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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Nero’s Apecchio Red AleNero’s Apecchio Red Ale

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mactrail on 12-03-2011

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by kenito799:
Photo of kenito799
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500cc bottle with nice ceramic stopper. Poured into chalice. Trader Joe's purchse--interesting to see an obscure Italian beer there.

Red-tinged amber, no head, no lace.
Not much aroma, but fresh.
Pleasing balance of malt and some mild english-style bitterness. Not super exciting, but pretty good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PrimeCake
2.74/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to brandy glass red reddish auburn color Very lightheaded
Scent: very bready
Taste: sweet start, then Carmel. Very bready finish.
Mouthfeel: Very thin,light
Overall: alright, but will not buy again? I know others who would enjoy this more than me.

Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apecchio Red Ale opens to a sweet, sugary aroma, with orange, berry, cherry, lemon, and apricot fruit esters mixing with brown sugar and touches of vanilla to form a sweet overtone. These initial sweet notes fade after a few seconds, revealing a darker underbelly of thick brown breads, toast crust, rising wheat dough, wet wheat, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal, as well as bits of rice. The aromas are, overall, rather light, and after the initial sugar shock wears off, heavily geared toward grains, smelling somewhat like the inside of a grain silo, but with a touch of sugar and fruit. The aromas are pleasant, crisp, and refreshing, but don’t necessarily bring anything revelatory to the table.

On the tongue, the beer is largely grainy, with a complex blend of wet wheat, biscuit, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, rice, and floury baguette, as well as a bit of toasted nut. These are supported by a very nice selection of fruit esters – berry, cherry, apricot, and orange – as well as brown sugars, touches of vanilla, and even a bit of lemon from the hops. The grain and sugar notes are balanced well, the beer coming across much like a very good bowl of cereal with fresh fruit. In subsequent sips the lemony notes are a bit more pronounced, and some of the finer nuances in the grains are diminished. But the sugars still bring excellent flavor and variety. The aftertaste is mainly grains, the sugars dying off quickly, and the grains lingering for a decent while thereafter. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite nice beer, and brings a good selection and balance of crisp, refreshing flavors that would pair rather well with a Mediterranean dinner.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
B.B.E. 2/10/13
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with a sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly beige head.

S- The aroma of raw grain is otherwise pretty clean with a sulfury note in the finish.

T- The dry corn and raw grain taste is followed by a green note of hops and a field corn finish. The dry finish has some sulfur taste and a water flavor that grows as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a fizzy finish that cleans the flavor

O- This beer is thin and watery with some raw grain flavors that become a bit astringent as the beer opens.

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent off white to light tan head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a murky caramel honey colored beer that seems have pretty good carbonation.

Light sour grapes wine, light caramel malt, and some lighter hops aspects sneaking in the aroma.

A very light grape to cherry wine taste with some very light caramel malts blending in which allows me to remember that this is a beer.

A very light dryness to the aftertaste which really doesn't harbor much taste on this medium bodied beer.

This beer kinda tastes like a washed out Belgian monks beer, as if you took a bottle of that and mixed it with a couple glasses of water or 3 or 4 cans of Budwieser, to water down the stronger tastes that those beers have.

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
1.22/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Was in a hurry picked up at trader joes on a whim.
Poured into tulip glass
A: Foamed up big fat head. Gone quickly.decent lacing. Deep red color. Looks good.
S: Not much slight grainy. Alcohol.Mostly sweet cherry fruity. Reminds me of wine.
T: fruity cherry alcohol. Again reminds me of wine. Like highly carbonated wine. Dry tart cherries up front sweet alcohol slight ever so slight malt. then not sure what. No hops no grain.It's like a foamy carbonated semi dry semi sweet wine. Odd for a beer. Reminds me of a barley wine. Which I Do not care for. I don't like sweet booze. Can't drink wine at all unless its super dry.
M:thin watery again much like wine. Is this beer in Italy? Stick to wine. If you must drink I suppose.
O:Looks like beer tastes like wine.good for cheap fast Italian takeout I'm thinking it gave me a buzz. High abv @6.5.Other than that will not ever drink again. Other than that will not recommend.

Photo of matjack85
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this 500ml brown swing top bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. for $2.79. No freshness date.

The beer poured a mostly clear amber color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes and left a moderate amount of lacing.

Very fruity and toasted grain smell along with some caramel sweetness.

Malty and fruity with only mild bitterness. Picking up lots of caramel sweetness along with a strong Red Hawaiian Punch fruit flavor. Just a touch of hop bitterness and even fainter alcohol round out the taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

If you like sweet reds, then this one will be right up your alley, but if you like your ales a little more balanced, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

Photo of Kromes
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A crystal clear amber with a finger's width off-white head. Nice stopper top bottle.

