Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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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
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