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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 cptnspeed1
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Note the bottle label is different than the one in the picture. It's the same color scheme and style, but it has the badge shape that the DFH one had in the interior of it as the label shape.

A: A nice light orange/amber color. The off-white head climbed quick and with a fervor, finishing up at about an inch and a half (which puts it equal in height to the beer. The beer itself looks bubblier than would be considered normal.

S: Grassy hops with a little bit of lemon. Very pleasant, but fairly light. For something "continuously hopped" I would expect the nose to hit slightly harder.

T: Taste like it smells with a little bit of a floral flavor. I feel like I might be underrating this a little because I'm expecting something more like an IPA even though I know thats not what it's supposed to be, but the flavors are slightly muted. I can't decide if thats a plus or minus. Maybe both?

M: Medium bodied, feels about what I would expect. Goes down smooth.

O: I'm giving the overall a bit of a boost because this is probably the best beer I've had labeled as an Imperial Pilsner. It's really hard to not compare the Imperial and American versions of beers as something to a good IPA that is similar in style, but I do feel that this separates itself from being too close to an IPA/APA and makes me believe the Imperial Pilsner label.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 375ml heavy green bottle

A-pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy 3 finger head that recedes slowly to reveal nice lacing

S-is noble hops and baked bread with malts,grain, and lemon grass..all faint however

T- is explosive in citrus floral noble hops.a lemon grass and hay flavor are met with malts and spiced hops a touch of sour fruit

M- this is a zinger its crisp and tart very dry with good carbonation.hoppy but still a smooth drinker..abv is not detected

O- great imperial pils with a super clean crisp taste..the 12.7 oz bottle was perfect size on this one

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Photo of aficionado
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden light body with a two finger fluffy white head. Lots of beautiful lacing.

Very floral, and fruity. Smells amazing, and the fruity taste lives up to the smell of lemon zest, Spring flowers, dry grain, and bright grassy and herbal noble hops.

Feels dry, light, and crisp with high carbonation. A drier version of DFH My Antonia with more fruitiness, more flavor, and more finesse. The most recent bottle I bought was very thick green glass and thankfully it did NOT affect the hops character.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 stakem
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
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 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 Viciousknishs
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ The Birch Norfolk, VA

A- pours a rich translucent amber color with two finger of creamy pillowy off white head that lasts and lasts! A thick coating of lacing covers the glass as you sip!

S- hug burst of spicey herbal hops fills the nose with citrus orange peel and lemon zest. A subtle dry pale maltiness rounds out the aroma with a tinge of earthiness that is almost unoticable. Clean aroma that lets the hops realy shine.

T- creamy crisp malt flavors create a foundation for the rest of the flavors. Spicy herbal hops with lemon/orange citrusy notes explode on the palate. White pepper and a hint of minerality on the finish with the hops lasting long into the aftertaste.

MF- creamy smooth mouthfeel with a full round body and a fine average carbonation that boosts the flavor instead of drawing attention to itself.

D- the creaminess makes this hop bomb very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a great beer that twists a simple style into something complex.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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 wscaffe
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Grassroots Natural Market in Jacksonville on 7/1/11.
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Nice golden color. Head is a creamy white color. Two finger head quickly dissipates into one finger head. Leaves a decent belgian lace on glass.

S - Pleasant lemon aroma and hints of other citrus such as oranges. Good malt character helps balance out the strong hop aroma. Some grassy notes.

T - Extremely pleasant grassy flavor coming from the hops. Slight lemon flavor mixed with some orange. I taste a bit of alcohol. The hops mix extremely well with the pilsner style. The taste of hops continue to linger after the beer is completed.

M - Good mouth feel. Feels medium bodied. Hops give this particular beer a bite of a bite.

Overall a great pilsner. A bit more hoppy than most but it is fairly balanced. I would definitely drink again. I could drink this as a session beer even at 7.5%.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fizzy yellow pour with a ton of bubbles. A huge white sticky head rises up, lacing down the side of the glass very nicely. The head is a lot like Duvel, sitting like vanilla ice cream atop the beer.

S: Grassy hops dominate the smell, a slight malty backbone hold the beer together. Basically it smells like a pilsner. Light and ready to be enjoyed.

T: The taste is really good. Starts off fresh and light, the grassy hops and pilsner taste really get going in the middle of the taste and the finish is quite dry.

MF: Very light with a lot of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this one. Wish I saw it on the shelves more.

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Photo of Naugros
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from the bottle into my Tiffany pilsner glass. I work for the company so it's only fair that I get any beer glass we put out. The beer is not crystal clear, but the head is spectacular. It's starts off at about 4 inches in depth and then falls to 2.5 inches, maintaining a dense structure of microbubbles that allow it to rise above the rim of the glass. This is indeed suds. The lacing left behind would create a nice sheet down the glass, but I'm a gulper so there are concentric bands all the way down. Excellent.

You get hops in the nose right off, just like the DFH version, floral and earthy without much malt in the background. Not my favorite hop aromas, but not bad either. There's a slight sour tinge around the edges as well, giving it a horse blanket character.

Nothing sour in the taste though which leads me to believe that what I was getting came from the hops...and it's mostly hops with the malts finally making a strong appearance. They do give a sourdough sense, so I'm contradicting myself. I guess the sour is there, but not like I got in the nose. Those who have sensed "sourdough" from malts know what I'm talking about. Hard to explain. The hops continue an earthy/floral profile, but there's also a bit of spice involved as well. A lot going on here, but it works.

