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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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88
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-14-2013 18:59:00 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:23:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 18:57:16 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-03-2012 08:49:09 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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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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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 23:20:02 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-11-2013 18:01:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 12:45:57 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 16:20:30 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-23-2014 15:49:53 | More by SocalKicks
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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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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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John_M

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a bright dark gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is probably the least impressive aspect to this beer, consisting of some light malt and perfumy hops. On the palate, however, this is a very fine beer. Max's lists this as a saison/IPA, and I think that description quite apt. It has many of the qualities of both, showing some dry honey, but with some serious underlying hoppiness. There is just enough malt to balance and prop up the impressive amount of hoppy bitterness. This beer is reminescent (very) of the houblon choffe, but is lighter, lower in alcohol, and with a saison flavor profile. Also, there is almost a wheaty flavor to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and it has a crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkability is excellent, with the 6.4% (according to the beer menu here) no more then an after thought.

Pretty impressive stuff. I'd certainly order this one again.

It just blows my mind when stuff like this, without any fanfare, just happens to show up on the draft menu.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 20:42:53 | More by John_M
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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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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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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-31-2014 22:32:19 | More by Latarnik
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-11-2014 07:50:57 | More by Kelp
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:26:08 | More by jrallen34
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2014 01:48:12 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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stcules

Italy

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra version of the regual Re Ale, with more hops, and with american hops.
A huge cream color head, a beautiful deep amber color, quite dark, with bronze edges.
The smell is very hoppy, very fresh. Very good. A mix of american and english hop, I think. Orange marmelade, grapefruit.
At the taste: spectacular. A triumph of hop, clean, very dry. A superb hopping.
The body is still quite light. Very drinkable.
Herbal, hoppy aftertaste.
Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 20:09:13 | More by stcules
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dgilks

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 07:35:31 | More by dgilks
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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.