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Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
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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ccozzi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-23-2012 02:44:18 | More by ccozzi
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-15-2012 22:37:03 | More by tbeckett
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ADZA

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 11:56:46 | More by ADZA
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 21:37:27 | More by Parrotshake
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 04:46:49 | More by BARFLYB
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Beerenauslese

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 17:04:26 | More by Beerenauslese
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:39:20 | More by jazzyjeff13
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-03-2012 19:18:52 | More by chrispoint
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John_M

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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).

Serving type: cask

01-21-2012 21:11:36 | More by John_M
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BMoldy

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:16:30 | More by BMoldy
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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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phillybeergrl

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

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

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 18:18:30 | More by smakawhat
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:21:01 | More by Boozecamel
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 10:03:07 | More by Thorpe429
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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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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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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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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice half-finger of slightly off-white, bubbly head; decent enough retention and only touches of residual lacing. Faintly hazy burnt orange hue with yellowy hints.

Aroma is very light all-round, faint citrusy hops come through; sweet fruitiness; hints of caramel. Nothing bad, but nothing outstanding here. The sweetness is what really strikes me about the flavor; lots of caramel; candy; a bit of a flowery hop presence but even that is muted; faint hint of citrus. Not sugary, but damn sweet and cloying. MF is not bad, a bit heavier than I usually associate with the style. Light, soft carbonation and a bit viscous. OK drinking once you get past the sweetness and some of the faint hoppiness comes in. However, not a great brew overall. Was looking for a more pronounced hop presence and less of a malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 19:53:52 | More by Nickls
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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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 13:12:22 | More by Suds
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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
Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
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