Zona Cesarini | Birra Toccalmatto

Zona CesariniZona Cesarini
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Zona CesariniZona Cesarini

Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto

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

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 18
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where many American microbreweries are looking for that "schtick" that sets their IPA apart from the next, this Italian-brewed ale doesn't risk the muddle, but rather sticks to the tried and true recipe that's a known winner and executes it to perfection.

Its color is the typical amber. Somewhat golden and somewhat reddish, the ale puts forth a bright glow through its light haze. As a frothy off-white head emerges, it does so with a lather that laces the glass with broken rings in the beer's wake.

Its bright and citrusy aromas kick off with freshly zested oranges, pink grapefruit, and a zesty lemon scent. Light tropical notes follow with supple mango as the malty influences begin to balance its scent. Thin caramel and light biscuit gives the fruit a riper and more plump character.

Yet to taste, the flavor of malty-sweetness and fruit strikes the palate like shortcake and marmalade. But all that is short-lived as the hoppy center takes hold. Fleeting sweetness leaves behind the vibrancy of citrus peels, tangy grapefruit, light mangoes and appricots, even as a light lemony taste mimics what was suggested in the scent. Trailing bitterness is acutely citrus but also introduces the resinous character of pine needles.

Creamy and dry, its early honeycomb structure is carbonated and medium weighted. As the sweetness fades, its starchy malt texture ushers in a deeply resinous-dry finish with elements of pine, citrus and grain lingering in a long and biting aftertaste.

Sure, nothing about this review reveals anything that hasn't been said a thousand times. Yet, its clean, crisp and refreshing character is uniquely effortless and refines. I expect nothing less from these Italian brewers!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/ruby red grapefruit, tropical/passionfruit, and herbal/grassy hops over the top of lighter caramel + pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel + pale malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/ruby red grapefruit, citrus/lemon zest, tropical/passionfruit, and herbal/grassy. The hops impart a slightly heavier than light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Very nice combination of flavors + aromas from the hops. Very enjoyable and easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex hop aroma with a very nice balance of earthy and sweet fruit notes countered by a subtle pale malt presence. Grassy and resinous with straw and pine needle followed by citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple and orange peel as well as some caramel malt, bread and biscuit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that linger over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Spicy with grassy pine needle flavor that provides a decent amount of dry bitterness. This is nicely countered by a strong tropical/citrus fruit presence. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel provide some needed sweetness. The malt backbone is evident toward the end of the palate with just enough of a presence to provide balance without interfering with the hop flavors. Some caramel, bread and biscuit leading into a crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ML bottle consumed while sitting on a balcony overlooking Lake Como watching the sun set behind the Alps. Already a ‘5’ day as far as I’m concerned.

The pour is orange juice cut with peaches, or perhaps I’ve just watched my daughter down to many fruit drinks the past several days. Noses in very tropical once it warms up, & one sucks in several lungfuls of air along with the aroma.

Zona Cesarini is green. The overwhelming flavor profile is like snapping off a green willow branch, sticking in your mouth, & chewing while you tromp through your grandpa’s pasture. The tropical punch in the nose comes mid-palate with mango, pineapple, citrus (which arrives via belch). Raw bitterness is present but tempered by floral ringlets. Sticky, easy.

I evolved from an ‘eh’ first sip to a ‘man, that’s good’ as my I began to race towards the bottom of my glass. Outside the flavor profile of a typical American IPA, the green rawness of this really grew on my mouth. Very good brew.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Marius
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappistenlokaal ’t Kloostr. Hazy orange with a white head. Notes of wild yeast, barnyard funk, orange zest, pineapple. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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