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Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

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RATINGS: 508   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. It’s 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2005
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a crystal clear mahogany color with a modest semi-creamy light tan head that evaporates rather quickly leaving a fine covering of lace upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, hints of caramel, with a touch of vanilla; start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence and the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a pleasant acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness, aftertaste dry and a nice beer on this hot 1st day of June 2005.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle: Browned amber, fairly dark, medium off-white foamy head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Sweet caramel popcorn sort of aroma.   More like Fiddle Faddle I think.   Maple syrup covered Honeycomb cereal flavor.   What the hell?   This seems different from the sample bottle I have pictured on the left.   Body and mouthfeel, while mediocre, aren’t as creamy as I recalled it.   Malty finish, still fairly sweet, and very breakfast cereal like.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Medium amber orange color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is bready and sweet, touch of honey and cinnamon. Medium bodied cream ale. Malts are very sweet and fruity, touch of honey. Sort of creamy, sweet and spicy with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. It kind of a weird combination for a summer beer, but it works. The creaminess asserts itself at the finish. Interesting, not sure I would want to down a six-pack of this in a day, but a nice drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is sweet, creamy and honey.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 1, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a nice copper hue with a big fluffy off-white head. medium carbonation and light lacing. sweet, slightly hoppy vanilla aroma. almost tastes like a vanilla creame soda at first, but as ti warmed more notes came out (some earthy hops and some more spices). Some odd cereal notes come out in the finish with a vegtal note as well. One of the better creme ales out there

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Sweet caramel and brown sugar nose, a hint of cherry or sherry, as Bück, says, a little buttery; smooth palate and some honey, toffee and nutmeg notes; one of the better cream ales I’ve had

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Dark amber color, off-white head and no lacing. The nose is odd, a bit funky with some light sherry and sweet molasses. The flavor is lightly hoppy, sweet and creamy? Maybe, not that much though. This could use some work. Dry empty malts with an edge of hops and a center of water and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Cerveza and Crema are usually flags that pop up when I see a beer a don’t like. I know to stay away from both. However this stuff is incredible. I’ve never really enjoyed cream beer before but wow. I have a roomate who almost gave the full bottle back to me when he read the label, after he tried one he bought a case. Nice orange-amber color, (almost resembles their Boont amber) and a nice off-white head that will hang around if you pour the beer a little agressivley. Huge, but balance, malt (crystal, maybe a little wheat?) And a smooth creaminess that makes this a sexy brew. Suprisingly refreshing, the hops come in as the malt is on the way out, and give a clean finish. If you can find this beer give it a try. Everyone I know who has tasted this beer loves it, and along with me have new faith in cream beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1994) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Poured a medium mohagany color, with a thin white head. Which had minimal retention. Aroma was mainly doughy with some mild fruity and honey notes in the background. Taste was mainly malty. with a lot of minor tastes in the finish. Which consisted of fruits and spices and a creamy finish. Hops bitterness was minimal at best. Seem the be gassy which made it heavy on the stomach. Good for its style, and maybe enjoyable during the summer but in the end it’s average at best.


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