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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Amber pour with a foamy, mostly white head. Aroma is faint and has some malty, honey notes. Flavor is certainly creamy, a bit sweet, and has a flavor of honey mixed with an artificial sweetener. Interesting if not a bit odd.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9371) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Rich, malty aroma of IBC cream soda with a hint of spice and toffee. Well-balanced flavor. Tastes a bit like IBC cream soda without any cloying sweetness... bigtime vanilla in both the nose and flavor. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Malty, then lightly bitter finish. Rich, but refreshing. I’m a fan.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and light vanilla. Thinner body. Hard one to figure out.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2007
A cream ale with some attitude, a definite fruitiness, though the finish is a bit odd. Sweetish with creamy orangey colour and good foamy ice cream head.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8774) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Burnt orange pour. White head. Nose is floral malt. Very light flavor. Slight malt and bitter hops. Not a lot there. Rated 4/15/10

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle from WIne Warehouse in Charlottesville. Deep red pour with a medium head. Low retention and lacing. Grainy, cereal like aroma with mild caramel notes. Taste is uber-grainy with notes of grain, cereal and caramel. Slightly toasty. Medium body. Overall tasty.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8682) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. Pours a clear, light amber with a thin, bubby, white head. No retention or lacing. Some honey and touch of apple cider vinegar in the nose. Taste is sweet, grainy, slight oatmeal in the body. Thin, watery.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
Deep amber pour. Lots of vanilla and a bit of soft malt character as well. Fairly sweet up front, but there is a touch of decent dryness though on the finish as well. Okay - but not great. Soda-ish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pale, bland notes of corn and wheat, someone stale but still sharp. Soft wheat and crackers, interrupted by stinking sweet corn and smelly dough. Not really going anywhere...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This simple and effective Cream Ale focuses on its light toffee nature and leafy hop touch to provide a quenching experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark amber.
-The body is cushy but remains well dried out to remain quaffable.
-Malts are lightly biscuit throughout.
-Caramelized cereals adopt toffee angles once in a while.

On tap at Rogue Ales Public House, SF.


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