La Mi Dòna | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

La Mi DònaLa Mi Dòna
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La Mi DònaLa Mi Dòna

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 05-20-2004

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labelled as a blond, and so she was. Most drinkable, dry, with recasonable hops. A bit fo citrus, a bit long on the yeast that added sweetness and I would think a Belgian blond and not an english pale. The more adult the picture, apparently the better the beer fom this brewery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lemony orange with marigold borders. The bone white cap was three fingers to start and looks decent enough. The surface is chock full of fine bubbles that end up as fine, bubbly lace.

The nose is nothing to write home about. Even though this can't possibly be an American macro lager (since it isn't American, it isn't brewed by a macro and it isn't a lager), it does sort of smell like one. The dominant aroma is a husky grain mustiness that any number of BMC products proudly deliver to millions of Americans on a daily basis.

The label describes La Mi Dona as a 'blonde ale' and the brewery's website describes it as a 'double pale ale'. The first is much closer to the mark. Actually, Euro pale ale would work as well. In any case, the beer is pale malty sweet with a dollop of honey and a minor flash of grassy hoppiness on the finish.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work very well. There's no flavor hook, nothing to reel the drinker in, nothing... well, you get the idea. LMD is bland, uninteresting and dangerously close to insipid. And to think I paid $6.99 for the (admittedly impressive) swing-top bottle.

Although the mouthfeel has the fullness of a 6.5% ale, the shortage of bubbles leads to something less than sensory bliss. In fact, now that I'm into the bottom half of the bottle, the F-word is coming into play. That's 'flat', in case you were wondering.

La Mi Dona Bionda Doppio Malto is yet another less than good beer from Amarcord Birra Artigianale, the Italian brewery whose offerings are the automotive equivalent of a Ford Focus rather than a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Bugatti. If you're smart, you'll spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at Montanos in Roanoke. It poured a golden clear with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had nice hints of bitter citrus hops. The taste was nicely balanced and very easy to drink. There was bitter hop through. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and worth a try. Not sure why such a low score.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very foggy gold with no head. Nose is like dirty and burnt grain. Underlying sweet tone. Flavor is interesting. Has a grain-influenced sweet edge that almost brings a bit of apples to the table as well. Fairly interesting, by far from a mind blowing experience. Carbonation is decent, but on the low side. Liquid is kind of sticky. Easy to drink. But far from worth the high price.

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Photo of jwc215
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml flip-top bottle:

Pours clouded darkish yellow with a thin head that slowly descends to a wide patch, leaving a hint of lacing.

The smell is closer to a cross between an American macro and an EPL. Odd, that. Some grain and a vague hint of orange mix with a bit of mustiness and a hint of sulfur.

The taste is - light. Some sweetness, but not overly. Some grain and husk. There's something chemicalish with some orange (in a soda-like way). This doesn't taste as bad is it sounds, but is doing nothing in particular for my taste buds. Bland. It has a husky, rather abrupt finish.

It begins with soft carbonation that, oddly, picks up, to the point of being almost too much, as it progresses. It almost goes towards something of a creaminess, but stops short.

There are beers that are "odd" good. There are others that are "odd" bad...Unfortunately, this one fits more towards the latter. I wouldn't even know where to begin to fix this. Just skip it.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from flip top, with solid tapioca coloured head. A clouded body, toasted orange in colour. A strong malty aroma. The hops a little musty. Fair enough though, nice to smell some ingredients in this style. I detect the same yeast/malt blend that came through in the others from this brewery. A fair hop presence throughout. Not much taste but what is there is pleasant enough. A dense body, good texture. Good malt/hop balance. For a macro-type lager this stays very agreeable, a big winner in my mind. Far bolder ingredients and far more noticeable craftsmanship was put into this than macro lagers. Well presented, nothing overly impressive but a great pint alternative to other Italian choices. It was enjoyed!

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's a clear yellow beer with a puffy white head. The aroma is restrained, but there's a little pale malt that shines through. No hops in the smell at all. The taste is sweet and malty, but not very developed or complex. The malt flavor is forward, and there's a little ethanol that comes out as well. A touch of bitterness enters into the finish, but there's no real hop flavor, which was very disappointing. Medium to somewhat light in body, the beer really didn't turn out to be what I expected. Decent and drinkable, but also disappointing and uninspired.

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Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle a few weeks ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. I poured it fairly aggresively and got a small to medium cream colored head that mostly settles out and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is beery, lemony, a little cherry, malt, a a bit of caramel. Flavor's similar with an astringent chalky finish. Body is pretty good and has a short fizziness on the tongue. Not bad beer. Maybe a session. A little boozy at the very end.

