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Amorous | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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.

Added by wedge on 04-02-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
517
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
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67
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 517
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
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 smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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 GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Tone
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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 VelvetExtract
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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 KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 wedge
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 JMUbrewz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amorous is a wonderful example of a dry hopped sour. More tart than most of the other WW sours, with some nice lemony flavors. I don't think it's quite Le Terroir good, but it isn't too far off.

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Photo of spoony
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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 cultclassic89
4.44/5  rDev +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 ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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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