Contessa | Birra Amiata

83 Ratings

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Birra Amiata

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 08-04-2010

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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a fine ipa, and another great Italian craft beer. I wish these were more prevalent in the united states market. thanks to my rare beer club for this one. it pours a light and bright pale yellow color with several inches of thick white foam. countless tiny bubbles scatter towards the surface. the nose is really hoppy, a lot like the mosaic hops I used in my most recent homebrew, although I doubt highly if mosaic is used here. similarly high alpha though. light malt profile, almost like a pale wheat beer, but a little cleaner. the taste is just like the nose, very alive, very springtime, very delicate, very drinkable. some floral elements in with the tropical and bitterness of the hops. the grain bill is simple, but a serviceable platform for the hops to come through fully. lighter than medium body and effervescent carbonation make this beer readily sessionable, even with its stronger abv. I have very little to critique here, as I thought it an excellent example of the style from the Italian point of view. less aggressive than American versions, but that's true of everything right? well worth seeking out this time of year.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alla spina a Bir & Fud a Roma.

Hazy yellowish-amber with a nice lacy white head.

Sweet malts and citrus fruits on the aroma, with a good hop presence.

Flavor is citrus, orange and grapefruit, and sweet malts with a touch of caramel and some breadiness.

Medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Could be a bit crisper with a little more bite.

Overall not too bad of an attempt at an IPA.

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Photo of Stugotzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GFish
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SirBentham
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy, light orange amber. Thin, quickly dissipating white head leaves a ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of orange, other citrus and light stone fruit, citrus hops, light sweet malt and a hint of funk. Flavor is an unusual attenuated grapefruit and light fruit flavor with mild citrus hops and light malt. Nice lingering. somewhat dry, citrus hop aftertaste. The first few sips left me wondering where the flavor was, but I grew to enjoy the complexity of the subtle flavors present here. The bitterness seems to hit the exact taste centers that are triggered by grapefruit., which is unusual even in other beers that have grapefruit flavor elements. This is not your typical American pale ale, although the right malt and hop elements are faintly present. This is the closest thing to champagne I've had in a beer. The flavor starts out almost nonexistent and then light flavor elements reveal themselves slowly until the rather full scale citrus hop finish. Recommended if you want to try something with subtly light flavor, but interesting. Body is light but active carbonation gives this a nice mouth feel.

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Photo of guytyping
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some favors of grapefruit citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good Italian represention of an IPA that has some nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit bit isn't overly bitter.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear greenish-yellow with high carbonation producing a massive 4-5 inch bubbly white head. The extreme amount of carbonation jets continuously refuel the head so it lasts just about forever. With time, and since the head lasts for the duration of drinking the entire glass, the head eventually turns more rocky in nature. Thick, fluffy lacing.
S: Fresh citrus hops, fresh cut grass, lemon zest, and hints of delicate herbs and peach. Light and fresh and different from your typical American IPA.
T: Peach, delicate citrus hops, grassy herbal note, hint of honey. Follows aroma quite well.
M: Light body, wonderful prickly tingle from the carbonation, soft mineral bite, and with a satisfyingly dry finish.
D: This one grew on me...I think my taste buds needed a little retraining. It is a subtle--and subtly complex--brew...certainly not the in-your-face hop slam that has become de rigueur for the typical West Cost IPAs. Seek it out for a nice change of IPA pace!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, no date. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy/hazy golden-orange. Thin off-white rocky head. Plenty of persistent lacing in sheets and strands. Some sediment came along with the pour.

Smell: Floral, citrus, mango.

Taste: Delicately hopped and very well balanced with malt sweetness. Orange/lemon citrus, some tropical fruit, and pineapple hop flavors. Malt has some definite berry sweetness to it. The finish is mildly bitter and more sweet than one would expect with a AIPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and nicely thick. Very light carbonation and not very sticky on the teeth at all.

Overall / Drinkability: Well done - mild by US AIPA standards, but it ends up being a more nuanced take on the style that is worth a try. Very drinkable - I finished my glass pretty quickly as it was quite tasty, and I would not mind another. Went well with food (meatloaf and potatoes) and I suspect it would go well with a lot of other dishes. A well done IPA - maybe a hint more English in style than American, but still quite good.

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Photo of Foley67
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCutch
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was refreshing and the fruity and floral hops were cleansing to the palate.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber, a spotty white head, some lacing and good lacing.

Smelling american west coast, pine, grass, citrus etc.

Starting with some toffee and bread, then citric wibes, lemon and grape-fruit peel. Some pine resin.

Medium carbonation, smooth and fresh, medium body, slightly dry.

Much more hops than expected, a very american Italian pale ale.

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