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Photo of stcules
2.36/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blonde, full and clear. A medium compact foam, persistent.
In the smell the malty and "cereal" notes prevail. But is a not fresh and stale smell.
In the taste the general unfreshness of this beer is confirmed, with the heavyness of it, too. Again malt and biscuit bread, maybe a lemon touch.
Too carbonated.
The body is medium, the aftertaste is malted, with light note of hop in the finish.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts and stale bread with hints of earthy and lightly floral hops. As the beer warms the hops turn slightly toward the spicy side.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly bready caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light earthy hops. Midway through the sip the hops turn slightly toward the spicy side, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have the easiest time finishing my glass and I wouldn't look forward to another.

Overall this wasn't a terrible beer for the style but everything about it was muted. If any of the attributes mentioned - malts, hops, breadiness, anything - were more robust it would be a much better beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a clear orange gold with a thin beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, apples, light citrus, and candy sugar.

The taste is very sweet malts, apples, biscuit, and a hint of citrus. Similar to some ales I've had from Eastern Europe.

Light bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

An average English Pale ale at best.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper with a light haze and lots of champagne like carbonation. Topped with a yellowish head that fades fast.

Fruity, yellow plums, caramel, toffee, Coopers pale ale comes to mind.

Light, malty, toffee, again Coopers pale ale, much true to form as the EPA it is listed as. Light lemony quality, hint of mustiness.

Light body with light, sparkling carbonation.

When I read 'Bionda Doppio Malto' on the label, I took this to mean its a double malted blond ale. My mind went straight to Belgium, but its certainly an EPA, and well done at that. WAY overpriced though, at about $8 US for 500ml. I could imagine paying that for some hard to find style, not so much an EPA. Found and drank in Chiang Mai, June 27th, 2015.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange golden clear ale with decent golden head, receding to a ring rather quickly. Belgian smell: fruity (citruses), yeasty. Taste is warming, spirituous, close to the smell, quite monodimensional, no hops. Medium body and soft carbonation. Ordinary belgian ale.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rayek
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy gold with minimal carbonation. Rocky off-white head sticks around for a minute and then settles to a thin film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Fruit and biscuits are mostly what I smelled. Apple is the main aroma, with some yeasty notes in the background.

T: The smell transfers into the taste. Dry and bready malt upfront, followed a by a fruity bitterness of tart apples. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Medium light body is a tough chewy and has the right amount of fizz.

D: An average beer to me. Decent for a session, but not worth the premium price.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stumac
2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tmoneyba
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hinged bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured a hazy amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus, yeast and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable brew.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, $5.

A: hazy unfiltered gold with a stark white head, about half an inch that didn't stick around very long. A few spots of lacing, but nothing spectacular.

S: Pale malts, a slight citrus, minerally too, not a whole lot going on. Its pretty hard to find much of anything in the nose here.

T: Some malts, slightly caramel, even a hint of vanilla, really light in flavor, almost all malts, no hop characteristics are there immediately, and well don't ever show up, slight husky graininess. Really not a whole lot going on here. Not offensive just bland, and kinda bleh...

M: Light carbonation, medium thickness, quite dry.

D: This is a really easy drinking beer, but there isn't anything that would motivate me to drink another one. I don't think I'll be seeking this out again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beers abv is listed at 6.0% on the bottle. Poured from a 500ml swingtop bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Slight haze. Nice slightly off-white head. No carbonation. Pretty orange/amber in color.

Smell: Kind of smells like an especially malty German octoberfest. Lots of caramel malt going on.

Taste: Just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Desperately needing carbonation.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz [500 ml] brown bottle with a flip top

Amarcord Birra La Mi Dona Ale poured a cloudy orange gold into my glass mug. A 1-finger white head was produced that formed a bit of lacing on the sides. The nose of the Ale is very light; of sweet malts and citrusy. The taste is a lot like the nose only stronger and that is a good thing. The flavor is dominated by sweet malts, apples light citrus and light candy sugar with no real bitterness detected. Mouth feel is a little sticky, light bodied and moderately carbonated.

La Mi Dona is perhaps the sweetest English Pale Ale I have had – although I like that. The Ale is easy drinking. Thanks to my brother-in-law for this tasting.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a swingtop into my Stella chalice. Slightly cloudy golden/light amber color. Very little head. Smells toasty and sweet. I like the flavor of this beer a lot. I'm not sure where it gets its C rating. Sweet, nutty, toasty, and rich. Sugar cookies with raw brown sugar and almonds. Residual sweetness that piles up as you drink. Creamy and refreshing mouthfeel. I think it's a great beer. Give it a try

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