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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

Re Ale ExtraRe Ale Extra

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BA SCORE
87
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:12:17 | More by Sammy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden orange color. It had a fluffy white head on top. The smell of citrusy fruits and bready yeast mix well on the nose here. The taste of the beer has a good crisp hoppiness to it which makes a really nice drinking experience. The mouthfeel has a little bite to it, but is still very drinkable. Overall I think this beer is really good. I feel that it's very expensive though and that would probably keep me from buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 16:59:07 | More by Knapp85
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:36:07 | More by mdaschaf
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy amber/light yellow, some orange highlights, thick white head forms, drops a shit ton of lace chunks on the glass, settles down to a medium sized ring, looks good.

Smell is great, tons of hops, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, caramel and toasty middle, orange peel, lemon zest, a lot of citrus character, very pungent and enjoyable.

Taste drops off a little bit, grapefruit, some floral and orange peel, malty middle, some caramel, biscuit, more grapefruit, not as big as the aroma but very balanced, nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a really nice pale ale/IPA, wicked nose on it, quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 16:40:01 | More by Viggo
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aerozeppl

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:: Hazy goen color with a finger of white head. With a ton of lacing.

S: Little bit earthy. Kind of smells like home brew pale ale. Which I always like.

T: Kind of bland. It is a pale ale that had to be transported to America. A litle bit stale tasting.

m: Good carbonation. light body.

D: Good beer but the price will keep you away and on the shelves this beer will probably go bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 23:10:47 | More by aerozeppl
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Perrumpo

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest. Golden in color, not clear, white head. This was listed as an IPA. You get a good smack of sweet honey up front, followed by the hops that aren't very strong. I don't like severe IPAs, so I didn't mind that it wasn't very strong, but the honey was a bit too sweet to compliment the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good. Easy to drink, hop-wise, but the sweetness of the honey makes it a little slower to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 16:58:34 | More by Perrumpo
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty cool looking 12.7 oz bottle for $9.45 from Beer Run in C-ville.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a big, fluffy head and average retention. Some OK lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and earthy hops, American varieties I think, probably some Cascade. There's a little spiciness in there, and a hint of oxidation.

Taste: Dry and bitter citrus hops. More spicy yeast in the flavor than I smelled and a slightly bready maltiness. Dry, crisp finish, and again a little oxidation.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty highly carbonated beer and feels creamy due to the bubbles. Resiny hops finish along with the dryness.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer I guess. Seems like it may be fermented with a Belgian yeast strain as it has some interesting yeasty flavors and a real dry finish. Not sure why its classified as a APA-- their website says its an IPA (its in Italian, thats the only thing I understood). That little oxidation detracts a little, maybe my bottle is old. Pretty tasty despite that, but not for $9.50.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:55:05 | More by rapidsequence
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albertjr21

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Eataly-NYC a few months ago and let it sit outside of the fridge for fifteen minutes before serving. Oooh, bottle cap pops off with a carbonation that sounds like that of a champagne. Poured into a snifter, this appears a semi clear dirty orange golden color with a hefty and dense suddsy head. Carbonation looks huge...Poured in the sediment at the bottom of the bottle toward the end of my glass for a cloudy look. Aroma is a moderate one with notes of blended citrus hops and pale malt. Opening carries a giant carbonated bitterness that I didn't see coming from the aroma. Bright hop and balancing malt harmony brings together a solid American IPA-esque body with a slightly sweet herbal tea note to the hops in the finish. This is a great "palate scrubbing" brew for the spicy cuisines...I'll be getting more of this to pair with spicy Mexican and Indian dishes...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 23:16:54 | More by albertjr21
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bad boy was on cask and wow what a smooth tasting beer.

A – Really nice burnt orange in color with some reddish hints too. Very small ring of bubbles around the glass which slowly disappeared into nothing.

S – Some malt sweetness a small bit of hops in there too.

T – Really nice malty sweetness with very little hoppiness.

M – So smooth with no carbonation bite at all. Light to medium bodied.

O – Overall this was really nice and smooth…not the normal hop bite you would expect but really good.

Serving type: cask

01-30-2012 01:09:42 | More by cps98
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 18:09:09 | More by oberon
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Greg_MacLeod

Thailand

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in an IPA sampler pack from Wishbeer in Bangkok.

A cloudy amber appearance with thick head that lasts a long while and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Sweet bready smell with a decent amount of citrus and earthy hops.

Taste is strong. A solid grain / malt / bread base plus a hint of grapefruit and a crisp strong hops finish.

Medium body with a good CO2 bite.

Overall a good IPA. Well balanced flavor, but not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 12:39:18 | More by Greg_MacLeod
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 19:58:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:51:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a very clear honey yellow color originally.. looks like there was a bit of sediment on the bottom and once poured all rose to the top. a very interesting looking pour! tons of fluffy white head (great lacing!)

