My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) | Birra Del Borgo

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A different take on this style. On tap at Cole's, who brought it in again. Golden with a thick white head, that leaves lots of lace. I was Ok with the pils hops,I think some ideas that didn't come together and still not that drinkable.Neutral aroma.Drying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head with excellent retention on a cloudy pale golden body and nice scattered lacing.

S: herbs, noble hops, pale and pilsner malts, lemon and floral notes.

T: Noble, sharp tasting hops upfront with a pale malt and bready base. Finish is herbal and medicinal. Minimal lemon notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I havent had many of this genre but this one is very good, clean and smooth.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/2015.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot of fairly assertive hop characteristics all around even though this one is nearing its best by date.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a white head and some good, sticky lacing on the way down. Nose hits like an imperial pilsner with a bit more, as in addition to some grain and bread I got a bit of caramel as well, though it was fairly slight. Some European hops thrown in there as well. The taste balances everything quite well and it does taste like an amped up pilsner. Feel is light to medium with good carbonation. A very nice collaboration.

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I may be a skeptic of the style when a good beer is made of any style I get it love,this was quite good.Poured into a pokal a clear light to medium golden with a large frothy white crown,alot of tiny bubbles.Big bready pilsner malt aromas along with a big shot of leafy/spicy noble hops,the citric west coast hops bring a citrusy edge as well.Flavors have light honey-like sweetness along with mild white grape like some maibocks I have had,a real sharp peppery hop bite hits along with some overripe citrus fruit.A real nice lager beer,not to heavy with alot of things going on.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/29/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, light malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. There's a mild alcohol sting as well. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a two finger tall foamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% but the remaining head last through the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Floral and citrus hops with some light aromas of lemon and some malt hints.

T: Very crisp pilsener like flavor in the beginning of the malts, the flavor is very crisp with the grassy and floral hops coming mostly in the finish which is pleasantly bitter. There are some nice lemony hints to the flavor as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty interesting and I think that I enjoy it better than the DFH one. I enjoy the flavor and it is a easy drinker that could be sessionable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, slight hazyness

S: Bready, some pears not much else

T: Big time breadyness, orange peel, grapefruit & tangerine up front. More grapefruit, plus pineapple as this warms, pears as well as this warms, slight aspirin bitterness as well, hints of white grape in the background. Finishes with white grapes, pears & much grapefruit, plus plenty of pine apple

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, lovely balance

Probably the best beer of this style I've had. Wish it were cheaper. Super drinkabiity

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow body with a half inch of pure white head. Lemon, fruity esters, spicy hops, alcohol. Aggressively bitter finish. Medium plus body. Sweet and even a tad syrupy. Heavy grassy and floral notes. Could use more subtlety and nuance.

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Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really enjoyed the DFH version of this brew so when I saw this offering during a recent trip to New Jersey, I had to buy this Italian version. Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12.7 oz stubby green bottle. The oversized cap opens with an audible pop somewhat similar to champagne. Goodness, what is this stuff? The bottle cap is quite unique, unlike anything I have seen to date. It features a "steril top" plastic coating underneath somewhat similar to the style of some screwtop growler lids. The pour yields a light golden colored brew that is lightly hazy. 3 fingers worth of frothy white foam swells across the top and as it slowly recedes leaves a thick froth of lacework all over the glass. It rests atop the brew a finger strong in a thick uneven cratered surface composed of rather large bubbles that are constantly, slowly streaming to the surface.

First whiff of this brew produces nearly a white wine scent, grape-like initially mixed with sulfur that fades and develops into a new beast. Hops emerge smelling grassy and a bit herbal in nature. Lightly mineral filled with a straw-like to biscuit or cereal grain inclusion. As the brew warms up, I lose focus on the sulfur notes and really start to hone in on the herbal hop characteristics. There is a light almost mint and pine aspect to the backend of this brew and a light inclusion of alcohol which makes the aroma stand out. This is not a bold smelling brew by any regards but as it comes up to temperature it certainly goes through a transformation, this is an interesting experience.

