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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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Re Ale ExtraRe Ale Extra

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very good

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 11-13-2007

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Photo of stcules
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a light golden copper yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured loose and frothy and faded quickly to light bubbly coating with thicker edging... lightl carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy grapefruit, pear and apple fruitiness... very herbal, quite rubbery, floral honey, biscuit maltiness, light marzipan, sea salt, metallic notes, talcum powder traces, pine, grassy and earthy notes...

Taste... Good sweet biscuit malts followed by grapefruit and pear fruitiness, lots of bitter citrusy hops, grassy notes, caramel, definite floral honey, some faint pine, clove traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... A supremely drinkable brew at 6.2%...

Overall - An excellent IPA... recommended...

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:: Hazy goen color with a finger of white head. With a ton of lacing.

S: Little bit earthy. Kind of smells like home brew pale ale. Which I always like.

T: Kind of bland. It is a pale ale that had to be transported to America. A litle bit stale tasting.

m: Good carbonation. light body.

D: Good beer but the price will keep you away and on the shelves this beer will probably go bad.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a very clear honey yellow color originally.. looks like there was a bit of sediment on the bottom and once poured all rose to the top. a very interesting looking pour! tons of fluffy white head (great lacing!)

S - smells of bitterness and earthy are a bit up front. smells of a mellow spice, oregano maybe? hints of citrus

T - definitely NOT what i am used to! a very sweet IPA, tastes of tea leaves(?), herbs, sweet malt, toffee (?) .. this is a VERY interesting tasting beer - definitely not what i am used to for an american ipa, but i cannot complain - it's delicious

M - a bit tart for an IPA, but slightly creamy on the cheeks as well so it's fairly balanced out. flavors drive the palate a bit out of its element

O - a very nice beer, but i don't think my mouth can handle another one of these. it's a bit all over the place with flavors, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a bit too much for a session.

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Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with tons of thick, white head. Excellent retention and lace. Single IPAs aren't supposed to look this good!

S: Sweet malts & earthy hops. Shame it's not more forward.

T: A hearty backbone of malty sweetness balances out the strong hop flavors. Hints of pine inject themselves midway through. Ends with lingering bitterness, but some of the sweet malt managed to make its way in there too to smooth things out.

M/D: Body is bigger and creamier than any single IPA I've ever encountered. It's rare for me to enjoy a single IPA, but I can safely say that I like ReAle Extra.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought it at Eataly NYC. Pours to decent permanent head and hazy gold color. Aroma is more of an APA: clean sweet malt and citrus hops. Flavor is more of an APA. Balanced and clean. It has a mineral aftertaste that I like. The beer may be a bit old but it tastes good.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a straight orange, fairly clear. It only lightens up slightly when backlit. A slightly aggressive pour yields an absolutely towering bone colored head, filling half the glass. Retention is off the charts, almost ten minutes after my pour and I still have frothy foam cap of about two fingers in height. Nose isn't as pungent as I like in a nice IPA, but the citrusy hop notes are there. There's also a faint (but noticeable) lemon aroma present, not like anything I've ever smelled before in an IPA, but not bad nonetheless. Extra Re Ale's not as bone dry as some of my favorite West Coast IPAs, but the bready malt presence is very faint. A nice bitter hop bite serves as the arrival announcement for grapfruit and pineapple citrus notes. It's a decent beer, but like the nose could stand to have a bit more oomph to its flavors, and that leaves it trailing a few other IPAs that I've had. The body is nice and light (without being watery), but it's also a bit overcarbonated, which the light body does nothing to mask. Re Ale Extra is a solid beer, and I feel some of the problems might be from it's long trip from brewery to shelf (weaker hop flavor), but some might not (overly fizzy mouthfeel).

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Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear tangerine color with big fluffy white head loitering up top. Aroma of cooked grains, light citrus, light lemons, the sourness of both skins, some booze. Tastes of old oranges with a chewy rind, some cooked grains,mild horseblanket, light lemons, and a boozy twang. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Old fruit and booze and horseblanket don't mix well.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Pours a golden orange amber color. Moderate pour got a 3 finger head. OOPS, too fast a pour. Slow fading head to a collar that left a lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Head is a bright white but off white color. Looks best at half a finger but does not hold up too well. Back to collar.

