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Preservation Series: Or Xata | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Or XataPreservation Series: Or Xata

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.

Added by ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared thanks the Mac, thanks man. This is a hard drink to rate as a beer persay, but as a drink it captures the original splendidly.

The beer has a great balance with the added ingredients, with the vanilla and cinnamon working great with the barrel, all in harmony. Both the smell and taste are great, it reminds me in many ways of a natural cola with vanilla beans or almost like a rum and coke in the best way if that makes sense. The carbonation even furthers this take on it since it has plenty of carbonation supporting the body of the beer. In a lot of ways, the aroma especially reminds me of a nice cool chai which it find very nice.

Overall an interesting and cool achievement by the bruery. A blond ale? No. But a cool drink? Definitely. It is refreshing and nice especially when the weather is getting hotter.

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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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