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Imperial White Orchard - The Bruery

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Imperial White Orchard
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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-21-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
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Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super cloudy pour, has a vague light green brown earthiness to the appearance at first pour, but settles into the yellow/orange thing with lots of haze still. Big massive noseful of a spice cabinet, coriander, clove, pepper, nutmeg, orange, wheat and a bunch of other stuff I'd guess, was just overkill at some point.

Taste, didn't miss the style guidelines, and hammered home the taste. Tons of flowers and spices in the mouth, separating what you were tasting was kind of a chore. It does hide the alcohol nicely. Definitely a beer for sharing, it really overwhelmed my palate with flavors and spices that I'm not too into, even if I can admit that it seems to be well made and delivers it with a heavy hand.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth light malts interspersed with twangy wheat. Also present are good amounts of lemon and orange peel and lighter amounts of coriander and white pepper.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by bright citrus peel flavors. Midway through light wheat comes into play before it’s pushed aside by robust spices that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this is another solid beer from the boys in Placentia. A well done imperial wit that’s well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Crazydaddyo, Oct 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a cloudy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by dry coriander and huge wheat malt. Taste is also a nice mix between some dry coriander with loads of wheat malt with light cloves ester and a dry slightly hoppy finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. I thought this was very interesting if maybe a tad over spiced.

Phyl21ca, Mar 02, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer in SF.

A: Hazy lemon yellow with a nice white head .

S: Wit-style aromas of orange, coriander and spice.

T/M: Much fuller bodied than the non-imperial version, which I like. Orange and pepper come through. Don't get any lavender.

D: Pretty drinkable. The high alcohol (for the style) is pretty well balanced

I liked this one. Better than the regular Orchard White. Still don't get the glowing reviews of Bros, but this is a solid beer I'd enjoy drinking every now and then.

abfraser, Oct 30, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this 750mL bottle direct from The Bruery.

A- Poured into a tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly cloudy gold color with an effervescent head of white foam that settles to a patchy layer over the beer. The head sticks around for a long time, but each sip leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S- A massively wheaty and floral aroma with spicy yeast, oranges and zesty citrus rind. Spicy notes of clove and pepper are noticeable in the background. There's no trace of the 7.7% ABV.

T- The initial taste is of wheat malt and spicy yeast, but those flavors are quickly overtaken by floral notes of lavender. It actually comes off as being a bit chemically, but not cloyingly so. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a squeaky-clean palate.

M- A full-bodied mouthfeel, but the carbonation is over-the-top and aggressive, though it does mellow out a bit as the beer hits room temperature. This seems to be a trend with some of The Bruery's offerings.

D- The 7.7% ABV isn't noticeable, but this beer is rather heavy on the stomach. I wouldn't want more than one glass.

I didn't find the imperial version of Orchard White to be an upgrade from the original. Still good though.

Tdizzle, Nov 02, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this special release bottle...
Appears a transparent, cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy ginger, sugary malt, coriander, and some tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spiciness that isn't agreeing with me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, dry, chalky, with that ginger flavor hanging on along the palate.

weeare138, May 04, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

pperez38, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MJsGhost, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

EJLinneman, Jul 24, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with Floydster(thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged to larger sized white head. Aromas of a bunch of different spices (coriander, ginger, and more), citrus, and wheat. Tastes of the same spices, citrus, wheat, and honey. Lively and fizzy body that left with a dry finish.

hopdog, Apr 03, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

VaTechHopHead, Feb 22, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler picked up at the Bruery 11/8/08.

A: Pours with less of a head than the original Orchard White. Held up to the light, the cloudy haze takes on colors of granny smiths, yellow, almost like a sliced cantaloupe in the range of color moving from the green to orange. Slightly darker than other whites. Looks to be refreshing.

S: Bready, wheat smell. Coriander, orange, citrus, hot summer days on the beach. Plays well on the nostrils. Really confusing mostly because someone is making a butternut squash soup in the kitchen and the whole house is saturated with the smell.

