Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
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3.82/5
Very Good
813 Ratings
Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace

Added by purplehops on 11-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,090
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
813
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark dark clear brown ale with a nice frothy tan one fingered head.
S- Dark chocolate, cola, clove, roasted malts, roasted coffee, caramel and clove.
T- Sweet/bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter hops, caramel, oak, toasted woods, earth. Nice Flavor
F- Medium bodied, soft mouth feel. Very soda like.
O- I'm not gonna lie, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Extremely grounded yet powerful flavors leave this brew to be original and delicious. Very, very good Winter Warmer. Probably one of the last of the style I'll be able to get my hands on until the next cold season comes. Excited to try this again next winter!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skywizzard
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown/black color that is slightly shiny. Thin tan head

S: caramel, clove, cinnamon, black licorice, cola, roasted malt

T: black licorice, leather, caramel, fig, roasted malt, and some milk chocolate and cinnamon

M: medium silky syrupy mouth with little carbonation

O: this is a nice winter warmer here. Not as roasted as many of the other i have tried, but it has a nice blend of flavor and spice. This will warm you no doubt

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark look to this brew with a light colcolate receeding head. Looks pretty nice actually. Scent is of a some bitter chocolate malt and some alcohol on there too. Very much like the flavor of a stout with just slight spice and slight bitterness. I was glad not to be overwhelmed by spices. Thicker feel with less carbonation. Alcohol pretty well hidden.

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Photo of h4ger
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Strong flavor of holiday spice, but I wouldn’t necessarily know I’m drinking a beer. Not much of a hop profile or malt backbone, or really even any discernible carbonation. I could be drinking a tea or coffee that has the same flavors, and there wouldn’t be much of a difference.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It had been my intent to get festive over the Christmas/NYE/NY holiday period, but as usual, I have more beer here at Chez Woody than I can drink on a timely basis. I really enjoyed Saranac's Holiday Ale, so I am going to continue with a few more holiday beers before the next horizontal.

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned for fresher taste"; "A sleigh load of malt, spiced with a touch of cinnamon & nutmeg."; "Festive Ale is a unique seasonal blend brewed exclusively for the holidays."; "Everyone at Sweetwater Brewing Company wishes you and your family a safe and toasty holiday season.!"; "We double-dog dare you!"

Bottle conditioned, eh? That means that a gentle pour is in order, following my Pop! of the cap, so as not to rouse any existing lees. It took an in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing just enough light to penetrate to be able to see its mahogany highlights. Nose was spicy, filled with cinnamon & ginger, but I was not getting much beyond that. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but big enough to merit my attention. The taste was interesting, more bready than spicy, although there was an anise flavor initially, replaced by the ginger-cinnamon flavor as it warmed. Finish was dry and spicy, but it just did not reach me the way that the earlier Saranac did.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured Jan 2017

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattflippin
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours black with a tan head.
S- Smells like a roasty Porter.
T - Tastes very much like the smell, very roasty with some spiciness on the finish.
F - Medium body with carbonation to match.
O - Easy drinking holiday ale.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brianito
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 813 ratings