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Winter Solstice - Indigo Imp Brewery

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72
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indigo Imp Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mistofminn on 12-23-2008)
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Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev +45.8%

Got this from a trade...

A: Looks pretty tasty. Almost like an iced tea color. Little white head that disappears quickly. Looks highly carbonated

S: Smells of iced tea. Smells very sweet, but very tasty.

T: Good flavor. Tastes like a combo of iced tea, grapefruit, and pear. I like the taste of this one. It's kind of like a light IPA. Tastes very refreshing.

M: A little too much carbonation on this one. Nothing special in this department.

D: Goes down very easy. Tastes great and has not much harsh, except for the mouthfeel, going on about it.

All in all, this one definitely surprised me. I saw some reviews and expected to be disappointed, but I was pleasantly surprised instead. Very refreshing brew without a harsh IPA taste. If you want something refreshing but less hoppy, then this is your brew.

steve8robin, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of HeightsEats
4.22/5  rDev +42.1%

I very much enjoyed this beer. It's very unique, not much like traditional winter or Christmas beers. For better or worse, it doesn't even seem much like typical beer but rather a cinnamon-infused malt brew with just a hint of hop dryness at the end.

This is an extremely drinkable beverage based on the balanced spicy flavor, apparently low-ish alcohol and very subtle bitterness. I rarely can drink more than one "winter" beer at a sitting, but I could easily stick with these for an evening of cold weather drinking (it's 16 degrees in Cleveland as I write this).

HeightsEats, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +35.7%

A: Pours a cloudy dark Amber with a thick white head.

S: A definite yeast aroma is present as well a hint of lemon zest and coriander.

T: The flavors are very well melded together. Very round caramel notes blend into a restrained coriander spice flavor, and a hint of alcohol that lingers pleasantly.

M: Very smooth with a lower than normal amount of carbonation which is line with it being from a cask.

O: A tasty and well rounded beer. The flavors blend together well, and the low carbonation keeps it from having any sharp edges to its flavor.

RedSpecial1, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev +34.7%

tat2dhllblly, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev +34.7%

andrewj17, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Mistofminn
3.83/5  rDev +29%

Visiting family in Ohio for the holidays. Someone stopped at Heinen's (I think that was what it was called) and picked up a sixer of Indigo Imp Winter Solstice.

The first thing you notice is that 1 random bottle is covered in wax! Is this for novelty or do they really want you to let this one age? I can't answer that question, but the website says "There's a little Imp in everyone but sometimes one stands out. Are you an Imp?" Doesn't answer my question.

This beer has a deep amber color, with thick white head and lacing that lasts the entire drink. Aroma is of malts (roasted?) and a slight hop bitterness. There is also a citrus scent but a faint one at that. Taste is malts and spice, maybe cinnamon or something to that effect. There is that citrus again. This beer is full bodied. Great balance and very impressive brew. I could easily down the sixer if I wasn't so afraid to open the one covered in wax.

There is a little bit of brewers yeast in the bottle, forgot to mention that. It's also unpasteurized.

Mistofminn, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%

A-deep reddish copper color with a thin bubbly light tan colored head. Solid retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S-the nose is actually very strange. A lot of things going on here. It has some cinnomon, a peppery spice, very grainy, grassy hops, touch of pine.

T-the taste is a lot more focused and works much better than the nose. There is some sweet caramel, notes of cinnomon up front. Grassy hops, a touch of pine, lemon, and citrusy hops come in next. It is spicy towards the back and also has some nutmeg to match the cinnomon

M-very smooth and slightly creamy. A good bit of carbonation and a medium body on this one.

D-the nose scared me, it was all over the place and didn't work well together. The taste was much better and seemed like a decent winter warmer. Classified as a red ale, not sure why.

cpetrone84, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

I have had all the Indigo Imp brews, and this is probably my second favorite of their current four offerings. This is their winter seasonal.

A: Pours a brownish amber color. Very murky and cloudy. Head is rather minimal. You can hear the carbonation fizzing.

S/T: The aroma is very subtle. Its hard to pick out specific smells, but overall it is sweet, and somewhat fruity. Taste is very clean and crisp with little to no aftertaste. Its sweet and sour at the same time. A decent amount of fruit in the flavor. The orange peel does come through. Maybe a touch of apple as well. Slight champagne character. Not really picking up on the cinnamon, however. Its an okay beer, but nothing great.

M/D: Mouthfeel is overly fizzy and bubbly. A little too much carbonation. Finishes very clean with no aftertaste. Drinks rather easily. I remember this one being more sticky and intense last year.

