Pine Zips
Fonta Flora Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.5%
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Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 8.7%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
8
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Fonta Flora Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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Year-round
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Pine ZipsPine Zips
Notes: A Coniferous India Pale Ale

Mashed with custom two-row pilsner malt from our friends at Riverbend Malt House of Asheville, North Carolina along with heaps of flaked rye. Hopped intensely with warrior and Amarillo along with pine-forward chinook. Steeped on heaps of eastern white pine needles, foraged on a snowy afternoon on the land of our Appalachian farmhouse brewery. Fermented clean and crisp with our preferred ale yeast for a decidedly dry finish. As winter settles in, we look to the coniferous trees for inspiration and glimpses of green.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 8
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/26/2019. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, spruce, evergreen, peppercorn, pine, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, pine needles, and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, spruce, evergreen, peppercorn, pine, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, spruce, evergreen, peppercorn, pine, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, pine needles, and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an excellent spiced IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, pine needles, and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Not aggressive, and not overwhelming on any aspect. Great classic Warrior, Amarillo, Chinook profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops/pine needles; with a great balancing bready rye malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Reminds me of Short's spruce beers, but about half as intense on the pine tree character.

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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate medium golden yellow + burnt orange + honey colored highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense pillowy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized finger thick cap surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + bready + caramel + spicy rye malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy + caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate aromas of herbal + citrus/orange + pine/resin hops. Finally moderate aromas of fresh pine needles.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of toasted + bready + caramel + spicy rye malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy + caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of fresh pine needles. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of herbal + citrus/orange + pine/resin hops which impart a light to moderate amount of assertive bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable assuming that you enjoy a piney IPA - I could see this pairing very nicely with some Italian food (I'm thinking Arrabbiata).

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Pine Zips from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 8 ratings