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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This here beer is a lagerific departure for our ale-centric brewery. A marriage of old world tradition and new world innovation, My Antonia is brewed with pilsner malt and continually-hopped with a blend of Noble and West Coast hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750ml capped, bought at m&v. Pours a clear bright lighter golden with a big foamy white head that settles down to a small layer and leaves some spotty lacing. Blend of noble grassy, hops, light citrus, spicy yeast notes, and some bready pils malt. Interesting blend of hops...the noble grassy hops are the most predominate character but there is some light fruity notes from the west coast hop that come in mid palate and hang for a bit before making way to a grassy peppery noble finish. The yeast and malt add some doughy spice. I dig imperial pils and this one is fine to drink, but nothing that would make me seek out a second bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750ml bottle from Lush Wine and Spirits. Pours a clouded, golden yellow colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is some crisp citrus and florals, pale and somewhat grainy malts with a pinch of sweetness, a touch of pine, lemon-grass, pear, and some bready malts. Flavor is similar. Pils malt, a light bready grain, lemon-grass, florals, and some herbal spice. Finishes nicely dry with just a touch of imperial residual sweetness. Clean, light-medium, crisp bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well hopped and even all-around with a nice, crisp maltiness. Very well balanced and drinks fairly easily for an imperial pils, which can tend to become cloying in some that I’ve had before. Pretty impressed with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
smells alcoholic, but tastes bitter. orange peel and basil flavor. dogfish heads are very different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Light brown pour with large white head. Hints of caramel and hops in the aroma, finish had some malts and pale ale bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3713) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
750ml bottle from Al’s of Hampden. Pours a hazy yellowish color with a well-formed white head and good lacing. The aroma is grainy and bready with pale malt evident as well as grassy and citrusy Noble hops. The flavor is very pleasant if not as hoppy as expected. Sweet but not too sweet pale malt, grain, citrus, and light fruits. Smooth on the palate but not very dry with medium body. I’d personally peg this as more of an imperial helles lager, but whatev dogg, it’s a good one either way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AMBeer (15) - USA - DEC 31, 2010
Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet glass. Hazy gold with a fluffy, bone white, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Notes of citrus, grassy-ness. Taste: Citrusy, like the aroma. Grapefruit and lemon peel with a nice kick of grassy, citrus hops. Crisp, very refreshing. Medium bodied. Honestly, I expected a little more from this brew. Its well-crafted but a little conservative compared to the rest of the Dogfish Head lineup. Its still worthy of a try. My Antonia is one of the breweries "Occasional Rarities," so you should definitely pick it up if you come across it because you may not have another chance for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2393) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Clear golden in color.. Aroma is crisp and slightly citrusy... Flavor is light and crisp, notes of citrus and banana, hops are noticeable but not overbearing, alcohol is well balanced, hard to believe its 7.5%, very well done by DFH, not surprising that they do lagers well too....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10806) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear golden color with a large pillowy white head. Pale grainy malt aroma with earthy, floral and herbal hop notes. The taste is big earthy, floral, spicy and citrus hops. Caramel, pale grains as well, almost doughy. Medium bodied. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pours a dark golden banana yellow color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that streaks the glass with rings and splotches of soapy lacing. Earthy, floral aroma with some piny and citrus hop character as well as hints of sweet alcohol, pilsner malt, biscuit, lemon grass and crisp light fruit. Slight bready yeast in the nose with hints of lemon, apple and pear. Medium body with lots of tight carbonation up front along with some earthy bitter hops, crisp light fruit, alcohol heat, bread and crisp light fruit. Pretty bitter with lots of earthy piny hop character which is countered by the pilsner malt, sweet alcohol, grass, straw and light fruit notes. Slight dry finish. This beer is interesting because it is an extremely hoppy interpretation of a style that isn’t usually so. There is also a bit too much of an alcohol presence that hurts the drinkability. Not quite balanced enough and the ABV is not well masked. I like both of these breweries so I was excited to try this but it was only average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Somehow I thought I already had this... thanks to Daley at Blokes and Birds for previewing a bottle with me! Great bitterness, chalky, certainly noble and west coast hops, glad I got that part right, interesting play of the two, very good but still leaves your mouth maybe wanted more of one or the other, perhaps it’s the chalky bitterness that is throwing it off, really quite delicious though. Interesitng body though, has that odd DFH residual sweetness going on even though it drinks on the dry side for an imperial. Really well done and a much needed addition to the Imperial Pils category... seriously we need more of these.

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