Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 178
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 jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,138 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 facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of JustinQ
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (394 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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (636 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 Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach colour with a healthy two-finger foam head that's a little creamy. Quite a decent retention, with a lingering blanket, and good retention.

S: Bread-like malts, tropical (pineapple) and citrus (grapefruit) fruits, floral and herbal notes, slight nutmeg aroma, honey, faint yeast & earthy spice aromas. Good and varied overall smell.

T: Malt presence with a real nice honey-oat bread taste. Bitter hops are there and serve to contain and balance the malt sweetness quite well. Tropical pineapple fruit comes through in the taste with a bit of citrus. An appealing earthy taste is quite present in this, especially towards the finish. I'm liking this.

M: Medium and slightly oily body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Very nice American IPA offering from Italy that would be a staple of mine if the price and availability were better. (868 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bad apple chicago

A- hazy yellow almost orange with a white head that sticks around

S-nice blend of pine and citrus hops

T- follows the nose but more on the citrus side than the pine side

M-light bodied and smooth

O-great italian beer. First one I have ever actually liked. Good work! (303 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of steffigal22
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Seeing as I am just starting to acquire a taste for the hoppier beers, there are not very many IPAs I can say I truly enjoyed. The fact that I can say that about this beer speaks for itself. It had a pleasantly hoppy aroma without making me weary. Its taste was delicious and it lacked the strong bitter finish which I dislike. Being in the style of an American IPA but actually from Italy was probably a contributing factor to my enjoyment because I didn't have to worry about it being too 'extreme', as IPAs from The States usually are. This beer is a great place to start for those such as myself who want to like IPAs but are still working on appreciating them to their fullest capacity. (691 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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! (1,557 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 vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Pass. (592 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 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 TheSSG
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first non-Macro Italian bier. I've always heard GREAT things. Saw this at Plaza Liquors in Tucson, figured I'd give it a whirl.

A: Pours a nice, soapy, resiny head. Head retention is great. Turbid and colored like a Trippel.

S: Bright, floral hops aroma with an almost Belgian yeastiness.

T: Flavor is sweet and floral with a slightly stinging tartness. Moves into a yeasty bitterness mixed with a BRIGHT hoppy character. Finish is a blast of floral hops that lingers with you, in the best way.

MF: Smooth, though maybe a bit thin. Not unpleasant by any means.

D: If it hadn't cost me almost $10, I'd knock these back again and again

This lived up to my expectations for Italian brews. Really nice. Glad to see their bier scene is expanding and they can bring the skill of wine-making into brewing.

Plus, I love the yeasty, Belgian feel of this. Reminds me of Ale Asylum's (Madison, WI) Bedlam, which was an IPA with Belgian yeast. Hops are there, but not in the crushing, overpowering way. They are there with INTENSE aroma and bring a bright, fresh taste to the brew.

Excellent, indeed! (1,109 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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). (1,258 characters)

Photo of robhunta
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  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. (1,145 characters)

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