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

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

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BA SCORE
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245 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%


Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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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laituegonflable

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap as part of the Local Taphouse Italian Spectapular.

Pours a golden colour, clear like a lager should be. Off-white head, foamy and good retention. Lovely head; lovely everything.

Smells nutty and fruity with plenty of hops overlying a cereal grain base aroma. Malty, but in a pilsenery sort of way so it's not too heavy or anything. Hops float on the top, nice and US-style tangy aroma hops. could have used more; in an imperial pils I expect hopping to be more aggressive than this.

Taste is very sweet upfront, loads of malt on it from an obviously big grain bill. Some cereal characters, wheat and oat grain coming through, with lots of US hops that kick in midway and manage a very fine job of cleaning up the palate by the end; citric, slightly piney and grassy. A beer of two halves, but both balance each other well.

Bit of booze on the mouthfeel; otherwise fine.

Kind of pedestrian, but fairly pleasant and enjoyable flavours. Maybe a good bridging beer for more extreme flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 05:28:38 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried originally in bottle from DFH. This version was on-tap from BdB as part of the Italian SpecTapular festival at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours a light golden colour with clean haze. Lace forms in patchy slips from a pretty solid, creamy egg-white head. Decent heft to the body too. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is super malty: clean husky grain characters with a touch of leafy European noble hoppiness. Some breadiness comes through as well, giving a dryness that's not entirely pleasant. Not bad though.

Taste is clean and crisp, again very light on the hops, but with a pleasant clean grain character which almost fills that role. Finish is a little sweet and a little boozy, but manages to drag a touch of bite from somewhere to prevent it being cloying. Feel is crisp enough, despite the weight.

I'm not going to lie: this was something of an average brew. It's not bad by any means, but the version I had from DFH was much better, and I say this as someone who's not a huge fan of the maverick DFH philosophy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 04:52:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub during their recent 14th anniversary celebration. Poured amber with very good clarity and with almost no head, still a fairly pretty beer. Smells quite acetic, with notes of peaches, lemons, and quite a few tannins. Obviously a far cry from the original, this beer has become a whole new animal. Speaking of animals, the taste doesn't really have any noticeable barnyard notes to it, but it does have a touch of funk. Other than that, it's not overly sour but does exhibit some acetic notes and the same peach and lemon fruit found in the aroma. Smooth, and all around a pleasant beer, but not earth shaking. For what it was, I preferred the original, but I still enjoyed sipping on this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 14:17:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ The Birch Norfolk, VA

A- pours a rich translucent amber color with two finger of creamy pillowy off white head that lasts and lasts! A thick coating of lacing covers the glass as you sip!

S- hug burst of spicey herbal hops fills the nose with citrus orange peel and lemon zest. A subtle dry pale maltiness rounds out the aroma with a tinge of earthiness that is almost unoticable. Clean aroma that lets the hops realy shine.

T- creamy crisp malt flavors create a foundation for the rest of the flavors. Spicy herbal hops with lemon/orange citrusy notes explode on the palate. White pepper and a hint of minerality on the finish with the hops lasting long into the aftertaste.

MF- creamy smooth mouthfeel with a full round body and a fine average carbonation that boosts the flavor instead of drawing attention to itself.

D- the creaminess makes this hop bomb very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a great beer that twists a simple style into something complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 02:55:29 | More by Viciousknishs
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Three Floyds, 23 May 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Small light beige head. Minimal carbonation. Clear golden orange. Very light aroma, just a touch of malt. Malty, bready, herbal. Moderate bitterness through middle and finish. Just a touch of aspirin. Medium creamy body, alcohol a bit hidden.

As it warmed, very light aroma of sweet malt and a faint floral touch came out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 02:59:13 | More by htomsirveaux
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a white head and some good, sticky lacing on the way down. Nose hits like an imperial pilsner with a bit more, as in addition to some grain and bread I got a bit of caramel as well, though it was fairly slight. Some European hops thrown in there as well. The taste balances everything quite well and it does taste like an amped up pilsner. Feel is light to medium with good carbonation. A very nice collaboration.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 10:05:30 | More by Thorpe429
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Perrumpo

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest. It's a well-balanced pilsner, but there's nothing very unique about it, which surprised me, considering Dogfish was involved. Golden-orange color with an off-white head. Smelled like it tasted... balanced but nothing special. Hard for me to describe any individual flavors. Mouthfeel was pretty good, as is the drinkability since it is easy to drink... nothing about it is overpowered.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 17:03:58 | More by Perrumpo
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 00:59:35 | More by glid02
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crisp, clear, golden yellow color, minimal carbonartion, very thin lacing around the top.

