Owl in a Day's Work
Fonta Flora Brewery

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Fonta Flora Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Pale Ale
3.86 | pDev: 6.22%
Feb 18, 2020
May 20, 2018
A lemongrass pale ale hopped with Rakau, Idaho 7, and Mosaic.

Owl in a Day's Work celebrates the inauguration of Lynn M. Morton, PhD, Warren Wilson College's 8th president. Alumnus Todd Boera '08 brewed this pale ale with lemongrass from the WWC Garden and local grains from Riverbend Malt House.

Home of the Owls, WWC is the only liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. Alumni Mic Mead '07 and Colin Sutherland '10 of Woolly Press designed this can.
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing to end. A bit hazy.

Strong aroma of lemon, grass.

Taste is lemon, slight pine.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

Great tasting beer, a lemonade for grown ups.
Feb 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Canned 4.5 weeks ago.

L -- Moderately hazy straw body with a scant finger of solid white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Minimal retention and some spotty lacing
S -- Lemongrass, lime zest, basil, orange sherbert, hint of new sneaker. The lemongrass really smacks you front and center and somewhat overpowers the more delicate hop aromas
T -- Floral, black-tea bitterness, more lemongrass and other garden herbs, kiwi, compost pile, and a bit of citrus sweetness
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Sort of a weird balance between the malt sweetness, the herbaceousness of the lemongrass, and the bitterness of the hops
O -- I don't think Fonta Flora does hops particularly well. They should stick to wilds and fruited ales, imo

Oct 15, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by digboy from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger biscuit head. No real lacing and it retains poorly.

Aroma is strong with sweet citrus.

Flavor is also on the sweet side with the lemongrass flavor dominating which is floral and citrusy and a little earthy. While I might not be looking for this flavor much I think they did a good job of balancing it with the sweet, light malt. There is a touch of tangerine in there too.

Feel is a little soft and carbonated with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Really no perceptible bitterness either. Reminds me of the feel for early "hazies" from the southern Maine area a few years back.

I picked this one up on a whim as I found it in my local store and hadn't heard of FF before. This is not my typical beer to get but I can appreciate that they crafted it well. Not too sweet and full of flavor.
Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jul 04, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by baklo from North Carolina

Jun 11, 2018
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Rated by Alaina_Morgan from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Holy floral, Batman! This tastes like straight up honeysuckles. Good for the warm weather.
Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Mattpodos from North Carolina

Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a lightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemongrass over the top of light aromas of lightly toasted + bready + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Just shy of moderate aromas of stone fruit/peach, tropical/papaya, citrus/grapefruit, and slightly dank resinous hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than light flavors of lightly toasted + bready + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lemongrass. Finally there are moderate flavors of stone fruit/peach, tropical/papaya, citrus/grapefruit, and slightly dank resinous hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and a little different with this combonation of hops as well as the addition of lemongrass.
Jun 01, 2018
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