BeerFunGuy (461) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I make it a point to have one at the brewery every year on my birthday. It has an amazing smell and tastes wonderful. It has an almost cinnamon vanilla taste and finishes very smooth. It is sweet but still tastes like a real beer unlike many other very sweet beers. A must for any and every refrigerator.
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mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a golden apricot color wtih 3 fingers of head that falls to 1 over the beer. The nose was of wheat malts, orange, caramel and hoppy grapefruit notes. The flavor starts with a nice grapefruit hop, that balances with the wheat malt. There are also hints of orange in the malt near the end. The feel was moderate to thick. The drinkability is obsceanly good. The flavor is complex. An American wheat with complexity? Say it aint so!!!
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had an average head.Aroma was a nice beer .Color was a medium amber.Tasted a bit sour and finished sour and bitter.It was a good beer,but I would look for better.
dmacmillan (3) - Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet caramel/toffee smell with a medium amber color. Nice light taste, not too bitter. I’d drink this year-round.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great wheat, though not in the german style. Citrus nose and mouth, light bready flavor with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Great out of the keg several summers ago, an ideal warm-weather ale.
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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PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Draft at Primanti Brothers. Very big caramel taste, which surprised me. Great appearance, cloudy bronze with a decent head and thick lacing. Medium palate, creamy. Caramel fronted taste, sweet, with a wheat brown backbone.
superspak (2122) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours hazy orange copper color with a small white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, biscuit, toast, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, grass, floral, light chocolate, and herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength. Taste of orange, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, floral, grass, and herbal. Lingering notes of citrus, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, vanilla, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Fairly robust flavors with nice balance; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice cream ale. Nice amount of flavor and balance; very smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable, I would have it again.
sitzds (243) - - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 On tap at Beechwood BBQ. Like grown-up cream soda. Malty with a sneaky hop finish. Really outstanding!
Chad9976 (1067) - 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.