Re Ale | Birra Del Borgo

Re AleRe Ale
BA SCORE
62.9%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 105 ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Crosling on 06-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,370
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
105
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
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22
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +14%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly burnt orange color. Maybe I should just give the nod to UT and say that it pours a light burnt umber. Slight off white head without much lacing.

Nose brings a fairly good dose of citrus and floral hops with a bit of a caramel undertone. The hops are the feature focus, and interact with the malt quite well. Taste is a bit different as the hops are toned down in relation to the doughy caramel malt, and not much bitterness comes through. Feel is a bit light with moderate carbonation. A pretty good job getting at the American style and glad I got to try this.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A very white soapy head is poured and presented perhaps about one finger in size. Body is cloudy, a little dull looking amber with some slow rising carbonation slightly in places. The soapy head manages some lacing in places, and keeps a good solid puck while drinking.

This is an odd one for the nose, but it's a mix of small soft malts, soft chewy hop citrus and pine. The citrus comes out a little later.

Upon quaffing this beverage, it's a bit of an ambush. This tastes "bretty" "like". What's going on here? Dry spice palate and hops with a chewy body. Some mild citrus and spiced like character, it feels somewhere more like a hopped up saison. Slightly carbonated but not much.

Overall kind of weird and interesting. More sugars and some sweetness comes out after some time, but it's a very odd one. Seems more like Bam Biere but not as good in comparison.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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).

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Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nice orange-golden color with a fine white head. Despite care in the pour, there's a surprising amount of 'floaties' in the beer. The smell is all about hops. Fresh, herbal and citric Cascades....quite nice...it's an Italian American Pale Ale! There's a bit of fruit...apples and berries, as well as some caramel malt smells. The taste is sweet, with a solid backbone of bitterness. Fairly light in body, the beer is easy to drink and relatively smooth. It's nothing spectacular, but it is a solidly good beer. Fairly low in carbonation, which makes the beer not only smooth, but also a little flabby. I think that a little more CO2 wouldn't have hurt. The beer is decent, if not exceptional.

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Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Bir & Fud in Rome.

Pours a hazy copper color with a thick one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of citrus and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors augmented by hints of deeper caramel malts kick things off. Shortly thereafter heavy citrus - mostly grapefruit - flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid pale with nice levels of hops that were showcased nicely in cask form. Worth a shot.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 62.9% out of 100 with 105 ratings
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