Full Review
Sweetwater Brewing Co.

Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Festive Ale

Category: Winter Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.9%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Festive Ale

Category: Winter Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.9%
Hazy brown color. Bright, spicy, herbal aromas of gingerbread, peppercorn herb muffin, and coffee cake with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, medium-length chocolate orange peel, mocha, arugula, and caramelized parsnip finish. A great winter ale that perfectly marries malt, hops and spice.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Spicy, complex & smooth & mild
Aroma Aroma: gingerbread, peppercorn herb muffin, and coffee cake
Taste Flavor: chocolate orange peel, mocha, arugula, and caramelized parsnip
Bitterness Bitterness: Low/Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Meat Loaf, Ribs, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great winter ale that perfectly marries malt, hops and spice.
The Producer

Sweetwater Brewing Company

The Producer
195 Ottley Dr
Atlanta, GA 30324
USA
1 404-691-2537
Winter Ale
Beer Glass Shaker Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Winter ales are deep golden to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5.5-9%. Beers in this category can be unspiced, though a majority of these beers feature a wide variety of seasonal spices. True to their name, these beers are commonly brewed in the winter and often feature cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and all spice in their flavor profiles. Better examples of this style feature a balance between added spices, hops, malt and alcohol. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Full Sail Wassail Winter Ale and Deschutes Jubelale.