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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (1973) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Cinnamon, Rice Pudding, Mild Vanilla, Mild Cream T: Creamy Rice Pudding, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet Overall, read the description the drink the beer...spot fucking on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Rich golden pour, nice fluffy head. Wow, horchata blended with some spiked egg nog and that’s what this tastes like. Creamy, spiced and good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4291) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of Madbeerbaron. Unfiltered deep murky orange-brown. Sweet brown sugar milky vanilla. Very easy on the palate. Captures a completely unique flavor. World Class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2484) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Pours lighter amber with a golden hue and light tan head. The aroma brings some lactose, big vanilla, and baked custard notes. The flavor brings the vanilla, sweet bread pudding, and as well as some notes of the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopwine (261) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 Orange-golden hue, dense white head, excellent lace. Cinnamon, vanilla, cookie dough, cream cheese icing, milky-sweet, Belgian yeast fruitiness. This is exactly how I wanted it to be. Splitting a bottle proved very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidLMU (21) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Very easy drinking 7% beer. It's pleasantly milky with strong notes of cinnamon and vanilla. It's a bit sweet, but I think that's a good thing. I will definitely buy this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1402) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at LeviLOL tasting. Really nice - huge vanilla and toffee in both the nose and the taste. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Strong vanilla on the nose. Really sweet and tastes like an alcoholic cream soda. Nice little sour note on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Hazy orange-amber pour with a white head. Amazing cinnamon and vanilla aroma. Sweet malt, brown sugar, and a light fruitiness. The flavor has a great vanilla character and sweetness. Tons of cinnamon spiciness, sugar, and a bit of toasted bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1190) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Smells soapy initially, then fades to rice milk, spices, and vanilla. Interesting.

Plenty of cinnamon, milky without actually achieving the color and consistency expected, and vanilla starts to take over as the drink progresses. Cream soda. Weird, but damn, it works!

It's funny: it's entirely by coincidence that I'm drinking this with my brown friends who educated me on what traditional Or Xata actually is. Way cool.

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