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

1,558 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 61
Gots: 125 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001)
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Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hyprlt
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mason jar.

A: very nice, clear light ruby brown color. yellowish slight head that did not linger.

S: light possibly vanilla scent. not very aromoatic

T: very vanilla, almost brown sugary at first. without a doubt the first sip was great. the rest was good.

M: good carbonation, great body. not overly thick. seems to match its color in that respect.

O: haven't had a lot of vanilla flavor in beers, so I was excited. drinking an entire one in a sipping mode is not that easy however. still recommended.

Photo of wo87810
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of fryer98
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mycatsissy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty serious vanilla takes over most of the flavor. Quite aromatic with more of the same. Amber color, decent lacing in the glass. Malty but very spicy. Strong cinnamon adds to the excess of flavorings. Rather cloying sweetness conflicts with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Seems to be a taste like butter, along with candied nuts. I have to admit that as off-putting as this at first, your taste buds get used to it. But not enough to drink the whole can.

In the swell new red, blue, and black 12 oz can.

Photo of cheers405
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with slow rising carbonation and one finger of light tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly; not much lacing.

S - Caramel malt and a sweet spiciness. Has aromas of grain and a a faint cream soda aroma as well.

T - Sweet and bread malt up front, again with a slight cream soda taste. Spices (slight pepper and some cinnamon) are present but pretty subdued, becoming a bit more pronounced on the finish. Enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a slight stickiness to it.

O - This is an enjoyable and easy drinking winter warmer. Doesn't over do it with the spices, though there is a spice presence. I would get this again.

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

The color is a clear red-brown but with some orange creeping through in the light. A nice tan pillow of head tops off at just over two fingers tall and creamy, then drops to a heavy foam that drops good lacing in patches pretty far down the glass.
The aroma is heavily malty with a mingling of spiciness, a bit of fruits and some citrus rind, caramel, something just slightly sugary, and a ghost of alcohol, though it's balanced by a light dose of hops.
Hops bitterness does come through a bit more in the flavor for added balance to an otherwise sweet and very malty beer. Underlying are some nuts, fruits, orange zest, molasses, caramel, vanilla, breads, and spiciness both by way of black pepper and something almost gingery. Alcohol comes out a bit toward the middle as well and stays through.
The mouthfeeel is creamy, and malts play a role in a consistent robust feel in a medium body with a rolling smoothness. Crispness is all the way through but nips a bit hard at the start of each sip.
This is a nice warmer from a consistent brewery.

Photo of pogoowner
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a super clear and sparkling copper ale with a super dense, off white head that leaves outstanding lacing. It has a soft, grainy, pretzely aroma with some citrus in it. It's full bodied, soft and squishy. The finish is long and dries the tongue up. It's chewy and gritty. It's heavy and loaded with flavor. It has the deep, bready tones of a doppelbock, but the fruitiness of some kind of strong ale. There are flavors of prune and wood resin and an aftertaste of dried fruit. This is a serious winter warmer that's edging toward a barley wine.

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served this beer at a good temperature, with a small, cream colored, very creamy head and lots of fine lace. Color is a clear honey amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, spice, caramel, toffee, moist cake. Flavor is like nose, malt sweetness on top though not overdone, spice next, marshmallow and cake. Body is full, lush, but carbonation is definitely on the flat side and with such a malty, spicey, cloying beer as this, not an asset. Finish is like flavor, surprisingly subdued, rather short and has a little alcohol warmth. Good stuff, wish it wa bit more active with carbonation to balance everthing.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 12/8/11, on tap at the Pony Bar in NYC; pours clear copper color with a small tan head that leaves a little spotty lacing.

Smells of cocoa, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, grains, rye or herbs, light vanilla and faint hops; aroma is sweet and mellow, with hints of cocoa and vanilla - a nice winter fireside nose.

Tastes of cocoa, chocolate, caramel, licorice, sweet malt, brown sugar, grains, herbs, light vanilla, faint charcoal and faint citrus hops; pretty complex and malty overall, the roasted malt and cocoa flavors are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with low carbonation, an almost watery feel and a nice sweet malty taste that finishes on the dry side with lingering cocoa. A very drinkable and tasty winter treat that was not spicy, yet to me still a great winter beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of InlandTaipan
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a light layer.

S - spiced caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet upfront with lots of spices and a brown sugar sweet finish, not a hint of abv.

F - light/medium bodied with a smooth feel and easy drinkability.

O - a good example of the style.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an orange copper. There is an airy head that dissipates too soon. There is minimal lacing. Smells good, toffee, malts, and a hint of Heath Bar! The taste is that of the smell .. lots of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, malts. Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Overall, I love the toffee and caramel in this. As this beer warms up, it gets better. In fact I almost feel like editing my score right now. Maybe I'll go back and buy another bottle or two. But final result: started mediocre, finished awesome.

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.