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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 44
Gots: 100 | 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 zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of imyourhero21
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

imyourhero21, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

raynmoon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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

jwhawkins81, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of sneekee22
5/5  rDev +35.9%

sneekee22, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of BMac17
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

BMac17, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of brendaniel
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

brendaniel, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +35.9%

VikeMan, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +8.7%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ADZA
2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

ADZA, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

bigred89, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

laituegonflable, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Pluemer2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pluemer2, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of codon2004
5/5  rDev +35.9%

codon2004, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -18.5%

codynevels, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DeutschesBier, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JSkone09, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz can from The Local Bottlestore & Provisions, poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

Has a real soft drink style hiss as it settles into an unnatural bright orange and pink colour. Head comes out cream coloured and fades quickly to film.

Smell is very sweet with the malt. Some fruit in a sort of tangello and mandarin way, mixed with a bit of bread. Not real nice.

Taste is a little creamy, and an improvement over the nose, while still sweet and having a fruity flavour. Nice bit of bread helps this a but in the end.

Feel is like flat soft drinks. Syrup like, just with dome carbonation. The sweetness kills this here too.

Avoid! Was looking forward to this, but it is a super sweet soft drink like beer.

MrKennedy, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

gkunkle, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

amstelcat, Nov 21, 2011
Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.