S - Spicy citrus aroma with some astringent/acidic smelling character. Mild traces of lemon and crisp, crackery malt.

T - Best described as "complex" for a Pilsner. Has different layers of flavor going on and strikes the tongue with a grassy character, some moderate spice, and a nice malt backbone underneath to keep everything balanced out. Has a modest level of honey and finishes semi-dry.

M - Delicate carbonation on the tongue and leaves a mild coating of spices, caramel and lemon in the mouth.

D - ABV is almost non-detectable.

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan but this particular one is definitely worth seeking out because it's more extreme and more interesting than a typical Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 05:17:01 | More by jzeilinger
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Sammy

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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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What happens when an American brewers meets an Italian brewer? You get an imperial pilsner. On to the beer:

Tinted yellow color, with good head retention and a lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of honey in the aroma, along with some spicy hops to create a diversion in the nose. Although it's an imperial pilsner, the malt tends to outshine the hops in intensity. Honey is tasted all around, bready notes come alongside. Even with the honey dominating, there's still enough room for some spicy hops to meet the palate, and this is especially true in the aftertaste with the spicy hop flavor that lingers.

Collaboration success. It's just too bad that it's expensive in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 01:03:31 | More by DoubleJ
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard of it a few months ago,

A: Pours a standard pils yellow, leaving some really nice lace.

S: Grass, tropical fruit - mango, meadow flowers.

T: Simcoe city, with that being one of my favourite hops I was very happy. Juicy, fruity and complex tropical fruit.

M: Medium/full-bodied, chewy with resin.

D: One of the better Imperial Pilsners I've had. Delicious with great hop character, it definitely stood out from the other Italian beers I had on this day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 23:15:58 | More by Halcyondays
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Drone53

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Publican in Chicago.

This is a very interesting beer. Had a nice golden appearance, with a nice head lacing which sticks to the glass. Has some nice hop aroma, but a nice malt to balance it out as well. A pretty balanced beer overall. A good crisp light taste, but still a firm malt backbone. A very drinkable beer for 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 23:18:10 | More by Drone53
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap over at the Lion's Pride.

Pours a golden color with a huge freakin' head, in fact the 'tender told me it's been a pain to pour it because it foams up so much and fades so slow, leaves tons of good lacing though.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma with hints of malt to balance things, it's not super hoppy or anything but considering it was for the Belgian beer fest, it was probably the hoppiest thing they had on-tap.

Taste is light and crisp for an imperial pilsner, the hops meld well with the malt with neither overshadowing the other, finishes a bit spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 21:11:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:40:19 | More by lordofthewiens
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a brand new Lion's Pride goblet as my first beer of their Belgian Beer Festival [I found it quite funny to order an Italian/American collaboration as my initial beer of a Belgian fest, but I didn't want to pass up this brew, as I'd never seen if poured before]. It has a very pretty tarnished gold color. It is very clear, as a good pilsner should be. It had a large foam head that was pure white; it left behind lots of lacing as I drank it. Surprisingly, I couldn't see any carbonation rising within the glass. It had a musty yeast aroma with some sour citrus mixed in as well. My impressions of the flavor were creamy, malty, and a bit fruity. There was a touch of crystal sugar I could taste, a nod to the imperial nature of this beer, but it was subtle. It had a medium body and a medium level of coating. It felt good, but was not remarkable. I found it to be very drinkable. I thought it would go well with a pork dish. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this over a great meal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 12:57:16 | More by ToasterChef
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. The light straw color and thin lacey head made me think this beer would be much lighter and Belgian in flavor. I was extremely surprised to find that this is an excellent well hopped pilsner. There's a good amount of lingering hop bitterness as this beer goes down, and it goes down very easy for 7.5%. Very impressed with this one, a definite must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 00:05:37 | More by theWrkncacnter
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nickfl

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a three finger head of rocky white foam that settles slowly and leaves epic lace. The body is a deep golden color with good clarity. It is hard to imagine this beer looking better than it does.

