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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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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

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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 Cee-Poe


4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25oz bottle

A-- Pours a bright straw color with a hazing reminiscent of a wheat beer. The head is a vey nice three finger rockey white head that retains itself throughout the pour.

S-- Penerally, pilsners leave a bit to want in the aroma department. Unless, you like the smell of wet change. However, this beer provides a much richer aroma than your typical pils. DFH's continual hopping is quite apparent on the nose.

T-- As mentioned above, the hopping of this pils puts it outside of the box. To that end, this is an excellent beer that works very well with spicy food.

M-- The appearance of the beer seems to portray a fuller bodied beer and that is exactly the case. The mouthfeel of this beer is almost as rich as an oatmeal stout that clears as quickly as a traditional pils.

O-- Both my buddy and I were very impressed by this beer. It is unique without trying too hard and good enough to want again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 00:11:54 | More by Cee-Poe
Photo of laituegonflable


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
Photo of Trilogy31


3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml - never seen it in this size. Dark hazy brown almost looks like a belgian strong along with the same requisite rocky off white cap (dont remember it being this dark). Very nice head that sticks around for the duration. Also to note, this bottle let out a very loud hiss when opened. Nose opens with bright citrus and biscuity malts, alcohol phenols, corn husk and some vegetalness, intriguing for a imp pils. Mouth hits right away with gushing carbonation and brings corn flakes, corn fields (reminds me of frshly tilled land - a bit of greeniness), dry malts and a twinge of hop bitterness - only bitter no flavor from them and finishes with bitter belgian spices. Refreshing and the carbonation does well to wipe away the flavor and nose to prepare you for the next sip. I actually prefer this to the dfh version which seems lighter in color (doesnt matter) does have an almost astrigent alcohol taste. The bdb version seems to be better intergrated and a well made beer regardless of which brewey it comes from.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:01:23 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of AaronHomoya


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
Photo of janubio


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle, that looks more a brandy or liquor bottle than a beer one.
Hazy golden colour, big head with good retention. Smells of hops, exotic fruits (I think papaya), oranges, spices, floral notes. Medium body, good carbonation.
Taste is very bitter,spicy, maybe pepper, papaya, oranges, herbal notes and simply a hop beast. Dry and bitter finish, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 14:32:46 | More by janubio
Photo of peabody


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very bubbly amber yellow and keeps making suds in my pilsner glass. At least 4 fingers of white cream adorn the top of this pour. Bubbles never stop all through the tasting.
Aroma is spicy and hoppy with hints of lemon peel or orange peel. The spice is pepper and mabey nutmeg but it is very light.
Taste is hoppy and sweet with a fairly strong phenol quality. The bubbles in the brew die as soon as it hits your tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean except for the slight stickyness of the sugar/alcohol. All the flavors leave so quickly that you want another drink right away.
Overall this isn't a bad beer at all. In fact I think it is the best pilsner I have had thus far. Love the fact that the bubbles keep on and keep on.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:27:32 | More by peabody
Photo of shigg85


4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a pilsner glass. Orange-amber semi-cloudy brew with an amazingly thick creamy head that lasted the length of the drink's life, receding into a petri-dish style head at the end. The hoppy, citrusy notes coming off this smell are amazing with a taste that just blew my mind, completely changing my definition of what I thought a pilsner was. The mouthfeel was a bit acidic in the late late aftertaste, but other than that, I can't find a single flaw in this beer. Loved it, loved it, and would absolutely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 17:14:08 | More by shigg85
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

My overall impression upon finishing and reflecting, knowing nothing more than I did, was that this was little-to-no different than the DFH version and, therefore, its point or purpose confusing.

The idea of an Imperial pilsner is still a head-scratcher. As strong and hopped as this is - it's a freakin' IPA. No argument.

The bottle opens with a champagne POP! Large, foamy stand of head. Clean-filtered at first until my dumb ass dumped out the dregs. Kind of looks like a hefe/pils hybrid.

The hop character is totally American. Spicy orange rind. Earthy, piney, and herbal (as in oregano - was that what DB put in?!). Some fruity phenolic aromas.... much like DFH's.

