AMA Bionda | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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BA SCORE
46.7%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 92 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Italy
amarcord.it

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Designed by Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, AMA Bionda is a golden beer with a soft but complex floral and fruity character, born of aromatic malts, three types of hops, Italian Orange Blossom honey from Sicily, and water from springs that date to Roman times.

Added by metter98 on 12-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,542
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
92
Liked:
43
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
11.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
Trade:
1
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I live in Japan and found this online at Seiyu, which is apparently affiliated...owned??by Wal-Mart. The price was about 4 US. Loved the smell of this one. Straight white, wheats and some fruits in the back. I liked the no nonsense in it. Tastes even better. I'm having chicken and this one was the perfect complement. I could drink it alone but with food is where this beer stands apart. Big carbonation as I've come to expect from Italian beers, but this tastes better than anything I've ever had from Italia. The head never dissipates, leaving a thin foam layer until the finish. I may look for this one again, in fact I'm sure I will. I saw other reviews that said the cost was $9.00 a bottle. Not sure if it's worth it for a 355ml bottle. Nice bottle though...

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3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The long neck forces a large fizzy head that's about 1/2 the glass of 3 or so fingers, fades semi quickly with fizzy popping bubbles and bits of lacing, mostly clear slight golden tan honey colored with many bubbles streaming up from the bottom to reinforce the head.

NOse has some nice Belgian notes, effervescent, slight earthy yeast notes, grainy and blond malts, little toasty, plenty of esters with a touch of phenols too with a mild fruity note, a little grassy like malt and even hint of wheat almost, a bit of a banana like wheat based aroma, and into light grassy earthy hops. Light citrus rind, and a sweet like ester that wants to seem like an 8+ % beer but doesn't get there.

Taste fairly refreshing, effervescent, and Belgian like, a blond as well, with blond malts, slightly toasty, but more grainy little doughy, almost chewy as well, with more wheat like flavors a bit, grassy malts too. Then into the earthy yeast additions, hint of phenols, more fruity esters with a decent estery flavor, mild banana again, with some estery fruit too. Hops bring a mild bitterness with a grassy taste and slight earthy. Again a mild sweetness that, with the esters, wants to seem like more abv. Also hint of citrus and musty appley fruit skin. Finish is dry, a bit more bitterness from the yeast and light hops, more lingering esters, citrus, musty apple skin, and a bit of the grassy grainy wheat like malt characters lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, lots of carbonation it pops off the tongue a bit too much.

Overall not bad, definitely a Belgian style like blond and a bit of a pale at the same time, nicely done, good malts, decent hops, nice yeast products, maybe a hint too much carbonation, but otherwise a nice beer from Italy.

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3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 02/27/13 notes. Had on tap at City Swiggers during their Brooklyn event last night. 12 oz. pour in a snifter.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, floral hops, some citrus hops, fruits, earthy notes, cloves, and yeast. Some nice herbal notes and spice mixing with citrus; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of spices, fruity malts, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, bready malts, yeast, cloves, pepper, bananas. More fruit here than the nose; a tiny step up. Quite nice.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but a little overcarbonated.

o - Overall a very solid Belgian pale ale. Lots of herbal and floral notes in the nose and fruit in the taste, and easy to drink. Would have it again.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana "Bionda"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB 03/29/15" - 5 months past the best by date -
purchased on 8/22/2015 for $5.99 from Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy and effervescent pale golden body beneath a full head of bright white. Plenty of yeast sediment is picked up and then dropped by the rising CO2 bubbles. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Knowing that honey had been used I was able to pick it up readily. Floral and softly fruity, but not particularly "Belgian" at all. Softly malty... no signs of oxidation unless it's adding to the maltiness... perhaps the bottle conditioning has saved it.

Flavor: A basic golden maltiness dominates over the honey and softly fruity and floral notes, balanced by a firm bitterness that's just enough to keep it from becoming sweet ~ although it is lightly sweetish. The finish develops into dryness with some fruit and more malt appearing along the way. Again, no signs of oxidation unless it's adding to the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

Overall: Interesting aroma. Nicely balanced. Ultimately fairly basic however.

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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of honey and floral hops in the nose along with a slight amount of sweetness, which becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is quite malty with hints of sweetness and notes of honey. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is well balanced and would make a perfect accompaniment with food.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up over a month ago at Top Hops in New York, having never given this a go before. I was fascinated by the bottle and by the fact that it was imported by the Brooklyn Brewery and I thought that it would be a European Light Lager given that it was from Italy. Now that I read the background of it on here, I saw that Garrett Oliver had a hand in this, and it showed when I poured it out. This had the characteristics of a Belgian Pale Ale without the strong alcoholic presence and liberal amount of spice, but this was still a pleasing beer that warmed me up just a bit on a cold winter's night!

The pour to this was great, with a tall head that settled in due time and a hazy goldenrod hue that was reflective (no pun intended) of the honey in the beer. This had the smell of a lager and tasted a bit like one, as the floral notes were strong from the get-go.Soapy in consistency, there was also a sour grass/lemongrass taste to this with the feel of some wheat that gave this a fairly nice body. As others have noted, the sweetness grew in stature as the beer warmed up but it didn't feel like a true Belgian-style beer to me while I was enjoying this. It came across as a bit too light, even though the carbonation was just right and not detracting in any way.

The alcohol was here but it wasn't strong and I couldn't taste it at all as I made my way through this. Was this like a dark Kolsch? Maybe, as there was some grape behind the fruit flavors and sour tendency of this beer. Can't quite say that I've ever had anything like this before and it's a shame that this is no longer brewed, as I'd love to give it another go. I'm always amazed at how Garrett puts together brews that aren't duplicated anywhere else and this was no exception. Fun stuff that deserved to have more reviews on here!

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AMA Bionda from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
Beer rating: 46.7% out of 100 with 92 ratings
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