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Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 06-09-2008

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 30
Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin beige head with short retention, but keeping an eternal plate.
Although it is more caramely than usual, it has a nice aroma with notes of grapefruit, spices, honey and watermelon.
Flavor balanced towards malt with notes of hay, grapefruit, pine, caramel and toasted malts, nuts, lots of American yeast, spices, papaya, orange marmalade, flowers, lemon and tea bags. Dry aftertaste with a nice but relatively medium bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 6.4% abv is well disguised.
Not sure I would call this APA, it feels heavier with hops just partially offsetting its caramelly body (although hops are far from immaterial). Nevertheless, I understand this is somewhat their proposal, an English IPA with American hops, yeast and spices. I would say it is more like an intense ESB with some American notes. Not bad, but not my cup of tea. And additionally with a bad pricing.

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of janubio
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An very nice, dark, amber and caramel look with a nice foam. With some cloudiness.
a Very pleasant look.

The nose gives a lot of fresh fruits. Surely a pinneapple is there as some oranges and peaches.
With a touch of some fine spices in to it.

My first taste of this fantastic Italian beer is silky smooth and fresh with a bit of delicioius herbal after taste. On the first I taste a lot of fine fruits.

The aftertaste is long and a good aroma full of sweetness and spicey like after notes.

Very nice bottle, by the way.

Good, fresh beer from Birra Del Borgo.

Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Brewdog (£5):
Deep, honey amber colour with a two cm bubbly head that gradually reduces in size. The beer is clear too.

Citrus and pine malts and is quickly overtaken by a strong floral hop aroma, some sweet malts and a sort of perfume like smell. There is also some alcohol right at the end.

Hops & a combination of pine and floral ones with some soft caramel malts and various fruits. Definitely a fruity one with some orange and citrus along with some apricot and various berries plus some toffee.

Lively carbonation and a medium body with a strong alcohol lacing at first before settling down some. There is a crisp, dry finish that hints at bitterness too.

Pretty nice beer and one that went down well without being an outstanding beer. Initially the floral notes and the alcohol seemed too strong but both of these quickly died down as the beer settled and I got further down the glass.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a massive head that just keeps growing.
Very floral, spicy and plant-like aroma, interesting hop profile. Underneath is soft bready malt.
Similar hops as flavours (spicy, plant-like) with faint clean malt underneath. The hop dominate though. Some alcohol shows too. Quite sharp.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First had: on cask at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Half pour served in a mini stem glass, a reddish-brown tea color with no head at all, at least when it got to me. Surprisingly perfumy aroma, potpourri, light fruits, sherry, sweet malts. Pleasantly sweet taste, herbal tea, honey and bready malts, pears, maraschino cherry syrup, mild leafy hops in the finish. Medium body, very smooth, and easily drinkable. I don't think it quite fits the bill as an "American pale ale," and it's probably even closer to an ESB. But whatever it is, I liked it, and I'd get it again.

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark non see through honey hue which leaves a two finger head that stays and lots of lacing,the smell is honey mead,herbal zesty hops,citrus and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of lemon zest,passionfruit,redgum honey,orange peel,caramel candy and finished with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall its a rather pleasant APA that is very sessionable but would rather it in little bottles cheers.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange with a massive off-white head that lasts the duration. Tons of lacing all over the glass. Rad. Smell of mostly grapefruit and tangerine, some caramel.

Taste is quite hop forward, citrus pith and spicy/peppery hop notes to the fore as well as hints of stonefruit, backed by a soft and unassertive malt base, mostly caramel but it's really not about the malt. Long grassy bitter finish. The ingredients on the bottle list added sugar but the yeast has eaten just about all of it - 6.4% and probably a little drier than most pale ales I can think of.

