Winter Solstice
Indigo Imp Brewery

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
ABV:
not listed
Score:
74
Avg:
3 | pDev: 23.67%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
46
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Indigo Imp Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
1.4/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another installment from Ryan011235 in the It Ain't All Columbus IPA and Edmund Fitzgerald Up Here series of Ohio reality checks. 12 ounce bottle/LaChouffe tulip. (I find myself slightly disappointed that this Imp offering isn't wax-dipped for that extra touch of fanciness.) Slightly hazy deep amber with a head that quickly pulls a disappearing act. No lace.

The pleasant combo of caramel and honey aromas is beaten down by canned frozen orange juice and a vaguely medicinal smell. Tangy to dang near the point of complete sourness; anything else going on here is pretty much drowned out. Fizzy carbonation aplenty. A complete mess. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Imp, but the open fermentation thing? It's a disaster.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2013 12 oz. bottle with new name: "Winter Soul"

Pours a slightly hazy amber red, no real head to speak of despite an aggressive pour. Basically a hint of white lace for a split second.

Smells of crisp apples, cinnamon, orange peel, mild pine hop, and biscuit malts.

Tastes of tart apple and orange juice, mild spice, and a hint of hop.

Medium to thin body with minimal carbonation.

This beer is weird. I'm not sure if it's supposed to taste like this or what, but it doesn't taste like any other beer I've had. It's not terrible, just very different. It's like a fruit juice more than anything. Not sure I could recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to Tifore (Tyler) for the bottle.

A- Pours a murky amberish brown color. One finger off white head has low retention. Light spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a light citrus undertone to this that gets overtaken by a huge chocoalte malt drive. Some other earthy hops in the backend but very light. Pretty much balances out the malts as far as aroma goes.

T- Caramel and toffee malts in the front end of the beer. Some light orange peel flavor that dies alomst as soon as it comes. There is some light peppery notes in the middle of the beer with a hint of chocolate like malts. Ending is earthy flavors along with a sweet alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light but works for the beer. Caramel and toffee malts left on the palate. This is in the aftertaste as well with sweet alcohol and faded hops. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are bland but blended well for what it was. No off flavors that others have talked about..a clean bottle free of metallic or sour notes.

D- This beer was drinkable but a little lackluster. I expected a little more from the beer itself but it ended up being just a average drinker. I would like to try this again but as far as right now goes it is average at best.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Visiting family in Ohio for the holidays. Someone stopped at Heinen's (I think that was what it was called) and picked up a sixer of Indigo Imp Winter Solstice.

The first thing you notice is that 1 random bottle is covered in wax! Is this for novelty or do they really want you to let this one age? I can't answer that question, but the website says "There's a little Imp in everyone but sometimes one stands out. Are you an Imp?" Doesn't answer my question.

This beer has a deep amber color, with thick white head and lacing that lasts the entire drink. Aroma is of malts (roasted?) and a slight hop bitterness. There is also a citrus scent but a faint one at that. Taste is malts and spice, maybe cinnamon or something to that effect. There is that citrus again. This beer is full bodied. Great balance and very impressive brew. I could easily down the sixer if I wasn't so afraid to open the one covered in wax.

There is a little bit of brewers yeast in the bottle, forgot to mention that. It's also unpasteurized.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.07/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to readbaron (maybe) for bringing this along.

Appearance: This is a murky brown copper color with plentiful black flecks of particulate. A large-bubbled white head fades to a wispy ring.

Smell: Wow, this is pretty bad. Cooked vegetables and some stinky feet go along with caramel malt. Light spiced and heavy bready malt.

Taste: The flavor starts with a full caramel sweetness, then some soft cinnamon and general spiciness. No real hoppy flavor here. The finish is reminiscent of steamed cauliflower.

Mouthfeel: The body is unnecessarily light, with a medium carbonation and a tingly mouthfeel. Sticky on the lips.

Overall: This is pretty bad. The flavor is not as bad as the aroma, but an absence of bad flavor is hardly a compliment.

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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

I received this as an extra in a trade but I can't remember who sent it. Pours a cloudy very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden burnt orange hues when held to light and a thin fizzy yellowish head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is kind of bland with hints of citrus peel, peppery spice, subtle earthy hops, pale malt and alcohol sweetness.

Thin bodied and very sweet with a prominet citrus peel flavor along with pepery spice, subtle hops and caramel malt. Surprisingly not too watered down, a touch syrupy with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of ONUMello
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown color with a thin head that disappears quite quickly.
S: Quite malty, with caramel and just a bit of nondescript spice/citrus.
T: Quite sour, as is the case with most of Indigo Imp's beers. Some of the caramel/citrus/generic spice from the nose comes through, but is hidden beneath the acid.
M: Light and crisp.
O: I like this because I like acidity, but I would much rather drink it as a refreshing drink during the summer, it did not come across as a winter beer to me.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had all the Indigo Imp brews, and this is probably my second favorite of their current four offerings. This is their winter seasonal.

A: Pours a brownish amber color. Very murky and cloudy. Head is rather minimal. You can hear the carbonation fizzing.

S/T: The aroma is very subtle. Its hard to pick out specific smells, but overall it is sweet, and somewhat fruity. Taste is very clean and crisp with little to no aftertaste. Its sweet and sour at the same time. A decent amount of fruit in the flavor. The orange peel does come through. Maybe a touch of apple as well. Slight champagne character. Not really picking up on the cinnamon, however. Its an okay beer, but nothing great.

M/D: Mouthfeel is overly fizzy and bubbly. A little too much carbonation. Finishes very clean with no aftertaste. Drinks rather easily. I remember this one being more sticky and intense last year.

