Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

 
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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2480) - 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.

3.6
   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...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2005 bottle consumed 6/9/2005 and 6/14/2005. Orange-toffee colored with light maroon hints. Very slight haziness with a yellowish head that fizzles to a ring quickly. No lacing. Bit of oranges in the nose, light caramel and orange creamsicles. Soft, fruity hops. Buttered popcorn, cracker jacks with peanuts and light citrus fruits. LOTS of breadiness. Bready, dry texture, fizzy carbonation is peppery and slightly annoying. People at the store where I bought this were raving about it. I guess it went over my head, not sure what is good about this. Its got a sweet butter cream and buttery popcorn flavor mixed with oranges. I guess it does what it attempts to do, that is, make an orange cream beer, but I dont see how that is refreshing for the summer. The hops up front are enjoyable and present in reasonable quantity, but the beer is extremely full of water, very loose textured and I find the cream flavor to be nasty and sugary. Very odd. Nothing like some candy corn, cracker jacks and a glass of creme de curacao on a hot day!!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle: pours orange/brown with a medium beige head. Not much aroma from what I can smell. Flavor is equally light with a bit of yeast and light fruit. Doesnt have the corn finish like most cream ales. Dont know what the hype is. Below average.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
06.17.05 12oz bottle. Pretty dark copper pour with small fading head of even beige foam. Aroma is cream cheese, herbs dP, something plastic. Weird flavor is a bit like cream soda, really, not just because theres cream in the name, theres lots of vanilla in this beer. I dont think its too spicy other than the vanilla. Was a fine quaff, soft palate.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Upon the first taste of this beer I realized that this beer taste very much like the AV winter soltice. I checked the bottle and sure enough its brewed with spices. I am not opposed to spices and I find this beer to be much better than the AVVWS. Good for a worm day, but the beer does get kind of sweet toward the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Spicy malt aroma. Amber color body witha disipating head. Flavor was spice and sweet malts. If the hops were more of a presence maybe this would of been smoother on the palate. Oterwise good sweet, spicey maly beer if that is what you like.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (11014) - 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. Im a fan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Pours a very similar color to Boont Amber: nice and coppery amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is heavily of sweet caramel malt and cereal with a bit of hop aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee and vanilla. A little hop bitterness and aroma come through but just enough to balance the sweetness and creme flavor. They must use a heaping of lactose in this brew. Mouthfeel is excellent. Smoothy, creamy, velvet, excellent. Oh Anderson Valley, one of the more under-rated breweries there is since they dont feel it necessary to brew big beers, but all of their beers are really really solid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours a pretty bright amber color that is at most lightly hazy. It is topped by a frothy tan head that quickly dissipates after a few minutes. Wow, the aroma is quite interesting, it reminds me of some sort of candy. Perhaps a mix of butterscotch and strawberry candies. The butterscotch definitely becomes the dominant note in the nose. Interestingly enough, I am not sure that this is entirely driven by diacetyl, I am usually quite sensitive to it, and this somehow seems different. Looking at the bottle I see that this beer has some "special" spices, so this must be where that note is coming from.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, and my first overall impression is that this is like drinking the beer version of cream soda. The beer is fairly light on the palate, with a finish that has a carbonic bite to it. I really do like the soda analogy for this beer, I am reminded of both a light rootbeer, and a cream soda, caramel popcorn would also be an apt flavor analogy. I am really curious as to what the spices were in this beer. Overall this is definitely and interesting beer to try, though I am not sure that I would want more of it.


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