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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,745
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 130
Gots: 217 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dasenebler on 07-15-2010

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of great smooth fun. The pilsner hops and European malts comes through the scent, which is floal. Thick white head on light yellow pilsner body. Very smooth and good drinkability. Carbonation is right there. Burning in system, so a bit acidic with its lemony taste. Drying finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger head, nice retention. Golden clear.

S: bready, brown sugar. Not a lot of the fruit that I get in the taste.

T: malt, spices and some fruits, mostly banana and pineapple. Alcohol esters make this a tad unpleasant but drinkable. Clove and earthy notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: A complex beer which may be one of the better imperial pilsners I have had.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: Grapefruit flavors from the West Coast hops prominently stand out in the overall taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness. The flavors also have some notes of grainy malts and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally! a pilsner than i can get off on... this is a hop masterpiece, with all kinds of aromatic and bittering hops going on. pours a chewy straw gold color with a nice white head. smells strong and very hoppy. taste is complex for a pilsner, with layers of interesting hops and pale malts juxtaposing one another in rhythm. this is a really groovy pils, and a strong one. really full bodied for a pilsner as well, and has that hop thickness like the 120 minute, just to a much lesser degree. nice job yet again here by DFH

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden color with a big, white head. Good amount of lacing after the head finally recedes. Good spicy, earthy hops aromas with some grain in the background. The grain takes over a bit more with the taste, but hop notes definitely still present. Fairly thick body, and along with that comes a good alcohol kick, although nothing too substantial. Very nice and clean. Great hot weather beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this one at the 2010 ACBF. The beer poured out as a nice golden color with a strong looking white head on top. The smell of citrus and grains come through on the nose, very pleasant aroma. The taste of the beer is nothing like a typical pilsner, I was hoping it'd be something a little over the top and it was thankfully. It had mostly citrus fruit notes, lots of hops also. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and very drinkable. Might be a bit of a dangerous beer to drink a lot of. Overall I really enjoyed this one. I'd like to have it again one day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight chill haze; the white meringue head leaves a smattering of clumps and dots behind

Smell: Bready and sugary malt underpins the grassy hop character

Taste: The bready/sugary malts are quickly dominated by the grassy hops, though they maintain their presence from start to finish; qiote a bit of peppery spice in the middle, too; the aftertaste has a bit of a grainy character, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: While I like a bit of crispness in a pilsner, that aspect is hard to find in an Imperial Pilsner, and this beer is no different; otherwise, it is a very good example of the style

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With pilsner-like cripsness, ale-like cleanliness, and the power and bitterness of an IPA, this beer goes a lot of different directions at once.

Pouring a medium golden hue with the standard dry-hopped haze, the pilsner colors shine. A froathy white head forms on the beer and slowly retracts into the beer with mild lace.

Sharp grassy aromas of hops fill the olfactory senses with a blend of citrusy white grapefruit, orange zest, grassy, and herbal elements. Light lime aroma seems partly from esters, partly from hops. Only the softest of cracker-like malty scents emit from behind the hop dominance.

In reverse fashion, the crisp malty flavors show a part grain and part bready malt taste that resonates first. Light sweetness accompany the bready, grainy mix. Mid palate brings about the hoppy flavors of the Pacific west coast and Europe: grassy vs grapefruit, orange zest vs spice, floral vs perfume,... all come wave after wave and settle into a firm resiny bitterness in finish. A near soapy/solventy flavor comes from the alcohol and seems to be exacerbated by the grassy hop bitterness.

Medium textured because of the high gravity for a pilsner and due to moderate carbonation. The beer quickly foregos the early creaminess and quickly favors a dryer, crisper finish of hop bitterness and dryness. Light astringency plays on the mouth with a light grainy, light hop bite.

Probably more akin to an IPA than a pilsner, the malt profile is crisp, clean, large, and on one side of the field; whereas the American/European hop flavors are on the other side battling for dominance. A good beer throughout, but there seems to be an offset in balance and contrast in identity- kinda schizophrenic.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy orangey color pilsner with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with loads of floral hoppy notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet floral malts which are well balanced by some dry crisp hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and even though quite extreme still manage to retain some balance and drinkability.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy gold, streams of visible carbonation and a slight haze of micro sediment. Sturdy billowing head of white foam that laces all over the glass. Retention is great, as the mammoth mass of foam slowly dwindles to a floating island.

