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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

1,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 57
Gots: 119 | 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 PostVinyl
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tan/amber body, trace head, solid lacing

S: caramel, biscuity malt, toffee

T: caramel, toffee, cookie, nutty,
mild fig, malt, semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, smooth,
semi-dry finish

O: Really enjoyed this brew.
Recommend it and will pick up more.
I think I just found a new fav
Winter Warmer.


Photo of Ferks012
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I had never had it before and was unsure what to expect.

12oz pours and orange-ish amber red, 1 finger of cream colored head. Leaves light lacing on glass.

S- Smells delicious, vanilla, toffee and light spices.

T- has upfront taste of vanilla, toffee, also has light spices with a hint of brown sugar and Graham cracker

M- Medium to full body, very low carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this. It was nice to have a winter warmer that was not loaded up with a ton of spices. I will buy more soon as this was a single purchase.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of mcb4538
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of amstelcat
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Pluemer2
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of codon2004
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Pskiv
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of MrOH
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy burnt sienna with a small white head.

Caramel, toffee, baking dark bread, some appley esters. Quite inviting.

Lots of deep malts, toffee, a touch of citrus, light spicing, and then the apple character lifts it up, and the spice lingers cleanly.

Big bodied with low carbonation but fairly clean feeling.

A very nice winter seasonal that isn't overdone in any fashion, very drinkable despite the heavier body, abv, and big maltiness.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley- approachable, low hop profile, highly spiced, 2nd most behind Frosted Frog, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other mulling spices.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

Photo of AndrewD1022
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the 22oz bottle.

Pours almost a rust red color with a slight hint of orange near the edges. The head is thin and coats the glass as it goes down.

The smell is faint and is sweet with malt, caramel and a hint of vanilla spiciness.

The taste is not overly sweet but has the common characteristics of an ale. Malt, caramel and a bit of spice and vanilla for the winter tastes.

It has little lingering taste and the beer is very smooth and balanced. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable and could be enjoyed almost any time. Light and crisp with no overwhelming characteristics. Easily able to enjoy multiple beers during one sitting.

Photo of anyhoodle
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Derranged
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber in color with a thick, fluffy creamy white head, lots of retention on the glass.

S- Very sweet smelling, I'm getting vanilla, some marshmallows, toffee and toasted malts. A little bit of chocolate in there as well.

T- Much like the smell, I'm getting more toffee and vanilla, but I'm getting a lot of pie crust, similarly to Southern Tier Pumpking Ale.

M- Very thin and almost watery. Not much carbonation.

O- This was a decent beer. I'd drink it again

Photo of Jef59
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of magine
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber tea color. Has a thick fluffy off white head. Head settles to a wisp lace head, ring of lace around the edges of the glass. Some patches of lace cling on the way down. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of caramel malts, bready yeasts. Decent nose.

Brew is creamy initially; spiced in the middle and peppers the tongue in the finish, drying finish. Nice mellow flavors with this one; nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel; caramel being the prominent flavor. Nutty maltiness and some roasted notes as well. Maybe even vanilla in here. Yeasts are well done and add to the malty smoothness here. Some spiced hops noticed in the middle as well. Mellow is the best way to describe this one. A good tasting brew but a tad bit too thin. No flavors take the forefront. Good.

This is a good brew, has a decent abv as we at 6.9%. Good sessionable brew, just not alot going on as far as complexity or flavor.

Photo of Babydave
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of HopsYeast
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a-pours with a 1/2 finger pale white head that quickly dissapates leaving behind average lacing. has a rusted copper color that is very cloudy.

s-there is an upfront aroma of cherries and other dark fruits with a very small hint of anise. brown sugar, caramel, and orange peels. it has a very sweet yet warm aroma that is very inviting. it smells much like a very good piece of biscotti.

t-sweet cherries again and then a medium does of malt. there are also spices present like sweet cinnamon, and maybe even clove. its a wonderfully tasty beer and the sweetness is not overpowering at all.

m-mouthfeel is excellent. this is a superb example of an easy drinking yet full bodies beer. carbonation is at a very low level but still present, leaves almost no trace on your palate. perfect.

o-take the smell, taste, and mouthfeel, combine them, and you got yourself a pretty damn good beer. this is superb. easy to drink, tasty, not overwhemling, and just damn good!

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