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

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Ranking:
#6,985
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
397
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oleg85
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Everydayoff
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy golden orange in color, it tops with one finger of frothy white head that retains itself with decent retention before collapsing to a long-lasting bubble film on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

So juicy, spice, and piney resin in the aroma, its fruitiness part reminds me of citrus, lemon, mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. It is also very spicy and peppery from the use of Saaz together with some floral and slight herbal. Malt is there in the undertone with its biscuit and caramel profile.

The taste is led by underlying malt grounded as a base of the flavor structure with its biscuit, bread, and some grain profile, thereafter, hop awakes and stimulates the taste buds with the wide varieties of flavor ranging from citrus, lemon, mango, pineapple, pine, herbal, spice, earthy, and persistent resiny bitterness that is also quite lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, the mouthfeel is quite smooth with moderate carbonation to generate some lively crisp and refreshing feel, dry finish.

Intense and hop forwards Pils, it is very hoppy while not being compromised on the malt bill. The result is well balance brew. Alcohol is also perfectly concealed making it so drinkable.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that settled to a thin ring of lace. the body was a slightly cloudy amber color.
s - sweet fruits, some citrus with a lot of piney hops.
t - caramel and toffee sweetness with big pine flavors.
m - creamy and slick. really coats the tongue nicely.
o - a very good beer but not quite as good as the DFH version.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an awesome brown 330mL bottle with a super-long neck and a squat little embossed body. A very stylish label too - a great-looking package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with extremely fine, sporadic carbonation. A one-and-a-half finger white head rises up and hangs about, slowly dropping to a thick cap. Absolutely amazing lacing across the entire glass - some of the best I have ever seen. A great looking beer.

Aroma: a bit disappointing after the appearance to be honest - very light aromas of citrus and particularly tropical fruits. Pineapple and grapefruit take the fore. Update: once the beer has warmed some more (from initial taste at 6-degrees to 9-degrees) there is a stronger aroma with additional sweet sugar.

Taste: lemon citrus and tropical fruits up front, with a sweet malt backbone. Some spices also.

Aftertaste: the sweetness drops away a little, to be replaced with some hop bitterness and more spice.

Mouth feel: a moderate feel with fine carbonation, quite dry on the finish. Pretty decent.

Overall: this is the first Dogfish Head collaboration beer I have ever had, and it doesn't disappoint. Plenty of citrus hops and tropical fruits, with spice and malt. I still don't think it's worth AU$120 a case of 24 x 330mL, but one every now and then definitely won't hurt.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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 korguy123
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml?
$19.99 @ Premier Gourmet
Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy sunset coloured pour. Three finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is incredible.

S- Big, bold, juicy hops. Full on citrus and pine onslaught. The grapefruit alone just makes your mouth water. You can get a touch of cereal and some pilsner malts with a subtle grass smell.

T- Up front is a massive punch of bitter pine with a juicy grapefruit finish. Than slowly melds to pilsner malts and than a touch of alcohol. Flavourful and simple, it's short, sweet and to the point.

M- Slightly chewy, almost medium bodied, great refreshing carbonation.

O- I rated the DFH version quite high. This is way up there as well. This is spectacular. Really glad I bought the bigger bottle and spent the extra money.

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Photo of danieelol
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Platinum

Pours slightly orangey yellow with good head and great lacing.

Smell is a little sour as soon as I pop the cap. Then big fruitbowl aromas. Plastic and fruit candy. Reckon there's NZ hops in this (which is apparently wrong in retrospect). Fruity grapey Nelson and maybe some plastic Motueka. Also got some spicy pepper, suggesting Saaz. Not much malt, showcases the hops.

Taste has sour candied plastic fruits. Get more fruitbowl and a slight leafiness. Well-bittered.

Mouthfeel is hoppy, fruity. Quite a bitter finish and nicely carbed.

Overall an enjoyable hop-delivery vehicle. Not for those who want a lot of malt with their hops, but then again it's an imperial pils. Good collab.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

My Antonia, this Birra del Borgo version anyway, pours out darker than I expect from a beer in the Pilsner family. It's not quite amber in shade, but it is dark mustard yellow. Two fingers of soft head at first, but it drops down to a thin ring. Good lacing.

