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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of doof116
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of janubio
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of peabody
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Treb0R
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of shigg85
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of korguy123
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml?
$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.

Photo of sailorastro
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of b2rade2n
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of windyy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.