Sunday, August 24, 2008
Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema
This summer beer is meant to be the seasonal polar opposite of Anderson Valley's famed Winter Solstice, which is increasingly becoming one of the most popular seasonal beers. Summer beers are hard to get right, partially because hot weather doesn't always lend itself to heavier beers with lots of hops. Because of this, most beer makers try to make their summer beers lighter, which ends up tasting a bit like a watered down brew.
As for this brew, it tastes perhaps a bit too much like the Winter Solstice, which is a good beer, however, it has peppermint flavoring that is great for winter, but is perhaps the wrong taste for summer. It does seem to have a more creamy flavor than the Winter Solstice-- perhaps a bit of honey-- but it's not enough to make this stand out in my mind.
My beer rating: ***1/2