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Zona Cesarini - Birra Toccalmatto

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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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On-tap. Shaker glass @ Cervecería Freiburg (Barcelona). Inviting brass color, cloudy appearance. Head is white, close & lasting. Slightly toasted malt, pine, resin & citric tropical fruit –pineapple, grapefruit- aromas. Crispy upfront, resinous & flavorful shows hints of grapefruit on the back. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture. Well balanced malts & hops but finally sharp bitterness arises in the middle while lingers into a dry finish. Pine & grapefruit notes on the aftertaste. Highly recommended AIPA !!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, bottled 2nd of july 2012

A- Amber colour with a bit of haziness. slightly off-white head which is not very generous (about 1 finger) but is sure very dense, and shows very good retention as well as decent amounts of lacing

S- Great hoppy aroma. Fresh grassy/undergrowth feel upfront, whit a bit of a sharp/pungent feel to it. Some citric and exotic fruits notes on the back of things. Not overly complex but super fresh, assertive and persistent

T- A bit of a let down after what the aroma promised. Slightly sweet entrypoint with a touch of caramel. A bitter resinous/herbal feel (has some fresh notes of pine and something that reminds me of mint) soon deveplops on both tongue and palate. Some exotic fruits notes may be noticed if paying close attention, but they're pretty much covered by that strong herbal feel, which also dominates on the back of the palate an in the aftertaste, with again that sharp/pungent feel that could be noticed in the aroma. Overall very refreshing despite quite intense bitterness, though the smell was way more promising

M- Medium body. Carbonation is quite dense but somehow not that prickly, the beer is still quite soft on both tongue and palate. Resinous bitterness is pretty persistent in the aftertaste

O- This is sure highly drinkable, very refreshing and easily enjoyable, though sure not as complex or bright as the smell promised, which is actually something i also found in Re Hop from the same brewery

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where many American microbreweries are looking for that "schtick" that sets their IPA apart from the next, this Italian-brewed ale doesn't risk the muddle, but rather sticks to the tried and true recipe that's a known winner and executes it to perfection.

Its color is the typical amber. Somewhat golden and somewhat reddish, the ale puts forth a bright glow through its light haze. As a frothy off-white head emerges, it does so with a lather that laces the glass with broken rings in the beer's wake.

Its bright and citrusy aromas kick off with freshly zested oranges, pink grapefruit, and a zesty lemon scent. Light tropical notes follow with supple mango as the malty influences begin to balance its scent. Thin caramel and light biscuit gives the fruit a riper and more plump character.

Yet to taste, the flavor of malty-sweetness and fruit strikes the palate like shortcake and marmalade. But all that is short-lived as the hoppy center takes hold. Fleeting sweetness leaves behind the vibrancy of citrus peels, tangy grapefruit, light mangoes and appricots, even as a light lemony taste mimics what was suggested in the scent. Trailing bitterness is acutely citrus but also introduces the resinous character of pine needles.

Creamy and dry, its early honeycomb structure is carbonated and medium weighted. As the sweetness fades, its starchy malt texture ushers in a deeply resinous-dry finish with elements of pine, citrus and grain lingering in a long and biting aftertaste.

Sure, nothing about this review reveals anything that hasn't been said a thousand times. Yet, its clean, crisp and refreshing character is uniquely effortless and refines. I expect nothing less from these Italian brewers!

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