AVBC’s Summer Solstice meets all of our summer brew requirements in terms of price, packaging, and proof but this wasn’t as refreshing as I would have liked it to be and the taste was …. well …. unique.
Before I give you my take here is what AVBC had to say:
“This copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. The character is lighter in body than its cousin, our wildly popular Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale. This is a silky, creamy dream, perfect as a warm weather beer. But why call it Cerveza Crema? Two reasons: One, this beer has become a favorite among many of our Hispanic friends, so it’s named in their honor. Two, it sounds cool, and cool is what you want when its hot. Serve at 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit for the most optimal flavor and enjoyment. ¡Salud!”
And the specs:
- Appearance: Poured deep clear copper with an energetic 1″ head
- Aroma: Very light aroma with just hints of caramel and floral notes
- Taste: Sweet and creamy with an unusual mix of flavors and a weird finish/aftertaste
- ABV: 5.6%
It’s rare that I can say a beer surprised me with something I have never tasted in a brew. Usually I get hit with a prominent flavor but still it’s a flavor I’ve tasted before. This beer surprised me. It’s flavor is like they made a light amber ale and then stuck a Creamsicle in it. I guess the “with natural flavors added” tag on the can should have been a tip off that the flavor would be something different. While I usually embrace the “different” sometimes different is not good … this is one of those times and I don’t think this beer will make it to the finals in our summer brew search. G-lo and LimpD tasted this one with me and I am sure they will add their comments below.
If you have had this beer let us know what you thought and keep watching “It’s Just the Booze Dancing” for more canned summer beer reviews. Coming up we have:
From Sly Fox: Phoenix Pale Ale & Pikeland Pils
From Butternuts Beer and Ale: Hennieweisse Weissebier
From 21st Amendment: Hell or High Watermelon
From Avery: White Rascal
From Boulder: Hazed and Infused
Plus maybe some others listed in our Great Summer 2011 Beer Search post and suggested by readers (as we try to source the canned versions from our local brew merchants).