Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
This copper colored ale is a silky, creamy dream. Its 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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Clouded reddish amber hue, decent head formation. Mild strawberry fruitiness in the aroma. Sweet strawberry candy palate, smooth with very mild spice. Finishes fairly clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) I dont drink many cream ales, but this is easily the darkest one Ive 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 its almost negligible. The styles standard corn flavor is obviously lacking in this cream ale, but that isnt necessarily a bad thing to me, just worth mentioning. Thin mouthfeel seems watery and fails to stimulate the palate. Looks pretty, and its definitely different for a cream ale, but the flavor still doesnt do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5990) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
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 didnt 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1922) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2420) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Hazy copper, thin fizzy white head. Rich nose of vanilla bean custard, butterscotch crme, 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...

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