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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Nero’s Apecchio Red AleNero’s Apecchio Red Ale

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 18.06%


Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website
Italy

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 12-03-2011)
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notchucknorris

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:46:04 | More by notchucknorris
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:45:59 | More by smcolw
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jlmorgan4

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:52:47 | More by jlmorgan4
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elNopalero

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:38:32 | More by elNopalero
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mactrail

California

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."

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:51:30 | More by mactrail
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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
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