Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

Brewed by: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Ale
  • Variation: Cream
  • Seasonal: Yes
  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: 6

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

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.

Hops: Bravo

Malts: Pale Two-Row, Crystal

First Impressions

Artwork: Anderson Valley always uses some variation of a grizzly wearing antlers.

Color: Amber, darker than expected for summer style.

Aroma: A hint of cider.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Pilsner glass

My first drinks were done without reading the label / tasting notes.

I was not sure what flavors I was experiencing, but at first impression, Anderson Valley Summer Solstice was a better than average summer style beer.

I could not put my finger on the taste, and turned to the notes before drinking more. I hate to drink beer being told what to look for flavor-wise, but it helped tremendously in this case. The flavor was nothing like I had ever experienced in a beer before, but in a good way.

Now that I knew what to look for, it helped to identify the tastes that my pallet could not – cream and caramel. This was not the beer’s fault at all – I just don’t consume alot of caramel or cream soda to spot it right away.

Since I initially missed these flavors, I would have guessed Anderson Valley was aiming for a mildly spiced ale. Regardless, this is definitely a safe bet for enjoying during summertime, since the finish does not have any bitterness to it.

Final Score: 3/5

3 Stars

Not necessarily my cup of tea for a beer, but Summer Solstice’s unique “cream soda for adults” creation is definitely worth trying. I probably gave this brew an extra .5 based on that factor, and did not mind being outside my comfort zone while drinking it.

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