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Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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87
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 06-09-2008)
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-15-2011 21:54:40 | More by BeerMe42
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phillybeergrl

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-17-2011 09:30:19 | More by phillybeergrl
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:25:34 | More by drpimento
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-13-2014 19:48:19 | More by mattmarka1
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 04:58:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
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doktorhops

Australia

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 22:05:57 | More by doktorhops
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MattsLilBeerLuvr

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Max's on three separate occasions... within the same week. :-)

Listed here as an APA, Max's has it down as an Italian Saison/IPA... hmm

Served in a challice. Dark amber, almost reddish color. Thick head, left nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like a basket of the world's most delicious fruit. Oh yes.

Taste- Awesome. Sweet, very smooth. Tastes like fruit and honey, with a little bitterness.

Verrry drinkable. Wasn't too carbonated, but I don't think it needed any more. Bartender says he's got a case of this stuff at home. I might have to rob him.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 21:33:55 | More by MattsLilBeerLuvr
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janubio

Spain

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 14:49:31 | More by janubio
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-23-2014 05:45:34 | More by KevMo84
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-07-2012 07:13:50 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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bark

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 20:43:45 | More by bark
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Crosling

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. This is not the extra, just plain Re Ale. Golden color. Full head. Hop accented nose with lots of other character, malt and yeast derived smells, fruit. Flavor is hoppy, lots of yeast character. Lots of taste and character. Drinkable, unique, big for its size. A great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2008 14:21:44 | More by Crosling
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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! :)

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:21:53 | More by eduardolinhalis
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 07:51:08 | More by mdagnew
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dgilks

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:50:02 | More by dgilks
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-24-2010 01:00:54 | More by glid02
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-01-2014 15:22:05 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-20-2014 20:37:07 | More by ystazi
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-06-2013 14:56:45 | More by Rlombardi75
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StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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, but all the same, a very fine beer from a top brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 20:38:54 | More by StJamesGate
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-24-2014 02:32:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-02-2012 04:43:52 | More by patm1986
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Poupae

Thailand

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-11-2013 12:15:54 | More by Poupae
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2014 12:39:34 | More by brandon911
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pixieskid

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 19:24:22 | More by pixieskid
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Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
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