Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

1,550 Ratings
Summer SolsticeSummer Solstice

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can't begin to describe how much I loath this beer.

Um, its basically a watered down juice drink. No carbonation. nasty off flavors. ugh. nothing is going good for this beer. this is the last straw for me and anderson valley. their beers all suck top to bottom. i'm done with them.

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1.24/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I recently picked up some beer for a fellow BA while I was out of town and he asked me to pick him up a 6-pack of Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema. Well he offered to give me one when I gave them to him and who can turn down a free beer.

The beer poured a nice clear reddish, golden color. The head was very light, about 1" which quickly went away.

I found this to be more malty than I normally like. I also found it to also lack the hops.

Definitely nothing too special about this beer. To me it tasted like another BMC.

Overall it is not what I like or look for in a Summer beer.

Sadly enough, this turned into one of my first drain-pours I have had in a while.

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1.32/5  rDev -64%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Bad bad Bad bad Bad bad

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1.59/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Too sweet

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1.74/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a light layer of white head. Fades to a ring. Color is golden orange.

Aroma: Funky cheese. Some spice flavors, maybe nutmeg. Not much else.

Taste: Tastes like Barq's cream soda. Not much else though. Really, there isn't a lot going on here. Is this pop or beer?

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I have no idea what to think about this beer. It smells bad and doesn't taste like beer at all. What were these guys trying to brew.

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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

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1.85/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a mostly white with light tan head. The aroma is....cheese, yes cheese, slightly like swiss. Oh good lord, I am not looking forward to tasting this. It taste like watered down cream soda. Medium mouthfeel. The flavor is not that great to say the least. I’m not sure what they were shooting for on this one. Slightly sweet start. Ends with a linger cream soda flavor. No lace, but some head retention.

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1.89/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Luckily this was free because I wouldn't buy it

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1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Ethereal Brewing in Lexington KY. 5 oz. glass as part of a beer flight.

I didn't like this one at all. Taste: watered down overall. The finish had an odd taste that hinted at watered down Hersey's chocolate syrup. If I had made this as a homebrew I would have considered it a failure. Apparently somebody makes it on purpose.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz can.

Poured a nice copper color, with a tan head, noticed a lot of carbonation.

Definitely smelled malty, with hints of fruit, and slight spice. Smelled creamy, which is something that I would expect from a beer like this. Absolutely no hops come through.

I don't know if I had an older can or what, but the taste was more along the lines of a less watered down malt liquor, with a slight hop taste in the end. No fruity, creamy taste that I would have expected from the smell.

The mouthfeel was watery and over-carbed.

Overall, I was really disappointed. Like I said above, I don't know if I had an older can, or a bad batch? I would really like to try this again, because the reviews of this beer are decent, and I think I'll give this a second chance. The taste was nothing like the aroma, which was promising.

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