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:
730
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
255
For Trade:
0
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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a Krombacher Pils glass stein.

Appearance- Murky reddish/brown/amber with one finger of white head that left a ring around the top.

Smell- Caramel malts, bready yeast, tart apple. There's some spice, but it's not overwhelming.

Taste- Malts, apple, stone fruits, very light spice. Very fruity and full feeling, but not overwhelming. No booze taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated with medium body. Easy to drink and not boozy, which I find is common in this style.

Overall- Solid Winter Warmer considering that I generally don't like the style. Fruit forward and easy to drink. I think it's 8 degrees outside right now.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is an opaque amber, light tan head presents about 1/2 inch thick from the growler pour, some lacing and a light ring lingers.

Smell is light chocolate, some toffee, hints of fruit, light bitterness.

Taste is very pleasant, nice cleaner malt flavors: chocolate, toffee, toast and maybe some caramel on the finish; some fruitiness, some spice but non distinguishable.

Mouthfeel is solid, good tongue presence and lingering flavors, some drying from the strength or bittering hops

Overall, this is a very good, full flavored winter warmer style, cleaner malt flavors and good hop bitterness blend well.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium dark brown, with not much head or lacing.

This one smells pretty good- some brown sugar, caramel, slightly floral aromas.

The taste is similar. It seems liberally spiced- but I can't distinguish all of them. I do catch some brown sugar and cinnamon, along with candied fruit flavors, and caramel malt. There is some slight grassiness as well.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. There is a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, not too bad. It's nothing to write home about, but it was enjoyable in the moment.

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