Contessa
Birra Amiata

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From:
Birra Amiata
 
Italy
Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Ratings:
83
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 27, 2016
Added:
Aug 04, 2010
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  4
SCORE
88
Very Good
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4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 27, 2016
 
4 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by buridan from Virginia

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.

Jun 17, 2016
 
4.19 by Foley67 from Scotland on May 13, 2016
 
3.92 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 17, 2016
 
4 by Tom87 from England on Oct 17, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 01, 2015
 
3.8 by 2GOOFY from California on Jan 09, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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.

Jan 01, 2015
 
3.89 by DemoniChris from Nebraska on Dec 23, 2014
 
4 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
 
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by WynnO from Florida

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.

Oct 25, 2014
 
3 by memphischas from Tennessee on Jul 30, 2014
 
4.5 by Noir on Jul 23, 2014
 
4 by amalburg from Michigan on Jul 03, 2014
 
4.25 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas on Jun 20, 2014
 
4.25 by leitmotif from Romania on Jun 02, 2014
 
4 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Jun 02, 2014
 
4.75 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 12, 2014
 
3 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on Mar 09, 2014
 
4.25 by vfgccp from New York on Dec 20, 2013
 
4.75 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 06, 2013
 
4.25 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2013
 
4.5 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Nov 01, 2013
 
4.5 by dcmchew from Romania on Oct 31, 2013
 
3 by FrankHammer from Michigan on Oct 21, 2013
 
3.5 by sunofneurot from New York on Oct 12, 2013
 
3.5 by tastymug from Washington on Sep 29, 2013
 
4.5 by Juice-O from Connecticut on Sep 04, 2013
 
4.25 by RocksteadyRye from Tennessee on Jul 29, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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.

Jul 28, 2013
 
3.75 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jul 14, 2013
 
3.75 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky on Jul 03, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Dope from Massachusetts

A: Pours a hazy sort of golden amber. Big, tall, fluffy light tan head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly but has quite decent lacework remaining. Good retention too, revives very easily.

S: Hmph. Some nice sharp citrus - orangey. Sweet caramel too.

T: Grass and citrus up front. Saltine-like malt with quite a bit of spicy pepper in the finish. Quite dry too, especially in the aftertaste. Hint of floral hops in there? Especially between sips I'd say.

M: High carbonation, quite fizzy. Decent medium body.

O: A pretty mellow, easy drinking beer. It's an APA but definitely not the mega-hopped quasi-IPA style APA that you are probably used to. Closer to a hoppy saison or BPA, especially with the crackery malt and pepper and grassy notes.

Jun 27, 2013
 
3.5 by beernads from Florida on Jun 18, 2013
 
3.5 by bckayaalp from New York on Jun 07, 2013
 
4.25 by Ford from Texas on Jun 04, 2013
 
4 by TheDoctor from Canada (QC) on Jun 03, 2013
 
3.75 by TallSaint from New York on May 30, 2013
Contessa from Birra Amiata
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 83 ratings