Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo
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Reviews by Vladimiriuz:
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
07-10-2013 14:31:34 | More by Vladimiriuz
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United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-06-2012 00:39:20 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-24-2010 01:00:54 | More by glid02
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
10-02-2011 21:21:01 | More by Boozecamel
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
07-24-2012 06:38:40 | More by CrazyDavros
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-15-2011 18:18:30 | More by smakawhat
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
04-11-2010 04:58:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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...
10-20-2010 07:51:08 | More by mdagnew
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
10-15-2010 10:03:07 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-09-2012 08:58:55 | More by Rifugium
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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).
01-21-2012 21:11:36 | More by John_M
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
This beer is nice orange-golden color with a fine white head. Despite care in the pour, there's a surprising amount of 'floaties' in the beer. The smell is all about hops. Fresh, herbal and citric Cascades....quite nice...it's an Italian American Pale Ale! There's a bit of fruit...apples and berries, as well as some caramel malt smells. The taste is sweet, with a solid backbone of bitterness. Fairly light in body, the beer is easy to drink and relatively smooth. It's nothing spectacular, but it is a solidly good beer. Fairly low in carbonation, which makes the beer not only smooth, but also a little flabby. I think that a little more CO2 wouldn't have hurt. The beer is decent, if not exceptional.
02-07-2009 13:12:22 | More by Suds
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
03-29-2014 14:49:31 | More by janubio
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
03-25-2012 17:04:26 | More by Beerenauslese
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
The liquid is deep amber; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head is warm beige.
The smell is very strong and hoppy - lots of citric oily flavours (grapefruits, yoghurt), some light hints of tar and smoky whisky. Sweet notes of raspberries and wine gums. It is a little heavy.
The taste is hoppy, too. But the body is surprisingly weak for a well hopped beer at 6.4%? Lots of try fruity candy-like notes of green apples, orange peels, apricots, red berries. There are some wine-like dry flavours, some sweetness and a touch of honey. The aftertaste is rather mild concerning all the flavours I found firstly. Bitter-sweet hoppy flavours, some tart hints, honey and a touch of olive oil; it is very balanced and elegant.
The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.
It is said that the main strength of the Italian microbreweries is the lack of beer traditions: They can do exactly what they feel like without any limitations. An APA with a mild lambic-like sourness? Hell yeah!
12-26-2008 20:43:45 | More by bark
Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
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