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Summer Solstice Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Summer Solstice AleSummer Solstice Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rebranded as HooDoo Kolsch.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-21-2002)
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Reviews by TinusTime:
Photo of TinusTime


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head. Aroma is clean without much going on. A bit of fruityness and bread aroma.

Taste is a touch sweet at first. Some Ale fruityness comes in with a VERY light touch of honey and citrus. No hop taste, but the finish is more dry than sweet so the hops are there.

Well Carbonated and easy drinking. A decent but not special version of the style. A very good thirst quencher on a hot day. Would buy again as there are a dearth of decent domestic Kolsch styles on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 04:00:44 | More by TinusTime
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2013 03:23:26 | More by BillRoth
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-04-2013 14:57:50 | More by t0rin0
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

09-01-2012 19:44:13 | More by netshark
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-20-2012 04:49:53 | More by mhaugo
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-10-2012 06:03:30 | More by macrosmatic
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-10-2012 16:41:14 | More by StaindProject86
Photo of AndrewMichael


3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-01-2012 02:23:06 | More by AndrewMichael
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-02-2012 01:58:26 | More by waiting4lunch
Photo of ROGUE16


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-20-2011 03:40:16 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of brendaniel


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this one. Poured a golden color with a reasonable head that left rather quickly after the beer settled. Some citrus aromas that carried into the flavors with mild bitterness. Taste and overall impression was ok ... just nothing that stands out that would make me go back and revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:50:04 | More by brendaniel
Photo of akinsja


4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-28-2011 21:38:19 | More by akinsja
Photo of Halcyondays


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as Hoodoo, but according to the other site it's the same beer,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, husky grain, with a hint of citrus.

T: Direct malt flavour with some white grape and a hint of lemon. Semi-sweet.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth, easy going on the palate.

O: This is a pretty good summer beer. Crisp and very clean, good flavours. I quite liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:13:01 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of scottfrie


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing. Bottled 4/28/11.
A: Pours a dark yellow/light gold with a big, fluffy, dense, bright white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film. The head faded into a thick fuzzy film and had great retention and left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Clean and sweet notes of lightly toasted grains and maybe a bit of peppery, earthy, spice.
T: Follows the nose. Grainy lager flavors are sweet and almost fruity. I get a touch of banana in the finish and maybe honey. The aftertaste has a touch of minerals and is quick and easy.
M: Soft carbonation with a slick mouthfeel and light body that has a bit of heft to it.
O: I’ve only had a few beers of this style but this one is not the best I’ve had. It’s good though, and definitely easy and refreshing. Thanks Matt!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:11:38 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Infamous7100


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An unremarkable pour. Clear, golden, little to no head.
The first thing I pick up on in terms of the aroma is the yeast. Not overpowering as some citrus from the hops also comes through. After a couple whiffs, you start to get some of that vinious, grippy aroma that is associated with this style.
The taste is spot on in my opinion. A tremendous balance of hops and yeast. Up front, you get some biscuity, bready flavors. This quickly gives way to some bitterness that allows this to finish perfectly.
This brew has a decent amount of carbonation and is medium bodied. Really smooth and crisp finish.

The taste, smoothness and relatively low abv make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 00:23:38 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of tbern007


2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says "Solstice" on the bottle but not specifically summer solstice. A Kolsch style beer that comes in a brown bottle. Brewed date of 10/26/10 and consumed on 01/08/11.
A - pretty average all around: yellow/gold, mild haze, very few bubbles, one finger head, no stickiness, little lace.
S - mild citrus, grain, yeast.
T - grain, corn, yeast, mild hops. Tastes like a European Lager in a green bottle but less skunky.
M & D - dry, a little skunky and bitter. Average in general.
When reading about what a Kolsch historically tastes like, this just doesn't seem to fit the profile. Grapey and hops were not very noticeable at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:39:03 | More by tbern007
Photo of mooseisloose


4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see some brews rolling out of SLC, I remember way back when Squatters was the only game in town and a growler was a jug of gold! This one arrived at my door, courtesy of BOTMC, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a classic Thai peanut sauce smell, with the earthiness of noble hops and a very dry flat malting. Pours into a glass with a light golden color with a creamy micro-bubble head. The first thing to hit you on sipping this brew is the mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth, outstanding for this style. The flavor is consistently sweet but dry malt with a very subdued hopping that is earthy and not at all bitter excepting the twinge on the aftertaste. This is a very tasty brew and for the style is hearty and spot on. An extremely smooth drinker, again excellent for the style. Beer with this flavor and heartiness with a ABV of 4%!, bring it on.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 18:50:11 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice straw yellow with a decent size head and some lacing. Very low carbonation and has some "stuff" floating around in it.

