Question About Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

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  1. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Bought a six of this last night. Tasted very cream soda like and the color looked artifical to me. The can states natural flavors added. Anyone know what those flavors are and if they use coloring in this beer.

  2. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,311) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    No idea. It's been a long time since I've had it, but I do recall it being really sweet.

    EDIT: Brewer mentions it as being called "cream soda for adults" and I wonder if the classification on BA as a cream ale is erroneous because of it.
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  3. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,946) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    There's a homebrewing clone recipe that uses vanilla extract.
  4. hey5hitgoose

    hey5hitgoose Aspirant (236) Feb 28, 2013 Illinois

    im going to go out on a limb and say that the flavor is derived from caramel malts
  5. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    It's Vanilla. It tastes great at first sip to me, but I have trouble getting through more than a bottle of it.
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  6. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (409) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Good find!

    It would make sense that this beer, the beer that's considered cream soda for adults, uses vanilla extract. Vanilla extract is a popular flavoring addition in cream soda, especially in the states.
  7. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Thanks, man. That makes sense against what I was tasting - I can also feel what you are saying about multi-servings
  8. Mark

    Mark Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2001 California

    I love Anderson Valley Brewery but am not a fan of that one. I stop by the Tap Room / Visitor Center every so often and they told me it's a Cream Ale.
  9. ToriBug13

    ToriBug13 Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 California

    It is definitely flavored. I remember around Christmas talking to my Anderson Valley rep and him saying that the Winter and Summer Soltice beers were both flavored, vanilla is a big part of it. The only difference in the recipes is the winter has cinnamon and one other extract as well. Other than those two things, (can't remember the second, sorry) the recipes are the same.

    WCKDVBZ Initiate (0) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Have no idea, but Southern Tier claims that all of their stuff is "natural" flavor too. There's no way. I guess since they're not required to list the ingredients, the label can say whatever they want it to say.
  11. ToriBug13

    ToriBug13 Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 California

    Also, the beer tastes COMPLETELY different depending on what format you have it in. In the bottles it's totally flat in flavor. In cans it's much better, and on tap it can be AMAZING. But for one reason or another, the format definitely makes a difference for this brand.
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  12. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    The winter solstice is downright delicious.
  13. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Summer Solstice is one of my favorite AV beers. I have it a very high rating based on taste alone. I didn't get a cream soda taste at all, more toffee and caramel. Very tasty.
  14. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    Damn good beer regardless.
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