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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

1,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 52
Gots: 92 | 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 shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

shockrocker65, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Jeff22
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jeff22, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of ZBerkeleyan
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it out of a bottle, and it created a thick and frothy tan head. Nice layer of lacing when I tipped the glass. Dark red-brown color, a little light shone though. Only a few bubbles were apparent.

The nose in this one has got loads of caramel, and some other flavors playing around in the background as well, though none so immediately apparent as the caramel.

Taste is malty and sweet, but not overly sweet so as to be cloying. Very tasty! This beer went equally well with a dinner and a dessert.

This beer goes down smooth, and it is not too heavy or sticky in its consistency. Not a lot of bubbles, but it doesn't taste old or flat either.

Overall a tasty, enjoyable, excellent beer. It is sweet but subtle enough to pair well with all sorts of food. Or have it on its own. Just have it!

ZBerkeleyan, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of VeganBrewz
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-orange pint with about a finger and a half of slightly tan, somewhat rocky head. Not much lacing, but that's ok.

Smell: Straight out of the can I found this one to be pretty average - some nice malt, definite hoppy aroma, but nothing to write home about. HOWEVER - once it starts to warm up a bit, this beer really starts to walk and talk. Once it had a chance to sit out a bit I was treated to aromas of grain, cocoa and dark chocolate, brown sugar and caramel malt. Hoppy aromas are definetly present though nothing specific stands out.

Taste: Very similar to the smell side of the equation, this beer started off as nice, but more or less average and got better and better as it warmed. Initial hoppy bitterness fades fairly quickly, and some malty sweetness forms a base for dark caramel, toast, hints of dark chocolate and very slight woody/smoky flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: This was pretty nice. A bit of an alcohol tingle on the front of the tongue, with a nice sweet/bitter wash throughout the mouth followed by a slight alcohol aroma on the inward breath. Finishes clean and doesn't linger.

Overall: Seems to be a pretty decent representation of the style. I would definetly buy this again. Hell, if anyone has a recipe for it, I'd homebrew it.

VeganBrewz, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich Amber color with a creamy three finger head. Head retention settles down to a thick blanket a top off the ale, leaving rings with every sip.

The aroma is sweet with caramel, nut meg, cinnamon, toasted bread, and a little booze.

At first taste, a get a sweet mix of caramel, holiday spices, complemented with a little alcohol sweetness, giving it an almost candy like finish. The finish is mildly dry and has a hint of hop spice that will linger.

Full bodied and chewy on the palate. Easy to drink, just take your time.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Has done it again! There has yet to brew from this company that did not exceed my expectations. Cheers to staying warm during the winter months.

Luigi, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

hollywood_15063, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

IPAchris, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Nice copper body with a 3/4" tan head that quickly fades to lacing

S- Berries, sweet bready malts

T- chocolate covered cherries instantly came to mind, ginger bread, frosted oatmeal cookies, caramel, vanilla, all this awesomeness and it never comes off as overbearing or to sweet. If i take a minute between sips i can noticed hints of hoppy bitterness and slit alcohol heat at the back of my tongue, burps have a somewhat metallic twang

M- Somewhat creamy medium bodied, nice carbonation

O- Very nice brew, can't say it would warm me up, but for my palate 6.9% was perfect. So many awesome flavors and never too sweet, i recommend this to all.

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some cocoa and lightly roasted malt, as well as some winter spices that I can't quite identify. The flavor is very similar. The cocoa and dark fruit notes are pretty nice. I also get some brown sugar, cinnamon and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of McTavern
4/5  rDev +3.1%

McTavern, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Toadhopper
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Toadhopper, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

henryhampton, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Gatordaddy, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Keith_R, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tmm313, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ruckus232, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Duenan84, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Medium amber, two finger off white head, nice retention, nice lacing.

S- Vanilla, caramel, sweet fruits, smells like a fresh baked pastry.

T- Big vanilla taste, brown sugar, malty, a little spice (doesn't overkill like a lot of winter warmers) Comes in at 6.9% ABV though alcohol taste is barely there. Hops are hardly noticeable, but do provide a nice balance in the finish. Tastes like a big hop infused sugar cookie.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O- One of the best winter warmers I've had, will definitely go to this one again.

whendeathsleeps, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Loaf31, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Soomars
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Soomars, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of amazeded
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

amazeded, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

GTB, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mweso2000, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Lob, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

AlexChillton, Nov 10, 2012
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.