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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 11-13-2007

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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by JRed:
Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear tangerine color with big fluffy white head loitering up top. Aroma of cooked grains, light citrus, light lemons, the sourness of both skins, some booze. Tastes of old oranges with a chewy rind, some cooked grains,mild horseblanket, light lemons, and a boozy twang. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Old fruit and booze and horseblanket don't mix well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Date: 8/20/14
Location: DeCicco's Armonk
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Amber in color with a pretty decent haze. As heady a beer as I have had in a while. White in color it clings almost limitlessly to the sides of the glass as it is imbibed.
Aroma: This beer is certainly on the sweeter side as flavors of caramel and even a slight honey come through. The hop presence is strong and slightly floral but frankly a little dull in aroma. A little alcohol can be found as well.
Taste: The taste is just as sweet as the aroma. More flavored caramel, the hop flavor is similar to the aroma and whatever bitterness that shows up in the finish is overpowered by the sweetness in the front.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Medium to medium high body. High carbonation. Some viscitude either from the alcohol or the hop acids.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While steadfast with class and enthusiastic with innovation, Del Borgo embraces new world technique and raw material with a vibrant new recipe all their own; American-style IPA.

Fitting to form, the beer pours with a rusty amber hue that hides behind the signature hoppy haze. Firmly headed, the beer releases an off white foam that confidently endures the session and trails with sheets of lace. Perhaps with slightly elevated haze than is typical, but the beer simply looks like an IPA.

And the aromas do little to suggest otherwise. Bright, zesty, and floral, the bouquet of hop aromas leap from the rim of the snifter with a citrusy punch of grapefruit, orange zest, pine needles, and herbal grasses. Backed by a firm malt foundation, aromas of caramel, biscotti, and bread dough support the hops with a hop-forward balance.

But the flavors balance out better than the aromas suggest. Caramel sweetness is met wit a round and juicy bread-biscuit fullness just before the hops set in. The mid palate introduces hop flavors of freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice, dried oranges and tangerine zest, with tea-like herbs, mulled grasses, and a vibrant pine taste that turns pleasantly resinous bitter to finish. Slightly estery, the taste of apricot, mango, and pineapple weave into the flavor of hops for added complexity and intrigue.

Medium bodied, the creamy carbonation and firm malt weight keeps the beer fuller longer into the taste. But a late turn to dryness is aided by resinous hop character, mild alcohol warmth, and fleeting malt sweetness. Snappy and zealous, the beer closes refreshing, crisp, and clean to close.

Though Italian-made, this IPA does all that the style prescribes. Although there's little that gives this version any trademark or uniqueness, it neither offends or disappoints. It's true to its roots through and through.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

An Italian-American IPA for an Italian American boy?

A-This brew pours a lightly hazy dark copper color. Head is a lopsided brigade of large bubbles skirted along a tuft of foam. Head leaves big, bubbly ghosts of lacing.

S-Quite interesting. Plentiful amounts of floral hops. Hops are also herbal and of dried grass with a tickle of candied citrus in the very back. I definitely get some honey, bread and caramel. Well balanced with a unique hop expression.

T-The flavor is more of the same but the hops really stress a long floral finish. Flower petals, dandelion stems and perfume. Spicy hops march the malt onto the palate. I also get a cool, over-steeped tea element as well. There is plenty of balance between the hop and the malt. They play together pleasantly.

M-Great feel. The carbonation sneaks up on me. The feel is creamy with relatively mild bitterness. The finish is bittersweet and it lingers for quite a while.

O/D-One of my first Italian crafts. Definitely my first Italian IPA. I enjoyed its complexity and eccentricity. It is a far cry from the aggressiveness of your textbook West Coast IPA; I find it to lie somewhere between an East Coast IPA and an English IPA. Pretty cool nonetheless. Price-tag hurt a bit, however.

Photo of ConnoisseurOhio
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first review on beer advocate.

