Bia IPA - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Reviews by liamt07:
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
Best by March 2013, bottle from the LCBO. 12oz bottle into a tulip.
Hazy browned orange, off white head. Film of retention, light lace. Nose is earthy, bitter, herbal and grassy with a hint of citrus zest. Palate is more malt forward, bitter earthy and leafy and reminds me of acorns. Drying, a bit bready and moderately bitter citrus finish. Medium feel, lighter medium carbonation. Not bad, but not an American IPA.
04-02-2013 00:44:49 | More by liamt07
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4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
330ml bottle, 6.5% ABV in this incarnation; the label addressing makes for a difficult time discerning the specific origins of this offering. I'm just going to assume they've moved to bigger and better digs in the meantime...
This beer pours a hazy, sediment strewn golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky white head, which leaves some nice chain-link fence lace around the glass as it evenly recedes. It smells of bitter citrus and pine hops, and bready caramel malt. The taste is more bitter pine and citrus hops, buttressed by some additional herbal notes, and a decent offsetting creamy caramel and biscuit bread maltiness. The carbonation is present, and well-behaved, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth. It finishes off-dry - in this case, a catch-all for the duality of the still-active bitter NW Yankee hops and well-represented malt.
Well, my Italian became played out after ascertaining that this is "Artisanal Double-Malt Beer". That sooo undersells this. Anyways, it was all I could do at each full stop in this review to not continually point out the eerie similarities to West Coast USA IPAs. This interconnected world we live is starting to really pay dividends...
07-31-2011 02:21:28 | More by biboergosum
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Somewhat overated. The promise of something good is teased from the initial orange citrus aroma, that on settling in the glass becomes more rather yeasty. Smells like a pale really, though strong bitterness and good drnkability. 1.5X IPA though not complex.
Bottle from Presario.
10-10-2011 22:45:25 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy copper/amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with dry floral hops with some nice ester is quite something. Taste is also dominated by loads of floral malt with some distinctive rustic notes. Hops notes are quite nice with almost zero bitterness and great huge floral notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed and super enjoyable. This is something I would enjoy drinking regularly.
11-22-2012 20:45:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +12%
I like the colourful orange label. I poured this bottle into a pub glass, but didn't realize there was sediment, so this review includes the sediment. This will be my first Italian beer!
This beer pours a very hazy pale amber colour with a slight coppery tinge. The head settles down to about a centimeter, and is very foamy.
The aroma is hoppy, rounded out with some malty sweetness. There is a slightly lemony aroma here too.
The flavour is tart with aromatic hops to start. This gives way to some gentle creamy malt flavours and some biting bitterness. The finish is slightly spicy, yet fresh with some slight citrus flavours coming through.
This is a very good IPA. If this was a bit cheaper, I'd have it on the regular.
08-03-2011 01:33:30 | More by evlu1441
3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3
Appearance - Hazy amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.
Smell - Hops, malts, grassy, grapefruit
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerine and some light apricot and something along the lines of medicine/solvent. It ends with only a bit of bitterness.
Overall – Worth trying but don't be expecting a flavourful explosion like most other American IPA's have. It also doesn't have a whole lot of hop bite to it. I wouldn't buy this one again.
04-19-2013 00:01:21 | More by spinrsx
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
served on-tap, ABV for the beer is 6.5% and not 5.5% as reported
A- Dense, very hazy orange, with maybe even a hint of sediment. Nice and lively frothy white head, decent retention and loads of lacing on the glass
S- Much sweeter than expected with caramel malts among some kind of musty yeast feeling. Still smells fresh as an ipa should with strong notes of grapefruit along with some lighter orange notes
T- As the aroma suggested this is quite far from america's heavily hopped ipas. Grainy malts, with biscuit notes and again that musty herbal feel (on the raw side of resiny i would say). Overall this even quite sweet, but it may still be defined an american ipa cause american hops are clearly present, with assertive citric notes (expecially grapefruit), and aftertaste is dry and bitter
M- Medium body and carbonation, decently smooth but still nicely lively on the tongue. Nice mouthfeel, just nothing really worth noticing
O- Overall this is somewhere in the middle between english and american ipas. It has nice drinkability, but that musty feel is quite out of place for the style and the beer lacks both the sheer delicacy of english ipas and the assertive freshness of american ipas
10-15-2011 10:49:56 | More by Cozzatoad
3.75/5 rDev 0%
330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before February 2014. Been looking for this one for a few months, as I'd heard about the LCBO including it in one of their earlier seasonal releases. Hopefully the extra months on the shelf haven't weakened it too much. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a pale golden-amber colour, cloudy with sediment. Seated atop is nearly two fingers of puffy, frothy, delicate white head with excellent retention. It leaves behind luxurious swaths of sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates over the next five minutes or so. The aroma is clean and fresh, with plenty of orange citrus as well as some lemon/grapefruit rind, apricots, caramel and yeast. Typical of the style, but well-done nonetheless.
