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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)
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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 382
Photo of shigg85
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a pilsner glass. Orange-amber semi-cloudy brew with an amazingly thick creamy head that lasted the length of the drink's life, receding into a petri-dish style head at the end. The hoppy, citrusy notes coming off this smell are amazing with a taste that just blew my mind, completely changing my definition of what I thought a pilsner was. The mouthfeel was a bit acidic in the late late aftertaste, but other than that, I can't find a single flaw in this beer. Loved it, loved it, and would absolutely recommend it!

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not brewed continusouly by Dogfish in Delaware. You know it's going to be good when even the foam is tasty. It pours with a big, creamy head. The color is a slightly cloudy gold. The aroma is big with grapefruit and hops. The flavor is very reminiscent of a medium IPA like their 60 Minutes. But it's somehow cleaner than that. The spiced hops are there. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and coriander. But it slides down the tongue instead of punching it. The lagering really helps mellow the flavors without muting them. You could down many of these without hesitation despite the 7.5% alcohol. It's just that clean and smooth without sacrificing flavor. Why haven't I seen this before? Truly a great concept and a new favorite.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: 2" of hazy burnt orange liquid with about 14" of thick white head. This might be the most overcarbonated beer I've ever poured. After it finally settles it reveals a glass full of hazy orange beer with a nice retained head and lace.

S: Complex interplay of sweet orange ,lemon, pine, nutmeg, clove, caramel, yeasty esters.

T: Wow. Really nice flavors of citrus hops, some pine, some tropical fruit, light nuttiness, caramel. Very yeasty as well.

M: Much more full bodied than any pilsner I've had before. Its creamy and light. Doesnt have a carbonated feel at at all. Not nearly as crisp and dry as most pilsners but I like this mouth feel a lot more.

O: Amazing pilsner. Only one Ive had that I like more is Humulus by The Bruery and its very close.

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Photo of scootny
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just one of those beers imho. A golden liquid that when the light hits it just right does have that light olive oil sheen mentioned in another review. A faint cloudiness. Head is moderate and retention is good with a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is intriguing. A big buttery malt backbone and grassy notes. A clean hop spiciness and light pepper. A touch of citrus.
Light herbal notes

Taste is uniquie. The buttery malt from the nose seems to hit your tongue before the beer wets your lips. A nicely integrated butterscotch lays underneath it. The malt core of this one is subtly complex. Big breads and and golden toasted Italian breadcrusts. I think I taste the alcohol but I can't be sure so who cares! Citrus and spicy hops come in and balance this beautifully. Clean extra dry finish leaves a deliciously huge bitterness reminiscent of a very dry white wine. Feel is crisp and supple, with a perfectly light and refreshing character. Carbonation is spot on and weight is just heavy enough to satisfy.

Super drinkability. The only thing that kept me from buying a larger quantity is the price of this one. As it was my 32oz was gone way too fast.

A superb brew that I wish I could keep around. Nice job Birra Del Borgo/DFH. Sam you have done it again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold color with lots of carbonation and a large white head that stands on top of the beer. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A very fragrant herbal and earthy hop aroma with some yeast and a slight alcohol aroma.

T: A nice herbal hop flavor with a bit of sweet malt to balance it out. There is also a slight peach and apple fruitiness. The beer is a little bit bitter in the finish, but there is enough sweetness in the beer to provide a smooth even finish.

M: This is the best attribute of the beer. A medium body with a very silky smooth feel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It is very well crafted. The hop is dominant in this beer, it is crisp and balanced well with the sweet malt.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Braumeister! A collaboration between Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head (two of my favourite brewers). Yes "Don't get excited by Dogfish Head, you've only tried one of their brews" I hear you saying but what a beer that was! [technically it was a Sahti, not a beer Dok] Anyway, let's talk about this amazing collaboration between these world class brewers - Birra Del Borgo are already my firm favourite for Italian brewer of the year (every year running) and Dogfish Head are renowned for mixing the shit (pronounced in this sense "SHI-yat") up. So fingers are crossed, except for my left index - I broke it just then.

Poured from a Birra Del Borgo stylised (fat bodied with a tall neck) 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: This hazy light orange/golden bodied beer with a light white lacing on top is already pushing all the right buttons on the beer receptors in my brain (yes I have beer receptors in my brain, don't you?).

