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Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 07-15-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and horchata flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more horchata like in the taste versus the smell.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

djrn2, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

zestar, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.5%

acurtis, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nmann08, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.5%

GRG1313, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quarter finger head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit light but what's there is nice with gingerbread, cinnamon rum, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. The flavor follows with a stronger presence which for me is a little too unbalanced and sweet with again butterscotch, vanilla, rum, toffee and caramel with light malt presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one isn't bad but it doesn't really appeal to my beer tastes. That being said you can still tell its a well brewed beer.

kylehay2004, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

largadeer, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nickfl, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this unique brew,enjoyed with Mandy and August drank chilled from a flute.

The color is deep medium brown with hazed look and thick white cap with fine bead, no lace is left and retention is ok. The smell is nice, lots of spice with a faint sweet aroma, mild alcohol esters with a mellow floral aspect, subtle vanilla and yeast adds a fruity essence. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with moderately spiced texture and somewhat high alcohol for the style.

The taste is unusual but good, pretty interesting considering the origin of the idea, I have made horchata and shared with others who enjoy this specialty and it is not exactly what you would expect- I think the flavor of the alcohol is what seems to distract from the drink it pays tribute to. I understand the brewer who created this is not known for low alcohol versions of any style, but to me the spice is the best part of the taste a little less rice tangy-ness may have helped. I think this is pretty decent for what it is, but to me it missed the mark if Horchata or Or xata is what they wanted to pay tribute to. I think for a first taste of anything remotely similar to the original beverage it is better than average. Thanks again Adam, so glad I got to try this!

Slatetank, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with rudzud.

Nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace with plenty of lacing, hazy murky slight chestnut maroon apple brown color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, caramel galore, my brain wants to think apple but none, flan thick sweet candy, tons of candied aromas but not burnt, but dulce de leche sweet creamy. Cinnamon and vanilla stick through it all.

Taste is super sweet like maple syrup, very syrupy, I want it on pancakes. Plenty more cinnamon in there again but not spicy cinnamon, candy like, lots of caramel again, so much candy syrup. Mild vanilla in there, more maple creams, fairly creamy too with light rice pudding, light warning apple. Finish is sweet and sticky, plenty more maple candy, caramel, light cinnamon and vanilla.

Mouth is syrupy, thicker, decent carb, decent creamy feel, light warming booze.

Overall, ehhhh, I want to like this, it has the flavors you'd expect, but for me who doesn't eat or drink anything sweet, it's hard to get through more than a sip or two. However, this with dessert, or mixed in ice cream or pancakes yum.

jlindros, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

oline73, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drabmuh, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MarkyMOD, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/13 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip, paired with some Mexican food.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber brown color with two inches of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, bready malts, and lots of cinnamon. It is nice; not a lot going on but a lot of vanilla and cinnamon which work well together.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, vanilla, cream, milk, spices, bready malts, and dough. Taste is very close to cream soda. Interesting, and pretty good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Body is a bit too thin and watery for me.

o - Overall a very interesting beer that smells and tastes good, in small quantities, and I imagine is exactly what they were going for. If I had a 2 oz. pour of this is at a festival, or a 4oz. pour as part of a flight, I could find myself really liking this one even more, but trying to take down half a bottle got a little rough on the back end of the glass, as it is very sweet. Worth checking out, and goes well with Mexican food, but share the bottle with 3-4 other people.

mdfb79, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16%

beernads, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drewone, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
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Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.