My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) - Birra Del Borgo
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4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
24.5 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like grassy and spicy hops, bready malt, and some light citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel). It tastes like grassy, herbal and spicy hops, bready malt, lemon peel and some apples. There's a nice light bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, has soft carbonation and it's easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew, but at $14.99 a bottle I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at that price. With that being said, it's certainly worth trying.
01-07-2012 23:15:47 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev -0.5%
a - poured a one-finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that settled to a thin ring of lace. the body was a slightly cloudy amber color.
s - sweet fruits, some citrus with a lot of piney hops.
t - caramel and toffee sweetness with big pine flavors.
m - creamy and slick. really coats the tongue nicely.
o - a very good beer but not quite as good as the DFH version.
01-03-2012 15:04:15 | More by GPHarris
4.1/5 rDev +2%
12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A cloudy golden color with a large three finger white head.
S- Citrus hops and spicey/earthy hops, hint of malts.
T- Citrus hop upfront and in the middle, some wet grass that is not off putting like in other beers I have had, earthy bitter finish, some beardy malts add some balance to the beer.
M- Smooth, medium body.
O- Enjoyable and a good beer, but not the same as the DFH version, based on my notes and what I remember...it has been over a year since I have tried the DFH version, probably will revisit it soon. It cost more than a 750 mL of the DFH version so I probably won't be picking it up again, but I am very happy that I finally tried it!
12-20-2011 00:24:28 | More by larryi86
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up from one of York's finest Italian delis.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation - the amount of sediment indicates that this is bottle-conditioned. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a decent surface layer. Aroma of hops - lots of hops! Notes of citrus, especially grapefruit and oranges, alongside tropical fruit and a whiff of pine. A warm, spicy hint in the background - possibly alcohol.
Tastes of overwhelmingly fruity hops with a sweet malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Light, sweet malt in the background along with yeasty esters. A crisp, fruity bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, tingly and dry. Fantastic body and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.
Mmmmm - tasty! An unusual style but packed with flavour. Tons of aromatic hops, with solid malt in the background. The mouthfeel is nice; very smooth with a pleasing texture (bearing in mind that a typical pilsner would be quite light). Similar to a DIPA, and just as good. An excellent showcase of what Italian craft is capable of (with a little help :)
12-11-2011 00:23:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.43/5 rDev -14.7%
12.7 oz bottle in a flute.
Pours like a hazy champagne or cloudy adjunct lager by the looks. Tall loose head or near-white that starts lacing fully as the head begins to fall. Plenty of carbonation streaming throughout.
Smells slightly cidery but not of apples, just effervescent. There's a very distinct, soft, pleasant hop character. Smells like a slightly skunking or overly hopped IPA.
Rather hoppy, and oddly spicy that I wasn't expecting. The front seems like it is going to be a fruitful IPA but then on the back end it's very bitter and even a little malty. It's a complicated flavor, not terribly thrilled about it, but I'm warming up to it as the sips go down.
11-21-2011 23:27:05 | More by eslemarc
3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
12.7oz green bottle filled to within 1cm of the top. Served in a pokal and sampled 8/9/11.
A: Pours with 4 fingers of a puffy, billowing head - fairly dense, off-white in color and very long lasting. Slowly moving bubbles can be seen through the body which has a pale straw yellow and slight haziness. The lack of clarity keeps the appearance one notch below perfect.
S & T: Grain, straw and bread with a spicy, wet grass-like hop quality. Rubbery phenolics come through as the beer warms and intensifies with each rising degree.
M: Full, luscious body with a semi minerally/gritty texture. Fizzy carbonation and clean bitter finish. Very good mouthfeel.
O: Average beer and, for some reason, not nearly as good as DFH's version. I'm not really digging the concept of Imperial Pilsners either, even though 7.5% is not completely out of control.
11-19-2011 13:31:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
375ml plastic-wrapped green bottle. The cap is weird and the plastic is hard to get off.
It pours a pretty clear gold with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing.
Well it smells orangey. It definitely doesn't smell like a pislener.
The flavor isn't bad either. Usually these imperial pilseners just end up tasting like sweet orange juice, this one actually tastes good, but more like an IPa. color me surprised. Nice bitterness, still some orange but also grassy herbal flavors. Not too much malt.
The imperial pilsener category is one of the worst beer styles known to man, but every once in awhile there is a decent one, usually because they are like a lager dipa. Just keep pilseners the way they are, they are better that way, no need to imperialize.
10-31-2011 02:50:11 | More by crossovert
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
Served in a tulip glass from 12.7 fl oz bottle (bottle conditioned).
A- dark straw colored. Poured a thick, white, long-lasting head with large bubbles. Not quite as clear as I was expecting. Good lacing.
S- Flowery, European hops dominate. Low to no malt.
T- Strong hop flavor backed up with light but noticeable malt. Bitterness dries out the finish. Malt sweetness comes out more as the beer warms. Clean.