This is one curious set of smells. There's a bunch of aggressive aromas, but they're all present here in subtle doses. I pick up on white peaches right up front. There's a twinge of rust that segues into hoppiness. There's like a sourdough bread component on top of the expected pilsner malt. Something botanical -- Jasmine? -- opens up as the beer warms. I like a lot of these aromas individually, but they're not coming together as cohesively as I'd like. The sour bread character clashes with the rest of the nose.

The taste follows the nose nearly to a T. Flavors of white peach and green tea are really refreshing. There's some orange flavor that I recognize from some American IPAs. It tastes pretty good. It's very drinkable and refreshing. It lacks the crispness and cleanness of the finest pilsners, but this may just be a product of the Imperial Pilsner style (but then, impy pils beers like Boulevard Collaboration No.1 don't like this at all).

The carbonation level is very, very soft. It makes for a drinkable beer, but it doesn't brighten up the flavors very much. Overall, this is an above average imperial pilsner. I do like this, but it has some flaws that bring it below the level of some more well-made beers in the style that I've had. Mostly, I can't justify the pricetag that this beer carries. It's tasty and refreshing, but not at all worth the double-digit price.

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Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

I like this one better then the American brewed version.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released in Sweden 3 october 2014.

Amore Mio!

Hazy dark orange beer with a two finger high, fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, herbs, grass and grain.
Taste: Soft, creamy tast of grass, orange, sweet malt, passion fruit, citrus and bread.
Body: Medium body with a soft yet complex structure. Light carbonation. Chewy taste.

Great pilsner! Of course that's what you could expect with a collaboration of Birra Del Borgo and Dogfish Head...

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a brand new Lion's Pride goblet as my first beer of their Belgian Beer Festival [I found it quite funny to order an Italian/American collaboration as my initial beer of a Belgian fest, but I didn't want to pass up this brew, as I'd never seen if poured before]. It has a very pretty tarnished gold color. It is very clear, as a good pilsner should be. It had a large foam head that was pure white; it left behind lots of lacing as I drank it. Surprisingly, I couldn't see any carbonation rising within the glass. It had a musty yeast aroma with some sour citrus mixed in as well. My impressions of the flavor were creamy, malty, and a bit fruity. There was a touch of crystal sugar I could taste, a nod to the imperial nature of this beer, but it was subtle. It had a medium body and a medium level of coating. It felt good, but was not remarkable. I found it to be very drinkable. I thought it would go well with a pork dish. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this over a great meal.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle
Thanks to Platinum Liquor

A-- Poured a clear, golden straw color. Quite vibrant and shows nice life with small carbonation bubbles. Three finger bright white head that slowly dropped to half a finger of rocky head leaving lots of thick, soapy looking lacing. Looks even better when swirled.

S-- Light notes of lemon grass and citrus but backing of sweet bread. Soft but quite vibrant nose.

T-- Starts of clean and crisp and picks up quickly. Get sweet banana bread and a lot of citrus notes followed by citrus bitterness.

M-- Highly carbonated and quite creamy. Lighter bodied, though it does get heavy as drinking on.. Lots of bitterness in the mid and back of the palate. Lots of notes of lemon, pine and grapefruit with good doses of sweet bread. ABV is noticeable in the mouth but still a very good feel to this.

O-- Nice beer. Quite drinkable and a good palate changer. Good collaboration beer.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tall pint glass. This is the Birra Del Borgo version with the badge shaped label. I have no idea what the vintage is, but it just popped up in a local beer store so it was either brewed again or B. United just released some more of the original batch.

A - Very nice amber/golden body. Slightly hazy with a large amount of carbonation rising from the etched glass bottom. Super fluffy 2 finger high white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Very hop heavy. These hops smell very distinctively Dogfish Head. Tropical fruits and some light pine notes. This is followed by some subtle bready malts.

T - Same as the nose. Tropical fruits, pine, and bready malts. There is a bit of grass and earthiness as well. Very bitter finish. Mouth feel is a bit on the light side, but sticky and oily.

O - I've had the Delaware brewed version of this and I really don't detect too much of a difference. I am having a hard time distinguishing whether or not this is aged though. The hops are still very vibrant and there is a lot of fruitiness and bitterness, but this is balanced out by a great deal of mild malts. Overall a really nice collaboration. Glad I found the Italian version.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 397 ratings