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Compunction - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 301
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: clickpush on 04-01-2007)
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

12-29-2012 23:53:18 | More by MykelJH
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

12-26-2012 17:53:06 | More by t0rin0
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

12-19-2012 05:02:41 | More by futura123
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-14-2012 15:32:25 | More by tswater
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

11-04-2012 16:27:48 | More by Mister_Joshy
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

10-28-2012 20:01:46 | More by Swonkie
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Growler, thanks Geist.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a minimal head and low lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, lactic, acetic mild.

Beer is clean and bright, effervescent, nice fruitiness, the temptation base comes through nicely. I prefer temptation over this but this is a nice beer overall.

10-25-2012 14:40:51 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at Russian River for the T25 party. Pour is a ruby grapefruit red, very hazy and a thin white head. The nose is a bit subtle, the plums are most prominent with some red wine notes, light acetic and lactic behind. The flavor is much more bright, strong plums, red wine and dry oak, assertive dusty brett funk, assertive sourness and light lactic note. Great body, light and airy with great carbonation and a dry finish. Very well balanced, nice sourness to balance the sweetness with a good barrel characteristic.

10-09-2012 17:08:07 | More by cpetrone84
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

09-28-2012 18:04:32 | More by StPaulSuds
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

09-21-2012 22:13:52 | More by gueuzegossage
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

09-16-2012 03:39:06 | More by 46andBrew
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

09-03-2012 04:41:10 | More by drjman
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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

Been a while since I've had a new sour beer from Russian River. I, of course, have no objections.

Lactic tones are most prevalent on this one. Woody funky tones are in there also with a mildly fruity edge. There is a vibrancy that is nice also.

Gotta love the RR sours. This is in line with all the great ones. Makes your mouth pucker with a bit of dryness that might detract for some.

08-31-2012 05:50:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +2%

Huge thanks to Geist for bringing this forbidden growler the tasting.

Beer pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Smell is incredible - it's one of those sour/vinous beers that really gets my mouth watering. Flavor is fantastic as well. I don't get a ton of fruit, but the wine characteristics are excellent and it's very sour and awesome. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite nice. Overall, this is yet another awesome wine barrel aged sour from Russian River. These guys consistently roll out the best sours in the U.S. and this is another one in that vein.

08-26-2012 02:35:23 | More by starrdogg
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%

So excited to try this. Shared at Starr's bday tasting.

A huge thanks to my buddy for the hookup on the sly. What an incredible gesture.

The beer is golden orange and mildly hazy with a soft head of broken bubbles. The aroma is fantastic, offering apricots, stone fruits, wild yeast. Smells like a fantastic Russian River beer. The flavor is distinctly Russian River. Well balanced and fantastic, with apricots and plums. Sour and tart, and very easy to drink. A very anticipated beer that definitely delivered.

08-26-2012 00:08:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%

Growler thanks to Huhzubendah, thanks a lot for this Matt. This is my 500th review, and a fittingly rare beer to have for this review. We all bow to the Russian river sours.

The beer pours a color similar almost to an ipa with an orange semi hazy hue, but the head is very bubbly not fluffy white at all. Sme lacing left on the sides, and some bubbles in the body of the beer clinging to the glass.

The smell is very nice, a great blend of berries, stone fruits like apricot or peach and funkiness, a very nice aroma that I expect from Russian river sours. clean and not overpowering.

The beer is quite sour, but has nice flavor to back it up. High acidity in the front, almost citrus like and then a biscuit type malt center and an abrupt finish. Great fruit notes in the flavor, peach and apricot, some berries.

The feel is tart and nice, almost like a very lemony tea with a little carbonation in the feel.

Overall a nice beer, glad to have tried it.

08-25-2012 23:55:15 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.7/5  rDev +5.9%

On tap at T-25 weekend at RR. Pours a somewhat hazy dark orange color with a very small white head. Scent is absolutely fantastic. Very sour aromas with a good amount of funk. Some nice oaky aromas with tart apricot. I just learned what a pluot was, so I guess the apricot makes sense. Nice stone fruit aromas with some lovely barrel characteristics. Taste is just as fantastic! Great stone fruit flavors with intense sourness. If they had Temptation on draft, I would be able to do a side by side, but I'm almost positive this one is more sour. Funky yeasty flavors with nice oak and fruit. Mouthfeel is dry, light, and puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, one of RR's best beers. Wish they would bottle this one. Had it side by side with T-25, and although I really enjoyed both, Compunction is the better beer IMO.

08-15-2012 07:23:42 | More by DovaliHops
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

08-14-2012 14:17:40 | More by JonBarley
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

08-12-2012 17:36:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

08-10-2012 17:37:02 | More by AndrewK
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-09-2012 19:32:16 | More by claaark13
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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%

This is brewed with pluots.

This pours a clear golden straw with tight white bubbles and tight lacing.

Overwhelmingly sour and tart aroma hits you upfront, almost immediately—as I approached the glass to nose it the aroma caught me off guard. Strong and to the point, I like it!
Like a pluot? Maybe if said pluot was squeezed and some of the spray caught you in your eyes?

The flavor is sharp, intensely tart, it has a mouthpuckering sourness upfront and just rolls off the tongue.

Shippable, fantastic, dry finish.

So good I I made my sour drinking friend jealous. Best part—at the end, as it warmed, I caught some toasted coconut. Yet another amazing brew from Russian River.

08-06-2012 07:36:49 | More by elNopalero
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4.28/5  rDev -3.6%

Served in a footed glass at the brewery.

A: No head, hazy-dark body, slightly orange.

S: Sour fruit. Tart and nice. Obvious wine influence. Less obvious fruit. Lots of funky yeast.

T: Interesting. Light-bodied and full of lightly sour alcoholic wine-like fruit. Pretty much what I expected. Fruity tart-sweet. Excellent balance.

M: Smooth and tart. Smack worthy.

O: A good beer but perhaps not differentiable from other RR sour ales. Recommended. Would have

08-05-2012 02:56:43 | More by AgentMunky
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

08-04-2012 17:23:25 | More by ipa247
Compunction from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.