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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
good

1,223 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 42
Gots: 89 | 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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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +36.2%

07-07-2013 20:41:38 | More by TheMrFarnham
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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codon2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-29-2011 19:29:27 | More by codon2004
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BastionShaw

Florida

5/5  rDev +36.2%

This is my own personal "Nectar of the Gods"...this beer is so delicious.

Appearance: Beautiful Dark Golden...like LIQUID GOLD
Smell: Sweet Freshness
Mouthfeel: Creamy Smoothness
Taste: Sweet Liquid Caramel & Delicious Honey-Baked Bread!
Drinkability: All Day, Every Day

The ONLY things wrong with this beer is that it's a "Summer Seasonal" only...which it makes it very hard to find in Florida when it's coming all the way from California & only being distributed for maybe 3 months...& it's a little pricey at $11-12 a 6-pk for an everyday drinker (which it most certainly is).

After buying all that was left at the end of the season in my area i only had 3 bottles left to hold me over until next summer...I went out of town on business & came back and my wife had drank them all! *Thank god I found (3) 6-pks that weekend in Orlando @Whole Foods & ON SALE! Bought them all of course!

Cream Ales are my favorite style because of THIS beer alone! Why is it so hard for other brewers to make a decent Cream Ale???

11-24-2010 16:57:02 | More by BastionShaw
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tfsimpkins

Florida

5/5  rDev +36.2%

09-16-2012 21:29:27 | More by tfsimpkins
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Drk93TT

Michigan

5/5  rDev +36.2%

Purchased in Michigan at my local beer store.. 6 Pack bundled by a unique blue plastic holder.

A: Golden Color... Dark copper orange tinge.

S: Smells pretty creamy.. detect a hint of malt and vanilla

T: At first tastes like a flat cola... works into a creamy ale like taste that is awesome after the first couple sips.. really works its way into your tastebuds!

M: Not too full bodied creamy, but creamy and subtle.. very nice feel to it. veruy drinkable and relaxing brew they got here.

O: I was surprised by this beer, very unique. Cream Ales are not my style usually... this is a must try! Will def. be getting this again.

I Love malty and summer brews, this is excellent. A must purchase every year. Makes me want to move to Cali. This stuff is awesome, it is so good.. crazy... my go-to summer brew for sure.

06-14-2012 03:05:30 | More by Drk93TT
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-04-2011 23:19:07 | More by VikeMan
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astralspirit1

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +36.2%

I cannot say enough about this brew!

This is my favorite beer of all time. This beer has an amazing mouth feel, and is extremely drinkable (beware ;) ). Anderson Valley did an excellent job getting the vanilla flavor and aroma to really come across. Even your non-craft beer friends are going to like this one. I wait for this beer every summer and do my best to find as many cases as possible (which usually isn't much unfortunately). For my other friends who love this beer, if you do buy cases, I have found that the taste was not affected even 10 months after purchase. I don't know why there aren't more cream ales as tasty as this one, then again, is that possible?!

04-08-2011 02:32:13 | More by astralspirit1
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Florida

5/5  rDev +36.2%

04-05-2012 01:55:55 | More by jonathaniler
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California

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-19-2011 15:03:34 | More by Coriander
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Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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District of Columbia

4.93/5  rDev +34.3%

I love this beer. Very well-balanced taste. What beer should taste like, to my way of thinking. Not too bitter, not too malty, nothing exotic or gimmicky, but certainly not bland and not watery. Nice body. Just right. Some people say it's a bit sweet or vanilla-y, but I'd emphasize that these are subtle qualities. Too many beers go to extremes these days. Like it's a contest to see which brewer can be the most novel, the most interesting. This beer shows how good it can be to be in the mainstream, IF it is done right. And this beer does everything right. I look forward to another of these and more from this brewer.

07-08-2014 03:56:41 | More by DKHNOVA
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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.