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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th AnniversaryDeviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 621
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.83% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 134
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught at Brower's for Bottleworks' 10th anniversary party in a 12 oz snifter, Deviation is a glowing bronze with a small, creamy white head that has long last and leaves heavy lace. Very nice looking indeed.

Smell is a nice fruity lactic tartness, sour cherries mostly, a touch of citrus perhaps.

Taste is disappointing to me. Maybe it's because I just left Bottleworks, where they were hawking this for a vulgar $60 a bottle! Couple the $9 cost of this 12 oz pour, and the fact that I hold such high regard for *most* of the Russian River sours, I expected to be getting a fantastic deal on a fantastic beer. Price and rarity aside, I just didn't much care for the taste of this, and consider myself to be a well educated taster of 'wild' brews. Basically, I felt this was way too dry and salty, with a hint of baking soda as well, and lacked depth of flavor entirely. The sourness seemed to be all lacto, which I like, but I didn't get any of the fruit flavors I got in the nose, and the saltiness reminded me of an over Burtonized homebrew.

Mouthfeel is very acidic and dry, but some oiliness, and pretty creamy when swished around.

Drinkability isn't to high to me, to one dimensional, and if I'd paid $60 for this I'd be hugely pissed at myself for being suckered in. I hate to skew the ratings on this, but not nearly as much as when people rate something highly just because it's rare, expensive, or they don't get why they disagree with everyone's scores and rate it high anyways! And all things considered, I'm only human, and had I known nothing about this before I had it, those 2.5's would be lower...because honestly, I was not impressed, and this beer was less then average for the style.

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of ffejherb
3.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this retired 750ml at his holiday party.

A - Poured a hazy apricot-colored body with a thin, wispy white head, which yielded spotty lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Initial aroma offers a sour citrus twang with moderate band-aid notes and a subtle alcohol presence.

T - Flavor is quite acidic with plenty of sour citrus fruit and grape character, tart apple skins and band-aid notes. Some sweet notes emerge in the backend to counter the intense sourness.

M - Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Finishes with lots of pucker on the tongue.

D - Good Wild Ale, but they all start to taste the same after a while. Glad I had an opportunity to sample yet another RR creation, though.

Photo of tjthresh
3.86/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour appear golden to amber with a lasting dirty white head that coats the glass as you drink. The nose has some oak, bretty funk, a bit of pineapple, and a bit of a cottage cheese or yogurt. Very tart and tangy. Mixed fruit flavors, and tannic. Medium working on full body. Average amount of carbonation and a bone dry finish. A very good beer from a style that I don't typicaly appriciate.

Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous looking beer, an orange color with a well lasting and well developed creamy white foam. Fairly subtle aromatics with oak derived nuances of vanilla and toasted wood along with fruits, funk and brett. Nicely balanced and soft. Lemon, vanilla, creme, wood. Very nice sour/wild ale.

4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Tiny head.

Smell - Sharp lactic acid. Some lemon and hay. Slight acetic note.

Taste - Nice lactic acid. Citrus sourness. Hay. A little lambicky. Grainy. Funky and a little peppery.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is still really good. Impressive for an American sour.

Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-red clear body. Moderate sized off-white head, visible carbonation. No lacing.

S: Lemon and orange acidic notes. A bit of acetic and lactic sourness. Light musty oak.

T: Orange, tangerine, and lemon acidic notes. Delicate must and funk. Well integrated but not particularly memorable.

M: Lively, but well matched carbonation. Strong tartness towards the back end. Refreshingly clean finish.

O: Call me a heretic, I just didn't see what was "special" about this beer. It was tasty, but not particularly unique, memorable or interesting.

Photo of nkersten
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at recent tasting with Chicago crew. Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention throughout. Smell is oak, straw, barnyard, lots of lemons and sour citrus. Taste is very tart lemons, some orange zest, a bit of funk and oak. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a moderate carbonation, very nice for a style that seems to be dominated by dry, highly carbonated beers. Overall a very drinkable beer, but not my favorite American wild.

Photo of Lane1
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Steve for this. I honestly didn't know that this had existed until he plopped it down on the counter and said "Lets not look at it, let's crack it open." I was extremely exited to try it to say the least. We split the bottle between 8 of us and poured into small sampling glasses.

Appearance was gold and hazy. Very crisp, thin, but aggressive head. Looks like a beautiful sour

Smell: Very sour funk smell. Actually took my by complete surprise. After a few more sniffs, I could find a citrus smell past the funk.

Taste: I don't like a lot of sours. This was unreal in its flavor and complexity. It really punched hard at first but the acidity tapered off fairly quickly into a very sweet and citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and aggressive on the tastebuds

Overall this beer was phenomenal. I would have never thought that I would have drank this. I am very honored and excited to have this empty bottle now sitting on my shelf.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another great sour beer from Russian River. Had on tap at their fourth anniversary party this weekend. This beer made the two hour drive worth it.

Poured a deep copper brown. Smelled of funky, sour cherries, with some sourdough bread mixed in. Tasted tart, sour, funky, with some dark fruit sweetness coming through at the end. A very enjoyable beer, but like all wild ales, can only have so many. Still I wish I could have got a growler of this to take home.

Photo of Lothore
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy peach color with a small, white head.

S- Smell is definite barnyard funk, peach, light fruits, sourness.

T- Taste is incredibly complex. Sour all the way through, very earthy, tart, light fruits.

M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Very dry.

D- This is a great sipper. Russian River's sour lineup is incredible but I think this is the most balanced one that i've had of the bunch. Seek this one out, you won't regret it.

Photo of DaveHack
4.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Browers. From notes.

Slightly hazy, reddish in color, frothy, light tan to pink in color, but bar lighting is never great to judge a beer's appearance.
The sour aroma jumps out of the glass as you pour it, tart and acid notes, some funkiness, fruitiness; pears and plums come to mind.
Light and easy to drink, tart and acidic, but not as much as I expected from other reviews; possibly lost a bit with aging? Unexpected, but since I never had it fresh, hard to extrapolate.
Oak plays only a few notes here and there, which is nice, as I usually do not like overwhelming oak notes. The same tart fruit plays a role in the flavor too, but complexity and acidity are sometimes lacking just a bit.
A very nice brew, but not as complex as I like, somewhat underwhelming probably because of my very high hopes.
Definitely worthwhile if you have a chance, though.

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nate at out most recent tasting, served into a tulip...Pours light copper peach with an off white head, really good retention but the lacing is a little lacking...Medium aroma that is very musky to start and shows off a lot of oak, very similar to most RR (think consecreation and supplication)...The taste is very oaky as well, some tartness comes through but this is not overly oaky. Not very complex either, oak and funk, wish there was more going on here...A wonderful feel, full, tannic, grape skin...Easy to drink.

Great to try this treasure and its very good for a wild sour. However, doesn't compete with a great Belgian and its not very different than any other Russian River so might as well grab on of those.

Photo of AlexFields
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to waltonc for trading this to me.

Pours a really hazy bright orange, not the appearance I would expect from a blend of so many different beers.

Lots going on in the nose, sweet malt, some ketchup, some acidity, smells a bit confused but pretty nice.

Taste is more focused than the nose and a lot more sour. Very sour, very dry, pretty funky, hints of wine and dark fruit. Still a little muddled but damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is soft and well carbonated, very good for a five year old blended sour.

This is maybe slightly past it's prime--not oxidized or "over the hill" really, still damn tasty, but seems like it probably hasn't really benefited from the last few years in the bottle. I never had this fresh but I imagine it was a world class beer--at present it's still great but a little shy of being really top tier.


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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
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