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 Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head atop a hazy deep orange body.

Smell - Kinda oaky. Definitely getting a fruity acidity. Citrus hops. Has some sweet maltiness, too.

Taste - Tartness is stronger. Lots of grapefruit hops. Makes the tartness taste grapefruity, too. Woody in the very back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation. Moderate to low sourness.

Overall - I have little to say about this. It is what it is.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jay and Amy for sharing this! 500ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is two fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. Retention is quite good, though the frothy texture isn’t the most attractive. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There’s a definite funky, brett-laden edge to this brew, and it only intensifies as it opens up. Before then, it smells like an aged, grapefruit-forward IPA (maybe that’s because it is an aged, grapefruit-forward IPA). The hoppiness also seems piny and floral at times. An interesting hybrid, and it kind of works. (3.5)

Taste: The brett qualities are incorporated quite well. It opens up with a one-two punch of mild tartness and earthy funk. After the halfway point, the hops appear somewhat vividly – in particular, I pick up notes of berry, pine, lemon, and apricot. Rather than being ridiculously complex, it focuses on integrating and refining two seemingly apocryphal qualities. And the end result works. The hops could taste a little fresher, but that’s just nitpicking. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Not bone dry (as I like from a brett-laden beer), but the feel is hardly obstructive or sugary sweet. The tannic bite is incredibly mild. It drinks more like an IPA than a stout, really. Carbonation is slightly low, also. (3.5)

Overall: Victory’s Wild Devil proved that IPAs and wild ales CAN work together – this is a bit more sour and a bit less IPA, but it works just as successfully. Even more, in fact. I’d gladly buy this one again…provided I find it on the shelf anytime in the next 60 years. (3.75)

3.68/5: Who knew two clashing styles could work so well together?

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep brunt orange gold. Head is creamy off-white. Decent head retention. Small creamy cap and collar for the duration. Decent lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Relatively clear with a very slight chill haze that drops out as it warms.

Smell: Wine and Mosaic hops. Bright juicy tropical fruits. Mango and peach jump to the front. Some deep earthy notes coupled with a soft floral edge. Wet oak. Damp and slightly musty. Woody. Slightly caramelized malts. A touch bready. Wet. Some citrus. Mildly acetic with some lactic elements. A touch of plastic on the back. Vague vinous notes. Some barnyardy brett with some old hay.

Taste: Wine barrel pushes harder than the nose. Slight punch of dark berry (blackberry and blueberry), with some dark cherry skin. Peach and mango round out the fruity element. Hints of lime zest with some vinous character. Oak adds a nice damp woody element. Slightly musty. Brett adds the barnyard kind of funk. Malts run with some general lightly bready sweetness and a touch of caramelized sugars. A push of lactic acid through the back. Hops are a nice compliment adding a touch of bitterness and some mild herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with minimal carbonation. Slick sip and smooth.

Overall: I'm not in love but there's some serious like going on.

Hitting an American Wild with a ton of hops is a gamble. This worked. Mosaic shines and isn't overused (which is generally not the case) and adds some much desired fruitiness to an otherwise ok wild.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm going to premise this review by clearly stating I'm a peasant who knows absolutely nothing about sours / farmhouse style brews. My hat is off to that last guy's review (I've read many to attempt to get an idea of what a sour should be). I've tried many, drain poured the first few thinking I had a bad batch. Holy crap though, I made my wife read that review to me in a sultry voice, it sounded like something from a dirty romance novel. Well done, we should do a bottle share sometime. I totally agree "it is a clean and palette stripping taste with essence of funky freshness." ... why am I getting turned on!!!?

In regards to this beer, I was impressed with the look and smell. It looked golden crisp and had a sharp tart smell ... then the flavor hit me. Definitely sour, have no idea what the red wine barrel did for the beer, maybe gave it a little extra vinegar in your face flavor? I made it through and feel a better man for finishing. I personally find myself associating activities and seasons with styles of beer I truly enjoy. I find myself asking, what season does the sour pair with? I find this beer interesting... but wouldn't naturally grab it after say mowing the lawn or cracking open on a cold winter night.