Taste follows suit with an herbal bitterness that tastes more grassy than any other brew I have had. It leads into a malt flavor very reminiscent of straw characteristics instead of grain. There is an ever-present light green yeast flavor which really accents an unfavorable sulfur taste. There is a very mild grape skin character to this brew and an almost minty hop inclusion that evolves as the brew warms up. There is a modest amount of mineral character that almost nears metallic character which was easily ignored initially but as the brew warmed up it got increasingly more evident. By the time I get to the end of my glass, I fear a second pour to finish off the bottle. I bust out some sharp cheese and yes, this brew becomes tolerable. I have never had a beer before that I disliked by itself but only enjoyed after pairing it with some cheese. Oh well, there is a first time for everything.

This is a medium to light bodied brew favoring medium more so than the lighter side. It is modestly carbonated to the point of being perhaps visually over carbonated and lightly fizzy on the tongue. The alcohol is ever present in this brew in both flavor and warming effect, it hits home harder than what you would expect for 7.5%. The alcohol does not even attempt to be hiding, it shows itself in full force with greater boldness than anything else. This brew is a bit of a mess to me, it is not nearly as enjoyable as the DFH take that I previously really enjoyed. I had no problems finishing the bottle but this brew was a bit of a mess, I would not have it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll start with the old world version of this one. Gotta love it. Costs even more for half the amount of beer than the DFH version. I wonder how much the DFH version goes for in Italy.

I'd describe this one as clean. Very clean. Flavor has a real consistent spiced tone from the hops. Hearty and rich, though not too powerful in the overall sense. Smooth feel. More of a sipper, but it's a nice job. I'm interested to see what the DFH version is like.

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mini growler pour from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Very clear darker orangy golden, with a slight greenish, olive oil sheen. Near white heat that collects at about 1/2 inch, stays for a spell. Loose and light, leaving a collar and moderate lace/light sheeting. Lime in the nose, grassy hops and light malts. Full flavor brew, with more lime up front, bold and bracing. Some alcohol simmering in the mid section and then a moderatly snappy and dry finish. Clean and tasty offering. Interesting collaboration. Enjoyed the mini growler, but not sure if I'm a big fan of the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Antonia, continually-hopped imperial pils, product of italy, 7.5% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Birra del Borgo, in collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery.

Beyond that, only legalese, not a drop of Gobbledygook.

Appearance: Dark, clouded amber hue, large chalk white, long lasting head.

Aroma: Delightfully sweet and floral (rose petals), fruity, citric, lemon and orange. Just plain ol' gorgeous.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Impressive hoppy edge at the top. Nice, hoppy buzz on the palate, excellent malty texture. Pretty tasty stuff. Fruity, citric bitter flavors still up on top and all over the palate. A maltier, hopper, boozier pilsner, but not too strong and not too thin.

I wish I knew more about this Birra del Borgo. I know to trust Dogfish Head, and know I've got a new Italian brewery to look out for.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, the #5 American Double / Imperial Pilsner on the beeradvocate best of lists. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Beer is bright yellow and completely clear with a big white head of tiny and small bubbles, nice carbonation, steady moderate to low, and some lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is noble hops and earthy with a mild sweetness and some floral notes. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and thin on the flavor on the front palate. The beer overall is bitter on the end and mildly dry. Nice drinking beer overall but nothing too complicated. Just a solid beer. Definitely strong than your average pilsner. I'd have it again but I wouldn't pay for it again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although I really enjoyed the Dogfish brew, this one has its own merits. Malty, as is the norm for the style, without being overly grainy or sweet. Nice body without the chalky dryness of the usual Italian hard water.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange-yellow amber with a two finger fine white head and lacing. Nice continual carbonation. Aroma of hops, caramel malt, lemon citrus. Flavor is dominated by the hops with a muted neutral malt backbone. Some citrus flavors and a dry, hop finish. Medium bodied and creamy. Quite refreshing. Hoppier than I'd expect from a pilsner. Well made and tasty. Quite similar to the Dogfish Head version.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a one finger head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grass, citrus, and some floral bitterness is detectable.

