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Amorous - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 394
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 6.59%
Wants: 57
Gots: 107 | FT: 14
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Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wedge on 04-02-2014

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm going to premise this review by clearly stating I'm a peasant who knows absolutely nothing about sours / farmhouse style brews. My hat is off to that last guy's review (I've read many to attempt to get an idea of what a sour should be). I've tried many, drain poured the first few thinking I had a bad batch. Holy crap though, I made my wife read that review to me in a sultry voice, it sounded like something from a dirty romance novel. Well done, we should do a bottle share sometime. I totally agree "it is a clean and palette stripping taste with essence of funky freshness." ... why am I getting turned on!!!?

In regards to this beer, I was impressed with the look and smell. It looked golden crisp and had a sharp tart smell ... then the flavor hit me. Definitely sour, have no idea what the red wine barrel did for the beer, maybe gave it a little extra vinegar in your face flavor? I made it through and feel a better man for finishing. I personally find myself associating activities and seasons with styles of beer I truly enjoy. I find myself asking, what season does the sour pair with? I find this beer interesting... but wouldn't naturally grab it after say mowing the lawn or cracking open on a cold winter night.

Definitely give this one a try though! Thanks beerdude88 for throwing this in with the trade, I really do enjoy trying new things. (1,376 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly smooth and tantalizing bitter and sour interplay, the love affair that's exemplified in this wine barrel-aged, sour ale is a clean and palate stripping taste with essence of funky freshness.

The golden elixir is scantily cladded with a hazy veil as it builds a creamy and lathery froth. Above which releases its fruity and funky aura- equipped with juicy citrus, a curriously vinous tingle and a perfumy bouquet of tropical fruit. Underneath, the taste gently rolls onto the tongue with hints of sweetheart candy, fresh-baked bread and a modest fructose weave.

The ale simply blossoms across the middle palate. Its radiant tropical fruits waiver from pineapple, mango, papaya and melon and into the nearly teeth-churning sourness of lemon wedge, dried lime, sour grape and kiwi. Flavors develop quickly as the hop contribution forecast a bitter and resinous finish. But instead, sourness exhumes.

Caldering from below, the vinous tang of chardonnay and dry champagne carry a robust rosé taste that's remiss of strawberry and pomegranate. And once the dry and bubbly ale finishes, the palate is greeted with the lingering bitterness of citrus pith and earthen burlap. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff. Thanks Brent56 for hooking me up again. The sour elemenmt is prominent yet underscores and never overwhelmsthe citrusy taste. A sipper, very good with food. (169 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost perfect golden color, little head fizzes but is gone immediately. A tiny bit stays around the rim. Color threw me off considering the red wine barrel aging here.

Nose is yeasty funk, sour and a bit bitter.

Flavor is fantastic - loads of sour comes through. Hop aspect is fantastic. Nice bitter but a lot of juicy floral notes compliment this. A bit of tannin is there for me from the wine.

Carbonation is light but tight, really great mouthfeel. Nice pucker and drying aspect, a bit astringent but more refreshing than abrasive. Finish is light with a lot of lemon and grass. Really great wild ale overall. (634 characters)

Photo of PaleCale
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-yellow without much head or lacing. Smell is muted but you definitely get the sour, vinegar smell as well as some citrus. Taste is definitely dominated by sour bugs, but the citrusy hops give it some balance and a hint of blueberry comes out from the Mosaic hops. Mouthfeel is soft and easy drinking. Overall, a solid wild ale. (346 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amorous is a wonderful example of a dry hopped sour. More tart than most of the other WW sours, with some nice lemony flavors. I don't think it's quite Le Terroir good, but it isn't too far off. (194 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is so incredibly easy to drink yet it still retains its tangy sour nature. Light lemon, citrus, pithy rinds, vinegar and earthy by earthy minerals make this a must to try. (178 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color; not much head nor much lacing action is noted

Smell: Slightly grainy but filled with fruit tones, ranging from pineapple and lemon to berries and citrus; slightly tart and somewhat funky, with an herbal character

Taste: Somewhat tart and funky from the outset, marrying the grains with lemon, tropical fruit tones and leathery elements; herbal tones add complexity, after the swallow and the finish is acetic, dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fascinating compendium of taste; enjoyed the tussle between the tartness, the bitterness and the funk (649 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy blonde body, prickly brett funk with some grass on the aroma. Green apple biting acidity up front on the palate with a citric-acid-esque finish. Not sure if that's from the bacteria solely, or in conjunction with the hops. (228 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium golden-yellow body, clear in character, one finger white head that fizzles out quickly. No film, no collar. No lacing.

