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Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#32,740
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
1,575
pDev:
15.26%
Bros Score:
3.79
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
247
Trade:
1
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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Velvety mouthfeel. The body is creamy almost like a good milk stout. Then spices come in at the end.

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

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

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

Photo of ledouge
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Try-em-all
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While this is a good one caramel and color little on the darker side than I would have expected pretty good had about a finger and a half some slight lacing you definitely get the caramel on the nose little bit of spice little bit of bread e-notes and reminds me of something I will start to drink in fall great transition beer into the Oktoberfest time.

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Photo of chossboss
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.0% abv

Appearance- Dark amber/copper. Lofty white head with moderate lacing. Translucent.

Smell- Loads of caramel, bready malt, cinnamon.

Taste- Sweet, bready malt. Lightly toasted flavor. Caramel malts dominate, mixing with the bread flavors. Finishes clean with ample spicing and hints of vanilla. Cinnamon and ginger round off the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A more richer bodied, caramel malt brew. Shares some characteristics with an Oktoberfest as far as the malt base goes. Fitting for a beer celebrating the Summer Solstice. When Fall is approaching. I think this beer got me ready to start drinking some Oktoberfests straight from Bavaria.

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Photo of tpauer
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
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

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

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

Photo of Samputnam14
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

Photo of DrewSnyc667
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

Photo of jimbo789
1.99/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,575 ratings
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