DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps the darkest cream ale Iíve encountered. Copper hue with aroma of bready malt spice, hopcit, with lemon as the primary citrus element. Tastes full-vodied for a cream or summer ale, with hints of bready malt, lemongrass, hops, spice (black pepper), and fruit. Nice complexity and wonderful balance. I bought a bottle of this at State Line in Elkton, MD, and I hope they have more when I return this weekend. God, Itís great to have relatives around the DE/MD border!!
CamdenD (1027) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Moan and Dove. Very very pleasant cream ale! This was a delightful root beer float -- but better! Strangely worked well as a summer ale, and basically Iím just glad itís not another "summer wheat!"
OldGrowth (2340) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Kinda cream soda, little fruity(strawberry), little bready, little grassy. Nice clean orangy brown color, ok head that faded quickly to a ring. Sweet flavors. Malty. Like aromas with a little lemon and caramel. Thinner body, lite creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet, crisp finish. Nice summer brew, a departure from the traditional summer beers out there.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a coppery color with a an off white head. Flavor is creamy with hints of malt. Aroma was kind of sweet and grassy.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured an orange body with a small whtie head.aromas of wheat,grass,malt,and hops.the flavor was very "creamy" and contained hints of wheat,hay,malts,and hops.had a nice wet but crisp finish.this is very nice on a hot summer day.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clouded reddish amber hue, decent head formation. Mild strawberry fruitiness in the aroma. Sweet strawberry candy palate, smooth with very mild spice. Finishes fairly clean.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice looking copper pour, llight sweet aroma. Sweet, candy creamy taste with a bit of spiciness. Interesting, remindful of a good cream soda from my youth, but not something I would seek out again.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) I donít drink many cream ales, but this is easily the darkest one Iíve seen, boasting a dark ruddy amber color. A large, light tan head builds to an inch or more, gradually thinning, but maintaining an unbroken layer atop the beer. The nose is interesting, showing a fairly prominent sweet orange citrus aroma. Unfortunately, the flavor is a let down, with the dominant flavors being an orange citrus that seems rather artificial and perfumy tasting, and an odd vanilla flavor in the finish. The aftertaste is kind of nasty, actually. Some light spices seem to hint of a wit beer to me. Very light hop bitterness, but itís almost negligible. The styleís standard corn flavor is obviously lacking in this cream ale, but that isnít necessarily a bad thing to me, just worth mentioning. Thin mouthfeel seems watery and fails to stimulate the palate. Looks pretty, and itís definitely different for a cream ale, but the flavor still doesnít do it for me.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
mostly drank this from the bottle, but about halfway through i decided i better pour it out to see what it looks like. quite surprising, as i was going to expect it to be a light brown color, but instead it is almost red looking. smells sweet and malty. taste is almost like bubble gum. this is a really sweet, and pretty refreshing beer. not something i would want to drink alot of just because of the sheer sweetness of the beer, but aside from that, it was a good beer to try. something to recommend.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
By far and away the darkest cream ale I will have ever had. Yup, copper color with a small lid of dark beige bubbles. I saw funky and I must agree when it comes to the aroma. Yeasty nutty banana bread comes to mind. Some caramel cream cheese spread on the slice of bread to add another dimension. The aroma takes me some time to get used to, and now is slightly more inviting. What is it with these solstice brews, to me they seem to have a ton of vanilla (more like a vanilla custard). Some nuts in the forefront, with mild caramel start the flavors. Custard filled middle with a mildly acidic finish. Interest, but not my type of brew, an amber cream.