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AMA Bionda - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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AMA BiondaAMA Bionda

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 12-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Designed by Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, AMA Bionda is a golden beer with a soft but complex floral and fruity character, born of aromatic malts, three types of hops, Italian Orange Blossom honey from Sicily, and water from springs that date to Roman times.
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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donbet69
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrjez
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up over a month ago at Top Hops in New York, having never given this a go before. I was fascinated by the bottle and by the fact that it was imported by the Brooklyn Brewery and I thought that it would be a European Light Lager given that it was from Italy. Now that I read the background of it on here, I saw that Garrett Oliver had a hand in this, and it showed when I poured it out. This had the characteristics of a Belgian Pale Ale without the strong alcoholic presence and liberal amount of spice, but this was still a pleasing beer that warmed me up just a bit on a cold winter's night!

The pour to this was great, with a tall head that settled in due time and a hazy goldenrod hue that was reflective (no pun intended) of the honey in the beer. This had the smell of a lager and tasted a bit like one, as the floral notes were strong from the get-go.Soapy in consistency, there was also a sour grass/lemongrass taste to this with the feel of some wheat that gave this a fairly nice body. As others have noted, the sweetness grew in stature as the beer warmed up but it didn't feel like a true Belgian-style beer to me while I was enjoying this. It came across as a bit too light, even though the carbonation was just right and not detracting in any way.

The alcohol was here but it wasn't strong and I couldn't taste it at all as I made my way through this. Was this like a dark Kolsch? Maybe, as there was some grape behind the fruit flavors and sour tendency of this beer. Can't quite say that I've ever had anything like this before and it's a shame that this is no longer brewed, as I'd love to give it another go. I'm always amazed at how Garrett puts together brews that aren't duplicated anywhere else and this was no exception. Fun stuff that deserved to have more reviews on here!

Photo of ChipChaight
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwilton
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Nice honey aroma. Pleasant enough taste and feel, but mostly light bodied and not so complex. Would consider re-evaluating in the future, but at the moment, I find it nothing home to write about. (Although I took the time to write about it here. Ha ha)

Photo of Dimi
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of djtomain
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of patpat
4/5  rDev +9.3%

I live in Japan and found this online at Seiyu, which is apparently affiliated...owned??by Wal-Mart. The price was about 4 US. Loved the smell of this one. Straight white, wheats and some fruits in the back. I liked the no nonsense in it. Tastes even better. I'm having chicken and this one was the perfect complement. I could drink it alone but with food is where this beer stands apart. Big carbonation as I've come to expect from Italian beers, but this tastes better than anything I've ever had from Italia. The head never dissipates, leaving a thin foam layer until the finish. I may look for this one again, in fact I'm sure I will. I saw other reviews that said the cost was $9.00 a bottle. Not sure if it's worth it for a 355ml bottle. Nice bottle though...

Photo of Synapstic
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of dansushi
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Teoperu
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of MinisterCurry
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden pour with a bit of orange highlights. Dense two-finger white head with lots of carbonation (maybe too much). Really interesting and strong aroma of spices with a touch of citrus, yeast and bread dough. Has a really complex slightly sweet taste with elements of honey, light floral hops, spice (clove and maybe coriander), grass, yeast and bread mixing together for a very interesting sip. Finishes crisp with a lingering spice flavor.

Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Moderate, dense white head surmounts a hazy golden body, which presents modest, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly spicy hops and caramel malt dominate the aroma, grassy hops are present as well. The yeast contributes an earthy characteristic.

Taste: The taste opens with toasted malt and dark caramel, soon followed by aggressive pine hops. As the taste progresses, the hops rise in intensity, until, at the close of the taste, they fairly dominate the otherwise solid caramel and toasted malt background. Finishes with a lingering, moderate herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, with understated carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, a well-made example of the style, which presents itself gracefully.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twenty-five point-four ounce green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of thkrb99
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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AMA Bionda from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.