Contessa | Birra Amiata

very good
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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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Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rare beauty came of the tap a but wide. Style calls for possible citric notes but I sense some wild yeast. Is that the intent or not? Nobody in my immediate crew knows since it's so rare. Time will tell. It doesn't taste right per the style.

It's QUITE tasty regardless.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of joefuzz
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into pint glass no bottle date but by the flavor im going to assume it is pretty fresh

pours a clear gold with a very tiny white head great lacing

smell is a total citrus hop bomb which i was not expecting at all...the smell is on par with some of the best IIPA's i have ever had

Taste is up their with the best of them as well, huge citrus hops punch you in the nose and mellow out to a very nice sweet aftertaste with a slightly dry finish

Mouthfeel is pretty on par with a imperial ipa...low carbonation and full body

Overall this beer is absolutely stellar!! I have no idea why there are only two other reviews for it...people need to seek this out immediately

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Photo of HopHead29
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter:

A- Bright cloudy gold with a bright white head. Head keeps retention but is not very big. Leaves lacing. Head has soap like bubbles in it.

S- Lots of fruit complexities. Mostly reminiscent of pear, banana, grape fruit, and tropical fruit (maybe kiwi and pineapple?). Also a hint of pine. Very nice.

T- There's a nice sharp attack of hops consisting of some of the aforementioned smells. This big presence of hops is well balanced with a beautiful wheat breadish malt that just sits there in the background. Best part? The taste seems to linger a little bit.

M- Quite smooth. Carbonation isn't too intense. There is a pleasurable sharpness that is felt at first that settles into a mild tingle. Feels pretty good.

O- Not what I was expecting coming from Europe or Italy for that matter! Was it worth $16? Maybe.

I am going to have to try more Italian beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of buridan
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An imperial IPA from a 12oz bottle, contessa is orange in color, loses its nice head with some good lacing. I had it slightly colder than it probably should be. It is slightly cloudy, but that is likely the wheat flakes. It is floral in taste and nose in a traditional IPA mode. At 6.6% it isn't that close to an an imperial, but that is how it is labeled. After a long walk, it hits the spot though.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

being a large part italian, i figured it would be worth my while. i already like the other italians ive tried- the standards, of course.
this one pours a 'hofbrau' gold with no head to speak of but billions of tiny bubbles that neither rise, nor interact wth each other. they seem to just 'hang' there as if suspended in a jelly-like substance. trippy.
smell is... floral, hoppy. citrus-y
taste is.... same, but rather subdued. i get the pine-y, bitter finish but the first taste is smooth and soft, maybe a tad sweet for what one might consider sweet in a hoppy-er brew.
those billions of tiny bubbles arent making much of a mark in the feel of the beer. the beer has a consistency of, maybe, pulp-less pineapple juice? not as thick as an orange juice, a little lighter. and still beer, of course. but this is a different brew...
overall, i guess i could like this if i were into hoppy beers. but i do like the way it goes down and i am very intrigued with the different 'feel' to this. it is so smooth i can try to accommodate the the bitter tang from the hops, but then, these even taste different than the hops i've become used to in most of the american ipa's. surely try it if you have the opportunity; i imagine this would be incredible from a tap...

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

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Contessa from Birra Amiata
3.95 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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