Birra Del Borgo

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #910
Ranked #22,369
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
Birra Del Borgo
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza rojiza, con una cabeza espumosa burbujeante de buena retención. Cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta, lúpulo y caramelo. Sabor amargo, destacando la malta y un poco de frutos secos.

Jan 12, 2020
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fumobici from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this with lunch and it's now 21:13, so this is working from memory. Bad me.

Poured into a chalice in Montone, Umbria at the osteria in the little main square. Deep amber/copper color with a creamy khaki head, nice lacing in the glass. Smell of toasty malt, pretty dank hops (for Italy!), and some fruity stuff going on underneath. Taste closely follwing the smell (others have done a better descriptive job here). Nice balance feel-wise, creamy texture with enough carbonation to create a nice balance. Aftertaste fades to hoppy bitterness in a good way.

This paired very nicely with plate of porcini agnolotti in ragu' di cinghiale. I'd never heard of the makers, but bravo to them, this is a very nice quaff. You never know with Italian micros, it can be a crapshoot.

Oct 09, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orange with a thick off white head that does not want to leave and is cloudy and luscious
S-I get a mineral type of aroma that is soapy and not very pleasant. But there is also a nice dank earthy herbal layer below...
M-Medium velvet mouthfeel with low carbonation that is really wonderful
T-Very subtle sweetness upfront with a smooth bitterness that does not overpower and remains on the palate and around the gums
O-This is a wonderful rendition of an American classic, the Italian air doesn't hurt it either!

Jul 26, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy deep copper amber color as a showcase which is considered as darker than typical Pale Ale, the pour forms up very thick fluffy off-white head that stands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal layer of foamy crown and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot along the glass-side.

The fruity hop aroma of citrus, lime, melon, mango, as well as spice and some piney resin lead forwards while malt is also there with its bread and caramel quality.

Intense hoppy goodness in the taste which is a bit far beyond Pale Ale boundary, fruitiness can be perceived with the flavors of citrus, lime, and mango as well as some spice and moderate piney resin yet modest bitterness. Malt works along well in the background with its breadiness, sweetness, and caramel. It is tasty and delicious.

Medium body with some full and bold touch through the palate, mouthfeel is quite smooth with moderate lively crisp carbonation, refreshing in feeling with a dry finish.

The Italian has nailed it again with this good Pale Ale. In fact, I think it is something between IPA and APA.

Jan 09, 2017
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rotezzia in Soriano Nel Cimino, Italy. Served in a chalice:

Appearance: pours dark red, nearly brownish, with ruby highlights. Super fat and sudsy off-white head, with continuous bubbles rising and reforming the head. No visibility through the beer.

Aroma: heavy on the malt and slight sweetness, some dark cherry, maybe even a little spice. I don't get much of the typical APA scents, aside from some floral notes.

Taste: again, it doesn't drink like an APA really at all, but the flavors are still solid. Lightly toasted malt, some caramel and sweeter malt notes, along with some slight pine flavor.

Feel: thick and creamy, but it needs some more carbonation to qualify as an APA. Currently drinks more soft, like a dubbel or something.

Overall: a solidly flavorful beer which doesn't really rate as an APA, but is a nice beer nonetheless.

Aug 15, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Amber body with reddish hue and big white foaming head
Floral aroma of set with lemon zest
Flavours of barley sugar and boiled sweets
Good if a bit sickly

Aug 01, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/copper colour. Smells like cereal grains, sweet malts, clean, and earthy hops. Tastes of lightly toasted malts, slightly sweet, heavier body, with an earthy-hop finish.

Apr 25, 2016
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OlaB from Norway

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: red copper color , hazy , gives of a to fingertip high top of head, good lacings on the glass

S: Citrusfruits like grapefruits and oranges ,pine and floral hops

T&F: Much as the aroma, citrus fruits and pine,very fuity first taste,creamy body . Aftertaste goes over to hop and spicy bitterness,very long finishing, but is to bitter for my taste, The balance could be better.

