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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
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1,129 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 58 | 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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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 01:33:17 | More by mdillon86
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amstelcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 01:45:54 | More by amstelcat
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from earlier this year : Picked up a can of this at a small store in Westchester NY.

Appearance is cloudy yellow tone with 1 finger of off-white head.
Its` nose has bread, dried fruit and some caramel. The taste has light spices, quite a bit of sweetness, along with some bitterness. MF is medium bodied with a rather dry finish. An alright beer, but certainly nothing special IMHO.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 20:53:42 | More by mltobin
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

11-20-2011 05:44:50 | More by barnzy78
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monitorpop

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.7%

11-19-2011 23:41:21 | More by monitorpop
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-19-2011 16:47:59 | More by ALLISON01
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Coriander

California

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-19-2011 15:03:34 | More by Coriander
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of malt, cream and hops.

T: Tasted of cream (first and foremost), malt, and a little hoppiness in the finish. Surprisingly vibrant and flavorful beer, with a lot of character.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a light, creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Cream ales are typically not that interesting, but this one is well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 14:38:12 | More by avalon07
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-19-2011 03:13:24 | More by beefandbean22
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-19-2011 00:48:48 | More by bacher468
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Warfarin

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2011 21:05:47 | More by Warfarin
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2011 19:35:40 | More by waiting4lunch
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horrorspecialty

Virginia

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-16-2011 15:04:12 | More by horrorspecialty
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 17:08:26 | More by nmann08
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 03:41:51 | More by oline73
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 03:06:05 | More by BeerMe42
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aepb1

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- brown body with a reddish hue and a small white head

S- sweet malty caramel and vanilla

T- some light fruits and lots of caramel malts that leave a creamy aftertaste

M- medium body and really nice creaminess

O- a very good cream ale. mouthfeel is great!

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 23:09:41 | More by aepb1
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Solstice opens with a mildly yeasty, malty nose, full of the aromas of baking wheat bread, light brown sugars, and wheat fields, along with touches of apricot and orange at the edges, the latter almost too delicate to notice. The effect is that of an enticing bowl of hot cereal with fruit slices. Noticeably absent in any marked quantities in the nose are spices, which, given that the label notes "natural flavors" and "special spicing" have been added, is quite peculiar, but refreshingly so, since in many beers the spices seem more intent on bashing you with a hammer than caressing you with a feather.

On the tongue, the first flavors are of brown sugars and wheat, though the grain flavors quickly pick up steam and equal themselves to the sugars. Soon afterward a good, subtle spice blend emerges, the spices so delicately balanced and finely nuanced that no single spice emerges as overpowering. The mix is somewhat peppery, with touches of, perhaps, coriander and kola nut (at least that's what I attribute the slight Dr. Pepper taste coming from). Fruit esters are light and hardly noticeable, but some apricot comes through at the fringes. Hops are hardly distinguishable, mostly adding just enough bitterness to counter the sugars, but since the beer only has 4 IBUs (according to Anderson Valley's website), this is hardly surprising. The aftertaste is an evanescent continuation of the main flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, keeping in mind that it's brewed for hot summer months, and therefore the flavors are purposefully kept light. Despite this light quality, the flavors are quite distinguished and delicious, and the beer is thankfully not over-spiced. It is slightly too reminiscent of a soft drink for me, reminding me in this sense of a weak cross between a Dr. Pepper and a Coke, but is most certainly better fare than the average summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 21:28:39 | More by jondeelee
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy red-orange pour with a big white head. It gushed a bit from the can. Nice amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet, caramel malts, creamy vanilla, a bit buttery almost.

T: The taste is very light. Vanilla, malty, sweet.

MF: Medium body and creamy. Not what I was expecting. Carbonation is medium to low.

O: I was expecting not a cream ale. I guess I should have checked before hand. A bit off, not something I would want to drink on a hot day.

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 03:30:26 | More by russwbeck
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger head with minimal lace. hazy amber with brown hues.

S: some fig, caramel malt with cinnimon notes.

T: sweet caramel malt and cream soda upfront with a candy-like finish.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: as good as a cream ale can be for my taste. Not really something I will get again though.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:33:04 | More by kylehay2004
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Very cloudy brown body. One finger white sea foam head.

Smell - Sweet nutty malt.

Taste - Delicious. Light and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, and very refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the most refreshing beer I've ever had. Very thirst quenching without being watery or boring. This may be my first cream ale, so perhaps I should really dive into that style because I'll love it if this foray is any indication.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 19:42:28 | More by ZenAgnostic
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WestValleyIPA

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Stone IRS tulip. Deep amber color. Lightly hazy. 1/2 finger of head that dies down quickly, leaving a decent film and a little bit of lacing. Smells bready malty up front. Some sort of lingering fruit smell in the background. Subdued spicy hops. First flavor is a big bready blast of mellow sweet malt. Flavors are very light. Fishes with a light dry bitterness. Lots of creamy little bubbles on the tongue. Kind of a one trick malt pony, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: can

10-17-2011 04:11:37 | More by WestValleyIPA
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out with a slight orange color, pretty interesting actually. The smell of the beer has a light amount of citrus notes and some smooth malt aromas. The taste of the beer was a little sweet, hardly any hops noticeable in this brew at all. The mouthfeel of this beer was very creamy... Really impressed by the feel of this brew. It's still light and refreshing also. Overall the beer isn't bad, I'd probably drink it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:28:37 | More by Knapp85
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange and brown in color....Stonefruit and light citrusy hop aromas in the nose, pineapples as well. OK thats a solid fruity beer! Light pineapple, pear, and lichi all appear as the backbone of this beer. Around 4 IBUs I believe and its true. Light medium body smooth smooth smooth.
This is the smoothest and all around best cream ale I have ever had. Lichi baby!!!

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 21:43:31 | More by JoeAmerican77
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More akin to cream soda than cream ale. Bright copper, vanilla stands out from the shockingly low level of IBUs. Sweetness, caramel, and vanilla become cloying at the end. The last thing I want in the summer is something this sweet, but fortunately I didn't drink it when it was 100 degrees outside. Unique, but the single can I purchased will be my last.

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 18:06:47 | More by bump8628
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.