Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,550 Ratings
Summer SolsticeSummer Solstice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by xlperro on 05-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,550
Reviews:
490
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
237
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colbster92
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LWagoner
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good overall. Although the aroma was subdued the flavor was pretty tasty. This would be a good beer to have on hand during camping trips. I'll definitely look for it again.

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Photo of MikeyTomorrow
4.99/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cliff1066
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a pint glass at O’glee, Bangkok.

Mildly hazed copper amber hue with thick creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot.

Cream soda, vanilla, sweet caramel, biscuit, slight toasted, earthy hop, and some mild fruit, all of these scents are presented in quite balance way.

The taste is still cream soda together with sweet, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, some earthiness and subtle sour fruitiness. Rich malty as a base that is nicely decorated by all the other flavors.

Medium body with good crispness and nicely smooth mouthfeel, moderate lively carbonation that carries all the things well, finish is dry.

Malt is a backbone here while the addition of natural flavor makes it sweet and creamy like a dessert drink.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was kind of the wave of new beers from Anderson Valley after a decade or more of nothing new entering the lineup it seemed. Golden beer, ample clarity, 1/3" white head, it struggled with retention. Aroma was mild grain and not much else.

Taste, a smooth affair, low bitterness and hopping, appropriate for style. Pretty cool stuff as it isn't lacking in malt, but is easy to drink and not heavy or offputting on a warm day.

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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

33cl botle. Clear amber pour with a thin tan head. Green hops and wet copper in the nose. The taste is bitter, with notes of red berries and citrus, as well as some cantaloupe melon.

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Photo of Scott352
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light body amber ale, great on a hot day after mountain biking. Very easy to down a few. Slight sweetness and malt character. Refreshing.

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Photo of Edie
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Solstice pours a hazy dark copper color with a big lacing head. Sweet and earthy aroma. The flavor is strong, hints of earth with a sweet candy finish. Good body and feel. Overall, solid.: Sweeter.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with beige head. Aroma is quite malty with a slight hint of fruit acidity reminding a bit of cider. Taste is mainly malty with some fresh baked bread crust and some grains. It's just slightly sweet at first and finishes with a hint of earthy hops. Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Overall it's quite interesting style of beer. Malty but not really sweet, easy drinking and light on the palate.

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Photo of TGS
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeff_Plitzner
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with more purple tints toward the middle of the tulip, a billowy cream colored head with 2 fingers of height. 70% opaque.

Sweet, bready notes on the nose, with hints of pale malt and graham cracker. Faint, but what's there is solid.

A tea-like bitterness matches a rich, sweet creamy flaky dough maltiness with dashes of herbs and spices in between. Some warm sweet potato, complete with brown sugar and butter, maybe dashed with rosemary is sampled. I could actually use a touch more sweetness, that would really bring it full swing for me.

Feel is very creamy, and very tightly carbonated at the same time. A wet finish wraps things up.

Overall - I'm torn on whether I would have preferred to buy a six pack; if I did I wouldn't have regretted it, but I'm not unhappy with my choice of two cans. It's a very solid cream ale. Not the best, but not shabby by any stretch. I'd have it again, it's a good time for sure.

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,550 ratings.
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