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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
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1,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 50
Gots: 121 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2005

Our Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish. With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior drinkability make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.
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Ratings: 1,330 | Reviews: 460
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a lager glass.

Surprising dark body for style with a very good head and decent lacing.

As claimed, the flavor is "malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice". Plenty of caramel malts and very faint spicing that becomes a bit more obvious in the aftertaste.

Photo of JensMontana
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devin305
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boonvanno
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthVorador
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jedk
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ronricorossi
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beechwood BBQ. Like grown-up cream soda. Malty with a sneaky hop finish. Really outstanding!

Photo of hozersr
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sebas
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a dark brown 355mL bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a clear amber-gold with fine carbonation across the profile. A reasonably thin white head lasts for quite a time.

Aroma: some heavy bread malts with an unusual fug. Okay.

Taste: better here - some bread and a touch of caramel, with some peach and a cream flavour. Pretty nice.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger well, particularly the fruit and caramel.

Mouth feel: This beer is medium in body with a medium carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

Overall: this is the first American Cream Ale I have had, and it is pretty darn tasty. A good mix of flavours with a great feel. I'm not sure it would do well specifically as a summer beer here as it is just far too hot, but I'll definitely take one every now and then any time of year.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGam115
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt amber, laced off white foam. Caramel and toasted orange, hint of candied ginger. Deliciously smooth and creamy.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeibimedeiros
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great to drink waiting New Year's party.

Photo of RyanK252
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep deep amber with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Toffee malt sweetness, a bit grainy, maybe a hint of vanilla.

T: Sweet roasted malt, a little caramel/toffee, a hint of vanilla, nice hop bitterness to counter, maybe some faint citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Nothing super special, but not a bad brew,

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Very good summer ale. I see now that it's categorized as a cream ale, and that's probably what made it so good--that creamy hint that makes it stand out.

Photo of dsnyder61
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.