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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

1,638 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 58
Gots: 173 | 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

Winter Solstice® is our take on the classic style of “winter warmer.” Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.
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Ratings: 1,638 | Reviews: 716
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Stunner97
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- brown to amber with bit of cloudiness, white lacing stays along the top of the beer through out drinking, low carbonation

Smell- very nice nose of malt spice and slight hop, inviting

Taste- beautiful balance of malt, spice, and hop, just purely beautiful balance

Mouthfeel- smooth and refreshing feel

Drinkability/overall- overall this is far and away the best winter warmer i have ever tasted, its just so tasty, the balance is superb, has spice and malt and some hop but all so perfectly balanced, usually im far from winter warmer guy but this is the cream of the crop to me and the one to seek out

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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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.

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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..

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.