O : A decent beer , but nothing more than that, not my type of beerstyle. But all in all is drinkable.I don,t think i going to buy this beer again. But also is great to see that it comes more new beers from Italy , and not the typical industrial lagers from there that i tasted before

Apr 10, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy copper-red with a small to medium,frothy,offwhite head
-almost no carbonation visible
-grapefruit,orange zest,peach,resin,caramel
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
More of a West coast-style IPA to me than a Pale ale.
Good overall

Dec 10, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birra Del Borgo "ReAle"
33 cl, brown glass bottle best by 6/2017

An interesting beer, and unless I'm mistaken, the first beer from Birra Del Borgo back in 1995.

The brewery labels it as an IPA, but I see it as more of an E.S.B. with Pacific Northwest hops in the aroma, but with English hops still being utilized for bitterness and flavor.

It's amber in color at about 14 SRM; medium in body with a creamy, moderate carbonation level (just like an English bitter); and somewhere median in bitterness at about 40 IBUs.

The aroma is American, but not boldly so. It displays pine and citrus, but it's also floral and a bit earthy. Distinctly caramelish malt backs it, and I'm pretty sure that the fruitiness is coming from an English yeast strain as well.

As is almost always the case, the flavor follows suit, but here the English character overwhelms the American. It's caramelish, nutty, toasty, biscuity, and earthy/leafy before the citrus and pine cut through.

So, regardless of what you want to call it stylistically, it's a decent, well-made beer that's got an interesting bent to it. Unfortunately it's fairly expensive in the states, whereas in Italy it can be had for about 2€.

Dec 09, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin beige head with short retention, but keeping an eternal plate.
Although it is more caramely than usual, it has a nice aroma with notes of grapefruit, spices, honey and watermelon.
Flavor balanced towards malt with notes of hay, grapefruit, pine, caramel and toasted malts, nuts, lots of American yeast, spices, papaya, orange marmalade, flowers, lemon and tea bags. Dry aftertaste with a nice but relatively medium bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 6.4% abv is well disguised.
Not sure I would call this APA, it feels heavier with hops just partially offsetting its caramelly body (although hops are far from immaterial). Nevertheless, I understand this is somewhat their proposal, an English IPA with American hops, yeast and spices. I would say it is more like an intense ESB with some American notes. Not bad, but not my cup of tea. And additionally with a bad pricing.

Dec 31, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Today's review is Re Ale from the fine chaps at Birra Del Borgo: Italian brewers that make damn good Belgian ales. Re Ale is their take on the American Pale Ale, and if that doesn't get you excited or if you are wondering "Doc what is a Birra Del Borgo?" then get your hands on a bottle of their exceptional Duchessa.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy and amber bodied with a creamy cream-coloured head full of creamy goodness, and cream [disclaimer: this beer does not contain dairy products].

S: Floral hops intermingle with sweet sweet honey, bread yeast, and more hops - earthy/citrus hops to be precise. If my nose was sentient and had the ability to be entertained by aromas it would find this one damn entertaining fragrance; Game of Thrones entertaining.

T: Holy shit! (or Santa merda! in Italian) This Re Ale doesn't just taste great, it Re-defines the APA style. Primary notes of honey, cardamom, pepper and a chunky bread yeast middle is underpinned by bold citrus hop characters; on the grapefruit spectrum of citrus. It finishes much lighter in bitterness than an American APA, which is like saying "I need to go use the ATM machine" [think about it people], however this is not necessarily a bad thing. This is one tasty brew.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy Weizenesque (wow I've managed to combine a German and French word together - call Oxford English Dictionary) carbonation. I could swear this brew has wheat in it but the label doesn't mention it at all.

D: You would have to be a petty and vindictive black-hearted beer snob to mark this down for not adhering to the style it represents - this is an ale that self-proclaims a different take on a tried and (sadly) tired style: American Pale Ales. I love APAs, with a capital "L"... wait; I Love APAs but let's face the facts - there are more atypical APAs out there than I have brain cells [I would probably want to refute that statement if I actually did some research] - APAs have been done already. Birra Del Borgo - those guys I would bear hug if I ever met - have put together a top-notch beer here. Buy, drink, appreciate this fine ale. I demand it.

Note: Loses 0.5 a point overall for being as expensive as a Belgian Trappist Ale, sorry BDB.

Food match: Being on the less bitter and sweeter side of APAs this ale would work best with lighter fare; chicken and mushroom pie, potato and leek soup, dolphin burgers, etc... the crème brûlée smoothness would suit (surprisingly) a crème brûlée as well.

