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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

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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 Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Bir & Fud in Rome, May 2011. BB is Feb, 2013.

Bottle opened with a big pop. Poured into a Bruery chalice. Light tan body, hazy. Poured gently, produced a 2 inch head, Has great retention, lots of lacing.

Nose is quite hoppy, notes of orange/citrus hops. It's a nice change that the malt is far less than in a DIPA, letting the hops shine through.

Tastes as well of orange/citrus hops. Just slightly bitter, this is a nice hoppy pilsner. Ends dry and slightly bitter. Love the balance of sweet fruit and bitterness.

Body is light and carbonation is medium, gives this a slightly fizzy/slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer, it is very drinkable and refreshing. I am getting turned onto the imperial Pils style and this is a beer I am going to be drinking more of, along with the Bruery's Humulus lager.

Beerenauslese, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kaelingirl, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

richkrull, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Beautiful orange-yellow, heavy internal carbonation, nice small foamy white head, an excellent sight, cap came off like a cork out of a bottle of champagne

S: Light citrus, hops, lemon zest, very fresh and light in its fragrance, almost a little tangy/acidic

T: Hints of clementines, lemons, citrus fruits, great sweetness and bitterness balance, grapefruit, something special

M: Incredibly smooth, easy to drink, refreshing, a bit lingering on the aftertaste, but enjoyable all the same

O: Possibly one of my favorite beers overall, certainly in its category, definitely one to try

MatthewWilde, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Riverared
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Riverared, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a two finger tall foamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% but the remaining head last through the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Floral and citrus hops with some light aromas of lemon and some malt hints.

T: Very crisp pilsener like flavor in the beginning of the malts, the flavor is very crisp with the grassy and floral hops coming mostly in the finish which is pleasantly bitter. There are some nice lemony hints to the flavor as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty interesting and I think that I enjoy it better than the DFH one. I enjoy the flavor and it is a easy drinker that could be sessionable.

dbrauneis, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange-yellow amber with a two finger fine white head and lacing. Nice continual carbonation. Aroma of hops, caramel malt, lemon citrus. Flavor is dominated by the hops with a muted neutral malt backbone. Some citrus flavors and a dry, hop finish. Medium bodied and creamy. Quite refreshing. Hoppier than I'd expect from a pilsner. Well made and tasty. Quite similar to the Dogfish Head version.

LiquidAmber, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Jules11788
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jules11788, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LukeONeill
4/5  rDev -0.5%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -44%

jmilo64, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ohtheguilt, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of cld253
4/5  rDev -0.5%

cld253, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of GarrettMD
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy very light brown. Two finger foamy dense head, it's taking forever to dissipate.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away, lots and lots of hops, mostly floral and citrus. Up close it's still all hops, very light smelling hops, bits of lemon coming through.

T - Well, you can definitely tell there's a pilsner base. Very crisp taste, malts come through first followed very quickly with a burst of pure bitterness followed by the citrus taste of the hops. Extremely well balanced and straightforward.

M - Crisp, clean tasting beer. Nothing to thick and sweet. Nothing really coats your mouth, but the fleeting tastes are very pronounced. Finish is only there for a second, but it's mostly bitter with slight hop flavors.

O - I really liked this. I would like to see more breweries doing this style of beer.

GarrettMD, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a fluffy white head that leaves nice webbing as it dissipates. There is sparkling carbonation throughout.

Has a fresh aroma with light floral hops. Clean cut straw and a hint of lemon zest.

A crisp balance of citrus and fresh baked Italian bread fills a pilsner glass. There is some bitterness and a long, clean, light finish. Simply sublime.

Crisp, clean and fresh. The body is medium as is the carbonation with a modest presence of alcohol.

A highly refreshing pilsner, this is what one expects, yet rarely finds. My Antonia compliments a hot summer day for lunch or casual conversation. One can only imagine this would pair exquisitely with a raw bar.

