Sonoma Pride Amasa
Russian River Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,533
Ranked #27,293
3.78 | pDev: 11.11%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Sonoma Pride AmasaSonoma Pride Amasa
Notes: Amasa is an extra dry domesticated wild ale brewed and bottled to be enjoyed now, or aged. Ringing in at just 4.5% ABV, Amasa is not only sessionable, but it still retains a lot of flavor. The use of Brettanomyces yeast in the bottle conditioning process lends a rustic characteristic to the beer. If aged, many of the unique yeast qualities in the beer will become even more evident.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this the one and only time during March Madness 2015. Can't remember if James or Roy brought it. Could have been Matt.

Pours a yellow color, 3/5" white head. A non hoppy citrus aroma, lemon, orange, hay, barn.

Taste was kind of dry and chalky, or maybe that equally pertains to the mouth feel. Grains. Alternating feels of light rye like spice with a mild funk presence. Good carbonation kick to it. Low volume of tart/sour notes, went for the brett and its primarily that with some woodiness along the way. Large amounts of levity in comparison with the complexity of the flavors going on the entire time. Even a hint of white grape on the back end that goes well with the hay notes that last the entire time. Drinking this beer fresh and then reviewing it years later makes me wonder what it would have been like if we waited until this March Madness to drink it. Seems like its still an active beer, so maybe next time we can lay one down in the cellar and see what happens.

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Photo of Sammy
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yes well I had this somewhat more than 3 years after bottling, and the brett had its way with it to make it very funky in aroma and taste. Despite the claims, ageing is always somewhat of a gamble.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw, capped by a massive whipped egg white head; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Lemon, bread, hay and a hint of Bretty funk

Taste: Bready, with hay and lemon tones building; a hint of funk, through the middle and the finish brings a modest earthy bitterness and a peppery tone

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated

Overall: Bottled on 12/20/13 and slightly oxidized; the lesser of the two beers in this series but still holding up well, overall; a delight to drink in its overall simplicity

Thanks, pagesofphotographs, for the opportunity

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 510mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 7/14/15.

Appearance: silvery-golden hue with a dash of haze and plenty of effervescence. I poured pretty gently but still ended up with three fingers of frothy white foam; I think it's great!

Smell: a dash of funk, a dash of tart and a satisfying dose of grassy hops. Very nice indeed.

Taste: lightly sweet with a mild funkiness and a nice grainy character. The graininess really plays surprisingly well with the springtime hops and slight brightness of the funk. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a huge carbonation and big, satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this is one of the most delightfully drinkable wild ales I've ever had. It's a bit mild, so it might not appeal to everyone, but it's just got a great mix of tasty and quaffable, and I love it.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a from a 17.25 oz bottle

A - a clouded semi-translucent golden straw in color and a two finger very foamy head and some sticky legs/lacing

S - citrus hop, floral, touch of weed, citrus fruit and rind, cracker yeast with a touch of Belgian, the sour is much more on the nose and smells very clean.

T - huge hop and sour up front, nice citrus bitter (rind), Belgian style yeast, pine, dry Malts/grains, dry flowers, lots of soil and very fresh water

M - Medium body, nice complexity, nice balance, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation and a sour to dry to hoppy ride of an ale

D/O - if you want refreshment, this is where you'll find it. Fresh crisp water, clean dry malt, slightly punchy hops and a sour wild yeast that won't quit. Cool, hot, dry, rain, snow or shine this is the ale of the day, when looking for refreshment. Wow. Well done.

Final thought - at $7 a bottle this one is well worth a go. The less than 5% abv leaves a boy to be desired but awesome none-the-less

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of white head. Fizzy. Golden yellow.

Too much Brett here. Very funky. Some medicinal notes. Earthy and grassy. Belgian yeast flavors.

Bone dry with lots of carbonation.

Not my thing. Too much Brett.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle date 7/14/15, drank out of tulip. Straw and cloudy, great head and tons of carbonation. Smells of Brett, lemons and straw with subtle hops. Nice funk. More light citrus, mostly lemon in the flavor with a lingering sour yeast that does remind one of the cleaner parts of a ranch. Mouthfeel is a little tainted by large carbonation but overall very crisp and clean...feels lighter than water. A light and funky session ale that isn't losing brightness and is gaining flavor as the months go by.

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Photo of smanson56
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color into my Teku glass. The nose is sharp and crisp and hides the brett yeast fairly well. The taste is very crisp and clean not the real funk you get from some brett yeasts. They call it a wild blonde ale but not far IMO from a gose. Not the saltiness of a gose but certainly tart and crisp.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

510 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/14/2015. Moderate gusher upon opening, but not unmanageable. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, white pepper, light cracker/bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky brett, earthy hops, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, white pepper, light cracker/bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, hay, straw, grass, white pepper, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Extremely dry from carbonation and yeast spiciness after the finish. High carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is an awesome Brett wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brett-forward blonde -- cool idea in its own right -- rich with lingering phenols, some high floral notes. It's refreshing enough, but at 4-5 mos. old, that Brett character is already starting to get dominant, and I'm not sure I prefer it that way.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy straw golden with a cottony cap of foam.
There's a slight lemony aroma, with an underlying wet hay scent.
The flavor has a lemony Brett character with a subdued bitterness. It's light and slightly tangy.