S: Sweet honey malts and a bit of caramel. There is a faint stale Budweiser aroma every now and then.

T: Sweet honey and a faint caramel malt. A little bit of fruit and butterscotch in the finish. Mostly malt with very little hop.

M: Medium-Light feel with light carbonation.

O: I was hoping for better. It's still pretty good judging it against all the other Amber beers I've had.

Photo of Jemonster
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: First off, awesome looking bottle. I'll buy almost anything in a stopper-top. Deep honey color and viscous looking body. Head thins instantly after pouring.

S: Sour funk up front! That was unexpected. Smells like a gueuze. Some grass and herbal scents. Some banana/unripe mango. Very light and fresh. After taking the first few sips, the smell actually changed for me, and there was no sourness. Odd.

T: Lighter tasting beer than I anticipated. Simple flavors in here. Straightforward and basic, mild hop character. Wheaty, yeasty. Looking for more based on the scent that isn't showing up on the palate. Strange sweetness that is difficult to describe, but it tastes like this beer wasn't ready to be bottled yet...like the yeast didn't get to do all of its work. Very low acid profile.

M: A little too heavy for the flavor here. Not lacking in carbonation, but I feel like it could use a bit more. Can't drink it alone, it needs something salty.

O: Well, it's just kinda there. It's nothing special for me, not bad, but not good.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of sweet malts and grains and not much more.

The taste was sweet and malty with a dry finish.

Medium bodied and a bit syrupy and lightly carbonated.

A very okay red ale with nothing to make it memorable.

Photo of Moontang
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice amber yellow colour, with a remarkably thick head that lasts a long while.
Smell: a bit sour and carbonated, not remarkable.
Taste: light for an ale, but nothing against it.
Mouthfeel: finally, a beer that doesn't throw its fizz in your face. Somewhat thick, not at all sharp.
Overall: I would never have expected italian beer to exist, let alone be this good.

Photo of nerdivore
1.92/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Comes in a 500ml amber flip-top bottle from Trader Joe's for $2. Might be a sale price for getting rid of old stock (at this price, it's worth getting just for the bottle alone if you're a homebrewer). The good news is the beer is basically free, the bad news is it's almost undrinkable.

Pours with a thick layer of fine bubbly foam. Color is a standard amber. Smells of roasted malt and piss. Starts off piny and quickly develops a hint of fusels and a harsh, lingering bitterness. Not very appetizing at all.

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent initial head that leaves a full ring of lace on the first sip, but little lace after that. The liquid is lighter amber and close to clear.

Nearly earthy, mostly light crystal malt aroma. Very little hop bitterness to the nose.

Quite sweet for the style, probably too much so. The hop is, alas, too mild to balance this beer. Rich body. Drinkable but overall uninteresting.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Red Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked this Italian Import up at Trader Joe's - first "Italian Craft Beer"-... Poured a hazy caramel color, produced an off white head, average retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel malt, grapes and grassy hops. Medium in body, the foundation of this red ale consisted of light caramel malt, not as "toasted" as one might expect from a red ale. There is some grape/wine like quality to this ale, finishes somewhat dry on the backend. Overall, decent session beer -

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml brown glass bottle with long neck and swingtop served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Clean malts, a hint of cherry fruit esters, and weak barley. A mild strength aroma. Not at all intriguing. Standard fare for the style.

T: Clean malts with fruit esters atop - likely cherry or raspberry, some barley, and a vague hint of a bit of cream. Largely imbalanced. Built in a boring, bland, and dull fashion. Little to offer. Not even refreshing. No layering, complexity, or subtlety here.

Mf: Entirely too thick for the relative lack of flavour. Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Hardly complements the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. Boring for the style. I wouldn't get it again.

High C

Photo of notchucknorris
2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a pretty nice 1 finger tan head. Not great retention.

S: Super sweet and malty. Almost to the point that it smells like an adjunct. Some strange phenolic smells as well.

T: Luckily, this tastes much better than it smells, but not that much better. Lots of malt with a touch of sweetness but definitely nowhere near enough hop flavor to offset it. Pretty one dimensional, though it's way better than Nero's Dark Ale.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite lovely coppery orange color with a nice head. Mellow caramel malt flavor with a slight hoppy touch. Light body but pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Fairly tart with a nutty flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste. Faint nose of wood and cherries. Has that plain, earthy, almost cardboardy flavor that puts me off a lot of red/amber beers. But it's well made and quite drinkable if you like this sort of thing.

500 ml swingtop bottle from Trader Joe's. Label provides the updated info on the brewery, which moved to the town of Apecchio, which calls itself the "Città della Birra."

