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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy burnt sienna with a small white head.

Caramel, toffee, baking dark bread, some appley esters. Quite inviting.

Lots of deep malts, toffee, a touch of citrus, light spicing, and then the apple character lifts it up, and the spice lingers cleanly.

Big bodied with low carbonation but fairly clean feeling.

A very nice winter seasonal that isn't overdone in any fashion, very drinkable despite the heavier body, abv, and big maltiness.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley- approachable, low hop profile, highly spiced, 2nd most behind Frosted Frog, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other mulling spices.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the 22oz bottle.

Pours almost a rust red color with a slight hint of orange near the edges. The head is thin and coats the glass as it goes down.

The smell is faint and is sweet with malt, caramel and a hint of vanilla spiciness.

The taste is not overly sweet but has the common characteristics of an ale. Malt, caramel and a bit of spice and vanilla for the winter tastes.

It has little lingering taste and the beer is very smooth and balanced. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable and could be enjoyed almost any time. Light and crisp with no overwhelming characteristics. Easily able to enjoy multiple beers during one sitting.

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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber in color with a thick, fluffy creamy white head, lots of retention on the glass.

S- Very sweet smelling, I'm getting vanilla, some marshmallows, toffee and toasted malts. A little bit of chocolate in there as well.

T- Much like the smell, I'm getting more toffee and vanilla, but I'm getting a lot of pie crust, similarly to Southern Tier Pumpking Ale.

M- Very thin and almost watery. Not much carbonation.

O- This was a decent beer. I'd drink it again

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber tea color. Has a thick fluffy off white head. Head settles to a wisp lace head, ring of lace around the edges of the glass. Some patches of lace cling on the way down. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of caramel malts, bready yeasts. Decent nose.

Brew is creamy initially; spiced in the middle and peppers the tongue in the finish, drying finish. Nice mellow flavors with this one; nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel; caramel being the prominent flavor. Nutty maltiness and some roasted notes as well. Maybe even vanilla in here. Yeasts are well done and add to the malty smoothness here. Some spiced hops noticed in the middle as well. Mellow is the best way to describe this one. A good tasting brew but a tad bit too thin. No flavors take the forefront. Good.

This is a good brew, has a decent abv as we at 6.9%. Good sessionable brew, just not alot going on as far as complexity or flavor.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a-pours with a 1/2 finger pale white head that quickly dissapates leaving behind average lacing. has a rusted copper color that is very cloudy.

s-there is an upfront aroma of cherries and other dark fruits with a very small hint of anise. brown sugar, caramel, and orange peels. it has a very sweet yet warm aroma that is very inviting. it smells much like a very good piece of biscotti.

t-sweet cherries again and then a medium does of malt. there are also spices present like sweet cinnamon, and maybe even clove. its a wonderfully tasty beer and the sweetness is not overpowering at all.

m-mouthfeel is excellent. this is a superb example of an easy drinking yet full bodies beer. carbonation is at a very low level but still present, leaves almost no trace on your palate. perfect.

o-take the smell, taste, and mouthfeel, combine them, and you got yourself a pretty damn good beer. this is superb. easy to drink, tasty, not overwhemling, and just damn good!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass

Pours golden orange with two inches thick frothy white head. Aggressive carbonation shoots up from the bottom of the glass. Long and drawn out retention.

Caramel, honey and allspice are dominant in the nose. Lightly spiced with Christmas like aromas. Sweet and warming. Spicy hops come in at the back end and provide a much needed presence.

Tastes of caramel malt, honey and vanilla. Spices are more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Nutmeg, allspice and a splash of cinnamon. Not picking up much of the hop profile in the taste. Sweet and quite delicious.

Medium bodied and creamy. Nice burst of carbonation that combines nicely with the soft, full mouthfeel. At 6.9%, this brew is dangerously drinkable.

This is a fantastic winter offering by Anderson Valley. Has a great sweet/spiced balance with hints of caramel and vanilla. A must try winter warmer offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,813 ratings
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