Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Nero’s Apecchio Red AleNero’s Apecchio Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Italy
amarcord.it

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mactrail on 12-03-2011

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59
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30
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
17.32%
 
 
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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apecchio Red Ale opens to a sweet, sugary aroma, with orange, berry, cherry, lemon, and apricot fruit esters mixing with brown sugar and touches of vanilla to form a sweet overtone. These initial sweet notes fade after a few seconds, revealing a darker underbelly of thick brown breads, toast crust, rising wheat dough, wet wheat, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal, as well as bits of rice. The aromas are, overall, rather light, and after the initial sugar shock wears off, heavily geared toward grains, smelling somewhat like the inside of a grain silo, but with a touch of sugar and fruit. The aromas are pleasant, crisp, and refreshing, but don’t necessarily bring anything revelatory to the table.

On the tongue, the beer is largely grainy, with a complex blend of wet wheat, biscuit, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, rice, and floury baguette, as well as a bit of toasted nut. These are supported by a very nice selection of fruit esters – berry, cherry, apricot, and orange – as well as brown sugars, touches of vanilla, and even a bit of lemon from the hops. The grain and sugar notes are balanced well, the beer coming across much like a very good bowl of cereal with fresh fruit. In subsequent sips the lemony notes are a bit more pronounced, and some of the finer nuances in the grains are diminished. But the sugars still bring excellent flavor and variety. The aftertaste is mainly grains, the sugars dying off quickly, and the grains lingering for a decent while thereafter. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite nice beer, and brings a good selection and balance of crisp, refreshing flavors that would pair rather well with a Mediterranean dinner.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500ml swing top bottle into Unibroue tulip. BB date of 12/30/12

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber, with about three fingers of tight white head that disapates rather quickly but leaves behind some very nice lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt notes, with some slight caramel, and toffee notes hidden in there a bit. A little bit of spicyness from the hops.

Taste: A sweet bready maltiness at the front of the mouth, that transitions to a nice sweet carameliness, and finally finishes off with a nice bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather standard for the style.

Overall: Pretty decent Red ale, and for only $3 I'll be certain to pick it up again in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of matjack85
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this 500ml brown swing top bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. for $2.79. No freshness date.

The beer poured a mostly clear amber color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes and left a moderate amount of lacing.

Very fruity and toasted grain smell along with some caramel sweetness.

Malty and fruity with only mild bitterness. Picking up lots of caramel sweetness along with a strong Red Hawaiian Punch fruit flavor. Just a touch of hop bitterness and even fainter alcohol round out the taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

If you like sweet reds, then this one will be right up your alley, but if you like your ales a little more balanced, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

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Photo of allrizz
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Trader Joe's. Italy is not known for its beers, it is known for its red wines. Since it wasn't a Larger I thought I'd give it a try.

The bottle is a good way to attract customers, a really cool looking bottle. It definitely gets ones attention.

A: It poured well leaving a good head which dissipated rather quickly. It is a light amber color with a slight amber head and a slightly cloudy appearance.

S: I liked the aroma. It smelled slightly sweet to me with a hint of fruitiness.

T: I enjoyed the taste with a hint of fruit, caramel, slight taste of yeast, and a mild metallic taste. I usually don't like a metallic taste but this tended to wear off quickly so it didn’t bother me.

M: It didn't leave a bad after taste nor was it overly carbonated. I liked the feel of it.

Overall I liked this beer and would buy it again. It isn't a perfect beer nor would I say it lived up to a true Red Ale but it was good, and considering the beer's Italy puts out I would say this is a step up. Who knows, maybe one day Italy will make beer as good as their wine. ….Maybe!

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of kepp
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Moontang
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice amber yellow colour, with a remarkably thick head that lasts a long while.
Smell: a bit sour and carbonated, not remarkable.
Taste: light for an ale, but nothing against it.
Mouthfeel: finally, a beer that doesn't throw its fizz in your face. Somewhat thick, not at all sharp.
Overall: I would never have expected italian beer to exist, let alone be this good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy red color with an inch of off-white head that had low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was pretty benign, some slightly sweet malts and gently soft hops. The flavors had a more developed malt foundation and a bit of a hop tingle on the finish.

The body was solidly decent, smooth and even, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quick and easy, and I was wishing I had grabbed a second bottle. Overall, a good, solid beer at a nice price ($3 for a one pint bottle). Plus, the empty swing top bottle makes a great mini growler. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of kenito799
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500cc bottle with nice ceramic stopper. Poured into chalice. Trader Joe's purchse--interesting to see an obscure Italian beer there.

Red-tinged amber, no head, no lace.
Not much aroma, but fresh.
Pleasing balance of malt and some mild english-style bitterness. Not super exciting, but pretty good.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent off white to light tan head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a murky caramel honey colored beer that seems have pretty good carbonation.

Light sour grapes wine, light caramel malt, and some lighter hops aspects sneaking in the aroma.

A very light grape to cherry wine taste with some very light caramel malts blending in which allows me to remember that this is a beer.

