Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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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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