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Contessa - Birra Amiata

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BA SCORE
88
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Amiata visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 08-04-2010)
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Reviews by nickd717:
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3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alla spina a Bir & Fud a Roma.

Hazy yellowish-amber with a nice lacy white head.

Sweet malts and citrus fruits on the aroma, with a good hop presence.

Flavor is citrus, orange and grapefruit, and sweet malts with a touch of caramel and some breadiness.

Medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Could be a bit crisper with a little more bite.

Overall not too bad of an attempt at an IPA.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
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Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy, light orange amber. Thin, quickly dissipating white head leaves a ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of orange, other citrus and light stone fruit, citrus hops, light sweet malt and a hint of funk. Flavor is an unusual attenuated grapefruit and light fruit flavor with mild citrus hops and light malt. Nice lingering. somewhat dry, citrus hop aftertaste. The first few sips left me wondering where the flavor was, but I grew to enjoy the complexity of the subtle flavors present here. The bitterness seems to hit the exact taste centers that are triggered by grapefruit., which is unusual even in other beers that have grapefruit flavor elements. This is not your typical American pale ale, although the right malt and hop elements are faintly present. This is the closest thing to champagne I've had in a beer. The flavor starts out almost nonexistent and then light flavor elements reveal themselves slowly until the rather full scale citrus hop finish. Recommended if you want to try something with subtly light flavor, but interesting. Body is light but active carbonation gives this a nice mouth feel.

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

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some favors of grapefruit citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good Italian represention of an IPA that has some nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit bit isn't overly bitter.

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A: Pours a clear greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing a massive 4-5 inch bubbly white head. The extreme amount of carbonation jets continuously refuel the head so it lasts just about forever. With time, and since the head lasts for the duration of drinking the entire glass, the head eventually turns more rocky in nature. Thick, fluffy lacing.
S: Fresh citrus hops, fresh cut grass, lemon zest, and hints of delicate herbs and peach. Light and fresh and different from your typical American IPA.
T: Peach, delicate citrus hops, grassy herbal note, hint of honey. Follows aroma quite well.
M: Light body, wonderful prickly tingle from the carbonation, soft mineral bite, and with a satisfyingly dry finish.
D: This one grew on me...I think my taste buds needed a little retraining. It is a subtle--and subtly complex--brew...certainly not the in-your-face hop slam that has become de rigueur for the typical West Cost IPAs. Seek it out for a nice change of IPA pace!

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Contessa from Birra Amiata
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.