Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 58
Gots: 156 | 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: 1,402 | Reviews: 481
Photo of brettski66
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Favorite Summer beer this season. If you like cream soda and toasty, malty goodness without it being heavy and bogged down - this beer's for you.

Photo of Catracho5
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into Anderson Valley shaker pint

A: Vanilla head that disappeared fast, amber dark orange color, hazy, slight carbonation, some lacing.

A: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, sweet, smells like cream soda, toasted bread, has a lot going on in the aroma.

T: Vanilla, toffee, toasted bread, biscuits, slightly sweet, finishes with a mild bitterness that gives way to more toast bread and biscuit notes.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light body.

O: Pretty tasty, easy drinking, nice creamy mouthfeel, this was great beer to have while smoking some meat the other day, an alternative to lighter summer ales during summer.

Photo of Korbynlehr
1.32/5  rDev -64%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Bad bad Bad bad Bad bad

Photo of StretchZep
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First sip was this is different. Half way through I started really not liking it. It is smooth, it is malty, but it has this annoying hint of bitterness that a first seems lemony but soon becomes vinegary! Almost no carbonation it is like a flat hard cider gone bad and I hate hard cider.

Photo of Kraty1
1.89/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Luckily this was free because I wouldn't buy it

Photo of ChristinaLynn
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adult cream soda. So delicious and refreshing.

Photo of JonRogers
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Different taste with the citrus/caramel. Just light enough. Enjoy it ice cold in my opinion

Photo of classixIII
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, malty, nutty overall great taste for me. Very much lacking in the carbonation department.

Photo of sjones5045
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Home 6/12/15

Pours brown and little haze with a head burst but dissolves quick.

The smell is pleasant. Pick up some sweet like toffee and some nuttiness.

The taste is enjoyable. A little like a soda. Definitely a nutty caramel flavor. It's kind of like soda beer.

The one thing that really ruins this beer is the feel. It's pretty flat. Kind of low carbonation which I find to be kind of annoying.

Overall good beer but not one I'll probably see out after the six runs out.

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark as caramelly for a cream ale. Aroma is caramelly, sweet, and nutty.

Flavor reveals specialty malt fruitiness and underlying caramel tones that translate as toffee late. The fruity notes are fairly offputting.

Photo of Justin_stanton
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best summer beers!

Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good and tasty DC beer

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Guinness pint.

A: Beautiful deep copper with a 1 1/2" white sea foamy head that dissipates on the double. Retention is meh, lacing is actually not bad.

S: Not massively aromatic, the most predominant note that I can detect is sort of a Christmas-cookie thing. There's a smattering of fruitiness along the lines of mango & the like as well.

T: Christmas-cookie, graham cracker, some tropical fruit & a bit of a yogurt note. There's some detectable spice here but I'm having a hard time pinning it down. It's just a hair yeasty as well. It's an interesting collection of flavors as per usual from AV - here it works out nicely & really shows some balance.

M: Fitting for the style, rich without immense heaviness. Carb is as it should be.

O: One of the better brews from AV in my opinion. I love how they committed to creating an intriguing, flavorful approach to the style with getting over-ambitious.

Photo of Jojosaute
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- a dark copper color, small head less then a finger, no lacing
S- definite malty tones. Nice and roasty
T- definitely adult cream soda taste. Little citrus. I really think this is super different. Not sure what reviewer mentioned when they said it tasted like domestic summer beer. I think it's could turn off some people with sweetness. But not me this is a great tasting beer. I think It could be a bit more carbinated.
M- a creamy mouth feel. Really smooth. Almost to smooth.
O- I really thought this beer was different. It's not going to be for everyone but it's definitely for me.

Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange upon amber. A great head of orange tinted almost tan foam that fell rocky and mousse like. Clung and left lace too. Nose is mild malt with a light citrus so faintly on the background. Like a lemon sugar cookie malt only the faintest. Malty but tart. Fruity with the earth of fruit peel and spicy from pepper and hops. Finishes clean and crisp, a touch thinner than medium mouthfeel and plenty of smooth lightly sweet malt. I feel whatever spices they added make it earthier.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one is just not doing it for me, love AV, but this beer reminds me of any domestic summer ale. Not bad but just blah.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great and I mean great summer beer really is cream soda for adults lots of malty honey notes fantastic

Photo of Dave1999
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinking sweet beer. Not my favorite style but this was enjoyable.

Photo of JDW4195
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good ale, little sweet to drink more than one or two

Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking, true to style, very drinkable on a hot day...has a cream soda feel to it

Photo of MtnSoup
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great example of a cream ale - my only gripe here (and it normally works very well for AV) is the use of spices seems a bit overkill. Don't get me wrong, I could crush many of these consecutively on a hot day.

Photo of chinchill
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 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 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 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.

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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