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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Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Birra del Borgo long-stemmed tulip. Big thanks to P16 for getting such an obscure beer!

A: Clear gold body supporting a finger of white head; great retention and good lace.

S: Pungent and highly complex, with sweet malts, dry hops, and a fair amount of fruity alcohol all jostling for position. I'd say that the malts and alcohol teamed up for the win, with big, round aromas of vanilla and butterscotch taking the forefront.

T: Much like the nose, in that butterscotch and vanilla wound up dominant through most of the flavor, but with a much more pronounced dose of pilsner hops closing ranks with the warming alcohol on the clean, dry finish. Lots going on, and everything pleasant.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with good, fairly smooth carbonation.

D: A bit much with the alcohol to be really quaffable, but overall a very smooth brew.

Notes: By far my favorite Imperial Pilsner, this beer was a hugely positive surprise - I'd never heard of it before I saw it on the Prime 16 chalkboard, and I just couldn't say no. Great balance of sweet, juicy malts and clean refreshing hops (plus a serious kick), this was an awesome beer to try.


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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 jgasparine
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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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