Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

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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Photo of pjwilson
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a damn good beer, and very unique too. I really tastes creamy and figured it would be listed under cream beers. But it is very amber looking. got a sixer on a trip to the brewery.

smell: perhaps a weak point in the beer. faint sweet malts and vanilla. not much

Taste: ah yes. no other beer is quite like this. Tastes, well very creamy. vanilla seems to dominate the flavors here. there is little to no hop bitternense. this is not a overtly sweet beer though, nothing aproaching anything beligum. The people at the brewery told be that this is just their winter ale with less malt...but it tastes very different from that beer.

mouthfeel: creamy. like drinking milk.

drinkablitly: great for warm weather. very good ice cold but good lighly chilled as well. uh...two thumbs up...

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Photo of RootedFool
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a sturdy beer mug, the head couldn't be more perfect: rises at a mid-level pace, light tan (white, with light brown highlights), fair retention. A thin collar of lace clings to the glass. The body is dark, translucent amber. Smell: Subtle drop of vanilla extract, slight grassy hop presence and caramel maltiness on the finish. Taste: Ah, nice kick of creamy vanilla upfront, encompassing my entire palate, the middle brings out the vanilla even more by being balanced out against a black peppery hop profile, and some soft malt sweetness. The finish is a powder sugar sweetness, as the vanilla is all played out, and very thin hop bitterness. Slick mouthfeel, plenty carbonated. Great summer beer, better than the usual summer (read: boring) offerings from otherwise awesome breweries.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, Anderson Valley, a brewery among breweries. I was actually at the brewery in Boonville in December of 2004 and I would highly recommend visiting the taproom and getting some of the freshest beer this side of the Universe. AV is an exceptional brewery made epic if you sample the beers on tap there.

But on to the real deal: the review of AVBC's Summer Solstice "Cerveza Crema."

The aroma of the beer is slighly malty with low hoppines and slight vanilla. The malt profile is slightly fruity with a hint of graininess. The mouthfeel is light for an amber colored as such as this, but finishes with a nice creaminess.

The hops are mild and combine with the yeast to form a "pseudo-Corona" flavor, which helps round out the refreshing quality of this beer.

This beer isn't terribly complex, but that's not what it's designed to be. It's still full of flavor and very drinkable on a hot summer day.

I never used to be much of a seasonal summer beer fan, but it seems more breweries these days have been able to strike the balance between flavor, drinkability, and refreshment than ever before. The Boonville addition is certainly one of them.

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

05/08/05- Purchased at Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no dates, poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Copped-amber hued pour. 1 inch head that soon disipates and leaves a slight rim throughout. Very faint lacing.

Smell- Very malty with a hint of sweetness. Maybe even a slight whiff of vanilla.

Taste- Well, with a name like Cerveza Crema, I was expecting a combo of Little Kings and Corona (which would have been weird to say the least), but what I got was fairly decent if not actually dare I say pretty good. You can definitely feel and taste the creamy part of it. A very malty and a fairly sweet malt to boot. Tack on a creamy vanilla like taste and texture and add some spice (nutmeg)?? And put it together and this is the outcome. Not very much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty darn smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation rounds it off. Maybe a tad watery in the finish.

Drinkability- I would have taken this brew over just about all of them if it was available when I was in Cancun last October. Different, tasty and refreshing.

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