Lake James Ice
Fonta Flora Brewery

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Fonta Flora Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Adjunct Lager
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3.95 | pDev: 5.06%
Jun 15, 2022
Feb 12, 2020
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Notes: Heritage corn lager

Appalachian adjunct lager brewed with local barley and local heritage corn.

Mashed with local two row barley and a blend of three distinct varieties of heritage corn, grown only 2 miles down the road from our farmhouse brewery in Nebo, North Carolina. Fermented cool with our preferred lager yeast strain until bone dry and lagered cold until crisp and crushable.

Employing some incredibly technical brewing skills, this is the first in the series highlighted by a decoction mash. An old world practice, the process involves removing a portion of the main mash and bringing it up to a boil. Going through a series of steps, this process is said to provide a depth to the finished beer, not possible otherwise. In addition, a technique known as spunding, we closed off ICE during fermentation in order to capture all of the CO2 being expelled and trapping it into solution. The result yields an unparalleled crisp lager beer with tiny dancing bubbles which form a frothy rocky head. Total production time of six weeks.

As the cold temperatures of winter settle in, we know that an alcohol boost in a crushable light lager is just the thing to provide some much needed warmth. With the same crushability as the other lagers in this series, we are certain this is a beer that any ICE fishing grandpa would have slugged. Best paired with warm carhartt gloves, falling snowflakes, ICE fishing or immediately following a polar plunge into beautiful Lake James.
Recent ratings and reviews.
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at at Windsor Home Brew in Anaheim, CA.

I’m not really an ice dude, ya know? The Raul man was born and bred in Southern California, so you won’t see him anytime soon on a frozen pond with a fishing pole in his hand. That being said, if all ice was as glorious as this beverage, well, then that would be pretty cool. Really though, Lake James Ice is on a different level and in another element compared to other Adjunct Lagers. This isn’t corn from your state fair that probably has Monsanto all over it. I’m thinking something more like what some King, General, or Conquerer eats on the cob during their Independence Day while playing ping ping. Wow on wow.

Never give in, my children.
Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 10, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful amber body, bright and clear; fantastic carbonation; initially thick, foamy head then a rapid decline in height. Nice malt nose with a rich sweetness; mild caramel and toffee. The taste follows along with the smell; grainy; earthy sweetness coupled with a moderate hop bitterness. Medium body; slightly fizzy; a bit prickly on the palate.

This is an interesting beer, perhaps a little rough in the mouthfeel for a lager, but delivering some great flavor with its decoction mash heritage.
Mar 05, 2021
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow + pale yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with moderate amounts of corn adjuncts and associated corn adjunct sweetness. Very light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with moderate amounts of corn adjuncts and associated corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy hops which impart a slightly heavier than light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving a clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with decently well hidden alcohol (though there is a touch of it present when compared to some other AALs). Enjoyable with a little more complexity/depth to the malty flavors that I expected. I could easily have a couple of these. Perfect after a hard 8.5 miles on a very warm spring afternoon.
Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 01, 2020
Lake James Ice from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 6 ratings