Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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1.19/5 rDev -60.2%
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.
05-09-2013 01:05:55 | More by WalterHeisenberg
1.95/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
12-01-2012 00:59:32 | More by nerdivore
2.63/5 rDev -12%
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.
03-25-2012 15:46:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.65/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-05-2011 20:38:32 | More by elNopalero
2.73/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
01-31-2012 01:46:04 | More by notchucknorris
2.73/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
12-24-2011 20:52:47 | More by jlmorgan4
2.75/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-18-2012 22:32:26 | More by mndlssphlsphr
2.78/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-05-2012 20:03:27 | More by PrimeCake
2.85/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
03-18-2012 03:41:37 | More by kojevergas
2.88/5 rDev -3.7%
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
07-21-2013 22:38:47 | More by MacQ32
2.95/5 rDev -1.3%
(Served in a tulip glass)
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.
04-30-2013 16:29:23 | More by rhoadsrage
2.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-25-2012 01:07:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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