1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

Not Rated.
Re Ale ExtraRe Ale Extra

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
View: Beers (41) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of djtomain
djtomain

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-11-2012 01:44:22 | More by djtomain
Photo of BEERchitect
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
Photo of Beerenauslese
Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:47:04 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of Stockfan42
Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-11-2012 01:00:38 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of cpanossian
cpanossian

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:51:41 | More by cpanossian
Photo of marqoid
marqoid

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-04-2013 05:35:37 | More by marqoid
Photo of windyy
windyy


4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-14-2012 04:08:40 | More by windyy
Photo of demgoth
demgoth

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-12-2012 02:47:59 | More by demgoth
Photo of rprinz22
rprinz22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-22-2012 23:53:31 | More by rprinz22
Photo of N8DAGR8
N8DAGR8

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-09-2012 14:23:02 | More by N8DAGR8
Photo of asafarc2
asafarc2

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-20-2013 02:42:37 | More by asafarc2
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 23:20:02 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of samEBC
samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-16-2012 20:33:10 | More by samEBC
Photo of Poupae
Poupae

Thailand

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-12-2013 00:56:44 | More by Poupae
Photo of pixieskid
pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-08-2011 20:13:06 | More by pixieskid
Photo of GehenHerzog
GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2012 00:26:40 | More by GehenHerzog
Photo of ariceclemson
ariceclemson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-07-2014 21:25:21 | More by ariceclemson
Photo of da_beers
da_beers

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-26-2014 23:59:32 | More by da_beers
Photo of ADTaber
ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-13-2013 23:19:39 | More by ADTaber
Photo of BeerOps
BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-07-2014 01:25:10 | More by BeerOps
Photo of ortie
ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-20-2012 02:59:15 | More by ortie
Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of Knapp85
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
Photo of mdaschaf
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
Photo of Viggo
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
Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.