Summer Solstice Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Summer Solstice AleSummer Solstice Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rebranded as HooDoo Kolsch.

Added by beernut7 on 08-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by TinusTime:
Photo of TinusTime
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head. Aroma is clean without much going on. A bit of fruityness and bread aroma.

Taste is a touch sweet at first. Some Ale fruityness comes in with a VERY light touch of honey and citrus. No hop taste, but the finish is more dry than sweet so the hops are there.

Well Carbonated and easy drinking. A decent but not special version of the style. A very good thirst quencher on a hot day. Would buy again as there are a dearth of decent domestic Kolsch styles on the market.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice straw yellow with a decent size head and some lacing. Very low carbonation and has some "stuff" floating around in it.

S - Light sweet malt, almost has a corn pop type aroma, quite pleasant actually.

T - Unfortunately the pleasant sweet malt and corn aroma is a little too forward in the flavor and starts to just resemble DMS. Still pleasing, but could be better.

M - Light bodied beer that could use a cleaner finish.

D - Light and refreshing, wouldn't disappoint on a hot summer day. Would reach for something a little more flavorful though if given a choice.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, I found "bottled on" info on the front label (8-20-08) Pours very light, golden amber, dare I say macro like in look. Snappy crisp, light and grassy. Pleasant enough stuff here. Would work nicely as a warm weather brew. I'll bet it would work well with spicy/bbq type foods. Its about the palate cleansing according to G. Oliver. Nice take on a style that I cant say I'm an expert nor a big fan of.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn and wheat. The flavor is more corn and wheat with some citrus notes as well. Just a little bit of bitterness. Not really what I expected from a kolsch. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold appearance, clear. Cloud-like head that retains a 1/4 of an inch layer for a good amount of time. Nice sticky lacing on the glass, pretty intricate. Sweet aroma, very honey-like, a little cloying on the ol' nostrils. Medium caramel flavors, honey re-asserts, and a lower carbonation gives a thickness up front. Decently hopped, almost like a sense of mild cigar tobacco. Fades at the finish, diminishes with just a little fruitiness. Easy to drink, not a lot to evaluate, but it fits what its supposed to be with no real off notes.

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Photo of dashirey
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in my beer of the month selection a few months ago. I had one left and I'm trying to review here we go.

A - Golden in color with not much head. What head there is dissaptes pretty quickly.

S - Smells great. Nice mix of fruit, flowers, & malts.

T - A little sweet upfront with malt shining through. There is a bite to the aftertaste which both surprised and delighted me, but after the bite there is more malt, a little too much malt.

M - Carbonation tingles the tongue as you drink. Fairly light-bodied, but I wouldn't say thin or watery.

D - Easy drinking overall. I could have a number of these on a hot summer day. Too bad I'm drinking it in February, but I didn't want to wait that long for freshness purposes.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a complimentary bottle in the Delta Crown Room at the SLC airport. Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with good carbonation. Aroma of light fruity hops, sweet malt, and clean German yeast. Palate is more of the same - a good balanced is achieved between the light and subtle varities of hops and malt used here. Body is light and refreshing. Could be a great session beer in warmer months.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very drinkable and satisfying for a Kolsch, but the flavor and aroma fell a bit flat for me. I just couldn't pull more than basic bready and light caramel malt notes and that's not enough to make a great beer. Still, the golden appear with a short white head was appropriate and the body and drinkability were quite good. Despite the bland flavor, this beer disappeared quickly.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Muhlen kolsch glass. Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of beige head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Cereal & lemony hops, fades way as this warms

T: Cereal, herbal & lemony hops & a touch of honey up front. More lemon & honey malt, plus grainyness as this warms. Finishes with light crispness, & lemony hops, where's the fruittyness??? Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/spritzy with decent balance & some wetness

Drinks pretty easy, not bad, but more malt is really needed to keep me interested. An alright take on the style

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An unremarkable pour. Clear, golden, little to no head.
The first thing I pick up on in terms of the aroma is the yeast. Not overpowering as some citrus from the hops also comes through. After a couple whiffs, you start to get some of that vinious, grippy aroma that is associated with this style.
The taste is spot on in my opinion. A tremendous balance of hops and yeast. Up front, you get some biscuity, bready flavors. This quickly gives way to some bitterness that allows this to finish perfectly.
This brew has a decent amount of carbonation and is medium bodied. Really smooth and crisp finish.

The taste, smoothness and relatively low abv make this a great session beer.

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Photo of humanawho
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - nice clear yellow, strong white head

S - sweet and earthy/leafy malt aroma

T - again sweet and earthy, it is a nice taste but it kind of just dies and tastes a little watered down

M - mouthfeel is a little watery just a little too light

D - good drinkablity nice and light/enjoyable so

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Photo of FishMan123
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from BotMC. I really liked this beer for what it is - a light summer ale. Very drinkable, nice taste. Refreshing.

A: Probably it's weakest attribute - pours an unimpressive yellow/gold - very little head which fades instantly.

S: Minimal smell, possibly related to having minimal head.

T: Nice & refreshing pale summer ale. Initial sweetness. Light taste. Very nice for summer.

M: Crisp.

D: Exceptionally easy drinking.

I really like this beer. Not generally into lighter beers, but (for what it is) I liked this one a lot. No metalic taste, easy drinking.

I was plesantly surprised after the rather disappointing "King's Peak Porter" from the same brewer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light bready malt and spicy noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light doughy nd grainy malt with some fruity esters and a light earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style with good carbonation.

Overall a tasty, refreshing and easy to drink ale.

