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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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My AntoniaMy Antonia

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90
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1,621 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 97
Gots: 159 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
My Antonia (named after the Willa Cather read), is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner. This lager for ale lovers is citrusy, sweet and refined.

My Antonia started out as a collaboration beer when Sam brewed it at Birra del Borgo (hope you can read Italian) outside Rome, Italy, with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo in October 2008. In 2010, we began brewing My Antonia here in Delaware for U.S. distribution.

(Beer added by: dasenebler on 07-15-2010)
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 milliliter bottle purchased for $9.29 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in 2011. The label indicates that this pilsner was continually hopped, a la their XX Minute IPA series. The cap came off with a loud hiss. I poured into a pilsner glass.

The pour yields four fingers of fluffy ivory head. Retention is very good. Lacing touches the glass as head recedes. The beer is a deep golden hue, much darker than mere mortal pilsners, but not surprising for a pilsner of 7.5% ABV. A good amount of active carbonation is seen though the glass.

The aroma is wonderfully hoppy. The label boasts a blend of Noble and West Coast Hops, and both are on display in the nose. Saaz hops are definitely in abundance, with a nice grassy twinge. Sweet maltiness touches the nose like caramel. There is some pacific region hoppiness in the background as well. Alcohol is noticeable.

The first sip is overrun by the presence of alcohol, as is the second sip, and the third. Soapy hopiness (barely) cuts through the solvent-like alcohol, but sticks to the tongue through the finish and beyond. Sweet malts creep in, but combine with more alcohol, providing the impression of licorice. Biscuit flavors appear briefly. The finish is dry. As oddly alcoholic as the flavor may be, I can't say that it's hot. It doesn't overwhelm the palate, but it does overwhelm the balance of this imperial pilsner. I don't dislike it, but it is certainly off centered, for better or worse.

In the mouth, this pils is medium bodied, though the ample carbonation and hopping make My Antonia feel light and refreshing. With beer, as in life, the glass can be half empty, or half full. If I view My Antonia in terms of a classic Bohemian or German Pilsner, then it is not my favorite. However, I could argue that this beer is just as related to the classic pils as it is to malt liquor. And as malt liquor, I can say that My Antonia is far and away my favorite. Either way, it's not cheap.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this high gravity pils. It is tasty and interesting, but quite expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 19:24:37 | More by weizenbob
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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.