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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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1,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 43
Gots: 70 | 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%

henry_parsons, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

OldTime, Oct 29, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with amazing clarity and a few carbonation bubbles. Pours with a large off-white head that fades to one finger that sticks around and leaves lots of thick lace.

S- Gentle spice, vanilla and cinnamon, mix with a lightly fruity and malty backbone.

T- Again I get a grape fruitiness mixing with sweet and biscuity malt, and vanilla.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Could use a touch more body to let it fill the mouth more.

O- An interesting and refreshing brew. I usually refuse to buy a winter seasonal in October, but I'll make an exception for this one.

Guden, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 26, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. Poured a thick head that lingered for a long time.
Delicious aroma of hops and caramel. Low carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Elegant taste, sweet malt with spices and hints of vanila. Mildly bitter and dry, with a smooth butterscotch warm ending. Still hiding the 6.9% alcohol content. Very well balanced. It reminded me of an English old ale.

FLima, Oct 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

norinco, Oct 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

6demonbag, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Victor, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ambruns1979, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

AlSharp, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, fruits, and some slight funky aromas. I think there may be an issue with this beer based on the smell. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish and a slightly funky flavor that isn't as bad as the smell would indicate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands with what seems like a mild infection issue. Even though the funk doesn't come through as much in the taste vs. smell, there is definitely a problem with the can I picked up.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

liveMike, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

RblWthACoz, Oct 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

olbubba, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

fisherbray, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JSchock7, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hanzo, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Beeradelphia, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

IpeeA, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice filled my glass mug with a clear dark amber color that formed a one finger tan head that left minimal lacing. The nose is of malt, caramel and a hint of fruit. The taste matches the nose, however is stronger. The flavor of caramel and toffee is dominant with light warming spiciness. The body is lighter, almost a little watery for the style.

Winter Solstice is a Winter Warmer that is lighter in spiciness and body than what I am accustom to in this style, however the Ale is very drinkable.

bushbeer75, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

strongaf, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ejimhof, Aug 26, 2012
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.