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Sonoma Pride Amasa | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thedankness on 06-22-2014

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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brett-forward blonde -- cool idea in its own right -- rich with lingering phenols, some high floral notes. It's refreshing enough, but at 4-5 mos. old, that Brett character is already starting to get dominant, and I'm not sure I prefer it that way.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Sonoma Pride Amasa from Russian River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.