Definitely give this one a try though! Thanks beerdude88 for throwing this in with the trade, I really do enjoy trying new things.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Amorous is aged in red wine barrels for approximately 8-10 months and then dry-hopped with over 3.5 pounds per barrel. We love this beer both fresh off the dry hop and cellar aged." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 500ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a pastel white over a mildly hazy copper amber body with assertive carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Caramel bread malts with a modest sweetness, very clean with a potent and aromatic blend of tropical fruit hop aromas, gentle bitterness. Light acidity and sourness from the souring compounds. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor has a noticeable increase in souring qualities over hop character, with a moderate tanginess and lightly drying acidity. The dry hopping flavors contribute some dimension to the finish, but is far more subtle than in the aroma; still perceptible and enjoyable. Finishes tangy with a complimentary tropical fruit richness to it. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, moderately acidic, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy and acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An enjoyable soured ale, although I think this would fare better fresh, despite Wicked Weed's suggestion that it cellars well (Admittedly, it does). While there is considerable dry hopping flavor, notably tropical fruits that accentuate the finish, the balance is shifted significantly from these dry hopping characters and the sourness is the main focus of the beer's flavor. With a slightly less prominent souring profile, or a noticeably more prominent hop flavor profile, this beer would be outstanding. As it stands, it's pretty solid, but the limitations of the dry hopping leave something to be desired. 3.75

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Amorous: Massively Dry Hopped American Sour Ale

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Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy reddish peach color with a fleeting foamy head that dissolves to nothing. Smells a bit funky with a buttery barrel quality, a flash of distinctive dry hop character, passion fruit, emerging lemon funk, and some floral notes. Fruity, dry oak barrel and tropical fruit flavors...lemon, some grain after swallow. Dry, not too sour, some lingering astringency, but not much. Though there is definitely a big tropical fruit presence, this never struck me as being particularly hoppy; nor did it strike me as all that sour or Brett-y. This rides somewhere in the middle, a nice blend of flavors that doesn't do any one thing amazingly well, but results in a nice beer.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this bottle for a while, felt like the right time...

semi transparent sienna orange. nose is sweet tart funk on the funky side of the spectrum. taste is similar bit has a nice sweetness to the tart. really tasty beer, but subtle. more introductory sour. dry hopping shows a hint of being there with some OJ tartness in the background. kind of like a watered down version of a deGarde dry hopped sour. enjoyable and drinking nice at the moment.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before fading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a broken ring behind.

S- Aroma is comprised of mild Brett, lactic acid and soft, slightly citrusy hops. Never smelled anything like it before. Sweet, fruity. Light tinge of alcohol.

T- More fruit, a slight tartness...and not a whole lot else. All the elements seem to come together and, rather than giving a big burst of flavor, they just flatline. There are some notes of cherry, raspberry and lemon but it's all very toned down. The tartness overtakes whatever bitter hoppiness is there. Jammy, sweet.

M- Moderate pucker, a bit tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Not bad but, as far as hoppy sours go, NB Le Terroir is way better. Yes, that's the only other beer of its kind that I have to compare it to, but I feel like this could have been better executed (especially given the steep price tag). But hey, Wicked Weed is still young, learning and trying new things so go ahead and decide for yourself rather than take my word for it. Also, it's worth noting that this could be a very good gateway beer for people unfamiliar with sours due to its accessibility and drinkability.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml pry-off bottle to a teku. No bottling or freshness info, but this was released three weeks ago today. So, yes, it’s still pretty damn fresh.

Appearance (3.5): An aggressive pour yields two fingers of custard-colored foam, capping a burnished, coppery-gold body. The head dies down at a pretty average rate, leaving very little lacing and a light ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing is left when all is said and done. I guess, for a sour, this looks about average, but with an attractive body and a decent head.

Smell (3.75): This has a nice, moderate sour type of aroma, with some clean lactic and just a very light touch of acetic acid tones, along with some light peach, tart green apple, and some modest oaky notes (a little cream soda-like vanilla character and a lightly buttery aroma). Not getting a lot of dry hop character, but it may be contributing to the fruitiness.

Taste (4.0): The sour character of the beer comes out more and better-developed on the palate than in the nose, with a twangy, nicely lactic snap of sour apple, and a citric bitterness with tart lemon and lime. There’s a warmer, more subtle, slightly peachy-papaya kind of fruitiness (a little juicy, a little rich, not bitter at all) hanging out underneath, which becomes a little more clear as the beer warms. That could be the dry hopping, but it’s not “popping” in any way. Nicely, modestly tannic and minerally, like a pinot grigio. It finishes nice and easy, with a nice, light limeade flavor that dissipates into some of that mellow, fleshy citrus character mentioned above, vaguely papaya-like. Thankfully, very little (if any) wood character comes out in the flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Slightly on the light side of medium-weight in body, dry and slightly tannic with its tart (but not puckering) feel, and damned easy to drink. Like, extremely drinkable. The carbonation feels a lot like a good IPA, with a slight tingle evenly distributed before washing out with a nice, generous foaming action. Veeery easy to drink.

