Re Ale | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Crosling on 06-09-2008

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Ratings:
104
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, sudsy, off white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hops, toffee, fruit, malt, yeast. Flavor's like nose with perfect sweet - bitter balance for this style. Ditto the body & carbonation. Finish is a little sweet at first with a long tapering bitterness. No hint of alcohol except perhaps a teeny bit at the very end. Session beer for sure if you can afford it.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a 3 Philosophers snifter. Aroma is very unusual...in a positive way. Style is listed as an American pale ale, it isn't. There isn't a style for what this beer is. Aroma is faint in hops and prominent in sweet malts. The malt aromas actually reminds me of the sweetness you get in an aged barleywine of sorts. Taste is also curious, again in a delicious sort of way. Sweet, but not over the top. Mildly hoppy, slightly spicy and very smooth and delicious. Hard to describe to a certain degree. I get the feeling that this one may be just a warm up for My Antonia. Can't wait to try that one soon.

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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.

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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€.

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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Max's on three separate occasions... within the same week. :-)

Listed here as an APA, Max's has it down as an Italian Saison/IPA... hmm

Served in a challice. Dark amber, almost reddish color. Thick head, left nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like a basket of the world's most delicious fruit. Oh yes.

Taste- Awesome. Sweet, very smooth. Tastes like fruit and honey, with a little bitterness.

Verrry drinkable. Wasn't too carbonated, but I don't think it needed any more. Bartender says he's got a case of this stuff at home. I might have to rob him.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is deep amber; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head is warm beige.

The smell is very strong and hoppy - lots of citric oily flavours (grapefruits, yoghurt), some light hints of tar and smoky whisky. Sweet notes of raspberries and wine gums. It is a little heavy.

The taste is hoppy, too. But the body is surprisingly weak for a well hopped beer at 6.4%? Lots of try fruity candy-like notes of green apples, orange peels, apricots, red berries. There are some wine-like dry flavours, some sweetness and a touch of honey. The aftertaste is rather mild concerning all the flavours I found firstly. Bitter-sweet hoppy flavours, some tart hints, honey and a touch of olive oil; it is very balanced and elegant.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

It is said that the main strength of the Italian microbreweries is the lack of beer traditions: They can do exactly what they feel like without any limitations. An APA with a mild lambic-like sourness? Hell yeah!

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. This is not the extra, just plain Re Ale. Golden color. Full head. Hop accented nose with lots of other character, malt and yeast derived smells, fruit. Flavor is hoppy, lots of yeast character. Lots of taste and character. Drinkable, unique, big for its size. A great IPA.

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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious American beer made in Italy.

A: Absolutely beautiful presentation. Nice bottle with the brewery logo stamped in the glass. Nice label and format too. The beer itself is also a charm. Pours a orange almost amber color with a medium nice beige head which dissipates quickly leaving many lacings. Carbonation and some particles make it a bit cloudy: Small bubbles are formed in the bottom of the glass
S: Pure perfume of hops. Smells like an IPA. Caramel malts and yeasts. A bit watery, I would dare
T: Follows the nose. Some caramel malts but in overall, dominated by hops. Strong and delicious hop citrus bitterness. Very grassy
M: Light body I would dare to say. Considerable carbonation
D: Puro piacere! Troppo buona birra! :)

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured an amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
3.86 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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