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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

1,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 52
Gots: 90 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kristiekatk, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: Deep red body with a two finger head.

S: Sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

T: Holy crap. The guy at Pizzeria Paradiso was right. This does taste just like a graham cracker. That's pretty much all there is to say.

M: Pretty creamy.

D: A delightful holiday ale. Thumbs up.

BarrelO, Nov 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

buckyp, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

gleemonger, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Escsolo, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of TheJollyHop
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky sweet malt with scents of toffee. Pours an amber brown with a two finger head.

Nuttiness and caramel dominate the maltiness. Toasted notes come through with some light bitterness. Malt is definitely the star with support from a an attempted hop balance. There is a sweet aftertaste along with a warming effect from the alcohol. There is a dry finish that is a little messy; slightly imbalance.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and thin. Drinkability is complex and enjoyable, however I probably wouldn't have more than a couple in a session.

TheJollyHop, Nov 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a cloudy orange/amber color, with a medium sized light tan head of creamy foam. Touch of lace on the glass.
Smell is of sweet orange alcohol with some cinnamon or another related spice. A bit of vanilla? Maybe just a hint of hops underlying.
Taste is sweet, a bit spicy and tangy; Warm bread with cinnamon sugar. Malt dominates, but doesn't overwhelm. A quick hop bite in the aftertaste is somewhat grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation, tingles all over, especially on the cheeks and in the throat. Very dry finish.
Good drinking winter warmer, I love these beers this time of year.


NClifestyle, Nov 30, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AirBob, Friday at 03:36 AM
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Gregwa, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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JMBSH, Dec 15, 2011
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circus_cat, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bruindre, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

doublewide, Sunday at 05:13 PM
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Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy medium dark amber with a little white foam that disapated within a few seconds. The smell of spices filled the nose with a pleasant smooth aroma. The taste was of spices and a touch of a sour candy on the palate. A nice finish to this winter warmer. Pleasant tasting not to sweet or sour, a nice balance of all component.

BeerManDan, Dec 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Flashyspoons, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

HumphreyLee, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint draft had at Mellow Mushroom in Boone NC.

A: Clear reddish brown body with a off white head, that had ok retention and left a little lacing.

S: Smells Bready, and nutty with a syrupy sweetness almost like walnut or pecan pancakes.

T: Lots of carmel and dark homemade bread. Lots of nuttiness on the tongue. Very sweet beer.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, leaves a nice coating on the teeth and palette. Perfect amount of drinkability and carbonation for the style. Hides the booze well.

O: This is a damn good seasonal beer I could see myself keeping the fridge stocked with this for a Thanksgiving/Christmas party. I highly recommend, this would even be good for a non craft drinker. Perfect amount of alcohol.

watermelon, Nov 21, 2013
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.