May 15, 2014
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janubio from Spain

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle. Hazy amber colour, with a medium head that leaves a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, caramel, citrus, forest, flowers and some spice.
Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of citrus, caramel, tropical fruits, chocolate, spices. Another Birral del Borgo great beer.

Mar 29, 2014
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dgilks from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colour. Large off white head. Really, really creamy. Nice lacing.

Pop. Interesting combination of pine and citrus. A touch resinous. Really quite good.

Bitterness hits first. Then a sweet malt with touches of papaya. Interesting piney resin character. Good lingering character. Lovely.

Moderate body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

An excellent Pale Ale. A touch big but the bold flavours work really well and are solidly integrated. Great beer.

Feb 14, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale chestnut with a creamy creme-coloured head that fades fast but clings immediately and speckles.
Flowers, caramel, cinnamon, and fresh herbs on the nose.
Toffee and Amaretti biscuits followed by nectar, cedar, orange rind and grapefruit rind hops to end.
Cointreau and peppery spice finish and humming minty linger.
Just shy of medium, smooth, crisp, some flint.

Possibly a mistake to call this an APA - this is EKG all over and you'd find Marris Otter butter if you knew to look for it. Feel is very Italian - silky in the mouth but with a snappy finish. There are signs of Cascade plus some real bitterness, but overall this drinks like an English Pale Ale, and a superior one.

Not a patch on ReAle Extra, but all the same, a very fine beer from a top brewer.

Dec 24, 2013
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Vladimiriuz from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An very nice, dark, amber and caramel look with a nice foam. With some cloudiness.
a Very pleasant look.

The nose gives a lot of fresh fruits. Surely a pinneapple is there as some oranges and peaches.
With a touch of some fine spices in to it.

My first taste of this fantastic Italian beer is silky smooth and fresh with a bit of delicioius herbal after taste. On the first I taste a lot of fine fruits.

The aftertaste is long and a good aroma full of sweetness and spicey like after notes.

Very nice bottle, by the way.

Good, fresh beer from Birra Del Borgo.

Jul 10, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Brewdog (£5):
Deep, honey amber colour with a two cm bubbly head that gradually reduces in size. The beer is clear too.

Citrus and pine malts and is quickly overtaken by a strong floral hop aroma, some sweet malts and a sort of perfume like smell. There is also some alcohol right at the end.

Hops & a combination of pine and floral ones with some soft caramel malts and various fruits. Definitely a fruity one with some orange and citrus along with some apricot and various berries plus some toffee.

Lively carbonation and a medium body with a strong alcohol lacing at first before settling down some. There is a crisp, dry finish that hints at bitterness too.

Pretty nice beer and one that went down well without being an outstanding beer. Initially the floral notes and the alcohol seemed too strong but both of these quickly died down as the beer settled and I got further down the glass.

Jan 29, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a massive head that just keeps growing.
Very floral, spicy and plant-like aroma, interesting hop profile. Underneath is soft bready malt.
Similar hops as flavours (spicy, plant-like) with faint clean malt underneath. The hop dominate though. Some alcohol shows too. Quite sharp.
Carbonation is too high.

Jul 24, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First had: on cask at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Half pour served in a mini stem glass, a reddish-brown tea color with no head at all, at least when it got to me. Surprisingly perfumy aroma, potpourri, light fruits, sherry, sweet malts. Pleasantly sweet taste, herbal tea, honey and bready malts, pears, maraschino cherry syrup, mild leafy hops in the finish. Medium body, very smooth, and easily drinkable. I don't think it quite fits the bill as an "American pale ale," and it's probably even closer to an ESB. But whatever it is, I liked it, and I'd get it again.

Jun 09, 2012
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ADZA from Australia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark non see through honey hue which leaves a two finger head that stays and lots of lacing,the smell is honey mead,herbal zesty hops,citrus and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of lemon zest,passionfruit,redgum honey,orange peel,caramel candy and finished with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall its a rather pleasant APA that is very sessionable but would rather it in little bottles cheers.

May 11, 2012
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Parrotshake from Australia

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange with a massive off-white head that lasts the duration. Tons of lacing all over the glass. Rad. Smell of mostly grapefruit and tangerine, some caramel.

