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Contessa - Birra Amiata

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BA SCORE
88
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember the Contessa from the classic soap opera "It Never Ends"... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw-brass topped by a more-than-healthy amount of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, earthy greens, light Vicks Vapo-Rub, and rich toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, which unfortunately means a return of the Vicks character, which blends strangely with the earthy pine pervading the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'm just gonna say the hop selection didn't do it for me, as the Vicks flavor and scent ruined things in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:41:20 | More by TMoney2591
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SilentBob2u2

California

2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 750 mL bottle:

A - Cloudy, orangish hue, pours more clear in the beginning, overall bronze cloudy color, dirty golden

S - Faint funkness, tartness, orange peel, sweetness of papaya or mango, citrus hops, perhaps even blood orange with biscuit notes on the end

T - Does not mask the alcohol flavor, midway through it is sharp and quite apparent. Citrus flavor mixed with floral sweetness, candied orange, definitely sweet floral quality of a very floral IPA. In the end, grapefruit comes through quite strong, mixed with a sweeter fruit like mango or papaya.

M - Thick, borderline syrupy, but not syurpy. Was confused with other reviews bringing up this being a DIPA with flavor, but I guess mouthfell fits that parallel. Extremely low carbonation

O - Carbonation was lacking, flavor was interesting, glad to have tried it but wouldn't go balls out to recomend it. $20 for the 750mL wasn't worth it. Somewhat disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 22:00:49 | More by SilentBob2u2
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-09-2014 13:05:08 | More by tedho21
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-21-2013 16:18:25 | More by FrankHammer
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

05-11-2013 02:14:24 | More by Hellpop65
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nickd717

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:52:52 | More by nickd717
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stcules

Italy

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden blond, intense, slightly veiled. Average white foam.
Hoppy smell, on a light malty base. American hops. Tangerine, then an underlying resinous note.
At the taste, again malty start, then hop, but not overwhelming, delicate, with light citrus notes, resinous, too, pleasant.
Well amalgamated and balanced.
Fresh and pleasant aftertate again, quite long, but never too prevailing.
Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:54:11 | More by stcules
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-02-2013 22:56:17 | More by acurtis
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-12-2013 02:24:17 | More by sunofneurot
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-29-2013 16:49:07 | More by CCutch
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-31-2012 22:33:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-07-2013 02:43:21 | More by bckayaalp
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-18-2013 07:18:26 | More by beernads
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-02-2013 22:56:26 | More by djrn2
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-29-2013 19:12:45 | More by tastymug
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-06-2012 23:59:25 | More by sludgegnome
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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-28-2013 12:21:42 | More by valkyre65
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-23-2012 17:45:18 | More by ste5venla
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-02-2013 19:51:35 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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guytyping

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-27-2013 18:08:05 | More by guytyping
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-23-2013 15:53:50 | More by JohnK17
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titustheking

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-22-2013 22:40:43 | More by titustheking
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-14-2013 18:26:32 | More by nmann08
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craftbeerasian

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-30-2013 00:27:29 | More by craftbeerasian
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travishardy929

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-23-2012 22:17:02 | More by travishardy929
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Contessa from Birra Amiata
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.