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Cigar City Cervezas Frescas Series - Horchata Ale

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The second beer in the Cervezas Frescas Series, a series that specializes in highlighting refreshing fruit drinks popular in Latin countries. This very unique beer was brewed with copious amounts of rice and lactose sugar and finished off with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The result is a 7% ABV refreshing tasty beverage very reminiscent of the popular drink.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Draft pour. Pours a hazy golden yellow color and topped by a thin head of off white foam. The nitro pour takes a little time for the body to settle out. The aroma is really nice and smells just like a creamy horchata showing notes of lactose sugar, creamy vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of spice. The flavor follows showing a nice blend of the milk sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. The rice adds some depth and creaminess to the body. The flavor is spot on for a horchata. Nearly full bodied, smooth, and creamy with subtle carbonation that leads to a slightly sweet finish. Drinks much lighter than it feels which is nice because you could crush a few of these. It gets a little sweet, but it is a tasty treat for sure. Really well executed and good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Clear yellow pour with a huge single finger head. This was on nitro, which explains the head. Aroma of vanilla, milk and cinnamon. Taste is kind of like cream soda. Vanilla and a little cinnamon. The looks are deceiving because it tastes like a stout. Kind of ice cream like. Creamy mouth-feel. Very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Draft. Nose is vanilla and cinnamon. Light clove. Lightly hazy yellow with a medium white head. Taste is cinnamon and vanilla with a sweet malt backbone. Virtually no bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Decent gimmicky beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (4110) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Rattle n hum, NYC tap: pours pale gold with little head. Aroma is sugar. Taste is sweet and corny. Not really much to it. Not a big fan. Not gross but who cares.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Very interesting. Pours a light yellow. The aroma is fantastic, loaded with vanilla and cinnamon. More like a Christmas beer. The flavor was a little too sweet for me loaded with the vanilla and cinnamon.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (556) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2015
On nitro at World of Beer UCF. Cigar City Horchata Ale is another hit from the CCB folks. Light yellow pour with an ample creamy head. Aroma is sweet and spicy (cinnamon and maybe nutmeg). Taste is malty and lightly sweet with delicious notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Wonderful mouthfeel -- soft and creamy. Horchata is a tasty one-of-a-kind.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2896) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2015
On nitro at the Bainbridge. Pours pretty darn clear lighter golden yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma brings big cinnamon and then vanilla with a sweetness meant for my sweet tooth. Flavor brings sweet tapioca like flavors as described, then the big sweet cinnamon lingers just like I love. Body is airy and nice and light, but was hoping to be creamier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
On draft at CCB. Didn't know what to expect with this but was pleasantly surprised. It's sweet and aromatic like many other CCB beers (especially southern slice or oatmeal raisin). Like those other beers, it can be a bit one note in that the sweetened flavor is great, but the backing flavor is just a bland beer backdrop. Still though, the sweetened horchata flavor of this is solid enough to overcome that.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft… Pours clear and yellow with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is as advertised – loaded with vanilla crème and cinnamon. Medium-bodied with a slick, fatty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor comes as advertised as well – sweet tapioca pudding, vanilla and cinnamon. Finishes bittersweet – light bitterness and heavy sweetness. It’s like cream soda, but better.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
On draught at Dunedin House Of Beer. Cloudy yellow color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Floral aroma with notes of cinnamon and bready malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, biscuit malt and fruit. The finish is sweetly spiced with a creamy vanilla aftertaste. Interesting and above average overall.


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