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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 43
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Maegodfrey14
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Maegodfrey14, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of ajanesz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ajanesz, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of George2744
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

George2744, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of AleGal79
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

AleGal79, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

OldTime, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass 28/6/12

A clear reddish amber with lots of bubbles and a fast falling finger of foam that leaves lots of lace where it existed

S a little spice and vanilla, sweet malts and some graham cracker, just a little herbal hops poke out

T not far from the smell, almost there's some Winter spice in the Summer beer but it works well

M thick for the color and creamy from the bubbles, a little spice on the finish

O pretty solid cream ale and very easy to drink, interesting flavors for a Summer beer

not what I expected but that's often a good thing, pretty solid for the style

wordemupg, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Dray
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dray, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pike pint glass.

Appearance - Intoxicantingly carbonated with a huge bubbly rise. Thick, shake-like head that curls onto the finger. A transparent amber red color with a sweet appearance.

Smell - Smells of caramelized malt and grain. Smells a bit like orange julius meets root beer. A bit sweet on the nose with a light note of almonds. Smells like a creamsicle.

Taste - Light root beer in the front; orange creamsicle in the aftertaste. Full of caramel and very faint toffee. A bit of sweetness comes from the vanilla. Roasty almonds come into play as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light bodied. The nutty and vanilla flavors are something not seen much in a seasonal summer brew. The creamy tastes of orangesicle and root beer quench the thirst but can be a bit sweet.

Jesse13713, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of alk3kenny
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow not what I would expect from a summer beer poured this expecting light hazy citrus instead I got a beer poured copper amber a nice white head and a slightly sweet nose with a banana walnut quality. Upon tasting it wow different then anything I've had before definite caramel notes and backing great sweet fun different I love it.

alk3kenny, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

IPAchris, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of throwerbri
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

throwerbri, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Hopslayer88
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hopslayer88, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +8.7%

CarolinaKev, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

StoicBeast, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jlove5, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma itself isn't all that remarkable. Smells like a basic lager that's somewhat sweet and creamy. That alone isn't telling me much about it. However, that isn't the most important aspect so let's get to that.

The taste...well it's probably the sweetest, most "creamy" cream ale I've had to date...not that I've had many. This beer has a good component of vanilla in it...and actually tastes a bit like a creamscicle. It's creamy, vanilla and a little fruity all in one....but not so sweet as to become distracting. This likely won't be everybody's cup of tea, but on the other hand the style isn't exactly one of the most sought after either.

I respect them quite a bit for using a beer like this for their summer beer. So many breweries seem to do slightly different takes on the same style for their summer beers. This is pretty different and it's actually pretty tasty at that. I'll even imagine that some people who don't typically drink beer could put this one down.

NODAK, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Joefisherman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Joefisherman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk, 2012 vintage presumably.

Pours toasted amber with solid cream top and spotty lace. Smells, well, creamy with malts and soft yeast tones and a lactose tone. A hint of light florals. Flavor is again, creamy. Weird how milky this actually tastes, cool. Some malts and a slight oxidation, kinda sweet. Full bodied with light carb and a satiating finish. Nice beer.

harrymel, Jun 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

diehl07, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

avaldivia, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of carolinahophead
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a cloudy auburn color with a creamy head. I do like good beer in cans.
S: Not much on the nose , maybe some sweet orange candy smells . The roasted malt is there but no hops around.
T: I did like last years edition better than this but overall I still like this one. Orange fudge cream pop. Its very smooth and refreshing. The finish is almost tangy.
M: A mediun to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation . Very balanced.
O: Another great beer from Anderson Valley. I have had it in a bottle ,can and draft. What a summer treat . I will drink it till it last ..
I love the summer time.

carolinahophead, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a long glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a cloudy amber color with a decent tan head. The smells are of malts, cream and sugar. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good similar to a cream soda but with alcohol!

DavidST, Jun 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

csmartin6, Jun 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

cjfatty, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Jonmoore89, Jun 20, 2012
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,270 ratings.