Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery
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4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
A murky copper in color--a melted, sun-kissed penny. Small near-white head. Not the stickiest of beers, though there are some irregular spotting and miscelanous bubbles left down the glass. Pretty enough, though this is an interesting, and certainly unique, style to judge.
This truly smells like the Mexican drink horchata, which happens to be a favorite of mine. A milky, creamy sweetness is met by distinctive cinnamon and vanilla notes. There's a soft, mild grain presence in the aroma, though it's a bit more discernible in the flavor.
The milky sweetness, cinnamon, and vanilla are all present in the flavor, and this tastes more and more like horchata as it warms. Lingering note of grain/rice. The cinnamon is a touch more dominant than the vanilla, but the cinnamon is merely a flavor, as opposed to presenting a harsh and/or bitter spice that I've experienced in other beers brewed with cinnamon. It doesn't leave my tongue feeling rough/abused, like cinnamon can.
Medium bodied with lower carbonation. While stylistically, it could perhaps use a bit more carbonation, I think The Bruery nailed their intended mouthfeel/carbonation level with this one.
A really delicious American experimental ale, and I think The Bruery pulled off exactly what they intended with this one. Looking forward to pairing my next bottle with carne asada nachos...because, why not?
07-15-2013 00:29:19 | More by ehammond1
2.71/5 rDev -30%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - A little hazy. Deep orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface foam.
Smell - Vanilla is most prevalent. Cinnamon behind it. I guess some graininess. Kinda like a wheatwine.
Taste - Sweet. Lots of vanilla. Spice builds into the flavor and lingers in the finish. The middle is an odd sweet body. I suppose that's rice, because it doesn't taste like malt.
Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet, but not by Bruery standards. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Having had two Or Xata beers, I can safely say I don't think I would enjoy the title beverage.
02-11-2014 01:16:27 | More by Alieniloquium
Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.