Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Reviewed by Brady White on August 19, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
- Origin: Boonville, CA, US
- Rated On: August 18, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Cream Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 12oz bottle pours a clear, dark brassy amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and finely foamy ecru head, which leaves a few sparse streaks of grotesque, upward reaching arched lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of semi-sweet, raw pastry malt, a tad biscuity, with caramel, candy corn, and vanilla notes swirling about, and some soft, savoury spices. The taste is more sweet biscuity caramel malt, the doughy pastry element still strong, a slight drupe fruitiness adding to the mire, and the same cooking spices from the nose mixing with the earthy, leafy hops in a sluggish balancing effort. The carbonation is quite soft and understated, the body a serene medium weight, and smartly creamy in its unassailable smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, of course, the confectioner’s dream malt and low-key spices overwhelming a mildly bitter (and this is from California?) spurt.
Now this, this is a cream ale, I say – a nicely rounded, soft, yet full malt base, some quirky, but still workable side flavours, and an almost silky-smooth mouthfeel. Patio friendly, and not just for those with an itchy sweet tooth. Bahl hornin’, bahl hornin’ indeed.