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Contessa - Birra Amiata

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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of joefuzz
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into pint glass no bottle date but by the flavor im going to assume it is pretty fresh

pours a clear gold with a very tiny white head great lacing

smell is a total citrus hop bomb which i was not expecting at all...the smell is on par with some of the best IIPA's i have ever had

Taste is up their with the best of them as well, huge citrus hops punch you in the nose and mellow out to a very nice sweet aftertaste with a slightly dry finish

Mouthfeel is pretty on par with a imperial ipa...low carbonation and full body

Overall this beer is absolutely stellar!! I have no idea why there are only two other reviews for it...people need to seek this out immediately

joefuzz, May 05, 2012
Photo of HopHead29
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter:

A- Bright cloudy gold with a bright white head. Head keeps retention but is not very big. Leaves lacing. Head has soap like bubbles in it.

S- Lots of fruit complexities. Mostly reminiscent of pear, banana, grape fruit, and tropical fruit (maybe kiwi and pineapple?). Also a hint of pine. Very nice.

T- There's a nice sharp attack of hops consisting of some of the aforementioned smells. This big presence of hops is well balanced with a beautiful wheat breadish malt that just sits there in the background. Best part? The taste seems to linger a little bit.

M- Quite smooth. Carbonation isn't too intense. There is a pleasurable sharpness that is felt at first that settles into a mild tingle. Feels pretty good.

O- Not what I was expecting coming from Europe or Italy for that matter! Was it worth $16? Maybe.

I am going to have to try more Italian beers.

HopHead29, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

RBorsato, Mar 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

MacStinson, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PaBeerLover, Jul 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GFish, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Juice-O, Sep 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

hansavijaticar, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PeteRiz, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

being a large part italian, i figured it would be worth my while. i already like the other italians ive tried- the standards, of course.
this one pours a 'hofbrau' gold with no head to speak of but billions of tiny bubbles that neither rise, nor interact wth each other. they seem to just 'hang' there as if suspended in a jelly-like substance. trippy.
smell is... floral, hoppy. citrus-y
taste is.... same, but rather subdued. i get the pine-y, bitter finish but the first taste is smooth and soft, maybe a tad sweet for what one might consider sweet in a hoppy-er brew.
those billions of tiny bubbles arent making much of a mark in the feel of the beer. the beer has a consistency of, maybe, pulp-less pineapple juice? not as thick as an orange juice, a little lighter. and still beer, of course. but this is a different brew...
overall, i guess i could like this if i were into hoppy beers. but i do like the way it goes down and i am very intrigued with the different 'feel' to this. it is so smooth i can try to accommodate the the bitter tang from the hops, but then, these even taste different than the hops i've become used to in most of the american ipa's. surely try it if you have the opportunity; i imagine this would be incredible from a tap...

pkalix, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
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!

mwilbur, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

stealth, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RocksteadyRye, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RobertColianni, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

AlaskanYoung, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DRBiser, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ. Well, on to the beer:

Light orange in the glass, decorated with some strings that cling to the glass. With Italian beer, you have to approacch with caution. Not saying it in a bad way, but most of their craft offerings feautre some oddball spices. But not Contessa. The nose is very American (good hop and malt combinaiton, oranges), and so is the flavor (sweet and hoppy, sweet citrus). It's medium bodied, and despite being full of flavor, is pretty easy going down the hatch. This is an very good Italian Pale Ale (dare I say IPA?) that doesn't fool around.

DoubleJ, May 28, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a fine ipa, and another great Italian craft beer. I wish these were more prevalent in the united states market. thanks to my rare beer club for this one. it pours a light and bright pale yellow color with several inches of thick white foam. countless tiny bubbles scatter towards the surface. the nose is really hoppy, a lot like the mosaic hops I used in my most recent homebrew, although I doubt highly if mosaic is used here. similarly high alpha though. light malt profile, almost like a pale wheat beer, but a little cleaner. the taste is just like the nose, very alive, very springtime, very delicate, very drinkable. some floral elements in with the tropical and bitterness of the hops. the grain bill is simple, but a serviceable platform for the hops to come through fully. lighter than medium body and effervescent carbonation make this beer readily sessionable, even with its stronger abv. I have very little to critique here, as I thought it an excellent example of the style from the Italian point of view. less aggressive than American versions, but that's true of everything right? well worth seeking out this time of year.

StonedTrippin, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Ciocanelu, Jun 02, 2014
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Contessa from Birra Amiata
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.