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Birrificio Italiano Extra Hop

Brewed by Birrificio Italiano
Style: Pilsener
Lurago Marinone (CO), Italy


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Extra Hop® is produced once or twice a year, usually in the spring.
It is a German Pilsener produced by way of decoction, lighter than Tipopils (4.8 against 5.2% alcohol by volume), with 11 Plato degrees. It is drier, more bitter and fragrant. Since it is matured in barrels, it has all the time and ideal conditions for perfect decantation of the yeast, and is therefore quite limpid. People who are used to Tipopils will think much has been lost with the yeast. Extra Hop® does not have the typical thickness of unfiltered, yeasty beers. Nevertheless, it offers a lot to people willing to take the time to become more familiar with it. Like other Pilseners, it is a simple beer that is evaluated according to just a few characteristics: bitterness, body (a hint of malt), hoppy aroma (quantity, quality and persistence) and, most importantly, the harmony between these three factors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
[6279-20140420] Tap. Lychee apricot aroma. Clear, pale orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Bitter lychee orange hops flavour. Medium body. Good. (8/4/7+/3/15) 3.7
(@ Proletariat, New York, NY)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - DEC 7, 2014
(Keg) 330 ml at Birra+. Pale canary yellow, slightly hazy, with a big, creamy and persistent white head. Plus a fresh hop cone on top of it! The nose is dominated, in the beginning, by white bread and dough, quickly followed by grassy, herbal and resinous hoppy notes. Slight tropical as well. Tiny sweet taste upfront, but it’s all about the huge, clean and pleasent bitterness. Extremely refreshing and thirst quenching. Average carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. A beer I could drink every day withouth getting bored. So solid!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
On tap at Disney World. Poured a golden / yellow color with a small sized head. Grassy, straw, floral and some breadiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. straw colored pour, medium bodied, fluffy white head. nice pils flavor, straw, grass, noble hops, saaz. solid pils

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Clear golden yellow color, white head. Aroma of black pepper, biscuit dough. Taste is fruity bitter straw, subtle lemon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firstsip (720) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap. Bubbly gold. Thinnish head. Bitter nose. Bright, bitter hops. A bit in the middle of an English and an American IPA. A sort of metallic touch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Would. Excellent robust hop profile with notes of lemon zest, pepper, a bit of resin, clean and extremely dry, solidly above-average bitterness for the style. Tasty and way easy to drink, about as good as beer can be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown. 12oz cocktail type glass, $11 for the pour, christ. Low haze light golden, smaller soapy white foam. Spotty lace. Nose is soft, fresh, fragrant garden and grass, cantaloupe, sweet valencia orange, flashes of beautiful limeade. Has the right notes, but not so expressive. Yellow apple comes through. Taste is very bitter, harsher grapefruit rind and potpourri, light metallic bite that plagues the tap beers at Paradiso. Light butter biscuit tries to peek through. Doesn’t ever quite come together unfortunately. Disappointing as the finish is punishing rather than balanced or complete. Feels simply too kettle hoppy and out of balance. Carbonation is lively, nearly refreshing. Finishes with metal and kettle hop palate abuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a mostly clear gold with a thick off white head, receding with lots of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits. Flavors of papaya and banana. Medium bodied, clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Tap at Maxs. Big creamy white head on top of a hazy yellow-tan body. Has some buttery tones, but I guess those could be considered true to style. Creamy and easy on the palate, Delicate earthy hops, no spicy bitterness, but there is some resin in the aftertaste. Really separates itself from other styles, quite defined for a boho Pils. OK. Pretty cool beer.

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