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Orange Blossom - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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66
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 28.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our salute to Belgian style fruit Lambic beers, with a distinctly Californian twist. We add select parts of whole oranges at precisely the right point to our amber recipe beer, and the result is this magical, orange sweet beer we call Orange Blossom Amber. This brew is crafted with only natural ingredients, specially malted barley, our proprietary yeast strain, and pure spring water from our historic Indian Wells Spring.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 10-25-2004)
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Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one was a bright, almost glowing orange in color with little head.

Smell – The sweet orange aroma was sub-par, more like orange Alka-Seltzer than true orange fruit.

Taste – The orange flavors turned medicinal at the taste. This was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Fruit Beer was fizzy and unsatisfying.

Sinkability – Maybe I just don’t care for the style, but I had two orange Fruit Beers in the same night and hated them both.

RoyalT, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma smells like Sunkiss soda with some grain mixed in. The flavor is just as bad, with a lot of sweet orange and biscuit malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mattster
2.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in a recent tasting via snifter.

Nice head with slightly hazy appearance.

Nice smell of orange, but taste is lacking. Has a nice mouth feel and finish, but I'm somewhat disappointed in this brew because of lack of citrus taste.

I do really like the aroma.

mattster, May 07, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big white head above a clear orange-copper colored beer with a nice long lasting lacing.

Off brand orange soda aroma with some light grain malts backing it up.

Light orange soda taste, definitely an off brand, not the Nesbits or Orange Crush, but more towards the generic brand orange soda with a light grain malt added to at least let people know its a beer and not a soda.

A light dry aftertaste with some slight orange flavors on this light bodied beer.

I'll pass on a second one of these.

LXIXME, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -23.7%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev +14.5%

avisong, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of nickd717
1.63/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I bring to you the 7th edition of my quest to try every Indian Wells beer. Why I do this, even I don't know. I'm a masochist I guess. Every one I've had so far has been absolutely revolting, yet I carry on. 12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours an innocuous looking clear orangish-golden color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is basically that of a bad mimosa. There is orange peel and some floral notes, along with a weird solventy character.

The solvent comes out big in the flavor. Once again, it reminds me of a mimosa gone wrong. An artificial-tasting orange rind quality dominates. The first few sips seriously made me cringe.

The palate is an epic failure. Thin-bodied with lots of astringency.

Overall, this actually has fewer off-flavors than your average Indian Wells beer, but unfortunately the flavor they were going for is somewhat of an off-flavor in itself. This is disgusting.

nickd717, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev +43.1%

TrojanRB, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of USMCretired
1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Like an orange soda with a little bit of bitter beer flavor. Was this supposed to be a hefe with orange concentrate added? i dont know, but i think they should've gone that route.

I get a heavy citrusy flavor that is too sweet to be enjoyable. Beer was clean and crisp but just over the top with the orange soda flavor. either make a beer or soda, don't do both.

bought at bevmo in long beach.

USMCretired, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of theopholis
2/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a bright orange with some amber highlights .Fairly clear with a fair amount of effervescence. The head is off-white with hints of orange. Very littel head retention, very little lacing.

Smell - Smells like oranges. If I hadn't poured it myself, I'd suspect this was Tang.

Taste - Taste like Tang. Not much beer taste at all. Doesn't taste bad. Just doesn't taste like beer.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Good carbonation..

Drinkability - If you like the taste of beer, don't get this stuff.

theopholis, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of largadeer
1.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazed orange-amber, the head crackles away and dies down within seconds.

Smell: Ever smelled an orange soda? That's what this smells like. There might be a little bit of malt noticeable, or maybe I'm looking too hard. For a soda, this would smell fine; for beer, not so much.

Taste & mouthfeel: Ultra watery up front with a blast of orange peel, like one of those orange-infused mineral waters. There's essentially no beer flavor here up until the finish, when a faint bit of grain becomes noticeable. The astringent orange peel flavor soon overcomes that though, leaving me with an aftertastes that makes me wish I had a toothbrush and some toothpaste on hand.

This brewery is atrocious.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of RyanK252
2.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours like a hazy orange soda orange with a moderate amount of head that lingers.

S: Artificial smelling orange with a little sweetness behind it.

T: Orange of some sort, some sweetness, but that's about it. No hops whatsoever. Bottle claims it is brewed with orange peel and I get a little of that, but it more tastes like an off brand sports drink.

M: Pretty light, moderate carbonation that is very welcome so it doesn't feel like you're drinking a flat soda.

O: Despite the claim of using only honest ingredients this one comes off as massively artificial and more like they couldn't decide if they were making beer or soda, so they did both, at once, poorly.

