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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,628 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 58
Gots: 165 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,628 | Reviews: 713 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wattersmike90
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Navalartichoke
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A decent winter ale solid brew drinkable

Photo of syrup6
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing seasonal beer. I try to get it every year.

Photo of Mhpendleton
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevebillyard
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavor and smell love the malt

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

My friend Mike Sondel recommended this. Mike has the taste buds of a hammer. Why do I listen to him. This is another beer I repeatedly get and don't like. It tastes metallic and odd to me - but enough of the positives. Note to self. Don't order this, and get new friends

Photo of KevChiTown
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad spiced ale. Vanilla, cinnamon, yet still a malty sweetness. Not really a winter warmer, no burn. Good seasonal ale.

Photo of beerme626
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive, with gorgeous dark copper color and inviting nose. Taste is fruit heavy with cinnamon also. Tasty. Everything I want in a winter warmer.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer. Smells of ripe red grapes, molasses and toffee. Tastes of sweet malty start with a warm alcoholic burn in the back. Awesome beer, will definitely become a winter staple.

Photo of Maltyduo
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A bit bitter and alcohol note for my taste. Decent malt forward subtle hop character, but not my type of warm fuzzy winter

Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Golden-red clear liquid with tall, fluffy tan head that leaves sticky sheets on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, vanilla, winter spice, citrus, and fruity esters. Flavors begin with malt-forward sweetness, esters, toffee and caramel, are supported by a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with spice and lingering sweetness. Full bodied, creamy, thick texture, soft carbonation, and a little booziness on the finish.

Photo of msondel
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macbethkid84
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lard_City
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, fruity and malty. Spicy but we'll balanced.

Photo of bfrank8
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap, did not agree with me, after taste. Typically not a fan of spiced beers.

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is not strong but has spicy and malty hints. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick and fluffy buff head. Hearty flavor has malty, gingerbread and honey notes, sweet but subtle, hints of cloves and cocoa, very tasty and very much the Winter Holidays! (Bleep Christmas - I celebrate the Winter Solstice!) Texture has good body and plenty of fizz, and a dusty gingerbread hint. Happy whatever-the-heck-you-celebrate-in-December!

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Valentno7
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.