The bumper sticker reads, “Honk if you love Goose Island Beer Co.” and there’s a lot of honking going on! Goose Island is the Chicago’s darling brewery, for a good reason, they produce excellent, award-winning beer in a variety of styles. Festivity Ale is their Christmas beer. Each year the recipe changes.
The 2014 Festivity Ale pours reddish brown with a healthy tan head that reduces but remains. This brown ale smells malty with burnt sugar, yeast, walnuts and spice. Festivity Ale tastes sweet, with burnt brown sugar, toasted malts, leather and dark fruit notes. There’s a strong hop presence to balance this malty brown ale. It’s 50 IBU show up with slight citrus notes in a semi-sweet bitter finish. It has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a medium finish. The alcohol lands at 7.7% and will warm you up on a cold night.
Festivity Ale is a pleasant beer, a good brown ale. Open a bottle in front of the fire and enjoy.
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