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Re Ale Extra - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CraigTravor, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ystazi, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Kirk, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

facundoCNB, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Lantern, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

brystmar, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -23.3%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

samEBC, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pixieskid, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerOps, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

pin, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djtomain, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jason1337, Apr 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

dansmcd, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poupae, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

virinow, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ortie, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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).

axeman9182, Dec 22, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

eulerthegrape, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

marine1975, Feb 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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

mulder1010, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of brew3crew
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

brew3crew, Aug 11, 2011
Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.