First i would like to say I have enjoyed this beer from their regular bottle which ran around 19 dollars and from the bigger bottle that ran around 37 dollars. I enjoyed the smaller bottle more simply because the flavors seemed more concentrated, the mouth feel was much creamier and the nose seemed to be more floral.

The beer pours a perfect two finger head and resembles a solid reddish golden. Exactly like the picture on their website every pour.

The smell is robust and very appealing, cascade hops elevated on the top of a slight caramel and light apple or apricot being slowly heated on the stove. Very good.

I normally am not a huge fan of the taste of american IPA's. This opened up the world of IPA's for me. I can only describe it as fresh creamy floral activity exploding on my palate and cleansing everything that was before, finishing crisp and clean and slightly dry but not an uncomfortable dry. Amazing .. just perfect.

The mouthfeel i can only compare to that of a weihenstephaner. Except cleaner, crisper and creamier at the same time. It goes in your mouth and expands into creamy frothiness. So delicate but big. I would have to say this beer in the smaller bottle has the best mouthfeel i have ever encountered.

This is an experience worth having. I have tried many IPA's and for me this is the pinnacle of an IPA. It does not go overboard with the hops and every other aspect of the beer is spot on fantastic.

Photo of Wiggedout40
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me as a good Italian IPA by a local beer store while on vacation in Italy. It was a great find for me. I love IPA's and this is great one. It truly brings out the fruitiness of the cascade hops used to make it.

A: The beer pours with a thick white to beige head that settles slowly and leaves some lace on the class. The beer itself is golden to amber in color.

S: Upon first opening the bottle (which was room temp) I smelled apricots above all along with the piney notes characteristic of IPA's. The apricot aroma persisted even after being poured.

T: There are subtle hints of apricots, peaches and the bitters of the hops which mix well together. The bitters linger on the palate but are not harsh.

M: The beer is well carbonated giving a somewhate rough mouth feel in the front of the sip but finishes smooth.

Overall: I wish I could pick this up locally. I am a fan of IPA's and this is by far one of my favorites. I would definitely have this again (several times) if given the opportunity. Definitely worth a try if you get the chance.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big foamer, the beer itself is what I’d call a cloudy orange yellow. When the foam shrinks, there’s plenty of lacing. The nose has grassy hops, I said no pine elsewhere but I’m getting it now. Some sweet tropical fruitiness, malt is there as well adding some sweetish notes. Tropical fruit and pine dominate and so, it’ s not an overly bitter brew by any stretch of the imagination. To me, that is comforting. Balanced IPAs can be quite good. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation, nice mouth feel. This is very good. A bit expensive for a bottle; fancy assed bottle.

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half pour into a small tulip glass,a hazed almost peach-like color with a small but well defines white head atop.Loved the aromas,big and floral with fresh citrus zest,like the different hop profiles going on.Not as much going on flavor-wise though,citrusy hop with a mix of caramel and toasty malt.Its a nice change of pace from just citric and bitter hop driven pale ales,although the flavor could pack a little more oomph as you could say.

Photo of MadScientist
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend picked up a discounted case and share a bottle with me. The only date on the bottle is 01/2014 which is long time to let a hop centered beer sit on the shelf; I'm hoping that this is a beer from the future and not an old bottle.

A: A hazy light amber beer. I was warned about is one foaming over but no such problem here. The head is long lasting off-white foam.

S: moderate citrus hops with a citrus peel character,the hops aren't muted and aged but their not bright and fresh either. A light malt sweetness and a slight bit of alcohol sweetness as well.

T: The flavor is again more citrus peel than citrus. It's a but unusual but not bad having a moderately strong hops flavor and hops bitterness. The malt brings a light clean sweetness. The balance is moderately bitter. The finish is off dry with a citrus peel bitterness for an aftertaste. There was is a light bit is diacetyl.

M: A fairly creamy beer with medium-full body and moderately-strong level of carbonation. A moderately-light slickness coating the palate.

