Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,808 Ratings
Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by maxpower on 11-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,808
Reviews:
731
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
255
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,808 |  Reviews: 731
Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color.

Overall: This beer is full of toffee, caramel and licorice aroma. Flavor is similar with some molasses, dark fruit, spices, and some vanilla. Medium bodied. Smooth and sweet finish. Great Christmas ale.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fitting and proper to drink on the solstice.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A hazy brown Amber color with a huge frothy head. This beer has a little age on it so haziness could be protein particles.

Definitely a slight oxidized note. Rich dark cherries and dates. Slightly medicinal. No hops to speak of.

Lots slick thick malt definitely that medicinal cherry flavor and a thin body.

An interesting beer. The taste and aroma don't seem to match with the body. Might work better as an old ale or stronger barleywine, but that might be the age of the beer shining through.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy brown red with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of winter spices and slight berry. Tastes of chocolate with slight spice and very slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied, a little overcarbonated, but very smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of DocD
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I didn't expect the aroma to be this alluring. The spices are there - cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg - yet are balanced quite well by the caramel malts. And ale esters! I love getting notes of cherry and apricot in these kind of beers. Everything seems to come together in nice harmony. Luckily, the flavor profile holds up to the nose. Difference is, there seems to be a lot more in the way of vanilla notes when it first hits the palate. It's subtly spiced, with gentle traces of cinnamon and ginger around the midtaste. The back end is a little bit estery. This features a good mix of an intense primary flavor (vanilla) and lesser subtleties that are actually quite palpable. It feels creamy and relatively full, inspiring savoring over pure drinkability. Carbonation is mellow, and the finish is just dry enough (and I do mean just) to make this not feel like a chore. Damn, this one is good! The malts are showcased well, the spices aren't bludgeoning, and it's pleasant to sip on. Only real flaw is that I would only want one of these in a session, rather than two or three. Would get again, easily.

3.83/5: A proper approach to the winter warmer

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Photo of DASA10
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckornmannn
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can: light mahogany color, clear. Apple and caramel on the nose- a lot of aroma for this style of beer. The right amount of carbonation. Apple, caramel, breadiness, and a bit of astringency taste wise. This really tastes like an alt beer with some evergreen tips added in. I really like it; would buy it again.

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Photo of Wheels2532
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pjr
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Winter warmer is sort of a strange style because (at least to my knowledge) there is no real standard for what one of these should taste like. That being said I've tried a few winter ales lately (Great Divide - Hibernation and Avery Brewing - Old Jubilation to name a few) and I have to say I really like them all - the Winter Seasonal is no exception. The overall taste is very mellow, no real spicyness to speak of - lots of vanilla/caramel notes. A nice winter ale no doubt. I had mine from a can - I wonder if the bottle is any better? Anderson Valley is a highly under-rated brewery - always love their beers

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. A reddish / brownish color on the pour. Malty and spice aroma fills the air. Hints of cinnamon, sweet vanilla and some other spices are very apparent. A nice tasting beer but I have had better from this brewery. This one would be reordered if need be. Perfect seasonal beer for sure ! Nice job Anderson Valley !

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Photo of hozersr
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hmbse7en
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Masonpp85
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greeniedgator
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jensen83
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acbe
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Greyman
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,808 ratings.
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