The Bruery Or Xata (2013)



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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle at Matt’s with friends. Pour is hazy orange with a big white head great lacing. Big butter bomb - vanilla, goopy, lactose, caramel corn, and doughy aroma. Taste is marshmallows, green peppers, doughy, sweet vanilla frosting, husky, straw, and spruce tips. Light body with high carbonation. Really horrid shit.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big cinnamon, hints of biscuit, bread, lots of cinnamon bread, slight caramel. Taste is a mix of big cinnamon, slight caramel, toffee, hints of a touch of frosting, finishing sweet, dry.

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

djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is vanilla and cinnamon. Medium mouthfeel with very sweet spice and flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. Complex, good.

merc7186 (3160) - 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 fucking on.

wisdomsolo (472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Not bad. Pretty sweet. Tasted like a dessert beer with some vanilla cinnamon sweetness.

baraciisch (3376) - 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

fluffy (2461) - 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.

SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....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

FlacoAlto (4220) - 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.

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