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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
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1,159 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 69 | 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 +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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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.

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.