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Zona Cesarini - Birra Toccalmatto

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BA SCORE
89
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-15-2011

Sorachi Ace/ Pacific Gem Hops
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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 12
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Off to a nice start; pretty looking IPA. Deep copper body with a beautiful off-white peach head. Great retention and lace.

S - Two for two; awesome nose. Incredibly fresh, bright nose of dandelions, grapefruit, agave, hay, and tangerine rinds.

T - Wow, this beer was hyped at two high quality bottle shops in Padua Italy and Paris France, and I have to say it lives up to the hype. Delicious. Fresh, herbaceous hops lead load onto your palate, followed by smooth, softly sweet malt and honey. Cilantro, lemon, lime zest, earthy tarragon, and dill blend seamlessly into grapefruit citrus, honey, and bread crust.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame with well balanced carbonation. Awfully close to perfection. To nitpick the fine details, it's a shade fuller than perfect for a single IPA and could use just a touch more carbonation.

O - The best beer I've had out of Italy, hands down. Kudos to a job well done.

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4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy yellow-brown pour with a two finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is very unique. Slightly sour along with some white wine notes, lemon, and pine. The taste follows suit with a unique earthy-citrus undertone. You'd swear this thing was aged in white wine barrels, but I think it's getting that from the unique hops. Lots of pine with a sweet caramel malt emerging as it warms. The mouthfeel is tangy and slightly sour with a great crisp, dry, bitter hop finish. This is my second Toccalmatto beer and I'm very impressed so far.

Just picked up the latest batch of this beer and it was so amazing I had to add to my review. Hazy amber-orange pour with a fluffy off-white three finger head with great retention and lacing. Extremely fresh with juicy hops dominating both the nose and taste. Resiny and piney with huge citrus and tropical notes with just enough sweet caramel malt for great balance. The mouthfeel is incredibly juicy with a great tangy, crisp, bitter finish. Overall, this was just so much better than I had remembered, I had to update my review. Surfing Hop is my favorite IPA, but this is not far behind. Toccalmatto is really bringing it! Highly recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Chez moeder lambic fontainas Brussels

Hazy golden with a small white head that stays and bothers the glass with its stickiness. Immensely fresh aroma of orange, apricots, some vanilla.. Just massive.
Hoppy as all hell, but not extremely bitter. Just drinkable, fresh and marvelously fruity.
Semidry, good long bitter finish. Not a lot of malt notes to be found at all,
Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, but not "sparkly".
Very good refreshing IPA !

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say the few Italian crafts that I have tried have been very expensive and very underwhelming,I was told this is different and they were right.Pours an orange infused golden sunshine color with a sticky half finger white head that settles nicely.Wow a big punch of ripe sweet tropical fruits come out as I pour into the nonic,very nice!A very creamy mellow feel for an IPA,again wow!Good hop complexity with a bitter edge,tropical fruits with a bit of herbal/grassy notes,finish with that bitter edge,mildly sweet.This really hit home for me,a very nice beer here.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although classified here as American IPA, this beer should be entered in still nonexistent category of »Oceanic IPA« considering that contains Soraci Ace hops native to Japan and Pacific Gem grown in New Zealand. The two hops are featured by high alpha acid content therefore both have good bittering potential. 750 ml, BB date reads 21. September 2011. Interesting label though, with a classic motive of the Rising Sun and Japanese military aircraft in the foreground. Pour into tulip gives birth to hazed deep golden body with orangeish tint, topped by low to medium dense white head that sets to a stable cloth.The aroma is very peculiar with a good dosage of blackberry typical of Pacific Gem hops, accompanied by lemon and grapefruit and subdued clean malty sweetness.The initial oaken flavor originating from NZ hops with citruses (from Japanese Soraci Ace hops) and peppery spiciness continues to a high, resinous hoppy bitterness that lingers into prolonged aftertaste but never gets really harsh. The low, clean malt flavor is virtually imperceptible. Moderate carbonation combines with high hoppy bitterness derived from high alpha acid NZ and Japanese hops to provide dry finish. Nearly medium bodied with smooth texture.

Zona Cesarini is a very particular interpretation of American IPA distinguished from others of its kind by usage of exotic hops giving it blackberry aroma and oaky flavor.

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral and herbal hops, lemon custard, tea notes and sweet lemon/lime confectionery.
Similar lemon/lime, custard and herbal hops as flavours. Some sweet clean malt following along with a well-suited assertive bitterness.
Could use some more carbonation.

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Zona Cesarini from Birra Toccalmatto
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.