Sonoma Pride Amasa | Russian River Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thedankness on 06-22-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,904
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
154
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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8
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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of frasergrove
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Bjlynch83
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Keananmichael5
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Biggiekrock627
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bouncepass
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beernoobie
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HippieDave56
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 SveNss0N
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kristinc
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Sonoma Pride Amasa from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 154 ratings