RATINGS: 1150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle- Ive had this on tap and remember it being more flavorfull and deep with rich flavors of the holiday season. Great brewery and great beers. This batch might not have come out the way it should have. Pours a nice carbonated amber brown, with a nice bubbly head. Malt is chewy with hints of caramel, and pepermint. Alcohol is well hidden as this beer starts off and finishes very watery and yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Poured a dark dark orange color with small head. Aroma was hot of alcohol hops and something sweet. Flavor was bready with cinnamon nutmeg and some other spices in there as well. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Ocean Wine and Spirits in Ocean, NJ. Pours a murky orange amber with an off white head. Medium body. Aroma of caramel, cookie dough, and fruit. Initial flavor of caramel and butterscotch candy that transitions to a vanilla and cherry like fruitiness. Spicy hop finish with a wisp of alcohol. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2007
This is a really nice beer; it both smells great and looks nice. The taste is sweet and caramely, though I didnt place it as a tradtional spice beer. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Pours hazy dark red/brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly malty; cookies, and heavily hoppy; grapefruit. Flavor is has excelent ballance with a nice hop flavor, finish is smooth with some obvious vinilla flavor and softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Deep mahogany color with small off-white head. Aroma full of malts and fruits. This beer was full flavored -- malt, caramel, toffee and a berry-like fruit taste. Lots of flavors going on in this medium bodied brew. One of the best winter beers I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Tap - medium ruby hue, with, I swear, a hint of purple in it - semi-herbal aroma, with a thick, sweet maltiness - kind of light bodied for a winter warmer, and a little too sweet to enjoy - there is a strange taste of play dough through the middle, finishing with a somewhat medicinal taste - not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. My worst Anderson Valley experience thus far. A touch better than the Anchor offering of the same style that I tried the day before. I am having a difficult time settling in to this style. Tried a few this season and was on the verge of enjoying them. This is a difficult beer for me - the spicy, salty taste is hard to handle. Consistency and feel in the mouth is a bit heavy and fuzzy. Ill work on it again next year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superfly (2) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
Yummy. One of the most unique flavors around. Strong carmel flavor/color. Perfect for the winter. Dont drink straight out of the fridge. Let it sit and warm a little. You will get the full flavor of this beer if you let it warm a little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (180) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Nice foggy caramel color. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a nice fruity aroma. This is a great winter beer for those cold winter nights. One of the best seasonal beers I have tried this holiday season.

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