Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,554 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:
1,554
Reviews:
490
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
240
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,554 |  Reviews: 490
Photo of LeftoverCrizack
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brocktune
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of natfiedler
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - deep copper color thin off white head not much lacing.

Smell - Wheat and hay, sweet malt little bit of spice and some caramel.

Taste - Sort of sweet flavor, sweet malts, caramel, raisin.

Feel - medium body, the sweetness makes it have an odd after taste.

Overall - An ok beer little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Liquid
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

What beer drinker wants a root beer or a cream soda?!?!?

I dislike flavored, sweetened coffees as much as most flavored beers. If I want cola, root soda, or lemonade or any other kind of fruit essence or juice in my beer - why would I not add it myself?!?!?!

A) A cloudy red-orange amber with nearly no head or lacing.
S) Aroma is cream soda and ballantine with red grape.
T) Tastes treacly, toasty, toffee and sickly sweet caramel with few hints of fruit
F) Feels woody and clumsy/cloying with no hop bitterness. I dont get this for summer, it's sweet, thin, light winter brew.... Pass.

I enjoyed Vode's characterization though I don't dislike this as vehemently. Still, not a go-to brew.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, clear, golden color with a large frothy beige head. Very malt forward in aroma. Bread crust is prominent along with some graham cracker and light moderate caramel notes. All these nice things are in the flavor as well, but the body is surprisingly light for these sweet-focused flavors, and the beer actually finishes quite dry. Hop presance is minimal, and anything I'm picking up is way in the background.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of OKbrew89
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jprince103
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A real good sit around and drink ale.

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Photo of Peaches13
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSwampy
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with a cream head. Nose very bready, like opening a loaf of bread, though also some small spritzy or spicy notes. Taste starts modestly, lean, then opens with a big hit of caramel candy, also some licorice, and ends with a more standard malt. Flavor development is interesting but also odd. Mouthfeel is a bit sudsy but in some ways also lean, ending slick. Finish is surprisingly dry given the bready and sweet aspects. An oddly joined mixture of flavors, and tastes perhaps too "flavored" for some. Despite the name this reminds me more of fall flavors... almost a pumpkin ale sort of thing... than a refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeubTube
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dogleg
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aje504
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dochook
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of killcore
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,554 ratings.
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