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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

1,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 52
Gots: 92 | 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 ZAP
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers and my favorite winter beer, but after two years of tasting this I feel compelled to lower my ratings slightly..

-Heavy caramel flavor...sweet pleasant aroma...tastes and smells like a caramel apple...awesome seasonal...minimal hop balance...this is a great winter beer with an octoberfest feel...nice sweet and tasty..I love it..hops don't overwhelm but balance from keeping too sweet..very nice malty aftertaste...my kind of seasonal...wish I had a keg of this...

ZAP, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of pkalix
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

beautiful honey-toffee color, minimal head, but a thick tan layer and a nice cover on the sides.
smells very sweet with honey and toffee on the top.
taste reminds me of an english type of brew, with the typical english malts. i actually really like this. another good, long draught to determine whether i can consciously give this a five! alright, i'm not even buzzed yet and this stuff is AWESOME!! if it were a 4.9% brew i'd knock it down a bit, but at 6.9% this is very nice. slight bitterness on the side of the tongue, but an overall subtle sweetness and this really satisfies. i'd honestly give this a 98 or 99 for the taste, but since i cannot, i'm giving it a 5. 4.5 for appearance and smell as i really like the thickness on the sides and the smell promises happiness before the first quaff. i am very impressed with this, especially since it's all gone on sale at Total Wine because, i suppose, we're done with the 'seasonals' . . . .

pkalix, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, dark, cloudy, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Toasted malt, freshly baked bread, brown sugar, caramel, some floral notes of clover and hops.

Taste: Beautiful! Very toasty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, some black pepper, coriander, and just a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. Some good carbonation to slightly tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.9%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, and another one from Anderson Valley!! I love the toasty/malty flavor backed with the caramel. I’m definitely getting some more of this!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.