Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Nero’s Apecchio Red AleNero’s Apecchio Red Ale
BA SCORE
2.99/5
59 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 12-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,016
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
59
pDev:
17.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kromes
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
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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3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 droomyster
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Red Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked this Italian Import up at Trader Joe's - first "Italian Craft Beer"-... Poured a hazy caramel color, produced an off white head, average retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel malt, grapes and grassy hops. Medium in body, the foundation of this red ale consisted of light caramel malt, not as "toasted" as one might expect from a red ale. There is some grape/wine like quality to this ale, finishes somewhat dry on the backend. Overall, decent session beer -

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2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kenito799
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Mavigo
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 andysc83
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of buffcityx
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MathNut
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MaxOfMetal
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of s4s
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of nycwinter
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

Photo of bobotron
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Jemonster
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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 headbucket
2.75/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
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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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If this is what describes Italy, Italy then is not for me. The appearance resembles dehydration and gives me the urge for even more thirst, which I guess could be a good thing. All that energy used to ship it to my convenience really describes my laziness toward taking this on first hand and just go to Apecchio. The taste is a bit sharp, and my mouth appears to be confused. Overall, waste of time.

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Nero’s Apecchio Red Ale from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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