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Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema



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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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This copper colored ale is a silky, creamy dream. Itís malty, very mildly hopped, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. A cool beer for the heat, whatever your latitude!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 12 oz. bottle from Holdiay Wine Cellar. It was definitley smooth. It lived up to the velvety. I guess that is what you want when you drink a creme ale. Dark amber pour with a nice tan head that didnít last, and left no lacing. Aromas were mostly just malt, some caramel. Flavors were malty and a very light hops character in the background. Yes very drinkable, but was it memorable? I think not...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Bottle, copper color, not much nose, mabye it is me. Tasted light, with a hint of spice but I was looking for something, and barelythere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1215) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
This is a summer beer recommended by the Caboose in Ashland, Va. The Head was modest with noticeable lacing. The color was amber to dark copper. The taste was rich with hints of spice and some sweetness. It had a smooth ending that would have you looking for more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1803) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2005
The ale is a nice dark copper, clear and with a nice sized bubbly off white head, that goes fast, leaving a good lacing. I couldnt make out much in the way of aroma, pretty neutral..though there is a peppery hint if spice Nice tsteing summer beer, its pretty malty, but not overly sweet, and the sweet is balanced by a nice spiciness..makeing for a balanced mouthful. Nice on the mouth not as thin as i expected and very well carbonated. Overall not a great beer, but a good summer quaffer..I took no time at all polishing off the single I bought. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Hazy copper, thin fizzy white head. Rich nose of vanilla bean custard, butterscotch crŤme, and soft lemony citrus notes. Flavorful tones of vanilla, lemon meringue, and malts up front, light hop bitterness brings up the rear. Light to medium bodied, soft and smooth carbonation, semi-sweet, malty finish. Definitely the Winter Solstice little brother, and not half bad at all. Quite drinkable on a 90 degree summer day...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2005 bottle consumed 6/9/2005 and 6/14/2005. Orange-toffee colored with light maroon hints. Very slight haziness with a yellowish head that fizzles to a ring quickly. No lacing. Bit of oranges in the nose, light caramel and orange creamsicles. Soft, fruity hops. Buttered popcorn, cracker jacks with peanuts and light citrus fruits. LOTS of breadiness. Bready, dry texture, fizzy carbonation is peppery and slightly annoying. People at the store where I bought this were raving about it. I guess it went over my head, not sure what is good about this. Itís got a sweet butter cream and buttery popcorn flavor mixed with oranges. I guess it does what it attempts to do, that is, make an orange cream beer, but I donít see how that is refreshing for the summer. The hops up front are enjoyable and present in reasonable quantity, but the beer is extremely full of water, very loose textured and I find the cream flavor to be nasty and sugary. Very odd. Nothing like some candy corn, cracker jacks and a glass of creme de curacao on a hot day!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle: pours orange/brown with a medium beige head. Not much aroma from what I can smell. Flavor is equally light with a bit of yeast and light fruit. Doesnít have the corn finish like most cream ales. Donít know what the hype is. Below average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
06.17.05 12oz bottle. Pretty dark copper pour with small fading head of even beige foam. Aroma is cream cheese, herbs dP, something plastic. Weird flavor is a bit like cream soda, really, not just because thereís cream in the name, thereís lots of vanilla in this beer. I donít think itís too spicy other than the vanilla. Was a fine quaff, soft palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Upon the first taste of this beer I realized that this beer taste very much like the AV winter soltice. I checked the bottle and sure enough its brewed with spices. I am not opposed to spices and I find this beer to be much better than the AVVWS. Good for a worm day, but the beer does get kind of sweet toward the end.

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