Preservation Series: 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): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
341
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
47
For Trade:
6
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quarter finger head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit light but what's there is nice with gingerbread, cinnamon rum, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. The flavor follows with a stronger presence which for me is a little too unbalanced and sweet with again butterscotch, vanilla, rum, toffee and caramel with light malt presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one isn't bad but it doesn't really appeal to my beer tastes. That being said you can still tell its a well brewed beer.

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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and horchata flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more horchata like in the taste versus the smell.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with rudzud.

Nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace with plenty of lacing, hazy murky slight chestnut maroon apple brown color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, caramel galore, my brain wants to think apple but none, flan thick sweet candy, tons of candied aromas but not burnt, but dulce de leche sweet creamy. Cinnamon and vanilla stick through it all.

Taste is super sweet like maple syrup, very syrupy, I want it on pancakes. Plenty more cinnamon in there again but not spicy cinnamon, candy like, lots of caramel again, so much candy syrup. Mild vanilla in there, more maple creams, fairly creamy too with light rice pudding, light warning apple. Finish is sweet and sticky, plenty more maple candy, caramel, light cinnamon and vanilla.

Mouth is syrupy, thicker, decent carb, decent creamy feel, light warming booze.

Overall, ehhhh, I want to like this, it has the flavors you'd expect, but for me who doesn't eat or drink anything sweet, it's hard to get through more than a sip or two. However, this with dessert, or mixed in ice cream or pancakes yum.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I adore this beer. The smell and taste are delicious, and they absolutely nailed it. One sip and I feel like I'm at a taqueria on a hot summer day, drinking Horchata on ice out of a plastic cup with a faint dusting of cinnamon on top. I can't get enough of this.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this unique brew,enjoyed with Mandy and August drank chilled from a flute.

The color is deep medium brown with hazed look and thick white cap with fine bead, no lace is left and retention is ok. The smell is nice, lots of spice with a faint sweet aroma, mild alcohol esters with a mellow floral aspect, subtle vanilla and yeast adds a fruity essence. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with moderately spiced texture and somewhat high alcohol for the style.

The taste is unusual but good, pretty interesting considering the origin of the idea, I have made horchata and shared with others who enjoy this specialty and it is not exactly what you would expect- I think the flavor of the alcohol is what seems to distract from the drink it pays tribute to. I understand the brewer who created this is not known for low alcohol versions of any style, but to me the spice is the best part of the taste a little less rice tangy-ness may have helped. I think this is pretty decent for what it is, but to me it missed the mark if Horchata or Or xata is what they wanted to pay tribute to. I think for a first taste of anything remotely similar to the original beverage it is better than average. Thanks again Adam, so glad I got to try this!

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