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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewed using five malts and two hop varieties, Summer Solstice Ale has a rich amber color with a high alcohol content.

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3.6
Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
thanks to bbb63(i think) who was pouring this at logans gabf weekend. yellow dark pour with a thin white head. alcohol and marshmallow nose. sugary wheat taste with a bitter finish , very nice. there is a fruitiness here that is nice. the syrupy wheat flavor hides the alcohol well.

3.4
Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by BBB63. Light copper/golden body, thin-medium off-white head. Caramely aroma with hints of DMS (butterscotch!). Fruity, bready, caramely aroma with plenty of clover honey, sugary, rather full and creamy. Medium-bodied and refreshing. The DMS doesn’t distract the palate to a significant degree. Not bad, not excellent...meaning quaffable.

4.6
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Nectur of the Gods, golden honey hues with spicey nose that carried into taste, would have liked more head (but who doesn’t); just the right carbonation, maybe...just maybe slightly syruppy, but who cares! I would have it an anniversary ale (like new years or winter rather than summer) Choice of the Host for Labor Day Middle of No Where party 2005, who do I have to thank for this????

3.5
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Hazy brown orange body tiwh thin dissipating white head. Strong peach, alcohol aroma. Malty, toffee, faux peach-cicle flavor with alcohol warming finish.

3.6
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toffee, peaches and caramel. Tastes of peaches, caramel, citrus and other fruity aromas. Light alcohol bite in the finish. Lightly sweet.

3.8
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Thanks to HopDog. Pours a cloudy amber with a very small head. Aroma of grapefruit and peach. Flavor is a little harder to pinpoint. Some lighter peach and sweetness with an alcohol finish.

3.8
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Poured a lightly hazy, amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, some toffee, grass, and light citrus hops. Taste of peaches, apricots, pineapples, grass, citrus hops, caramel malts, some pine, and faint bitterness... light alcohol as well in the finish. This was an enjoyable American Strong.

3
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle from BBB63. A decent attempt at a strong ale. Amber colored with a medium lived white head. Aroma is lightly malty with a sweet tendency. LIght to medium bodied. Flavor just seems to lack direction. Not really malty, not especially hoppy. Fair but lacking.

3.4
StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Clear amber gold with a short white head. Honey aroma, along with pale caramel malts and some maibock tendencies. Crisp, sweet and a high ABV that shows itself early in the tasting. Sweet fruity esters. Imperial pils like finish. We’re all over the place with this one, but it’s decent.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle: Dirty golden, hazy, small white sudsy head, spotty lacing, soft carbonation.   Soft hop nose, slight oat.   Resiny on the tongue, very soft hop flavor, somewhat malty, with a hint of citrus.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish, slightly malty on the tongue with hop resin clinging to the back of my throat.   The 8.5% ABV is well hidden, but otherwise the beer seems soft on the nose and somewhat light on the tongue.   Clean, just not terribley interesting.   Thanks Mike for the freebie!



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