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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)
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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

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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387
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4.02
pDev:
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Photo of SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light straw yellow until I got to the bottom of the bottle and a bunch of yeast sediment came in to cloud it up. very large fluffy white head with good retention
S: smells of pine and a bit of tropical fruit
T: slight breadiness up front with some nice pine flavor, pale malt comes back to the front before being hit by a wave of citrusy flavor with grapefruit rind being prominient, soft honey like sweetness comes in at times as well. swallow brings more piney and citrusy flavor with a bit of bready yeast
M: crisp and somewhat light with soft but sufficient carbonation
O: very crisp and clean, complex for a pilsner and a very nice hop flavor. I dig it

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 WastingFreetime
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy yet sunny yellow color with three fingers of persistent craggy white foam that lasts for several minutes, leaving behind nice lacing effects on the glass. Body is on the lighter side of medium density and carbonation levels are on the heavier side of medium strength.

Smells aggressively of white grapefruit and orange juice, pilsner spice / white pepper with lesser amounts of bready yeast, a slight sourdough odor with an interesting nuance of asian duck sauce. The flavor has more of a biscuit / herbal tea central focus with the citrus fruit and spice elements coming in secondhand as support. ABV is very well hidden, its only really perceptible as an exaggeration effect upon the initial "fruit juiciness" of the citrus peel aspects of the hopping within. Dries up quite nicely by the finish, behaves flavor-wise as if it magically transforms from an ale to a pilsner in the mouth with each sip. (As in, it starts out tasting fruity and dirty/complex and drops these extra ale aspects one-by-one until it tastes mostly like a clean, spicy / grassy pilsner at the finish.) As far as malt sweetness levels are concerned, I place it at ending up near halfway in between German and Czech pilsner sweetness spectrums.

This is definitely worth checking out for those who are bored with the same-old usual lineup of approaches to 'pilsner'. It's different enough to be interesting and novel, but not so different as to be unapproachable.

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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 ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that laces. There is no sediment, but a slight haziness. The nose is a fierce competition between candi sugar and piney hops. Very interesting for a double pils. The taste is more similar to a Belgian strong than a double pilsner...I'm quite confused and let down. The mouthfeel really seals the belgian strong ale deal with a potent, palate-coating sweetness, biting alcohol, yeast and resinous hops. There is nothing light and refreshing about this beer. I will not try this beer again and don't know why I bothered.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and grassy hops along with a soft doughy yeast note, Belgian style.
Clean flavours, with some soft sweet malt and grassy and spicy hops. Also the faintest hint of alcohol.
Carbonation could be higher really.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of Parrotshake
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pils glass. Clear golden orange, big, big tight head and quite a bit of lacing. Dead handsome. Bubblegum and white grape on the nose - I think Kiwi hops, although I'm pretty sure they didn't use any - also a bit of bread, lemon and elderflower.

Like drinking liquid flowers at first, then everything sorts itself out - spicy, grassy saaz, a bit of slightly off dank citrus (Simcoe, maybe), more flowers, honey. Some alcohol bite. It's not well hidden but it does contribute quite nicely to the flavor profile. Slight sour bready lager finish. Lingering bitterness builds with every sip. I sip it again as I'm about to finish this paragraph and notice more stuff. Eucalyptus.

A little thicker than most pils, but it does have more going on than most. Works out well. Silky. Very pleasant. I've had a few of these recently and I like it more and more. Could drink a ton.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep rich golden color with a nice finger of lingering head. Smells deliciously citrus with hints of candy and yeast. I'm wondering how this one is going to be a pilsner.

Drinks like a full flavored and full bodied Belgian golden. Plenty of citrus candy flavors mix with hop complexity for an interesting beer that seems to only get close to pilsner in terms of a signature slight hop bitterness that underlies and finishes subsequent sips. Excellent fizz and snap on the tongue at the finish of each sip.

This is slightly reminiscent of Shorts' Pontius Road Pilsner in that I'm not sure how close this actually is to qualifying as a pilsner. However whatever it is, it is quite good and an amazing beer I would love to drink again.

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Photo of Aethien
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in an absolutely beautiful bottle, looking more like a liquor bottle than a beer bottle. It pours a clear golden colour with a nice white head.

The smell practically bursts out of the bottle with intense piney hops followed by a little tartness and plenty of fruits and a little grainy near the end. This is a balls to the wall, in your face smell that takes no prisoners.

The taste is brutally bitter and a real hop bomb, this outdoes many DIPA's for bitterness. Slightly oily piney hops dominate the flavour, accompanied by spices and some fruitiness, although not as fruity as the nose, it has a dry and grainy finish where the fruity flavours are more pronounced again.

Mouthfeel is a little oily from all the hops, something I personally don't like. Otherwise it's good and befitting of the beer.

Overall this is one mean hopbomb, a very enjoyable beer but not one I'd quickly drink more than one glass of.

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

A-nice dark gold with thick white head

S-smells amazing! Like beer beer. Dry hoppy grains. Medium strength. Fair sweetness.