Soft and creamy in the mouth, lovely. Massively drinkable. Pricey, but I'll probably give it another shot.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Whole Foods Devon

Birra Del Borgo Re Ale comes across darker than your average pale. The color is copper with some brownish tinge, the inch of foam was a dark tan color with retention and stick. Smells like a faded IPA off the tap with American flair, no tricks up the sleeve. Citrus, pine, some toasted malt character and slight sweet caramel. Taste is pretty much a mix of pale/toasted malt with some citrusy, piney hops making this pretty tasty. A bit of sweetness with warming with floral aroma coming out. A bit bigger in body and ABV than most pales and it shows in the body which is is near medium and silky, not light and crisp. All things considered, this is a tasty beverage that I am glad I found on tap, since the bottles probably don't travel to well.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Bir & Fud, Rome, in May, 2011. BB date is 4/2013. Also got a bottle decorated with artwork by Giovanni Trimani with a BB date of 2/2012. I consumed that two days ago. Review is of the fresher bottle with some comments about the older one.

Body is a hazy, translucent dark amber. Poured into a Bruery chalice, it produced a 3/4 inch tan foamy head that pretty quickly dissipated to a ring. Produced some scant sticky lacing.

This smells pretty malty, and there is a pronounced piney hop resin smell, with a hint of brown sugar in the background. Nose is aromatic and a bit pungent. There are some less pronounced floral and fruity notes as well.

Taste is medium roast malt, citrus skin (grapefruit and oranges), immediately bitter but the strong hop profile is held in balance by malt. There is more of a hint of fresh citrus than the older bottle. Also, just a bit of yeast funkiness. Finish is dry and bitter.

Body is medium. Carbonation is sufficient to give this a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This really is a big malty, spicy and bitter hopped beer. Definitely seriously hoppy and malty for an American style APA, this is more an IPA (on the Del Borgo website, it is listed as an APA inspired by hoppy American IPAs). Regardless of which style you want to call it, the beer is a bit coarse and could use some refinement. However, my comparison of the present and the 1 year older bottle reveals that the fresher aspects of the beer are lost with aging although I have kept the bottles refrigerated since acquiring them to slow the aging process. The beer is a little above average for the style; I wouldn't go out of my way for a bottle, but a really fresh bottle or a draft pour will probably taste better. If you are in NYC, an anniversary version is on tap at Eataly for $10 a pint.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La prima ed originale. A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up from Beeritz in Knaresborough. The label on this small bottle is different from the 750ml bottle in the photo; not sure if this is an update or they just use different labels for smaller bottles.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich orange-amber colour with plentiful fine yeast sediment. Yields a small head of white foam that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma of aromatic hops with underlying sweet malt and hints of yeast; floral citrus notes dominate.

Tastes of spicy aromatic hops with a sweet malt backbone and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus and faint pine, accompanied by brown sugar, honey and dry yeast. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but a little flat. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Nice, plenty of hop aroma and flavour. An Italian beer with American craft roots. The only weakness is the lack of carbonation; this would have improved the sensation on the palate. However, it's a solid and very tasty effort. Well worth sampling.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK. This is a first. An Italian ale on cask... at Max's today.

The beer pours the color of tea with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, reminding me very much of some ESB's and pale ales I've had from England. In any event, I pick up light cherry, light vanilla, some sherry, nuts and considerable wood. On the palate, the "nutty" flavor really seems to dominate, with the flavor profile otherwise replicating the nose. Also, although initially the beer comes across as a bit malty and sweet, the finish is quite dry. The beer is otherwise medium bodied and is pretty smooth on the palate. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

Interesting stuff, though I'm not sure the cask conditioning works very well for this beer. Probably would not order this one again (I'm assuming the cost is fairly prohibative as well).

Photo of BMoldy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hm, not exactly a "pale" ale, but that's not the brewer's fault. Deep copper with a creamy one-finger beige head that fades a tad but remains as a decent froth on top of the brew. Good lacing.

S: Citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) American hops with a heavy dose of toasted malt behind it.

T: Light resiny and citrus hop flavors creep in before light pushed aside by a robust wave of bready and toasted malts. Relatively mild bitterness. Taste kind of disappears halfway through the middle, leaving the finish pretty lackluster, with just the slightest hint of hop oils (more on that later).

M: Full and slightly chewy, with a medium to ever-so-slightly heavy body. Smooth, but maybe a touch under carbonated.

O: Having been deprived of a good dose of American hops for so long, I'm sure you could sprinkle some Centennial in a Bud Light and I'd probably give it a B+... This was all in all a good beer, but I deserve a bit of a smack because I didn't check the freshness date on the bottle. If I'm reading it right, it should have been consumed by October. Well shit. I'm almost positive that this is better fresh, but damned if I could tell you for sure... If you stumble upon this on your European travels, though, you wouldn't be wrong to pick it up. Not so sure if I'd spend big bucks on it in the States though.

