Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 29
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber, moderate froth, quickly gone. Scent brings big floral notes, flowery honey, light herbal quality, some bready yeastyness and spice, sugar and fruit. Taste has a lot going on as well... strong floral, honey, grape notes, moderate sugar, herbal, spice notes, rounded out with a grainy and bready profile. Medium bodied, some prickly carbonation. Overall, impressed with the uniqueness and drinkability of this one, only thing to question is value.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Daktyls
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a one and a half finger head that very quickly dissipates to no foam at all with a continual stream of carbonation rising up in the beer.

S: Light notes of pomegranate and raisins with some backing honey sweetness. Some light grassy notes are present with a small amount of malt as well.

T: The taste starts with a pomegranate flavor with a very light hop profile finishing with some bready notes. There is definitely some complexity here with the flavor profile morphing on the finish leaving a pleasant light honey flavor.

M: A tart mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation that seems a little too much for the flavors present in the beer.

O: Overall, quite tasty. I would definitely have this again. Some of flavors are a little muted, but otherwise very enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Birra Etrusca pours a gold color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. There is a slight reddish tint to it. It’s subtle. Looks good though. It’s topped with a white head that rises to about a finger or so in height. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was non-existent. That’s a bit disappointing. Color looks pretty good though.

The nose is alright. It’s a bit weak and could use more strength. It kicks off with strong earthy and grainy notes. They’re prominent throughout. It smells a lit sweet and sugary. Fruit notes are apparent. Smells like berries, but I assume it’s the pomegranates. It does feature some interesting floral and herbal notes. They’re a decent complement to the other scents, but I wouldn’t say great. Alcohol is there. Not too strong, but it’s there. Not bad. More strength would be better.

The flavor is pretty good. It is earthy and grainy up front. Those flavors resonate throughout each sip. A mix of fruity, floral, and herbal flavors follows. The fruit flavor tastes like berries. It’s not all that strong. That’s a good thing here. It is sweet, a bit sugary. The floral and herbal notes are alright. They add some depth, but don’t taste great. Honey is definitely in the mix and adds a nice flavor. Nice complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but blends fairly well. Finishes earthy, sweet, and a little floral.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft for the most part. Feels a bit thin though. Either more body or more carbonation would help. Either way.

Birra Etrusca is nothing short of interesting. In terms of beer, it’s alright. Not bad. I do think the mix of sweet and floral flavors is just okay. More body or bubbles would help too. I’m not particular on which. It’s interesting, worth checking out. It’s another in Dogfish’s growing line of trailblazing beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a little excited on this and poured a little overly aggressive. Two fingers of head sit on top of my beer. Body color is a dirty, muted yellow orange.

Smells very strongly of yeast and malt. Gardeny hops come through, as well as a smell like watered down sarsaparilla. Spices float throughout.

The taste is tart yet sweet. Sweet malt up front comes into a companionship with with strong yeast and spices. The end is very lightly hoppy, with a tidbit of sour apple.

Carbonation is strong. The beer is very smooth throughout, but that carbonation leaves a bite on your tongue. Lightly coats the throat and back of the tongue. I would call it light-medium bodied.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells. Pours a fairly clear copper with nearly an inch of khaki colored head. Smells crazy - fruity, spicy... Liquoice and root beer notes. Spicy and fruity. Pomegranate, cherry, anise. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good. Interesting. Unique.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium amber beer, clear, some bubbles from the bottom - two fingers of sudsy tan head was gone quickly, no lacing

S: some malts, but what I guess is most the result of the pomegranate and herbs - floral and sweet

T: the pomegranate is the most forward, with some honey sweetness and herbal tastes from the various ingredients incorporated into the brewing - not very beery-tasting - tasted like a dank fruit juice

M: thin, slick, some tingle on the back-end

O: my least favorite in their ancient ales series - too fruit juicy for my tastes - I appreciate the energy and innovation, but this is not something I'd return to.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.