Overall (4.0): Essentially, this beer is a very nice, well-built, overall moderate in bombacity sour blonde ale with only a very modest funk and a modest, but nicely fruity dry hop character. “Barrel-aged sour dry hoppe IPA”? Not quite—the dry hopping is relatively modest and the IPA character doesn’t exactly pop. But, everything else going on is well-executed and definitely enjoyable. Glad to have tried.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff. Thanks Brent56 for hooking me up again. The sour elemenmt is prominent yet underscores and never overwhelmsthe citrusy taste. A sipper, very good with food.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium golden-yellow body, clear in character, one finger white head that fizzles out quickly. No film, no collar. No lacing.

S- Pineapple, lemon zest, leather and a bit of funk, slight sweet graininess.

F- Less of the pineapple, more of the lemon zest and leather. A moderate bit of lactic acid and vinegar, but not overwhelmingly sour. Perhaps 4/10 on the sour scale. Clean and crisp lemon.

M- Medium bodied, dry and easy to drink. Mild bitter grapefruit on the backend.

O- Solid wild ale with plenty of aromas and flavours. Not complicated, but it's tasty, tart and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is excellent wild ale, my first from wicked weed. it has a cool pinking orange glow not unlike its label, and it holds an inch of white head pretty well. the nose has some great acidity to it, citric and clean, mouthwatering. they call this one a sour ipa, but i don't think its the best example of that. the hops are really aromatic and tasty, fruity and high alpha, but they are really subtle, and definitely take a back seat to the wild aspect of this beer, the brett and the tartness. an interesting candy-like flavor arises in the middle of this beer, almost like a watermelon or strawberry candy, not super sweet, but that odd artificial fruit thing. hops don't give much bitterness as the finish is really bright acidity and a bit of oak. good brett complexion and an extremely flavorful beer not missing anything. as an ipa, i don't love it because its not robustly hopped enough, but as a unique wild ale it is a great success. i like the fruity middle and the puckery finish. delicious offering from wicked weed here, with excellent carbonation and light medium body, something i could really drink a lot of. thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this and several others last night.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber, clear, nice lace. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma. Lots of hops, particularly at the finish (more bittering, very little aromatic). Lightly sour, oaky, and a little funky.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale body with a slight haze. Bone white head that builds up high initially. Retention and lacing are good for a sour.

The dry hop comes across with orange, pineapple, and floral. Sourness is evident off the aroma.

Flavor is tart and fruity with blood orange and lemon. Hits upfront with the acidity giving way to fruits and ending with some pale malt. Flavor dies off fairly quickly.

Body is lighter side of medium and has some pretty active carbonation. Ends dry.

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Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2014

A: Light copper, crystal clear, less than 1/2 fingers width of bright white head dissipates down quickly and leaves only a small patch of lacing.

S: Super funky with a burnt plastic like character, a bit pungent, some floral and herbaceous hop notes, some tart citrusy notes. Big nose, and pretty complex.

T: Tart, some citrus note, floral, oaky, subtle bitterness, yeasty on the finish.

M/D: Very dry, like a wine, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, medium body.

O: Definitely worth a try and a well done beer, but nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yields little more than thin dusting of foam across the surface, snow white, any lacing is super-thin and snakes around the glass. The liquid is a clear coppery orange with a curiously large number of widely dispersed bubbles throughout, pretty in spite of the lack of head. Strong pungency to the nose, vinous in nature, the sourness clearly its calling card, evoking white grape, cherry, cranberry scents and lemon, there is a fresh (not dank) funkiness to it of manure, tilled earth, wet fallen leaves, and a lesser degree of tar and matchstick. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives it a big frothiness upon mouth entry and lifts it sufficiently off the palate so that the sourness does not become overbearing. Lemon and some lime citrus is extremely tart, here you get pineapple, kiwi and green apple alongside the cherry fruit flavors. Cleaner here with less merde and more hay, wheat germ, and fallen tree wood, loses a lot of the “sous bois” qualities of the nose. Some toasty and yeasty notes, particularly as it finishes. Texturally, the sourness numbs your tongue so that by the time you are close to finishing the bottle you feel like you are registering fewer nuances. Needs to be sipped slowly over time or served with food to keep it fresh on the palate.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 14.99. Bottled 10/23/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale, golden orange with a three quarter finger cap of white head. The full collar of froth that remains leaves several wide swaths of lacing.