Not a bad beer, but far from other excellent Ohio winter seasonals. Other than the Gatekeeper, this is the best beer in their lineup. Worth a shot.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Worthy to note that the name of this beer was changed to Winter Soul.

Not much on the nose at all. A little astringent smelling, but it's very feint. I get a few sour notes as well, some very light fruit and chocolate.

Winter Soul's look is a bit disappointing, it is a deep hazy red color with no head what-so-ever. Minimal lacing, nothing very noteworthy.

Winter Soul tastes pretty good, dispute it's lackluster aroma and appearance. It has a nice Brett character that gives a little sourness, but nothing lip puckering. It There is an immediate sweetness you get right before the Brett takes over. I would describe this as a caramel-like flavor. Hop flavor are nonexistent.

The beer is easy to drink, and is nice and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I was able to find a wax top of this at my local mix six place for $1.75.

A - Quite hazy for an amber looks more like an old ale with a deep brown hue. Head is almost not existent with just a mild lace ring.

S - First smell was mild with some caramel and toffee malt but in the glass I am getting a Flanders red sort of tart brett smell. Other than that funk it mostly smells good.

T - OW wow is this sour like infected sour. Brett seems to have completely taken over and the rest of the body is hollow and watery like a fruit punch. What a fail on an amber/red ale!

M - Not sure the ABV but it drinks like a light beer but not as crisp. The zero carbonation makes it worse.

Overall I am not sure why you would distribute this let alone wax the freaking top. To be fair it was quite cool since they even put a string in the wax for easy removal. Not sure what they were keeping the air out from since this beer is a disaster. Drain pour/avoid!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep reddish copper color with a thin bubbly light tan colored head. Solid retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S-the nose is actually very strange. A lot of things going on here. It has some cinnomon, a peppery spice, very grainy, grassy hops, touch of pine.

T-the taste is a lot more focused and works much better than the nose. There is some sweet caramel, notes of cinnomon up front. Grassy hops, a touch of pine, lemon, and citrusy hops come in next. It is spicy towards the back and also has some nutmeg to match the cinnomon

M-very smooth and slightly creamy. A good bit of carbonation and a medium body on this one.

D-the nose scared me, it was all over the place and didn't work well together. The taste was much better and seemed like a decent winter warmer. Classified as a red ale, not sure why.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.95/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 11/26/10

Dense, cloudy copper/amber color. Countless bubbles cling the inside of the glass. Boasting an outrageous three finger plus barrier of foam, the head crackled as it receded. It was audible from a foot away, sounding like Pop Rock & rain on a window sill. No lace; no retention by the end.

Smells of fermented orange juice, caramel, toasted cinnamon bread, rotten orange rind citric hops, a touch of musty yeast & earthy notions. Neither particularly bad nor good. Had something of a plasticine aroma when I open the bottle, though it's absent once poured.

Wow, this tastes really weird. A dull malt bill of toasted bread & caramel is aggravated by brash spices & carbonation. Cinnamon, tea leaves & orange something. A little bit of hoppy bitterness. Everything about the taste is cluttered & muddled; in turn it's rather unpleasant. It doesn't help that the taste can best be summed up as artificial & rotten.

Masquerades as medium body; perhaps there is some truth to it though the feel becomes watery & incredibly thin mid way through. Carbonation is vigorous on the front end; it subsides a little but is ample throughout. Waxy finish with notes of putrid orange rind, processed spice & plastic.

At first I thought this would be a solid offering from Indigo Imp; while cold it tastes ok, if a little bland. As it warms, the aforementioned penchant for the artificial & rotten takes hold. This doesn't even come close to the dregs of Northeast Ohio's best winter brews.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.16/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I very much enjoyed this beer. It's very unique, not much like traditional winter or Christmas beers. For better or worse, it doesn't even seem much like typical beer but rather a cinnamon-infused malt brew with just a hint of hop dryness at the end.

This is an extremely drinkable beverage based on the balanced spicy flavor, apparently low-ish alcohol and very subtle bitterness. I rarely can drink more than one "winter" beer at a sitting, but I could easily stick with these for an evening of cold weather drinking (it's 16 degrees in Cleveland as I write this).

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Photo of mikepcarney
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade...

A: Looks pretty tasty. Almost like an iced tea color. Little white head that disappears quickly. Looks highly carbonated

S: Smells of iced tea. Smells very sweet, but very tasty.

T: Good flavor. Tastes like a combo of iced tea, grapefruit, and pear. I like the taste of this one. It's kind of like a light IPA. Tastes very refreshing.

M: A little too much carbonation on this one. Nothing special in this department.

D: Goes down very easy. Tastes great and has not much harsh, except for the mouthfeel, going on about it.

All in all, this one definitely surprised me. I saw some reviews and expected to be disappointed, but I was pleasantly surprised instead. Very refreshing brew without a harsh IPA taste. If you want something refreshing but less hoppy, then this is your brew.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of readbaron
1.62/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a muddy amber with off white head. Small bubbles, and minimal lacing.

Smell is brutal. Feet and rotting/moldy vegetables are prominant. Some malt and bready aromas underneath. Supposedly it has cinnamon and orange. I didn't notice those.

Taste is a lot like the nose. Not as brutal, but still very bad. More on the vegetable side than the feet side. Lots of malt as well.

Feel is decent. A bit dry, medium carbed.

Ugh. Drainpour. Wish I'd tried this sooner (assuming that it tasted better last winter).

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3/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +33.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -50%

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3/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Winter Solstice from Indigo Imp Brewery
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 46 ratings