SLeffler27, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Presticle
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Presticle, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of b3shine
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Looks good; Smells good too. The hops are evident, which is a plus for a pilsner. Tastes great. Hoppy, but light and crisp. Mouthfeel is good. ABV is hidden nicely. Overall, a delightful brew - probably the best (imperial) pilsner I've ever had.

b3shine, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle looks a bit different from the one displayed here. It is yellow and black, and looks kinda like a police badge.

A: The beer is a medium shade of brown, and very hazy. It looks a lot like a cider. The head is a very thin layer of large sized bubbles. Not much lacing...just tiny wet spots on the glass.

S: I can smell a lot of hops and the malty scent comes through. Some light caramel and some very light flowery hops. It smells a lot like DFH 90min IPA. Smells pretty good.

T: At first I get the hops...they have a resinous, earthy quality. Then, there is a strong very sweet tasting caramel flavor. It tastes just like a caramel apple. There is a mild bitterness. It's a bit sweet for me, but it is a pretty good beer.

M: The mouthfeel is light, but the bitterness elevates it so that the body feels more like a medium bodied beer. It has a very good mouthfeel. There is a semi-sticky sweetness on the edge of the mouth, but it still feels dry. The hops give it a decent amount of bitterness at the back of the mouth. It has even more complexity than the flavor.

O: I enjoyed drinking this beer. It has some very nice qualities that make it more than just a beer. It's definitely worth trying (if anyone is reading this) but I don't think I would buy it again. It's really like an overly sweet IPA. If you're a hophead with a sweet-tooth, this beer should be in your fridge.

teromous, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

johnhenryconway, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of drgarage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle (looks like a new batch -- slightly different label than the one on the site)

A: Darker than I would expect from a pilsner -- dark hay with a beautiful, two-finger head on top, quickly fading to a tight circle around the edge and the occasional skittering of bubbles across the top.

S: Huge hops for a pilsner. Like a soft, rounded IPA nose. Extremely floral and integrated with the malt aroma.

T/M: Well-crafted blend of hops and malt here. Hops, drying, crisp malt, and a solid body behind it. This is certainly not my favorite style, but the execution is excellent, with a focus on integration.

drgarage, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

My Antonia, this Birra del Borgo version anyway, pours out darker than I expect from a beer in the Pilsner family. It's not quite amber in shade, but it is dark mustard yellow. Two fingers of soft head at first, but it drops down to a thin ring. Good lacing.

This is one curious set of smells. There's a bunch of aggressive aromas, but they're all present here in subtle doses. I pick up on white peaches right up front. There's a twinge of rust that segues into hoppiness. There's like a sourdough bread component on top of the expected pilsner malt. Something botanical -- Jasmine? -- opens up as the beer warms. I like a lot of these aromas individually, but they're not coming together as cohesively as I'd like. The sour bread character clashes with the rest of the nose.

The taste follows the nose nearly to a T. Flavors of white peach and green tea are really refreshing. There's some orange flavor that I recognize from some American IPAs. It tastes pretty good. It's very drinkable and refreshing. It lacks the crispness and cleanness of the finest pilsners, but this may just be a product of the Imperial Pilsner style (but then, impy pils beers like Boulevard Collaboration No.1 don't like this at all).

The carbonation level is very, very soft. It makes for a drinkable beer, but it doesn't brighten up the flavors very much. Overall, this is an above average imperial pilsner. I do like this, but it has some flaws that bring it below the level of some more well-made beers in the style that I've had. Mostly, I can't justify the pricetag that this beer carries. It's tasty and refreshing, but not at all worth the double-digit price.

Reaper16, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Jennings
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jennings, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DrewShal9
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: mellow honey body with delicate bubbles lazily rising to form a thin white head that started out thick and fluffy
S: floral and lemony smelling hops and a tinge of alcohol brought out as the beer warms. For some reason, pilsners have a soapy smell to me.
T: as the nose depicts, there's a clean refreshing taste of flavors, specifically the lemon but has a candy like sweetness with a mild bitter.
M: smooth light body with a faint carbonation
O: first ever imperial pilsner I've ever had and this has me interested in trying more of the style.

DrewShal9, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +24.4%

JustinQ, Jan 30, 2012
My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.