and bready malts in the nose.

This one has some heat as the alcohol is noticeable in the first sip. Some raisin, a bit of dark brown sugar, some dark bread and a hint of caramel. This one makes me miss the old Goose Christmas beer.

The mouth is a bit thin for me. All-in-all it is a miss for me and may be one of the first real miscues I have had from this normal solid brewery.
Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.27 by tmryan21 from Illinois

Feb 01, 2017
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Reviewed by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz bottle (OCT 5,2016),into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thin,frothy,tan colored head that fades fast.Ruby red in color with nice clarity.Moderate carbonation with fast and slow moving bubbles,that are both small and large in size.

On the nose I get mostly caramel and cherry notes.A little bit of earthy malts as well,but other than that not much going on.

The palate is mostly malt,caramel,and sour cherries.There are even some alcohol characteristics.I find this strange considering it is only 7.7 abv.Also getting a metallic aftertaste.

The body is thin and a bit watered down.Dry finish,with a little bit of alcohol warming,but not too much.

This beer is not my cup of tea,or should I say cup of beer.Something seems off about it to me.Definitely would not recommend or revisit.
Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks like an enviting dark beer. Scent is of slightly caramel malt with some overripe cherry? (Something sweet)On the edge. Sort of a caramel malt flavor, smooth and well done with some slightly detectable back end bitterness(ever so slight) that ends the crispness of this beer. Alcohol hidden... tired of being nice. Not my kinda beer.
Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Jan 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ckollias from Maryland

Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 2 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.26 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by haines710 from Delaware

Dec 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by Commandophile from Illinois

Dec 24, 2016
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Reviewed by wjoelbrooks from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Dark russet red with a slight creamy head that dissipated relatively quickly, with persistent, delicate lacing.

S: Very pleasant on the nose. Malt and caramel. Some sweet fruit or berry that I couldn't discern.

T: Semi-sweet maltiness. Orange and winter spices--clove, coriander (?), cinnamon. The flavor hides the high-ish alcohol content.

F: Dryer than expected (but still not dry). Also more effervescent than expected--festive on the tongue.

O: This is a very nice holiday beer. I would certainly buy it again. Good ABV for the price.
Dec 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by mmorris15 from Maine

Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by zotzot from Vermont

Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by cozmo from New York

Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.51 by Giggy from Michigan

Dec 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.61 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Dec 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.09 by dsshuck from Delaware

Dec 14, 2016
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a murky brown with red highlights and almost no head past a minute's pour. The nose is full of chocolate and caramel notes with the plum and fig notes joining in at the end.

A lot of different flavors make an appearance here: dark grapes not unlike very dry wine, smoke, peat, oak, dark chocolate and holiday spices. Kind of a catch all of winter flavors and actually quite nice once you sort them all out. The texture is initially a little thin but finishes pretty well.
Dec 05, 2016
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep chestnut brown with gorgeous ruby highlights, thick tan head with lots of sticky lacing. As advertised, aromas and flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit. Definitely a doppelbock-like character. Lots of bitterness on the palate, finishes clean despite the sweet maltiness. A very good beer, well balanced and flavorful.
Nov 29, 2016
 
Rated: 2.59 by nobledust from New York

Nov 28, 2016
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