RATINGS: 1153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 winter’s 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2011
bottle. Cooper ale w/ sweet and warming tongue followed by a dessert/holiday spice linger. Vanilla. Quite nice and remains easy to drink.


1.2
akranger (1) - - JUL 9, 2017 does not count
Nauseating sweet syrup, turns the stomach. Bought six pack at the brewery store, never finished even two cans. It’s truly awful, avoid it.

3.5
SeniorZozo (1843) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 26, 2017
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2.6
mgajdaczewa (2143) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 23, 2017
W aromacie dużo karmelu, ziemistości, słodkich nut miodowych. Tak samo w smaku, karmel, ziemia, miód. Nuda, panie.

3.6
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Treated as an English strong ale, as I believe that’s what the brewer intended, this was poured into a snifter. The appearance was an amber/brown color with a one finger white foamy head that faded quickly. Sly lace. The aroma had some caramel/toffee malt up front. Slight tobacco, and then some sweet pomme-like fruits to glisten the underneath. Finishes with some raisins. The flavor leads with the sweetness through the blend of the prior mentioned aromas. Malty and fruity aftertaste with a finish that seems to add a touch of vanilla. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt good for the style and what the brewer intended. Overall, I don’t see this as a spice/herb/vegetable beer. Just like the brewer says, this is closer to an English strong ale and worthy of having again.

2.9
jsnicholas (627) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Tap ($6/pint). Amber/brown.One finger head that faded quickly. This beer was very fruity. I like the fruitiness of some hops, but this was almost like a cider which I am not a fan of. Also quite sweet.

2.6
madnorwegian (229) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Not a fan. One dimensional. Just sicky sweet malt. Barely any head. Don’t know how this beer is in the 85th percentile.

3.9
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2017
This beer has a nice spicy sweetness to it that reminds me of a cider. It’s not so sweet that it loses its beer taste, but it’s got notes closer to honey than I usually find in a winter ale.

4
roldano (138) - - JAN 18, 2017
Espuma color crema que permanece, color ámbar, apreciándose el brotar constante de finas burbujas, aroma dulce en nariz, el sabor es fresco y dulce en inicio con notas especiadas y regusto permanente.

4
llucmaduell (260) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2017
A beer curious, usually untested American beers. I leverage oportunitat.Una cerevsa correct, with good taste in the mouth, smell worked well

3.7
jybi (317) - FRANCE - JAN 11, 2017
Cette Winter Valley de la brasserie Anderson Valley est une véritable bière d’hiver, une bière toute chaleur et très suave. Le titrage alcoolique de 6.9 % Abv est malheureusement insuffisant pour tirer le meilleur des arômes présents et laisse s’enfoncer la bière sur un final par trop sucré. Il en reste une bière agréable présentant des notes herbacées intéressantes. L’étiquette est d’ailleurs bien trouvée, car c’est l’impression de nature hivernale qui prédomine lors de la dégustation. En verre, le Winre Valley est très convenable avec une robe ambrée surmontée d’une mousse blanc crème de 1 cm retombant très vite pour napper tout juste la bière. Les bulles sont relativement fines avec une effervescence moyennement marquée. Le nez se porte sur la caramel, la figue (gâteaux figolu!) et le pruneau. L’ensemble est agréable. L’attaque est peu marquée, très douce sur le caramel et les fruits jaunes. L’amertume qui s’en suit n’est pas très intense (IBU de 6), mais bien présente sur des arômes très herbacées, voire mentholées (utilisation d’houblon de type Northern Brewer notamment). L’ensemble est bien équilibré avec une arrière bouche suave sur le caramel et les fruits jaunes, mais le faible titrage alcoolique ne permet absolument pas une envolée des saveurs et un final d’une longueur moyenne permettant de retrouver des arômes de pruneaux et de chocolat.


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