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Photo of Wegbier
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

honey to straw color with a shockingly respectful off white head that sits at one finger high and doesnt go away. lots of tiny bubbles everywhere. hazy.

tiny bit of floral hops and doesnt remind me of anything different than a run of the mill pils.

taste- skeptical but...
difficult to describe but complex and refreshing while cold, almost like white grape cider. lemon hides around the corner in the background

light zesty and thin.

refreshing and new with good carb. impressed and enlightened.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see some brews rolling out of SLC, I remember way back when Squatters was the only game in town and a growler was a jug of gold! This one arrived at my door, courtesy of BOTMC, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a classic Thai peanut sauce smell, with the earthiness of noble hops and a very dry flat malting. Pours into a glass with a light golden color with a creamy micro-bubble head. The first thing to hit you on sipping this brew is the mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth, outstanding for this style. The flavor is consistently sweet but dry malt with a very subdued hopping that is earthy and not at all bitter excepting the twinge on the aftertaste. This is a very tasty brew and for the style is hearty and spot on. An extremely smooth drinker, again excellent for the style. Beer with this flavor and heartiness with a ABV of 4%!, bring it on.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear straw color with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty and quite grainy with just a hint of hops. Smells fresh and quite crisp.

Taste is malty and grainy upfront. Leads into a mild bitterness and hint of herbal hops before finishing quite crisp and clean. Very fresh tasting.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Very refreshing, immensely drinkable and very well done to style. Perfect thirst quencher in the current hot & sticky weather.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Pale straw, transparent with just a slight haze & a finger of creamy, whipped white head. Loads of tiny, fast nucleation. Leaving lacing in a big sheet.

Smells of clean, light grain, hay, & that musty smell I get in so many light German styles. Very subtle spritz of citrus, a little Bran flakes.

Taste is light & bitter at first, followed by a moderate but dominant bread crust, thinning out & getting lightly citric & a little metallic. Ends crisp, dry, & a tad fruity again.

Light-bodied with a little more body mid-mouthful, crisp without being tingly or sharp.

Even for a light, drinkable style, I can think of plenty in this bracket I'd rather have. Nothing great & some minor drawbacks, still decent.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Summer" missing from label but assume this is the same beer...

Pale gold with a big white head that stays with little carbonation and leaves some lace rings. LIght fruity and light hop aroma. Grainy malt character with light fruitiness. Light bodied with a lightly dry grainy and light bitter finish.

A nice summer quencher ... strange that is was part of World Market's Winter Beer Sampler Pack.

Per label: "Golden Ale"

Best Before: Jan ('05?) notched / '04' emb on bottom
Tasted: 01/08/05

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, when I had this beer at The Bayou, it was simply listed as "Uinta Kolsch". If this is different from their Summer Solstice, then someone more familiar with their output than me should add it and I will have my review shifted over. In the meantime, it merely reinforces my opinion that management at The Bayou is incompetent. Onward!

This arrived with a decent, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wispiness. The color was a bright golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium with a crisp, pilsner-like bite on the tongue. The finish was crisp and clean, making me long for the Kolsch that Bryan Selders used to make at Neversink before it sunk.

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Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of 10bear
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had my first Solstice while visiting Salt Lake City, and bought a six pack of bottles for my room to enjoy in the evenings after work. The appearance is pale, a light, transparent color typical of a golden ale. My first impression was that it was colored a bit like ginger ale. Lacking the proper glassware, I tried drinking the Solstice out of a regular 8 ounce juice glass, a 12 ounce water glass and finally, the closest thing I could find to a stange: a white wine goblet. The wine goblet produced the best balance between body and head, creating a nice, thin white foam that added to the generous mouth feel. The other serving glasses only produced a thin lace that detracted a little from the enjoyableness of this Kolsch-style golden ale. While on the topic of mouth feel, this is quite a refreshing ale that is nicely carbonated. When served at fridge temperature, it's crisp and very easy on the palate. I found the finish to be on the sweet side, with slight notes of malt balanced with a only the faintest hint of bittering hops. This ale certainly errs towards sweetness, but offers enough complexity to give drinkers a reason to pour a second glass. I would pair it with a garden salad, chicken dishes and sharp cheddar cheeses. True to style, it is a very enjoyable session beer that will please those who love golden ales, pilsners and helles beers. The bouquet is rather neutral, which suggests that aroma hops were used sparingly.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several nice aspects to the aroma. Sweet malt like a German lager with notes of grassiness. A little lemon.
Smaller head (for style). Cloudy yellow-gold that's very firm.
Initially a watery quality. Slight malt, a little sour in the middle that leaves a mostly sour lingering on the tongue. Malty clean taste without being sweet.
Sourness adds thirst quenching and satisfying qualtiy, but not necessarily crisp (like a lager). Fair amount of soft carbonation.
I like the subtleties, but seems to lack a firm impression.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing. Bottled 4/28/11.
A: Pours a dark yellow/light gold with a big, fluffy, dense, bright white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film. The head faded into a thick fuzzy film and had great retention and left a good amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Clean and sweet notes of lightly toasted grains and maybe a bit of peppery, earthy, spice.
T: Follows the nose. Grainy lager flavors are sweet and almost fruity. I get a touch of banana in the finish and maybe honey. The aftertaste has a touch of minerals and is quick and easy.
M: Soft carbonation with a slick mouthfeel and light body that has a bit of heft to it.
O: I’ve only had a few beers of this style but this one is not the best I’ve had. It’s good though, and definitely easy and refreshing. Thanks Matt!

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Summer Solstice Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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