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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
88
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
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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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Bitterbill, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

vfgccp, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of stcules
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.

stcules, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

tbeckett, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

LoveStout, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

clayrock81, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

outoffocus, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold/amber with a massive head.
Nose shows grapefruit and pine, along with a load of spicy hops. Also a bit of faint malt.
Similar flavours, more spicy hops and grapefruit. Not very aggressive though. Underneath is some biscuit-like malt. Mild bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale hazy sun yellow with an athletic, champagne-like head that stays plenty long and trails. Nose is lemon meringue pie - creamy, citrus and floury malts plus a musty Belgian tang. Lemon sherbet malts with underlying honeyed pear, a wheaty creaminess, some white pepper burn, and both rosemary and candied grapefruit hops. Finishes light and dry. Lingering tangerine bitterness. Tingly, creamy, medium, some clingy resin, juicy, no burn.

I thought I'd never find a hoppy hybrid I liked more than Brooklyner-Schneider. I was wrong. Presses so many buttons - IPA, Saison, wheat - I can't even get my head around it. Different with every sip. I can only imagine it with food.

I never gush like this (check my other reviews) but this beer totally deserves it. The best thing to happen to me today.

Luckily, very much not retired.

StJamesGate, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull brownish color with a nice white head. Doesn't look that great.

Aromas are of lemon, sweet, almost smells like cake to me.

Taste is light, with some creamy sweetness, and lots of citrus flavors, mostly hints of lemon. Finish is very crisp and dry, with a floral hop note.

Mouthfeel is not bad, well carbonated, but kind of thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty good ipa, certainly unique tasting too. It just isn't pretty to look at.

flexabull, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ADTaber, May 14, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ncstateplaya, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JohnK17, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

david18, Jul 26, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tall glass. Three fingers of head, big and frothy. A hazy, dark straw colored body.
Smells like lemon and pine, and a floral note. Which was a nice surprise.
A solid malty taste, toned down pine bitterness. Tasty.
Silky texture, moderate carbonation with a fizz.
This is a good beer. For an American IPA it does not have the characteristic bitterness, or maybe I'm used to higher IBU for IPAs. In any case, it's still enjoyable.

Fatehunter, Oct 21, 2012
Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.