RATINGS: 1154   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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4.4
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Sweet brown sugar and caramel on nose. Awesome sweet, malty, graham cracker flavor with a long sweet finish. No noticeable hops anywhere in this beer. It’s just sweet, sweet honey, brown sugar nectar. Booze is well hidden in the sweetness. I love my winter beer sweet and this is one of the best.

4.4
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - SEP 3, 2012
aroma is figs, plums, cereal. Appearance is coppery amber red rich clear beer. Thin off white head that falls fast. Taste is Doughy, leather, bourbonish perfume, alco banana ester, slice dirty fruit spices, anise, lots of character here. Palate is clean but heavy and malty, palate keeps a hint of spice and bread. Overall really malty, med.- full body, graininess, beautiful flavor layering. Well balanced and light earthy herb hop, very light. Great

4.4
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Extremely nice seasonal; enough flavor and ABV to quiet any critic. Strange this comes from California! Hoppy, spicy and slightly sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
ericwill99 (86) - Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
I was a little concerned when I saw "licorice" on the label, but I really enjoyed the moderately spicy flavors in this moderately dark brown beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
clueo (181) - 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.

4.3
natronbomb8 (5) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
This seasonal winter ale rates right up there with the best of them. It has a beautiful amber color and a great caramel/raisen finish. Very sweet and malty, this beer is great in front of a fire with friends while the snow swirls outside the window. Perfect for Christmas Eve as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down.

4.3
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 2, 2012
can. clear amber with a large, fluffy, cream colored head. long, sticky head with great lacing. nose is like the inside of a bag of prunes with floral hops. flavor has bread and burnt caramel with juicy, non-acidic, ripe fruits and a squirt of vanilla. velvety, silky, full mouthfeel. anderson valley owns the palate bro.

4.3
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a thin tan head. Nose is fragrant with sweet malt. Very creamy on the palate. First taste is dominated by the sweetness- followed by a rich blend of caramel and malt with a hint of maple syrup. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Very robust, creamy and sweet ale, a perfect companion to mixed nuts in front of the fireplace on a winter’s eve. Well done, Anderson Valley Brewing!

4.3
climberbob (458) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Tasty beer. Slightly sweet floral aroma. Malty smooth and complex. I need some more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
MikeTheRocker (18) - Gävle, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
Bought at Systembolaget, Orminge jan-15 and consumed at a party in Gävle last night. This is truly one of the best beers I have tasted. Sooo smooth, perfect bitterness (that’s medium for me), light spicy and sweet. A close to pefect one this!


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