Re Ale Extra | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stcules on 11-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
202
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with floral notes with strong Belgian malt with light sweetness. Taste is also a very nice mix between some earthy hops with dryness and floral notes with a solid malt backbone with nice flavour. Body is full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and easily drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is everything i love about the italians. the yeast is so awesome, this is one of the driest pale ale types i have ever had, it just closes the curtain instantly in the finishes. it almost finishes before the finish, beyond snappy, just done, so cool, especially in a hoppy beer. weird to call it an american ipa though, it definitely isnt that. its more of a pale ale, balanced well, even though it is hops first, and equilibrium is definitely found. just short of amber in color, light maple in looks, hazy golden reflections, and a lively bone white head. it smells and tastes a lot alike, grassy euro type hops, maybe even noble varietals, and a grain base that likely includes some wheat, and a touch of a medium weight crystal malt. there is a real bigness to this, even though its effervescent in carbonation and so dry. its creamy almost explosive on the palate, just feels bigger than it is. i also love the yeast, which is where its really at with the italian beers. its pushing belgian, but definitely more mellow on the fruitiness, and not quite as intrusive to the flavor profile. just amazing beer, extremely sessionable. borgo has started to pull away form the rest of the italian producers for me. they are so creative and unique, and have had less misses. price points are brutal, but you get what you pay for with this one!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big foamer, the beer itself is what I’d call a cloudy orange yellow. When the foam shrinks, there’s plenty of lacing. The nose has grassy hops, I said no pine elsewhere but I’m getting it now. Some sweet tropical fruitiness, malt is there as well adding some sweetish notes. Tropical fruit and pine dominate and so, it’ s not an overly bitter brew by any stretch of the imagination. To me, that is comforting. Balanced IPAs can be quite good. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation, nice mouth feel. This is very good. A bit expensive for a bottle; fancy assed bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bar on Buena. Served in a pint glass. Listed at 6.4%.

A - Served with a finger of creamy white foam that has good retention and leaves splotchy lace behind. Transparent golden body.

S - Big tropical fruits, leafy herbs, tangerines, and a sugar and caramel malt backdrop.

T - Tangy citrus and ripe grapefruit dominate, along with some lemons and medium bitterness. Malt character is more understated, with some sugar, cracker, yeast, and light toffee malt as it warms up.

M - Medium-light body, refreshing although perhaps a bit watery, moderate carbonation, and a dry crisp finish.

D - This is one of the most convincing European "American" IPAs I've had. It's not mind-blowing, but it's quite enjoyable and something I'd order again if it were competitively priced with my local offerings (and fresh, unlike the bottles).

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Photo of irrevjim
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy orange amber in color, the pour quickly builds up massive white fluffy head that is here to stay with exceptional retention. It just slowly dissipates to a layer of eternal foamy crown along with plenty of refined yet sticky lacing patch and spot along the way, very good showcase.

The aroma is so hoppy with its fruity citrus, juicy, sharp lemon, tropical fruit, ripe mango, pine, resin, some earthy and some spice. Malt is there in the undertone with notes of bread and slight caramel.

The taste is quite balance with hop flavors at the upper layer ranging from citrus, lemon, mango, tropical fruit, pine, resin, earthy, spice, and moderate bitterness. Malt is at the lower layer with some sweetness, grain, and breadiness to partially balance the bitterness from hop.

Medium body with rather smooth mouthfeel and crisp carbonation through the palate, tons of carbonation sweeps through the palate with its numerous bubble waves, dry finish.

Yes, the Italian nailed it. Good American IPA offering from Birra Del Borgo, so, what are we waiting for?

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PhotoMattT
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at the Lincoln Restaurant in Lincoln Center Manhattan. It was a little bit pricey but very good and among a pretty nice selection of new Italian beers. This may be the first IPA that I've had from Italy.

Color was a light straw, somewhat cloudy with a good amount of active carbonation.

Aroma had a nice combination of malty sweetness with a lot of hop complexity. Citrus, pine, fruit.

Flavor was also very complex, interesting and great. A little fruitier than a typical IPA, like many of the new Italian beers, but very good.

Overall a very good beer that I hope to see again.

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Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Savaseri
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While steadfast with class and enthusiastic with innovation, Del Borgo embraces new world technique and raw material with a vibrant new recipe all their own; American-style IPA.

Fitting to form, the beer pours with a rusty amber hue that hides behind the signature hoppy haze. Firmly headed, the beer releases an off white foam that confidently endures the session and trails with sheets of lace. Perhaps with slightly elevated haze than is typical, but the beer simply looks like an IPA.

And the aromas do little to suggest otherwise. Bright, zesty, and floral, the bouquet of hop aromas leap from the rim of the snifter with a citrusy punch of grapefruit, orange zest, pine needles, and herbal grasses. Backed by a firm malt foundation, aromas of caramel, biscotti, and bread dough support the hops with a hop-forward balance.

But the flavors balance out better than the aromas suggest. Caramel sweetness is met wit a round and juicy bread-biscuit fullness just before the hops set in. The mid palate introduces hop flavors of freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice, dried oranges and tangerine zest, with tea-like herbs, mulled grasses, and a vibrant pine taste that turns pleasantly resinous bitter to finish. Slightly estery, the taste of apricot, mango, and pineapple weave into the flavor of hops for added complexity and intrigue.

Medium bodied, the creamy carbonation and firm malt weight keeps the beer fuller longer into the taste. But a late turn to dryness is aided by resinous hop character, mild alcohol warmth, and fleeting malt sweetness. Snappy and zealous, the beer closes refreshing, crisp, and clean to close.

Though Italian-made, this IPA does all that the style prescribes. Although there's little that gives this version any trademark or uniqueness, it neither offends or disappoints. It's true to its roots through and through.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Bir & Fud, Rome, May 2011. BB is 4/2013.

This is described on the Del Borgo website as a refined version of the regular Re Ale.

Capped bottle opened with a resounding champagne pop, but no gushing. The body is clear gold. Much lighter than regular Re Ale. Very foamy in pouring, had to pour slowly. No problem with carbonation in this one. Leaves some lacing on the glass and has good retention.

Smells of light malt, tangerine, green hops, and a little butter.

Tastes a bit bitter, with grapefruit/tangerine skin, followed by green hops, and a long dry finish. I am liking this much better than the heavily malted Re Ale regular; the malt in this is bready. The hops are strong but in a subtle way, kind of like Hommelbier. There is no pungent or astringent aspect to this beer, just a nice clean expression of the hops.

Body is light and the carbonation is ample and round, giving this a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable IPA. The malt bill of the regular Re Ale is medium dark; this beer is much lighter in color and the malt taste is lighter, giving the hops a clearer and cleaner expression. The website says that the same hops are used as the regular Re Ale, but that this is a late-hopped version. I think this is a pretty good IPA that has a refined, noble hop character.

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Re Ale Extra from Birra Del Borgo
3.89 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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