S - Sweet aromas of pilsner malt with honey and graham crackers. Some juniper hop notes with light herbal notes and a bit of spicy grapefruit. Quite complex and unusual.

T - Strong herbal hop flavors up front with a bit of grapefruit and grass. Sweet pilsner malt in the middle with a bit of honey, though it is not as intense as the aroma. Finishes grassy and very bitter with pithy grapefruit character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a really nice imperial pilsner, which is really quite a rare thing. It has a wonderful aroma of pilsner malt and interesting spice notes as well as an intense hop flavor that keeps it quite well balanced and drinkable. Unlike most other imperial pilsners it does not become cloyingly sweet and the hop character is complex and interesting instead of the flat bitterness that some other examples of the style display. I would happily drink this again, though I don't expect that I will get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 08:35:37 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/29/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, light malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. There's a mild alcohol sting as well. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 16:59:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Birra del Borgo long-stemmed tulip. Big thanks to P16 for getting such an obscure beer!

A: Clear gold body supporting a finger of white head; great retention and good lace.

S: Pungent and highly complex, with sweet malts, dry hops, and a fair amount of fruity alcohol all jostling for position. I'd say that the malts and alcohol teamed up for the win, with big, round aromas of vanilla and butterscotch taking the forefront.

T: Much like the nose, in that butterscotch and vanilla wound up dominant through most of the flavor, but with a much more pronounced dose of pilsner hops closing ranks with the warming alcohol on the clean, dry finish. Lots going on, and everything pleasant.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with good, fairly smooth carbonation.

D: A bit much with the alcohol to be really quaffable, but overall a very smooth brew.

Notes: By far my favorite Imperial Pilsner, this beer was a hugely positive surprise - I'd never heard of it before I saw it on the Prime 16 chalkboard, and I just couldn't say no. Great balance of sweet, juicy malts and clean refreshing hops (plus a serious kick), this was an awesome beer to try.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 00:34:09 | More by woosterbill
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours an attractive hazy honey gold color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is pretty unusual and intriguing, consisting of honey, light soap (ginger?) and bread dough. While I don't mind the aroma profile of this beer at all, the ginger/soap flavor just isn't working for me on the palate. Also, in addition to the honey and bread dough flavor, this beer is wrapped in a pretty sweet package, something I find a bit odd in a pilsner. The sweetness, coupled with the fairly noticeable alcohol, detracts from the drinkability of this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full with a long finish, but I'm just not enjoying the alcohol bite at the end.

Interesting beer, but one small glass is all I could ever see myself drinking of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 15:19:31 | More by johnmichaelsen
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin foamy white head, which was well-retained, and slowly gave way to some lacing through the drink. The body was a very hazy golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation.

S- Sweet vinous notes of orange blossom, clover, and biscuit-like malt come through on the nose... with the distinct presence of some zesty/herbal noble hops (definitely not hallertau or saaz)

T- A WONDERFUL replicate of the nose rich with vinous notes and a bigger blast of tropical-fruit-like hop flavor than expected. The hop flavor is not hallertau or saaz, but probably a blend of other high-alpha varieties. Delicious nonetheless!

M- Nice medium body. Firm and a bit chewy with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar present. Somewhat syrupy too, with the perfect amount of soft carbonation.

D- Super drinkable. Love it. Only wish it was made year-round. The high alcohol is the only thing that keeps the drinkability from being a perfect 5 in my book!

Post-Review Edit: I agree with johnmichaelson's review in that this does not taste like a Pilsener, and I think this beer is best approached without the preconception of Czech or German Pilsener style...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 13:27:01 | More by jgasparine
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SmashPants

Australia

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 10:05:29 | More by SmashPants
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eric5bellies

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 08:59:41 | More by eric5bellies
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Odell's Rastal Tulip.

Appearance: Huge, dense head with fine bubbles. Quite hazy. Very pretty! Excellent rings of lacking.

Smell: Aroma consists of spicy hops with a bit of a floral note.

Taste: Similar to smell, with lemon, perfume, floral notes, and a sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish, though slightly sticky.

Overall: Tastes like a slightly old 60-minute IPA, but with the spicy lemon hop bill of a pils. Not refreshing enough, nor flavorful enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:52:17 | More by ChrisKayler
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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.