Zona Cesarini | Birra Toccalmatto

Zona CesariniZona Cesarini
BA SCORE
82.6%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 86 ratings
Zona CesariniZona Cesarini
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto
Italy
birratoccalmatto.it

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
Ranking:
#5,396
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
86
Liked:
71
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 32GP. In Teku glass. At dinner, with pampean burger and pok cheese. Very original, complex and tasty hops profile. Has everything: tropical fruits, herbal, grassy...very refreshing with the abv well hidden. A great surprise

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Off to a nice start; pretty looking IPA. Deep copper body with a beautiful off-white peach head. Great retention and lace.

S - Two for two; awesome nose. Incredibly fresh, bright nose of dandelions, grapefruit, agave, hay, and tangerine rinds.

T - Wow, this beer was hyped at two high quality bottle shops in Padua Italy and Paris France, and I have to say it lives up to the hype. Delicious. Fresh, herbaceous hops lead load onto your palate, followed by smooth, softly sweet malt and honey. Cilantro, lemon, lime zest, earthy tarragon, and dill blend seamlessly into grapefruit citrus, honey, and bread crust.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame with well balanced carbonation. Awfully close to perfection. To nitpick the fine details, it's a shade fuller than perfect for a single IPA and could use just a touch more carbonation.

O - The best beer I've had out of Italy, hands down. Kudos to a job well done.

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4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Zona Cesarini from Birra Toccalmatto
Beer rating: 82.6% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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