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Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.
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Ratings: 309 | Reviews: 36
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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.

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Split with JLindros as part of our Bruery hoarders membership.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super hazy honey hue with a two finger head that fades to leave thin clouds and light lacing.

S - Aromas of orchata hands down. Perfectly executed aroma, vanilla, cinnamon, super sweet sugars, caramel notes, like flan or dulce leche . Excellent!

T - Taste is quite sweet, rich caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon in the background, big rice pudding notes, very dessert like. Light alcohol. This drinks like a sweet orchata. Pleasant but sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, prevents it from being super syrupy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, it would be a chore to get through a whole bottle though. Still, very well executed take on the cultural beverage.

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750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 6/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a golden tan hue with almost two fingers of dense near white head. Head fades to a thick halo that laces well.

Smells of sweet cream, vanilla and a little cinnamon spice. Yum.

Soft vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and gingerbread cookie with just a slight tickle of alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Creamy medium feel with just a tad more carbonation than I'd prefer for the body. Sweet, smooth gingerbread finish.

This is really good. And goes down super easily. I finished a whole bottle in less than a half hour like it was nothing (and felt the subsequent buzz). A slightly different beer- I'd almost say it's like a blonde version of a gingerbread stout. Worth a try for sure.

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Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

Hazy-ish, light copper. Very thin head with a few bubbles lingering on the side, but this is not lacing.

This smells like a rice, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream. I am not a huge Horchata fan, but this smells like a Horchata dessert. A Horchata float. Smells on the sweet side.

This taste is Horchata. Lots of vanilla and rice. Not quite as sweet as the smell. This gets better with every sip. The bottles says drink fresh, but this is almost two month old now (bottle 6/19/13). I imagine the taste is even more spot on Horchata coming off the bottling line. All the cinnamon comes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Cream soda with lighter carbonation. Nice.

Overall, while I don't love Horchata, this beer is right on the money. They made Horchata into a beer! The bottle calls this a blonde beer, but it is what it is. Great experimental brew (odd, but tasty).

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750 ml bottle, with a bottled on date of 6/9/13.

The body is a dark golden color, with a bubbly, dirty white head. The head fizzes out to a nothingness, leaving no trace behind.

The aromas nail the essence of horchata perfectly: cinnamon, vanilla, rice and lactose. Yup. That’s horchata.

The body has a creamy feel to it, with flavors of vanilla and a lactose sweetness. A grainy essence comes up, with a huge, spicy bite of cinnamon and cloves. There’s a thin-bodied, rice flavor towards the end, with a lingering sweetness, but with a somewhat dry finish from the carbonation.

This beer really does what it sets out to accomplish, and drinks exactly like an alcoholic horchata. This is an even better option to pair with Mexican food, as well as being a great summertime beer. I'd love to have a 4 pack of tallboys for a day at the beach.

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Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.