Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary | Russian River Brewing Company

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th AnniversaryDeviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.83%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared by tlay10, poured into a tulip. This bottle’s four years old at this point. For the curious, it’s a blend of ph1 Beatification, orphan ale, Sonambic and Sanctification that’s bottle conditioned with additional brett.

Burnt orange. Just a bit of cloudiness shades the fingers behind the glass. A half-finger of foamy, sticky head somewhere around off-white leaves spots of lace.

Nice, rounded aroma. Leads with big burnt sugar, followed by a sweet caramel and honey blend with touches of red and green apple as well as pear. Fairly floral. Just a touch of hay, very light hints of vinegar. It just doesn’t get better than this.

In the flavor, subtle caramel quickly gives way to lemon juice and white vinegar. Honey, green apple and the floral hits are next. Just enough burnt sugar sweetness to back up the impressive tart character. Hay and funk come back after the swallow and linger long into the finish. Touch of toffee at the swallow.

The tartness is causing me a bit of heartburn. Soft, massaging carbonation with a very gentle bit of fizz. Watery medium-light body with major, aggressive tartness.

Deviation tastes a lot like ph1 with some malt backbone. It’s the kind of beer you set down after each sip and say, “That’s really, really, really good.”

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4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one showed up as an incredibly welcome surprise at the CdC release, and thanks innumerable are due to the hugely generous gentlemen who was sharing it. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear orange-amber body, almost no head. Acceptable, but nothing special yet.

S: Pure, heady sourness. Grapes, lemons, Sour Patch Kids, and a bit of grassy funk. It's a fairly standard array of aromas, but they're all terrific.

T: Sour, fruity bliss. Sour skittles, lemon/lime citrus, grapefruit juice, white grape, and grassiness. Awesome.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Nice.

O: I rarely mark this category higher than any of the others, but in this case I just have to make an exception. Even though this beer fell just short of being my favorite AWA ever (that honor goes to Isabelle Proximus, which I remember tasting quite similar, just juicier and fruitier), it was still a fantastic experience and one that I've been dreaming of for a long time.


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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
4.59 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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