S-- Clean, crisp, and clear. crisp citrus and grassy bitterness but slightly muted. Lots of bread in this.

T-- Grassy and citrus with a big sweet bread malt backbone. Might be a bit too sweet for the long haul. Crisp bitterness and nicely done.

M-- Medium carbonation and light feel. Crisp and clean. Can I say that some more?? Sweet bread finish that is dry.

O-- Saison meet IPA?? Seems like it. I suppose this beer really puts the difference between the US and European IPA's in perspective. it is a good beer but lacking things. Would get again due to how easy it is to drink

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bad apple chicago

A- hazy yellow almost orange with a white head that sticks around

S-nice blend of pine and citrus hops

T- follows the nose but more on the citrus side than the pine side

M-light bodied and smooth

O-great italian beer. First one I have ever actually liked. Good work!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend picked up a discounted case and share a bottle with me. The only date on the bottle is 01/2014 which is long time to let a hop centered beer sit on the shelf; I'm hoping that this is a beer from the future and not an old bottle.

A: A hazy light amber beer. I was warned about is one foaming over but no such problem here. The head is long lasting off-white foam.

S: moderate citrus hops with a citrus peel character,the hops aren't muted and aged but their not bright and fresh either. A light malt sweetness and a slight bit of alcohol sweetness as well.

T: The flavor is again more citrus peel than citrus. It's a but unusual but not bad having a moderately strong hops flavor and hops bitterness. The malt brings a light clean sweetness. The balance is moderately bitter. The finish is off dry with a citrus peel bitterness for an aftertaste. There was is a light bit is diacetyl.

M: A fairly creamy beer with medium-full body and moderately-strong level of carbonation. A moderately-light slickness coating the palate.

O: An interesting take on an American IPA not that the craft beer scene isn't littered with slightly off IPAs. The diacetyl gives the impression of English yeast while having American hops sort of confuses the English style from the American.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty cool looking 12.7 oz bottle for $9.45 from Beer Run in C-ville.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a big, fluffy head and average retention. Some OK lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and earthy hops, American varieties I think, probably some Cascade. There's a little spiciness in there, and a hint of oxidation.

Taste: Dry and bitter citrus hops. More spicy yeast in the flavor than I smelled and a slightly bready maltiness. Dry, crisp finish, and again a little oxidation.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty highly carbonated beer and feels creamy due to the bubbles. Resiny hops finish along with the dryness.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer I guess. Seems like it may be fermented with a Belgian yeast strain as it has some interesting yeasty flavors and a real dry finish. Not sure why its classified as a APA-- their website says its an IPA (its in Italian, thats the only thing I understood). That little oxidation detracts a little, maybe my bottle is old. Pretty tasty despite that, but not for $9.50.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Date: 8/20/14
Location: DeCicco's Armonk
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Amber in color with a pretty decent haze. As heady a beer as I have had in a while. White in color it clings almost limitlessly to the sides of the glass as it is imbibed.
Aroma: This beer is certainly on the sweeter side as flavors of caramel and even a slight honey come through. The hop presence is strong and slightly floral but frankly a little dull in aroma. A little alcohol can be found as well.
Taste: The taste is just as sweet as the aroma. More flavored caramel, the hop flavor is similar to the aroma and whatever bitterness that shows up in the finish is overpowered by the sweetness in the front.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Medium to medium high body. High carbonation. Some viscitude either from the alcohol or the hop acids.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first non-Macro Italian bier. I've always heard GREAT things. Saw this at Plaza Liquors in Tucson, figured I'd give it a whirl.

A: Pours a nice, soapy, resiny head. Head retention is great. Turbid and colored like a Trippel.

S: Bright, floral hops aroma with an almost Belgian yeastiness.

T: Flavor is sweet and floral with a slightly stinging tartness. Moves into a yeasty bitterness mixed with a BRIGHT hoppy character. Finish is a blast of floral hops that lingers with you, in the best way.

