Re Ale | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crosling on 06-09-2008

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Reviews by doktorhops:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birra Del Borgo "ReAle"
33 cl, brown glass bottle best by 6/2017

An interesting beer, and unless I'm mistaken, the first beer from Birra Del Borgo back in 1995.

The brewery labels it as an IPA, but I see it as more of an E.S.B. with Pacific Northwest hops in the aroma, but with English hops still being utilized for bitterness and flavor.

It's amber in color at about 14 SRM; medium in body with a creamy, moderate carbonation level (just like an English bitter); and somewhere median in bitterness at about 40 IBUs.

The aroma is American, but not boldly so. It displays pine and citrus, but it's also floral and a bit earthy. Distinctly caramelish malt backs it, and I'm pretty sure that the fruitiness is coming from an English yeast strain as well.

As is almost always the case, the flavor follows suit, but here the English character overwhelms the American. It's caramelish, nutty, toasty, biscuity, and earthy/leafy before the citrus and pine cut through.

So, regardless of what you want to call it stylistically, it's a decent, well-made beer that's got an interesting bent to it. Unfortunately it's fairly expensive in the states, whereas in Italy it can be had for about 2€.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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

Photo of innominat
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NilocRellim
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/copper colour. Smells like cereal grains, sweet malts, clean, and earthy hops. Tastes of lightly toasted malts, slightly sweet, heavier body, with an earthy-hop finish.

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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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.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

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

Photo of Tarheel219
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: red copper color , hazy , gives of a to fingertip high top of head, good lacings on the glass

S: Citrusfruits like grapefruits and oranges ,pine and floral hops

T&F: Much as the aroma, citrus fruits and pine,very fuity first taste,creamy body . Aftertaste goes over to hop and spicy bitterness,very long finishing, but is to bitter for my taste, The balance could be better.

O : A decent beer , but nothing more than that, not my type of beerstyle. But all in all is drinkable.I don,t think i going to buy this beer again. But also is great to see that it comes more new beers from Italy , and not the typical industrial lagers from there that i tasted before

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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.

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Photo of macesq
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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

Poured from a funky bottle into a pint glass at Ciao Bella in Houston. One and done. Good times with the AON folks.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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