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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

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very good

1,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 58
Gots: 122 | 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 uvachief
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured cold from a 12oz can into a pub glass. Full 2 fingers of head that linger. Golden copper hue. Sniff fruit, citrus, unidentifiable spices, sugar, guessing caramel. Taste citrus, hops and seasonal spices like a hint of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and brown sugar but very light. Little hidden bitterness as it goes down very drinkable. Could throw a 6 pack back and take a long winter's nap. Like it...a lot.

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

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours hazy red-orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, brown sugar, toasted malt, dark fruit, and light spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of caramel, toasted malt, toffee, biscuit, molasses, raisin, fig, light chocolate, nutmeg, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, biscuit, and spices on the finish for a bit. Nice and enjoyable balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 6.9% with only a slight warming after the finish. Very smooth to drink as well. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable winter warmer offering. Plenty of enjoyable and balanced flavors.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Again, this and the Oatmeal Stout were the only things left from a mixed 24 pack of Anderson Valley brews. The IPA was gone first then the Amber.

A – Pours a dark rich ruby color that has a nice off white head, the color is very inviting and reminds me of the holidays.

S – Nice sweet malt notes, a good caramel smell as well, there is some herb/spice also, again just really warming and inviting.

T – Good herb/spice flavor comes first and then the sweet malt and caramel, it’s pretty close to the smell. Just warms the mouth, not in a hot way but with the use of accents.

M – Right in the middle when it comes to thickness, good carbonation also. Well rounded and an easy to drink beer.

O – Was impressed with this, first experience with this particular beer, but I would buy this to share with non-beer drinkers, its not over aggressive its pretty inviting. And could change a BMC drinker into a craft lover.

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rel
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved summer solstice, and couldn't wait to try this one.

It pours a deep amber, with a monster head that sticks to itself like the head of a root beer float. Great retention and lacing.

The smell is sweet, but subtle. Some winter spices, the kind that remind me of a fireplace, which I use every day in Miami, grainy malts, no noticeable hop.

The taste is very warming. A lot of vanilla on the front. Afterwords you get those winter spices. The finish is a little hoppy with a burn from the ABV, which is what gives the warming effect.

This is quite creamy, as suggested the huge foam head, and the taste sticks to your gums and tongue.

In terms of style, this seems to have the same little tweak as summer solstice which I have yet to find in other breweries. Keep it up Anderson Valley!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

A really nice dark red color. I don't take much into the overall of color when it comes to beer but it's attractive the way it let's the light through.
Scents of malt, vanilla and cinnamon waft from the glass underneath a modest head. First few sips are of alcohol and a bit of a creamy vanilla thing but as the chill fades and the beer the winter spiciness of woodsy cinnamon and the tang of cherry show up bringing a standing in front of the fireplace for a few minutes after being out all day in the cold warm feeling. A creamy, fruity & spicey finish.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Had on tap at BBC in Walpole 12/17

A: This beer pours a nice deep ruby/copper color. A thin film sat on top and disappeared immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is of vanilla, caramel malts, and some white chocolate.

T: Taste starts with a slight hint of nutmeg flavoring, some anise, and leads in to a hearty malt taste. Light caramel, toffee, white chocolate, and a true vanilla finish.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy feel with a rich finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, I could enjoy another pint or two of these!

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,549 ratings.