Orange Blossom | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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.

Added by RoyalT on 10-25-2004

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of kennbosco
4.5/5  rDev +66.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +66.1%

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.27/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soughtbygod
4.23/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Light to medium brown...
Aromas is all orange with a malty background...
Flavor brings out more of the malt and caramel great for a brown ale, and finishes strong with orange pith and sweetness
the mouthfeel is oily and slick for a light ABV beer
overall I would drink this again, I used to see it around in six packs, but recently they are selling this are the brewery in bombers...cheers

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Photo of NYROB
4.04/5  rDev +49.1%

Photo of Avryle
3.87/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange with a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells just like oranges. Real, not fake. I'm impressed at just how fragrant it is.

T- Tastes like Orange Crush. Almost like a shandy. I think it's quite good, just wish the beer-y qualities would leak through a bit more.

M- Sorely lacking in body. This is its one major shortfall

D- I could drink the s**t out of this beer. Considering where it's brewed- the middle of the desert, it is very apropo.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.67/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.46/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jaredkc889
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of gpogo
3.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber/orange with white head that quickly dissipates. When poring the stream looked a different color than most brews.

A- Orange soda, crush perhaps? Maybe even the Orange dream bars.

T- It really tastes like orange soda mixed with beer, but sortof muted. Some sort of crazy shandy. The bottle and website both claim they use fresh oranges(no flavor extracts).

M- Light body with medium carbonation. (Just like orange soda!)

D- I'm not sure this beer is exactly for me, I think it could use a bit more of a beer taste. Perhaps even more of a citrus flavor as well. Though I really dig how packed with orange flavor it is, it really reminds me of soda. If you are a Leinenkugel fan you may enjoy this.

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Photo of Floydster
3.07/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.06/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of M_Burkey
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
2.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- It has the appearance of a pale, with a light, orange-amber color and a slight haze. The head is decent and slightly above average in lacing and retention

S- I smell orange soda on top of a grainy alcohol with a background note of wet veggies. Does not look good for this beer.

T- The taste is actually much less in the orange soda department but still tastes a lot more like candy than it should. The malt is of better quality than a BMC in that it is all-malt, but is still quite average with a grainy, wet bread taste.

M- Overly carbonated and sticky, again alike orange soda

D- Well, I liked the Amnesia IPA and the Lobotomy Bock, but this fruit beer is just too fruity for me.

P.S. This does not belong in the American/Red Lager category, it is a Fruit / Vegetable beer and I rated it as such. It would get at most a 2.5 in the American/Red Lager category.

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Photo of mattster
2.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in a recent tasting via snifter.

Nice head with slightly hazy appearance.

Nice smell of orange, but taste is lacking. Has a nice mouth feel and finish, but I'm somewhat disappointed in this brew because of lack of citrus taste.

I do really like the aroma.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of cdwil
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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Orange Blossom from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 13.2% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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