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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (2389) - 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 (2738) - 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 (11653) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours a chestnut brown color with a cream-colored head. Aroma of pine and spice. Cinnamon flavor with nutmeg,and caramel malt. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
On tap at the 1 for the road. Nearl dark and cloudy brown, looks like a dark hefe. No real apparent aroma, just muted and clean. First taste is weird and unique initial flavors of leather and perhaps silly vanilla. Odd spices in there fer sure; don’t know how to describe it. No co2 in this stuff. YEs, particular spices are upfront here. Somewhat medicinal on the finish but personality never really goes over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
This was a decent little Christmas beer and probably one of my favorites from this local brewery. Aroma was nice and spicy. Pine, cinnamon and lightly roasted malt. Pour was a medium brown with a few rising bubbles and an off white film for a head. Taste was nice and Christmasy. The spice level was just right. Cinnamon, vanilla and slightly peppery with a sweet malty backbone. the beer could be a little fuller, instead it was pretty thin and the finish was too quick. Either way a good holiday beer that I may include in my list of beers I will serve on Christmas day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
An amber-red with a beige head. This one smells faintly of cinnamon, but mostly caramel and sweet cereal. The taste is not very spicy, mostly a slightly sweet brown. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (3151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Aromatic nutty scent. Tastes of spices and Christmas. This is a great winter beer. Got me buzzed.

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