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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
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1,133 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | 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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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

02-01-2012 15:36:26 | More by GrindFatherBob
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sponger

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-29-2012 05:35:25 | More by sponger
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-27-2012 06:28:10 | More by Doppelbockulus
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SATBMan

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-21-2012 20:34:24 | More by SATBMan
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fluidmotion

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-17-2012 04:07:52 | More by fluidmotion
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specialiste

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-15-2012 08:04:23 | More by specialiste
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-11-2012 16:03:55 | More by zenwatts
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-08-2012 21:59:24 | More by imperialking
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imyourhero21

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-07-2012 02:04:11 | More by imyourhero21
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raynmoon

California

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My friend has a case of this and I don't know how we'll get through all of those beers peacefully. It smells quite nice. Chocolaty, milky.

Right away the chocolate and cream overwhelm the palate. The hops come through nicely, but not enough for me to truly enjoy it. A nice session beer though. Perhaps I just don't quite enjoy the style: Cream ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 07:46:50 | More by raynmoon
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-03-2012 06:15:58 | More by Gregwa
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 6/24/11

Aroma - Malty and biscuity with a touch of corn

Appearance - Big white head with the beer being amber in color with no residual carbonation

Taste - Sweet malty with a light almost doppelbock character. The sweetness is more along the lines of caramel. I liked it a lot.

Notes - Could have had a little more carbonation

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 15:02:10 | More by jwhawkins81
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sneekee22

Arizona

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-21-2011 00:25:38 | More by sneekee22
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-17-2011 18:51:08 | More by tclapper
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BMac17

California

4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It’s golden copper in color, with a rich foamy head that lingers on and on.
Mouth feel is creamy, malty and silky smooth with a touch of cardamom spice on the back. It’s not your average seasonal almost dangerously delicious.

Great for a hot summer day when you don't have anything to do as you will get happily hammered quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 22:09:52 | More by BMac17
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: muddled copper/deep amber color, minimal head.
S: toffee, long-cooked caramel, butterscotch, and suggestions of vanilla, marshmallows, and honey. maybe some earthy hops in the background. but mostly cooked sugars.
T: saa. moderate to full sweetness with a background bitterness attempting to bring balance. loads of toffee. finishes sweet.
M: sticky. medium to full body. lightly carbonated. more Co2 may have helped.
O/D: i would never have guessed this for a cream ale. 'summer' would suggest dry, crisp, refreshing to me, and this is none of these. i suppose this is what it would be like if i tried to make toffee or caramel at home, overdid it/fucked up, and licked up what was left in the bottom of the pan. if i would like that sort of thing.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 22:27:51 | More by MrMcGibblets
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange in color, very clear and no head. Mild aromas ... orange marmalade maybe? Lightly sweet and somewhat creamy, subtle spices with mild carbonation and very light body. Cant say it is at the top of my list ... but it isn’t bad ... and definitely different.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:01:49 | More by brendaniel
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

12-04-2011 22:17:39 | More by iemailjack
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ADZA

Australia

2.1/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love beer in cans as long as its good.

A-See through burnt toffee,copper hue which leaves the creamiest two finger head that stays and sporadic lacing.

S-It smells very sweet almost like creaming soda with a touch of barley sugar hmmm too sweet for me almost like a kool drink.

T-Creaming soda mixed with corn syrup and old english toffee straight out its so sweet way too sweet,borderlining on kool drink.

M-A touch creamy and light bodied.

O-Avoid like the plague i mean if your not really into beer its great and would be a great girly beer for your missus but its not for me the sweetness really goes to the next level with no hoppy bitterness noticeable to counteract which really kills it for me.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 09:43:56 | More by ADZA
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-03-2011 00:46:32 | More by bigred89
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished copper colour, quite a red tinge to it. Head is really quite beautiful - yellowed off-white, dense foam with sticky, sticky lace. Looks a treat.

Smells very nutty. Plenty of chestnut aroma, with sweet corn. Caramel & toffee backbone with some earthy notes underneath and maybe a hint of citrus hiding behind it. Quite pleasant, but overall too sweet for my liking.

Taste is also quite on the sweet side. Plenty of caramelised grain with toffee and a hint of chestnut. Nutty notes are more prominent on the mid with a touch of refined sugar. Back is all adjunct, with cornbread and a touch of citrus that doesn't cut the sweetness enough. Not bad; as a base flavour here it has the flavour that bad adjunct lagers probably aspire to. Trouble is it doesn't take this anywhere, and as a result it's a bit sickly, almost mediciney, and not very refreshing.

A bit sticky on the mouthfeel, not in a good way. Kind of feels claggy in the mouth and needs something sharp to cut through - hops or fizz, I'd take either one here.

Good cream ale, but as far as 'Summer' beers go I've had far more refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 04:42:42 | More by laituegonflable
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Pluemer2

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

11-29-2011 20:45:42 | More by Pluemer2
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codon2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-29-2011 04:30:15 | More by codynevels
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.