The flavour is somewhat unique amongst the IPAs I've tried previously. Bready pale malt and biscuity sweetness come through at first, followed by floral, fruity hops - with pineapple, mandarin, apricot and some slight piney notes. The finish is yeasty and somewhat musty, an interesting combination, though not a particularly orthodox one for the style. Dry finish, with hints of yeast and apricot lingering into the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with relatively heavy carbonation that gives this brew a zippy, crisp mouthfeel that softens as the beer breathes and warms.
Final Grade: 3.75, a high B grade. Bia IPA is an enjoyable brew, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for from an India pale. This beer is not as intensely hopped or flavoured as most American-style IPAs - whether this is intentional or simply related to the fact that this bottle is close to 5-6 months old now, I cannot say for certain. To be fair, this is still a tasty beer, and the combination of citrusy, floral hops and the yeasty, musty finish gives this one a 'hopped farmhouse ale' vibe that I can see some people really digging... I'm just not one of them. An interesting beer that I could see myself returning to, though I'd probably wait until a fresher sample became available. Give it a shot.
07-28-2013 18:03:44 | More by thehyperduck
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Found this in my notes from my trip to Italy back in September. Tasted at a brewfest I accidentally stumbled upon in Florence, this was the best of the 4 or 5 I tried.
Pours a light and slightly cloudy orange color with a nice white head.
Aromas are nice, fresh hops, citrus, light grapefruit, and some hard candies.
Taste is much like the nose, nice hoppy IPA. Fresh hoppiness, creamy malts, candied citrus, and a light resiny and crisp finish.
Nice mouthfeel, full, smooth, and not heavy.
Solid take on the American IPA style. And done by an Italian brewery to boot. Well done Birrificio Del Ducato, I'd be happy to drink this one any time.
12-04-2010 22:59:02 | More by flexabull
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
Beer is cloudy golden, a bit of orange. Small to moderately sized white head.
Nose contains some citrus, some pine and a herbal scent. I don't think the batch brought in by the LCBO was the freshest, and that is probably affecting the scent, as it is a bit lifeless. The herbal scent is not the best and is rather prominent.
Taste is a bit nicer than the nose. The citrus is more pronounced, mainly orange. Some sweet malty flavours, a bit of caramel. Some pine.
Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit irritating.
Overall, not bad, and may be fairly nice when fresh.
05-13-2013 01:21:15 | More by jrenihan
3.96/5 rDev +5.6%
A treat to find at the local LCBO...
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.
S - A tad mild, slightly metallic, sour citrus and a hint of iced tea.
T - Unique citrus sweetness but offset by a sour citrus rind bitterness, sweet caramel, hints of pineapple, fresh evergreen notes and a touch of mandarin on the finish.
M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and finishes with a touch of dryness.
O - A pleasant seasonal release and happy to find an adventurous brew from a country from which I've had few experiences. Solid hop profile that is nicely balanced and well worth a try.
04-07-2013 05:27:29 | More by andrenaline
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
330ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/9/11
A light copper with lots of bubbles and plenty of sediment and even chunks of yeast? floating around. great retention and lace from a two finger cream colored head, pretty good looking stuff
S caramel with some leafy hops, faint pine and some citric rind
T mimics the smell quite well but with a little more earthy hops and some biscuit
M medium bodied with enough bubbles to cream it up a bit without turning it to foam, very faint heat from the booze
O pretty decent stuff and unexpected being a IPA from Italy, there's some balance with enough malt to keep the hops in check
A bit of a surprise for me and I like good surprises, a bit of an English/American hybrid IPA interesting and worth trying
09-16-2011 01:40:31 | More by wordemupg
3.91/5 rDev +4.3%
Hurray!! Review #600 took long enough lol.
Hazy, dark tangerine pour. Half finger, soapy off white head. Lacing is decent.
Sweet mandarin and tangerine aroma. Very little pine, very subdued wet grass. Super citrusy and candy like.
Sweet tangerines again. Wet grass, and a touch of pine. Very simple yet delicious,
Light body, low carbonation.
04-07-2013 22:57:44 | More by korguy123
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Although exceptional flavour compared with many other Italian beers, definitely (imo) not up to the level of its American counterparts.
Pours a hazy copper with a reasonable white head that fades quickly. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel for the limited head and retention. Aroma is yeasty and musty, with none of the hop or malt notes that I expect from an IPA. However the taste is a pleasant surprise, with some pineapple and other tropical fruit elements in the body through the finish. Simple and not terribly well balanced, but enough flavour that I’m glad to finish the bottle.
Although not a beer I need more of (at least this release), a brewery I’ll watch and support whenever I get a chance.
04-06-2013 20:48:09 | More by hopsolutely
Bia IPA from Birrificio Del Ducato
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.