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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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Re Ale ExtraRe Ale Extra

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: stcules on 11-13-2007

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Photo of jrallen34
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.


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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of robhunta
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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).

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Photo of Alexander_Haubert
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

When poured, it was a very dark shade of orange and pretty cloudy. Very foamy, and good lacing. Smells quite like pine, kind of floral as well. Nothing superb stood out about the taste, but there was definitely some pine in it. It was harder to notice at first but as time went on and the beer warmed up the flavor was definitely brought out. The one thing that I did not like about it was that it was so dry. If you like dry IPAs then this is definitely for you, but if not, I would look elsewhere.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a big, foamy, off-white head. Very good head retention. Quite pretty.

Lightly citrussy with some real spice notes. Light honeyed malt aroma. Quite good.

Rich malt that supports a moderate hop flavour. Slightly citrussy with big cohumulone.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A solid IPA but nothing amazing. Good flavour but there is really no X-factor.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of JustinQ
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, deep orange beer with a three finger high, white head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, citrus, pine, grass, sweet candy and mandarin.

Taste: Not as much as the nose promised! Lemon, grass, orange and grapefruit. A little bitterness. Almost no carbonation.

Medium body. I would like a little more bitterness but overall really good!

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Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

IPA with an Italian twist. Goes towards the Belgian IPA style but isn't really there. The beer has a high carbonation but the taste isn't quite "Belgian". Overall, a decent "hybrid" IPA.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange pour with a small creamy white head that turns into a bit of froth in a while.
Nice hoppy smell, leafy, with pine, grapefruit, a whiff of peach and tropical fruit, light malts, and a certain minerality.
Sweet taste, didn't see that from the smell, but the hops start their show early on, grassy bitter, with lots of grapefruit peel and a sweet herbal note. A touch of tropical fruit and some sweet orange, but pretty subtle. Biscuity malts. Some dried cereal to go along with the resiny hop dry finish, quite bitter.
Aftertaste has leafy bitterness and some malt, faint floral notes. Medium body, quite carbonated and not really the most easy-to-drink beer out there. A lingering hop spiciness, too.
Good IPA, tho it has a few faults. Easy to get past them, only because of the sheer quantity of the hops. A bit of complexity might've helped, too.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.