Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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:
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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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into Red Hare Brewery Pint Glass.

App- It's a very simple, true to form beer. Fairly clear through with a great dark gold, copper, and amber color. Slight bit of chill on the glass, but very welcoming. Poured about 1.5 finger creamy off white soap-y head.

Smell- Very soft smell, some hop, malt, and confectionery sweetness. Not too much going on, but nothing to really turn off the drinker.

Taste- Sweetness. This is definitely a great beer, it is a bit on the sweeter end of the scale. Lots of vanilla, honey, sugars, almost reminds me of malty Nougat in drink form. Cannot get enough of this, especially as someone who is a huge fan of sweet, dark, and heavier beers. A great summer beer I would recommend to people who are looking for less hop and more "flavor" out of their lighter and easier Ales.

Mouth- Very crisp, but coating mouthfeel. Feels much the way you would expect based around the taste.

Overall- I have heard people say this is like Cream Soda for adults and I get that. It definitely has a Cream Soda like quality and it comes out strongest in the mouth & taste. The nose is definitely a more "beer-like" aroma, it's not unappealing though if you were to introduce this to someone. All in all, an easy quality drink. If you are looking for something sweeter, something that's a bit more than your typical summer-y Ales, this would be a great starting point.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can poured into my 40oz. Brandy Snifter.

A: Thin, white, lightly carbonated head; caramelized sugar body; large, but limited bubbles.

S: Creme Brulee, meringue, and whipped cream all come together in one of the most perfectly aromatic beers outside of a chocolate stout.

T: Creamsicle; light, charred sweetness; whipped cream.

M: Very smooth with light carbonation and light maltiness.

OVERALL: This was such a great beer and probably the best Cream Ale I've ever had. Through and through the scents matched up with the taste and the idea behind the scents matched up with the texture. Summer Solstice is a great beer for the warmer months when you want to get away from IPA's/DIPA's for a few days and give your wrecked palate some time off.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can, lots of foam on a almost clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is caramel and cream.
The taste is nice. A dark summer brew with moderate bitterness balance with some malt sweetness; with vanilla worked in nicely.
The texture is smooth and soft with low carbonation.
It's a lighter ale but with good flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,588 ratings
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