Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 12.17%
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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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Photo of WalterHeisenberg
1.22/5  rDev -59.9%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of nerdivore
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia. B.B.E. 02/10/13 (drink up - there's no way this'll hold up that long).

Appearance: Pours out a clear, copper-toned body with a smallish, wispy, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly toasted biscuit tops with a razor thin edge of dry caramel, some apple and grape juice hints, and an astringent earthy something.

Taste: Light tastes of biscuits, toast, and caramel with just a little sweetness. Then, the flavors drop out further as a sip of water washes in. As with the nose, touches of apple and Juicy Juice grape juice. Low herbal tones, low bitterness. Drying at the end with a final accent of cheap fruity-flavored gum. Minus an extra twang here or there, it's not too far removed from the taste of a Killian's. Really.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Normally, I'd say my arch nemesis unclemattie (on RB) can drink a damn glass of rocks, but I thank him for his outstanding work in also pointing out it's reminiscent of a Killian’s Irish Red, a thought I had clearing the bottle while waiting for a pizza delivery, though I disagree with his "very refreshing" take, as that little extra sly hint of ill-defined ick kinda killed it for me. (1,225 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of PrimeCake
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of jlmorgan4
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (998 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a minimally hazed amber copper color with a decent finger of light tan head, good retention and lacing.

S - Lots of apple, pears, mild caramel sweetness and grainy

T - Carbonation kind of blocks the initial flavor, but its grainy/slightly caramel sweet with lingering apple/pears/sweet but light fruit flavors follow. very shallow

M - Light bodied, very well carbonated, fairly refreshing

O - Pretty weak, granted this has been sitting in my fridge for several several months... Not sure if I'd grab another to try fresh (534 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 - (569 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.04/5  rDev 0%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
3.13/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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." (585 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got it from Trader Joe's for cheap, $2.50, comes in a nice bottle so I figured I'd try it. In a snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a short bubbly white head that dissipated quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Like wheat, bread, malts, yeast, grains, and a bit of alcohol

T: Tastes alright, mellow, mild hops, wheat, grains, bit fruity, lacking of flavor, not much character, a minute later and I've already forgotten what it tastes like.

M: Unbalanced in terms of flavor and carbonation, to me it's a bit much, I could deal with it but the flavor gets drowned out like I'm drinking sparkling water.

O: Wasn't horrible, It was quite alright, wasn't offensive or nothing. It's fairly cheap as well, it's alright, I wouldn't seek it out again but I wouldn't refuse it either. (797 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very affordable Trader Joe's offering/import. Poured an 1/8" off-white/tan head which faded fast. The body doesn't really strike me as a red ale, it looks more like a glass of iced tea. Smells of malt and in fact reminds me a lot of Octoberfest styles. I'd say the taste mirrors the smell. There's a very subtle bitter finish with considerable life. To me this beer is just a mild easy drink enjoyable brew. However, had I not read the label I would not have thought it a craft brew, nor a red ale, nor necessarily an Italian import. In a blind tasting I suspect it would score just slightly better than average. (623 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of kenito799
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy red color with an inch of off-white head that had low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was pretty benign, some slightly sweet malts and gently soft hops. The flavors had a more developed malt foundation and a bit of a hop tingle on the finish.

The body was solidly decent, smooth and even, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quick and easy, and I was wishing I had grabbed a second bottle. Overall, a good, solid beer at a nice price ($3 for a one pint bottle). Plus, the empty swing top bottle makes a great mini growler. Worth a shot if you see it. (651 characters)

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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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