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Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery

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very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 19
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:
Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 07-15-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great scent of horchata with a big vanilla nose. Golden body that drinks quite smooth. There is a sweet bite at the beginning for me. The vanilla really takes over but you get a roundness from the rice. I'm not getting a ton of cinnamon which might add a little more depth. Really fun to try, but quite sweet.

PHBoiler, Mar 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep orange with a small fluffy off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of vanilla and cinnamon
T: tastes of vanilla, and cinnamon with some creamy sweetness. very impressive. Slight hint of some bitterness but mostly the flavors of horchata. Swallow is more vanilla, sweetness, and cinnamon
M: full and creamy on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: This beer hit the marks they were going for and I'm sure fresh the vanilla was much more apparent. Very well crafted and very well done. I don't know if we'll be seeing this one again but I wouldn't be opposed to it.

SHODriver, Mar 10, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Pours a translucent brownish, orange gold with about a half finger's white head that recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some spotty lacing. Fairly carbonated with a lot of small carbonation bubbles rising fairly fast.

S- Tons of cinnamon, a decent amount of vanilla bean that conflicts with the blonde ale aroma to create a weird slightly off-putting aroma, the rice doesn't contribute too much to the aroma. Fairly aromatic, but not a huge fan.

T- Creamy rice pudding topped with cinnamon, vanilla beans add a nice flavor balancing with the rice qualities, blonde ale aspect with a hint of bitterness hidden on the background and comes out a bit on the finish. This beer tastes extremely unique and quite tasty especially if you like rice pudding (which I definitely do). Overall the taste makes up for what the aroma is definitely lacking.

M- Medium bodied, slightly bitter, very slightly over-carbonated, fairly smooth.

O- I'm not a huge fan of blonde ales however Or Xata does not taste anything like a typical blonde ale and is extremely unique nailing what they are going for. The aroma was way too sweet and unbalanced with too much cinnamon and sweet vanilla bean. However the taste (in my opinion) was as spot on as it could be with nice vanilla bean qualities balanced with a pinch of cinnamon and rice pudding. Overall if you love rice pudding and unique beers I'd definitely check this beer out, if you don't I'd probably stay away.

jaasen64, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.