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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
good

1,130 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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kflorence

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a can, me likey!

A: Pours a deep, amber in color with an inch of creamy head atop that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of cream. There's a bit of lacing as you drink, but it kinda slides down the side of the glass. Carbonation looks good, if a bit high. Darker than expected, but enticing.

S: Smells almost like a cream soda. Light cream and vanilla notes with a bit of roasted grain and some corn. An earthy, lager smell lingers in the background. Smells tasty.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with prominent notes of vanilla, subtle roast and grains. Not much in the way of hops, though there is a little bitterness on the backend of the swallow. This is my first Cream Ale so I'm unable to compare it to anything, but I found the flavor to be light and predominantly sweet. It's very similar to a high quality lager mixed with cream soda. Intriguing.

M: Light in body with higher than average carbonation, but nice and smooth on the tongue. A bit thin, but actually has a little bit of chewiness, and for the style I believe it's quite nice. Very drinkable, would make a great session brew.

O: This is probably one of the best ways to break into the Cream Ale category, and I was quite impressed. Sitting on the shelf in a can, it caught my eye, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I found it to be a light and drinkable ale with a hint of brown ale and a bit of lager thrown in there. It won't blow you away with complexity, but it's a quality brew that will definitely find its place in your fridge regularly during the summer and fall. Cheers!

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 02:06:23 | More by kflorence
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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.