O: An interesting take on an American IPA not that the craft beer scene isn't littered with slightly off IPAs. The diacetyl gives the impression of English yeast while having American hops sort of confuses the English style from the American.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012 (I think). ABV is stated as 6.4%. Acquired from an Italian deli in York.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy coppery-amber with plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam with excellent retention; this lasts for quite a while before finally reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of citrus and leafy hops, underpinned by earthy yeast. Faint hints of spice/ginger in the background.

Tastes of sweet malt with an aromatic hop character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of biscuits, citrus and yeast, followed by an oily astringent bitterness. A hint of solvent/alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

A pretty good effort, though not as balanced as the regular ReAle. The aroma is nice, but the flavour has a vaguely unpleasant hop aroma/bitterness in the background that detracts from the overall impression. Perhaps a tad too much bittering hops? At any rate it has minor flaws, but it's still packed with character. Worth trying.

Photo of TianaH
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Amazing beer, if you like Pliny you will love this. Even cleaner after taste. YUM

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours orange with a chunky white head. Head faded to a small layer of bubbles on the top. Decent lacing.

S: A slight hop aroma, lots of melon and orange and a little bit of pear/apple. There is a somewhat strong biscuit malt aroma.

T: Very sweet, almost candy-like (reminded me of smarties). The fruit flavors come through nicely. There is also a grassy flavor as well.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The sweetness is a little tough to get over, but pretty good and very drinkable.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Belgian, malty and yeasty aroma and taste. Good mouthfeel,bolstered by caramel and toffee, its easy drinking.Golden body without that much head. Hmm, sugar, A bit sweeter than your average Belgium, there is still ample hops in here. Understated carbonation.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tall glass. Three fingers of head, big and frothy. A hazy, dark straw colored body.
Smells like lemon and pine, and a floral note. Which was a nice surprise.
A solid malty taste, toned down pine bitterness. Tasty.
Silky texture, moderate carbonation with a fizz.
This is a good beer. For an American IPA it does not have the characteristic bitterness, or maybe I'm used to higher IBU for IPAs. In any case, it's still enjoyable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold/amber with a massive head.
Nose shows grapefruit and pine, along with a load of spicy hops. Also a bit of faint malt.
Similar flavours, more spicy hops and grapefruit. Not very aggressive though. Underneath is some biscuit-like malt. Mild bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation.

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vav for the recommendation on this one.

I've noticed that many of these Italian craft imports are designed to look like wine bottles. Seems like extra effort for nothing, save for a higher price. Sleek, elegant, etc. Gold stamped neck label over the cap, but in a green bottle... why? Hoppy beers don't travel so well in green glass...

Pours a deep saturated orange, seemingly murky. Insane billowing foam that looks simultaneously like a churning washing machine full of soapy bubbles in the middle, and a wintery mountain range of irregular peaks on top. Retention is ok after the souffle head deflates. Sticky, iridescent lace coats the glass rim.

Aroma is overly floral and perfumy at first, reminiscent of potpourri. Later a dry pale malt with a wisp of citrus rind emerges. Seems like time has faded it somewhat.

Fruity citrus and pale malt come to the forefront in the flavor, hops are all citrusy grapefruit, and almost medicinal at times. Some dry chalky bitterness in the aftertaste. Feels like an IPA with ample bitterness, and light to medium body. Overall it's pretty good, but was probably better a few months ago.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with floral notes with strong Belgian malt with light sweetness. Taste is also a very nice mix between some earthy hops with dryness and floral notes with a solid malt backbone with nice flavour. Body is full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and easily drinkable.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at the Lincoln Restaurant in Lincoln Center Manhattan. It was a little bit pricey but very good and among a pretty nice selection of new Italian beers. This may be the first IPA that I've had from Italy.

Color was a light straw, somewhat cloudy with a good amount of active carbonation.

Aroma had a nice combination of malty sweetness with a lot of hop complexity. Citrus, pine, fruit.

