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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 AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some solid stick the glass.

S - There is some bready malts, a bit of pilsner flavor, lemon, and some floral hops. A pretty decent smelling beer.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. This beer escapes the downfall of most imperial pilsners in that it is not too sweet and hot at the same time. Has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Crisp, medium bodied, with good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer in a style that I don't usually care for. Wouldn't mind this again. Easy to drink without any real alcohol presence.

AgentZero, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jaysephx69
1/5  rDev -75.1%

jaysephx69, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy golden raisin color with a tight, 1/2 inch brilliant white head. Leaves intermittent, soapy lacing down the glass.

S-Bittersweet citric hop and pineapple aromas weave their way through the simple yet elegant malt profile. Dry and grainy, with a hint of burnt white sugar.

T/M-Waves of hop flavor cascade down the palate, each layer seeming to wash over the last. Big notes of pineapple give way to red grape, then orange peel. A thin dry hop bitterness crescendoes from the tip of the tongue to fill out the back end. Despite having the hoppiness of a solid west coast IPA, the body has the balanced malty simplicity you'd exect from a classic pilsner.

O-Impressed with this one. I could see it going great with a greek salad, or a fresh turkey sandwich with pickled red onions.

DaveHS, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This collaboration was a great match. The beer is superb. When this brew was opened and I poured into my tulip I could tell that DFH had a hand in brewing this beer. The signature continual hopping is most definitely present. I love pilsner's and this one is top's on my list. Very smooth and hoppy upfront but still light and full of floral hints. This beer can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Thanks for the collaboration.

Cheers

STKPICR0720, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tall pint glass. This is the Birra Del Borgo version with the badge shaped label. I have no idea what the vintage is, but it just popped up in a local beer store so it was either brewed again or B. United just released some more of the original batch.

A - Very nice amber/golden body. Slightly hazy with a large amount of carbonation rising from the etched glass bottom. Super fluffy 2 finger high white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Very hop heavy. These hops smell very distinctively Dogfish Head. Tropical fruits and some light pine notes. This is followed by some subtle bready malts.

T - Same as the nose. Tropical fruits, pine, and bready malts. There is a bit of grass and earthiness as well. Very bitter finish. Mouth feel is a bit on the light side, but sticky and oily.

O - I've had the Delaware brewed version of this and I really don't detect too much of a difference. I am having a hard time distinguishing whether or not this is aged though. The hops are still very vibrant and there is a lot of fruitiness and bitterness, but this is balanced out by a great deal of mild malts. Overall a really nice collaboration. Glad I found the Italian version.

davey101, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Earthy aroma with bready malts and a hint of pineapple and peach.

Tasted of grassy hops, pineapple and peach. This was balanced with bready malts and finished with a bitter bite.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

Delicious and easy to drink. I love it when collaborations between breweries work.

Monkeyknife, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold color with lots of carbonation and a large white head that stands on top of the beer. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A very fragrant herbal and earthy hop aroma with some yeast and a slight alcohol aroma.

T: A nice herbal hop flavor with a bit of sweet malt to balance it out. There is also a slight peach and apple fruitiness. The beer is a little bit bitter in the finish, but there is enough sweetness in the beer to provide a smooth even finish.

M: This is the best attribute of the beer. A medium body with a very silky smooth feel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It is very well crafted. The hop is dominant in this beer, it is crisp and balanced well with the sweet malt.

Kromes, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripelhops, I’m finally getting to the bottom of your epic trade box. Dogfish Head’s collaboration with Birra del Borgo this time; I’ve never had an imperial pilsner, but I love the idea. I’m hoping for a great German feel and some sexy American hops – though I’m not quite sure what the Italians will bring to the table.

A: This one pours the typical pilsner color: dim straw-yellow, with a subdued shine. The head is white, fluffy, and lightly creamy – looks great, especially with the intricate spider-web of lacing. Great retention: there’s a constant tumult of fizz keeping a dense, stable inch-or-so of bubbles.

S: Pungent, citrusy hops on top of lightly estery German yeast – just what I was expecting (and hoping for). The fruits are bright, but with a bitter kick like orange juice. Malts are bready, with a good banana character. Ends with an odd aroma of plastic; like a Ziploc bag. Strange, but it doesn’t overshadow the best of the nose.

T: There’s that plastic bag again, this time right in the front – fleeting, thankfully. After that, it’s a mouthful of some uniquely prickly pine-cone hops over a malt taste of corn, German bread, and raisin. And somehow, it manages to be creamy and grassy at the same time – odd. Honestly, the taste instantly reminds me of “Italian,” though it might just be a placebo effect. Still, it has a distinct Euro spiciness to its hops that drives all the way to the dry, champagne-like aftertaste.

M: Good pilsner feel – without the pop I was expecting, though. It has a nice creaminess.

O: This beer has some odd tendencies, but I can definitely taste the spirit of the imperial pilsner. It’s good – good enough to seek out the DFH-only brew.

BarryMFBurton, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Stockfan42, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

demgoth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bluejacket74, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GPHarris, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ferrari29, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

larryi86, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

jazzyjeff13, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Sender
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Sender, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -0.5%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of eslemarc
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

eslemarc, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +24.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +24.4%

EasyReader, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -0.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

crossovert, Oct 31, 2011
My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.