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Zona Cesarini - Birra Toccalmatto

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BA SCORE
89
very good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sorachi Ace/ Pacific Gem Hops

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 01-15-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%
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!

BEERchitect, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

mendvicdog, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

duceswild, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex hop aroma with a very nice balance of earthy and sweet fruit notes countered by a subtle pale malt presence. Grassy and resinous with straw and pine needle followed by citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple and orange peel as well as some caramel malt, bread and biscuit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that linger over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Spicy with grassy pine needle flavor that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness. This is nicely countered by a strong tropical/citrus fruit presence. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel provide some needed sweetness. The malt backbone is evident toward the end of the palate with just enough of a presence to provide balance without interfering with the hop flavors. Some caramel, bread and biscuit leading into a crisp, dry finish.

corby112, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
4.68/5  rDev +17%
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.

vfgccp, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

tom10101, Mar 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

DarthKostrizer, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

uturn, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

samEBC, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 !!

GONZALOYANNA, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

pixieskid, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

MaseFace, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Mattias, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

victory4me, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pecan, Sep 15, 2013
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Zona Cesarini from Birra Toccalmatto
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.