S - smells of bitterness and earthy are a bit up front. smells of a mellow spice, oregano maybe? hints of citrus

T - definitely NOT what i am used to! a very sweet IPA, tastes of tea leaves(?), herbs, sweet malt, toffee (?) .. this is a VERY interesting tasting beer - definitely not what i am used to for an american ipa, but i cannot complain - it's delicious

M - a bit tart for an IPA, but slightly creamy on the cheeks as well so it's fairly balanced out. flavors drive the palate a bit out of its element

O - a very nice beer, but i don't think my mouth can handle another one of these. it's a bit all over the place with flavors, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a bit too much for a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 14:17:20 | More by facundoCNB
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:44:00 | More by jazzyjeff13
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flexabull

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:24:43 | More by flexabull
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vfgccp

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque apple cider. Nice white head with a nice lace.

S - Citrus, orange zest. Floral. Lightly earthy.

T - A nice sampling of hop flavors: pine, cilantro, orange, grapefruit. They're fairly well balanced, with no one flavor jumping out and stealing the show. Mildly toasted malt character is soft and plays a nice supporting role to the hop character.

M - Medium-light body. The flavors play out in an even tone throughout the profile with no major peaks or valleys. Lightly dry finish. Nice carbonation.

O - A nice beer with an intriguing hop character.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:50:48 | More by vfgccp
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a delectable golden body with two finger head that left lace down glass. An earthy, floral aroma with touch of grain and some sweet malts. Somewhat sharper, spicier hops than used to - good crispness to beer - although these leafy hop bitterness undercuts some of balance with sweetness. Medium bodied and filling, the hops give off citric notes and there's minor caramel sweetness. A little different from most IPAs with a more pronounced bitter and dryness eminating from the hops. Not a complaint but just an observation; I've had beers from this brewery before and they always are good and memorable and this is no different.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 16:30:07 | More by clayrock81
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured ultra hazy copper with a two finger fluffy beige head. Decent lace and a half finger retention.

S - Juicy tropical fruits. Sweet fruits and a nice hop punch. Quite lovely to explore.

T - Juicy tropical fruits. Piney with grapefruit and seemingly less juicy and tropical.

M - Good carbonation with a light to medium body and a decent bitterness.

O/D - A nice IPA. Enough tropical fruit flavour but a bit rougher than the aroma leads you to believe. Good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 14:10:16 | More by tbeckett
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Halcyondays

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a medium white head leaving very solid lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus heavy, hop oil like, direct if not especially pungent.

T: Good flavours of melon, grapefruit, tangerine and pine oil. Hop forward with a light toasty malt backing.

M: Light-bodied, just thins out towards the back end and gets a bit carbonic. Pretty smooth, medium aftertaste.

O: Certainly a well made IPA, just again with the Italian stuff, the price makes the QPR terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:20:44 | More by Halcyondays
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JustinQ

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:16:49 | More by JustinQ
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:36:44 | More by emerge077
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 08:41:04 | More by CrazyDavros
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml geueze-style bottle, purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a hazy, slightly dusty golden colour, with a large-bubbled head of white, that poked its way above the lip of the bottle before it was poured. It actually subsides pretty quickly thereafter, however, leaving the beer looking surprisingly flat. Lacing is decent enough.

Nose is flat leafy hoppiness, with a touch of organic, rustic nuttiness, and a touch of rubber. There's an odd mix of the natural and the inorganic to it, with a tart touch of copper or tin, and a herbal, crushed leaf aroma. It's quite interesting, but a little unusual.

Taste is musty and a little flat, with some nutty characters on the back giving a basis to the palate. Hops (what there are) are compressed as a leafy, herbal bitterness on the back, which is rather flat and not particularly piquant. Malt goes through the motions. It provides a basis, but doesn't go much beyond that.

Overall? Eh. It's not unpleasant, and it doesn't deviate from the norm in any substantial way. I mean, it's drinkable enough. Apart from the hint of funk on the nose, it's just dull—we've seen this many times before.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 04:17:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a straight orange, fairly clear. It only lightens up slightly when backlit. A slightly aggressive pour yields an absolutely towering bone colored head, filling half the glass. Retention is off the charts, almost ten minutes after my pour and I still have frothy foam cap of about two fingers in height. Nose isn't as pungent as I like in a nice IPA, but the citrusy hop notes are there. There's also a faint (but noticeable) lemon aroma present, not like anything I've ever smelled before in an IPA, but not bad nonetheless. Extra Re Ale's not as bone dry as some of my favorite West Coast IPAs, but the bready malt presence is very faint. A nice bitter hop bite serves as the arrival announcement for grapfruit and pineapple citrus notes. It's a decent beer, but like the nose could stand to have a bit more oomph to its flavors, and that leaves it trailing a few other IPAs that I've had. The body is nice and light (without being watery), but it's also a bit overcarbonated, which the light body does nothing to mask. Re Ale Extra is a solid beer, and I feel some of the problems might be from it's long trip from brewery to shelf (weaker hop flavor), but some might not (overly fizzy mouthfeel).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:15:26 | More by axeman9182
Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
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