Sonoma Pride Dauenhauer

Sonoma Pride Dauenhauer

Rated 3.300 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Russian River Brewing

Santa Rosa, CA, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

6% Alcohol by Volume

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We named Dauenhauer after Florian Dauenhauer, one of the most significant people to ever cross paths with the hop growing industry. Florian lived in Sonoma County for most of his life, and it was at his downtown Santa Rosa shop in 1940 that his greatness was realized. That year, a near hop pickers strike at Florian and his brother Joe’s hopyard prompted Florian to build what became known in the hop industry as simply the Dauenhauer, the first ever hop harvester. Short on funds, the resourceful inventor built the prototype on the frame of a Buick car chassis. The following harvest they picked all of their hops (and their neighbors) with Florian’s new machine. From that point on, the hop industry was changed forever. Florian Dauenhauer is to the hop industry what Ely Whitney was to the cotton trade. All this, right here in Sonoma County. To this day, most of the hop harvesters in the Northwest still have the Dauenhauer Manufacturing Company name plate. Brewed and bottled to a moderate strength of 6% ABV, Dauenhauer is a copper colored well hopped domesticated wild ale (but not an IPA). Compared to its more delicate sister beer Amasa, Dauenhauer is darker and exhibits more hop character in both the aroma and flavor. It can be consumed now, or aged. 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.

ID: 57386 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank10637
Overall Percentile79.9
Style Rank204 of 1263
Style Percentile83.8
Lowest Score4.2
Highest Score4.2
Average Score4.200
Weighted Score3.300
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Sampled on 6/28/2014. This wild sour ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. (bottled on 10/13/13). Medium sized white foamy head with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, a touch of grapefruity hops. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice carbonation. Crisp and dry, but there is more of a “IPA” character to this beer than Amasa. Still quite dry and slightly tart. Much more malt character at the start, with some hop bitterness and some dryness at the finish. Interesting beer , think I like this one better than the Amasa. It’s a little sweeter, hoppier and less dry. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and tart. It will be interesting to see how these change character with some additional bottle aging.

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