Orange Blossom | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
25
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
30.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 25
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1.25/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

Photo of USMCretired
1.58/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Like an orange soda with a little bit of bitter beer flavor. Was this supposed to be a hefe with orange concentrate added? i dont know, but i think they should've gone that route.

I get a heavy citrusy flavor that is too sweet to be enjoyable. Beer was clean and crisp but just over the top with the orange soda flavor. either make a beer or soda, don't do both.

bought at bevmo in long beach.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.64/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 11/12/10

Thanks to Nickd717

Pours a watery peach, appearing a flat tangerine hue in the glass. Foam just shy of one finger dissipates quickly; swirling draws forth a little retention. Sporadic splatters of lace.

Imagine a can of Orange Crush was opened at the end of a party but remained full, save a few sips. Now imagine someone finds it a few hours later, warm, becoming flat & that someone decides to throw it back in the fridge for another go. Such is this beer's aroma, with complimentary hints of grains & yeast. Starts to smell rotten as it warms.

The taste is watered-down to the max. It honestly tastes like old, dry tea leaf crumbs were mixed into watered-down orange soda & I accidentally took a drink. It's also quite artificial. Other than an extremely sparse notion of toastiness, there is no appreciable malt, yeast or hops.

The feel is watery thin, as well. Prickly carbonation upfront is too much; mellowing a hair toward the finish. Bizarre, tingly residuals return after orange peel starts to fade from the finish.

Were this devoid of alcohol (not that it seems like there's alcohol at all) this would be a sterling addition to the hallowed isle of reject soda/tea/juice drink at Odd Lots (or Big Lots, depending on your location). I finished the bottle; though a vile sort, it's the kind that must be finished out.

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1.66/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I bring to you the 7th edition of my quest to try every Indian Wells beer. Why I do this, even I don't know. I'm a masochist I guess. Every one I've had so far has been absolutely revolting, yet I carry on. 12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours an innocuous looking clear orangish-golden color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is basically that of a bad mimosa. There is orange peel and some floral notes, along with a weird solventy character.

The solvent comes out big in the flavor. Once again, it reminds me of a mimosa gone wrong. An artificial-tasting orange rind quality dominates. The first few sips seriously made me cringe.

The palate is an epic failure. Thin-bodied with lots of astringency.

Overall, this actually has fewer off-flavors than your average Indian Wells beer, but unfortunately the flavor they were going for is somewhat of an off-flavor in itself. This is disgusting.

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Photo of largadeer
1.73/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazed orange-amber, the head crackles away and dies down within seconds.

Smell: Ever smelled an orange soda? That's what this smells like. There might be a little bit of malt noticeable, or maybe I'm looking too hard. For a soda, this would smell fine; for beer, not so much.

Taste & mouthfeel: Ultra watery up front with a blast of orange peel, like one of those orange-infused mineral waters. There's essentially no beer flavor here up until the finish, when a faint bit of grain becomes noticeable. The astringent orange peel flavor soon overcomes that though, leaving me with an aftertastes that makes me wish I had a toothbrush and some toothpaste on hand.

This brewery is atrocious.

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1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of womencantsail
1.81/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Indian Wells mix pack provided by Bobby.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed orange color with a very short lived off-white head.

S: Smells completely fake. Orange candy and cough drops. A lot of menthol and mint, and a strange warmth.

T: Tastes almost exactly like orange mints as well. There's quite a bit of menthol flavor to this as well, which is not something that's necessarily bad, but not what I want in beer.

M: The body is light with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is hard to score. The flavors aren't necessarily awful, but they don't really belong in beer, and they're not something that you can drink a lot of.

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Photo of theopholis
1.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a bright orange with some amber highlights .Fairly clear with a fair amount of effervescence. The head is off-white with hints of orange. Very littel head retention, very little lacing.

Smell - Smells like oranges. If I hadn't poured it myself, I'd suspect this was Tang.

Taste - Taste like Tang. Not much beer taste at all. Doesn't taste bad. Just doesn't taste like beer.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Good carbonation..

Drinkability - If you like the taste of beer, don't get this stuff.

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2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Beer_Slayer
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Pens1967
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Unchi
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of RyanK252
2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours like a hazy orange soda orange with a moderate amount of head that lingers.

S: Artificial smelling orange with a little sweetness behind it.

T: Orange of some sort, some sweetness, but that's about it. No hops whatsoever. Bottle claims it is brewed with orange peel and I get a little of that, but it more tastes like an off brand sports drink.

M: Pretty light, moderate carbonation that is very welcome so it doesn't feel like you're drinking a flat soda.

O: Despite the claim of using only honest ingredients this one comes off as massively artificial and more like they couldn't decide if they were making beer or soda, so they did both, at once, poorly.

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2.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured nicely with a creamy white head, giving off nice citrus aromas.

The flavor was shocking, however, reminding me of kool-aid orange flavor, and with almost as much sweetness.

I couldn't distinguish any hop bitterness, though it could have used some to balance out the excessive sweetness.

This beer tastes as though all the yeast were filtered out, and then orange kool-aid added post-fermentation

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.16/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle pour at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, orange sports drink, and orange soda aromas. Taste is much the same with orange soda flavors on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is much more like an orange soda than real beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kew
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Mora2000
2.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma smells like Sunkiss soda with some grain mixed in. The flavor is just as bad, with a lot of sweet orange and biscuit malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of LXIXME
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big white head above a clear orange-copper colored beer with a nice long lasting lacing.

Off brand orange soda aroma with some light grain malts backing it up.

Light orange soda taste, definitely an off brand, not the Nesbits or Orange Crush, but more towards the generic brand orange soda with a light grain malt added to at least let people know its a beer and not a soda.

A light dry aftertaste with some slight orange flavors on this light bodied beer.

I'll pass on a second one of these.

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Photo of kp29
2.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange. Get a decent whiff of oranges and orange peel. Taste is similar, orange, fizzy, but artificial. Taste is reminiscent of some sort of orange medicine.

I'm usually a big fan of fruit beers but this really doesn't do it for me. All around unimpressive and no real typical beer characteristics going on here.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one was a bright, almost glowing orange in color with little head.

Smell – The sweet orange aroma was sub-par, more like orange Alka-Seltzer than true orange fruit.

Taste – The orange flavors turned medicinal at the taste. This was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Fruit Beer was fizzy and unsatisfying.

Sinkability – Maybe I just don’t care for the style, but I had two orange Fruit Beers in the same night and hated them both.

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Orange Blossom from Indian Wells Brewing Company
2.69 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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