S: The aroma is melon/tropical from the go. Honeydew intermingles with guava, lychee and sweet honeyed malts (no doubt that signature Birra Del Borgo Senatore Cappeli wheat)... my tongue salivates with the taste odyssey that awaits.

T: Flavour hits you in the face like a soft wet cat skin gauntlet (yes I went specific on that metaphor) before you notice a big meaty hop bite, which is where Dogfish Head come in to this collaboration - the hops! This is one well-crafted craft brew - starts off with a sweet honeyed malt, then it leads in to the tropical fruit noted above, and then BZAM! Hops - not your typical American pine/citrus hop overload but enough to make you realise that this partnership between Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head is kismet. Beer-heaven as opposed to beer-heavin' (which one gets from drinking VB).

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and dense carbonation - if I'm giving out arbitrary points, which I am, ten points here.

D: This beer takes the best of Birra Del Borgo (their malt/wheat and yeast profile) and mixes it with the best of what an American brewer like Dogfish Head has to offer (hops of course, silly rabbit). What this produces is a beer that is easily an equal measure of what Belgium has to offer - I do not say this lightly. A wonderful mix of both the new & old world here.

Food match: This is a brew that would feel at home with a Thai noodle salad or light BBQ fare - grilled chicken, sausages, minute steaks, potato salad and coleslaw - a veritable everymeal beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again thanks to dmeadows for sharing this. Growler from DeCiccos.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Really amazingly clear. This is a pilsner after all. Wonderful for the style. Just spot on.

S: There are hops and a nice clean malt profile but there is something else that no one else could identify. Really maddening that I cannot think of what this beer smells like. Very pleasant.

T: Really nice clean malt taste. The beer was continually hopped and it tastes like it. The clean malt and the clear hops are so balanced. Really great.

M: Super crisp mouthfeel. Perfect for a pilsner. Spot on.

D: This is probably the best example of a imperial pilsner that does well as a regular pilsner. A really great beer. I want to know what it is that I am picking up in the nose. Good example of a collaboration working well. Rare as hell but good and should be bottled.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Big herbal, spicy, earthy noble hop nose over light grains. Pours slightly hazy gold under a 3" off-white, persistent pillowy foam cap. Noble hop spice and earthiness are more noticeable in the head then in the body while the rich Moravian malts shine more brightly in the body but the two blend in the mouth giving the beer an enjoyable parfait quality. The beer has big malt and hops but everything is perfectly balanced. Medium body and very fine, soft carbonation.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin foamy white head, which was well-retained, and slowly gave way to some lacing through the drink. The body was a very hazy golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation.

S- Sweet vinous notes of orange blossom, clover, and biscuit-like malt come through on the nose... with the distinct presence of some zesty/herbal noble hops (definitely not hallertau or saaz)

T- A WONDERFUL replicate of the nose rich with vinous notes and a bigger blast of tropical-fruit-like hop flavor than expected. The hop flavor is not hallertau or saaz, but probably a blend of other high-alpha varieties. Delicious nonetheless!

M- Nice medium body. Firm and a bit chewy with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar present. Somewhat syrupy too, with the perfect amount of soft carbonation.

D- Super drinkable. Love it. Only wish it was made year-round. The high alcohol is the only thing that keeps the drinkability from being a perfect 5 in my book!

Post-Review Edit: I agree with johnmichaelson's review in that this does not taste like a Pilsener, and I think this beer is best approached without the preconception of Czech or German Pilsener style...

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Bir & Fud in Rome, May 2011. BB is Feb, 2013.

Bottle opened with a big pop. Poured into a Bruery chalice. Light tan body, hazy. Poured gently, produced a 2 inch head, Has great retention, lots of lacing.

Nose is quite hoppy, notes of orange/citrus hops. It's a nice change that the malt is far less than in a DIPA, letting the hops shine through.

Tastes as well of orange/citrus hops. Just slightly bitter, this is a nice hoppy pilsner. Ends dry and slightly bitter. Love the balance of sweet fruit and bitterness.

