As I mentioned in my last post, the place where we were having our homebrew club steering meeting has some decent beers. From where I was sitting, I couldn’t really see what they had on draft, but one of the other guys at the table ordered a Summer Solstice. I really enjoyed Anderson Valley’s Boont Amber Ale when I had it at one of our meetings (but not as much when I reviewed it), so I thought I’d give the Summer Solstice a try.
It had a thick, creamy, tan head when it arrived. It was very clear and had a reddish-amber color. There was a slight malty aroma when I smelled it, but not much else was noticeable though the thick, creamy head.
When I took a drink, it had a light body, and the malty taste was the first thing I noticed. It was a bit of a sweet, light caramelly type malt flavor. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of complexity to it, and I couldn’t really sense any noticeable hop flavor.
Overall, it was a good summer beer – light and crisp with some flavor, however, I wouldn’t want this right after mowing the lawn due to its sweetness. I’m thinking I’d pair this with chicken wings and fries in the hope that the sweetness would counteract with the heat and saltiness.