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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) - Birra Del Borgo

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 366
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Birra Del Borgo
Italy | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of GrumD
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quirky but moorish beer with a hazy yet inviting appearance and a decent thickish head. The initial taste has an intriguing balance of peppery and citrusy hops alongside rye bread. The hop bitterness comes through well, but there is a background finish that alludes to herbs.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although I really enjoyed the Dogfish brew, this one has its own merits. Malty, as is the norm for the style, without being overly grainy or sweet. Nice body without the chalky dryness of the usual Italian hard water.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Slightly hazy yellow body with big foamy white head
Sawdust and slight muted citrus aroma
Quite an unusual flavour very woody then pine
more an oddfish than a dogfish
really worth a try tho

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Photo of OF001
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours golden to dull mango yellow with thick white micro head, light on-lasting lacing. fairly cloudy but not too thick or over abundant with sediment/lees, although some clumping towards the end of the pour.

rich nose, slight but noticeable appearance of increased ABV. herbal and floral notes with leafy hop tones on the top. sweet overtones with sweet yeasty quality lingering a little long for my taste, especially for a pils...clingy I guess, but not lasting...thick maybe.

sweet malty undercurrents with a light floral heavy leafy hops on top. pushy pils yeast.
bready depth up front with sharpish leafy hops to the end; with medicinal quality.

long clingy dry finish. leafy and

medium body. long dry finis.

nice over all but big, thick and clingy for a pils, imperil or not.
well balanced and rounded but lacks a crispness and cleanness I would prefer from a pils(comparative clean).

worth it for a late season lighter colourd beer for those in company who are not of the abby persuasion

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Photo of drmeto
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,oranges,tangerines,mango,papaya,sulfur,slight pineapple
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium,lingering bitterniss
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Has nothing in common with a Pilsener.It's just a great hoppy Lager

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Photo of collk22
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange, like a wheat beer. Sweet aroma; fruit, grass, hops...
Great hop flavor all the way through. Surprisingly not bitter.

Excellent beer; really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of qrazvan
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The colour is a similar to a a wheat beer. Extraordinary hops aroma that catches you from the from the beginning. Really good and refreshing taste. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow body with a half inch of pure white head. Lemon, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol. Aggressively bitter finish. Medium plus body. Sweet and even a tad syrupy. Heavy grassy and floral notes. Could use more subtlety and nuance.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released in Sweden 3 october 2014.

Amore Mio!

Hazy dark orange beer with a two finger high, fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, herbs, grass and grain.
Taste: Soft, creamy tast of grass, orange, sweet malt, passion fruit, citrus and bread.
Body: Medium body with a soft yet complex structure. Light carbonation. Chewy taste.

Great pilsner! Of course that's what you could expect with a collaboration of Birra Del Borgo and Dogfish Head...

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Photo of napdynmite
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy pilsner. While it makes for a nice pilsner, the difference is that it has a slight bitter hop bite. Grassy with a nice malt profile. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is that a pils?
Interesting beer, of an ocher color and a thick whitey head.
Smell is malty, hoppy and full with fruity notes of passion fruit, citrus and atemoya.
Taste is more difficult to detail; definetely malty and fruity.
Hoppiness and bitterness levels are a bit disappointing, body and carbonation are at nice level.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner glass pour, this appears golden, slightly hazy, with plenty if visible carbonation. Head is white and lacing is rung around the glass's walls.
Smells complex. Earthy hops, grass, herb/ mint, grain.
Tastes grassy and grainy, with floral notes and some added citrus (orange zest). Sweetness like corn from the pilsner malts, background biscuit, some spice. Lots here.
Feels chewy and smooth, with a slightly bitter finish.
This is a terrific imperial pilsner, and I grab one nearly everytime I see it on the store shelf.

