AMA Bionda | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly veiled blond, decent white foam, quickly falling.
Malty smell, orange flowers, camomile.
In the taste, again, light hoppiness, orange. Honey present, but not too much, camomile in the aftertaste.
Too strong carbonation, for a not too easy drinkablity. Otherwise, interesting.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimWakimika
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grue_soda
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trbtodd
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. And yes, it's one of the prettier bottles I have ever poured. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, grassy, light spices. Taste is grassy, floral hops, malts, not really the flavor profile I associate with this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special. Gotta love the bottle though.

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Photo of NBiz
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid tasting Belgian style ale. Lacks weight and has a slightly metalic aftertaste. Great bottle.

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

Photo of renatopi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avitallo
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kofukasho
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Worth drinking again, unlike AMA's Mora.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donbet69
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
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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Photo of ChipChaight
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwilton
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Nice honey aroma. Pleasant enough taste and feel, but mostly light bodied and not so complex. Would consider re-evaluating in the future, but at the moment, I find it nothing home to write about. (Although I took the time to write about it here. Ha ha)

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Photo of Dimi
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of djtomain
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of patpat
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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