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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

alalvarez75, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djtomain, Feb 11, 2012
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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.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2012
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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.

Beerenauslese, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.