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Birra del Borgo Stelle & Strisce

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Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Borgorose (RI), Italy

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Una sorsata d’estate americana!
Alcohol varies from 3.5% to 3.9%


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (992) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden color with low white head. Aroma has a fruity character, mango with pineapple. Little bit funky in the background. Taste has earthy bitterness, long lasting. Malty sweetness. Body has high soft carbonation with medium, light oily body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6711) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2014
Draft @ ML Fontainas, Italian Fest Sept ’14. Stars and Stripes. Orangée léger, col fin blanc crémeux. Arôme est fruité très légèrement houblonné gardant un petit côté noble et côté ouest US. Palais est assez huileux, légère note de pin accompagné de malt pâle. Pour une bière session cette dernière parait plus qu’indiqué. Reste sèche en bouche, avec un léger fini tropical et une pointe de pamplemousse.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2014
(5.5 % ABV – this is an IPA as far as I can tell). Thanks! Sampled draft @ Italian Beer Week-end / Zwanze 2014 CML. Golden, creamy white head. Light cheesy fresh hops in the nose, creamy hay, citrus. Taste is cheese fresh hops, sugar, tad candy, malt, bread, citrus, light floral; Creamy body. Pretty nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2014
Draught. The beer was given at the Italian Beer Weekend @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas, and announced as 5.5% ABV. In that case, this is an APA or IPA, in the ABV as above, this would be a Session IPA Huge, ultrafine & dense, lightly yellowish head over faintly veiled orange-golden beer. C hops and old sports shoes (sorry, but that clinches it exactly). Fruity, citruszeste, resin, bit of pine. Bit of human sweat, slight malty sweetness, citrus acidity and lots of hops (more than expected from a blond ale - nearly APA). Dry spicy seeds (fenegreek?). Quite slick, bit oily even (again pointing at the hops). Feels better carbonated than it looks. Quite good, but blind I wouldn’t call it a golden ale. And it is not what the name hints at, neither.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tania_nexust (165) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle from Mother Kelly’s. A fruity hop aroma, some sticky mango and roast pineapple as it warms up in the glass. A little thin on the mouthfeel but pleasant enough and matched well with a spicy pizza and the F1 from Monza.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (1837) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle at Mother Kelly’s, Bethnal Green on 30 August. Poured a hazy golden colour, with a dense white head. Aroma of orange blossom, sweets and hay. Grainy flavour, with sweet mango and pineapple. Finish was tinned fruit, peaches and a slightly metallic note.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
White grapefruit and floral undertones surf this brew’s soft, plump mouthfeel, leading to resinous bitterness and much drinkability.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam sits atop the hazy blond.
-The flavour profile is hop dominant.
-Aroma could be more refined.
-This is very close to being what the Americans call a Session IPA nowadays. Put it on cask and it becomes an English Golden Ale though. ;)

On tap at Bir&Fud.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - JUL 1, 2014
Unclear blond color with big head. Nice citrus and floral aroma, also some smoked. Light body and some zesty flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1342) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 21, 2014
Tap. Color hazy orange with medium white head. Aroma hoppy, citrus, peach. Taste hoppy, dry, citrus, peach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2083) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2014
Semihazy yellow body, white head. Aroma has american hops, grapefruit and exotic fruits. Flavour has toasty malt, mellow fruits, fresh and bitter hoppiness, citrussy. Dry finish, some lactic yoghurt. The mildness on hops is a nice thing.


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