Bia IPA | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of peensteen
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Lightly hazy golden orange, ring of white head, some lace here as well. Smell is earthy and citrusy hops, grapefruit, lemon with some floral notes here as well, sweet bready malts and lots of dry hop. Taste is quite sweet and malty upfront followed earth and floral hops, moderate bitterness, more sweetness mid palate to finish, citrusy aftertaste. Medium bodied, light-med carbonation and a bit oily as well. Not a great American IPA, but a bit faded and sort of all over the place flavour wise.

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3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by March 2013, bottle from the LCBO. 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Hazy browned orange, off white head. Film of retention, light lace. Nose is earthy, bitter, herbal and grassy with a hint of citrus zest. Palate is more malt forward, bitter earthy and leafy and reminds me of acorns. Drying, a bit bready and moderately bitter citrus finish. Medium feel, lighter medium carbonation. Not bad, but not an American IPA.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on-tap, ABV for the beer is 6.5% and not 5.5% as reported

A- Dense, very hazy orange, with maybe even a hint of sediment. Nice and lively frothy white head, decent retention and loads of lacing on the glass

S- Much sweeter than expected with caramel malts among some kind of musty yeast feeling. Still smells fresh as an ipa should with strong notes of grapefruit along with some lighter orange notes

T- As the aroma suggested this is quite far from america's heavily hopped ipas. Grainy malts, with biscuit notes and again that musty herbal feel (on the raw side of resiny i would say). Overall this even quite sweet, but it may still be defined an american ipa cause american hops are clearly present, with assertive citric notes (expecially grapefruit), and aftertaste is dry and bitter

M- Medium body and carbonation, decently smooth but still nicely lively on the tongue. Nice mouthfeel, just nothing really worth noticing

O- Overall this is somewhere in the middle between english and american ipas. It has nice drinkability, but that musty feel is quite out of place for the style and the beer lacks both the sheer delicacy of english ipas and the assertive freshness of american ipas

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Italian wine? Good stuff. Italian beer? Not so much.

That said, this one was a bit of a surprise. Pours as a handsome beer. Big chunky head over a slightly hazy golden brew. Lots of lace as it settles out to a thin cap.

The aroma is very appetizing. Lots of orange that gives way to malt and yeast. A whiff of alcohol. Tastewise very hoppy, but with a strange finish. Can't quite put my finger on it, odd somehow. Initially sweet, but finishes quite bitter, slightly drying.

Decent enough, but not as good as North American brews. But impressive for an Italian brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grassy, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerine and some light apricot and something along the lines of medicine/solvent. It ends with only a bit of bitterness.

Overall – Worth trying but don't be expecting a flavourful explosion like most other American IPA's have. It also doesn't have a whole lot of hop bite to it. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of mick303
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass this is a very solid looking IPA. Nice cap of rocky white head, really good retention, lacing is alright. Colour is an off-orange tan, no visible carb, bit un unfiltered haze. 3.75

S – fruity, sourdough bread, apple note. A bit of a sour-ey unripe fruit, peach, biscuit malt. Hops are hay and faint fruitiness, with a trace of some more oily herbal notes. Not much to be excited about yet. 3.25

T – a smooth start with more grassy oils then a bit more tropical fruit, mango, papaya, some orange citrus. Lots of bready malt and a fair bit of a caramel sweetness going on. Some nutty, dry fruitiness, apple, peach, leading to more slight herbal hop kick on the end. Finishing a bit more robust then edging out with a little crispness and drawn out yeasty grassy and spice flavours. 3.75

M – mild to moderate, with a fair bit of carbonation. Lots of malty body to it. Easily drinkable and refreshing, malt forward without a lot of IBUs or oily slickness. Ending is dry, aftertaste is lingering and herbal/grassy. 3.5

A tasty IPA with some pleasant fruity flavours and mild bitterness. I had trouble getting excited about this though. A good balance of bready and fruity/nut flavours and easy refresher. I was hoping for a bit more hop favour presence and slickness. Still its a well balanced and fairly tasty beer and worth a try but I would seek out others instead. 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although exceptional flavour compared with many other Italian beers, definitely (imo) not up to the level of its American counterparts.

