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Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Crosling on 06-09-2008)
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Today's review is Re Ale from the fine chaps at Birra Del Borgo: Italian brewers that make damn good Belgian ales. Re Ale is their take on the American Pale Ale, and if that doesn't get you excited or if you are wondering "Doc what is a Birra Del Borgo?" then get your hands on a bottle of their exceptional Duchessa.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy and amber bodied with a creamy cream-coloured head full of creamy goodness, and cream [disclaimer: this beer does not contain dairy products].

S: Floral hops intermingle with sweet sweet honey, bread yeast, and more hops - earthy/citrus hops to be precise. If my nose was sentient and had the ability to be entertained by aromas it would find this one damn entertaining fragrance; Game of Thrones entertaining.

T: Holy shit! (or Santa merda! in Italian) This Re Ale doesn't just taste great, it Re-defines the APA style. Primary notes of honey, cardamom, pepper and a chunky bread yeast middle is underpinned by bold citrus hop characters; on the grapefruit spectrum of citrus. It finishes much lighter in bitterness than an American APA, which is like saying "I need to go use the ATM machine" [think about it people], however this is not necessarily a bad thing. This is one tasty brew.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy Weizenesque (wow I've managed to combine a German and French word together - call Oxford English Dictionary) carbonation. I could swear this brew has wheat in it but the label doesn't mention it at all.

D: You would have to be a petty and vindictive black-hearted beer snob to mark this down for not adhering to the style it represents - this is an ale that self-proclaims a different take on a tried and (sadly) tired style: American Pale Ales. I love APAs, with a capital "L"... wait; I Love APAs but let's face the facts - there are more atypical APAs out there than I have brain cells [I would probably want to refute that statement if I actually did some research] - APAs have been done already. Birra Del Borgo - those guys I would bear hug if I ever met - have put together a top-notch beer here. Buy, drink, appreciate this fine ale. I demand it.

Note: Loses 0.5 a point overall for being as expensive as a Belgian Trappist Ale, sorry BDB.

Food match: Being on the less bitter and sweeter side of APAs this ale would work best with lighter fare; chicken and mushroom pie, potato and leek soup, dolphin burgers, etc... the crème brûlée smoothness would suit (surprisingly) a crème brûlée as well.

doktorhops, May 15, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle. Hazy amber colour, with a medium head that leaves a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, caramel, citrus, forest, flowers and some spice.
Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of citrus, caramel, tropical fruits, chocolate, spices. Another Birral del Borgo great beer.

janubio, Mar 29, 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colour. Large off white head. Really, really creamy. Nice lacing.

Pop. Interesting combination of pine and citrus. A touch resinous. Really quite good.

Bitterness hits first. Then a sweet malt with touches of papaya. Interesting piney resin character. Good lingering character. Lovely.

Moderate body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

An excellent Pale Ale. A touch big but the bold flavours work really well and are solidly integrated. Great beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale chestnut with a creamy creme-coloured head that fades fast but clings immediately and speckles.
Flowers, caramel, cinnamon, and fresh herbs on the nose.
Toffee and Amaretti biscuits followed by nectar, cedar, orange rind and grapefruit rind hops to end.
Cointreau and peppery spice finish and humming minty linger.
Just shy of medium, smooth, crisp, some flint.

Possibly a mistake to call this an APA - this is EKG all over and you'd find Marris Otter butter if you knew to look for it. Feel is very Italian - silky in the mouth but with a snappy finish. There are signs of Cascade plus some real bitterness, but overall this drinks like an English Pale Ale, and a superior one.

Not a patch on ReAle Extra, but all the same, a very fine beer from a top brewer.

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Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
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