Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

 
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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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This copper colored ale is a silky, creamy dream. Itís 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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3.6
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 donít feel it necessary to brew big beers, but all of their beers are really really solid.

3.3
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.

3.7
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle poured a dark copper amber with a light head and lacing. Sweet malt aroma with clean candy-like tones. Flavor is sweet and creamy,light and easy drinking with a honey taste on the finish.

3.2
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Amber beer, darkish amber even, nice swirl of white to tan foam: vanilla in the aroma and on the palate, faint pepper, cream soda flavor with medium mouth feel. Not exactly what I expected and kind of disappointing, though not really "bad".

3.5
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2005
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a crystal clear mahogany color with a modest semi-creamy light tan head that evaporates rather quickly leaving a fine covering of lace upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, hints of caramel, with a touch of vanilla; start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence and the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a pleasant acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness, aftertaste dry and a nice beer on this hot 1st day of June 2005.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle: Browned amber, fairly dark, medium off-white foamy head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Sweet caramel popcorn sort of aroma.   More like Fiddle Faddle I think.   Maple syrup covered Honeycomb cereal flavor.   What the hell?   This seems different from the sample bottle I have pictured on the left.   Body and mouthfeel, while mediocre, arenít as creamy as I recalled it.   Malty finish, still fairly sweet, and very breakfast cereal like.


3.3
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Medium amber orange color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is bready and sweet, touch of honey and cinnamon. Medium bodied cream ale. Malts are very sweet and fruity, touch of honey. Sort of creamy, sweet and spicy with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. It kind of a weird combination for a summer beer, but it works. The creaminess asserts itself at the finish. Interesting, not sure I would want to down a six-pack of this in a day, but a nice drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is sweet, creamy and honey.

3.3
Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a nice copper hue with a big fluffy off-white head. medium carbonation and light lacing. sweet, slightly hoppy vanilla aroma. almost tastes like a vanilla creame soda at first, but as ti warmed more notes came out (some earthy hops and some more spices). Some odd cereal notes come out in the finish with a vegtal note as well. One of the better creme ales out there

3.3
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Sweet caramel and brown sugar nose, a hint of cherry or sherry, as BŁck, says, a little buttery; smooth palate and some honey, toffee and nutmeg notes; one of the better cream ales Iíve had

3
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Dark amber color, off-white head and no lacing. The nose is odd, a bit funky with some light sherry and sweet molasses. The flavor is lightly hoppy, sweet and creamy? Maybe, not that much though. This could use some work. Dry empty malts with an edge of hops and a center of water and alcohol.


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