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Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a litle extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle... Pours hazy and deeply golden with a small, white head that’s gone faster than you can say “quick.” This smells just like cream soda. ’nuff said there. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. Tastes like cream soda too - with a hint of balancing, nondescript bitterness. Lengthy, sticky-sweet finish. I like cream soda. I like this too. Surprisingly, this isn’t cloying. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6524) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
sample at ABW Bottle Share, interesting beer. taste like rice pudding. vanilla, cinnamon notes. dessert beer. creamy mouthfeel. nice to try, don’t think i could have a ton

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (197) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark golden with almost no head. Smells of sweet and minty. Taste of mint as well. Interesting flavor...pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7642) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
750ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Hazy orange color, with fine particles floating in the body. Thin off-white head, loose lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp, soft lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Awesome vanilla, cocoa, bready malt. Mild cinnamon, but it’s in-check. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Tasty stuff. Good to sip. More dry finish, not too sweet. Awesome, cool stuff. Great mexican-style blond ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11347) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy dark golden color with a moderate frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet, vanilla and spice aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a smooth sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid refreshing brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6248) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a sweet malty character, smooth, some vanilla, cinnamon spices, creamy, almost soda like, interesting brew, I am apparently liking this better than most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"i like the bread pudding reference by Stoutlover, though I wouldn’t have been able to express that myself. i will admit to at first being let down that this did not taste as much like horchata as I’d hoped. Horchata isn’t this sweet (ever, that I’ve tried) and doesn’t have such a strong vanilla presence. That said, once I got past what it didn’t taste like, I really liked it. Both for it’s uniqueness, and it’s delicious sweet but not cloying natural vanilla flavor and aroma. The cinnamon makes it’s appearance on the back end and in your throat. Cool beer I’d get again if I could."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Cinnamon and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4556) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark orange, nose is toffee, mango, pine, taste is sweet, toffee, pine, juicy, dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BenH (2704) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of spices and something rank. Taste of cinnamon, strong spice, vanilla. Quite sweet. Bizarre

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