Body is light and carbonation is medium, gives this a slightly fizzy/slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer, it is very drinkable and refreshing. I am getting turned onto the imperial Pils style and this is a beer I am going to be drinking more of, along with the Bruery's Humulus lager.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear golden yellow with a three finger chunky white head. Head leave a good amount of lacing.
S: grassy lemon citrus, light malt sweetness and a light touch of grain. Maybe a touch of mineral
T: dry, a light hint of grain. Hops are grassy floral and a bit earthy. There is also a touch of citrus.
M: prickly carbonation, crisp and clean.
O: like the DFH brewed version this is an excellent imperial pilsener.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, but I'm addicted to this style. Yellow orange ambrosia-like pour with a fluffy white head. Smells lemony and sweet. Saaz. Smells like Saaz. Marmalade is what I taste. with the sweet and the bitter. Small, fuzzy bubbles cut like a Brian Adams' knife. Love that....the bubbles that is. Freshly mowed grassy finish. More please....

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Photo of baumaxx1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a thick, white and fluffy head, that dissipates slowly to a thin 5mm layer. Leaves plenty of lacing. A hazy yellow/gold colour, no sediment but not clear. Moderate carbonation.

Smell -
Pineapple, rockmelon, peaches, passionfruit, honey, pine, floral, citrus, lemon, lime - a lot more fruit on the nose compared to some beers which are very much dominated by hops and citrus. Very strong aroma - could smell it before I even poured it from the bottle.

Taste -
First up a bit of honey, wheat, rockmelon, pineapple. After the first sip you get a good hit of hops and those passionfruit, peach, caramel and strong grapefruit flavours. Grapefruit peel after-taste.

Mouthfeel -
Very creamy, full bodied, and a very light carbonation tingle. Smooth and refreshing and a hint of stickiness.

Overall -
A very full flavoured and unique brew - full of rich fruity flavours. Very enjoyable, unique and refreshing. Hard to fault and well balanced.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up from one of York's finest Italian delis.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation - the amount of sediment indicates that this is bottle-conditioned. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a decent surface layer. Aroma of hops - lots of hops! Notes of citrus, especially grapefruit and oranges, alongside tropical fruit and a whiff of pine. A warm, spicy hint in the background - possibly alcohol.

Tastes of overwhelmingly fruity hops with a sweet malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Light, sweet malt in the background along with yeasty esters. A crisp, fruity bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, tingly and dry. Fantastic body and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.

Mmmmm - tasty! An unusual style but packed with flavour. Tons of aromatic hops, with solid malt in the background. The mouthfeel is nice; very smooth with a pleasing texture (bearing in mind that a typical pilsner would be quite light). Similar to a DIPA, and just as good. An excellent showcase of what Italian craft is capable of (with a little help :)

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Photo of Cee-Poe
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25oz bottle

A-- Pours a bright straw color with a hazing reminiscent of a wheat beer. The head is a vey nice three finger rockey white head that retains itself throughout the pour.

S-- Penerally, pilsners leave a bit to want in the aroma department. Unless, you like the smell of wet change. However, this beer provides a much richer aroma than your typical pils. DFH's continual hopping is quite apparent on the nose.

T-- As mentioned above, the hopping of this pils puts it outside of the box. To that end, this is an excellent beer that works very well with spicy food.

M-- The appearance of the beer seems to portray a fuller bodied beer and that is exactly the case. The mouthfeel of this beer is almost as rich as an oatmeal stout that clears as quickly as a traditional pils.

O-- Both my buddy and I were very impressed by this beer. It is unique without trying too hard and good enough to want again.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner glass pour, this appears golden, slightly hazy, with plenty if visible carbonation. Head is white and lacing is rung around the glass's walls.
Smells complex. Earthy hops, grass, herb/ mint, grain.
Tastes grassy and grainy, with floral notes and some added citrus (orange zest). Sweetness like corn from the pilsner malts, background biscuit, some spice. Lots here.
Feels chewy and smooth, with a slightly bitter finish.
This is a terrific imperial pilsner, and I grab one nearly everytime I see it on the store shelf.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This collaboration was a great match. The beer is superb. When this brew was opened and I poured into my tulip I could tell that DFH had a hand in brewing this beer. The signature continual hopping is most definitely present. I love pilsner's and this one is top's on my list. Very smooth and hoppy upfront but still light and full of floral hints. This beer can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Thanks for the collaboration.