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Photo of devilben02
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My in-laws always like to bring me new beer from their travels, and this one is from one of their trips to NYC. It pours from the bottle with a cloudy, muted, orange-yellow color and is topped by a giant, dense, foamy head. The aroma has a decent yeast presence, some dull, earthy/leafy hops, a little bit of bready sweetness, and a tiny hint of alcohol. The flavor has a nice contrast of dense, woodsy bitterness against a chewy, yeasty breadiness. The light carbonation allows a mouth-filling, resinous texture to develop. Overall, this one is a bit hefty, with a rustic and bold flavor profile that is quite satisfying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/2015.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot of fairly assertive hop characteristics all around even though this one is nearing its best by date.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Big herbal, spicy, earthy noble hop nose over light grains. Pours slightly hazy gold under a 3" off-white, persistent pillowy foam cap. Noble hop spice and earthiness are more noticeable in the head then in the body while the rich Moravian malts shine more brightly in the body but the two blend in the mouth giving the beer an enjoyable parfait quality. The beer has big malt and hops but everything is perfectly balanced. Medium body and very fine, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.1 oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap. Was told by an employee that the store received this bottle in Oct of 2013. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with two fingers of head. Fluffy and incredible lacing, downright perfect

Smell: Faint grassiness and floral hops

Taste: Complex hop profile with a lot of floral and spicy characteristics

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp in the finish, lingering bitterness

Overall: Wow, this is a year old, and still has a lot of the hop character. The nose has really dulled out but the flavor is still strong. Im impressed it held up this well.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy light gold with a 1" head of foam that shrinks reluctantly. Lacing is very good.

That's a very spicy hop nose I smell. One of the if not the strongest hop smells I've ever encountered in a Pils, double or otherwise.

The taste is of that strong hoppy goodness. Very spicy, very herbal. There's a biscuit like malt in the background that, to be honest, does very little to balance this beer. Oh well, I do get a significant amount of sweetness the more I sip but the balance I mentioned, I think, is not needed.

Medium bodied, same for the carbonation. Nice.

A very pleasant surprise as I usually don not favour Double Pils brews, $8.88 for the 11.1 ounce fancy assed bottles is a bit much though.

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Deep golden color, billowing white cap, stunning gentle lacing makes its way to the top.
S - Apricot, ripe peach, passion fruit. The tropical smells are blended so well. The nose is very complex.
Warm grains and some grilled white bread.
T - Fruits of the field, deep rich malty body, a slight bite of complex hops. The taste lingers as softer elements come forward.
Lemon reduction, white burgundy, some touches of hop oils. A little bit of Alcohol resonates.
F - A large body, gentle and relentless carbonation. A smooth coating of the palate no intention of letting go any time soon.
O - A big approach to a pilsner, the hop profile is dense and only one part of a very complex and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of baumaxx1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a thick, white and fluffy head, that dissipates slowly to a thin 5mm layer. Leaves plenty of lacing. A hazy yellow/gold colour, no sediment but not clear. Moderate carbonation.

Smell -
Pineapple, rockmelon, peaches, passionfruit, honey, pine, floral, citrus, lemon, lime - a lot more fruit on the nose compared to some beers which are very much dominated by hops and citrus. Very strong aroma - could smell it before I even poured it from the bottle.

Taste -
First up a bit of honey, wheat, rockmelon, pineapple. After the first sip you get a good hit of hops and those passionfruit, peach, caramel and strong grapefruit flavours. Grapefruit peel after-taste.

Mouthfeel -
Very creamy, full bodied, and a very light carbonation tingle. Smooth and refreshing and a hint of stickiness.

Overall -
A very full flavoured and unique brew - full of rich fruity flavours. Very enjoyable, unique and refreshing. Hard to fault and well balanced.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Braumeister! A collaboration between Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head (two of my favourite brewers). Yes "Don't get excited by Dogfish Head, you've only tried one of their brews" I hear you saying but what a beer that was! [technically it was a Sahti, not a beer Dok] Anyway, let's talk about this amazing collaboration between these world class brewers - Birra Del Borgo are already my firm favourite for Italian brewer of the year (every year running) and Dogfish Head are renowned for mixing the shit (pronounced in this sense "SHI-yat") up. So fingers are crossed, except for my left index - I broke it just then.

Poured from a Birra Del Borgo stylised (fat bodied with a tall neck) 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: This hazy light orange/golden bodied beer with a light white lacing on top is already pushing all the right buttons on the beer receptors in my brain (yes I have beer receptors in my brain, don't you?).

S: The aroma is melon/tropical from the go. Honeydew intermingles with guava, lychee and sweet honeyed malts (no doubt that signature Birra Del Borgo Senatore Cappeli wheat)... my tongue salivates with the taste odyssey that awaits.