Not a bad beer, but far from other excellent Ohio winter seasonals. Other than the Gatekeeper, this is the best beer in their lineup. Worth a shot.

OldSchoolGamer, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of mikepcarney
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

mikepcarney, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of OB1
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

OB1, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of imaguitargod
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%

OH OH OH!!!! A new brewery in Cleveland has shown up! Pours to a medium small head which dissipated pretty quickly and there's a ton of sediment in the bottom of this one (probably would age quite well based on that fact). Whoa! A ton of spices shows up immediately on the first sip along with honey. No hop presence at all. This almost tastes too young and I think it will calm down quite a bit if aged for a month.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Winter Solstice pours a reddish amber color. It's quite hazy, and looks particularly scarlet when held to light. A cream colored head sits on top and is about a finger or so tall. It's quick to recede and leaves a very light lacing in its wake.

The nose is just okay. It's a little light on aromatics. Caramel and toffee scents seem to be the centerpiece. It's a little sweet smelling. There's a hint of a yeasty scent. Perhaps a little bit of a sour note, but not much. I was expecting this to smell much more sour or tart. Eh. There's a slight spicy scent. Cinnamon is there, but not much else.

The flavor's a little better than the nose. It's enough to warrant a score bump. The base is caramel and toffee. It's a little sweet, and has a nice flavor. There's a bit of sour flavor, but it's much less than I expected. I was anticipating something in the vicinity of vinegar-esque, but it's not even close to that neighborhood. Cinnamon is in the mix, and adds a slight holiday feel to it. There's a slight hoppy edge near the finish. It adds a nice bitter kick. Alcohol is blended well. It's pretty straight forward, but really isn't all that bad.

Winter Solstice has a medium body that is quite smooth. Carbonation is light. The feel might be this beer's strongest asset. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is pretty good, and it goes down rather easy. I could handle a bottle or two.

Winter Solstice is my first experience with Indigo Imp beer. It's not bad by any stretch, but isn't all that great either. It needs a little something to add some pizzazz. Perhaps a little more of a sour flavor, more hops, or more holiday spice flavor would ramp it up. It's not bad, and is definitely worth a try in my book. Needs some work to be a staple in the holiday seasonal club though.

prototypic, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of hyprlt
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%

12 oz bottle poured into mug.

A: no head, no clarity. Dark amber in color.

S: slight orange peel, cinnamon, and belgian yeast esters

T: Orange and slight banana flavors

M: very light carbonation, somewhat syrupy.

O: despite the way i described everything, this is a good holiday beer. this is a good one.

hyprlt, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of rustymoore
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a massive head and took a good 5 minutes to recede.

S - First smell was pleasant and spicy but it gave way to a metallic scent as the head receded.

T - Again, in the first few sips I could pick up on some good flavors of cinnamon and orange but as I drink it gets a little more bland and watery. The process of being unfiltered and naturally carbonated is somewhat different to me as I am not used to drinking the Real Ale if you will.

M - carbonation is high but not unpleasant

D - I still prefer some other winter seasonal offerings, but this is a solid beer that I would recommend at least a try

rustymoore, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Erockss
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Erockss, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Eww. This is an amber? Disaster. Jump ship! Jump ship! Okay. It isn't that bad, but as an amber, we're nowhere near where we should be. This is very carbonated and, I want to say, frothy. It seems like a Belgian amber almost. Well. Anyways. There are a lot of malts and it has a fruit tone to it. Oh. Did I say that the nose reminded me of kool-aid at first? Well, now I did. Maybe if the beer was classified in a different way I wouldn't feel the same. It's still a fairly tasty beer.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to Tifore (Tyler) for the bottle.

A- Pours a murky amberish brown color. One finger off white head has low retention. Light spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a light citrus undertone to this that gets overtaken by a huge chocoalte malt drive. Some other earthy hops in the backend but very light. Pretty much balances out the malts as far as aroma goes.

T- Caramel and toffee malts in the front end of the beer. Some light orange peel flavor that dies alomst as soon as it comes. There is some light peppery notes in the middle of the beer with a hint of chocolate like malts. Ending is earthy flavors along with a sweet alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but works for the beer. Caramel and toffee malts left on the palate. This is in the aftertaste as well with sweet alcohol and faded hops. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are bland but blended well for what it was. No off flavors that others have talked about..a clean bottle free of metallic or sour notes.

