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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
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Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

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 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.

Photo of PeteRiz
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BeerTruck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Parrotshake
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of TheStove
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Aethien
3.93/5  rDev -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.

Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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