Amorous | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amorous is aged in red wine barrels for approximately 8-10 months, and then dry hopped with over 3.5 pounds per barrel of Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops. We love this beer both fresh off the dry hop and cellar aged.

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Photo of eingram
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I thought this beer deserved a 5, but it seems 5's are rare here and that would likely devalue my opinion.

I had this beer 3 months ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. I had never heard of dry hopped sours before this, but it instantly became my favorite beer of all time. I went back to Wicked Weed from GA hoping to buy several more, only to find out it is no longer in production. If it comes back I will be buying several.

If you see this beer and have even the slightest appreciation of sours, buy it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Oct 23rd 2015.

Deep orange to yellow body color, fairly opaque but not hazy, and an almost peach like glow. Very noticeable side streaming carbonation in tan fine white bubbles along the sides, matching to a small creamy half finger simple white head. Collar thins a bit over time, and a nice bit of rising carbonation in the center.

Wonderful aromatic nose. Peach fruit like hop tones and floral qualities. Some deceptive subtle dryness that comes out almost cedar like smelling and cigar box aromas. Wood sawdust embers and shavings as well. This is real impressive.

The palate is incredibly juicy and full of exceptional depth. Rushing juiced peach qualities and a bit of cherry as well, with an explosive fruit mid palate combination. Mild acidity and very subtle malt sweetness as well. Chewy body with low carbonation, but a slightly prickly finish which adds much fun on the palate.

Real juiced up wild, that has only moderate touches of funk and excellent malt depth and matching sweetness. Excellent brew from the Wicked.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours an absolutely crystal clear straw gold. Was not expecting this based on the advertised dry hopping and WW's usual fare. Almost looks like a Pilsner! Sticky foamy head... the ABV is showing.

S - farmhouse funk, lemon zest, and apple pear cider. Has a strong, deeply resonating aroma with good backbone.

T - there are the hops! Tart upfront, but the hoppy bitterness quickly pushes aside the sourness. Full-bodied flavor that actually supports the tart. A lot of times you have the sour that comes rushing to the forefront, but fizzles out into nothing more than a party trick. This one has lasting power. Green apples, blackberries. The finish is one of the best I've seen in a sour. The bitterness and tartness disappear to make way for lemon candy sweetness. Like when you suck all the sour crap off a lemon warhead. Pulls everything together and tidies up nicely. Well-balanced and dare I say the dry hopping actually adds to that balance!

F - robust, thick body for a sour. Perfect amount of carbonation that doesn't fight to get in the way of the flavor.

O - fantastic sour. Heavy on the hops, especially Mosaic and Centennial which gives it a sweeter, dank flavor. Best of all worlds. Some tart, some funk, some hops, some sweet. I bet the latter comes out more which a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/26/15, thanks to Beerness for this one.

Light fizzy fluffy head, little lacing, mostly clear lemony yellow color.

Nose tart sour fruity, nice citrus tropical generic hops, juicy creamy orange, little tart lemony, mild grassy funk, wheat grassy malts, quite floral, hint white wine vinous.

Taste quite tart, mild grassy funk, floral grassy and funky, lemony tartness, little grassy lemon funk, light acidity, little grassy wheat like malts. Then nice hops, big floral citrus hops, fruity tropical notes, little generic like tropical and touch of pineapple like, juicy orange, some white wine. Finish little sticky flemmy mostly dry, tart lemony funk, little citrus, vinous notes.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, great combo of grassy make lemony funk and tropical citrus pineapple fruit with nice mild white wine in the background.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade with Mike M - thank you very much!

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing and chunky retention.

Aromas are delicious and inviting - oak and barrel, sour lactic, green apple, citrus, and hops, pine, and light resin. I can't wait to take a sip.

Upfront are sour, citrusy, tart fruity notes, sour cherry, musty funk, oak, wine, grapes, followed by a hoppy bite on the finish and a slight bitter, sour aftertaste. Super complex and flavorful! Mouthfeel is light, drinkable, and crisp.

I was pleasantly suprised at how balanced, flavorful, and complex this beer was.. took the characteristics of a world class wild and added a level of complexity with the dry hopping, but not too much. Would seek out again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLiBottled on 6/26/15

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light halo and blanket.

S - Aromas of light funky brett, light esters, faint tartness. Nice light tropical fruits, good light grassy hops, floral.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the funk is nice and light with good dry hops, almost like a powdered sweet tart sour candy thing going on. Nice pineapple and lemon along with good white wine. There is a nice lightly tart finish too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, little creamy.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, excellent usage of hops and brett. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale golden straw color (lighter than I would have thought).