Taste is quite hop forward, citrus pith and spicy/peppery hop notes to the fore as well as hints of stonefruit, backed by a soft and unassertive malt base, mostly caramel but it's really not about the malt. Long grassy bitter finish. The ingredients on the bottle list added sugar but the yeast has eaten just about all of it - 6.4% and probably a little drier than most pale ales I can think of.

Soft and creamy in the mouth, lovely. Massively drinkable. Pricey, but I'll probably give it another shot.

Apr 28, 2012
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Whole Foods Devon

Birra Del Borgo Re Ale comes across darker than your average pale. The color is copper with some brownish tinge, the inch of foam was a dark tan color with retention and stick. Smells like a faded IPA off the tap with American flair, no tricks up the sleeve. Citrus, pine, some toasted malt character and slight sweet caramel. Taste is pretty much a mix of pale/toasted malt with some citrusy, piney hops making this pretty tasty. A bit of sweetness with warming with floral aroma coming out. A bit bigger in body and ABV than most pales and it shows in the body which is is near medium and silky, not light and crisp. All things considered, this is a tasty beverage that I am glad I found on tap, since the bottles probably don't travel to well.

Mar 26, 2012
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Beerenauslese from California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Bir & Fud, Rome, in May, 2011. BB date is 4/2013. Also got a bottle decorated with artwork by Giovanni Trimani with a BB date of 2/2012. I consumed that two days ago. Review is of the fresher bottle with some comments about the older one.

Body is a hazy, translucent dark amber. Poured into a Bruery chalice, it produced a 3/4 inch tan foamy head that pretty quickly dissipated to a ring. Produced some scant sticky lacing.

This smells pretty malty, and there is a pronounced piney hop resin smell, with a hint of brown sugar in the background. Nose is aromatic and a bit pungent. There are some less pronounced floral and fruity notes as well.

Taste is medium roast malt, citrus skin (grapefruit and oranges), immediately bitter but the strong hop profile is held in balance by malt. There is more of a hint of fresh citrus than the older bottle. Also, just a bit of yeast funkiness. Finish is dry and bitter.

Body is medium. Carbonation is sufficient to give this a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This really is a big malty, spicy and bitter hopped beer. Definitely seriously hoppy and malty for an American style APA, this is more an IPA (on the Del Borgo website, it is listed as an APA inspired by hoppy American IPAs). Regardless of which style you want to call it, the beer is a bit coarse and could use some refinement. However, my comparison of the present and the 1 year older bottle reveals that the fresher aspects of the beer are lost with aging although I have kept the bottles refrigerated since acquiring them to slow the aging process. The beer is a little above average for the style; I wouldn't go out of my way for a bottle, but a really fresh bottle or a draft pour will probably taste better. If you are in NYC, an anniversary version is on tap at Eataly for $10 a pint.

Mar 25, 2012
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La prima ed originale. A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up from Beeritz in Knaresborough. The label on this small bottle is different from the 750ml bottle in the photo; not sure if this is an update or they just use different labels for smaller bottles.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich orange-amber colour with plentiful fine yeast sediment. Yields a small head of white foam that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma of aromatic hops with underlying sweet malt and hints of yeast; floral citrus notes dominate.

Tastes of spicy aromatic hops with a sweet malt backbone and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus and faint pine, accompanied by brown sugar, honey and dry yeast. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but a little flat. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Nice, plenty of hop aroma and flavour. An Italian beer with American craft roots. The only weakness is the lack of carbonation; this would have improved the sensation on the palate. However, it's a solid and very tasty effort. Well worth sampling.

Feb 06, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK. This is a first. An Italian ale on cask... at Max's today.

The beer pours the color of tea with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, reminding me very much of some ESB's and pale ales I've had from England. In any event, I pick up light cherry, light vanilla, some sherry, nuts and considerable wood. On the palate, the "nutty" flavor really seems to dominate, with the flavor profile otherwise replicating the nose. Also, although initially the beer comes across as a bit malty and sweet, the finish is quite dry. The beer is otherwise medium bodied and is pretty smooth on the palate. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

Interesting stuff, though I'm not sure the cask conditioning works very well for this beer. Probably would not order this one again (I'm assuming the cost is fairly prohibative as well).

Jan 21, 2012
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