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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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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head with excellent retention on a cloudy pale golden body and nice scattered lacing.

S: herbs, noble hops, pale and pilsner malts, lemon and floral notes.

T: Noble, sharp tasting hops upfront with a pale malt and bready base. Finish is herbal and medicinal. Minimal lemon notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I havent had many of this genre but this one is very good, clean and smooth.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll start with the old world version of this one. Gotta love it. Costs even more for half the amount of beer than the DFH version. I wonder how much the DFH version goes for in Italy.

I'd describe this one as clean. Very clean. Flavor has a real consistent spiced tone from the hops. Hearty and rich, though not too powerful in the overall sense. Smooth feel. More of a sipper, but it's a nice job. I'm interested to see what the DFH version is like.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, the #5 American Double / Imperial Pilsner on the beeradvocate best of lists. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Beer is bright yellow and completely clear with a big white head of tiny and small bubbles, nice carbonation, steady moderate to low, and some lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is noble hops and earthy with a mild sweetness and some floral notes. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and thin on the flavor on the front palate. The beer overall is bitter on the end and mildly dry. Nice drinking beer overall but nothing too complicated. Just a solid beer. Definitely strong than your average pilsner. I'd have it again but I wouldn't pay for it again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Antonia, continually-hopped imperial pils, product of italy, 7.5% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Birra del Borgo, in collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery.

Beyond that, only legalese, not a drop of Gobbledygook.

Appearance: Dark, clouded amber hue, large chalk white, long lasting head.

Aroma: Delightfully sweet and floral (rose petals), fruity, citric, lemon and orange. Just plain ol' gorgeous.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Impressive hoppy edge at the top. Nice, hoppy buzz on the palate, excellent malty texture. Pretty tasty stuff. Fruity, citric bitter flavors still up on top and all over the palate. A maltier, hopper, boozier pilsner, but not too strong and not too thin.

I wish I knew more about this Birra del Borgo. I know to trust Dogfish Head, and know I've got a new Italian brewery to look out for.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a one finger head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grass, citrus, and some floral bitterness is detectable.

Taste: nice pilsner flavors with loads of grass, lemon, some hints of biscuit, and a nice moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: med bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this seems a bit tamer than the DFH version. Still a good and refreshing beer that is easy to consume.

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.