Zinskin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rado on 05-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by wethorseblanket:
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FW Barrelhouse.

A: Pours a spectral red with pinkish highlights under a thin (1/4-inch) white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Vinous (zinfandel - yeah), soft rustic oak.

T: Red grape skin, juice and faint must combine well with oak barrels.

M: Light body and carbonation. Finishes fruity, oaky and some trace lemon zest.

O: Based on Bretta Wiesse, this hybrid of wine and beer is a complete winner. Please bottle this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mctizzz
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Juan611
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Velunas
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Diggy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Right up there with SLOAmbic and Agrestic, this is just magestic stuff, such a beautiful interplay of aromas and flavors. This is American oak only, which highlights the contribution of the Zinfandel grapes, an almost creamy vanilla and light spice, something perhaps like leather too, a touch of coconut, and a very light vinousness. That vanilla/spice/leather works with the oak so incredibly well, the tartness at just pitch perfect levels, such complimentary funkiness without going all cheesy/vomit-like (as too many AWAs are wont to do). If this is a beer-wine hybrid-ish sort of thing, it really accentuates the oak and secondary flavors, never getting "grapey" or jammy. For my palate, that's a great thing, as this just feels so elegant, so well constructed. An incredible beer from a brewery/location putting out the best wild beer in the US, IMO.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of deford
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful red/pink, almost like a pink champagne but just a bit darker. Bubbly with minimal head leaving just a slight ring of bubbles around the glass.

Smell: You definitely get a wine aroma from the grape skins although it has with it a very slight earthy oak, really interesting.

Taste: Wine or beer? First comes the Zinfandel grape skins....definitely wine. Then comes an oaky, earthiness reminiscent of an oak aged Berliner Weisse...definetly beer.

Mouthfeel: A good medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this Hybrid Beer/Wine. It was pleasantly refreshing without being too sweet or bitter...perfectly balanced.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light peach/orange body, very thin head. Aroma is very unique...toast, Wine staves, oak...essentially a wine barrel tasting room! Medium bitterness which has a bit of sweetness, smooth and crisp, quite enjoyable. An excellent and interesting beer.

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Photo of 1424IpA
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of straightlambic
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Zinskin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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