S - Light sweet malt, almost has a corn pop type aroma, quite pleasant actually.

T - Unfortunately the pleasant sweet malt and corn aroma is a little too forward in the flavor and starts to just resemble DMS. Still pleasing, but could be better.

M - Light bodied beer that could use a cleaner finish.

D - Light and refreshing, wouldn't disappoint on a hot summer day. Would reach for something a little more flavorful though if given a choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:44:59 | More by steelerguy
Photo of FishMan123


4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from BotMC. I really liked this beer for what it is - a light summer ale. Very drinkable, nice taste. Refreshing.

A: Probably it's weakest attribute - pours an unimpressive yellow/gold - very little head which fades instantly.

S: Minimal smell, possibly related to having minimal head.

T: Nice & refreshing pale summer ale. Initial sweetness. Light taste. Very nice for summer.

M: Crisp.

D: Exceptionally easy drinking.

I really like this beer. Not generally into lighter beers, but (for what it is) I liked this one a lot. No metalic taste, easy drinking.

I was plesantly surprised after the rather disappointing "King's Peak Porter" from the same brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:25:51 | More by FishMan123
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Pale straw, transparent with just a slight haze & a finger of creamy, whipped white head. Loads of tiny, fast nucleation. Leaving lacing in a big sheet.

Smells of clean, light grain, hay, & that musty smell I get in so many light German styles. Very subtle spritz of citrus, a little Bran flakes.

Taste is light & bitter at first, followed by a moderate but dominant bread crust, thinning out & getting lightly citric & a little metallic. Ends crisp, dry, & a tad fruity again.

Light-bodied with a little more body mid-mouthful, crisp without being tingly or sharp.

Even for a light, drinkable style, I can think of plenty in this bracket I'd rather have. Nothing great & some minor drawbacks, still decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 10:49:15 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of billab914


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured golden in color with a thin bright white head to it.

The aroma shows some sweet grains with a bit of lemony citrus and some earthy hops. Pretty light aroma overall, but not far off from the style.

The taste has a sweet grainy flavor to it with a hoppy, earthy, almost spicy flavor partially balancing it out. The finish shows more of a bready quality to it. A little bit of citrus comes through as well as a bit of a tart fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is above average. Drinkability is decent, it was a light and relatively flavorful beer to enjoy on this hot day. Pretty decent version of the style overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:53:59 | More by billab914
Photo of 4000qtrap


1.48/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Source/Serving; Draft

Smell: light, fresh and slightly unripe pears. Caramel malts with an orange edge as it warms.

Taste: Smooth, almost canned fake caramel malts. The middle is fairly artificially sweet. The finish is clean and doesn't linger.

Notes: A real disappointment since I had just had Uinta's anniversary barleywine which was very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 02:40:26 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of Mora2000


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn and wheat. The flavor is more corn and wheat with some citrus notes as well. Just a little bit of bitterness. Not really what I expected from a kolsch. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:48:45 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Fillpott

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle I bought in Las Vegas. Date on it was 9/30/09. Once poured into a regular pint glass, it exhibited a clear, golden color w/ a rich, off-white head of about 1 finger. As the head dissipates, it leaves ample lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell coming from it is of bread, grass, and citrus (maybe green apple, also?). It has a mild malt flavor that transitions into the hops (citrus, grass, fresh-cut hay). Solstice finishes dry. The mouthfeel is light w/ high carbonation. It felt almost effervescent, but I attribute that to the dry, hop finish. This is quite a refreshing beer that would be good during a long, hot California summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:38:49 | More by Fillpott
Photo of chicagoish


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Piney Clear yellow, with very lacy head

S - sweet and citus, pleasing

T - very mild and refreshing. Light but perhaps a bit thin.

M - like the taste, the mouthfeel is a little thin and light

D - Goes down very easy. Not for the big hopheads but a nice change of pace, and good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 21:00:59 | More by chicagoish
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Summer Solstice Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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