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Skizoid - Birra Toccalmatto

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BA SCORE
80
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 02-22-2010)
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2012 22:06:52 | More by samEBC
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If the greatest form of flattery is imitation, then the American IPA style should thank the Italians. But not only does Toccalmatto mimic the style, they add a little to it...

While the beer pours a rusty chestnut color, its rich and redish hues cast a darker haze that keeps things rusty in appearance. The beer billows with a rich ivory-stained lather that acts as much of Belgian ale as it does American ale; it retains sturdily and laces with tightly controlled concentric rings. Man is this one handsome ale!

Somewhat muted in aromas, a deeper dive of the nose reveals a highly grassy, leafy, and citrus scent from hops. Its supportive malt underpinnings is even lighter but shows elements of bread crust, toasted grain, pecan and toffee-like character. With little in the way of fruit or spice, the nose is all about the balance of malt and hops.

Toffee and nutty sweetness and sturdiness strikes the palate with early malt flavor. Lightly husky and the crusted taste of baking bread resonate on the palate just ahead of the hop onslaught to come. Though the malts have rich tendencies, they do not labor the palate with unnecessary sweetness. Instead, its dry malt flavor allow the taste of white grapefruit, lemon verbena, sasafrass, bitter orange peels and leafy chlorophyll to extend from middle hop additions. Its delicious balance of toast and herb work nearly to perfection, as the periphery of the beer isn't distracted by unwarranted complexity or off flavor.

Its unprecedented dry and creamy upstart is charming and highly accommodating of its flavor. As the creaminess fades, its bitterness invites a bone-dry and spicy mouthfeel that wisps away any residual malt textures in order to prefer a finish of fine minty warmth, resinous pine, citrusy brightness.

Where the beer is regretfully common with its simple dry malt and earthy hop balance, it should be better celebrated for its clean malt dryness, its acute hop bitterness and its understated but supportive malt creaminess. It's simply a work of art that is highly drinkable and perfectly suited for tomato based, sausage and pasta dishes that's done, perhaps Marsala style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 08:28:33 | More by BEERchitect
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

Pours a ruby red brown color that is slightly hazy; no head really to speak of given it was on cask, but there were a few minor bubbles.

Very nice hoppy aroma; floral and passion fruits; a sweeter maltiness underlying the solid hop dose in the aroma. In terms of the flavor, the hops actually showed up a little more soapy and the maltiness was a bit sourdoughy rather than sweet. Confused me pretty well. Medium body overall and completely still in terms of carbonation; little oily and slick. Overall, the hops were a bit too muted for my taste in the style. However, a pretty damn decent attempt. Drinkable, and tasty enough. Just wouldn't rush back to another.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2010 20:58:33 | More by Nickls
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy dark copper-amber pour with a huge three finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Huge herbal, floral nose with a touch of perfume. Lots of piney, citrusy hops initially, opening up with more fruity, caramel and bread dough notes as it warms. The taste is somewhat one-sided from what the smell suggested. The bitter hops really overpower the malt. Lots of resiny pine dominates, with just a touch of sweet tea and caramel from the malts. It fortunately regains a measure of balance as it warms and becomes pretty drinkable. Considering the huge head and retention, the mouthfeel is really pretty light on carbonation. It's slightly oily with a hugely bitter finish. Although it lacks a little on balance, overall it's another nice offering from Toccalmatto.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:49:56 | More by beerdrifter
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stcules

Italy

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry wood color, creamy beige head, beautiful.
In the smell you can fell the american hops, grapefruit, piney, resinous. Fresh and inviting.
In the taste again the american hops, grapefuity and resinous, on a good but not invading malty base.
Balanced (even if probably too "light" for the american taste).
Herbal and citrussy grapefruit aftertaste, long but not cloying.
Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 11:20:19 | More by stcules
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper/dark amber with a large, white, mousse-like head.
Nose shows bready malt, piny hops, grapefruit and biscuit-like malt.
Flavours include similar rich malt and more grapefruit and piny hops.
Carbonation is annoyingly high unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 09:15:52 | More by CrazyDavros
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-18-2013 15:04:46 | More by nmann08
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-03-2014 18:56:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-04-2014 03:59:21 | More by Nolen12
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-04-2014 04:39:08 | More by jkball01
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-26-2014 20:45:55 | More by tom10101
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy mahogany color with three fingers of rocky cream head. Nice ring of lacing left behind.

Aroma was not as hoppy as others have said. Perhaps a bit older than expected. Very light floral and citrus notes with a bolder caramel malt presence.

Again, as with the aroma, this is much less hoppy and more malt-driven. Caramel malts with maybe a hint of floral hops and orange.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

Drinkable, but definitely not an American IPA from this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 22:14:09 | More by Monkeyknife
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-01-2014 15:24:53 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark caramel with off white head. Nose is malt up front, caramel and brown sugar with an assertive hop taking over, pine and citrus mostly. Taste is lightly grainy, a bit of malt backbone with a citrusy tangerine hop and light pine. A little flabby, bitterness is moderate in the finish on a creamy body and a bit heavy with limited carbonation to try and balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 16:32:09 | More by cpetrone84
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-11-2014 19:09:44 | More by BuckTuckian
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Annarella

Italy

2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

It looks good but... this is the only good think i can found in this beer.
Smell is strong and very resinous, the hopping kill any other think.
Taste is too bitter without a good base of malt, so at the end the mouth is hard strike! No sense beer for me!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 09:32:05 | More by Annarella
Skizoid from Birra Toccalmatto
80 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.