Festivus
Full Pint Brewing Company

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #209
ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #39,808
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 12.67%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
159
From:
Full Pint Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Winter
Wants
  6
Gots
  38
SCORE
82
Good
FestivusFestivus
Notes: OG 15.5
6% alcohol by volume
18 IBU
Malt: Pilsner, Munich, honey, dark crystal, melanoidin, chocolate
Hops: Saaz
Spices: Cinnamon, vanilla, mace
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 159
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet roast, hint of caramel and a small nuttiness. In the taste, a small roast and dry nuttiness and a small caramel sweetness, but a bit watery. A small bite and medium to a thin bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop in the aftertaste, but a bit thin.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a ruby-tinged fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Malty with some holiday type spices, but not overly done. The taste is good. Nice medium malt body, with a hint of sweetness. Spices and some fruits in the background. Just enough spices to be considered a holiday beer, but not so much that you wouldn’t mind drinking it all year. This one grew on me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has been that kind of #PenguinAwarenessDay in that the Bottle Backlog keeps sending forth spiced ales as though it were the dead of winter and a major snowstorm is in the forecast! Oh, wait ...

From the bottle: "A Holiday Ale for the Non-conformist, Festivus is the perfect beer to 'air your grievances over'. This mildly spiced brown ale is malty throughout with a subtle hop nose." "Beer Nerd Stats: Spices: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Mace[;] Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Honey Dark Crystal, Melanoidin, Chocolate[;] Hops: Simcoe".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour since it had some age on it. A swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that was quick to air its grievances and disappear. It took a feat of strength to lift it to my nose, but the vanilla was as strong as extract and the cinnamon lurked beneath it, ready to jump out from behind the unadorned aluminum pole where it was hiding. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & amber highlights. Mouthfeel was medium. Holy Vanilla, Batman! I remember, as a beginning student of the culinary arts, misreading the recipe and using WAY more vanilla extract than was called for in a cake. The kitchen filled with the smell of vanilla as the cake baked and when it was done, everybody clamored for a piece! I like vanilla & in looking at the label, the vanilla plant is in the foreground, atop the cinnamon sticks. Great subtle advertising! Oh, yes, Virginia, there was cinnamon, but it chose not to assert itself until the finish, when it revealed its allegiance with mace & brought tears to my eyes. Dry? Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert are less dry! Phew. Happy holidays!

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper perhaps a shade lighter than mahogany; an impressive head caps the liquid and leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Vanilla and caramel, with a hint of chocolate and pineapple as well as some spice undertones from the cinnamon and mace

Taste: The caramel and vanilla flavors co-mingle with the chocolate and Munich malt flavor, up front, with the honey, mace and cinnamon developing in the middle; earthy/pineapple hops arrive, after the swallow, to offset the sweetness; the spices linger in the finish, bringing a rather peppery quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: Been a while since I have had a winter warmer (how did that happen all winter long) but this is an interesting one brewed with some rather unusual ingredients

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge aroma. Vaguely reminiscent of a Stone strong ale. Dark malts, crisp hops overall. Mild spices, maybe some cinnamon. Lots of malt aromas, some darker, some lighter. Chocolate, very bready.

Appearance: Dark brown, but clear when held up to a bright light. Pours a medium off-white head. Lots of lacing!

Taste: Dark malts, worty. Caramel, honey, cinnamon. Odd, but it's got the pleasant portion of that fresh paint aroma. Probably just in the way the malts and hops combine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily overall, mild carbonation.

Overall: Nice change-up from the typical winter warmer. Heavier on the dark malts, lighter on the spice and extra crisp hops.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is hazy amber/light brown, head is off white to light tan in color, head presents 1/4 inch thick and dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

Smell is mix of spice with vanilla, light cinnamon, hint of nutmeg, some light caramel malt.

Taste is more muddled than the aroma, blend of spices with vanilla, cinnamon; malt flavor is neutral and bland.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, dry, and watery at times.

Overall an ok winter spice ale, spices are mixed but malt character is low for a brown ale or strong ale style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice brown ale, but it also is a holiday warmer, because it is spiced.

So, for quality? It's good. The brew opens nice and dark and it yielded a nice head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma is faint, and of spice. The taste is brown ale with spice. Nicely balanced but not very hoppy. Not very American (nothing is over the top). But it's a pleasant brew with nothing bad going on, it just is not something I would be looking for more of - it's kind of ordinary.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this thing is great. Total Christmas-y kind of thing. Lots of spices that really show well. The flavor profile follows suit, but is not as sharp, unfortunately. Kind of a thick body and presentation that seems a bit muddled and lacking clarity. A nice winter and holiday style beer. I think this would go really well with food.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that died down and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon along with strong notes of underlying dark and nutty malts. Slight hints of malty sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus, this is a nice holiday-spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque brown color with a low white head and light lacing. Medium to heavy carbonation.