The bitterness is pretty huge, worthy of a DIPA, especially for a pilsner...imperial or otherwise. The body is not that heavy but the it gives a sense of being fuller than it is. The alcohol is well hidden and you wouldn't guess this is an imperial pilsner until you finished it and tried to stand up.

The Italians did a nice job rendering this version of one of my favorite DFH offerings. I'm glad I found it and hope that my favorite beer store relocated it next to the DFH so they'll sell more.

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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 shand
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer pours a hazy golden color with an absolutely massive head that retains very well and leaves huge chunks of lacing. The aroma is very nice, it's got a huge helping of noble hops over some pils malts. Alcohol is apparent. The taste is quite smooth, smoother than the DFH-brewed version, with some more subtly than it's American-brewed cousin. It's still very noble hop-forward, but it's a smoother hoppiness instead of the sharpness of the DFH version. The alcohol is also a bit more suppressed. The mouthfeel is a little less carbonated than I'd like, but the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid imperial Pils, I'm still not convinced that pilsners need to be imperialized though.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Three Floyds, 23 May 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Small light beige head. Minimal carbonation. Clear golden orange. Very light aroma, just a touch of malt. Malty, bready, herbal. Moderate bitterness through middle and finish. Just a touch of aspirin. Medium creamy body, alcohol a bit hidden.

As it warmed, very light aroma of sweet malt and a faint floral touch came out.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Copper colour, a little hazy. Head gets big while pouring but quickly recedes to one finger and does not have good retention, although it leaves nice lacing. Carbonation is visible

S- This is the plain aroma of an imperial ipa. Fresh and herbal hops, with a bit of spiciness to them, and a fading sweet malts characther to bring balance. Some orange and lemon in the background

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested; malts are subdued but you may quite easily detect some caramel to bring some balancing sweetness. Then hops of course: earthy, quite spicy, with orange and lemon notes. Some honey in the aftertaste, which is of course quite bitter. Very similar to the aroma but not that good due to excessive tartness

M- Medium bodied, fresh and richly carbonated, but not too much. Pleasantly prickly on the tongue and at the same time soft (though maybe a little too even) on the palate

O- Good drinkability and complexity, maybe not perfectly balanced. It's tart feel does not fit with other flavours and the finish is too watery

Now where is the difference between an imperial ipa and an imperial pilsner? If the second is meant to have more malt sweetness, then this one is an imperial ipa

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

330ml bottle bought online from

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), pears), lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... dangerously drinkable at 7.5%

Overall - A superb brew and one that i wish i could get my hands on more easily... highly recommended..

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Perrumpo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest. It's a well-balanced pilsner, but there's nothing very unique about it, which surprised me, considering Dogfish was involved. Golden-orange color with an off-white head. Smelled like it tasted... balanced but nothing special. Hard for me to describe any individual flavors. Mouthfeel was pretty good, as is the drinkability since it is easy to drink... nothing about it is overpowered.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bir & Fud in Rome.

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

Smells of a combination of pilsner and caramel malts and a good amount of buttery diacetyl. As the beer warms the diacetyl fades a bit allowing the malt aromas to shine through more.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with crisper pilsner malt serving as a backbone kick things off and are joined shortly by solid amounts of buttery flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of earthy hops join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems but I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was told that this batch was not the best that's been made and I believe it. As the beer warmed and the diacetyl flavors faded it was evident there was a good beer underneath it all but unfortunately I wasn't able to see, smell, or taste it.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden complexion body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: subtle hop presence, smells liek a typical pilsner

Taste: Earthy and and nice hope presence for a lager, but I expected that from DFH. Why not amp it more though? Using only german czech hops retained that typical skunky taste too. Great for style but I would not prefer this over alot of beers.

Mouthfeel: light body

Drinkability: nice pilsner. Probably not drink again though.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 phillybeer7779
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
A-Clear golden color with a thick white lingering head. Heavy lacing while drinking.
S-Typical smell for the style, aroma of subtle hops.
T-Great hoppy pilsner taste, the west coast hops are noticable, but not overpowering. Very smooth and pleasant.
M-Goes down easy, and the hop flavor lingered in my mouth well after drinking.
D-Very easy to drink, the 7.5% feels like 4%. Great beer for the summer.

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Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.
A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head that retains lacing throughout.
S: Smells of crisp hops and light citrus.
T: Familiar, crisp pilsner malt taste with a slightly creamy finish.
M: High carbonation and medium body.
D: Quite palatable and the unexpected creaminess was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured in a oversized DFH snifter.

A- Hazy golden color- almost clear, just a slight haze. Foamy, foamy, foamy head- two and a half fingers, that stayed a while and turned into a very thick and creamy lace.

S- hoppy, slight citrus, very light malt, good pils nose but on the stronger side of pils.

T- Light on the front of the tongue, the hop aroma doesn't present strongly in the taste. Very mild but tangy malt taste. Slightly heavier and more tart in the finish.

M- SMOOTH, lighter, but flavorful- an easy and smooth drinking brew.

D- very repeatable- this is a craft version of pils that can be enjoyed and repeated.

Not as good as DFH Golden Shower, but not bad- a solid pils that goes down well on the hot summer nights.

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