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Orange Blossom - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
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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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev -23.7%

10-14-2012 16:32:36 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.15/5  rDev -17.9%

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, orange sports drink, and orange soda aromas. Taste is much the same with orange soda flavors on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is much more like an orange soda than real beer.

11-11-2013 05:01:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

1.8/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

02-21-2011 05:16:35 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

2/5  rDev -23.7%

08-04-2013 01:06:08 | More by kjkinsey
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.5/5  rDev -42.7%

01-10-2013 17:38:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

1.7/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

03-04-2009 22:38:21 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

2.75/5  rDev +5%

07-18-2013 05:31:38 | More by SocalKicks
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Mora2000

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

11-17-2011 21:44:06 | More by Mora2000
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

08-14-2012 23:02:30 | More by LXIXME
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev +14.5%

08-10-2014 14:31:03 | More by wrightst
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

11-12-2010 05:32:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

10-25-2004 20:11:29 | More by RoyalT
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illidurit

California

2.68/5  rDev +2.3%

Clear orange-infused gold with almost no head. Carbonation looks very fizzy. Smells like a freshly peeled orange, with a tiny bit of sweet maltiness. Tastes like someone poured a shot of orange soda into a Budweiser. Very watery and oddly low on carbonation despite the initial fizziness. Refreshing but immensely one-dimensional and boring.

06-09-2009 07:06:23 | More by illidurit
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cdwil

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +5%

11-10-2012 20:49:03 | More by cdwil
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ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -23.7%

10-31-2013 02:12:40 | More by ste5venla
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Floydster

California

3.05/5  rDev +16.4%

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a cloudy golden yellow color with a hint of orange

1/2 inch silky white head

Smell was full of citrus and I caught a little bit of lemon to go along with the orange

Taste was OK, this beer was not an amber in any respect for me, way too fruity

Could drink a moderate amount of these

09-21-2007 15:52:21 | More by Floydster
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allengarvin

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +5%

A nice brought gold color, though it has little head retention. Plenty of appropriate aroma, reminding me of the orange Shasta my grandfather used to drink (not much else in the nose though). Flavor is rather unpleasant, like a cheap orange soda, and no particular beer flavors. A touch of bitterness but no hop flavor--no malt flavor either. Just a fizzy orangish drink.

Too bad--I'm a bit of a fan of the Buffalo Bill orange blossom beer, though everyone says I'm crazy to like it. But the BB beer keeps things more in balance.

02-02-2009 02:48:11 | More by allengarvin
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nickd717

California

1.63/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

06-18-2010 22:52:37 | More by nickd717
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Pegasus

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

05-12-2014 02:29:29 | More by Pegasus
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +29.8%

This was a shipped-across-the-country-gift from my girlfriend. Poured out of the bottle a hazy, bright orange color suggestive of a soda. One finger of beige head. Acceptable retention and some lacing but neither is noteworthy. Distinctly orange aroma with subtle hints of floral hops. Semi-sweet flavors of orange and grapefruit with some peel of both mimicked by the hops adding a bitter element. Lacking malt backbone however. Decent mouthfeel but a little fizzy. Finish is also a little bitter when the hops kick. I would not classify this as an amber and it kind of sucks as one. However, it is a unique and unusual fruit beer in a saturated market.

08-28-2008 16:52:09 | More by thekevlarkid
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aerozeppl

New York

3.63/5  rDev +38.5%

A: nice yellow color with a touch of orange too it. Almost no white head and very little lacing.

S: Like orange tang. Really nice natural orange flavor. The best part of this beer for sure.

T: Follows the nose with a ton of natural orange flavor. The orange peel is a touch bitter in the finish.

M: The worst part of this beer. Very light on the mouthfeel a step above water.

D: For what it is a very drinkable beer. Would be great on a hot summer day.

05-11-2009 22:47:04 | More by aerozeppl
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.63/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

11-16-2010 02:30:09 | More by Ryan011235
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev +14.5%

02-09-2013 04:16:22 | More by avisong
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2GOOFY

California

3.25/5  rDev +24%

05-07-2014 04:23:52 | More by 2GOOFY
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kew

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

11-11-2012 19:57:28 | More by kew
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Orange Blossom from Indian Wells Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.