Taste: nice pilsner flavors with loads of grass, lemon, some hints of biscuit, and a nice moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: med bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this seems a bit tamer than the DFH version. Still a good and refreshing beer that is easy to consume.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What happens when an American brewers meets an Italian brewer? You get an imperial pilsner. On to the beer:

Tinted yellow color, with good head retention and a lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of honey in the aroma, along with some spicy hops to create a diversion in the nose. Although it's an imperial pilsner, the malt tends to outshine the hops in intensity. Honey is tasted all around, bready notes come alongside. Even with the honey dominating, there's still enough room for some spicy hops to meet the palate, and this is especially true in the aftertaste with the spicy hop flavor that lingers.

Collaboration success. It's just too bad that it's expensive in the US.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub during their recent 14th anniversary celebration. Poured amber with very good clarity and with almost no head, still a fairly pretty beer. Smells quite acetic, with notes of peaches, lemons, and quite a few tannins. Obviously a far cry from the original, this beer has become a whole new animal. Speaking of animals, the taste doesn't really have any noticeable barnyard notes to it, but it does have a touch of funk. Other than that, it's not overly sour but does exhibit some acetic notes and the same peach and lemon fruit found in the aroma. Smooth, and all around a pleasant beer, but not earth shaking. For what it was, I preferred the original, but I still enjoyed sipping on this.

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Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours an attractive hazy honey gold color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is pretty unusual and intriguing, consisting of honey, light soap (ginger?) and bread dough. While I don't mind the aroma profile of this beer at all, the ginger/soap flavor just isn't working for me on the palate. Also, in addition to the honey and bread dough flavor, this beer is wrapped in a pretty sweet package, something I find a bit odd in a pilsner. The sweetness, coupled with the fairly noticeable alcohol, detracts from the drinkability of this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full with a long finish, but I'm just not enjoying the alcohol bite at the end.

Interesting beer, but one small glass is all I could ever see myself drinking of this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard of it a few months ago,

A: Pours a standard pils yellow, leaving some really nice lace.

S: Grass, tropical fruit - mango, meadow flowers.

T: Simcoe city, with that being one of my favourite hops I was very happy. Juicy, fruity and complex tropical fruit.

M: Medium/full-bodied, chewy with resin.

D: One of the better Imperial Pilsners I've had. Delicious with great hop character, it definitely stood out from the other Italian beers I had on this day.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crisp, clear, golden yellow color, minimal carbonartion, very thin lacing around the top.

S - Spicy citrus aroma with some astringent/acidic smelling character. Mild traces of lemon and crisp, crackery malt.

T - Best described as "complex" for a Pilsner. Has different layers of flavor going on and strikes the tongue with a grassy character, some moderate spice, and a nice malt backbone underneath to keep everything balanced out. Has a modest level of honey and finishes semi-dry.

M - Delicate carbonation on the tongue and leaves a mild coating of spices, caramel and lemon in the mouth.

D - ABV is almost non-detectable.

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan but this particular one is definitely worth seeking out because it's more extreme and more interesting than a typical Pils.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy light gold with a 1" head of foam that shrinks reluctantly. Lacing is very good.

That's a very spicy hop nose I smell. One of the if not the strongest hop smells I've ever encountered in a Pils, double or otherwise.

The taste is of that strong hoppy goodness. Very spicy, very herbal. There's a biscuit like malt in the background that, to be honest, does very little to balance this beer. Oh well, I do get a significant amount of sweetness the more I sip but the balance I mentioned, I think, is not needed.

Medium bodied, same for the carbonation. Nice.

A very pleasant surprise as I usually don not favour Double Pils brews, $8.88 for the 11.1 ounce fancy assed bottles is a bit much though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried originally in bottle from DFH. This version was on-tap from BdB as part of the Italian SpecTapular festival at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours a light golden colour with clean haze. Lace forms in patchy slips from a pretty solid, creamy egg-white head. Decent heft to the body too. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is super malty: clean husky grain characters with a touch of leafy European noble hoppiness. Some breadiness comes through as well, giving a dryness that's not entirely pleasant. Not bad though.

Taste is clean and crisp, again very light on the hops, but with a pleasant clean grain character which almost fills that role. Finish is a little sweet and a little boozy, but manages to drag a touch of bite from somewhere to prevent it being cloying. Feel is crisp enough, despite the weight.

I'm not going to lie: this was something of an average brew. It's not bad by any means, but the version I had from DFH was much better, and I say this as someone who's not a huge fan of the maverick DFH philosophy.

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