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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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website
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 UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev +7%
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 smcolw
3.23/5  rDev +8%
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 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 LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 rhoadsrage
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of notchucknorris
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
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 krome
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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 MacQ32
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of elNopalero
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 jeff1973
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Kromes
3.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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