T-wow this is good. Comes in with a good and spicy bitterness. It's a very foreign and complex flavor. Mostly bitterness upfront and after awhile the hoppy grains come in. The end has a spearmint aspect to it. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a good dry finish. Bitter

O-this is a great beer. Tastes fairly different to me than the other my antonia. It has more of a rustic European taste to me. It's very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with massive four finger off-white head. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Pils malt, grassy hops, a bit of lemon. Also a very light bubblegum aroma.

T - Pils malt and grassy hops. Quite herbal. A bit of citrus. Finish is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a clean, bitter finish.

O - If this was only brewed once as listed, this bottle is getting old, which is reflected by the reduced hop presence compared to the DFH version I had not long ago. Still, pretty tasty and was probably even better fresh.

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Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very light malts; powdery, suggestive of corn starch. Hops are distinctly lemony. Smell is clean overall, but also forgettable.

T: Begins almost dry, with strong herbaceous and spicy hops that far outdistance the delicate malts. Bitter lemon is strong into the middle while acidity is mild. The finish arrives quickly, being moderately bitter, dry, and herbal/spicy.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer embraces its style in a way familiar to regular drinkers of DFH's overpriced strong golden beers. In this case it chases some traditional pilsner qualities but cannot entirely shake off a generic feel that also stood out in such beers as Pangaea and Sah'tea. It cleans up well enough in the finish, although it could use more sensory contributions from the grain.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a little hazy with a three finger fluffy eggshell head. Dark golden, strong carbonation. Really nice fluffy lace all the way down and a full finger of retention.

S - Grassy, lemon, noble hop, a little medicinal with some honey and pine too

T - Grassy, lemon, herbal hop, sweet bread, noble hop. A hop forward pilsner with lot's of hop flavour and sweetness to balance.

M - Far too carbonated, medium body, and a mild bitterness.

O/D - A pretty nice Imperial Pilsner. Too carbonated, making it difficult to drink at times, but flavourful and interesting. Easy to drink aside from the carbonation. Nice stuff.

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

Pours a hazy golden hue with a lovely creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is perfume fragant floral hops,honeyed malts,grains and freshly cut roses,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with tastes of redgum honey,floral hops,tropical fruits,lychee and finished with a very light tarty dryness and overall ive been looking forwards to this for a while and it didnt dissapoint one of the better imperial pilsners going around which would be perfect with seafood and i will definately buy again cheers.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle picked up at one of my local shops. I enjoyed the DFH version so let's see how this one fares.

A - Pours hazy, brownish-orange with 2 fingers of soft white foam. Leaves a few spotty patches of lace on the side of the glass.

S - The smell immediately comes through with hops in the forefront. Grassy and lemony with a light citrus smell. It also has a floral quality and some toasted malt.

T - The taste leads with the hops as well. It's floral and grassy with lemon and orange citrus qualities all coming together. There is a sweetness along with the taste of an artisanal bread. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the hops that hangs around.

M - Medium body with carbonation on the higher side of medium. Doesn't finish as crisp as I expect from a Pils, but I guess this is an imperial version.

I enjoyed this beer. I can't remember which version I liked better, but both are good takes on the Imperial Pilsner style. Drinks almost like an IPA, which is why I think I like it so much.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Bir & Fud in Rome, May 2011. BB is Feb, 2013.

Bottle opened with a big pop. Poured into a Bruery chalice. Light tan body, hazy. Poured gently, produced a 2 inch head, Has great retention, lots of lacing.

Nose is quite hoppy, notes of orange/citrus hops. It's a nice change that the malt is far less than in a DIPA, letting the hops shine through.

Tastes as well of orange/citrus hops. Just slightly bitter, this is a nice hoppy pilsner. Ends dry and slightly bitter. Love the balance of sweet fruit and bitterness.

Body is light and carbonation is medium, gives this a slightly fizzy/slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer, it is very drinkable and refreshing. I am getting turned onto the imperial Pils style and this is a beer I am going to be drinking more of, along with the Bruery's Humulus lager.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Beautiful orange-yellow, heavy internal carbonation, nice small foamy white head, an excellent sight, cap came off like a cork out of a bottle of champagne

S: Light citrus, hops, lemon zest, very fresh and light in its fragrance, almost a little tangy/acidic

T: Hints of clementines, lemons, citrus fruits, great sweetness and bitterness balance, grapefruit, something special

M: Incredibly smooth, easy to drink, refreshing, a bit lingering on the aftertaste, but enjoyable all the same

O: Possibly one of my favorite beers overall, certainly in its category, definitely one to try

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 GarrettMD
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy very light brown. Two finger foamy dense head, it's taking forever to dissipate.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away, lots and lots of hops, mostly floral and citrus. Up close it's still all hops, very light smelling hops, bits of lemon coming through.

T - Well, you can definitely tell there's a pilsner base. Very crisp taste, malts come through first followed very quickly with a burst of pure bitterness followed by the citrus taste of the hops. Extremely well balanced and straightforward.

M - Crisp, clean tasting beer. Nothing to thick and sweet. Nothing really coats your mouth, but the fleeting tastes are very pronounced. Finish is only there for a second, but it's mostly bitter with slight hop flavors.

O - I really liked this. I would like to see more breweries doing this style of beer.

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