Sonoma Pride Amasa - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thedankness on 06-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Amasa is an extra dry domesticated wild ale brewed and bottled to be enjoyed now, or aged. Ringing in at just 4.5% ABV, Amasa is not only sessionable, but it still retains a lot of flavor. The use of Brettanomyces yeast in the bottle conditioning process lends a rustic characteristic to the beer. If aged, many of the unique yeast qualities in the beer will become even more evident.
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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Sonoma Pride stemmed tulip glass
Bottled on 12/20/13

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a striking, lightly hazy straw yellow with a billowy 3 fingers tall, pure white head. The head has decent retention and eventually reduces down to about a half finger, leaving some light lacing along the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
On the nose, this beer is bursting with bright, floral hop aromatics; mostly orange peel, light citrus and a fairly strong pine presence. There is a lightly musty yeast character that is equally as strong as the hops in the nose; light notes of pear and white pepper. Beneath the yeast and hops is a very gentle cracker like malt presence. Very refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.5)
Similar to the aroma, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're greeted by a bright, juicy hop profile; light floral notes of citrus, pine, bitter orange peel. Right alongside the hops, there is a very restrained musty yeast character that offers flavors of pear and white pepper with accompanying notes of faint banana. The beer finishes very dry with a light flourish of a biscuit-like malt backbone. Long lingering notes of bitter orange rind, pine, pear, white pepper and a lightly chewy maltiness.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The dry finish really makes this beer supremely refreshing.

Overall: (4.5)
One of the beers of Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing fame side project, "Sonoma Pride". Amasa, is a light, hoppy blonde ale that is finished with Brettanomyces. Amasa is very refreshing with a bold, old school California styled hop presence; Lots of pine and orange peel hop notes. The body is very light and really allows the hops to shine alongside an almost saison like yeast presence. Supremely refreshing. I can't wait to see what other beers the "Sonoma Pride" series has in store for us.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Paler than the Dauenhauer. Huge white head. It gushed a little too.

Smell - Herbal and earthy hops. Brett. Pale malt, very light though.

Taste - Grassy. Grainy pale malt. Brett isn't all that intense. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Bitter. Medium body.

Overall - Not quite as good as the Dauenhauer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Some funk, good deal of lemon, tad bit of grass, lots of white grapes.

T-Something is every so slightly off. The wheat of the blonde base comes through with lemon and grapes but the balance isn't where it should be, a flavor is not dialed in.

M-Lighter, some carbonation and crisp.

O-Not a bad beer, but it just isn't what you'd expect from RR.

Photo of techn0phobe
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

This would be interesting as an alternative session beer, but take away the Russian River brand and it's not a remarkable brew sadly.

Crisp, interesting on the nose, lightly carbonated. Taste is slightly lemony / yeasty - not unpleasant but slightly sour (in a bad way).

Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Take care pouring.

Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours an almost translucent pale yellow color with an exceptional amount of carbonation.

The nose is funk, zesty, lemon, earthy, hay, pepper and yeast. The flavor is alot of citrus, lemon-juice, salt, brett yeast, barnyard funk. This is interesting, but is a bit chalky. It's good, but I also wonder who far my standards are skewed for Russian River and their Wild Ales.

Cool concept.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the first bottled batch.

The first pour is ridiculously clear, straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and really good lacing. The nose is fantastic. Bright citrus fruits with oranges, citrons, a little pine, white grapes and a hint of chalk, this is amazingly hoppy. The Brett adds mild spice and phenol notes that complement the hop bouquet. White pepper, clove, honey, cotton candy and fruit are all present. Excellent.

The palate has more Brett expressed than the nose, with clove and mild plastic phenols complementing the mild pineapple tropical notes. The mid palate has the hop flavors, though not as richly expressed as on the nose. Drying and crisp on the finish with a mild grainy astringency, this beer is light in body, highly carbonated and a treat on the palate. Very highly recommended, especially for fans of Orval and Taras Boulba.

Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into matching RR stemware. Bottled 12/20/13.

A: Pours a clear and bright BMC yellow with nice thick and heavy bright white head. The head took forever to slowly collapse into a thick rocky film. Patches of sticky lace were left down the glass. The huge bright head above the clear, clean yellow sits very pretty in the glass
S: Brett and juicy hops dominates with scents of straw, earth, must, tangerine, and a ton of peppery yeast spice. Crackery pale malt blonde ale base pokes through as well.
T: Straw and crackery blonde ale grains are overshadowed by spicy and earthy yeast and a touch of citrus hop. There is a hint of bubblegum, chalk, and mineral in the finish, and the aftertaste is earthy, spicy and slightly leafy.
M: Full, frothy, and fluffy carbonation fills my mouth with each sip. The carbonation is unavoidable and distracting. The body is on the lighter side of medium and finishes clean and crisp with a light bitterness.
O: A great dry and spicy blonde ale. I liked everything about this beer except some of the carbonation needed to be burned off. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pour is transparent yellow with a good bit of tight white head. Nose has a strong bit of dusty brett, notes of paper, leather, and moderate pineapple aromas. Flavor is dusty, airy, brett forward. light hop flavor, soap and bitterness, with an assertive pineapple in the back end.

Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy straw golden with a cottony cap of foam.
There's a slight lemony aroma, with an underlying wet hay scent.
The flavor has a lemony Brett character with a subdued bitterness. It's light and slightly tangy.

(I forgot to write down the bottled date when I took my notes on this, but it had around a year and a half of age on it.)

Photo of dwagner003
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/20/13. The brett has really developed on the nose, but the flavor is just a little.. thin. Tastes good up front, but there is no pleasant lingering flavor. Disappointing after the smell was so good. Mouthfeel is smooth and effervescent.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i loved how light and delicate this was, a great buy for me here. the lighter side of wild ale, bretty, but really light and simple in the grain base, pale watery yellow in color, but holding a white head almost an inch tall for the entire length of the drink, comprised of a ton of big white bubbles in there. a grassy nose, really delicate malt on it, wheat and pils type, with a different side of brett coming out in this one. its a mild strain, but has eaten all of the sugar there was in this light beer, its extremely dry, with a distinct funkiness thats not tart or sour or anything, its just saison-like, a little fruity, and really well balanced. some may say its too light on body and feel, with its dryness and effervescence, but i think thats what makes it special. its an exercise in being careful, and attention to detail, and it shows the brewers' skill set as much as any of their more popular beers. i love the project, and think i probably like the other one in the series a little more, but i really admire this one, and which is was something i could get in 30 packs of cans, its an all day crusher, but because of its format and rarity i can never really get enough. frustrating, but also i am stoked to have gotten to try this beer. as good as anything they make in overall quality, but dont expect any crazy sourness here, its quite mild in the wild department.

Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s a pale blonde beer with a large white frothy head. The liquid is moderately hazy. The bubbles are rocky and readily stick to the walls of my glass. Seems to have very good retentio n. Fresh pale grain aroma with medium fruitiness and a fair bit of brett. Apricots, white grapes. Some light citrus hop aroma. The brett is somewhat funky, more of a pleasant dusty farmhouse aroma, though. Moderate bitterness, dry, good fresh grain flavor. Light citrus hops. Starts with mild sweetness and finishes quite dry with brett funk. Light feel, relatively high carbonation. Nice beer.

Photo of MarcWP
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into appropriate Sonoma Pride stem.

Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with abundant brilliant white head that has great retention and fluffy, sticky lacing.

Aroma is pungent Brett showcasing pineapple fruit, freshly mowed lawn, banana, mineral water, and lime zest. Possibly a light hop presence adding depth to the potent Brett yeast play.

Taste exposes a lighter, sessionable ale with yeast esters dominating and malts being much a now show. But that's fine as it drinks dry and refreshing and has a thirst quenching quality that is summer appropriate. Some white pepper spice adjoins leafy herbs, citrus peel, and dry pineapple flesh.

Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation in the 75 percent range. Dry, super attenuated throughout.

This is easily crushable. Light at heart yet flavorful enough to appease to the masses. Can't say it's a groundbreaking Brett beer, but I can say it's finely brewed. It's refined and clean, something that few can attain when brewing a 4 percent abv brew.

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours insanely clear yellow with a tiny orange hue, leaves a large, super fluffy head, that goes rather quick but leaves about a half a finger constantly in the glass, excellent nucleation occurring as well, just by looking at it I can tell this is going to be tasty!

S: Lovely amount of funk, assuming this is an all Brett style Blonde ale, good amount of hay, some citrus, some pine, and an almost champagne like smell to it, this is very well balanced and blends really good

T: Champagne, brett, funk, some pine, straw, and a hint of citrus. All the flavors present complement each other very well, the champagne flavor is nice, it is not strong but it is nice for this beer. Great flavor profile, only thing I would have liked for this beer is a little sourness, a little lacto and pedio would have made this beer a lot better, that being said it is still really tasty though!

M: This category is perfect for every beer RR has ever made in my opinion, they nail it for every style every time. Light, crisp, refreshing, and dry, leaves you thirsty for more which is always a good thing with this brewery!

O: This is a lot better than I thought it would be, this is a great beer on a hot day, definitely pick this brew up next time you're at RR!

Sonoma Pride Amasa from Russian River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.