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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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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.1%

01-21-2012 04:05:18 | More by jaysephx69
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2.25/5  rDev -44%

02-26-2012 22:11:49 | More by jmilo64
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2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really enjoyed the DFH version of this brew so when I saw this offering during a recent trip to New Jersey, I had to buy this Italian version. Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12.7 oz stubby green bottle. The oversized cap opens with an audible pop somewhat similar to champagne. Goodness, what is this stuff? The bottle cap is quite unique, unlike anything I have seen to date. It features a "steril top" plastic coating underneath somewhat similar to the style of some screwtop growler lids. The pour yields a light golden colored brew that is lightly hazy. 3 fingers worth of frothy white foam swells across the top and as it slowly recedes leaves a thick froth of lacework all over the glass. It rests atop the brew a finger strong in a thick uneven cratered surface composed of rather large bubbles that are constantly, slowly streaming to the surface.

First whiff of this brew produces nearly a white wine scent, grape-like initially mixed with sulfur that fades and develops into a new beast. Hops emerge smelling grassy and a bit herbal in nature. Lightly mineral filled with a straw-like to biscuit or cereal grain inclusion. As the brew warms up, I lose focus on the sulfur notes and really start to hone in on the herbal hop characteristics. There is a light almost mint and pine aspect to the backend of this brew and a light inclusion of alcohol which makes the aroma stand out. This is not a bold smelling brew by any regards but as it comes up to temperature it certainly goes through a transformation, this is an interesting experience.

Taste follows suit with an herbal bitterness that tastes more grassy than any other brew I have had. It leads into a malt flavor very reminiscent of straw characteristics instead of grain. There is an ever-present light green yeast flavor which really accents an unfavorable sulfur taste. There is a very mild grape skin character to this brew and an almost minty hop inclusion that evolves as the brew warms up. There is a modest amount of mineral character that almost nears metallic character which was easily ignored initially but as the brew warmed up it got increasingly more evident. By the time I get to the end of my glass, I fear a second pour to finish off the bottle. I bust out some sharp cheese and yes, this brew becomes tolerable. I have never had a beer before that I disliked by itself but only enjoyed after pairing it with some cheese. Oh well, there is a first time for everything.

This is a medium to light bodied brew favoring medium more so than the lighter side. It is modestly carbonated to the point of being perhaps visually over carbonated and lightly fizzy on the tongue. The alcohol is ever present in this brew in both flavor and warming effect, it hits home harder than what you would expect for 7.5%. The alcohol does not even attempt to be hiding, it shows itself in full force with greater boldness than anything else. This brew is a bit of a mess to me, it is not nearly as enjoyable as the DFH take that I previously really enjoyed. I had no problems finishing the bottle but this brew was a bit of a mess, I would not have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:02:53 | More by stakem
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New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-08-2013 22:41:21 | More by BGsWo22
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-23-2011 08:39:03 | More by Sender
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-31-2012 22:06:45 | More by Raynae
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 21:47:09 | More by Sammy
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United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy murky dishwater brown with huge billowy lacing head.

Smell: Sweet malt and no hops. smells like a brewery.

Taste: It's ok. The malt is the predominate flavor here. There is a slight hop bitterness in the tail end of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nothing stands out.

Overall: Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:34:55 | More by Squelch


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7oz green bottle filled to within 1cm of the top. Served in a pokal and sampled 8/9/11.

A: Pours with 4 fingers of a puffy, billowing head - fairly dense, off-white in color and very long lasting. Slowly moving bubbles can be seen through the body which has a pale straw yellow and slight haziness. The lack of clarity keeps the appearance one notch below perfect.

S & T: Grain, straw and bread with a spicy, wet grass-like hop quality. Rubbery phenolics come through as the beer warms and intensifies with each rising degree.

M: Full, luscious body with a semi minerally/gritty texture. Fizzy carbonation and clean bitter finish. Very good mouthfeel.

O: Average beer and, for some reason, not nearly as good as DFH's version. I'm not really digging the concept of Imperial Pilsners either, even though 7.5% is not completely out of control.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 13:31:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

06-21-2013 23:56:07 | More by Mbpike
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

09-10-2013 13:28:08 | More by mendvicdog
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-06-2014 06:15:07 | More by dfhhead25
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-07-2013 13:41:28 | More by tommyguz
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-07-2014 16:57:33 | More by BMart
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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

My Antonia, this Birra del Borgo version anyway, pours out darker than I expect from a beer in the Pilsner family. It's not quite amber in shade, but it is dark mustard yellow. Two fingers of soft head at first, but it drops down to a thin ring. Good lacing.

This is one curious set of smells. There's a bunch of aggressive aromas, but they're all present here in subtle doses. I pick up on white peaches right up front. There's a twinge of rust that segues into hoppiness. There's like a sourdough bread component on top of the expected pilsner malt. Something botanical -- Jasmine? -- opens up as the beer warms. I like a lot of these aromas individually, but they're not coming together as cohesively as I'd like. The sour bread character clashes with the rest of the nose.

