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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of butterscotch, vanilla... Flavor is sweet caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and notes of Belgian yeast on finish like a trippel or blonde... Really enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
well, its definitely interesting to say the least. like watery rice pudding? some sweet spice notes, a little milky, some honey and cinnamon? not sure what to think here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2013
a rather strange brew, but points for driving the point home .. . does taste like that mexican watery stuff, maybe a bit much on the cinnamon .. . a novelty and nothing i’d want a full glass of but my two samples were enjoyed . .. . megalegomaniac

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a 1-finger thick, pale tan colored head that subsides pretty quickly. The beer is a full amber color that shows a hazed, honey amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma for some reason smells like vomit, not nearly as bad as that seems, but vomit that is from freshly ingested desert that smells of cinnamon scented, vanilla laden, slightly digested, milk like cake. The vanilla is really the dominant note here, and between that and the cinnamon there is not much else to smell here.

The beer is nicely carbonated and somewhat sweet up front. As the beer flows across the tongue the sweetness is amply accentuated by a big vanilla flavor that really clings to and lingers on the palate. Spicy, sweet cinnamon notes play a supporting role to the vanilla, and once again the base beer really struggles to come through. The body is fairly rich and chewy considering that rice was used as an ingredient. There is a touch of grainy, malty, and perhaps even chewy, sweet, rice flavors in this beer.

I wonder how this got so much color, it is called a blond ale, but is clearly quite amber in appearance. In the end this is a definite miss for me. I can see those that like dessert beers that focus on cinnamon and vanilla, but that just isn’t me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Freetail mega release. Pours orange. Aroma is cinnamon winter. Taste is more of the same. Finish is clean

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1284) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
A- pours a mildly hazy copper with a faint lightly tan head that clings to the edge of the glass. Faint lacing. S- sweet cinnamon roll with vanilla frosting, vanilla extract, cheese danish, honey and some floral notes. M- medium body with a sweet, tacky, palate. Medium carbonation. T- bready malts, honey, vanilla extract to start. Wood, raisins and brown sugar next. Cinnamon overwhelms and comes on heavy in the middle and lasts through the quick ending. Ending is mostly cinnamon and dough. Interesting, but fairly simple and sweet - like a dessert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Draft. Golden pour with no head. Cinnamon aroma. Flavor is sweet vanilla like/ frosting/ rice pudding with cinnamon flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle at tasting. Pours hazy orange with light head. Aromas is funky cheese, wood, cinnamon, and mexican spice. Taste is much better, cinnamon bun strudel, wood, vanilla extract. Medium to fuller body. Overall, if you enjoy cinnabon, you will like this beer. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours a golden orange color with thick head. Smells like my wife’s family’s homemade horchata. Although the flavors don’t work for me; probably because I’m not a huge fan of horchata to begin with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
dark orange pour, off white head. Cinnamon, and the bruery’s house yeast note on the nose. A hint of sweet cinnamon sugar as well. Awesome cinnamon, hints of vanilla and cinnamon sugar. Bruery house yeast as well. A nice texture to the beer as well.

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