D- This beer was drinkable but a little lackluster. I expected a little more from the beer itself but it ended up being just a average drinker. I would like to try this again but as far as right now goes it is average at best.

alleykatking, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $1.39 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio last week. This is the fourth and final Indigo Imp beer that I have tasted and rated, a Cleveland Brewery that is just getting under way (they are about a year old maybe). Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet (Sorry Indigo Imp, it is the most appropriate glass that I have). Message on label says: "Bottle conditioned real ale brewed with spices and the "with" is underlined for emphasis.

A Real nice, abundant light brown creamy head of about 3 inches over an opaque brown body that glows with edges of orange in front of direct light. Really nice look for this truly unfiltered ale. 4.5

S Not sure that my nose picks up too many of those "spices" but I certainly get some medium roast malt and an "amber" smell. There is a nice, subtle sweetness that I picked up after repeated sniffs too. Hops are minimal to moderate. 3.0

T/M Firstly this is a mature tasting beer. I can clearly tell that it is "unfiltered" and it is clearly a craft beer. All of that being said, to me this is a rather weak tasting, slight medium roast malt beer that seems to be struggling for an identity. There is a fair amount of carbonation which is a positive but the taste is just a bit....flat.... There is also a creamy aspect to the feel which I do like. 3.5

D My interest is lacking to consider this "drinkable." 2.

Notes: There are not only better beers within the style but also within the brewery (See Gatekeeper!).

adamette, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%

Had this one as an extra recently. I had never heard of it before, but needless to say the waxed cap look of it was outstanding to say the least! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/28/2009.
 
The pour was the best part with a nice orange tinted light amber. Lots of carbonation was apparent in this one right away as it worked its way up to the top creating a nearly perfect looking head of white that lasted for a few brief moments before settling back down into a bare top with some light lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. The aroma was light and very different from what I was expecting to see to be honest. Light apricot and spice notes were prevalent here for sure. But as it warmed the aroma faded to next to nothing which was a little bit off putting. As I went in for the taste I experienced the same thing, Light fruit notes that were pitted against a light cinnamon spice. It was akin to a winter warmer but much, much lighter. Very light feels on this one as well as the carbonation which were both again very light. An easy drinker but to be honest I am not sure why I would want to have more then one glass,
 
Overall it was decent, just not my thing. If bottle looks were any indication on the overall results this thing would be tremendous, but otherwise it was just an average, lack luster beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.04/5  rDev +2.4%

2013 12 oz. bottle with new name: "Winter Soul"

Pours a slightly hazy amber red, no real head to speak of despite an aggressive pour. Basically a hint of white lace for a split second.

Smells of crisp apples, cinnamon, orange peel, mild pine hop, and biscuit malts.

Tastes of tart apple and orange juice, mild spice, and a hint of hop.

Medium to thin body with minimal carbonation.

This beer is weird. I'm not sure if it's supposed to taste like this or what, but it doesn't taste like any other beer I've had. It's not terrible, just very different. It's like a fruit juice more than anything. Not sure I could recommend it to anyone.

Cylinsier, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, brown body with a small head that quickly fizzles away.

Smell: Tart-scented nose with notes of caramel, citrus, and dull, earthy spices.

Taste: Amalgamation of dusty caramel maltiness and an obstinate tartness. Subtle hints of spice, fruit, and citrus can be found amongst the overall taste flavor. Light hop bitterness. Finishes predictably tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonated.

Drinkability: Ok, listen up, so Indigo Imp beers are fermented in open fermentation tanks allowing for all sorts of wild yeasts (and imps) to permeate the final beer. That explains alot. Personally, I'd prefer the bottles to more clearly state this fact, as there's a mighty fine line between "intentional" and "oops!"

ChainGangGuy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev +1%

DrBier, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev +1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev +1%

Indigo Imp : Winter Solstice

Pours a murly brown, with no head and little sign of carbonation. Aroma of caramel, spice and vegetal notes. In the taste, cocoa, nutty malt and a touch of spice on the back end. Carbonation is between low and non-existant. Overall, mellow flavors, with a bit more carbonation this would be better.

Stinkypuss, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
3/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown color with a thin head that disappears quite quickly.
S: Quite malty, with caramel and just a bit of nondescript spice/citrus.
T: Quite sour, as is the case with most of Indigo Imp's beers. Some of the caramel/citrus/generic spice from the nose comes through, but is hidden beneath the acid.
M: Light and crisp.
O: I like this because I like acidity, but I would much rather drink it as a refreshing drink during the summer, it did not come across as a winter beer to me.

ONUMello, Feb 02, 2012
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Winter Solstice from Indigo Imp Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.