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Zona Cesarini - Birra Toccalmatto

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -6.5%

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Cozzatoad, Aug 14, 2012
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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 40 cl (?) pour into a short tumbler at BQ-Birra Artigianale Di Qualita in Milan, Italy on 6/17/11.

Slightly amber and a bit hazy. Head dissipates quickly to just above a film but leaves plenty of lace. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma to begin that fades with time. Some caramel is also present. Very soft mouthfeel. Surprisingly light body for an IPA. Nice up front bitterness with a gradual increase in the middle and end. This culminates in a strong bittersweet finish. While some of the alcohol is evident, it is not overpowering. The acidity in the front and middle surprised me. Well balanced with a very slight lean towards the sweet side. Given the body and acidity, not a typical American IPA.

LittleDon, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
4.18/5  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.

crnipeter, Jan 15, 2011
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Zona Cesarini from Birra Toccalmatto
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