Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo
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2.78/5 rDev -28.9%
12.7oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... The body is a dark copper with a hint of orange. A huge tope head rises about eight fingers, great retention and, unreal spider lacing. A huge creamy top head. Body drags this done but the lacing and head so great, has to be a 5.. Typical aroma from a Euro trying to make an ipa, just doesn't work for me at all. Yeast, stale hops, a little grass, so boring with a Duvel quality... The taste is equally as bad, bitter toffee, light stale hops, way too much yeast, sour finish. This is a combo saison and belgian ipa, just doesn't work.
02-17-2011 00:26:08 | More by jrallen34
2.98/5 rDev -23.8%
Bottle poured into an Irish pint glass. I can't locate a freshness date or anything like that on the bottle, so I'm hoping this is still fresh.
Look: pours with way too much head, so this is bottle conditioned and a little too much conditioning must have went on. After ten to minutes or so, enough is in the glass and enough head has dissipated for me to be able to actually drink it. The body is hazy, golden color. The head is thick, fluffy, and leaves layers of very stubborn lacing behind.
Smell: earthy hops with lemon and a good deal of fruitiness, but not too hoppy.
Taste: much fruitier than I would expect from an American IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple and some orange are the big hitters in this. Some hints of floral and earthy hops but that's all. There's a chalky, almost oxidization type taste in the finish, which bumps down this beer.
Feel: this is where this beer really falls flat (pun intended). Given the initial pour, I imagine that by the time I got to drink it, a lot of the carbonation was lost, since my experience was drinking a beer that was pretty much flat. Its a little sweet for an IPA and that off aftertaste doesn't help it either. Its reasonably easy drinking but given the flatness and the aftertaste mentioned above, this is one that I had to go slow on.
Overall: it was okay. I've had worse IPAs but I've certainly had better. It wasn't really hoppy enough for me and the issues concerning carbonation, too much head formation, and that strange off taste I found in the finish really hurt this beer for me. Cheers!
04-26-2011 13:04:45 | More by SkunkWorks
3.05/5 rDev -22%
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
04-30-2012 11:24:02 | More by mulder1010
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
No too impressed with this beer. Beer is amber and clear with a thin head of white small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is grassy, and sweet.
Beer is medium to light in body, solventy and sweet with a grassy hop presence. It is not a great IPA, and not a repeat for me. Just not impressed with this brewery in general. This was basically their last chance with me. They failed.
02-15-2012 16:20:30 | More by drabmuh
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
08-09-2013 23:45:34 | More by JRed
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
A - Pours with lots of head (actually, ive come back to edit this because I've realized as I drink it that its overcarbonated, it had to open the cap very slowly as I heard it hissing loudly, and pour very slow as well so there wasnt too much foam), very light in color, almost like a light amber ale.
S - citrousy, bitter hops, not much else to smell
T - Good hop flavor, I found i to be a a little light on bitterness *edit* bitterness is good.
M - Good smooth mouthfeel, very much like a light beer, but as I drink it im realizing that it is overcarbonated and is hard to swallow with all of the CO2 its producing
D - drinkable, but not necessarily the most flavor or best example of an American IPA, also lots of burping due to overcarbonation.
12-12-2010 00:51:46 | More by robhunta
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
03-03-2013 00:01:29 | More by MadScientist
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
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).
12-22-2010 04:15:26 | More by axeman9182
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
06-22-2012 04:17:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
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