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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 11-13-2007)
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Reviews by JRed:
Photo of JRed
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

JRed, Aug 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

KornWallace, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ConnoisseurOhio
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

ConnoisseurOhio, May 22, 2013
Photo of Wiggedout40
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Wiggedout40, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Bitterbill, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

MadScientist, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

virinow, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

dcbeers, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of TianaH
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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

TianaH, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  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.

mdaschaf, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ipc2000, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  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.

Sammy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Fatehunter, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Bieniek30
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Bieniek30, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of PhotoMattT
4/5  rDev +2.3%

PhotoMattT, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of pat_usher
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bonbini26, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

emerge077, Nov 19, 2010
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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
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