Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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83
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1,566 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:
1,566
Reviews:
491
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
245
For Trade:
1
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MKrauss
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SMKilp
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours copper with a subtle haze; fluffy off-white/light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of sweet malts. Some butter cream. Vanilla is there with some hints of caramel and toffee. Corn is there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More vanilla, caramel and toffee. Solid malt backbone. It's slightly sweet, but remains refreshing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a nice cream ale. It's straight forward, but slightly unique. Enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of armock
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1.99/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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

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

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,566 ratings.
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