RyanK252, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazy amber in color, with a small off-white head, scattered thin lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Understated aroma of caramel malt and artificial orange, somewhat like a sports drink.

Taste: Opens with modest caramel malt and a Gatorade(tm)-like orange flavor. As the taste progresses, the orange flavor rises a bit, and loses none of its artificial character, managing to overshadow the caramel malt. Finishes with a slight herbal hop presence and a strong artificial orange flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a bit thin, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A rather mediocre example, which could have been far better, with more natural orange flavor and a more substantial malt profile.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, May 12, 2014
Photo of ACB
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

ACB, May 29, 2014
Photo of Beer_Slayer
2/5  rDev -23.7%

Beer_Slayer, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
1.63/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 11/12/10

Thanks to Nickd717

Pours a watery peach, appearing a flat tangerine hue in the glass. Foam just shy of one finger dissipates quickly; swirling draws forth a little retention. Sporadic splatters of lace.

Imagine a can of Orange Crush was opened at the end of a party but remained full, save a few sips. Now imagine someone finds it a few hours later, warm, becoming flat & that someone decides to throw it back in the fridge for another go. Such is this beer's aroma, with complimentary hints of grains & yeast. Starts to smell rotten as it warms.

The taste is watered-down to the max. It honestly tastes like old, dry tea leaf crumbs were mixed into watered-down orange soda & I accidentally took a drink. It's also quite artificial. Other than an extremely sparse notion of toastiness, there is no appreciable malt, yeast or hops.

The feel is watery thin, as well. Prickly carbonation upfront is too much; mellowing a hair toward the finish. Bizarre, tingly residuals return after orange peel starts to fade from the finish.

Were this devoid of alcohol (not that it seems like there's alcohol at all) this would be a sterling addition to the hallowed isle of reject soda/tea/juice drink at Odd Lots (or Big Lots, depending on your location). I finished the bottle; though a vile sort, it's the kind that must be finished out.

Ryan011235, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
1.8/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Indian Wells mix pack provided by Bobby.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed orange color with a very short lived off-white head.

S: Smells completely fake. Orange candy and cough drops. A lot of menthol and mint, and a strange warmth.

T: Tastes almost exactly like orange mints as well. There's quite a bit of menthol flavor to this as well, which is not something that's necessarily bad, but not what I want in beer.

M: The body is light with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is hard to score. The flavors aren't necessarily awful, but they don't really belong in beer, and they're not something that you can drink a lot of.

womencantsail, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of cdwil
2.75/5  rDev +5%

cdwil, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kennbosco
4.5/5  rDev +71.8%

kennbosco, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.13/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the tap in a pilsner at the brewery. Initial appearance was overtly disappointing, as the beer is listed as "Orange Blossom Amber", yet comes out looking no darker than Indian Wells Gold or Pale. Little to no head in the glass as it was served, however the smell was fairly impressive. Scents of light and sweet orange, not overpowering, but strong and stable. Unfortunately, the beer takes a turn for the worse once again. The beer, despite the strong and favorable aroma, lacks in taste to follow it up. The orange taste is there, but no beer flavor to back it up. The amount of orange flavor in the brew would do well with a darker beer as its canvas, which a true amber would accomplish. The beer is smooth and slick in mouth, with a light and pleasant finish. Minimal aftertaste, which is disappointing in an amber.

In the end, this beer might have the best potential of this brewery's offering in regards to improvement. If given the foundation of a true amber, with the current orange flavor, this could be a strong and very enjoyable brew.

GarthDanielson, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Avryle
3.88/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange with a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells just like oranges. Real, not fake. I'm impressed at just how fragrant it is.

T- Tastes like Orange Crush. Almost like a shandy. I think it's quite good, just wish the beer-y qualities would leak through a bit more.

M- Sorely lacking in body. This is its one major shortfall

D- I could drink the s**t out of this beer. Considering where it's brewed- the middle of the desert, it is very apropo.

Avryle, May 12, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev +5%

SocalKicks, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jaredkc889
3.25/5  rDev +24%

jaredkc889, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Craboo
1.93/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured nicely with a creamy white head, giving off nice citrus aromas.

The flavor was shocking, however, reminding me of kool-aid orange flavor, and with almost as much sweetness.

I couldn't distinguish any hop bitterness, though it could have used some to balance out the excessive sweetness.

This beer tastes as though all the yeast were filtered out, and then orange kool-aid added post-fermentation

Craboo, May 08, 2008
Photo of kew
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

kew, Nov 11, 2012
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Orange Blossom from Indian Wells Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.