Or Xata | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of Attenunenation
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottle Release poured into an Ommegang snifter.

Look: Pours a nice golden-orange haziness with a quarter inch white head.

Smell: When just pulled out of the refrigerator it has a very noticeable cinnamon essence followed by vanilla. As it warms you start to sense more vanilla as the cinnamon tones itself down.

Taste: Recommended serving temperature is 45F (7C). I let it warm up to around 54-55F and I found it much more enjoyable. The vanilla is more pronounced and the cinnamon is toned back from when it is colder. I found it at a lower temperature to be more of an off flavoring that was leaving the aftertaste undesirable.

Feel: Very creamy on the palate, with a sense of warming from the cinnamon followed by a nice undertone of vanilla.

This was my first review on this site, and I hope this was helpful to the people that read it. Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had horchata but I did like this beer.Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed and mulky looking orange/golden with a thinner white head atop.Some phenols and vanilla stand out mainly in the nose with underlying cinnamon as well.Spiced cinnamon and vanilla on the palate but not over the top,some mild yeasy phenols are there as well.Not bad,I like different and unique beers and this is quite good.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of freshflesh
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap and really loved this beer. Taste is layers upon layers of lush vanilla. Creme brulee, light chocolate, and cinnamon are also out in full force. Very smooth and sweet. Great dessert beer and probably my favorite from the Bruery. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I saw this bottle a few months ago on the shelf in Illinois along with Tart of Darkness, so at the time I picked ToD over this bottle. Luckily for me, it was still on the shelf when I passed through town a week ago. Bottled Dec. 2014. To me, this beer hit all the right spots. I loved the cinnamon roll-esque smells. They were so pleasant, I would be satisfied just at that, but the taste was even better. The cinnamon was the star, but it wasn't a straight bomb. Subtle vanilla was present, creating an extremely drinkable treat.

If you don't like sweet you won't like this beer. That being said, I will be picking up more of this brew my next time through Illinois. I rarely get a chance to actually buy Bruery beer, and cannot wait for more Or Xata!

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Photo of rsquared59
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with the faintest trace of sediment. Lots of effervescent carbonation bubbles are erupting from within the depths. There's a fingernail of off white covering half of the rim and sporadically elsewhere on the top. I smell cinnamon, lactose, vanilla, and light malt. I'm tasting lactose, cinnamon, vanilla and light malt. The mouth is lightly carbonated and seltzer like.

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Photo of pat61
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

L: The beer pours hazy gold with a moderately persistent cream colored foam cap perched over a continual stream of rising bubbles.

S: As I move the glass towards my nose, I grow nervous because the beer smells like a cinnabon with cinnamon, sweet sugars, bread dough, yeast and big vanilla.

T: About 2 seconds of tartness give way to an overly sweet cinnabun flavor so intense and cloying that forces the realization that this is the first beer from this brewery that I am unable to finish.

F: It has medium to medium low body, medium high carbonation and a little wild yeast character in the background.

O: This is a very well made but poorly composed beer that is a complete drain pour.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

A murky copper in color--a melted, sun-kissed penny. Small near-white head. Not the stickiest of beers, though there are some irregular spotting and miscelanous bubbles left down the glass. Pretty enough, though this is an interesting, and certainly unique, style to judge.

This truly smells like the Mexican drink horchata, which happens to be a favorite of mine. A milky, creamy sweetness is met by distinctive cinnamon and vanilla notes. There's a soft, mild grain presence in the aroma, though it's a bit more discernible in the flavor.

The milky sweetness, cinnamon, and vanilla are all present in the flavor, and this tastes more and more like horchata as it warms. Lingering note of grain/rice. The cinnamon is a touch more dominant than the vanilla, but the cinnamon is merely a flavor, as opposed to presenting a harsh and/or bitter spice that I've experienced in other beers brewed with cinnamon. It doesn't leave my tongue feeling rough/abused, like cinnamon can.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. While stylistically, it could perhaps use a bit more carbonation, I think The Bruery nailed their intended mouthfeel/carbonation level with this one.

A really delicious American experimental ale, and I think The Bruery pulled off exactly what they intended with this one. Looking forward to pairing my next bottle with carne asada nachos...because, why not?

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