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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,562 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 60
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001)
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Photo of seedyone
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Plain & simple & really good, slightly spiced ale. The creamy head disappeared quickly leaving no lacing. Nose did not match the full flavor. If there is a down side it would be a lack of body. There was some, but for a winter brew I'd like something substantial. When all is said & done, I look forward to next winter.

Photo of Crafty_Growler
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of jimmygord
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Christmas in Offaly Ireland. I like it. Nicely spiced but not too heavy.

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of let8it8grow
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djchrismac
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmartin75
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brendan1984
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larbush
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morebeergood
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spedprof
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnBender
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishevans
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: medium/dark copper color with off white head that quickly becomes a film.
N: vanilla, caramel, mild notes of dark fruit and cinnamon.
T: dark fruit, caramel, lightly toasty, vanilla, mild nutmeg and cinnamon.
M: thick and velvety without being so much so that it sits heavy in your gut. Nice fizzy balance from the carbonation.

O: a pleasant winter warmer, with an even more pleasant price tag. Will in all likelihood be getting this again.

Photo of dennyabraham
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasW
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjouan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattbrat1
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmeinel
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkFalco
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold 12 ounce bottle into a cold pint glass.

Poured a beautiful deep copper color. Formed one-finger caramel colored head which didn’t last long.

Tastes: Smooth, mild, malty sweetness (not overly candy sweet) is nicely balanced with a hoppy finish. Vanilla and spice in the nose not intrusive in the taste. Very nicely balanced but could use a touch more of ...something?

Feels: Medium bodied, good carbonation gives a touch of crispness.

A very pleasant easy to drink winter warmer. Not overly ‘seasonal’ with all the fruit and spice that belong in my holiday pies. I could easily sip a couple of these. I will be buying more.

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.