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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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88
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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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 VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of cps98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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... (899 characters)

Photo of Perrumpo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,856 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Bir & Fud, Rome, May 2011. BB is 4/2013.

This is described on the Del Borgo website as a refined version of the regular Re Ale.

Capped bottle opened with a resounding champagne pop, but no gushing. The body is clear gold. Much lighter than regular Re Ale. Very foamy in pouring, had to pour slowly. No problem with carbonation in this one. Leaves some lacing on the glass and has good retention.

Smells of light malt, tangerine, green hops, and a little butter.

Tastes a bit bitter, with grapefruit/tangerine skin, followed by green hops, and a long dry finish. I am liking this much better than the heavily malted Re Ale regular; the malt in this is bready. The hops are strong but in a subtle way, kind of like Hommelbier. There is no pungent or astringent aspect to this beer, just a nice clean expression of the hops.

Body is light and the carbonation is ample and round, giving this a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable IPA. The malt bill of the regular Re Ale is medium dark; this beer is much lighter in color and the malt taste is lighter, giving the hops a clearer and cleaner expression. The website says that the same hops are used as the regular Re Ale, but that this is a late-hopped version. I think this is a pretty good IPA that has a refined, noble hop character. (1,337 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/apricot. I got a 1-2 finger foamy head in my tulip glass. Nice fresh light citrus and yeasty aroma. Nice tart slightly sour bite on the tongue. It's lingering bitter tartness which makes it a good companion to a nice pasta or chicken dish. (259 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bar on Buena. Served in a pint glass. Listed at 6.4%.

A - Served with a finger of creamy white foam that has good retention and leaves splotchy lace behind. Transparent golden body.

S - Big tropical fruits, leafy herbs, tangerines, and a sugar and caramel malt backdrop.

T - Tangy citrus and ripe grapefruit dominate, along with some lemons and medium bitterness. Malt character is more understated, with some sugar, cracker, yeast, and light toffee malt as it warms up.

M - Medium-light body, refreshing although perhaps a bit watery, moderate carbonation, and a dry crisp finish.

D - This is one of the most convincing European "American" IPAs I've had. It's not mind-blowing, but it's quite enjoyable and something I'd order again if it were competitively priced with my local offerings (and fresh, unlike the bottles). (837 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is everything i love about the italians. the yeast is so awesome, this is one of the driest pale ale types i have ever had, it just closes the curtain instantly in the finishes. it almost finishes before the finish, beyond snappy, just done, so cool, especially in a hoppy beer. weird to call it an american ipa though, it definitely isnt that. its more of a pale ale, balanced well, even though it is hops first, and equilibrium is definitely found. just short of amber in color, light maple in looks, hazy golden reflections, and a lively bone white head. it smells and tastes a lot alike, grassy euro type hops, maybe even noble varietals, and a grain base that likely includes some wheat, and a touch of a medium weight crystal malt. there is a real bigness to this, even though its effervescent in carbonation and so dry. its creamy almost explosive on the palate, just feels bigger than it is. i also love the yeast, which is where its really at with the italian beers. its pushing belgian, but definitely more mellow on the fruitiness, and not quite as intrusive to the flavor profile. just amazing beer, extremely sessionable. borgo has started to pull away form the rest of the italian producers for me. they are so creative and unique, and have had less misses. price points are brutal, but you get what you pay for with this one! (1,345 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with tons of thick, white head. Excellent retention and lace. Single IPAs aren't supposed to look this good!

S: Sweet malts & earthy hops. Shame it's not more forward.

T: A hearty backbone of malty sweetness balances out the strong hop flavors. Hints of pine inject themselves midway through. Ends with lingering bitterness, but some of the sweet malt managed to make its way in there too to smooth things out.

M/D: Body is bigger and creamier than any single IPA I've ever encountered. It's rare for me to enjoy a single IPA, but I can safely say that I like ReAle Extra. (585 characters)

Photo of BamaViper1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice color in the glass, slightly cloudy. It has lots of citrus notes, evergreen pine, and earth notes in the smell. Crisp hop flavor, citrus and fresh cut grass, immediately hit on the nose. Malty finish. It would make a great summer beer, if not for its expense. I might rather it have a bit more body, but Overall, I enjoyed this beer. (354 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of capra12
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo served into a NYC craft beer week pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy orange and tan, with a bubbly 1 1/2 finger head.

Smell: Floral hops and malts

Taste: Opens with briefly spicy malt open as a floral/flowery profile takes over in the middle. As the finish approaches a hop bitter profile joins the floral/flowery profile leaving a mild bitter/ floral and malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and clean and yet not so clean

Drinkability: I would have this again because of a well balanced malt and hop profile. I recommend this to those who seek/enjoy a unique malt and hop profile with a clean/ lingering finish. (663 characters)

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.