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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:
#32,285
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
1,574
pDev:
15.26%
Bros Score:
3.79
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
246
Trade:
1
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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark caramel color. A cream colored head recedes to a film, with light webby lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toffee. All malts.

Taste: Just like the aroma, the beer opens with a great sweet caramel, and quickly moves into toffee. It's deliciously much like a candy bar. Maybe only the slightest tang of a hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Refreshingly light and smooth.

Overall: One of the tastiest beers I've ever had. Reminds me of a Score candy bar.

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber/caramel color with a half finger of white head that quickly dissipated into a thin lacing of foam that covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, caramel, malt, some faint floral notes, like clover of heather.

Taste: Wow! There’s lots of caramel up front. Then there’s the malt and some very subtle hops characteristics. There’s also some spice at the back end, maybe black pepper and ginger. This beer is sweet without being overpowering, crisp without being drying or bitter. This is a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with some chewiness that’s not usually present in summer beers, or at least in the summer beers that I’ve had (especially this summer). There’s some nice carbonation present to cleanse the palate, which is good, as the sweetness could, but isn’t, be a bit cloying.

Overall: Damn, this is a really good beer! I love the caramel and spices that this beer possesses, and the creaminess. I’m going to have to have a few more of these this summer! Maybe more than a few!

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2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Can, picked up on a very hot day.
The appearance of the beer is the only good thing.
Smells like over sweetened A&W cream soda and stale cereal.
Taste was pretty awful, skunky, overly sweet cream soda flavor and a bit of lemon.
So many people love this stuff, I thought it was horrible. Wish I had my $3 back.

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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pilsner glass, and the color was darker than I expected. It was clear, and a dark amber, almost orange when viewed against a light. The head was white and nice an thick (about an inch). This is easily the most carbonated beer I have had, there is a ton of effervescence, and the head stuck around for a long time. After 20 minutes or more there was still a 1/8" head. There wasn't much to stand out in the smell, some malt and a little hops. Again nothing about the taste really stood out, there was a decent amount of malt flavor, and a little caramel and vanilla, and little to no hops. Initially I thought the taste was very watery, but as the beer warmed up a bit I found the flavor much more satisfying. The mouth feel of this beer was excellent, it was very full and smooth. There was a nice crisp finish that I attribute to the amount of carbonation. Overall this was quite an enjoyable beer with a mild but adequate flavor, great mouth feel, and was quite refreshing.

Disclaimer: This is my first cream ale, and my first review.

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Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,574 ratings
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