A very light dryness to the aftertaste which really doesn't harbor much taste on this medium bodied beer.

This beer kinda tastes like a washed out Belgian monks beer, as if you took a bottle of that and mixed it with a couple glasses of water or 3 or 4 cans of Budwieser, to water down the stronger tastes that those beers have.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very affordable Trader Joe's offering/import. Poured an 1/8" off-white/tan head which faded fast. The body doesn't really strike me as a red ale, it looks more like a glass of iced tea. Smells of malt and in fact reminds me a lot of Octoberfest styles. I'd say the taste mirrors the smell. There's a very subtle bitter finish with considerable life. To me this beer is just a mild easy drink enjoyable brew. However, had I not read the label I would not have thought it a craft brew, nor a red ale, nor necessarily an Italian import. In a blind tasting I suspect it would score just slightly better than average.

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Photo of NickMGlass
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent initial head that leaves a full ring of lace on the first sip, but little lace after that. The liquid is lighter amber and close to clear.

Nearly earthy, mostly light crystal malt aroma. Very little hop bitterness to the nose.

Quite sweet for the style, probably too much so. The hop is, alas, too mild to balance this beer. Rich body. Drinkable but overall uninteresting.

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Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of buffcityx
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Mavigo
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got it from Trader Joe's for cheap, $2.50, comes in a nice bottle so I figured I'd try it. In a snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a short bubbly white head that dissipated quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Like wheat, bread, malts, yeast, grains, and a bit of alcohol

T: Tastes alright, mellow, mild hops, wheat, grains, bit fruity, lacking of flavor, not much character, a minute later and I've already forgotten what it tastes like.

M: Unbalanced in terms of flavor and carbonation, to me it's a bit much, I could deal with it but the flavor gets drowned out like I'm drinking sparkling water.

O: Wasn't horrible, It was quite alright, wasn't offensive or nothing. It's fairly cheap as well, it's alright, I wouldn't seek it out again but I wouldn't refuse it either.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 16.9 oz. flip-top into a 12 oz chalice. Best before date 5.14.13

Look- Deep amber with two fingers of dense white foam that falls quickly. Red-brown hue, good lacing.

Smell- Bready, clean, lemongrass, anise. Subtle but pleasant.

Taste- Similar to the nose with the faintest hint of toffee and spice. Floral, light fruit, pear, something vaguely ciderlike. Lighter and sweeter than expected. As it warms there is the impression of pilsener malt and rice.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, light but distinct carbonation. Brisk, clean feel. Easy drinking.

Overall- Pretty good, definite Euro feel- perhaps the yeast? It's good, certainly drinkable, and pretty much center of the red ale spectrum in regards to how likely I'd be to seek it out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite lovely coppery orange color with a nice head. Mellow caramel malt flavor with a slight hoppy touch. Light body but pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Fairly tart with a nutty flavor. Rather bitter aftertaste. Faint nose of wood and cherries. Has that plain, earthy, almost cardboardy flavor that puts me off a lot of red/amber beers. But it's well made and quite drinkable if you like this sort of thing.

500 ml swingtop bottle from Trader Joe's. Label provides the updated info on the brewery, which moved to the town of Apecchio, which calls itself the "Città della Birra."

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Photo of Jemonster
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: First off, awesome looking bottle. I'll buy almost anything in a stopper-top. Deep honey color and viscous looking body. Head thins instantly after pouring.

S: Sour funk up front! That was unexpected. Smells like a gueuze. Some grass and herbal scents. Some banana/unripe mango. Very light and fresh. After taking the first few sips, the smell actually changed for me, and there was no sourness. Odd.

T: Lighter tasting beer than I anticipated. Simple flavors in here. Straightforward and basic, mild hop character. Wheaty, yeasty. Looking for more based on the scent that isn't showing up on the palate. Strange sweetness that is difficult to describe, but it tastes like this beer wasn't ready to be bottled yet...like the yeast didn't get to do all of its work. Very low acid profile.

M: A little too heavy for the flavor here. Not lacking in carbonation, but I feel like it could use a bit more. Can't drink it alone, it needs something salty.

O: Well, it's just kinda there. It's nothing special for me, not bad, but not good.

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Photo of droomyster
3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a short-lived soapy head. Aromas of butterscotch and toffee are good but subdued in strength. Flavors are primarily of lightly sweet malts with a grassy hoppiness that gives it balance but not the assertiveness or decisiveness of profile to make me say "wow." Light to medium body goes down easy. Overall not bad but unimpressive in all regards.

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Photo of Kromes
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A crystal clear amber with a finger's width off-white head. Nice stopper top bottle.

S: Sweet honey malts and a bit of caramel. There is a faint stale Budweiser aroma every now and then.

T: Sweet honey and a faint caramel malt. A little bit of fruit and butterscotch in the finish. Mostly malt with very little hop.

M: Medium-Light feel with light carbonation.

O: I was hoping for better. It's still pretty good judging it against all the other Amber beers I've had.

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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
3.06 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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