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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

1,628 Ratings

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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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Photo of djdonaldson
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of shand
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It pours out a very hazy red-orange color that looks great held up to the light. The aroma is a bit spiced and fairly clean. I wasn't expecting this to link up nearly as much to Summer Solstice taste-wise as this! It's got a nice spiced cream ale sort of thing going on at the beginning, along with a nice chocolate note that shows up on the finish. Well-done with a nice lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. A solid winter brew.

Photo of marshrat63
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Timber Cove Inn. Nice head with spicy nutmeg aroma. similar to other winter brews but the Winter Solstice had a wonderful cocoa finish that made the drinking experience seem like eating dessert without any annoying overt sweetness. Also had one with a cheese burger and found it held up well with a meal.

I look forward to trying it out of the bottle as it's not on tap around home.

Photo of gkunkle
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a clean sweet smell, with a slight spice to it. Taste has the same cream soda taste that is the backbone of summer solstice, but this includes a host of other flavors. In the middle and end of the taste there is a spice flavor maybe nutmeg, there is also some cocoa taste. Considering the color, it's a surprising flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium, with light carbonation. Overall, this is a unique beer, not very similar to many other winter warmers.

Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jtuttle
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pixieskid
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Jamstone714
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ConorThomas
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a clear, but dark colored amber, the shade of rosewood. A thumb's width of fluffy white head, and lots of lacing.

S: I get a yeasty smell, and what smells of freshly opened orange peel. There's a slight flowery scent.

T: It tastes like sweet cream and vanilla. It is very light in flavor. There is no bitterness at all.

Edit: I know what this reminds me of...it tastes like cream soda. If you like cream soda and beer, this is your beer.

M: This beer is very light and smooth, with the presence of a ghost. I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer, but rather something I'd drink when the leaves start to turn.

O: Overall it's a very nice beer, and has a wonderful flavor. I wouldn't consider it a winter warmer. It is so light, it has to be tasted to be believed. I would buy it again, but not as a winter warmer.

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of carolinahophead
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to review this beer during Christmas.
A: The beer beer poured a light sunset brown like a clear to partly cloudy winter night. Even a nice snowy head out of a can.
S: A malt lovers dream here with winter spice, let this brew warm up and the aromas come alive.
T: How about vanilla and a malt smoothie ....
A winter warmer to enjoy here with friends.
Maybe a little cinnamon and allspice . Close your eyes and think of fruitcake.
M: A medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and nice finish .
O: A big fan here of AVBC .... Beer geeks a must here for sure . Fun to drink and nice conversation brew as well..

Photo of spamages
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Morey
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Pours a beautiful cherry red color with a cream colored head that stands about one finger tall following a medium pour. Red hues comes through even more when it's held up to the light. Just a bit hazy, otherwise the clarity is pretty good. Nice lacing on the glass.

Fairly mellow aroma of soft spice and amber roasted malts.

Nice rounded malt flavor up front. Nice flavor from the chocolate malts and spices surface towards the middle. There's a subtle sweetness as well as a kiss of hop bitterness towards the back end.

Medium bodies with an almost chalky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

A nice winter ale overall. Reminds me a bit of their summer cream ale.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good winter ale. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. I'd drink this again, and will probably pick up some again next year.

Photo of beerslushy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amedium to dark amber with a smallish tan head. No lacing. The beer has a hazy complexion with good carbonation. Aroma is mostly malts with a bit of spices. Malty upfront with a big toasted malt taste. Vienna.
There is really light and sutle spices that I can taste. And finishes semi-dry. There is also a low incident of diaceyl. Smooth and easy drinking with a medium weight on the palette. To me it was half desent nothing special about.

Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SolarMikey
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Skubaker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mightyquinn
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Great pour from a can in to a Samuel Adams Pint Glass. this beer gives great head, no pun intended.

S: I smell caramel I believe, all I notice.

T: I drank this reviewed can almost warm, I get a very distinct chocolate taste and then the caramel hits, then a spiciness I LOVE that saturates the tongue.

M: Very nice. Like a carmel spice sitting in there tantalizing the tongue.

O: I personally like this beer a lot, the GF loves it. One of the better Winter Warmers I have had this year. Glad I found the last 6 pack locally while shopping for some Xmas gifts. Excited for next years batch! Have some friends that say this is their go to Winter Warmer and I can see why!

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

Pours a reddish amber color with pollowy white head. There is some lace clusters.

The nose has some sweet fruity pebbles scents with a bit of cocoa and nutty malt.

The taste has a bit of fruity hops but the malt is dominent. There is a cocoa taste that hits the palate as the hops fade and it is quite tasty in the mix.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carb.

Pretty solid brew.

Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy dark amber pour with a big fizzy tan head. Quite decent retention and lacing.

S: Interesting. Nice caramel and vanilla. Some cinnamon and a little dark fruit maybe?

T: Very vanilla-y up front. Some cherry immediately afterward. Ends on a spice note, cinnamon and maybe nutmeg? Maybe even a little bit peppery. Interesting transition of flavors. It's pretty good but the aftertaste is a bit strange.

M: Smooth and a little creamy. Carbonation is just about right. Just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste with all the spices.

O: Not a bad winter warmer. Very interesting flavors as I mentioned. Still not sure if I like the combination but that's more subjective.

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