T: I think I prefer this to a regular white ale in that I think the extra malt character allows the taste to go a little deeper and stick around for longer. The spices and the fruit are prominent, refreshing, and work very well with the wheat profile. An outdoors kind of brew, this would be great while doing yardwork. Alcohol (7.7%) very well hidden but may be part of the combination that makes the body and taste of this one a little more "solid".

M: Good carbonation, pleasant on the tongue as the spices and citrus cause you to just take one deep breath and relax. Still light despite being an imperial.

D: Sitting here on a windy, fall night in San Diego, this beer is drinkable but I would not have more than one at the present time. I can think of plenty of occasions however where a few of these would flow very quickly.

Nice addition to the style, my first offering of an imperial white ale. Would be excited if this became a permanent member of the Bruery line up.

goodspeed94, Nov 10, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

orangesol, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/10/2011

The Enforcer demanded I open this. I didn't dare contravene his wishes so I quickly popped the cap and poured with a loose wrist and a heavy hand.

A: Burnished yellow gold with a small creamy white head that quickly recedes. Nice color. Head retention isn't great for the style,

S: Notes of wheat and honey accompany pronounced coriander. There's a lot of orange peel and a little nutmeg, as well as white pepper and floral notes. Fruit reminds me of apple, apricot, and pear. Nicely balanced. I'm pleased with the absence of lavender.

T: Lightly sweet and spicy with coriander, nutmeg, white pepper, and orange peel. There's a nice balance between the various elements. Apple, pear, and apricot are pervasive. The beer finishes dry with lingering orange peel.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable, and much better without the lavender. I'd pick this up again if I had the opportunity.

HopHead84, Jul 11, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to swillnbrew for providing this "mistake" in a recent trade. Split with oglmcdgl.

Imperial Orchard has a hazy bold yellow/orange mix with some tangerine juice mixed in. A rising bright white head reaches 1 & a 1/2 inches into the Duvel tulip. Just shy of being a true Belgian head in looks this is damn close. Fades down into a fairly tight cap with loose lace and no legs.

Orch White has a striking nose, bold and assertive and with the extra ingredients thrown in, even better than before. This imperial version really packs in the clove scent, it almost knocked me over. Other main contenders include coriander and wheat and Belgian yeast. Runners up include honey and some lemon zest. Also getting some soapy aspects.

Big shots of raw wheat and clove on first sips, the wheat is lovely but does not steal the show. Hops are a afterthought as they dont make a dent but they give off a slightly earthy taste. Mashed bananas and Belgian yeast giving off some bubblegum and there is some sourdough bread tucked away. Coriander is a plus. I like the light lemon squeeze towards the end. There is just a bit of granny apple with extreme warming. This is a balls to the walls wit.

A bit crisp once right out of the bottle and cold, but that smooths into a mellow quaff when the temp rises. A step up from light bodied with some carb to go with it, I think it's at a good point and does not distract. Just think a bigger version of the regular orchard. No bitterness from any hops and some sweetness. The ingredients while being increased are well balanced on the tounge and don't intrude, OK well maybe that clove slicks around for a bit to long. IOW has a super clean finish

Well I think I found a wit that rivals my favorite, Allagash White. This one really hit the spot and a whole bottle is in order one day, easy clean drinking. That's not to take away from Imperial's younger brother which kicks ass too, this is just something brand new. The 7.7 does not come into play at all. This was a good mistake on the Bruery's part, maybe some more will come down the line.

BARFLYB, Nov 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 liter growler from the source, on to the beer:

Poured into a weiss glass, the color is a pale sunshine yellow, hazy, with a soapy head of good retention. Very sexy to look at, I must say. the aroma is lemons and oranges, some spice in the back. The first sips get a beer that has a lot of meat on its bones with some sharp carbonation hitting the palate. Somewhat big and chewy, yet still holds that refreshing feel. Clove and nutmeg at first noticed, then the sweetness of oats takes over. Notes of pina colada, played on by the alcohol in the beer, make a unique duo. A brush of tartness. All this is ended with a lingering witbier-like fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Refreshing and meaty are words that don't compliment each other in a beer reivew. This beer might be an exception to that rule. Perhaps not as good as the original version, but double white ales are a rare breed.

DoubleJ, Oct 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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Imperial White Orchard from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.