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


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Una sorsata d’estate americana!
Alcohol varies from 3.5% to 3.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Draught @ Cruise Roma - Barcelona, Un Mare di Birra, Grimaldi Lines.

Clear medium yellow colour with a large to huge, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, toasted, fruity, moderate to light heavy hoppy, citrus, elmon, lime. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, pale citrus hops, fresh. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110612]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2012
From tap at Open Baladin. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, citrusy and mellow pechy. Dry and solid bitter. Grapefruity and citrusy hoppy. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle from Eataly, Milan
Cloudy orange-blond color, generous head. Green aroma, hops and apples, some yeast. Smooth mouthfeel, good and lean toffee flavor with fruity hops, bitter oranges.
Very fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle in the hotel - Rome. Picked up at Johnny’s Off Licence. Pours clear gold, effervescent, with a frothy white head. Aroma holds some dried orange and grapefruit, a bit of pale bread, some spicy pine needles. Medium sweet flavor with some dirty grass and hay, more citrus fruits, a bit of rind, mellow sticky pine. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Somewhat sticky and resinous to finish, more rindy citrus fruit character, grassy bitterness, mild alcohol kick. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15907) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
Bottled 330ml (Eataly Genova, BB 06/2014, alc. 3.9%)
Slightly hazy amber color, good off-white head. Piney-resiny, a bit fruity sweetish aroma. Light-bodied. Starts a bit fruity, then good resiny hoppyness and lingering bitterness. Nice 3.9% beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (14811) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
Hazy yellow with medium white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, grapefruit and citrus. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, citrus, grapefruit, little sweet and quite sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
[10/18/13] Draught at Bir & Fud in Rome. Slightly hazy golden. Hoppy aroma, citric and floral, with piney notes and light yeasty nots. Flavor is a bit sweetish with a bit of yeast, light fruitiness, floral hops, some bitterness and some soapy notes. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9250) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9191) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9033) - 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.

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