Aroma starts off with red berry notes, oak, earthy funk and also has tropical, citrusy and juicy hop notes that compliment the other smells.

Taste starts with bright mango, peach, passionfruit, continues into the red wine barrel notes with dried red fruit like cherries and hints of raspberries, bit of oak, grassy, earthy, barnyard, funky Brett notes follow as well. Finishes with tropical fruit, red berry and hints of oak.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, very refreshing and lightly dry.

Awesome beer and I'd love to see what this is like with some age.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small sample at work. I'll skip a detailed review, but it was great and might be the best WW I've had. Looks great, nose is tropical, fruity hops with a hint of acidity. Taste has some much needed acidity, pretty close to a lot of the big boys. Feel is good as expected, overall a great offering from them.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent offering from Wicked Weed. Most recently consumed on-draft at the Funkatorium in Asheville. Pours amber with 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, some citrus, oak. Also get sour 'funk' with some alcohol. Very inviting. Taste is sour and citrus on the front, hop-heavy with a bite on the back. After several sips the contrast mellows but maintains, making a remarkably enjoyable experience as the feel is crisp and steady.

This is a fantastic beer. On tap--very very highly recommended.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap In a snifter, Moderately cloudy muted tangerine, with 1 finger of creamy head that leaves great lacing. Nose is nice: elderberries, wine barrelly grapes, faint hops and soft yeast. On the tongue, kicked up a couple notches...delicious! Nice prickly liveliness in mouthful.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost perfect golden color, little head fizzes but is gone immediately. A tiny bit stays around the rim. Color threw me off considering the red wine barrel aging here.

Nose is yeasty funk, sour and a bit bitter.

Flavor is fantastic - loads of sour comes through. Hop aspect is fantastic. Nice bitter but a lot of juicy floral notes compliment this. A bit of tannin is there for me from the wine.

Carbonation is light but tight, really great mouthfeel. Nice pucker and drying aspect, a bit astringent but more refreshing than abrasive. Finish is light with a lot of lemon and grass. Really great wild ale overall.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-10-21 in Lititz, PA from a 6-month-old bottle.

Delicious. Sour (not excessively so) and very, very dry. Light peach fruit and mild hop floral. Some oak and a hint of the wine flavor from the barrel. Some light Brett funk. Couldn't discern what the purpose of the dry hopping was. My wife really enjoyed it; as did I.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus, tartness, hint of alcohol, hint of hop, strong yeast, floral notes, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is tart, sharp, crisp, dry, and average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, alcohol, slight citrus, hint of sweet malt, floral notes, and a hint of hop. Overall, weaker appearance, but great aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color; not much head nor much lacing action is noted

Smell: Slightly grainy but filled with fruit tones, ranging from pineapple and lemon to berries and citrus; slightly tart and somewhat funky, with an herbal character

Taste: Somewhat tart and funky from the outset, marrying the grains with lemon, tropical fruit tones and leathery elements; herbal tones add complexity, after the swallow; the finish is acetic, dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fascinating compendium of taste; enjoyed the tussle between the tartness, the bitterness and the funk

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Photo of spoony
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle (2014 vintage) to a teku glass. Reviewed from notes dated February 29, 2016 (Leap Year Beer!).

A-The beer has a rocky, chunky, off-white head that starts at two fingers tall but drops quickly to a thick cap that hangs around for a while. Lacing clings to the glass in chunks. The liquid is a hazy honey color with reddish highlights.

S-Despite this bottle being two-ish years old there is still a lot of tropical hop punch left. I sniff some peaches, tangerine, and apricot among other juicy stone fruit. The light acidity suggests tart cherries, but the beer doesn't smell like a full-on "sour;" more tart and fruity. A light bready malt and earthy funk compliments things.

T-The taste is also lightly sour with a nice oaky dryness that plays well with the dry hopping. A little more barrel character comes through on the palate with suggestions of tannic red wine. Mostly though, there is a consistent, nicely layered dry hop flavor with moderate acidity, citrus, and stone fruit.

M-The body is bigger and heavier than average for the style. This bottle also still packed a good amount of chunky carbonation.

O-This is a nicely done dry hopped sour beer. Many examples of this style can really fall off after some time in the bottle, but this one is still drinking great. Complex flavors and a nice feel make this a winner in my book.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear yellow with effervescent carbonation. Looks like a sparkling wine.

Smells like apple juice, grapes, and lemon, grapefruit, and grassy.

Vinous flavor. Grapes and green apple. The hops add citrus flavors but it isn't bitter. Quite sour.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Zesty. Dry.

Very nice. The hops add a nice citrus aroma and it's a clean sour.

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 500ml into teku.