Pours a hazy copper with a reasonable white head that fades quickly. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel for the limited head and retention. Aroma is yeasty and musty, with none of the hop or malt notes that I expect from an IPA. However the taste is a pleasant surprise, with some pineapple and other tropical fruit elements in the body through the finish. Simple and not terribly well balanced, but enough flavour that I’m glad to finish the bottle.

Although not a beer I need more of (at least this release), a brewery I’ll watch and support whenever I get a chance.

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3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer is cloudy golden, a bit of orange. Small to moderately sized white head.

Nose contains some citrus, some pine and a herbal scent. I don't think the batch brought in by the LCBO was the freshest, and that is probably affecting the scent, as it is a bit lifeless. The herbal scent is not the best and is rather prominent.

Taste is a bit nicer than the nose. The citrus is more pronounced, mainly orange. Some sweet malty flavours, a bit of caramel. Some pine.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit irritating.

Overall, not bad, and may be fairly nice when fresh.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber with a not-bad head of foam on a hardish pour.

S - Nose is sweet and hoppy, hints of grapefruit, fruit.

T - Sits on the sweeter side - maybe a bit too much. Sharp hop bitterness and a lot of fruitiness. Almost candy-like impression. A little bit of husky grain sneaks in the back door and a bit of an alcohol kick.

M - Smooth, even body. Not too fizzy and good heft.

D - Not bad. A bit sweet for my taste, but some nice flavour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat overated. The promise of something good is teased from the initial orange citrus aroma, that on settling in the glass becomes more rather yeasty. Smells like a pale really, though strong bitterness and good drnkability. 1.5X IPA though not complex.
Bottle from Presario.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before February 2014. Been looking for this one for a few months, as I'd heard about the LCBO including it in one of their earlier seasonal releases. Hopefully the extra months on the shelf haven't weakened it too much. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a pale golden-amber colour, cloudy with sediment. Seated atop is nearly two fingers of puffy, frothy, delicate white head with excellent retention. It leaves behind luxurious swaths of sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates over the next five minutes or so. The aroma is clean and fresh, with plenty of orange citrus as well as some lemon/grapefruit rind, apricots, caramel and yeast. Typical of the style, but well-done nonetheless.

The flavour is somewhat unique amongst the IPAs I've tried previously. Bready pale malt and biscuity sweetness come through at first, followed by floral, fruity hops - with pineapple, mandarin, apricot and some slight piney notes. The finish is yeasty and somewhat musty, an interesting combination, though not a particularly orthodox one for the style. Dry finish, with hints of yeast and apricot lingering into the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with relatively heavy carbonation that gives this brew a zippy, crisp mouthfeel that softens as the beer breathes and warms.

Final Grade: 3.76, a B+ grade. Bia IPA is an enjoyable brew, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for from an India pale. This beer is not as intensely hopped or flavoured as most American-style IPAs - whether this is intentional or simply related to the fact that this bottle is close to 5-6 months old now, I cannot say for certain. To be fair, this is still a tasty beer, and the combination of citrusy, floral hops and the yeasty, musty finish gives this one a 'hopped farmhouse ale' vibe that I can see some people really digging... I'm just not one of them. An interesting beer that I could see myself returning to, though I'd probably wait until a fresher sample became available. Give it a shot.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up eventhough the best by date was over ( I got a deal). The beer had a monster head that never really went down. The colour was a orange gold with some protein haze from the age. The nose was quite hoppy and the beer seemed to be in good shape. This is a good IPA with plenty of malt to back the hops. I liked the thickish mouthfeel and could imagine how lucky local drinkers would be to get this fresh.

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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling due date of 02-2014.

(4.25) A: Hazy straw-copper with quite an attractive tall and creamy head. Pretty good retention with a sticky lacing.

(3.75) S: Herbal (weedy) and floral, orange, honey, spices, and a slight mothball-like kick. The general aroma is quite weedy with a bit of sweet floral and honey. Spices reminiscent of those found in pumpkin ale.

(3.75) T: Very similar to aroma with a general herbal-orange taste. Pine can be detected as well. Mellow spices including cloves and nutmeg. Equal parts malt and hops with a bitterness that’s not overpowering.

(4.0) M: Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slightly gritty with a spot-on level of slickness.

(4.0) D: This is a solid IPA that has a nicely balanced malt/hop profile. It’s nice to have an IPA that focuses on the herbal and floral side of things, and it works here.

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Bia IPA from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.76 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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