Grassy, floral, slight perfume. Clean and dry, almost like a Saison hybrid. Muted spice with yeasty elements.

Fairly full bodied with some fruity yeast esters and grassy hoppy notes leading off. Dry crackery middle, herbal finish. Clean and easy drinking. Additional notes of citrus rind, some dried orange peel bitterness, pleasant hop notes that blend seamlessly with mildly sweet pilsner malt. Overall very enjoyable, seems like it would pair nicely with a variety of food. Thanks Chris for sharing!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

our of the four ipas i had last night, this one actually came across the best of the lot, and it was a pilsner, lol. served into a white birch tulip, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really nice pour with a great light amber color and a towering head of white that just comes up and over the glass, really putting this into a whole new arena of good looking beer for me.

lots of hops are first noted in the aroma but soon this boils into a mix of light balance between grains, light banana notes, and lots of citrus. cereal grains work their way in now as we start to take the first sips. nice use of pale malts and yeast here as it comes together with a really nice mix of flavors that play off each other damn well and it really works. lots of hops coming back into the finish as the pineapple flavor comes back and dries the palate leaving you with just a dry mouth that is aching for another dose of this one.

overall as solid as they come. i did not know what to expect here, but damn this one was good. would do it again in a heart beat.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce pour - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, deep bronze body with a thin, white head ring from the standard to-the-very-tip-top pour here at Taco Mac.

Smell: A good portion of pilsner malt with an incoming raw, weedy herbal hop note and hints of spirit spritzed citrus peelings.

Taste: Robustly grainy pils malts with a light low amount of sweetness before a firm bitterness pushes in to stay. Tastes of herbs and spice and citrus pass by, but they're a bit obscured by the early-hitting bitterness. Dry, bitter, steely finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Bouncing it off my recollections of DFH Golder Shower, this one seems to have a more rustic grainy quality, certainly more bitterness, and less sweetness, alcohol, and body.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head.

Smell: I'm picking up a lot of pils malt, but this isn't a super sweet smelling beer. There is a nice floral note as well.

Taste: As in the smell, the first thing I'm noticing is the malt. I'm finding some mildly herbal hops and a subtle honey like sweetness. The finish is bitter. Everything works together well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: This is one of my favorite pilsners. The flavors all work together well and the slight bitterness at the end is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a towering three fingers of white foam, resting on top of a clear, deep gold body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A spicy/floral hop aroma with some honey notes and pilsner malt.

T - Sweet, heavy pilsner malt with lots of bread and toasted malt character. Some honey malt sweetness in the middle with spicy, slightly fruity hop flavor. As the beer finishes, the hop character begins to brighten up with notes of grapefruit and juniper along with sweet malt and strong, pithy bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - I had this beer (well, the Italian version of it) on tap last year and I was interested to see how this new, bottled version stacked up. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma as it seemed much more subdued than I remember the original being, lacking the complex, herbal hop notes, though it does have the same sweet, rich malt character. Since the aroma was not as good as the original, I was worried that the flavor might disappoint as well, but it was not so. The rich, doughy malt was still present and the hops came to life much more than they managed to in the aroma. The pithy, juicy grapefruit notes that I recalled from last December were all there along with a herbal juniper note and balancing honey malt. While this batch may lack a little of the depth of aroma that the previous one exhibited, it is still an unusually delicious beer and certainly up there with Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner as a fantastic example of this often poorly interpreted style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

Why have it from the bottle when you can get it from the tap? Water, beer, the conventional wisdom holds for both. Besides, Willa Cather references were meant to be sampled from a tap. Prove me wrong, kids. This guy (or is it gal?) pours a clear semi-amber straw topped off by light bit of white micro-foam. It ain't much to look at, but, then again, most pilsners aren't. The nose comprises plenty o' hops, a slight tinniness, and wheat. The taste holds notes of light wheat, a very light tin (that ol' pils taste...maybe it's just me?), and plenty o' hoppy bitterness. The body is light, with light carbonation and a nicely crisp finish. I may not be much of a pils fan, but if they were all like this one, I might not be so negative toward them.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish hasn't turned my head in a while, but when I poured this, smelled it, and then tasted it to find that it's an impressively made pilsner - I was "WOW"ed. Such restraint coming from the madmen in Milton! I'll concede that it's a little stronger than it could have been, but even the hops are kept in check!