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight cinnamon taste on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a better taste than smell but that isn't really saying much.

Photo of jlmorgan4
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Brookline--$3.50 for an attractive swing-top bottle. (I also picked up a bottle of "1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale" from the same brewery, to be reviewed at some later point.) I was hoping for something interesting, given the presentation and the buzz about Italian beers I've been hearing lately.

The bottle opened with a satisfying pop, but right from the pour I was a bit disappointed--nice reddish color, but very little head and no retention. Aroma was a bit indistinct--not much happening. Taste was, unfortunately, bland and off-putting, metallic even. Mouthfeel was very fizzy and thin.

Overall, I was hoping for more--perhaps the companion bottle will be more satisfying.

Photo of allrizz
3.64/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Trader Joe's. Italy is not known for its beers, it is known for its red wines. Since it wasn't a Larger I thought I'd give it a try.

The bottle is a good way to attract customers, a really cool looking bottle. It definitely gets ones attention.

A: It poured well leaving a good head which dissipated rather quickly. It is a light amber color with a slight amber head and a slightly cloudy appearance.

S: I liked the aroma. It smelled slightly sweet to me with a hint of fruitiness.

T: I enjoyed the taste with a hint of fruit, caramel, slight taste of yeast, and a mild metallic taste. I usually don't like a metallic taste but this tended to wear off quickly so it didn’t bother me.

M: It didn't leave a bad after taste nor was it overly carbonated. I liked the feel of it.

Overall I liked this beer and would buy it again. It isn't a perfect beer nor would I say it lived up to a true Red Ale but it was good, and considering the beer's Italy puts out I would say this is a step up. Who knows, maybe one day Italy will make beer as good as their wine. ….Maybe!

Photo of droomyster
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a short-lived soapy head. Aromas of butterscotch and toffee are good but subdued in strength. Flavors are primarily of lightly sweet malts with a grassy hoppiness that gives it balance but not the assertiveness or decisiveness of profile to make me say "wow." Light to medium body goes down easy. Overall not bad but unimpressive in all regards.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 16.9 oz. flip-top into a 12 oz chalice. Best before date 5.14.13

Look- Deep amber with two fingers of dense white foam that falls quickly. Red-brown hue, good lacing.

Smell- Bready, clean, lemongrass, anise. Subtle but pleasant.

Taste- Similar to the nose with the faintest hint of toffee and spice. Floral, light fruit, pear, something vaguely ciderlike. Lighter and sweeter than expected. As it warms there is the impression of pilsener malt and rice.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, light but distinct carbonation. Brisk, clean feel. Easy drinking.

Overall- Pretty good, definite Euro feel- perhaps the yeast? It's good, certainly drinkable, and pretty much center of the red ale spectrum in regards to how likely I'd be to seek it out.

Photo of elNopalero
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Trader Joe’s in San Francisco. It was cheap ($4 for 500ml) and comes in a flip-top bottle. So at the very least I have another flip-top for homebrew fills.
Initial reaction: This pours a nice clear auburn-brown with a half-finger’s worth of white foam that hangs out for a while. Good head retention. Poured it too cold but as it warms a mild, mellow malty-roast aroma comes out. Some bread, a light biscuit, maybe. There’s not much here but what’s there isn’t offensive.

Unfortunately the pleasant aroma does not indicate an enjoyable taste. Harsh bitterness up front that carries through to the end. Dry, unpleasant finish. Nicely effervescent. Some more maltiness would have helped round this one out and give it more character.

It’s not a red ale in the usual sense of red ales. Fortunately, it’s not a gussied-up version of a fizzy yellow lager (imported from Italy!) either—but this isn’t the Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale version of something from birrifico italiano], more like the Trader Joe’s version of their Joseph’s Brau, Italian-style. Disappointing. But for the price, not an enormous disappointment.

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If this is what describes Italy, Italy then is not for me. The appearance resembles dehydration and gives me the urge for even more thirst, which I guess could be a good thing. All that energy used to ship it to my convenience really describes my laziness toward taking this on first hand and just go to Apecchio. The taste is a bit sharp, and my mouth appears to be confused. Overall, waste of time.

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500ml swing top bottle into Unibroue tulip. BB date of 12/30/12

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber, with about three fingers of tight white head that disapates rather quickly but leaves behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt notes, with some slight caramel, and toffee notes hidden in there a bit. A little bit of spicyness from the hops.

Taste: A sweet bready maltiness at the front of the mouth, that transitions to a nice sweet carameliness, and finally finishes off with a nice bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather standard for the style.

Overall: Pretty decent Red ale, and for only $3 I'll be certain to pick it up again in the future.

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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
71 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.