RATINGS: 1148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winters days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

MALTS:
Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L and 80L), Munich (20L)

HOPS:
Northern Brewer, Liberty

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
10/24/07 From the bottle. Aroma is a low cascade hop flora forward followed by sweet malt. Appearance is light copper with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward, candilike, with a good lightly sour malt note, and light hop resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carb feel and light creaminess. Overall, and interesting brew, but some might be bothered by the resiny flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, spice, and vanilla. Flavors of dark fruit, raisin, vanilla, and winter spice. Pretty good for a spice beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Had on 12/10/2004. Aroma is very faint but seems a bit sweet. Color is a hazy burnt orange with light carbonation and a thin head. Taste is light and clean. Starting with a light to medium body it goes down with a crisp fizzy feel. The finish comes on with a mild sweet taste that finishes off clean with a warm feel. Not a bad beer but not much of a Winter Ale. I do not understand how this won a gold medal.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/14/1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: Jax

dark clear amber with a touch of bubbles, sweet spicy aroma, malt flavor with just a hint of spice followed by bitterness
-------- /> Date: 12/12/2002
Source: ww
Score: iii

light, sweet, malty, spicy, touch of cinamon, nice
-------- /> Date: 12/04/2005
Mode: draft
Words: sampler
Words: pizza port

clear amber, thin beige head, sweet fruity and spicy, only a hint of the cinamon, spices are well blended and hard to pick out which makes for a really nice profile

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2006 12oz bottle pours out a clear dark amber topped with a off white head. Sweet syrup aroma. tast is also sweet along with a little chocolater tast. Pretty good. Thanks for the door beer. Jordan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6231) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours a murky reddish brown with a reddish beige head. Aroma is maple syrup, cherries, and a pancakey bready kind of thing. Flavor is very sweet. Very fruity flavors come out in this one. Lots of cherries and plums. A little maple or nutmeg? A small amout of bitterness comes through as it warms. Pretty hearty and rich brew, but a pretty tasty brew too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
350 mL bottle. Auburn brown with a fizzy white head. Caramel and spice aroma and taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4860) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with a tight, thin cap of small bubbles that faded fast. Smell: Fruity, spicy aroma of orange, nutmeg, almond paste, and cinnamon. Taste: A variety of flavors upfront - light caramel, juicy oranges, and a shot of amaretto make for an overall tangy taste. Finishes sweet, with the taste of toffee leading up to an enduring cinnamon, cocoa powder aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but theres definitely a creaminess to it. Drinkability: Clearly, this is one of the lighter winter seasonals available, both in regards to body and spiciness. Very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Hazy orange-amber color reminds me of cider. Aroma is relatively light and sweet--a good dose of caramel in there...Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice malty-sweet wave dominates early, followed by a brighter, tangier fruitiness and a spicy and mild hop-dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OdinUSMC (7) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007 does not count
At first it seems like a random pilsner deceptivly hidden in a six dollar bottle. But then the finish comes which is so clean and its almost sanitary. Then because it was so razor clean you go back for seconds (and because you dropped 6 bucks on it) and the array of flavors floats out. Like running backward through your mothers spice rack, its all in there. Good for everything. Good way to start the night. Good way to drink all night forget your name by sunrise. Then, even good with waffle house.


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