Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
2.85/5 rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5
Had one of these on tap at Alisal Cellars in Solvang, CA.
A - Light brown look with a tiny head.
S - Smells like tea.
T - Tastes like an unsweetened iced tea. Too chalky. With the tea, some raisins, and caramel flavors all happening at once it's very conflicting.
M - Medium to high.
D - Tough to get down cuz of all the flavors randomly bombarding your tongue.
Serving type: on-tap
07-04-2006 23:44:57 | More by JayTheFinn
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3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
As America's beer making roots steered away from German authenticity and into an indigenous world all its own, the taste of warm fermented lager gives distinguished taste with all its quirks, rusticity and charm. Anderson Valley brewers are here to help us to not forget those wobbly stepping stones.
Their summer-made cream ale bridge the season with a surprisingly dark, almost copper hue. Laced with a cloudy haze, its appearance even seems creamy. Well headed, the aromas of sweet caramel and cream corn are expected. But is toasted sweet taste and yogurt-like texture make for exciting allure.
Its stern structure remains highly creamy and sweet with a tea-like presence that act in balance. As its caramel and toast outweigh the commonality of sweet cream corn, the hybrid beer isn't as vegetal as expected. With such tepid bitterness to counter its sweetness, the taste is focused and dedicated, however somewhat one-dimensional.
In finish, the caramel loosens and its sweetness begins to evaporate. All this leaves a honeycomb structure of malted milk behind, with a creamy and semi-dry closure. Slight mint and tea leaf peak through and help to keep the beer highly drinkable and remarkably refreshed.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 18:06:50 | More by BEERchitect
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.