S- Pineapple, lemon zest, leather and a bit of funk, slight sweet graininess.

F- Less of the pineapple, more of the lemon zest and leather. A moderate bit of lactic acid and vinegar, but not overwhelmingly sour. Perhaps 4/10 on the sour scale. Clean and crisp lemon.

M- Medium bodied, dry and easy to drink. Mild bitter grapefruit on the backend.

O- Solid wild ale with plenty of aromas and flavours. Not complicated, but it's tasty, tart and easy to drink. (590 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 500ml into teku.

Golden sunshine with a 2 finger white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nice aromas of tart citrus, oranges and lemons. The flavor is citrusy tartness with hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and finishes dry. This was a terrific and complex AWA from WW. (302 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

American Wild Ale aged in red wine barrels and dry hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops. Bottled on 2/13/15 and enjoyed on 3/28/15. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed tulip. The pour is very clear and golden in color. It sports two fingers of fluffy white head with low retention. The nose is fruity and tart with notes of fresh apples, white wine, green grapes, mild vinegar, and fresh lemons.

Medium-light body with a flat, yet firm, feel. Fairly sharp, sour flavor. Fruity and vinegary, not musty or funky. Mouth-watering, juicy, tart flavors of fresh lemons, sour apples, champagne, pineapples, mandarin oranges, and not-quite-ripe melons. Not hoppy, but some tropical fruit notes from the hops are still apparent. Predominantly citric-like acidity. Finishes with a slight lactic tartness on the back of the palate that lingers, but doesn't clash with the other flavors. Nothing objectionable here at all.

Really liking the level of tartness in Wicked Weed sours. Not "sour bombs", but certainly intense enough to appeal to fans of the style. This one is no exception. Solid American sour. (1,121 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft floral aroma, with acetic sourness.

Flavor is very lactic and acetic, fairly fruity and tart. The sourness definitely dominates, but the fruity and floral notes add complexity. (183 characters)

Photo of AppaZappa
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent offering from Wicked Weed. Most recently consumed on-draft at the Funkatorium in Asheville. Pours amber with 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, some citrus, oak. Also get sour 'funk' with some alcohol. Very inviting. Taste is sour and citrus on the front, hop-heavy with a bite on the back. After several sips the contrast mellows but maintains, making a remarkably enjoyable experience as the feel is crisp and steady.

This is a fantastic beer. On tap--very very highly recommended. (493 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Semi cloudy deep orange, almost amber, one finger head

S- Lots of citrus, some tropical, malt is there, not too much in the way of funk.

T-Tart, nice citrus, very floral. Good balance.

M-Lighter, dry and rather crisp.

O-A good beer but nothing stood (257 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber, clear, nice lace. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma. Lots of hops, particularly at the finish (more bittering, very little aromatic). Lightly sour, oaky, and a little funky. (183 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade with Mike M - thank you very much!

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing and chunky retention.

Aromas are delicious and inviting - oak and barrel, sour lactic, green apple, citrus, and hops, pine, and light resin. I can't wait to take a sip.

Upfront are sour, citrusy, tart fruity notes, sour cherry, musty funk, oak, wine, grapes, followed by a hoppy bite on the finish and a slight bitter, sour aftertaste. Super complex and flavorful! Mouthfeel is light, drinkable, and crisp.

I was pleasantly suprised at how balanced, flavorful, and complex this beer was.. took the characteristics of a world class wild and added a level of complexity with the dry hopping, but not too much. Would seek out again. (851 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a semi-opaque hay/golden color with a frothy one finger eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Herbal/vegetable forward. Pine/grassy hops abound. A sweet malt is there along with citrus fruits.

T - Tart notes of white grape along with the herbal elements. Develops into a citrus orange flavor in the middle. Ends with sour cherry.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Easy drinker here with a dry finish.

O - Interesting combination with a sour IPA. It really comes together well. (514 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, amber-tinted copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, sparse, off-white head. Aromas of herbal spices and vegetation forward, with oregano, basil, and thistle, and some tart berry and grape fruit notes, subtle citrus notes, pine and resinous hops notes, and a toasted grain backbone. Flavors are very tart sour forward, with a spiced and herbal undertone immediately. Grape must, lemon, sour cherry, and grapefruit notes throughout, with an acidic and astringent overtone, followed by dry grass, oregano, pepper, and thistle, all on a toasted grain backbone. Very dry and crisp bodied, with a minimalistic floral and spiced aftertaste. Subtle citrus linger in there, too. The finish is effervesced from the carbonation, with an overall dry feel, and a tart and bitter linger. This is a great beer. It really works your taste buds out. (903 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head atop a hazy deep orange body.