Photo of pixieskid
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, I have been really excited about Italian beers as of late. I have been wanting to try some Borgo stuff for a while now.

Pours: wow, that is not pale at ale; looks like a red ale!
Nose: definitely citrus and floral hops.
Taste: a subdued caramel sweetness upfront with a melding of floral and citrus hops. Finishes with a mild, dry bitterness, and lingering grassiness.

Overall; simple and solid, just like I like them...incredibly drinkable as well.

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A very white soapy head is poured and presented perhaps about one finger in size. Body is cloudy, a little dull looking amber with some slow rising carbonation slightly in places. The soapy head manages some lacing in places, and keeps a good solid puck while drinking.

This is an odd one for the nose, but it's a mix of small soft malts, soft chewy hop citrus and pine. The citrus comes out a little later.

Upon quaffing this beverage, it's a bit of an ambush. This tastes "bretty" "like". What's going on here? Dry spice palate and hops with a chewy body. Some mild citrus and spiced like character, it feels somewhere more like a hopped up saison. Slightly carbonated but not much.

Overall kind of weird and interesting. More sugars and some sweetness comes out after some time, but it's a very odd one. Seems more like Bam Biere but not as good in comparison.

Photo of Boozecamel
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml newer style bottle. Golden orange light brown, one finger of offwhite caramel head.

Smell: Caramel maltiness, slight lemony hoppiness, a little grassy.

Taste: Moderate maltiness, slight bitterness, a little bit of caramel and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation dissipated quite quickly after pouring.

Overall: Ok beer. Not very typical of the what I expect of the style. Alot maltier than I was expecting. Refreshing beer.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious American beer made in Italy.

A: Absolutely beautiful presentation. Nice bottle with the brewery logo stamped in the glass. Nice label and format too. The beer itself is also a charm. Pours a orange almost amber color with a medium nice beige head which dissipates quickly leaving many lacings. Carbonation and some particles make it a bit cloudy: Small bubbles are formed in the bottom of the glass
S: Pure perfume of hops. Smells like an IPA. Caramel malts and yeasts. A bit watery, I would dare
T: Follows the nose. Some caramel malts but in overall, dominated by hops. Strong and delicious hop citrus bitterness. Very grassy
M: Light body I would dare to say. Considerable carbonation
D: Puro piacere! Troppo buona birra! :)

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured an amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly burnt orange color. Maybe I should just give the nod to UT and say that it pours a light burnt umber. Slight off white head without much lacing.

Nose brings a fairly good dose of citrus and floral hops with a bit of a caramel undertone. The hops are the feature focus, and interact with the malt quite well. Taste is a bit different as the hops are toned down in relation to the doughy caramel malt, and not much bitterness comes through. Feel is a bit light with moderate carbonation. A pretty good job getting at the American style and glad I got to try this.

Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, sudsy, off white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hops, toffee, fruit, malt, yeast. Flavor's like nose with perfect sweet - bitter balance for this style. Ditto the body & carbonation. Finish is a little sweet at first with a long tapering bitterness. No hint of alcohol except perhaps a teeny bit at the very end. Session beer for sure if you can afford it.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Bir & Fud in Rome.

Pours a hazy copper color with a thick one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of citrus and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors augmented by hints of deeper caramel malts kick things off. Shortly thereafter heavy citrus - mostly grapefruit - flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid pale with nice levels of hops that were showcased nicely in cask form. Worth a shot.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a 3 Philosophers snifter. Aroma is very unusual...in a positive way. Style is listed as an American pale ale, it isn't. There isn't a style for what this beer is. Aroma is faint in hops and prominent in sweet malts. The malt aromas actually reminds me of the sweetness you get in an aged barleywine of sorts. Taste is also curious, again in a delicious sort of way. Sweet, but not over the top. Mildly hoppy, slightly spicy and very smooth and delicious. Hard to describe to a certain degree. I get the feeling that this one may be just a warm up for My Antonia. Can't wait to try that one soon.

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Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.