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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)

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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 DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Drone53
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Publican in Chicago.

This is a very interesting beer. Had a nice golden appearance, with a nice head lacing which sticks to the glass. Has some nice hop aroma, but a nice malt to balance it out as well. A pretty balanced beer overall. A good crisp light taste, but still a firm malt backbone. A very drinkable beer for 7.5% ABV.

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

On-tap over at the Lion's Pride.

Pours a golden color with a huge freakin' head, in fact the 'tender told me it's been a pain to pour it because it foams up so much and fades so slow, leaves tons of good lacing though.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma with hints of malt to balance things, it's not super hoppy or anything but considering it was for the Belgian beer fest, it was probably the hoppiest thing they had on-tap.

Taste is light and crisp for an imperial pilsner, the hops meld well with the malt with neither overshadowing the other, finishes a bit spicy.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lion's Pride. I, too, was looking forward to having some Belgian beers, but couldn't pass this up. In a tulip glass the beer was a clear gold color with a voluminous white head. Lots of lacing. A very fresh, outdoors aroma, like newly mown grass. Hoppy, with a big malt influence. Kind of breadlike. A great Bohemian pilsner. Very drinkable; two went down fairly quickly.

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

Had this on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. The light straw color and thin lacey head made me think this beer would be much lighter and Belgian in flavor. I was extremely surprised to find that this is an excellent well hopped pilsner. There's a good amount of lingering hop bitterness as this beer goes down, and it goes down very easy for 7.5%. Very impressed with this one, a definite must try.

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Photo of ShareANevada
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bierkraft.

Pours a rich golden, nice soft head, giving off some pleasant floral tones, though just a little subdued. Just a little spice here, in line with a Belgian Pale. A bit sweet in the nose as well, and just a bit of pepper in there.

Really pleasant light mouthfeel, very light and sweet as it swirls on the tongue, a little touch of wheaty softness. Follows with just a dab of smoke on the end of it.

This beer has a lot of finesse going one. Quite enjoyable, very drinkable, if you could come across that much...

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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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mini-growler from DeCicco's, Ardsley.

Pours shining gold with lacey head. Deep honey whiskey barrel nose. Deep caramel, honeycomb, hay and butter malts with stinging noble hops that sneak up and get spicy with grass, bitter lemon and anise at the end. Some lactic bite. Long linger, full body, sticky feel.

Just about the biggest pilsner ever. Too big to be very sippable, but impressive.

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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 Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -7.2%
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 +11.9%
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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