(I forgot to write down the bottled date when I took my notes on this, but it had around a year and a half of age on it.)

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pour is transparent yellow with a good bit of tight white head. Nose has a strong bit of dusty brett, notes of paper, leather, and moderate pineapple aromas. Flavor is dusty, airy, brett forward. light hop flavor, soap and bitterness, with an assertive pineapple in the back end.

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Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours an almost translucent pale yellow color with an exceptional amount of carbonation.

The nose is funk, zesty, lemon, earthy, hay, pepper and yeast. The flavor is alot of citrus, lemon-juice, salt, brett yeast, barnyard funk. This is interesting, but is a bit chalky. It's good, but I also wonder who far my standards are skewed for Russian River and their Wild Ales.

Cool concept.

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Photo of techn0phobe
3.25/5  rDev -14%

This would be interesting as an alternative session beer, but take away the Russian River brand and it's not a remarkable brew sadly.

Crisp, interesting on the nose, lightly carbonated. Taste is slightly lemony / yeasty - not unpleasant but slightly sour (in a bad way).

Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Take care pouring.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Some funk, good deal of lemon, tad bit of grass, lots of white grapes.

T-Something is every so slightly off. The wheat of the blonde base comes through with lemon and grapes but the balance isn't where it should be, a flavor is not dialed in.

M-Lighter, some carbonation and crisp.

O-Not a bad beer, but it just isn't what you'd expect from RR.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into matching RR stemware. Bottled 12/20/13.

A: Pours a clear and bright BMC yellow with nice thick and heavy bright white head. The head took forever to slowly collapse into a thick rocky film. Patches of sticky lace were left down the glass. The huge bright head above the clear, clean yellow sits very pretty in the glass
S: Brett and juicy hops dominates with scents of straw, earth, must, tangerine, and a ton of peppery yeast spice. Crackery pale malt blonde ale base pokes through as well.
T: Straw and crackery blonde ale grains are overshadowed by spicy and earthy yeast and a touch of citrus hop. There is a hint of bubblegum, chalk, and mineral in the finish, and the aftertaste is earthy, spicy and slightly leafy.
M: Full, frothy, and fluffy carbonation fills my mouth with each sip. The carbonation is unavoidable and distracting. The body is on the lighter side of medium and finishes clean and crisp with a light bitterness.
O: A great dry and spicy blonde ale. I liked everything about this beer except some of the carbonation needed to be burned off. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i loved how light and delicate this was, a great buy for me here. the lighter side of wild ale, bretty, but really light and simple in the grain base, pale watery yellow in color, but holding a white head almost an inch tall for the entire length of the drink, comprised of a ton of big white bubbles in there. a grassy nose, really delicate malt on it, wheat and pils type, with a different side of brett coming out in this one. its a mild strain, but has eaten all of the sugar there was in this light beer, its extremely dry, with a distinct funkiness thats not tart or sour or anything, its just saison-like, a little fruity, and really well balanced. some may say its too light on body and feel, with its dryness and effervescence, but i think thats what makes it special. its an exercise in being careful, and attention to detail, and it shows the brewers' skill set as much as any of their more popular beers. i love the project, and think i probably like the other one in the series a little more, but i really admire this one, and which is was something i could get in 30 packs of cans, its an all day crusher, but because of its format and rarity i can never really get enough. frustrating, but also i am stoked to have gotten to try this beer. as good as anything they make in overall quality, but dont expect any crazy sourness here, its quite mild in the wild department.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extra dry blonde wild ale. 500ml bottle for $6.50 @ the brewpub. 4.60% ABV. Bottled 071415.

Head is 5cm of fluffy off-white foam. Lasts 6-8 minutes. Colour is a gold of average. No yeast is visible within. Not unique or special for a blonde wild ale, but appealing.

Aroma brings floral notes, wild yeast, mild (~4-5/10) sourness, wood barrel, clean brettanomyces funkiness, and grass. Blonde/pale malts. Amazing pungent hop aromatics - wow. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Wood, clean brettanomyces funk, crisp blonde malts, grass, bright floral hop notes. Balanced but not as sour or tart as would be ideal. Hints of cedar.

Depth of flavour could be improved. Not the most intricate sour out there, but refreshing, and it's amazing how well balanced the hops are.

Light-bodied, coating, soft, near perfectly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, and well hopped for a wild ale without suffering from imbalance.

B- (3.42) / WORTHY

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Paler than the Dauenhauer. Huge white head. It gushed a little too.

Smell - Herbal and earthy hops. Brett. Pale malt, very light though.

Taste - Grassy. Grainy pale malt. Brett isn't all that intense. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Bitter. Medium body.

