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Birrificio Italiano Extra Hop

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


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, 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 (3066) - 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 (4299) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2014-04-20. Lightly hazy yellow body with a white head. 3+ Aroma of noble hops, flowery and notes of flour, light grass. Flavour is lightly bitter throughout, floral hops. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Okay, the hop profile is not to my own taste but it is a pretty decent beer. On tap at Proletariat, NYC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2014
On tap at Churchkey DC. Aroma has a clean, glossy, hop greenness, slightly spicy. This is dry and peppery up front, with some hop flavor juiciness, but mostly a strong mineral and limestone palate, bitter and metallic. This reminds me of traditional German Pils examples in its airy weight, it’s dry earthen bite, and the finishing hop juiciness. There’s something a little aged and sagging about it, maybe as though it’s been on tap for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2014
Draft. Crystal clear light amber body topped by small white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, light bread. Light body, some crispness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey. Hazy yellow pour, frothy white head with beautiful lacing. Beautiful spicy Noble hopped nose with rye bread, lemongrass, hints of sourdough, lemon zest, and grapefruit pith. Clean and dry. Very well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migajos (152) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 19, 2014
On tap at Luppolo 12, Rome, Italy. Light yellow color. Nice thick head leaving nice lacing. Aroma sour a bit herbal. Taste: quite strong bitterness for the style. But it’s an advantage. Very drinkable. The bitter finish is really long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 16, 2014
11/08/2014 Open Baladin (tap). Dorata, limpida, schiuma leggera. Al naso luppolo grande protagonista, sentori citrici e floreali, intensa. In bocca esce fuori il carattere da pils, anche qui note citriche, amara decisa, non male. Corpo leggero, carbonazione corretta. Pils decisamente sovraluppolata, ma fatta con classe e maestria, complimenti.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7948) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Keg at Open Baladin, Roma, 09/02/14. Clear pale blonde with a good sized white head that dissipates then retains as a covering. Nose is lemon rind, grassy, tangerine, clean and fresh, floral notes, light mineral pang. Taste comprises orange sherbet, lemon rind, citric tinged straw, light hops, bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, clean citric tinged closure. Nice citric hopped pils.

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