Anderson Valley Brewing’s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a classic Winter Warmer done right. It’s 6.9% alcohol and brewed with a “private blend of holiday spice.” It’s never overwhelming, either; it’s just what you’re looking for in that winter seasonal.
Appearance: Classic amber ale, very nice—big fluffy tan head. Light shines copper through it—fairly clear.
Smell: Rich malts and a spicy hop—brown sugar, caramel, toasted cracked grains. Nice sweet syrupy Crystal malts cut throughout.
Taste: Clean, malty character that reminds me of a Bock. Hops are spicy and crisp, hints of cinnamon, allspice, white pepper. Warming wash of alcohol lets you know it’s wintertime by the fireplace.
Mouthfeel: Nice chewy medium body that’s a bit prickly.
Overall: Thoroughly enjoyed it. They don’t all have to be monsters, you know.