Festivus | Full Pint Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
fullpintbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 11-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
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5
Gots:
35
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy brown color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a really big amount of spice with some subtle sweet malts in the background. The taste of the beer is really impressive to me, it's loaded with wintery or autumnal spices that give the beer a nice warming flavor with the malts in there to balance it all out. The mouthfeel of the is smooth, it's drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall I really enjoyed this beer actually. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 oline73
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of off white head. There is some solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Malty but not too sweet. Some vanilla and dark fruit notes with some mild spices. Nice.

Taste: Initially it reminds me of the smell, but the taste ends up being a bit watery and there is a bitterness that overtakes some of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really wish the taste was more like the smell. I don't mind the bitterness, but it overshadows the other flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a pint glass, appeared as a typical brown ale, dark brown color, slightly hazy, with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, and light spice. Sweet malt profile in the taste, but not one-dimensional and watery, like I find many brown ales to be. Rich, nutty, with tones of molasses and nutmeg. Medium body. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, minimal head. Scent bring notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, seasonal spice such as cinnamon. Taste dials back the nose a bit, lightly muddy, nutty and sweet malts, spices are moderate but noticeable. Medium bodied, light in carbonation. Solid brown ale all around, maybe a touch less sweetness prefered, but appropriate for the season.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at my local place for $2.50, if I enjoy it I can grab up a four pack for around 8 bucks tax included.

Brown ale brewed with Cinnamon, vanilla, and mace which is nutmeg based.

A - Color is a hazy caramel brown with a nice inch of slightly opaque head. Head is nice and sticky.

S - For me what stands out the most is the mace and chocolate malts which give it a spicy and fruity smell. Smells fairly sweet.

T - Kind of thin and watery with very little spice making its way to the palate. If I swish it around in my mouth I can pick up some chocolate malts but it's mostly slight vanilla in the start and cinnamon hit in the finish. Pretty sweet though for Simcoe hops...

M - Thin even for 6 percent and only slightly spiced. Eh..

Overall I guess I expected more from full pint and maybe this isn't my favorite style but it really is kind of lackluster. If anything it could use more hops to give it a fuller body and always MORE spice! Pass...

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of madelf66
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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 skaboom420
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.66 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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