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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

1,357 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 39
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 1,357 | Reviews: 674 | Display Reviews Only:
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-16-2012 21:53:23 | More by fiedler84
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-15-2012 21:03:20 | More by sharpski
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-15-2012 20:28:06 | More by CWhite
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w00ddy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-14-2012 21:03:57 | More by w00ddy
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a medium brown with a thick fluffy head. Scent is mostly malts with some hints of spice. Taste has a great blend of malts and spices as well as some bready tones. Quite smooth and drinkable. A well made beer for a cold night.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 21:43:54 | More by Lemke10
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nightowl66

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightish red/amber in color, with a moderate head. Not much nose at all, very faint sweet odor like honey or brown sugar. Taste is intense compared to nose. All caramel and mild spice. Enough bitterness to not be cloying, but overall taste is quite sweet. Not a characteristic winter warmer style. Almost like dessert in a glass. Very, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 17:47:51 | More by nightowl66
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iskeptopotamus

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-13-2012 06:33:20 | More by iskeptopotamus
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-12-2012 15:33:48 | More by Tyrawlings
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-11-2012 07:54:46 | More by shelby415
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daverdave

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-09-2012 01:20:12 | More by daverdave
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sneefcity

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-07-2012 21:44:16 | More by sneefcity
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hannaho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-06-2012 02:56:51 | More by hannaho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber, lively carbonation with a two finger light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving light lacing. Looked nice. Pleasant aroma of seasonal spices, light fruit and caramel malt. Unusual flavor of sweet malt, light fruit dominated by apple, vanilla, undifferentiated seasonal spices, and a slight eathiness sweet but not cloying. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Flavor is somewhat mild, but the elements work together well and the moderate vanilla makes it a bit unusual. I enjoyed this take on a winter warmer and will buy it again.

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 03:51:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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BrewStoutMagic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-04-2012 12:06:59 | More by BrewStoutMagic
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RKel888

Alabama

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-04-2012 05:20:16 | More by RKel888
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iheartchicken

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in pint glass

A: thin head which dissipated within a minute or two, red/orange and slightly murky in color, no lacing

S: not much here for me, a little bit of spice and some almost metallic malty notes

T: cream soda! lots of vanilla, malts, holiday spices

M: smooth and fairly light. it goes down easy

O: smell was lacking but the taste more than made up for that. I could drink a few of these

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:54:07 | More by iheartchicken
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tbizzle0

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-03-2012 05:28:00 | More by tbizzle0
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-03-2012 01:43:40 | More by Rlombardi75
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-02-2012 23:49:38 | More by galluch
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is a translucent amber with a small cap.
Aroma is caramel, spices and cherry, and does not really go well together.
The flavors are also an odd mixture composed of the notes mentioned in the aroma, and i cant tell if something is off or just how it normally tastes, but its not very enjoyable. It has a slightly astringent feel.

No bueno.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 20:51:43 | More by ChadQuest
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-01-2012 22:06:20 | More by dexterk1
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-01-2012 15:36:56 | More by GrindFatherBob
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AnPiobaire

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2012 22:26:40 | More by AnPiobaire
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murphius1118

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2012 15:48:03 | More by murphius1118
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wowbagger

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light red, very pretty with thin white head but good retention. Some fruit aroma but overall not much.

It has a slight bite, which I didn't expect, like crunching into an apple. Some cherry flavor and some spice, sweet and nice on the tongue, very pleasant.

It's a hard beer for me to describe, is there a 'dessert beer' category? It's like a syrupy red ale. I enjoyed it, certainly worth the bottle, though too sweet for me to want too much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 14:41:16 | More by wowbagger
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.