My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) - Birra Del Borgo
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up from one of York's finest Italian delis.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation - the amount of sediment indicates that this is bottle-conditioned. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a decent surface layer. Aroma of hops - lots of hops! Notes of citrus, especially grapefruit and oranges, alongside tropical fruit and a whiff of pine. A warm, spicy hint in the background - possibly alcohol.
Tastes of overwhelmingly fruity hops with a sweet malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Light, sweet malt in the background along with yeasty esters. A crisp, fruity bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, tingly and dry. Fantastic body and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.
Mmmmm - tasty! An unusual style but packed with flavour. Tons of aromatic hops, with solid malt in the background. The mouthfeel is nice; very smooth with a pleasing texture (bearing in mind that a typical pilsner would be quite light). Similar to a DIPA, and just as good. An excellent showcase of what Italian craft is capable of (with a little help :)
12-11-2011 00:23:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Although I may be a skeptic of the style when a good beer is made of any style I get it love,this was quite good.Poured into a pokal a clear light to medium golden with a large frothy white crown,alot of tiny bubbles.Big bready pilsner malt aromas along with a big shot of leafy/spicy noble hops,the citric west coast hops bring a citrusy edge as well.Flavors have light honey-like sweetness along with mild white grape like some maibocks I have had,a real sharp peppery hop bite hits along with some overripe citrus fruit.A real nice lager beer,not to heavy with alot of things going on.
07-14-2010 20:33:38 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at The Lion's Pride. I, too, was looking forward to having some Belgian beers, but couldn't pass this up. In a tulip glass the beer was a clear gold color with a voluminous white head. Lots of lacing. A very fresh, outdoors aroma, like newly mown grass. Hoppy, with a big malt influence. Kind of breadlike. A great Bohemian pilsner. Very drinkable; two went down fairly quickly.
03-13-2010 13:40:19 | More by lordofthewiens
3.55/5 rDev -11.7%
375 mL bottle
A - Pours a hazy golden brown with massive four finger off-white head. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
S - Pils malt, grassy hops, a bit of lemon. Also a very light bubblegum aroma.
T - Pils malt and grassy hops. Quite herbal. A bit of citrus. Finish is quite dry and bitter.
M - Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a clean, bitter finish.
O - If this was only brewed once as listed, this bottle is getting old, which is reflected by the reduced hop presence compared to the DFH version I had not long ago. Still, pretty tasty and was probably even better fresh.
06-11-2012 22:12:14 | More by warnerry
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Mini growler pour from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Very clear darker orangy golden, with a slight greenish, olive oil sheen. Near white heat that collects at about 1/2 inch, stays for a spell. Loose and light, leaving a collar and moderate lace/light sheeting. Lime in the nose, grassy hops and light malts. Full flavor brew, with more lime up front, bold and bracing. Some alcohol simmering in the mid section and then a moderatly snappy and dry finish. Clean and tasty offering. Interesting collaboration. Enjoyed the mini growler, but not sure if I'm a big fan of the style.
11-21-2009 02:09:22 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
On-tap at Bir & Fud in Rome.
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of a combination of pilsner and caramel malts and a good amount of buttery diacetyl. As the beer warms the diacetyl fades a bit allowing the malt aromas to shine through more.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with crisper pilsner malt serving as a backbone kick things off and are joined shortly by solid amounts of buttery flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of earthy hops join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems but I'm not sure about another.
Overall I was told that this batch was not the best that's been made and I believe it. As the beer warmed and the diacetyl flavors faded it was evident there was a good beer underneath it all but unfortunately I wasn't able to see, smell, or taste it.
07-24-2010 00:59:35 | More by glid02
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
A different take on this style. On tap at Cole's, who brought it in again. Golden with a thick white head, that leaves lots of lace. I was Ok with the pils hops,I think some ideas that didn't come together and still not that drinkable.Neutral aroma.Drying.
05-25-2010 21:47:09 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
A: mellow honey body with delicate bubbles lazily rising to form a thin white head that started out thick and fluffy
S: floral and lemony smelling hops and a tinge of alcohol brought out as the beer warms. For some reason, pilsners have a soapy smell to me.
