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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
88
very good

1,541 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 57
Gots: 118 | 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 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.

Photo of Duffman5000
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

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 delta490
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely clouded copper with a creamy white head that settles down to almost nothing. The aroma malty and light, with hints of caramel, and some light spice notes. The flavor is nice, and close to the taste notes, with hints of toffee, fruits, spices, and caramel. It's not a huge amount of any one flavor and not particularly deep, but all together it is quite enjoyable. The body has a nice weight to it and a nice smooth finish.

Photo of Hopyard57
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cbuckl14
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TwoTrees
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Goro326
4/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer is heavy enough to be a winter, but very easy to drink as well.

Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of M_J_Z
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Had this on draft last night at The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood, Florida.

I enjoyed it, but it's missing the crispness/bite that make others of the style really good. (For example, Cigar City's Winter Warmer.) Granted, CC'S WW has a higher ABV, but it's the same style as Anderson Valley's. AV's version also seemed a little thin, though it wasn't watery or anything.

This could use a little more "punch," but its very drinkable. Not quite a 4-star beer, IMO, but I'm thinking it's somewhere in the 3.5-3.75 range. I would order it again.

Photo of ncherf
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of tmryan21
4.15/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HGCanizares
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jelu31
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of flyingPharmacist
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.