The flavor boasts a moderate burst of orange and grapefruity citrus via the hops and phenols that lingers long through the finish, trailed by a more pointedly hoppy, mildly bitter and gingery-spicy taste. Yeasty overtones as well, duh.

Despite the apparently massive infusion of carbonation, the beer drinks satisfyingly soft and smooth. If this had any less malt body or came across drier - a much different, less-enjoyable experience - the nuances of the alcohol (heat, floral) would repel especially paired with the increasing (carb) sharpness...

Longer explanation short - it's balanced for what it is, just not dazzling - less would be more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:05:27 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of SHODriver


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

A: poured a light straw yellow until I got to the bottom of the bottle and a bunch of yeast sediment came in to cloud it up. very large fluffy white head with good retention
S: smells of pine and a bit of tropical fruit
T: slight breadiness up front with some nice pine flavor, pale malt comes back to the front before being hit by a wave of citrusy flavor with grapefruit rind being prominient, soft honey like sweetness comes in at times as well. swallow brings more piney and citrusy flavor with a bit of bready yeast
M: crisp and somewhat light with soft but sufficient carbonation
O: very crisp and clean, complex for a pilsner and a very nice hop flavor. I dig it

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:38:17 | More by SHODriver
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 07:22:17 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of WastingFreetime


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

Pours out a hazy yet sunny yellow color with three fingers of persistent craggy white foam that lasts for several minutes, leaving behind nice lacing effects on the glass. Body is on the lighter side of medium density and carbonation levels are on the heavier side of medium strength.

Smells aggressively of white grapefruit and orange juice, pilsner spice / white pepper with lesser amounts of bready yeast, a slight sourdough odor with an interesting nuance of asian duck sauce. The flavor has more of a biscuit / herbal tea central focus with the citrus fruit and spice elements coming in secondhand as support. ABV is very well hidden, its only really perceptible as an exaggeration effect upon the initial "fruit juiciness" of the citrus peel aspects of the hopping within. Dries up quite nicely by the finish, behaves flavor-wise as if it magically transforms from an ale to a pilsner in the mouth with each sip. (As in, it starts out tasting fruity and dirty/complex and drops these extra ale aspects one-by-one until it tastes mostly like a clean, spicy / grassy pilsner at the finish.) As far as malt sweetness levels are concerned, I place it at ending up near halfway in between German and Czech pilsner sweetness spectrums.

This is definitely worth checking out for those who are bored with the same-old usual lineup of approaches to 'pilsner'. It's different enough to be interesting and novel, but not so different as to be unapproachable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:25:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

$19.99 @ Premier Gourmet
Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy sunset coloured pour. Three finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is incredible.

S- Big, bold, juicy hops. Full on citrus and pine onslaught. The grapefruit alone just makes your mouth water. You can get a touch of cereal and some pilsner malts with a subtle grass smell.

T- Up front is a massive punch of bitter pine with a juicy grapefruit finish. Than slowly melds to pilsner malts and than a touch of alcohol. Flavourful and simple, it's short, sweet and to the point.

M- Slightly chewy, almost medium bodied, great refreshing carbonation.

O- I rated the DFH version quite high. This is way up there as well. This is spectacular. Really glad I bought the bigger bottle and spent the extra money.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:05:52 | More by korguy123
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that laces. There is no sediment, but a slight haziness. The nose is a fierce competition between candi sugar and piney hops. Very interesting for a double pils. The taste is more similar to a Belgian strong than a double pilsner...I'm quite confused and let down. The mouthfeel really seals the belgian strong ale deal with a potent, palate-coating sweetness, biting alcohol, yeast and resinous hops. There is nothing light and refreshing about this beer. I will not try this beer again and don't know why I bothered.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:35:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of CrazyDavros


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

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and grassy hops along with a soft doughy yeast note, Belgian style.
Clean flavours, with some soft sweet malt and grassy and spicy hops. Also the faintest hint of alcohol.
Carbonation could be higher really.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 10:13:18 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:30:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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
Photo of Parrotshake


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pils glass. Clear golden orange, big, big tight head and quite a bit of lacing. Dead handsome. Bubblegum and white grape on the nose - I think Kiwi hops, although I'm pretty sure they didn't use any - also a bit of bread, lemon and elderflower.

