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Re Ale 6th Anniversary | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 07-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a spicy, grassy pine needle character that's countered by sweet malt notes. Slightly soil-y with floral, piny hops followed by caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Smells like a standard European interpretation of an American IPA.

Medium bodied and well balanced with a dry, earthy hop presence that's countered by a sweet malt backbone. There's a decent amount of bitterness up front but the hop profile is lacking in complexity. Dry with some grassy pine needle flavor. Could use some citrus or light fruit sweetness. This is countered by a sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and dark fruit. Aggressively hopped for a European IPA with a decent amount of bitterness of sweet malt for balance but nothing out of the ordinary. A nice enough beer but I probably wouldn't order it again.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap during the Italian beer fest at max's. I suspect this was a special keg they got in, just for the fest.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, what there is of it, with some light dry citrus and some noticable cherry and fuji apple from the malt. It's nice, though I wish there was a bit more of it. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there's a bit more of everything. Also, while there's some noticeable malty sweetness, there is sufficient hoppy bitterness to counter and balance that sweetness. There's also a hint of hop perfume on the nose and palate that I appreciate. Ultimately, this comes across as a light-weight, nicely balanced IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with fairly long, lightly bitter finish.

A nice enough beer, but here in the states, there's really nothing to distinguish this beer. Can't imagine why I (or anyone else) would want to order this again.

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Re Ale 6th Anniversary from Birra Del Borgo
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.