The smell is thick roasted and sweet malts. Nutty with a little bit of chocolate and/or espresso.

The taste follows the nose with the thick malts dominating, then nuts and espresso, maybe some light chocolate. Light peppery hops on the the back end and just the tiniest bit of alcohol seeping through. The taste gets better as the beer warm up.

The mouthfeel is thick and filling. It is just a little tangy due to the medium to high carbonation.

Overall this is not bad for a winter warmer/brown ale. It is about average, maybe just above. I would say try it and see what you think.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep brown with mild haze and thick light beige cap with tight bead pattern, the lace sticks in a stringy way. The smell is good with a nice toasted grain element and light spice with earthy nose and slight sweet tinges in the aroma with a gentle roasted biscuity accent. The feel is excellent -the balance is spot on practically with the spice, malt and hops working toghether with the yeast. There is a subtle toastiness and spice but the bitterness is moderate and carbonation adds levity to the overall feel with a semi-dry quality in the finish.

The taste is interesting with mild bready nutty notes with some cinnamon evident and the mace giving an earthy quality to accent the dark malt presence. The vanilla does more of a job giving the impression of sweetness and helps to balance the bitter elements. There is a mild hop quality which brings out the warmth of the spice in the back of the throat. The flavor has a mild caramel element with slight alcohol coming in as it finiished with light smokiness and subtle yeast flavor. The taste of pine returning in the last sip is pleasant.

Overall I felt this was a very decent brew for those who enjoy spice beers it lives up to the name. I like the balance and recomend this to those who like winter warmers- a very flavorful brew.

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Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks t Ray in Pittsburgh for this one.

A- a raisin brown type of color that is opaque. A somewhat criscross lacing with a 2 finger head.

S- vanilla, and dark candied fruits and thats it. Simple.

T- a nutty and fig type of flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

M- creamy carbonation which is odd but a nice complexity. The finish is smooth but the lingering effects are strong in the nut family.

O- A decent beer and one this is unique to Seinfeld. The nutty and cinnamon flavors dont complement each other overl well but this works.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer really pours well for a typical American Christmas brown ale and looks really good. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that fades to one finger that lingers on and on. Plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is rich and brown. There is a light spiciness to it with nutmeg, brown malt, and a hint of cinnamon.

T- Mild chocolate with nutmeg and cinnamon overtones. A hint of nuttiness in the finish adds a hint of complexity. The finish amplifies the initial flavor.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice full medium weight body. Very smooth with a hint of dry spiciness to it.

O- Overall this is a nice Christmas beer/winter warmer. Overall I really like full pint and their offerings. While the flavor profile of this beer is nothing too exciting the mouthfeel is exceptional, smooth and full pint nailed it.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Festivus is dark brown with some red-brown highlights. The wispy head forms a loose cap that fades pretty quickly, though some light brown foam is always left at the edges. The foam manages some surprisingly decent patching, considering, as well as leaving a thin ring where the beer settles in the glass.
The nose provides good spicing, some allspice with a almost bit of a ginger/nutmeg sort of combo, and a mild sweetness over a sturdy malts foundation. Vanilla is subtle, but it's there.
This beer gets the spicing levels right; they're as strong as they could be without being overpowering. That said, my only complaint is that they're sort of generic on the tongue. The sweetness is very brief, and a sort of dark breads flavor anchors it. A mild slightly leafy but more earthy bitterness speaks to the addition of hops.
The feel is good. Crispness and smoothness are even with each other and each forward on the palate. It's consistent, and neither effect fades or flattens. It gets pretty creamy in the middle, actually, then some leafy dryness kicks into the finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full Pint, Festivus. Ontap.

Pours a dark brown in color, the bartender had to work to get any head on the beer at all. Aroma consists of caramel malt and some holiday spice. Flavor is a bit more complex with nutty, mildly roasted malts and some allspice and cinnamon. Fresh tasting beer with some spearmint like hops. Overall a well rounded beer and my favorite seasonal from full pint.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy brown color with some reddish hues. Provides a small tan foam head that quickly dissipates

S: Some mild notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and bread.

T: Tastes like christmas with a little bit more caramel and bread. A nice spice kick to this brown ale.

M: Leaves a slightly creamy taste on the palate. A nice medium body, just a tad thin.

D: This is an easy to drink Brown Ale, especially for the holidays.

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Festivus from Full Pint Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 159 ratings