My Antonia | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
My Antonia (named after the Willa Cather read), is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner. This lager for ale lovers is citrusy, sweet and refined.

My Antonia started out as a collaboration beer when Sam brewed it at Birra del Borgo (hope you can read Italian) outside Rome, Italy, with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo in October 2008. In 2010, we began brewing My Antonia here in Delaware for U.S. distribution.

Added by dasenebler on 07-15-2010

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Reviews by weizenbob:
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 milliliter bottle purchased for $9.29 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The bottling code indicates that this was bottled in 2011. The label indicates that this pilsner was continually hopped, a la their XX Minute IPA series. The cap came off with a loud hiss. I poured into a pilsner glass.

The pour yields four fingers of fluffy ivory head. Retention is very good. Lacing touches the glass as head recedes. The beer is a deep golden hue, much darker than mere mortal pilsners, but not surprising for a pilsner of 7.5% ABV. A good amount of active carbonation is seen though the glass.

The aroma is wonderfully hoppy. The label boasts a blend of Noble and West Coast Hops, and both are on display in the nose. Saaz hops are definitely in abundance, with a nice grassy twinge. Sweet maltiness touches the nose like caramel. There is some pacific region hoppiness in the background as well. Alcohol is noticeable.

The first sip is overrun by the presence of alcohol, as is the second sip, and the third. Soapy hopiness (barely) cuts through the solvent-like alcohol, but sticks to the tongue through the finish and beyond. Sweet malts creep in, but combine with more alcohol, providing the impression of licorice. Biscuit flavors appear briefly. The finish is dry. As oddly alcoholic as the flavor may be, I can't say that it's hot. It doesn't overwhelm the palate, but it does overwhelm the balance of this imperial pilsner. I don't dislike it, but it is certainly off centered, for better or worse.

In the mouth, this pils is medium bodied, though the ample carbonation and hopping make My Antonia feel light and refreshing. With beer, as in life, the glass can be half empty, or half full. If I view My Antonia in terms of a classic Bohemian or German Pilsner, then it is not my favorite. However, I could argue that this beer is just as related to the classic pils as it is to malt liquor. And as malt liquor, I can say that My Antonia is far and away my favorite. Either way, it's not cheap.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this high gravity pils. It is tasty and interesting, but quite expensive.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish "My Antonia" Imperial Pilsner 7.5% alcohol. A very classic Dogfish glass with subtle decoration. Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a crisp golden fluid that produces a heavy two inch white head that lingers for the whole beer. Lacing is thick and pillowy... beautiful.

S- Smells of fresh cut grass with sweet malts and a sharp dose of yeast in the back of the nose.

T-D- Upfront is a sharp hop bitterness with a chalky malt and yeast mix that tingles the tongue on impact. Raw piney hops are domiate in the flavors but distinct citrus bite is there as well. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic with very rubust alcohol esters stinging the palate.

D- This beer is one to remember in its excellent Pilsner qualities pushed to the limits of outright perfection. I do believe that if i see this one again i will buy it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tall tapered glass.

Pours a perfect straw yellow, crystal clear with a careful pour, with a large foamy head of perhaps 3 fingers or more. Fantastic head retention leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is a bit malty and a bit phenolic. There is a touch of grassy hops with a deep inhale.

Malts hit first, then the balance comes through with a rather herbal hoppiness. There is a bit of sweetness here that helps to tone down the alcohol that is present, but the alcohol is still present. The finish is also a bit sweet with some warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy as expected, but smooth and relatively easy to drink. Put it all together and this is a fairly potent brew that can sneak up on you pretty easily due to its easy drinking nature.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass the beer was an ever so slightly hazy gold. It had a thick white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace.
Fresh, outdoors aroma. Sweet. Mostly citrus hops.
Grapefruit taste predominated. A little bit of piney hops. Sweet malt, a hint of honey.
This was a crisp, refreshing beer.
Would gladly drink more of these.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pengs68
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold/straw with massive head, even with a gentle pour. Head has great persistence and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

S - Bready malt, a bit of citrus, grass and some spiciness.

T - Bready malts up front give way to a considerable amount of hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and very creamy with a bit of dryness on the finish. Very nice.

O - This is a nice, unique take on the style and I would have this again

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Photo of generallee
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.4oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a short description of the beer and its abv. (7.5%) No freshness date.

Appearance: It has a light hazy with a nice golden hue and a tall rocky head to top it off. (The last glass has a much heavier haze.)The head has excellent retention and it clings to the glass leaving lots of thick chunky lacing behind.

Smell: This is lovely and full of fruity pale and biscuity sweetness with juicy hops. Notes of pineapple, peach and floral/citrusy hops fill the nose.

Taste/Palate: To start with I must say that there was less hop bitterness than I was expecting from the continually-hopped beer. What was there was in very good balance. As with the aroma I picked up nice tropical fruit notes on sweet pale biscuity base, complemented with citrusy hops. The finish is fruity and balanced with pleasant hop bitterness. On the palate it has a firm medium feel with nice lively and balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is just an outstanding lager beer and I would highly recommend this to anyone!!!

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a fellow BA
Straw golden with a big big head

The aroma is of pale malts and a slight sweetnes.. hops come in at the end slight earchy and grass with a hint of spice.

The taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation with a sweet and pungent hop flavor. The hops are earthy grassy with a slight spicyness nice

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.95/5  rDev -1%

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle pours a hazy light golden body with a tall white head. Retention is good and an abundance of patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet pils malts, spicy noble hops, grassy hops, lemongrass, and a hint of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body and carbonation and is smooth and creamy.

Hops dominate the taste but are not overbearing. Grassy, spicy, and even citrusy in a Cascades kind of way. Solid pilsner malt base offers up just a whisper of sweetness but it manages to balance the hop bitterness for the most part. A hint of yeast is noticed. Finishes clean, with a lasting lemon rind aftertaste.

Very well put together big pilsener here. Tasty and highly drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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