Hoppy Cat | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bylerteck on 07-30-2012

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Kroehny_Loves_Hops:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of dgilks
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark but clear mahogany colour with a smooth, off-white head. Great head retention.

Lightly roasted malts but more importantly plenty of resinous hops. Great citrus notes and well balanced.

Medium malt flavour. Really this is all about a combination of aggressive hopping with American varietals and some light roasted malt notes. Good balance and very tasty.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

An excellent beer all-round. The flavour profile is very good, especially for the lighter alcohol volume and the balance is all there.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Marco-Escuandolas1
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of leitmotif
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of barryjg
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of spycow
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brown colour, quite pale really. Maybe a slight cloud is visible but otherwise clear. Head is pale beige, nice and foamy and sticking around fairly well. Certainly not black but otherwise nice.

Nose is a very pleasant IBA nose. Nice underlying malt, not very roasty but rich and full-bodied, and overlying all is lots of delicate fresh hops. US mostly, with citric and tangy pine qualities. Quite lovely, really.

Taste has a bit more on the roasty side, with a touch of slightly sour under-roasted coffee upfront. Midway switches to the hop side, all US hops with citric and slightly resinous bitterness. Not quite enough though, it doesn't really balance or capture the best of both camps.

A little dry on the texture, good enough body though.

Not a bad brew, a little bitter and not quite enough early hopping for me to really sit up and take notice.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney as part of the Italian Spectapular festival.

Pours a reddish brown colour, both lighter and clearer than I expected. Head is a solid creamy white hue that leaves very solid fine sheeting lace down the glass. Looks good.

Nose is pleasant enough, with some mild roasted notes and mild inoffensive hops, which meld to give a peachy character, spliced with some extra grain from the roast. It adds depth to the aroma, but not a huge amount. Not bad.

Light bitter malt on the front, leaving a grain taste, before the hops display a biting entry. This dissipates rather quickly, leaving the mid-palate feeling a little bit like the lull between storms, and the hops turn fragrant and rather sweet. Finish crescendoes in bitterness, leaving a solid feeling at both the front and the back of the palate.

Not bad overall. Plenty of nice characters done reasonably well. It's not going to knock anyone's socks off, but it's solid enough.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Birreria at Eataly -served chilled in a teku.

the color is dark brown with mild hazed look and light tan head with fine bead. The smell is dark dried fruit essence with light toast and slight citrus with a subtle berry and mild oxidized scent. The feel is very nice -semi-bitter with light feel and moderate carbonation with mild sweetness and toasted texture with balance of bitter and sweet with mostly dry finish.

This is not the best Cascadian Dark Ale, but it does have tangy citrus tinged hops with light pine and herbal quality with gentle berry taste with slight dark caramel in the light woody element from malt with subtle alcohol aspect in the back with a mostly dry finish and gentle bitter linger. I liked this it has a nice amount of bitterness slight hop flavor with mild roasted taste-I would drink it again , smooth with nice balance.

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Photo of jazzface78
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bylerteck
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a really cloudy, dark brown with a nice thick two finger light brown head. Thick lace and a finger of retention. Pretty nice.

S - Really floral. Perfume as well. Really original aroma. Inviting.

T - Citrus, dark fruit, roast, floral and perfumey. Good balance and depth of flavour. Very original black IPA flavour.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, not overly bitter.

O/D - So smooth and easy to drink. A lovely new take on the black IPA. Good one.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing original, but excellent citrusy-coffeish mild, session black IPA. Would certainly drink it more often if it was more affordable and available. Maybe even better than Sierra's Stout.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance -
Pours a thick 3 cm head; nice and fluffy, mocha coloured. Plenty of thick lacing cakes the side of the glass. Pours a dark amber colour, hazy with some particles. Little effervescence.

Smell -
Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, raspberries, sour cherries, hop resin, milk.

Taste -
Coffee, cocoa, bitter hops, grapefruit, leafy, more of the dark fruits and raspberry flavours, a bit of cream. Really just follows the nose, but probably a bit more bitter than the smell suggests.

Mouthfeel -
Not much fizz and bite, a bit watery, but generally clean and refreshing. A bit of peppery bite on the way down.

Overall -
Pretty well balanced, not as hoppy but expected and the roast flavours are front and centre. A little bit of complexity and fruit to add a point of interest and complexity. Overall, a smooth brew. Maybe a bit watered down down in feel, and the strength of its flavour and aroma. Enjoyable but was hoping it would pack a bigger punch.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of ninkasi's "more brown than black ipa". Honestly how I prefer my black IPAs.

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Hoppy Cat from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 29 ratings