MF: Smooth, though maybe a bit thin. Not unpleasant by any means.

D: If it hadn't cost me almost $10, I'd knock these back again and again

This lived up to my expectations for Italian brews. Really nice. Glad to see their bier scene is expanding and they can bring the skill of wine-making into brewing.

Plus, I love the yeasty, Belgian feel of this. Reminds me of Ale Asylum's (Madison, WI) Bedlam, which was an IPA with Belgian yeast. Hops are there, but not in the crushing, overpowering way. They are there with INTENSE aroma and bring a bright, fresh taste to the brew.

Excellent, indeed!

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach colour with a healthy two-finger foam head that's a little creamy. Quite a decent retention, with a lingering blanket, and good retention.

S: Bread-like malts, tropical (pineapple) and citrus (grapefruit) fruits, floral and herbal notes, slight nutmeg aroma, honey, faint yeast & earthy spice aromas. Good and varied overall smell.

T: Malt presence with a real nice honey-oat bread taste. Bitter hops are there and serve to contain and balance the malt sweetness quite well. Tropical pineapple fruit comes through in the taste with a bit of citrus. An appealing earthy taste is quite present in this, especially towards the finish. I'm liking this.

M: Medium and slightly oily body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Very nice American IPA offering from Italy that would be a staple of mine if the price and availability were better.

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Photo of admiral
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully balanced IPA full of fruity goodness.

aroma: fruity/citrus aroma with oranges coming through most strongly

taste; fruity/floral with great balance. Nice orange and spice/peel coming through with some pine and a bready/malt backbone. Good bitterness and very drinkable!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, deep orange beer with a three finger high, white head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, citrus, pine, grass, sweet candy and mandarin.

Taste: Not as much as the nose promised! Lemon, grass, orange and grapefruit. A little bitterness. Almost no carbonation.

Medium body. I would like a little more bitterness but overall really good!

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an Irish pint glass. I can't locate a freshness date or anything like that on the bottle, so I'm hoping this is still fresh.

Look: pours with way too much head, so this is bottle conditioned and a little too much conditioning must have went on. After ten to minutes or so, enough is in the glass and enough head has dissipated for me to be able to actually drink it. The body is hazy, golden color. The head is thick, fluffy, and leaves layers of very stubborn lacing behind.

Smell: earthy hops with lemon and a good deal of fruitiness, but not too hoppy.

Taste: much fruitier than I would expect from an American IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple and some orange are the big hitters in this. Some hints of floral and earthy hops but that's all. There's a chalky, almost oxidization type taste in the finish, which bumps down this beer.

Feel: this is where this beer really falls flat (pun intended). Given the initial pour, I imagine that by the time I got to drink it, a lot of the carbonation was lost, since my experience was drinking a beer that was pretty much flat. Its a little sweet for an IPA and that off aftertaste doesn't help it either. Its reasonably easy drinking but given the flatness and the aftertaste mentioned above, this is one that I had to go slow on.

Overall: it was okay. I've had worse IPAs but I've certainly had better. It wasn't really hoppy enough for me and the issues concerning carbonation, too much head formation, and that strange off taste I found in the finish really hurt this beer for me. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing transparent gilt-edged copper topped with a thin scattering of head dust that left almost invisible strands of lace. The aromas are distinctly hop-centric: citrus peel, fresh blooming flowers, a touch of pine sap, and even some hints of earth. The hops lead things off with a bright citrus note that reminds me of old school West coast IPAs. Slowly, the additional hop elements come forth with the citrus and earth flavors remaining long through the finish. The malt is in the passenger seat and contributes a touch a bread crust and serves as a skeletal framework on which to hang the wonderful variety of hop flavors that keep on coming. A subtle honey-like sweetness emerges with warmth and also contributes a touch of spiciness. Dry, but not overly so, the medium bodied and soft carbonation make this an easy beer to consume. The menu listed this as a Belgian IPA, but I did not detect any typical Belgian traits. Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable beer to end the night. The 12 ounce glass was $9 at Rustico in Alexandria.

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.