Overall - Not quite as good as the Dauenhauer.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours insanely clear yellow with a tiny orange hue, leaves a large, super fluffy head, that goes rather quick but leaves about a half a finger constantly in the glass, excellent nucleation occurring as well, just by looking at it I can tell this is going to be tasty!

S: Lovely amount of funk, assuming this is an all Brett style Blonde ale, good amount of hay, some citrus, some pine, and an almost champagne like smell to it, this is very well balanced and blends really good

T: Champagne, brett, funk, some pine, straw, and a hint of citrus. All the flavors present complement each other very well, the champagne flavor is nice, it is not strong but it is nice for this beer. Great flavor profile, only thing I would have liked for this beer is a little sourness, a little lacto and pedio would have made this beer a lot better, that being said it is still really tasty though!

M: This category is perfect for every beer RR has ever made in my opinion, they nail it for every style every time. Light, crisp, refreshing, and dry, leaves you thirsty for more which is always a good thing with this brewery!

O: This is a lot better than I thought it would be, this is a great beer on a hot day, definitely pick this brew up next time you're at RR!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the first bottled batch.

The first pour is ridiculously clear, straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and really good lacing. The nose is fantastic. Bright citrus fruits with oranges, citrons, a little pine, white grapes and a hint of chalk, this is amazingly hoppy. The Brett adds mild spice and phenol notes that complement the hop bouquet. White pepper, clove, honey, cotton candy and fruit are all present. Excellent.

The palate has more Brett expressed than the nose, with clove and mild plastic phenols complementing the mild pineapple tropical notes. The mid palate has the hop flavors, though not as richly expressed as on the nose. Drying and crisp on the finish with a mild grainy astringency, this beer is light in body, highly carbonated and a treat on the palate. Very highly recommended, especially for fans of Orval and Taras Boulba.

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Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s a pale blonde beer with a large white frothy head. The liquid is moderately hazy. The bubbles are rocky and readily stick to the walls of my glass. Seems to have very good retentio n. Fresh pale grain aroma with medium fruitiness and a fair bit of brett. Apricots, white grapes. Some light citrus hop aroma. The brett is somewhat funky, more of a pleasant dusty farmhouse aroma, though. Moderate bitterness, dry, good fresh grain flavor. Light citrus hops. Starts with mild sweetness and finishes quite dry with brett funk. Light feel, relatively high carbonation. Nice beer.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/20/13. The brett has really developed on the nose, but the flavor is just a little.. thin. Tastes good up front, but there is no pleasant lingering flavor. Disappointing after the smell was so good. Mouthfeel is smooth and effervescent.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into appropriate Sonoma Pride stem.

Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with abundant brilliant white head that has great retention and fluffy, sticky lacing.

Aroma is pungent Brett showcasing pineapple fruit, freshly mowed lawn, banana, mineral water, and lime zest. Possibly a light hop presence adding depth to the potent Brett yeast play.

Taste exposes a lighter, sessionable ale with yeast esters dominating and malts being much a now show. But that's fine as it drinks dry and refreshing and has a thirst quenching quality that is summer appropriate. Some white pepper spice adjoins leafy herbs, citrus peel, and dry pineapple flesh.

Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation in the 75 percent range. Dry, super attenuated throughout.

This is easily crushable. Light at heart yet flavorful enough to appease to the masses. Can't say it's a groundbreaking Brett beer, but I can say it's finely brewed. It's refined and clean, something that few can attain when brewing a 4 percent abv brew.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Sonoma Pride stemmed tulip glass
Bottled on 12/20/13

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a striking, lightly hazy straw yellow with a billowy 3 fingers tall, pure white head. The head has decent retention and eventually reduces down to about a half finger, leaving some light lacing along the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
On the nose, this beer is bursting with bright, floral hop aromatics; mostly orange peel, light citrus and a fairly strong pine presence. There is a lightly musty yeast character that is equally as strong as the hops in the nose; light notes of pear and white pepper. Beneath the yeast and hops is a very gentle cracker like malt presence. Very refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.5)
Similar to the aroma, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're greeted by a bright, juicy hop profile; light floral notes of citrus, pine, bitter orange peel. Right alongside the hops, there is a very restrained musty yeast character that offers flavors of pear and white pepper with accompanying notes of faint banana. The beer finishes very dry with a light flourish of a biscuit-like malt backbone. Long lingering notes of bitter orange rind, pine, pear, white pepper and a lightly chewy maltiness.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The dry finish really makes this beer supremely refreshing.

Overall: (4.5)
One of the beers of Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing fame side project, "Sonoma Pride". Amasa, is a light, hoppy blonde ale that is finished with Brettanomyces. Amasa is very refreshing with a bold, old school California styled hop presence; Lots of pine and orange peel hop notes. The body is very light and really allows the hops to shine alongside an almost saison like yeast presence. Supremely refreshing. I can't wait to see what other beers the "Sonoma Pride" series has in store for us.

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Sonoma Pride Amasa from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 155 ratings