Smell - Kinda oaky. Definitely getting a fruity acidity. Citrus hops. Has some sweet maltiness, too.

Taste - Tartness is stronger. Lots of grapefruit hops. Makes the tartness taste grapefruity, too. Woody in the very back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation. Moderate to low sourness.

Overall - I have little to say about this. It is what it is. (483 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep brunt orange gold. Head is creamy off-white. Decent head retention. Small creamy cap and collar for the duration. Decent lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Relatively clear with a very slight chill haze that drops out as it warms.

Smell: Wine and Mosaic hops. Bright juicy tropical fruits. Mango and peach jump to the front. Some deep earthy notes coupled with a soft floral edge. Wet oak. Damp and slightly musty. Woody. Slightly caramelized malts. A touch bready. Wet. Some citrus. Mildly acetic with some lactic elements. A touch of plastic on the back. Vague vinous notes. Some barnyardy brett with some old hay.

Taste: Wine barrel pushes harder than the nose. Slight punch of dark berry (blackberry and blueberry), with some dark cherry skin. Peach and mango round out the fruity element. Hints of lime zest with some vinous character. Oak adds a nice damp woody element. Slightly musty. Brett adds the barnyard kind of funk. Malts run with some general lightly bready sweetness and a touch of caramelized sugars. A push of lactic acid through the back. Hops are a nice compliment adding a touch of bitterness and some mild herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with minimal carbonation. Slick sip and smooth.

Overall: I'm not in love but there's some serious like going on.

Hitting an American Wild with a ton of hops is a gamble. This worked. Mosaic shines and isn't overused (which is generally not the case) and adds some much desired fruitiness to an otherwise ok wild. (1,534 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2014


A: Light copper, crystal clear, less than 1/2 fingers width of bright white head dissipates down quickly and leaves only a small patch of lacing.

S: Super funky with a burnt plastic like character, a bit pungent, some floral and herbaceous hop notes, some tart citrusy notes. Big nose, and pretty complex.

T: Tart, some citrus note, floral, oaky, subtle bitterness, yeasty on the finish.

M/D: Very dry, like a wine, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, medium body.

O: Definitely worth a try and a well done beer, but nothing that blows me away. (616 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jay and Amy for sharing this! 500ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is two fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, though the frothy texture isn’t the most attractive. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There’s a definite funky, brett-laden edge to this brew, and it only intensifies as it opens up. Before then, it smells like an aged, grapefruit-forward IPA (maybe that’s because it is an aged, grapefruit-forward IPA). The hoppiness also seems piny and floral at times. An interesting hybrid, and it kind of works. (3.5)

Taste: The brett qualities are incorporated quite well. It opens up with a one-two punch of mild tartness and earthy funk. After the halfway point, the hops appear somewhat vividly – in particular, I pick up notes of berry, pine, lemon, and apricot. Rather than being ridiculously complex, it focuses on integrating and refining two seemingly apocryphal qualities. And the end result works. The hops could taste a little fresher, but that’s just nitpicking. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Not bone dry (as I like from a brett-laden beer), but the feel is hardly obstructive or sugary sweet. The tannic bite is incredibly mild. It drinks more like an IPA than a stout, really. Carbonation is slightly low, also. (3.5)

Overall: Victory’s Wild Devil proved that IPAs and wild ales CAN work together – this is a bit more sour and a bit less IPA, but it works just as successfully. Even more, in fact. I’d gladly buy this one again…provided I find it on the shelf anytime in the next 60 years. (3.75)

3.68/5: Who knew two clashing styles could work so well together? (1,700 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden with great clarity, a steady rise of bubbles and a minimal head.
S - Funk, green grapes and wildflowers.
T - Nice tartness balanced by a wide variety of flavors.
M - A fine but silky consistency.
O - Outstanding flavor and presentation. (247 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.4.14

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Brett, oranges, citrus hops, barrel, nice.

T - Very tart citrus, lemons, Brett, oaky, subtle hops.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice tartness and citrus, hops still hanging on. (311 characters)

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Amorous from Wicked Weed Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.