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Sonoma Pride Amasa - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 108
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 3.23%
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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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 108
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,864 characters)

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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. (385 characters)

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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. (408 characters)

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Sonoma Pride Amasa from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.