So, yes, OK, it's a bit more malty than a standard pils (well, a lot actually); and it's got more alcohol; and there is a hint of fruitiness to the hops that wouldn't normally be there coming out of Europe, but geez, it's remarkably balanced and polished. The pilsner malt is clear, and it's definitely got a spicy/floral/grassy/herbal noble hop component going on. It looks great in the glass (the first pour was crystal clear, the second picked up a little yeast but I don't mind that) and it's got great head retention and lacing. I couldn't put it down... it's just so easy to drink! And it's got enough character that you can keep coming back to it without feeling let down or "empty".

I normally turn to the 60 Minute as my standby, but this one gives it a run for the money. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of Pilsner glasses.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 ½ fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a big dollop of froth in the middle of the glass that stays very rich and coats the sides of the glass with heavy sticky lacing. Just a great look to this. The aroma is grassy, spicy, and citric with some tight malty grains underneath. The zesty fruit and bread character here just drive this.

The taste is earthy bitterness and fruit, which is undercut by a nice soft biscuit-like sweetness from those Pils malts. The finish is dry and very pithy feeling with a lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant easy carbonation in the mouth. Maybe just a touch of alcohol creeps out underneath but this is relatively silky smooth overall and yet still manages to have a bit of a snap to it as well.

VERY well done take on the Imperial Pilsner style here, with a flavorful and nicely balanced character that is driven home by the ridiculously smooth body on this. I initially split this because I thought that it was going to be a warm and overly sweet affair but was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite. Heck, I could have drunk this whole bottle my self! An excellent job by Dogfish Head keeping this one accessible despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy huge head fluffy, fades at a medium pace over slight hazy orange yellow wheat color. The fading head leaves a nice Belgian messy lacing.

Nose is light sweet malts, pilsner, light almost Belgian malts, light fruit, light grassy hops with little herbal tones. Light lager drug and pilsner crispness.

Taste is very Belgian tripel mixed with pilsner. Some light malts and wheat. Some light lager fruits. Lots of noble hops, grassy and light herbal, fruity hops, juicy and little soft pine. Quite a not of bitterness too. Slight sweetness and crispness. Finishes drier with lingering hops, decent bitterness, some heavy malts and sweetness lingering. Slightly syrupy.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. Low abc but sticky sweetness and a little astringency.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, some grassy hops and a little citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character and lager yeast. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in with some mild citrus and caramel sweetness creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see this on the tap menu at Cobblestone's - served chilled in a goblet.

The clarity is like crystal - practically transparent with sudsy white foam atop which has an almost shiny smooth topography. The bead is fine and lace sticks like sap to the goblet-no carbonation is visible in the liquid. A strong herbal fragrance with hints of sweet leafy hops and floral alcohol esters w/ mild pils malt aroma which reminds me of my first taste of Pilsner bier in the Fatherland w/ hops and malt given equal creedence. The yeast provides a mild sulfur accent which gives the impression of a traditional european pilsner smell. The feel is wonderful -it is both dry and slightly bitter w/ a mild tinge of sweet pils character with light amount of toastiness and medium amount of carbonation and bitterness with a semi-dry finish.