Cheers

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Photo of janubio
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle, that looks more a brandy or liquor bottle than a beer one.
Hazy golden colour, big head with good retention. Smells of hops, exotic fruits (I think papaya), oranges, spices, floral notes. Medium body, good carbonation.
Taste is very bitter,spicy, maybe pepper, papaya, oranges, herbal notes and simply a hop beast. Dry and bitter finish, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle that was given to me by Chris at Miorge Mihoublon in Belgium.

A - This appears to be bottle-conditioned, because the beer was clear when I poured the first glass, then got cloudier as I poured more. The color is golden with some copper or orange highlights. The white head is rocky, thick and long-lasting. It has the appearance more of a saison than a pilsner.

S - This has a classic DFH-style aroma. It is a mix of citrusy, spicy US hops (I can't identify which variety), some bready malt and a lot of sweet alcohol. I would not recognize it as having any relation to pilsner, but it is very inviting.

T - The taste initially hits with a wave of US hops that are citrusy and spicy. The focus then shifts to bready malt for a second before a wallop of hops bitterness hits. The finish is moderately sweet and boozy, but not cloying.

M - The body is fairly heavy. The carbonation feels smooth and fluffy. There is some alcohol presence, but not a burn.

O - This is a great beer, but I must admit I wouldn't call it an Imperial Pilsner if it wasn't printed on the label. If there is any character added by pilsner malt, it is buried under the hops taste and bitterness, both of which point more to a strong, malty IPA for me. Borgo has created a fine beer with DFH and I think it shows a hint of great things to come from them.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is extremely fizzy and is probably the most champagne-like beer I've seen. It is a pale golden color with at least an inch of head. Smell is strong crisp hops with mild grains. Tastes are crisp hops and white grape juice with slight pine sap and citrus. Excellent drinkability, and solid all-around.

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Photo of Hands22
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from 12.7 fl oz bottle (bottle conditioned). 

A- dark straw colored. Poured a thick, white, long-lasting head with large bubbles. Not quite as clear as I was expecting. Good lacing.

S- Flowery, European hops dominate. Low to no malt. 

T- Strong hop flavor backed up with light but noticeable malt. Bitterness dries out the finish. Malt sweetness comes out more as the beer warms. Clean. 

M- Full-bodied. Balance is hop forward (bitter). Medium carbonation. 

O- Even though this is a 7.5% ABV beer, the alcohol is completely hidden in both the taste and aroma. A good idea of an imperial pilsner, have had it several times now and will continue to keep an eye out for it.

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Photo of drmeto
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,oranges,tangerines,mango,papaya,sulfur,slight pineapple
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium,lingering bitterniss
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Has nothing in common with a Pilsener.It's just a great hoppy Lager

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a three finger head of rocky white foam that settles slowly and leaves epic lace. The body is a deep golden color with good clarity. It is hard to imagine this beer looking better than it does.

S - Sweet aromas of pilsner malt with honey and graham crackers. Some juniper hop notes with light herbal notes and a bit of spicy grapefruit. Quite complex and unusual.

T - Strong herbal hop flavors up front with a bit of grapefruit and grass. Sweet pilsner malt in the middle with a bit of honey, though it is not as intense as the aroma. Finishes grassy and very bitter with pithy grapefruit character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a really nice imperial pilsner, which is really quite a rare thing. It has a wonderful aroma of pilsner malt and interesting spice notes as well as an intense hop flavor that keeps it quite well balanced and drinkable. Unlike most other imperial pilsners it does not become cloyingly sweet and the hop character is complex and interesting instead of the flat bitterness that some other examples of the style display. I would happily drink this again, though I don't expect that I will get the chance.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold/marigold colour. Light, crisp aromas of honey, and floral hops. Tastes crisp, quite light-bodied, honey, sweet, floral hops, citrus hops, refreshing even at a higher ABV.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The colour is a similar to a a wheat beer. Extraordinary hops aroma that catches you from the from the beginning. Really good and refreshing taste. Highly recommended!

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