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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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90
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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
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Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of danieelol
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice dark gold with thick white head

S-smells amazing! Like beer beer. Dry hoppy grains. Medium strength. Fair sweetness.

T-wow this is good. Comes in with a good and spicy bitterness. It's a very foreign and complex flavor. Mostly bitterness upfront and after awhile the hoppy grains come in. The end has a spearmint aspect to it. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a good dry finish. Bitter

O-this is a great beer. Tastes fairly different to me than the other my antonia. It has more of a rustic European taste to me. It's very drinkable and enjoyable

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head with excellent retention on a cloudy pale golden body and nice scattered lacing.

S: herbs, noble hops, pale and pilsner malts, lemon and floral notes.

T: Noble, sharp tasting hops upfront with a pale malt and bready base. Finish is herbal and medicinal. Minimal lemon notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I havent had many of this genre but this one is very good, clean and smooth.

Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with massive four finger off-white head. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Pils malt, grassy hops, a bit of lemon. Also a very light bubblegum aroma.

T - Pils malt and grassy hops. Quite herbal. A bit of citrus. Finish is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a clean, bitter finish.

O - If this was only brewed once as listed, this bottle is getting old, which is reflected by the reduced hop presence compared to the DFH version I had not long ago. Still, pretty tasty and was probably even better fresh.

Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very light malts; powdery, suggestive of corn starch. Hops are distinctly lemony. Smell is clean overall, but also forgettable.

T: Begins almost dry, with strong herbaceous and spicy hops that far outdistance the delicate malts. Bitter lemon is strong into the middle while acidity is mild. The finish arrives quickly, being moderately bitter, dry, and herbal/spicy.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer embraces its style in a way familiar to regular drinkers of DFH's overpriced strong golden beers. In this case it chases some traditional pilsner qualities but cannot entirely shake off a generic feel that also stood out in such beers as Pangaea and Sah'tea. It cleans up well enough in the finish, although it could use more sensory contributions from the grain.

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a little hazy with a three finger fluffy eggshell head. Dark golden, strong carbonation. Really nice fluffy lace all the way down and a full finger of retention.

S - Grassy, lemon, noble hop, a little medicinal with some honey and pine too

T - Grassy, lemon, herbal hop, sweet bread, noble hop. A hop forward pilsner with lot's of hop flavour and sweetness to balance.

M - Far too carbonated, medium body, and a mild bitterness.

O/D - A pretty nice Imperial Pilsner. Too carbonated, making it difficult to drink at times, but flavourful and interesting. Easy to drink aside from the carbonation. Nice stuff.

Photo of mulder1010
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle
Thanks to Platinum Liquor

A-- Poured a clear, golden straw color. Quite vibrant and shows nice life with small carbonation bubbles. Three finger bright white head that slowly dropped to half a finger of rocky head leaving lots of thick, soapy looking lacing. Looks even better when swirled.

S-- Light notes of lemon grass and citrus but backing of sweet bread. Soft but quite vibrant nose.

T-- Starts of clean and crisp and picks up quickly. Get sweet banana bread and a lot of citrus notes followed by citrus bitterness.

M-- Highly carbonated and quite creamy. Lighter bodied, though it does get heavy as drinking on.. Lots of bitterness in the mid and back of the palate. Lots of notes of lemon, pine and grapefruit with good doses of sweet bread. ABV is noticeable in the mouth but still a very good feel to this.

O-- Nice beer. Quite drinkable and a good palate changer. Good collaboration beer.

Photo of ADZA
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden hue with a lovely creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is perfume fragant floral hops,honeyed malts,grains and freshly cut roses,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with tastes of redgum honey,floral hops,tropical fruits,lychee and finished with a very light tarty dryness and overall ive been looking forwards to this for a while and it didnt dissapoint one of the better imperial pilsners going around which would be perfect with seafood and i will definately buy again cheers.

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DSlim71
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle picked up at one of my local shops. I enjoyed the DFH version so let's see how this one fares.

A - Pours hazy, brownish-orange with 2 fingers of soft white foam. Leaves a few spotty patches of lace on the side of the glass.

S - The smell immediately comes through with hops in the forefront. Grassy and lemony with a light citrus smell. It also has a floral quality and some toasted malt.

T - The taste leads with the hops as well. It's floral and grassy with lemon and orange citrus qualities all coming together. There is a sweetness along with the taste of an artisanal bread. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the hops that hangs around.

M - Medium body with carbonation on the higher side of medium. Doesn't finish as crisp as I expect from a Pils, but I guess this is an imperial version.

I enjoyed this beer. I can't remember which version I liked better, but both are good takes on the Imperial Pilsner style. Drinks almost like an IPA, which is why I think I like it so much.

Photo of jpajpajeff
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Leviathan_USBM
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of Riverared
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Jules11788
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LukeONeill
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.