ANDERSON VALLEY SUMMER SOLSTICE CERVEZA CREMA

NOTES: Draft @ RFD Washington

STYLE: Cream Ale

ABV: 5.6%

APPEARANCE: Cloudy copper

HEAD: Thin, off-white head that disappears immediately

LACING: None to speak of

NOSE: The nose is dominated by candy aromas. Werther’s Originals, crushed vanilla bean, and cotton candy. There’s enough toasted malt in there to indicate that this is a beer…but not much.

TASTE: While the nose had a touch of beeriness in it, the taste has none. This is cream soda through and through. Vanilla, sugar…a little bit of fruit…maybe strawberries? It’s hard to distinguish all the notes since every sip had me thinking…”when did I order a Dad’s Cream Soda?”

MOUTHFEEL: Despite the minimal carbonation, this is actually a light-bodied beer. Definitely a summer brew.

DRINKABILITY: Don’t laugh…I actually kind of enjoyed this. After an evening of palate-crushing brews, this light, whimsical little concoction bemused me to no end. I probably wouldn’t order more than one, but it was still strangely drinkable.

RATING: 2.5 Hops. Just because it was interesting doesn’t mean it was good. I’m glad I tried it though

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4 comments

  1. Right up my alley !!

  2. sweeneyphi · · Reply

    Yeah, it definitely tastes like Cream soda. I actually really enjoy a cream soda once in a great while and I can see liking this beer once in a great while. I tried it for the first time about two months ago, but it’s been on tap at my watering hole pretty consistently…my favorite bar wench reports that it is very popular (particularly among the ladies, it may have something to do with the fact that said bar wench loves it and regularly recommends it). I had the first one on a lark because I really like anderson valley beers and I had no idea what it was. The second one I drank about a week ago before settling into an Elysian Men’s Room Red Ale and a “Back in Black” a delicious Cascadian-style dark IPA from 21st Amendment. Well-balanced flight.

  3. You would definitely like it, Gramps…cream soda with a touch of alcohol. How can you go wrong?

    Sween, that’s a solid flight, but I think I’d want something hoppier than a Red Ale after the Cerveza Crema to get my palate back in order. Although, the Elysian might be hoppier than it sounds. Beerford just sent me a couple West Coast Cascadian Dark Ales. ‘Round these parts, they’re called Black IPAs, but regardless of the terminology, they’re generally pretty delicious brews.

    If I can find a bottle, I’ll send you a bomber of the Capt’n Krunkles from Terrapin. It’s a ridiculously hoppy, Black IPA with a great, roasted malt backbone. Nice.

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