M- Full-bodied. Balance is hop forward (bitter). Medium carbonation.
O- Even though this is a 7.5% ABV beer, the alcohol is completely hidden in both the taste and aroma. A good idea of an imperial pilsner, have had it several times now and will continue to keep an eye out for it.
10-15-2011 14:30:17 | More by Hands22
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
Tasted from a 750 ml bottle that was given to me by Chris at Miorge Mihoublon in Belgium.
A - This appears to be bottle-conditioned, because the beer was clear when I poured the first glass, then got cloudier as I poured more. The color is golden with some copper or orange highlights. The white head is rocky, thick and long-lasting. It has the appearance more of a saison than a pilsner.
S - This has a classic DFH-style aroma. It is a mix of citrusy, spicy US hops (I can't identify which variety), some bready malt and a lot of sweet alcohol. I would not recognize it as having any relation to pilsner, but it is very inviting.
T - The taste initially hits with a wave of US hops that are citrusy and spicy. The focus then shifts to bready malt for a second before a wallop of hops bitterness hits. The finish is moderately sweet and boozy, but not cloying.
M - The body is fairly heavy. The carbonation feels smooth and fluffy. There is some alcohol presence, but not a burn.
O - This is a great beer, but I must admit I wouldn't call it an Imperial Pilsner if it wasn't printed on the label. If there is any character added by pilsner malt, it is buried under the hops taste and bitterness, both of which point more to a strong, malty IPA for me. Borgo has created a fine beer with DFH and I think it shows a hint of great things to come from them.
10-09-2011 20:54:10 | More by Radome
4.22/5 rDev +5%
Great find first off.
A - Very light. pure white head and a lot of it. Looks like a over carbonated pilsner.
S - Woah. Defionately a pilsner smell but at the same time it somehow smells totally italian and totally hoppy.
T - Sort of the same as the nose. You can really get the pilsner characteristic and it isnt overwhelmed by the hops. At the same time its a good hop character. The best thing is that it lingers with this sort of spice on your tongue. Not the normal beer spice its acutally like spicey as hell. Dont know where that comes from but its great.
M - Light, classic sort of pilsner MF.
O - I honestly was expecting to be dissapoited even though DFH was involved. But time and time again Ive been tasting Italian beers and been truly impressed. This is great stuff. Not just becuase DFH is involved, I will totally be on the lookout for more Birra del Borgo. Pick this up if you can.
09-25-2011 01:17:02 | More by OutFox
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
12.7 fl. oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
A - hazy straw colored with some visible carbonation. a very tall frothy white head that takes forever to reside. leaves some really impressive lacing.
S - strong piney, grassy hops. lots of citrus and pale malt. overall a nicely balanced aroma. there's a good bit of rummy alcohol present too.
T/M - the piney, grassiness of the hops is more subdued in the taste but still very established. there's a sweetness of the malts that is all too familiar too DFH's IPAs. as in the nose there is a good amount of citrus flavor and alcohol as well. pretty refreshing. mildly carbonated, medium bodied.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer, though I will say that the flavors are very similar to a few other DFH brews that I've tried, there's nothing really in this one that stands aside from any of their other beers. still a great tasting beer nevertheless.
09-08-2011 03:52:23 | More by patreely12
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: golden yellow orange with 2 finger white head
smell: citrus, hops, sweet, malts,
taste: citrus, hops, malts, bready
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: totally different beer then the dogfish head version. so glad I finally got to try it.
09-08-2011 01:45:58 | More by THECPJ
United Kingdom (England)
3.2/5 rDev -20.4%
Appearance: Cloudy murky dishwater brown with huge billowy lacing head.
Smell: Sweet malt and no hops. smells like a brewery.
Taste: It's ok. The malt is the predominate flavor here. There is a slight hop bitterness in the tail end of this one.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nothing stands out.
Overall: Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.
08-28-2011 19:34:55 | More by Squelch
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Yellow and a bit cloudy, one finger very creamy lasting head, nice sheets of lacing.
Smell is light, a bit grainy with some lemon overtures, quite pleasant tho.
Tastes great! Bold and forward with grassy hops and citrus flavors dominating, with a touch of toasty malts rounding things off. The thing is there's plenty of flavor here, and I do love a good pilsner or imperial pilsner. This one doesn't disappoint at all.
Body is refreshing yet almost full in its thickness and rich, creamy carbonation.
Overall it's damn delicious and a great collaboration; no surprise that there's yet another beer with the dogfish head logo on it that I love.
08-03-2011 22:49:07 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
Amazing, but I'm addicted to this style. Yellow orange ambrosia-like pour with a fluffy white head. Smells lemony and sweet. Saaz. Smells like Saaz. Marmalade is what I taste. with the sweet and the bitter. Small, fuzzy bubbles cut like a Brian Adams' knife. Love that....the bubbles that is. Freshly mowed grassy finish. More please....
08-02-2011 00:57:10 | More by specksnreds
My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
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