Gonzoforbeer (17) - Coram, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect summer beer creamy and great with BBQ drank around 3 6 packs over the summer kept me coming back.
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Wolfenstien3D (11) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz can. Pours amber, hazy, thin ring of beige head. Nose has pretty heavy caramel notes. Taste has caramel, toasty notes, straw, trace citrus. Finishes with toasty wheat notes. Light bodied with average carbonation. Not getting any spice, a bit sweet, but otherwise ok.
Nekronos (3364) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NIce and easy to drink although not so great in features. NIce aromatic smell and quite pale golden shape.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Pinocchios in Media. Looks like a nice wheat. Smells like a nice wheat. Tastes like a nice wheat. A nice wheat. Nothing remarkable, just an easy drinking solid beer.
cmanbowdeen (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013 does not count
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
A truly, uniquely terrible beer. It tasted more like overly flavored seltzer water with some carbs added. I suppose if you enjoy a disgustingly saccharine punch with an extra sour garnish, then this would be right up your alley.
EdInSaltLake (503) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, caramel candy aroma and flavor. Not like caramelized malt so much as the little caramel cubes. Maybe some subtle fruity character, and a tiny bit of doughy malt in finish. No bitterness; could maybe use just a little? Nice lightly creamy mouthfeel.
benpickens (381) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours bronze; light head; malt forward aromas - sweet bready aromas; lightly tart on the tongue with an unusual bready melony sweetness. Decent.
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sonnycheeba (2932) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear copper with creamy, off-white head. Aroma is cereal and light cookie malts, light berries, and some funk. Flavor is smooth, bready malts forward with some dark fruit esters; dry finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.
Ed5388 (1597) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can. Pours a clear amber color with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of dough, caramel, oranges, and a faint hop spice. Taste of fresh bread, orange, caramel sweetness, and spice.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark copper color, translucent with carbonation visible. Forms an average size, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Discernible notes of caramel and toffee and a general sweet maltiness, but nothing extreme.
Taste: I actually avoided Summer Solstice because most Anderson Valley bottles and cans tend to be out of code at my beer store and also I assumed it was yet another generic summer ale. My friend Alex insisted I give it a try, so I did, and now I’m kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. While there’s nothing particularly "summer-y" about this beer, it does have a pleasing flavor and high drinkability. I could drink this year round.
The palette reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest and there’s distinct caramel, toffee and nutty flavors. According to the brewery’s website, it’s a pretty simple recipe using only three malts and a single hop (Bravo), but the can also says there’s "natural flavor" added. That might account for the vanilla and cinnamon flavors that appear on the back end. So yes, this is a sweet beer, but not overly so. There’s no cloying aftertaste, which makes it quite refreshing while in the mouth. A drinker-friendly beer that could be enjoyed by pretty much anyone.
Drinkability: While Anderson Valley Summer Solstice may not taste like the typical summer brew, it certainly drinks like one. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but there’s noticeable effervescence throughout. It’s hard to drink this in sips - I found myself gulping it down. At only 5% ABV there’s a lot of flavor here, and you could easily make the argument this beer is sessionable.