Zona Cesarini | Birra Toccalmatto

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto
Italy | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Oceanic Hops Storm. Pacific India Pale Ale with our own innovative blend of hops from all over the ocean (Japan, Australia, New Zealand and America), for a tropical, fruity experience.

Added by crnipeter on 01-15-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
82
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
24.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 82
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say the few Italian crafts that I have tried have been very expensive and very underwhelming,I was told this is different and they were right.Pours an orange infused golden sunshine color with a sticky half finger white head that settles nicely.Wow a big punch of ripe sweet tropical fruits come out as I pour into the nonic,very nice!A very creamy mellow feel for an IPA,again wow!Good hop complexity with a bitter edge,tropical fruits with a bit of herbal/grassy notes,finish with that bitter edge,mildly sweet.This really hit home for me,a very nice beer here.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertH50
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nikigava
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mikefuski17
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Highbury09
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic.

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Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral and herbal hops, lemon custard, tea notes and sweet lemon/lime confectionery.
Similar lemon/lime, custard and herbal hops as flavours. Some sweet clean malt following along with a well-suited assertive bitterness.
Could use some more carbonation.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some light hues of amber. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, but consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of ruby red grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy, grassy, and herbal hops along with underly hints of caramel and pale malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting IPA from Italy that has a variety of different hop flavors in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of mwilbur
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear darker shade of orange with beautiful 2-3 inche bubbly white head with excellent retention from the active carbonation jets. Very faint lacing.
S: Loads of tropical fruit! Mango, passion fruit, peach, key lime, orange, grapefruit, and just a hint of sweet caramel malt.
T: Wow! Quite the transition of hop notes here. Starts with a burst of mango and passion fruit, then quickly shifts to a strong pine note, another quick shift to orange and grapefruit, and finishes with lime and herbal mint notes. The mango, passion fruit, and pine are dominant presences. A soft backbone of sweet caramel malt is present throughout. A grassy--almost woodsy--note comes through with warming.
M: Light-medium body...the malt bill gives this a bit more heft than most in this category. Amazingly smooth given all the hop elements. Softly sweet and moderately bitter throughout. Nice gently dry and lingering finish. The mouthfeel is a highlight of this brew.
D: Wonderfully complex hop notes and the mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth. The ABV keeps this in the upper limits of good sessionability too. Definitely a treat! Seek it out! This is definitely helping me change my mind on Italian beers.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Cervecería Freiburg (Barcelona). Inviting brass color, cloudy appearance. Head is white, close & lasting. Slightly toasted malt, pine, resin & citric tropical fruit –pineapple, grapefruit- aromas. Crispy upfront, resinous & flavorful shows hints of grapefruit on the back. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture. Well balanced malts & hops but finally sharp bitterness arises in the middle while lingers into a dry finish. Pine & grapefruit notes on the aftertaste. Highly recommended AIPA !!

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Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of killcore
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy yellow-brown pour with a two finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is very unique. Slightly sour along with some white wine notes, lemon, and pine. The taste follows suit with a unique earthy-citrus undertone. You'd swear this thing was aged in white wine barrels, but I think it's getting that from the unique hops. Lots of pine with a sweet caramel malt emerging as it warms. The mouthfeel is tangy and slightly sour with a great crisp, dry, bitter hop finish. This is my second Toccalmatto beer and I'm very impressed so far.

Just picked up the latest batch of this beer and it was so amazing I had to add to my review. Hazy amber-orange pour with a fluffy off-white three finger head with great retention and lacing. Extremely fresh with juicy hops dominating both the nose and taste. Resiny and piney with huge citrus and tropical notes with just enough sweet caramel malt for great balance. The mouthfeel is incredibly juicy with a great tangy, crisp, bitter finish. Overall, this was just so much better than I had remembered, I had to update my review. Surfing Hop is my favorite IPA, but this is not far behind. Toccalmatto is really bringing it! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Anatole
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beerpirates
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Chez moeder lambic fontainas Brussels

Hazy golden with a small white head that stays and bothers the glass with its stickiness. Immensely fresh aroma of orange, apricots, some vanilla.. Just massive.
Hoppy as all hell, but not extremely bitter. Just drinkable, fresh and marvelously fruity.
Semidry, good long bitter finish. Not a lot of malt notes to be found at all,
Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, but not "sparkly".
Very good refreshing IPA !

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, bottled 2nd of july 2012

A- Amber colour with a bit of haziness. slightly off-white head which is not very generous (about 1 finger) but is sure very dense, and shows very good retention as well as decent amounts of lacing

S- Great hoppy aroma. Fresh grassy/undergrowth feel upfront, whit a bit of a sharp/pungent feel to it. Some citric and exotic fruits notes on the back of things. Not overly complex but super fresh, assertive and persistent

T- A bit of a let down after what the aroma promised. Slightly sweet entrypoint with a touch of caramel. A bitter resinous/herbal feel (has some fresh notes of pine and something that reminds me of mint) soon deveplops on both tongue and palate. Some exotic fruits notes may be noticed if paying close attention, but they're pretty much covered by that strong herbal feel, which also dominates on the back of the palate an in the aftertaste, with again that sharp/pungent feel that could be noticed in the aroma. Overall very refreshing despite quite intense bitterness, though the smell was way more promising

M- Medium body. Carbonation is quite dense but somehow not that prickly, the beer is still quite soft on both tongue and palate. Resinous bitterness is pretty persistent in the aftertaste

O- This is sure highly drinkable, very refreshing and easily enjoyable, though sure not as complex or bright as the smell promised, which is actually something i also found in Re Hop from the same brewery

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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