Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by berebrando:
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I purchased this beer today from Holiday Liqueur in Escondido. It was the first six pack of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice I've seen since last winter. I am currently drinking from my preferred glassware, a broad, rounded Snifter.
Appearance: The beer poured beautifully with a robust brown-tinted head. At first, it looked like a brown beer as well, however, as I held it to the light, and as the head dissipated, the beer developed a rosy cranberry color - it was unexpected, surprising and very appealing.
Smell: when I smelled the beer, I could detect some sort of fraint berry or fruitiness. The smell was somewhat soft and inconspicuous.
Taste: Given the berry color, I expected something fruity. The first taste revealed a deliciously creamy beer. I love the taste of this beer. The aftertaste has a very slight fruitiness to it, but it is not strong or overdone.
Mouthfeel: The creamy beer dances on my tongue and into my stomach - it is easy to drink and delicious. Very smooth, easy to drink and perfect for the cold winter weather in Julian, CA.
Drinkability: Really? This beer is excellent! One of my favorite winter warmers this winter.
I don't know how they do it up there in Anderson Valley, but I absolutely love just about every beer they produce. This beer is no exception. Great beer - go buy it.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2008 00:15:36 | More by berebrando
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4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Serving type: can poured into glass
Appearance: Beautiful, medium chestnut colour. Upon pouring, forms an incredibly rich, foamy head, albeit one that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Not much of a smell, surprisingly, considering what came next
Taste: Oh, WOW. Nicely malty, with little hops bite, but a lovely overall taste that almost disguises the fairly high ABV.. Just a little bit of the taste remains on the back of the tongue after a sip.
Overall: I'm *really* enjoying this six pack!
Serving type: can
04-04-2014 00:45:52 | More by ZorroZ
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a cheater pint.
A: Beautiful deep ruddy copper and very clear. Thick two finger head subsides quickly into a very delicate ring. no chill haze, moderate carbonation with wispy lacing, looks like caul fat clinging to the glass.
S: nice malty presence. Some cinnamon notes and raisin and figs, like a cinnamon raisin bagel.
T: follows nose plus some caramel or toffee like notes. Smoooth on initial uptake. More malt notes come out on swallow.
M: Velvety smooth on finish with that characteristic bagel notes peeking up. spicy on side of tongue with the perfect carbonation. Very pleasant.
O: this is probably the best of the winter warmers, imo. The spices do not overtly dominate and punch you in the craw. It really is very well balanced and quite malty without being obnoxiously spiced. A go to in winter for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 03:13:12 | More by Scrapss
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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