Fonta Flora Brewery Carolina Custard
What the brewers say
Barrel-aged Appalachian wild ale with pawpaw fruit.
What our panel thought
Medium tropical fruit-banana aroma. Notes of lime, coconut, kiwi. Mild baked-biscuit notes as it warms. Sharp tartness in the flavor intensifies the fruit character. Hints of coconut and lime. Finish is puckering with a long-lasting sour twang. Fruit expression is definitely the star of the show. Tartness needs to be cranked down.
What our editors thought
Bold lychee, kiwi, and yuzu notes on the nose are unapologetic in echoing New Zealand sauvignon blanc. A sweaty tropical funk adds depth. In the flavor, the initially sharp acidity is quickly buffered by juicy tropical sweetness. Acidity is a touch too high. With that under control, this beer could be the Kim Crawford of the craft-beer set.