Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale
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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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Photo of Maverick-Idaho
1.93/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into the glass with a nice head that doesn't last, probably due to low carbonation. Looks red orange in the glass, like the label. Smell is initially like beer, but disappoints with spicy notes. The taste is initially like molasses, but leaves a funny disagreeable aftertaste, probably the fancy spices. The feel on the palate is half flat and definitely not as warm as expected. Overall a disappointment. Would not recommend or ever buy again.

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Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyNole
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pajfuwen
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sharp315
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CalebM
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mudROCK
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my "go-to" winter favorites. Great balance and abundant notes of winter tastes.

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Photo of ApolloXII
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

After a case of Jubelale I drank down
Over the last week while friends were in town,
This beer just seems a bit boring
While usually their beers are quite soaring.

I like my winter ales to be darker in style
With a plumb, raisin, date character profile
But the lighter color already let's me know
That as a winter ale, this beer will be only so-so

The aroma gives way to an amber or red
It's just the first thing to comes my head
A sweet malty profile with a hint of ripe berry
A bit of spice as it warms but it only gets wary

The taste has a bit more to offer to me
With wood and cherry, it's all of the tree
But less pronounced than other winter ales
Boldness and creativity is where this beer fails.

But it's still rather nice, with pleasant phenolics
And enough drankability to quench an alcoholic
It's just not enough spice, fruit, fig, yeast, or wood
But not every album by a band is always good.

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Photo of gtn0208
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Edie
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Soneji75
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Anderson Valley. I am unsure if they use some sort of proprietary malt but most of their offerings taste annoyingly similar. Most of the ones I’ve had, with the exception of the gose, have an overly malty, caramely and sweet feel to them, regardless of the style.

Unfortunately, Winter Solstice is not the exception. It pours a hazy, burnt orange with about an finger of head which dissipates fairly quickly. The thin lacing left behind also disappears quickly leaving nearly nothing but a small ring around the edge of the glass. I am pretty sure I’m supposed to get spices on the nose, but I only get vanilla. And lots of it! There is also some sweet caramely maltness and toffee notes. But mostly vanilla.

This beer is very sweet. It’s all vanilla in the middle front and back. Towards the end I was able to detect some serious brown sugary sweetness to boot, but that’s about it. Reminds me of sweet bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is decent with enough carbonation to make it feel like beer and not a sticky cocktail.

Sadly, as most Anderson Valley beers, this seems muddled and without any real depth. There are so many better examples of this style out there that this seems a bit pointless.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(perhaps an old can - wouldn't put it past that store... poured into a fat tulip)

L: deep reddish orange liquid with a mild-medium haze - actually, quite cloudy once all poured in... fizz fest on the foam - very very thin crackly collar... honestly, it looks like shit - or more specifically, fermented piss mixed with Boones Farm

S: rich depth of medium-dark caramel, hint of dried cherry... no overt hop or booze aromas

T: tastes very much like it smells... semi-dry finish with a light end wash of subtle phenolic-type spice and flowery fusel - mellow degree, balanced nicely, tailing off the malt... the malt/caramel flavor is great, along with some of the fruity outer tones, but the taste sort of crumbles on the back end like a rusty old clunker

L: medium-bodied, but flabby... dextrinous viscosity and texture frayed... watery heat flickers in the finish... not a total disaster, but it does flow like a old forgotten bottle of extract brew

O: this one's stumping me - seems old - there's a date smear-stamped on the bottom of the can, and I hate to think that it actually does say 2011... could definitely tell though there's some fine flavor in its past, and at least it'll encourage me to seek out a fresher example

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Photo of Dzu
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into chalice.
L: Tourbid dark-copper color wti a weak foam head.
S: Tart, caramel.
T: Plums, caramel, dark fruits.
F: Medium body, weak carbonation.
O: Great warmer. Definitely will buy another one again!

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyB
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber, tan bubbly head.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, nutmeg.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, nutmeg, slight chocolate.

Feel: Smooth, creamy, but not overpowering.

Overall: This is not just a good winter wamer, but a darn fine brew overall. The flavors of the beer itself are excellent, and the added spices only enhance it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/14....pours reddish amber hue, medium dark, not a lick of foam. Malty nose, breads, toffee, along with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Rich, fruit forward taste, cherry tart. Sugary caramel. Raisin and other fruits throughout. Thicker mouthfeel. Almost a syrup like quality, but creamy. Interesting.

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Photo of B_B
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,831 ratings
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