Friday, July 15

Beer Review: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

"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.

5% ABV
4 IBU"

I first tried this beer at the recent Cans Fest in Portland. I really liked it and it stood out to me. So I grabbed a 6-pack of cans at Beaumont Market in NE Portland. It was about $8-9.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a lovely dark copper like a freshly minted penny. Fuzzy and creamy off-white fingers of head that slowly settles to a very tiny gray ring, and some scattered traces of bubbles.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smooth creamy malts. Caramel, biscuit, and bready with a touch of sweet cream. Not a very hoppy beer by any means. Perhaps a bit of ginger and molasses. Light spice.

Taste: (4.0)
- Very smooth and full flavored brew. Lightly sweet bready malts and light caramel. Touch of ginger and spice, molasses, yeasty biscuit. Great smooth malt forward beer. Very good full flavored brew for how light it is.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Creamy, full to medium bodied, slightly cloying. Dries the mouth just a touch. Very robust feel for how light the beer is.

Overall: (4.0)
- I really dig this beer. I really dig that it is in cans too. For the lack of use of hops, I would like to see a smaller price point so I could grab about 48 of these bad boys for camping. A very good full bodied and full flavored session ale.

B+ / 3.88

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