The taste has herbal sweet and lightly malty qualities with low bitterness in the flavor and smooth lemony noble hop accents. The gentle alcohol flavor and spice provides some contrast to the mild honey-like tinge from the malt. There is a mild level of fruitiness and toasted elements in the flavor with hints of floral noble hop tinges throughout. I almost get a sweet golden delicious aspsect from the pils near the finish which is probably yeast derived. I find this to be a wonderful Imperial Pils -a beer I would drink daily if given the chance. It is not boring to me, very flavorful and it fits the style well. I would recommend this to German Pils fans and it went well with my brats with spicy dijon mustard countering the fattiness well.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a generic beer glass in Trastavere, Rome. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Musty hops, fringe esters, and light amber hops. Aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Cream, amber hops, and unwelcome bittering hops. I hate the IPA-ish bittering hops, but leave it to Dogfish Head to throw them in there. It's alright, but the balance is off and the build is awful for a pils.

Mf: Coarse, fairly dry, and a bit too thick. Wretchedly done for the style.

Dr: This is an outright perversion of the style. The price is high (this was in Rome), and the quality is rather limited. I'll try it in bottle form back in the states, but it's far from high on me list.

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3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Immediately, I can tell that this is going to be a different beer than the Borgo version. The nose is kind of an unusual citrus thing. The flavor profile is vastly different as well. There is much more tang and citrus on this, and I just want to say that the word "clogged" comes to mind. Perhaps congested would be more appropriate as there seems to be too much going on and piled together, leaving little room for the beer to speak subtly at all. And yes, I realize this is DFH and subtle would never be a word associated with the brewery. But I am comparing this version against the Borgo version. Overall, judged to style, I'll say that this is "okay." A bit too vibrant for me. The refined nature of the Borgo interpretation speaks to me in volumes, while this one seems more like a three line blurb on the 10th page of yesterdays newspaper.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt! Always happy to try DFH stuff...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Bready notes, some lemony notes
, not as much as I hoped for...

T: Grassy & lemony hops, plus sweet grainy notes, slight grapefruit hop smack as well
& some honey notes up front. Grapefruit, slight boozey notes as this warms, along with herbal hops & bready notes. Finishes with much grapefruit & slight grassy hops mingling with rough breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance

A nice take on the style but I believe I'd prefer Odell IMP Pils or Sam Adams or for sure a fresh Prima Pils. The predominant grapefruit makes me think west coast IPA meets Pils

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi clouded golden haziness, full on creamy textured off white head. Lacing forms fine and speckled down the sides of my chalice. Aromatics first address my nares with grapefruit/citric rinds, herbal/grassy qualities and a touch of booze reaching my senses. Overall an intense hoppiness is brewing even before I taste it. Flavor is abrasively bitter initially as it warms up and the malts open up a bit the pilsner malt adds enough sweetness to dance around a bit with the malts. True perfect balance between malts and hops never occurs this is a hop odyssey, continuously hopped imperial pils. Grapefruit/bitter rinds, herbal grassiness big booze and sugary malts hit altogether on the palate with no real direction. A lot of big hitters show up with no clear leader to choreograph what happens on the palate. Overall mouthfeel is big a bit heavy, carbonation is kicking. Super bitterness with a wave of booze and malt bringing the finish amongs the big hop bomb of a beer this is. Is it the West Coast hop additions that make this beer pretty hard to handle, I like west coast hops but I'm not sure about them in a pilsner malt profile. Drinkability takes some getting used to, it grew on me as I sipped and temperature change had a big effect on my overall opinion of this offering. Under attenuated the yeast didn't fully perform here, a pils that finishes this sweet didn't ferment out all the way, I'm glad they didn't dump this one. Experimental style I've been drinking their different versions of this from Prescription Pils, to Golden Shower, to Golden Era, back around to the collaboration with the Italian brewer that brings us this bottled release My Antonia is better than earlier attempts at an Impy Pils, but keep striving for perfection because we're not there yet, at least in this newly bottled big bottle release.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild chill haze to the otherwise golden color. Huge four plus finger head. It settles very slowly and in a rocky fashion, leaving lots of chunky lace.

Nice lighter grain malt aroma at the start. A subtle, but definitively present, floral hop aroma.

Highly carbonated, the body seems thinner than it should be. Still, this feels creamy to the tongue. A good start with pale grain flavors; begins dry. The hop is quite powerful, particularly in the swallow and the very long aftertaste--peppery. Notable alcohol in the finish.

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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.