Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

Rated 3.600 by BeerPals

Brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Boonville, CA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

6.9% Alcohol by Volume

6 International Bittering Units

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From the first sip of Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale , your senses will be aroused with the vision of a glowing fire, warming the hearth and home, as gently drifting snow flakes silently blanket the trees outside. Each lingering sip will gently warm your soul with thoughts of family and friends, gathering around the table for the feast. Luscious, creamy, smooth, and warming, this medium bodied ale is brewed with Caramel and crystal malts to give it just a hint of sweetness, then paired with our private blend of holiday spice. Winter Solstice Ale is great alone or as an accompaniment to any meal, and it has been known to liven and spice up nearly any social event. This coveted and much sought-after brew is released in November, just in time for the holidays, and by the first of the New Year will be only a fond memory. As with all of our products, Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized, and should be stored in refrigeration. However, to fully enjoy its rich and complex flavor, it should be served between 40° and 45°F

ID: 1070 Last updated 1 week ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank1933
Overall Percentile95.8
Style Rank33 of 1207
Style Percentile97.3
Lowest Score1.9
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.633
Weighted Score3.600
Standard Deviation0.457

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  • SIGMUND 4119 reviews
    rated 3.6 1 week ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.9%. Brown colour, large off-white head. Nice aroma of malts (including some caramel) and mild spices, including cinnamon. Also some fruity notes (blackcurrants and ripe blackberries). None of the aroma elements are overdone. The flavour is first fruity (hints of blackcurrants and blackberries again) and malty with some caramel, but not too sweet. The Christmas spices come through more distinctly, but not sharp. The bittering hops are very moderate (too moderate for my taste), probably making the beer palatable for people who don’t fancy AVBC’s hoppier beers. Easy drinking, and does not taste as strong as it is.

  • RICHSBEER 1654 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a copper to brown with small head & almost no lace. The aroma is spicy with a hint of vanilla, nothing too strong - malt, maybe cinnamon/allspice? The taste is smooth over the tongue, slightly malty, caramel but creamy. The mouth feel has a pleasant dry caramel aftertaste with more pronounced spice notes, medium bodied.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Exceptional brew, the color and foam was done nicely.The aroma was inviting, and the flavors were outstanding too.The hints of licorice,all spice and cinnamon came through very good. Seemed to be a pretty good mix of ingredients.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a cloudy copper color with an orange cream colored head that goes at a decent pace. Aroma is very bready and malty, I can smell the beer in full a couple feet away. Lacing is very consistent and full. Taste is very creamy and full of sweet bread. Taste has that distinctive hit of what can only be described at cookie dough. Aftertaste is sticky and very sweet. It is very odd in a good way. Very good beer.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    From cans: deep amber pour, very slight murkiness, tall near-white head, ample lacing throughout. Pleasant aromas of caramel malts, toffee, very light Holiday spices, earthy hops. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth. Taste is malty sweet, caramel and toffee and a bit of breadiness, very very slight Holiday / Christmas spices, vanilla, light earthy hops. Nice smooth Holiday-ish brew. Thanks Sam for bringing these up from the ATL. Tasty critters.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Dark amber color with a white head. The aroma contains mostly strong citrus and spices. The flavor contains some orange, perfume, brandyish flavors, and candy sugar. Some chocolate notes present. Palate is a bit thin considering. Overall a nice beer.

  • CYBERCAT 9603 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    Aroma is not strong but has spicy and malty hints. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick and fluffy buff head. Hearty flavor has malty, gingerbread and honey notes, sweet but subtle, hints of cloves and cocoa, very tasty and very much the Winter Holidays! (Bleep Christmas - I celebrate the Winter Solstice!) Texture has good body and plenty of fizz, and a dusty gingerbread hint. Happy whatever-the-heck-you-celebrate-in-December!

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A little too sweet for me, but a good representation for the style. Pretty much a spicy brown ale. Light to medium brown appearance. Caramel malt, little bit of hop....not the best balance but decent. Got for half off on clearance (it is almost summer here already!), so I would say it is worth that for the buzz it gives. Forgetable though and not something I would seek again.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Overall the whole experience was like honey. The beer pours thick and amber and very hazy which looks very much like unfiltered honey. The smell and flavor are almost the same, very candy-like sweetness with not much bitterness and some spice notes. Very easy to drink but I don't think I could do more than one at a time.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A deep mahogany-amber colored beer. A small head of foamy off white settles quickly leaving a medium sized ringlet. The pofile in this full bodied beer is malty, some maple and some chocolate on the back of the palate. An okay beer doesn't deliver on something that could be bolder.

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