T: Flavour hits you in the face like a soft wet cat skin gauntlet (yes I went specific on that metaphor) before you notice a big meaty hop bite, which is where Dogfish Head come in to this collaboration - the hops! This is one well-crafted craft brew - starts off with a sweet honeyed malt, then it leads in to the tropical fruit noted above, and then BZAM! Hops - not your typical American pine/citrus hop overload but enough to make you realise that this partnership between Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head is kismet. Beer-heaven as opposed to beer-heavin' (which one gets from drinking VB).

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and dense carbonation - if I'm giving out arbitrary points, which I am, ten points here.

D: This beer takes the best of Birra Del Borgo (their malt/wheat and yeast profile) and mixes it with the best of what an American brewer like Dogfish Head has to offer (hops of course, silly rabbit). What this produces is a beer that is easily an equal measure of what Belgium has to offer - I do not say this lightly. A wonderful mix of both the new & old world here.

Food match: This is a brew that would feel at home with a Thai noodle salad or light BBQ fare - grilled chicken, sausages, minute steaks, potato salad and coleslaw - a veritable everymeal beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear medium Golden. Huge billowy head with loads of messy lacing that stick to the glass forever. Quite a looker.
smell: Rather subtle but getting some bread, some leafy, grassy notes, some citrus and a bit of peppery spice.
taste: Much like the nose. nicely melded flavors, with that hint of spice in the finish.
overall: very drinkable, creamy brew.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: 2" of hazy burnt orange liquid with about 14" of thick white head. This might be the most overcarbonated beer I've ever poured. After it finally settles it reveals a glass full of hazy orange beer with a nice retained head and lace.

S: Complex interplay of sweet orange ,lemon, pine, nutmeg, clove, caramel, yeasty esters.

T: Wow. Really nice flavors of citrus hops, some pine, some tropical fruit, light nuttiness, caramel. Very yeasty as well.

M: Much more full bodied than any pilsner I've had before. Its creamy and light. Doesnt have a carbonated feel at at all. Not nearly as crisp and dry as most pilsners but I like this mouth feel a lot more.

O: Amazing pilsner. Only one Ive had that I like more is Humulus by The Bruery and its very close.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.20):
Light, clear amber with a 0.5cm, creamy looking head that is a white & holds well, leaving some nice lacing and stopping short of going patchy on the surface.

Citrus, orange peel and some spices, the beer is quite hoppy for a lager and some pine and bitterness comes through early on. Malty base with faint biscuit & sweetness rounding things off.

Grassy hops with some citrus & pine with a malt base & some sweetness making an appearance alongside some biscuit & spice. Orange, pineapple & tropical fruits all come through as well.

Thicker than I expected, coming around just past medium bodied & it seems fairly well carbonated with a pleasant citrus tang and a crisp, dry finish. The alcohol content is very well hidden throughout with a sharp feel that goes down well.

A nice beer with a good malt and citrus base, some pleasant fruits and a good balance between flavours. The alcohol content was very well hidden and the beer was a good, highly drinkable one.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an awesome brown 330mL bottle with a super-long neck and a squat little embossed body. A very stylish label too - a great-looking package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with extremely fine, sporadic carbonation. A one-and-a-half finger white head rises up and hangs about, slowly dropping to a thick cap. Absolutely amazing lacing across the entire glass - some of the best I have ever seen. A great looking beer.

Aroma: a bit disappointing after the appearance to be honest - very light aromas of citrus and particularly tropical fruits. Pineapple and grapefruit take the fore. Update: once the beer has warmed some more (from initial taste at 6-degrees to 9-degrees) there is a stronger aroma with additional sweet sugar.

Taste: lemon citrus and tropical fruits up front, with a sweet malt backbone. Some spices also.

Aftertaste: the sweetness drops away a little, to be replaced with some hop bitterness and more spice.

Mouth feel: a moderate feel with fine carbonation, quite dry on the finish. Pretty decent.

Overall: this is the first Dogfish Head collaboration beer I have ever had, and it doesn't disappoint. Plenty of citrus hops and tropical fruits, with spice and malt. I still don't think it's worth AU$120 a case of 24 x 330mL, but one every now and then definitely won't hurt.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Ciney tulip

A - Pours a cloudy orange colour. Two fingered White head that retains well

S - Big aromas of citrus, sugars pineapple and hop. Nice.

T - Plenty of hop and citrus and a little herb. The finish is nicely rounded bitterness.

M -Medium to full body with medium carbonation

T - impressive beer that is recommended.

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.