Flavor was also very complex, interesting and great. A little fruitier than a typical IPA, like many of the new Italian beers, but very good.

Overall a very good beer that I hope to see again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/20/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, citrus, caramelized malts a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. Then a thin malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but in a style where there are so many very good alternatives it’s hard to justify the high price.

Photo of JustinQ
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10.49 + tax at my local bottle shop

Bottle reads 6.4 ABV

Serving type: Poured from 12.7 oz bottle to a pint glass

Appearence: Golden orange color. Cloudy, Unfiltered. Half of my pint was foam so im thinking high co2

Aroma: A little Hops, Some malt but mostly yeast aroma. Bready

Taste: Hop bitterness is definantly low but crisp. I would'nt think IPA without it being stated. Some maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, nice co2 bite

Overall: Great beer, just wish it was cheaper

Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a light golden copper yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured loose and frothy and faded quickly to light bubbly coating with thicker edging... lightl carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy grapefruit, pear and apple fruitiness... very herbal, quite rubbery, floral honey, biscuit maltiness, light marzipan, sea salt, metallic notes, talcum powder traces, pine, grassy and earthy notes...

Taste... Good sweet biscuit malts followed by grapefruit and pear fruitiness, lots of bitter citrusy hops, grassy notes, caramel, definite floral honey, some faint pine, clove traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... A supremely drinkable brew at 6.2%...

Overall - An excellent IPA... recommended...

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing transparent gilt-edged copper topped with a thin scattering of head dust that left almost invisible strands of lace. The aromas are distinctly hop-centric: citrus peel, fresh blooming flowers, a touch of pine sap, and even some hints of earth. The hops lead things off with a bright citrus note that reminds me of old school West coast IPAs. Slowly, the additional hop elements come forth with the citrus and earth flavors remaining long through the finish. The malt is in the passenger seat and contributes a touch a bread crust and serves as a skeletal framework on which to hang the wonderful variety of hop flavors that keep on coming. A subtle honey-like sweetness emerges with warmth and also contributes a touch of spiciness. Dry, but not overly so, the medium bodied and soft carbonation make this an easy beer to consume. The menu listed this as a Belgian IPA, but I did not detect any typical Belgian traits. Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable beer to end the night. The 12 ounce glass was $9 at Rustico in Alexandria.

Photo of Orval1109
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the U Pick 6 Tap House in Erie, Pa.
Appearance is deep golden, very good lacing.
Aroma is of balance of hops and malt.
Taste is of sweet malt and tangy hop flavor. Good hop flavors with mild bitterness and finish. Crisp, clean flavors.
Overall an execellent ipa not as intense as american ipas but very flavorful and quaffable. Tastes fresh and delicious. Pricey but worth seeking out to try at least once. Glad I got to try this one before it was gone.

Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Pours a golden orange amber color. Moderate pour got a 3 finger head. OOPS, too fast a pour. Slow fading head to a collar that left a lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Head is a bright white but off white color. Looks best at half a finger but does not hold up too well. Back to collar.

S-- Clean, crisp, and clear. crisp citrus and grassy bitterness but slightly muted. Lots of bread in this.

T-- Grassy and citrus with a big sweet bread malt backbone. Might be a bit too sweet for the long haul. Crisp bitterness and nicely done.

M-- Medium carbonation and light feel. Crisp and clean. Can I say that some more?? Sweet bread finish that is dry.

O-- Saison meet IPA?? Seems like it. I suppose this beer really puts the difference between the US and European IPA's in perspective. it is a good beer but lacking things. Would get again due to how easy it is to drink

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull brownish color with a nice white head. Doesn't look that great.

Aromas are of lemon, sweet, almost smells like cake to me.

Taste is light, with some creamy sweetness, and lots of citrus flavors, mostly hints of lemon. Finish is very crisp and dry, with a floral hop note.

Mouthfeel is not bad, well carbonated, but kind of thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty good ipa, certainly unique tasting too. It just isn't pretty to look at.

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.