Or Xata | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it.

Added by ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,860
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
865
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
09/22/2018

had this awhile back on tap at Uno, but did not rate it. Tonight it is can to snifter at home as a pairing with s'mores.

LOOK: golden yellow, large white head, fades quickly, OK retention.
AROMA: vanilla and lactose are very apparent. cake batter!
TASTE: pastry, sugar, vanilla, light malts.
FEEL: Heavy for a "light" beer. medium carbonation. very smooth and an awesome choice with dessert.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear but chill hazed golden amber liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes to a ring of foam and a thin irregular island of foam.

The aromas are filled with vanilla and cinnamon against a background of light grain.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but the cinnamon seems more forward than the vanilla. There’s a good bit of sweetness but a light bit of bitterness keeps it from being cloying.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft evenwith some prickly moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetness fade slowly to a semi-dry slightly bitter ending that is lightly spicy with some cinnamon and vanilla.

Overall a sipping beer that is reasonably enjoyable for sipping, not drinking. I’d be willing to have this one again sometime as a dessert treat but won’t be buying it again regularly or any time soon.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrueryDC
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like Santa after doing a line of blow, this one delivers. It’s big on cinnamon, Vanilla, and rice. But like your girlfriend your junior year at college, this one is also a bit interesting. Maybe too interesting. Like I said, it hits all the notes it says it does, but if it isn’t Brahmes, what’s the point?

*im editing this one like my college thesis (lolz, Raul dropped out!) but anyway... it’s not all that bad!

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an oddly homey beer, it has the feel of comfort food!

Had it on tap, golden yellow color with nice head and lacing. Nutty smell. Tastes of warm herbs, coconut, warm pound cake, orange, dried fruit. I will get it again!

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with impressive clarity and a short-lived white head. Streaming bubbles are visible.

The nose is cinnamon and cookie-like sweetness.

The taste is vanilla-dominant, with some underlying spicy cinnamon and shortbread cookie. Pretty sweet but ultimately not too much so, with mild balancing bitterness. Vaguely tannic and white wine-like, too, actually (apple/pear/apricot flavors). Interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium. A bit slick but drinkable.

Overall, this is solid and does what it sets out to do. Drinks a tad heavy for 7%, though. 8/10

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Photo of drstalker
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craftballer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from standard serving bottle into 20oz tulip. The bottling date reads 12/29/16 (hard to believe if that is true, but that is what it says).

Look: Light amber in color, or more like darker goldenrod. Somewhat clear in appearance, but does has a slight murky/unfiltered look to it. During a fairly aggressive pour, a generous head formed. As I drink the beer, there is loads of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: What you would expect from a drink mimicking an horchata. The smell of rice is prevalent on the nose. Cinnamon is up next, with vanilla following. Has a sweet smell to the beer as well. Really nice smelling.

Taste: Follows the nose, and again, as expected if you're familiar with horchata. Cinnamon is upfront, with sweet backing. Vanilla also comes into play, as well as the rice flavoring. Almost has a rice pudding like taste. No bitterness to the taste. Just sweet on the tongue with some cinnamon bites. Damn delicious, I am surprised.

Feel: For a blond ale, this has a great feel. Medium in body and weight. Carbonation seems to be moderate, where it is present but not over done. This beer is soft and lush feeling. Really digging it.

Overall: I was very surprised about this beer. I am a fan of horchata and the Bruery, so I figured might as well give it a try. I am not disappointed. It is a perfect balance of rice and lactose sweetness, with a cinnamon kick. A job very well done by the Bruery, especially on something so far-out. As always, I am grateful to have tried this, and think it is very worthy of a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of advanracing62
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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