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.
Malts: Pale Two-Row, Crystal
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.
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
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.