Description: "Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is not just your average summer seasonal. This unique copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. As with all of our products, Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized." — Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
The tasting: Copper in color, clear, with a tan head that dissipated quickly. I love the color—this beer is beautiful in the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and light grassy hops. In flavor, the caramel malt is dominant, but there's a bit of sweet molasses lurking beneath. There's no hop bitterness. Summer Solstice is medium bodied with light effervescence. After the beer warmed up, I noticed a touch of vanilla in the finish.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! I haven't tasted many cream ales, but I was definitely not expecting this. Summer Solstice is a malt forward, medium bodied, minimally hopped brew that reminds me more of of a cool fall evening, than of a hot summer day. Regardless, it was a pleasant surprise and a nice change a pace from the lighter beers I've tasted recently.
Have you tried Summer Solstice? Do you have a favorite cream ale?