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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,008 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1008
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%


Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2005)
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GR_Rick

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured July 13, 2012 from undated bottle.

Reviewing with New Glarus' Spotted Cow as my anchor for this style.

A: Pours a nice deep caramel/amber color with a little under a finger of head (aggressive pour). Short head retention, gone after a few minutes, but nice lacing. Darker than I expected for a summer seasonal.

S: Caramel/sugary sweetness with a little bit of grainy undertones. Follows the appearance pretty well.

T: Taste doesn't quite follow the nose for me. I get more grainy taste and less sweetness, although there certainly still is some sweetness underneath showing up in the form of cream soda and graham cracker near the finish. No hop and very little bitterness.

Taste is definitely to style, but with a little more complexity than I'm used to in a cream ale. Cream ale isn't necessarily a style of choice for me, but I'd heard such good things about this beer that I had to try it when I saw it at the store.

M: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. A little thicker than I personally like in a summer beer, but seems to be to style. Goes down easy, but not something I'd want to have multiple of, which is something I look for personally in a summer beer.

O: I had pretty high expectations coming into this beer and overall I was disappointed. It's not a bad beer by any means, just not as good as I was expecting. I'd try it again, but there are a lot of beers out there I'd go for first before having one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:00:08 | More by GR_Rick
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Tony49er

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Light reddish golden color, thick white head with aggressive pour, no alcohol legs

Smell- Caramel, sugar, bread malts, cream soda nose

Taste- Caramel, cream soda like, toffee, sweat malts, very refreshing its one of my favorite summer seasonal beers EVER love this beer

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing , sweet and great mouthfeel

Overall- An A+ summer beer I have not had one bad beer from Anderson Valley and this beer as well as their Winter Solstice I look forward to ever summer and winter...But if you have not had this beer you should grab a six pack of it for sure...CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.