Golden sunshine with a 2 finger white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nice aromas of tart citrus, oranges and lemons. The flavor is citrusy tartness with hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and finishes dry. This was a terrific and complex AWA from WW.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-yellow without much head or lacing. Smell is muted but you definitely get the sour, vinegar smell as well as some citrus. Taste is definitely dominated by sour bugs, but the citrusy hops give it some balance and a hint of blueberry comes out from the Mosaic hops. Mouthfeel is soft and easy drinking. Overall, a solid wild ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy dusted orange color. Pretty head. Super sour, tart nose. There is also a thick hoppiness. Its behind the sour. The hopping didn't go to waste. The flavor is massive and delicious. The sourness is impressive. The hops and barrel are overwhelmed by the sourness. I'm in the mood for this flavor. Agressive! Medium bodied. Lasting flavor. Dries out my tongue, I lost a molar. Expensive but memorable.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is so incredibly easy to drink yet it still retains its tangy sour nature. Light lemon, citrus, pithy rinds, vinegar and earthy by earthy minerals make this a must to try.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

American Wild Ale aged in red wine barrels and dry hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops. Bottled on 2/13/15 and enjoyed on 3/28/15. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed tulip. The pour is very clear and golden in color. It sports two fingers of fluffy white head with low retention. The nose is fruity and tart with notes of fresh apples, white wine, green grapes, mild vinegar, and fresh lemons.

Medium-light body with a flat, yet firm, feel. Fairly sharp, sour flavor. Fruity and vinegary, not musty or funky. Mouth-watering, juicy, tart flavors of fresh lemons, sour apples, champagne, pineapples, mandarin oranges, and not-quite-ripe melons. Not hoppy, but some tropical fruit notes from the hops are still apparent. Predominantly citric-like acidity. Finishes with a slight lactic tartness on the back of the palate that lingers, but doesn't clash with the other flavors. Nothing objectionable here at all.

Really liking the level of tartness in Wicked Weed sours. Not "sour bombs", but certainly intense enough to appeal to fans of the style. This one is no exception. Solid American sour.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy blonde body, prickly brett funk with some grass on the aroma. Green apple biting acidity up front on the palate with a citric-acid-esque finish. Not sure if that's from the bacteria solely, or in conjunction with the hops.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a teku glass, bottled

A- pours a bright deep golden color with a small foamy white head that retains for awhile before settling to a ring around the glass, specs of lacing left behind

S- fruity and funky aroma with some woodsy notes, along with vinous aromas and hint of perfume. Fruity aromas of pineapple, cantaloup & lemon peel, along with some grassy and floral notes

T- tart and juicy tropical fruit bursts out with notes of mango, pineapple, melon, lemon peel & lime. Vinous and woodsy notes kick in mid-palate before finishing with some notes of strawberry, dry puckering finish

M- medium body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry, tart finish

O- nice fruity notes throughout with plenty of pucker power

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, amber-tinted copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, sparse, off-white head. Aromas of herbal spices and vegetation forward, with oregano, basil, and thistle, and some tart berry and grape fruit notes, subtle citrus notes, pine and resinous hops notes, and a toasted grain backbone. Flavors are very tart sour forward, with a spiced and herbal undertone immediately. Grape must, lemon, sour cherry, and grapefruit notes throughout, with an acidic and astringent overtone, followed by dry grass, oregano, pepper, and thistle, all on a toasted grain backbone. Very dry and crisp bodied, with a minimalistic floral and spiced aftertaste. Subtle citrus linger in there, too. The finish is effervesced from the carbonation, with an overall dry feel, and a tart and bitter linger. This is a great beer. It really works your taste buds out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly smooth and tantalizing bitter and sour interplay, the love affair that's exemplified in this wine barrel-aged, sour ale is a clean and palate stripping taste with essence of funky freshness.

The golden elixir is scantily cladded with a hazy veil as it builds a creamy and lathery froth. Above which releases its fruity and funky aura- equipped with juicy citrus, a curriously vinous tingle and a perfumy bouquet of tropical fruit. Underneath, the taste gently rolls onto the tongue with hints of sweetheart candy, fresh-baked bread and a modest fructose weave.

The ale simply blossoms across the middle palate. Its radiant tropical fruits waiver from pineapple, mango, papaya and melon and into the nearly teeth-churning sourness of lemon wedge, dried lime, sour grape and kiwi. Flavors develop quickly as the hop contribution forecast a bitter and resinous finish. But instead, sourness exhumes.

Caldering from below, the vinous tang of chardonnay and dry champagne carry a robust rosé taste that's remiss of strawberry and pomegranate. And once the dry and bubbly ale finishes, the palate is greeted with the lingering bitterness of citrus pith and earthen burlap.

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