Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
815 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:
#15,256
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
815
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
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Ratings: 815 |  Reviews: 303
Photo of chris826
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Festive Ale from Sweetwater is being graded on its purpose....not so much as my taste....it poured an nearly opaque black with thin white head that did not lace. The scent and taste was spicy in character....mostly cinnamon. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was pretty good for festive beers.

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Photo of EdFed
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This EXCELLENT winter ale pours a deep dark brown with a decent head of light tan foam that subsides to a thin layer, slight ring, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, prunes, dark berries, and subtle spicy hops mingling with cinnamon. Flavors exceed the nose with dark chocolate raisin bread touched by subtle notes of cinnamon, figs, and a touch of spicy hops that mix excellently with cinnamon on the back and aftertaste. Light carbonation with nice warming alcohol on the back. Holiday notes without all the holiday bustle of spruce and over spicing. Very solid and one of the best from this brewer I have had.

Cheers

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Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John44
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this on draft at World Of Beer. Was amazed at how good it was. Nose and taste. Perfection.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, listing best by 11/01/16, and an 8.10 ABV to back that up, into faceted mug. This holiday ale is not overly spiced, nor is it too sweet--the ABV has a say in that. So: "Peace, love and suds."

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Didn't expect this to be stout color since winter warmers are usually brown or old ales. Pitch black in color with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that dissipates slowly.
S - Nice mix of chocolate and cocoa mix with some robust roast but the cinnamon does steal the show very strong reminding you its a winter beer!
T - A bit thin more of a porter or old ale with some roasty coffee and cocoa nibs. Good sweetness with the cinnamon spices trailing at the end. Very balanced and not strong spicing.
M - As I said its very water for a warmer which makes for good drink ability but not bad.

Overall another tasty brew by sweetwater would have been nice to have a stout body in this but with the sweetness and cinnamon spritz I am content

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

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 4, 2015. Best by 10/07/16. Look is dark brown with good lacing. Smell is chocolate, dried plum, molasses and cinnamon. Taste is dried fruit, chocolate, nougat, roasted nuts, spice and bread crust. Feel is full in body with a smooth and somewhat dry finish.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: An opaque dark brown. A tan half finger head that dissipates quickly to a bubble ring. Light lacing.

S: Coffee and cocoa nibs.

T: Rich, robust. Latte and chocolate make this one taste like robust porter.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Just OK. Not really a winter warmer. A decent robust porter, though.

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

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours dark amber (okay, reddish brown) with a small head, quickly dissipating. Pleasant smell. Pleasant taste - chocolate in the beginning, spice at the end.

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Photo of jan_acker
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RockRuler
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew. Light malt taste with spice. Loved the aroma. Maybe a bit of warming but not much. Not my favorite holiday beer and not my beer style but glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose88
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 815 ratings