Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheSarge:
3.78/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Ah my first example of the style.
Pours nicely for a two finger thick tan head, and has a copper colored well filtered body.
The aroma is really sweet. Lots of caramel and a hint of floral hops.
The tast is of fig, some herbal notes, and metallic hops.
Moderately carbonated and wetting to the palate. Overall not bad and I look forward to trying more examples of this style.
Serving type: can
06-11-2011 00:25:57 | More by TheSarge
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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
4.23/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is probably the best cream ale I've ever had.
Pours a clear amber, with a 1.5 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.
Smells like vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Awesome!
The taste is similar, very creamy vanilla taste, coupled with a crisp, almost lager-ish feel, even though I know this is a cream ale. Very little hop character, just great spicing that turns the typical lemony wheat summer style on its head. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee galore, but not so overpowering- keeping it light and summer. It's truly alcoholic cream soda.
Light bodied, mouthfeel starts creamy but ends fairly crisp. There is a high level of carbonation.
This was awesome, one of the more inventive cream ales I've ever had.
Serving type: can
07-14-2014 01:14:08 | More by GreesyFizeek
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.