Summer Solstice | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,561 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:
1,561
Reviews:
491
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
244
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,561 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark honey colour with a finger width of frothy creamy head.

Smell- honey, wheat, apple, sweet malts, hint of grains

Taste- The honey and the wheat flavours stand out followed by the sweet malts and the grains. Not as sweet as the aromas suggest. There is also a hint of plum or cherry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad sticky.

Overall- A tasty APWA by Anderson Valley. I enjoyed the honey and dark fruit flavours as it neutralizes the wheat flavours. The aroma is a tad cloying but the taste makes up for this aspect.

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Photo of JonJSt
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LeapintoBeer
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Pours a burnt amber-traffic-light kind of color with a small, wispy white head that remains as a thin film on the top of the beer. Virtually no lacing was left on the way down. Upon the first sniff and taste, you immediately get a sense of some wild, fruity flavors, maybe like wild berry and white grape. However, I knew there was a stronger taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on until the beer warmed up -- figs. Halfway through, the figs were prominent and easily noticeable. By the end it was like a liquid Fig Newton. Very unique and very tasty. Little bit of hops in the background, but overall more malt. Body was medium-thin, clean, left your mouth a little wet afterwards. Sharp carbonation on the back of the tongue, maybe just a bit too much.

Overall, a nice and refreshing beer that tastes of berries and figs. Very commendable for being so unique, I'd most likely have this one again.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chalkda01
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tsailor
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours hazy orange copper color with a small white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, biscuit, toast, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, grass, floral, light chocolate, and herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength. Taste of orange, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, floral, grass, and herbal. Lingering notes of citrus, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Fairly robust flavors with nice balance; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice cream ale. Nice amount of flavor and balance; very smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable, I would have it again.

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Photo of scot959
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of jpro
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a shaped pint glass...

A: Clear copper; cream, one-finger head; decent retention, but no lace.

S: Light toasted malt; cinnamon graham cracker; fruity breakfast bread... kind of a cinnamon-raisin-banana bread aroma, I guess; big aroma for the abv.

T: Cream soda notes; ginger snap; light malt character and just a smidge of dryness on the end.

M: Light body; moderate carbonation; a touch watery... it feels just a little too light.

O: An interesting, refreshing summer brew; feel a little incomplete, with the watery mouthfeel, but good; seems more fitting for late summer / early fall for some reason.

*from notes 8.23.12

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Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of braican
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Oakenator
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to brown color. The head is good at pour but disappates quickly and a small amount remains on the top of the beer and the rim of the glass for a while. No lacing is present. Smell is nondescript with a hint of spices and sour. Mouthfeel is creamy and taste is light with a hint of sour from citrus - orange and grapefruit.

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Photo of swimnadd
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jdkoch
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an amber colored brew with a tiny white head. The head faded fast to give very little lacing.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of sweet caramel and vanilla as well as some bready and citrus notes.

Taste – The taste began with a bready flavor that was accompanied by the caramel sweetness detected in the nose. These two flavors remain a base for the beer, for which other flavors will come and go upon. Toward the middle flavors of a more cream and vanilla flavor come to the tongue. These don’t last long and are quickly subdued by some citrus flavors. The citrus is sweeter at first, but bitters more toward the end and gives a light bite to the aftertaste of the beer.

Mouthfeel – The body f the beer was on the below average to average side in terms of its creamy and thickness with the carbonation being quite average. A boost in the body thickness may have done well for the cream and bready flavors, but the feel is by no means bad.

Overall – Easy drinking with some nice flavors. One to give a go if you have a chance.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,561 ratings.
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