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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (859 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 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 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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  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. (391 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 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 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 tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.16/5  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. (458 characters)

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