Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by kflorence:
4/5 rDev +9%
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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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
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