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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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Reviews: 137
Hads: 352
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 24
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 352
Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of drgarage
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.


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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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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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.

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.