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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Reviews: 136
Hads: 344
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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 Naugros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from the bottle into my Tiffany pilsner glass. I work for the company so it's only fair that I get any beer glass we put out. The beer is not crystal clear, but the head is spectacular. It's starts off at about 4 inches in depth and then falls to 2.5 inches, maintaining a dense structure of microbubbles that allow it to rise above the rim of the glass. This is indeed suds. The lacing left behind would create a nice sheet down the glass, but I'm a gulper so there are concentric bands all the way down. Excellent.

You get hops in the nose right off, just like the DFH version, floral and earthy without much malt in the background. Not my favorite hop aromas, but not bad either. There's a slight sour tinge around the edges as well, giving it a horse blanket character.

Nothing sour in the taste though which leads me to believe that what I was getting came from the hops...and it's mostly hops with the malts finally making a strong appearance. They do give a sourdough sense, so I'm contradicting myself. I guess the sour is there, but not like I got in the nose. Those who have sensed "sourdough" from malts know what I'm talking about. Hard to explain. The hops continue an earthy/floral profile, but there's also a bit of spice involved as well. A lot going on here, but it works.

The bitterness is pretty huge, worthy of a DIPA, especially for a pilsner...imperial or otherwise. The body is not that heavy but the it gives a sense of being fuller than it is. The alcohol is well hidden and you wouldn't guess this is an imperial pilsner until you finished it and tried to stand up.

The Italians did a nice job rendering this version of one of my favorite DFH offerings. I'm glad I found it and hope that my favorite beer store relocated it next to the DFH so they'll sell more. (1,807 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is extremely fizzy and is probably the most champagne-like beer I've seen. It is a pale golden color with at least an inch of head. Smell is strong crisp hops with mild grains. Tastes are crisp hops and white grape juice with slight pine sap and citrus. Excellent drinkability, and solid all-around. (343 characters)

Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer pours a hazy golden color with an absolutely massive head that retains very well and leaves huge chunks of lacing. The aroma is very nice, it's got a huge helping of noble hops over some pils malts. Alcohol is apparent. The taste is quite smooth, smoother than the DFH-brewed version, with some more subtly than it's American-brewed cousin. It's still very noble hop-forward, but it's a smoother hoppiness instead of the sharpness of the DFH version. The alcohol is also a bit more suppressed. The mouthfeel is a little less carbonated than I'd like, but the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid imperial Pils, I'm still not convinced that pilsners need to be imperialized though. (742 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Copper colour, a little hazy. Head gets big while pouring but quickly recedes to one finger and does not have good retention, although it leaves nice lacing. Carbonation is visible

S- This is the plain aroma of an imperial ipa. Fresh and herbal hops, with a bit of spiciness to them, and a fading sweet malts characther to bring balance. Some orange and lemon in the background

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested; malts are subdued but you may quite easily detect some caramel to bring some balancing sweetness. Then hops of course: earthy, quite spicy, with orange and lemon notes. Some honey in the aftertaste, which is of course quite bitter. Very similar to the aroma but not that good due to excessive tartness

M- Medium bodied, fresh and richly carbonated, but not too much. Pleasantly prickly on the tongue and at the same time soft (though maybe a little too even) on the palate

O- Good drinkability and complexity, maybe not perfectly balanced. It's tart feel does not fit with other flavours and the finish is too watery

Now where is the difference between an imperial ipa and an imperial pilsner? If the second is meant to have more malt sweetness, then this one is an imperial ipa (1,219 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), pears), lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... dangerously drinkable at 7.5%

Overall - A superb brew and one that i wish i could get my hands on more easily... highly recommended.. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Perrumpo
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden complexion body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: subtle hop presence, smells liek a typical pilsner

Taste: Earthy and and nice hope presence for a lager, but I expected that from DFH. Why not amp it more though? Using only german czech hops retained that typical skunky taste too. Great for style but I would not prefer this over alot of beers.

Mouthfeel: light body

Drinkability: nice pilsner. Probably not drink again though. (474 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (440 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.
A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head that retains lacing throughout.
S: Smells of crisp hops and light citrus.
T: Familiar, crisp pilsner malt taste with a slightly creamy finish.
M: High carbonation and medium body.
D: Quite palatable and the unexpected creaminess was a pleasant surprise. (321 characters)

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured in a oversized DFH snifter.

A- Hazy golden color- almost clear, just a slight haze. Foamy, foamy, foamy head- two and a half fingers, that stayed a while and turned into a very thick and creamy lace.

S- hoppy, slight citrus, very light malt, good pils nose but on the stronger side of pils.

T- Light on the front of the tongue, the hop aroma doesn't present strongly in the taste. Very mild but tangy malt taste. Slightly heavier and more tart in the finish.

M- SMOOTH, lighter, but flavorful- an easy and smooth drinking brew.

D- very repeatable- this is a craft version of pils that can be enjoyed and repeated.

Not as good as DFH Golden Shower, but not bad- a solid pils that goes down well on the hot summer nights. (746 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (757 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:

Tonight I pulled out my set of pilsner glasses that my wife got me a few years ago for this special beer. I pulled the cap off and got a wonderful cracking hissing noise as I got ready for a straight on pour. I let the brilliant golden straw color ale hit the bottom of the glass and create a three finger thick creamy head. I held my glass up to the light and I can see right through it with a slow steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the top. As I gave the beer a nice swirl I did not get any lacing on the walls , just more bubbles shooting up from the bottom.

Smell:

As I pull the beer up to my nose, I can really get a nice waft of floral and spicy hops. There is a clean crisp bouquet of cereal and biscuits coming from the large amounts of pale malt used to make up the grain bill. There is absolutely no sulfur notes to mention which is a great sign that it was fermented properly and not to warm. Overall nothing to complex here just smooth and crisp goodness.

Taste:

This is a excellent representation of the style! There is a burst of spicy earthy hops that just shine though this pale lager. There is a clean start on this beer with no harsh or off-putting flavors at all. The next thing that comes through is the spice; its almost peppery but not spicy hot. I'm pulling out a large amount of dryness that really hits you in the finish and leaves you almost licking your lips. It's just so hard to put into words how "clean" this taste, I know I keep referring to that but it just is so refreshing and cooling on this hot day. I can almost feel the tiny carbonation bubbles scrubbing my palate after every sip.

Drinkability:

This beer is way up there when it comes to drinkability, it just hits the spot. I wold say that this beer would be a great starting point for someone who is learning about craft beer or if you are trying to ween a freind off Budweiser or Miller Lite. It is light in body full in flavor and pairs with just about every kind of food out there making this a great beer for just about everyone. For a hot day like today this is just what I needed to quench my thirst and if you come across this beer I'd say you better not pass it by. (2,190 characters)

Photo of skinny0ne
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not brewed continusouly by Dogfish in Delaware. You know it's going to be good when even the foam is tasty. It pours with a big, creamy head. The color is a slightly cloudy gold. The aroma is big with grapefruit and hops. The flavor is very reminiscent of a medium IPA like their 60 Minutes. But it's somehow cleaner than that. The spiced hops are there. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and coriander. But it slides down the tongue instead of punching it. The lagering really helps mellow the flavors without muting them. You could down many of these without hesitation despite the 7.5% alcohol. It's just that clean and smooth without sacrificing flavor. Why haven't I seen this before? Truly a great concept and a new favorite. (729 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Drone53
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,029 characters)

My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.