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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Honey, Dark Crystal, Melanoidin, Chocolate
Hops: Simcoe
Spices: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Mace
A holiday beer for the nonconformist, Festivus is the perfect ale to “air your grievances over”. This mildly spiced red ale is malty throughout with a subtle hop nose. WARNING: Some but not all drinkers may experience certain side effects that include, but are not limited to: Random exhibitions of “ Feats of Strength” or impromptu “Shouting of Obscenities” .
O.G. 15.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
From bottle. Dusty grain, roasted barley, chocolate, and mild spices. Much like a brown ale in nose. Dark coppery brown clear but with some haze, topped with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts medium dry with lots of roast, nutty and spicy bitterness. Some malty chocolate sweetness and light spicy character. Medium bitter hop finish with lasting bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerme31 (563) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark red-brown thin tan head. Malt and spice aroma, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla. Mild sweet taste. Medium body, average carbonation, mild hop and spice finish. Doesn’t all come together quite right for me. Ok overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wileecoyote (33) - - JAN 17, 2013
Pleasant but mild aroma, perfect dark amber color, smooth brown malts with a slightly hoppy aftertaste, little or no head, a little too flat for palate, overall good beer, will drink again but not seek out

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clean brown. Mostly roasted malts, some honey and faint spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkSachon (746) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
12 oz bottle compliments of my neighbor Bob - Thanks! Disappointing in flavor and body. Thin and very weak overall. Not worth the effort.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1947) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
not sure what is going on with this one. there is a weird freshly-mowed grass twang note that pops up once in the front, and then again on the palate after. bad hops, maybe? sort of a scottish ale, but with a herby note throughout. not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Buckeye780 (1) - - DEC 20, 2012 does not count
12 oz bottle. Reviewed 12/20/12. 1/2 inch white/light brown head upon pouring down center of pint glass. Quickly dissipates. Malty nose with slight hint of cinnamon, vanilla, and mild hop. Malty flavor that quickly vanishes. Very dry mouth feel (maybe due the the cinnamon, or mace as the label says is included). Slight hop bitterness lingers. Overall, a very uninspiring beer. This beer is falling into the pattern of many Christmas beers of late. White Lightning and All In Amber are much better offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2576) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Body is a medium brown with coppery highlights and a tan head that dies to a film of soapy bubbles after a few minutes. Aromas are mild and not that interesting. A little bit of toffee and some grassy/herbal hops are a bit intriguing as is an understated spicy edge, but it could benefit from a bit more assertiveness. Flavor is better than expected... an almost allspice direction on the spicing with some caramel/toffee coming through. I have to admit that I wasn’t sold on the description of this one... cinnamon, vanilla and simcoe just didn’t sound great, but it is a serve-able brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. An overall decent Christmas brew, but a bit one dimensional. Festivus is a complex holiday, which deserves a complex brew. For shame. If this were the feats of strength, Full Pint would sadly lose. Licorice scent, hops, moderate cinnamon. Weak white head to ring, dark brown/black pour. Lighter body, silky feel. Cinnamon flavor, hint of vanilla, but not much, back to a spicy cinnamon like a toned down red hot. Just a lot of cinnamon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12oz bottle. Deep amber, bordering on brown, with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spice (definitely cinnamon & ginger). Tastes of spice, floral hops, and some earth. Definitely a spice beer.

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