Volpina | Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 06-29-2012

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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: I selected English Strong Ale as the style for this beer, due to the similarity in character.

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked up some time back from Beeritz in Knaresborough. Described on the label as a double-malt beer; bottle conditioned. All the beers from this brewery seem to be named after characters from the film 'Amarcord'. Not quite sure what Volpina means, though I get the impression she's a woman who seduces men...

Poured into a straight pint glass. A coppery-amber hue with decent carbonation and faint hazy sediment. Yields a massive head of fluffy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, raisins, fruitcake, caramel, yeast esters and a considerable whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, caramel, earthy yeast esters, stewed hops and a hint of brown sugar. A solventy, alcoholic twang in the background. Restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and a slight spiciness. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of fruity malt.

Quite nice - no world-beater but it certainly has character. A good, fruity malt flavour that hints at it's strength - although it would be smoother if the alcohol was less apparent. Good depth and a satisfying mouthfeel. Beats the hell out of Italian macro brews - grab one if you come across it.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown and cloudy enough to hide any carbonation, 6 fingers of foamy beige head that is rocky and delicious looking. Large and small bubbles.

Toasted caramel with hints of strawberries, red licorice and cherries, a little dark fruit as well.

Red licorice, strawberries, cherries, figs and prunes.

Medium slightly sticky body, like sap. Little carbonation.

Almost sensual, fruity, hints of Belgium. Bought and drank in CNX, June 16, 2015.

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Photo of Antiantianti
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Dougology
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep amber color. Copper. Forms a beautiful bubbled yellow head. Medium retention and lots of small and spotty lacings in the glass

S: Strong toffee, caramel malts, English style grassy and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, grassy and skunky hops, roasted malts. Bready yeasts. Nice hoppy bitter end

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter, caramel malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. New generation Italian microbrewery quality

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Photo of Gakusei
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tdenham
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Kiro
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4ster
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Giangio
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Volpina from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
3.86 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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