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 (3033) - 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 (2088) - 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.
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Foxbush (1280) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Reid (1906) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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!!