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Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 42
Gots: 112 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.