The taste follows the nose nearly to a T. Flavors of white peach and green tea are really refreshing. There's some orange flavor that I recognize from some American IPAs. It tastes pretty good. It's very drinkable and refreshing. It lacks the crispness and cleanness of the finest pilsners, but this may just be a product of the Imperial Pilsner style (but then, impy pils beers like Boulevard Collaboration No.1 don't like this at all).

The carbonation level is very, very soft. It makes for a drinkable beer, but it doesn't brighten up the flavors very much. Overall, this is an above average imperial pilsner. I do like this, but it has some flaws that bring it below the level of some more well-made beers in the style that I've had. Mostly, I can't justify the pricetag that this beer carries. It's tasty and refreshing, but not at all worth the double-digit price.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:12:09 | More by Reaper16
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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very light malts; powdery, suggestive of corn starch. Hops are distinctly lemony. Smell is clean overall, but also forgettable.

T: Begins almost dry, with strong herbaceous and spicy hops that far outdistance the delicate malts. Bitter lemon is strong into the middle while acidity is mild. The finish arrives quickly, being moderately bitter, dry, and herbal/spicy.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer embraces its style in a way familiar to regular drinkers of DFH's overpriced strong golden beers. In this case it chases some traditional pilsner qualities but cannot entirely shake off a generic feel that also stood out in such beers as Pangaea and Sah'tea. It cleans up well enough in the finish, although it could use more sensory contributions from the grain.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:31:00 | More by beagle75
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Really beautiful packaging.

A = Massively carbonated leading to inches of light foam on top. A fair bit of retention, too. Nice looking, except it's a cloudy, yellow-amber color.

S = As expected, quite hoppy. Piney, floral, mango. Very nice.

T = Taste is rather sweet with a lot of hop flavor and a vegetal, sour/bitter character. I did not love the flavor of this.

M = As stated, very carbonated. Otherwise pretty heavy bodied, so the carbonation made a good balance.

O = Overall, a good beer, but not something I'd seek out due to the vegetal qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 21:12:57 | More by AaronHomoya
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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripelhops, I’m finally getting to the bottom of your epic trade box. Dogfish Head’s collaboration with Birra del Borgo this time; I’ve never had an imperial pilsner, but I love the idea. I’m hoping for a great German feel and some sexy American hops – though I’m not quite sure what the Italians will bring to the table.

A: This one pours the typical pilsner color: dim straw-yellow, with a subdued shine. The head is white, fluffy, and lightly creamy – looks great, especially with the intricate spider-web of lacing. Great retention: there’s a constant tumult of fizz keeping a dense, stable inch-or-so of bubbles.

S: Pungent, citrusy hops on top of lightly estery German yeast – just what I was expecting (and hoping for). The fruits are bright, but with a bitter kick like orange juice. Malts are bready, with a good banana character. Ends with an odd aroma of plastic; like a Ziploc bag. Strange, but it doesn’t overshadow the best of the nose.

T: There’s that plastic bag again, this time right in the front – fleeting, thankfully. After that, it’s a mouthful of some uniquely prickly pine-cone hops over a malt taste of corn, German bread, and raisin. And somehow, it manages to be creamy and grassy at the same time – odd. Honestly, the taste instantly reminds me of “Italian,” though it might just be a placebo effect. Still, it has a distinct Euro spiciness to its hops that drives all the way to the dry, champagne-like aftertaste.

M: Good pilsner feel – without the pop I was expecting, though. It has a nice creaminess.

O: This beer has some odd tendencies, but I can definitely taste the spirit of the imperial pilsner. It’s good – good enough to seek out the DFH-only brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:26:44 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle in a flute.

Pours like a hazy champagne or cloudy adjunct lager by the looks. Tall loose head or near-white that starts lacing fully as the head begins to fall. Plenty of carbonation streaming throughout.

Smells slightly cidery but not of apples, just effervescent. There's a very distinct, soft, pleasant hop character. Smells like a slightly skunking or overly hopped IPA.

Rather hoppy, and oddly spicy that I wasn't expecting. The front seems like it is going to be a fruitful IPA but then on the back end it's very bitter and even a little malty. It's a complicated flavor, not terribly thrilled about it, but I'm warming up to it as the sips go down.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:27:05 | More by eslemarc
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-15-2014 15:49:10 | More by acurtis
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-23-2013 18:40:37 | More by civicm87
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-07-2014 03:44:06 | More by threedaggers
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-01-2014 21:51:48 | More by MPSTARR
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-02-2013 00:35:59 | More by nakedninjaturtle
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-10-2013 14:53:37 | More by twenty5
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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
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