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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 45
Gots: 114 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2005

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.
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice crystal clear light brown ale with a thick white head that fades slow and leaves sea foam walls of lace.

The aroma is sweet with malty vailla wafers, a touch of caramel, and some biscuit background.

Vanilla, cream, light cookie with notes of fruit and grassy hops. Nice balance.

Creamy, medium body, very nice and smooth.

Overall, very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dhannes
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Glass Nickel on the eastside with Santa Fe BBQ pizza.

A=Unique brown color; transparent...more brown than red. Almost no head when served. Not appealing.

S=A faint hint of malt vinegar.

T=Again, reminded me a bit of a light malt vinegar that you would put on fish and chips, only not sour. A slight sweetness, but not representative of the cream ales that I've had...still, not unenjoyable. At one point I commented, "this reminds me of flat Coca-Cola."

M=Very light in body and almost no carbonation; not tasty enough for a session beer, but a decent,ligher pairing for summer with spicier dishes.

O=A fair beer with food, but not suitable by itself.

August 2014-had a can and enjoyed it--3.75.

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours solid amber with a white finger width head, leading to average retention and a spotty, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Strong aromas of rich caramel and vanilla... and a hint of animal crackers?

Taste - Plenty of creamy caramel malts upfront, along with notes of vanilla and a firm graham cracker character. Faint notes of citrus hop. Subtle hints of cinnamon. Full-flavored, yet quite refreshing. A rare combination.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. As creamy as summer ales get. Goes down silky smooth.

Overall - One of the more impressive summer releases I've had. It's almost as though it's cheated by exploiting a loophole; an unusually full-flavored summer ale that still retains a nice, light feel. Will buy again, and soon. May be one of my go-to summer brews from now on.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear dark copper color, visibly effervescent, with two fingers of creamy beige head, decent retention, no lacing.

Smell is very creamy and full of vanilla. Maybe some nutmeg and maybe a hint of wheat?

Taste is comparable to the smell. Very creamy, lots of vanilla, no barley or hops in sight as far as I'm concerned. Almost like a cream soda.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated. This is not a beer I'd get again- "Hipster Cream Ale" from Ohio is better.

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a deep copper color semi clear with 1.5 finger head and excellend retention

S - very malty, spicy, and yeasty

T - Very creamy and flavorful. Definitely notice the cream flavor. Easy to drink.

M - very creamy and full bodied

O - A really tasty beer. A great gateway beer that most anyone can enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.