T: as the nose depicts, there's a clean refreshing taste of flavors, specifically the lemon but has a candy like sweetness with a mild bitter.
M: smooth light body with a faint carbonation
O: first ever imperial pilsner I've ever had and this has me interested in trying more of the style.
02-01-2012 01:30:26 | More by DrewShal9
4.22/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
A-Clear golden color with a thick white lingering head. Heavy lacing while drinking.
S-Typical smell for the style, aroma of subtle hops.
T-Great hoppy pilsner taste, the west coast hops are noticable, but not overpowering. Very smooth and pleasant.
M-Goes down easy, and the hop flavor lingered in my mouth well after drinking.
D-Very easy to drink, the 7.5% feels like 4%. Great beer for the summer.
07-13-2010 02:22:14 | More by phillybeer7779
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Pours a golden yellow with very good clarity, but way to much carbonation with a very soft pour. also there was a bit of sediment present as well. once the head finally subsided there was nice webs of lace.
S: I could smell hops as soon as i opened the bottle. very fresh and clean smelling herbal notes along with a hint of citrus orange and lemon in the background
T: Fruity and grassy with some smooth and pleasant caramel undertones. the hops have a nice oily presence and the caramel adds a touch of balancing sweetness in the finish
M: Good creaminess and body that is dry and refreshing, with only a mild hint ot heat.
D: I feel like this is a beer that could catch up with you fast. quite quaffable but yet not something about it is slightly off
07-08-2010 23:54:00 | More by mikey711
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Pours an effervescent amber/apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, slight hazyness
S: Bready, some pears not much else
T: Big time breadyness, orange peel, grapefruit & tangerine up front. More grapefruit, plus pineapple as this warms, pears as well as this warms, slight aspirin bitterness as well, hints of white grape in the background. Finishes with white grapes, pears & much grapefruit, plus plenty of pine apple
MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, lovely balance
Probably the best beer of this style I've had. Wish it were cheaper. Super drinkabiity
06-29-2013 01:19:45 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Bought from Grassroots Natural Market in Jacksonville on 7/1/11.
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
A - Nice golden color. Head is a creamy white color. Two finger head quickly dissipates into one finger head. Leaves a decent belgian lace on glass.
S - Pleasant lemon aroma and hints of other citrus such as oranges. Good malt character helps balance out the strong hop aroma. Some grassy notes.
T - Extremely pleasant grassy flavor coming from the hops. Slight lemon flavor mixed with some orange. I taste a bit of alcohol. The hops mix extremely well with the pilsner style. The taste of hops continue to linger after the beer is completed.
M - Good mouth feel. Feels medium bodied. Hops give this particular beer a bite of a bite.
Overall a great pilsner. A bit more hoppy than most but it is fairly balanced. I would definitely drink again. I could drink this as a session beer even at 7.5%.
07-02-2011 01:02:36 | More by wscaffe
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
This is just one of those beers imho. A golden liquid that when the light hits it just right does have that light olive oil sheen mentioned in another review. A faint cloudiness. Head is moderate and retention is good with a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell is intriguing. A big buttery malt backbone and grassy notes. A clean hop spiciness and light pepper. A touch of citrus.
Light herbal notes
Taste is uniquie. The buttery malt from the nose seems to hit your tongue before the beer wets your lips. A nicely integrated butterscotch lays underneath it. The malt core of this one is subtly complex. Big breads and and golden toasted Italian breadcrusts. I think I taste the alcohol but I can't be sure so who cares! Citrus and spicy hops come in and balance this beautifully. Clean extra dry finish leaves a deliciously huge bitterness reminiscent of a very dry white wine. Feel is crisp and supple, with a perfectly light and refreshing character. Carbonation is spot on and weight is just heavy enough to satisfy.
Super drinkability. The only thing that kept me from buying a larger quantity is the price of this one. As it was my 32oz was gone way too fast.
A superb brew that I wish I could keep around. Nice job Birra Del Borgo/DFH. Sam you have done it again.
11-26-2009 01:26:09 | More by scootny
My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
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