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Hoppy Cat - Birra Del Borgo

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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 07-30-2012

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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 6
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brown colour, quite pale really. Maybe a slight cloud is visible but otherwise clear. Head is pale beige, nice and foamy and sticking around fairly well. Certainly not black but otherwise nice.

Nose is a very pleasant IBA nose. Nice underlying malt, not very roasty but rich and full-bodied, and overlying all is lots of delicate fresh hops. US mostly, with citric and tangy pine qualities. Quite lovely, really.

Taste has a bit more on the roasty side, with a touch of slightly sour under-roasted coffee upfront. Midway switches to the hop side, all US hops with citric and slightly resinous bitterness. Not quite enough though, it doesn't really balance or capture the best of both camps.

A little dry on the texture, good enough body though.

Not a bad brew, a little bitter and not quite enough early hopping for me to really sit up and take notice.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney as part of the Italian Spectapular festival.

Pours a reddish brown colour, both lighter and clearer than I expected. Head is a solid creamy white hue that leaves very solid fine sheeting lace down the glass. Looks good.

Nose is pleasant enough, with some mild roasted notes and mild inoffensive hops, which meld to give a peachy character, spliced with some extra grain from the roast. It adds depth to the aroma, but not a huge amount. Not bad.

Light bitter malt on the front, leaving a grain taste, before the hops display a biting entry. This dissipates rather quickly, leaving the mid-palate feeling a little bit like the lull between storms, and the hops turn fragrant and rather sweet. Finish crescendoes in bitterness, leaving a solid feeling at both the front and the back of the palate.

Not bad overall. Plenty of nice characters done reasonably well. It's not going to knock anyone's socks off, but it's solid enough.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a really cloudy, dark brown with a nice thick two finger light brown head. Thick lace and a finger of retention. Pretty nice.

S - Really floral. Perfume as well. Really original aroma. Inviting.

T - Citrus, dark fruit, roast, floral and perfumey. Good balance and depth of flavour. Very original black IPA flavour.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, not overly bitter.

O/D - So smooth and easy to drink. A lovely new take on the black IPA. Good one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance -
Pours a thick 3 cm head; nice and fluffy, mocha coloured. Plenty of thick lacing cakes the side of the glass. Pours a dark amber colour, hazy with some particles. Little effervescence.

Smell -
Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, raspberries, sour cherries, hop resin, milk.

Taste -
Coffee, cocoa, bitter hops, grapefruit, leafy, more of the dark fruits and raspberry flavours, a bit of cream. Really just follows the nose, but probably a bit more bitter than the smell suggests.

Mouthfeel -
Not much fizz and bite, a bit watery, but generally clean and refreshing. A bit of peppery bite on the way down.

Overall -
Pretty well balanced, not as hoppy but expected and the roast flavours are front and centre. A little bit of complexity and fruit to add a point of interest and complexity. Overall, a smooth brew. Maybe a bit watered down down in feel, and the strength of its flavour and aroma. Enjoyable but was hoping it would pack a bigger punch.

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Fan of this brewery for sure but the US style beers are subpar imo.

Pours a deep mahogany/almost brown color with a nice offwhite head. Dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing a thin white head as I drink the beer.

Brown sugar and resinous hops in the nose, a touch of maple syrup as well.

Taste; fairly balanced but a bit sweet upfront; brown sugar for sure. Hops are there; citrus and floral; finishing with a clean but fairly solid bitterness. A tad earthy and herbal in the finish; a noble hop presence lingers on the palate for a while.

Mouthfeel; crisp and smooth.

Overall; complex enough beer for the abv, not a great representation of the style. Lacks the pungent hops and full body for the style. For me, much closer to an american or french brown ale that is decently done.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark but clear mahogany colour with a smooth, off-white head. Great head retention.

Lightly roasted malts but more importantly plenty of resinous hops. Great citrus notes and well balanced.

Medium malt flavour. Really this is all about a combination of aggressive hopping with American varietals and some light roasted malt notes. Good balance and very tasty.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

An excellent beer all-round. The flavour profile is very good, especially for the lighter alcohol volume and the balance is all there.

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Hoppy Cat from Birra Del Borgo
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.