Smells quite funky and slightly hoppy. Lots of wine and barrel funk up front with complementing citrus, faint pine and some vaguely floral notes

The hops are more faint in the taste than anticipated from the nose. Flavors of red wine, sour berries, citrus rind, barrel funk, apple skins, a little bit of faint pine and some vaguely floral notes. Any alcohol presence in the taste is fully masked by the wine, barrel funk and subtle hops.

Medium body with softly zesty carbonation. The aftertaste is a blend of sour citrus, earthy funk and wine barrel.

If you have enjoyed other wild ales from Wicked Weed then Amorous will not disappoint. It delivers less hop presence than I'd hoped for but is still delicious. These guys consistently produce high quality brews so I intend to continue trying them despite the well above average cost of admission.

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A big, huge thanks to Wilson for grabbing me some Wicked Weed. Good peoples! The body is tarnished copper bordering on russet with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. A touch of haze makes peering through the body difficult. The white head is wispy and takes a hard pour to form foam which quickly crackles down to a ring around the glass and a small island.

The nose is really unique. Spoonfuls of lactic pineapple funk lead the way with assertiveness There's also a good deal of buttery oak with faint vanilla. Tropical hop notes, papaya especially, are present along the middle and accentuate the gobs of pineapple. The oak becomes a little spicy with some warmth and a wealth of orchard fruit emerges, musty peach and mildly sweet green apple. Very interesting.

Background characteristics emerge much more in the flavor profile than in the nose. The lactic pineapple still comes across upfront but isn't the dominating force that the nose let me believe. Musty peach and green apple linger mid-palate through the finish along with wild flower brettiness. The orchard fruit really brightens on the finish along with a spicy oak character. Soft vanilla and buttery oak lay at the periphery. There is really a lot of depth to this beer. Each drink is something new.

Wicked Weed has done a great job dialing in the carbonation. The weight is squarely between light and medium while the carbonation is smooth but active. There's enough zing to awaken the tongue without being too fast to obliterate any lingering flavors. A touch of tannic dryness picks up on the finish. Nicely done.

There seems to be a lot of dry hopped brett pale ales out there these days. Amorous is a far cry from any I've come across. There's a plethora of fruity notes from the base yeast, Brett, or lacto. Each aspect adds another layer of depth while the oak still shines through in harmony. This is my first taste of Wicked Weed and I'm already craving more. Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft floral aroma, with acetic sourness.

Flavor is very lactic and acetic, fairly fruity and tart. The sourness definitely dominates, but the fruity and floral notes add complexity.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.4.14

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Brett, oranges, citrus hops, barrel, nice.

T - Very tart citrus, lemons, Brett, oaky, subtle hops.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice tartness and citrus, hops still hanging on.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml poured into a tulip glass. Born on 3/10/16.

A - Ruby red with orange highlights. One finger head that moves to a thin lace relatively quickly.

S - Sour, funk, lemon, hops/grapefruit.

T - Tart, apple/pear/lemon, undercurrent of berries. High on the sour factor.

M - Carbonation high, sharp, dry finish.

O - Get your taste buds in order for this one. I am extremely interested as to what this would be like as it mellows/ages.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- Semi cloudy deep orange, almost amber, one finger head

S- Lots of citrus, some tropical, malt is there, not too much in the way of funk.

T-Tart, nice citrus, very floral. Good balance.

M-Lighter, dry and rather crisp.

O-A good beer but nothing stood

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Photo of BigGold
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, stamped bottled on "6.26.15," and 7.00 ABV, into TEKU. Dry hopping might not make everything better, but why not try it and see?

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Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden with great clarity, a steady rise of bubbles and a minimal head.
S - Funk, green grapes and wildflowers.
T - Nice tartness balanced by a wide variety of flavors.
M - A fine but silky consistency.
O - Outstanding flavor and presentation.

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Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a semi-opaque hay/golden color with a frothy one finger eggshell colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Herbal/vegetable forward. Pine/grassy hops abound. A sweet malt is there along with citrus fruits.

T - Tart notes of white grape along with the herbal elements. Develops into a citrus orange flavor in the middle. Ends with sour cherry.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Easy drinker here with a dry finish.

O - Interesting combination with a sour IPA. It really comes together well.

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Amorous from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.16 out of 5 based on 539 ratings.
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