Like drinking liquid flowers at first, then everything sorts itself out - spicy, grassy saaz, a bit of slightly off dank citrus (Simcoe, maybe), more flowers, honey. Some alcohol bite. It's not well hidden but it does contribute quite nicely to the flavor profile. Slight sour bready lager finish. Lingering bitterness builds with every sip. I sip it again as I'm about to finish this paragraph and notice more stuff. Eucalyptus.

A little thicker than most pils, but it does have more going on than most. Works out well. Silky. Very pleasant. I've had a few of these recently and I like it more and more. Could drink a ton.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 13:13:12 | More by Parrotshake
Photo of TheStove


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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep rich golden color with a nice finger of lingering head. Smells deliciously citrus with hints of candy and yeast. I'm wondering how this one is going to be a pilsner.

Drinks like a full flavored and full bodied Belgian golden. Plenty of citrus candy flavors mix with hop complexity for an interesting beer that seems to only get close to pilsner in terms of a signature slight hop bitterness that underlies and finishes subsequent sips. Excellent fizz and snap on the tongue at the finish of each sip.

This is slightly reminiscent of Shorts' Pontius Road Pilsner in that I'm not sure how close this actually is to qualifying as a pilsner. However whatever it is, it is quite good and an amazing beer I would love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 08:31:46 | More by TheStove
Photo of Aethien


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in an absolutely beautiful bottle, looking more like a liquor bottle than a beer bottle. It pours a clear golden colour with a nice white head.

The smell practically bursts out of the bottle with intense piney hops followed by a little tartness and plenty of fruits and a little grainy near the end. This is a balls to the wall, in your face smell that takes no prisoners.

The taste is brutally bitter and a real hop bomb, this outdoes many DIPA's for bitterness. Slightly oily piney hops dominate the flavour, accompanied by spices and some fruitiness, although not as fruity as the nose, it has a dry and grainy finish where the fruity flavours are more pronounced again.

Mouthfeel is a little oily from all the hops, something I personally don't like. Otherwise it's good and befitting of the beer.

Overall this is one mean hopbomb, a very enjoyable beer but not one I'd quickly drink more than one glass of.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:57:10 | More by Aethien
Photo of danieelol


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Platinum

Pours slightly orangey yellow with good head and great lacing.

Smell is a little sour as soon as I pop the cap. Then big fruitbowl aromas. Plastic and fruit candy. Reckon there's NZ hops in this (which is apparently wrong in retrospect). Fruity grapey Nelson and maybe some plastic Motueka. Also got some spicy pepper, suggesting Saaz. Not much malt, showcases the hops.

Taste has sour candied plastic fruits. Get more fruitbowl and a slight leafiness. Well-bittered.

Mouthfeel is hoppy, fruity. Quite a bitter finish and nicely carbed.

Overall an enjoyable hop-delivery vehicle. Not for those who want a lot of malt with their hops, but then again it's an imperial pils. Good collab.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 11:42:55 | More by danieelol
Photo of AdamBear


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice dark gold with thick white head

S-smells amazing! Like beer beer. Dry hoppy grains. Medium strength. Fair sweetness.

T-wow this is good. Comes in with a good and spicy bitterness. It's a very foreign and complex flavor. Mostly bitterness upfront and after awhile the hoppy grains come in. The end has a spearmint aspect to it. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a good dry finish. Bitter

O-this is a great beer. Tastes fairly different to me than the other my antonia. It has more of a rustic European taste to me. It's very drinkable and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:23:46 | More by AdamBear
Photo of kylehay2004


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:25:06 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of warnerry


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:12:14 | More by warnerry
Photo of beagle75


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
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a little hazy with a three finger fluffy eggshell head. Dark golden, strong carbonation. Really nice fluffy lace all the way down and a full finger of retention.

S - Grassy, lemon, noble hop, a little medicinal with some honey and pine too

T - Grassy, lemon, herbal hop, sweet bread, noble hop. A hop forward pilsner with lot's of hop flavour and sweetness to balance.

M - Far too carbonated, medium body, and a mild bitterness.

O/D - A pretty nice Imperial Pilsner. Too carbonated, making it difficult to drink at times, but flavourful and interesting. Easy to drink aside from the carbonation. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 07:20:15 | More by tbeckett
My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.