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Montelupo Castello 1203
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Brewed by Birrificio Montelupo
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Montelupo Fiorentino (FI), Italy
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rossa in stile ESB (extra special bitter). Leggero sentore di malto, dal corpo fine e frizzante. Nonostante lo stile deciso, si è cercato di non accentuare troppo l’amaro finale, bensì di esaltare le qualità aromatiche dei luppoli inglesi utilizzati per questa bitter leggera e beverina. Con il suo nome si è voluto rimarcare l’anno che per la storia di Montelupo fù decisivo, per la sua completa disfatta per mano dell’esercito Mediceo (il castello fu completamente distrutto), ma anche per la rinascita che grazie alla grande dinastia fiorentina fu rapida e costante.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, - NOV 10, 2012
Korn, malt, gær, chokolade, citron, let, frugt, dyb rød, luftig kort skum, syrlig smag, let , blød.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours turbid copper with off-khaki head. Nose is caramel malt, vinous fruit, brown sugar. Tasted somewhat tart, with notes of caramel, hops, and figgy fruit.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ST247 (406) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2014
Bottle @home. Pours cloudy amber/brown with off-white foam. Aroma is a bit sour, not a pleasant one. Malty, light to medium sour taste. Medium carbonation. Little sour, dry aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Okay so I have a question. What was the brewer’s intention here, really? Did the person who entered this beer into the database decide this was an ESB, or did the brewer decide? I don’t know because I can’t understand Italian so I can’t read the label. It’s important, because if the brewer says that this is a sour brown or sour red ale, then that changes everything. This beer is lightly sour, lightly phenolic, and moderately malty. As an ESB it is a dismal fail. As a sour ale of any sort, it is moderately successful. I don’t know how to score this because I don’t know what it claims to be. So I’m going to go middle of the road to give the brewer a benefit of doubt.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (9643) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2014
330ml bottle (One Pint, Helsinki)
Nice brown, but was a massive gusher - docking points for that. Quite nice sour aroma, to be honest, nice toffee. Clearly has potential, if it hadn’t spoiled, but it has spoiled, so they fail, and I give them a low score. Not the first dodginess encounter from these guys, IIRC.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 14, 2013
Where and how: Bottle 500 ml - Virginia Beach
Aroma quiet sweet , plenty of caramel. Slight funk. Aromatic floral hop feel Touch of Arabic gum.
Appearance:
Top: medium of white cap.
Base: hazy, cloudy amber-red.
Palate : medium bodied, milder.
Taste: gentle sourness on sweet mild malt base. Caramel with ripe tart fruit with slight bitterness on end.
Other notes Not half bad.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike5326 (1023) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Plum color, not much of a head. Sour bitter aroma with a hint of wet towel. Slight tart, fruit flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

[ Trade by madsenbryg ]. Clear medium to dark red - orange amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, shoe polish. Flavour is moderate sweet and light acidic with a long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130406]

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TommyFi (104) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 19, 2013
Di color rosso ramato, poco limpida, schiuma evanescente. Al naso presenta lo stesso odore di fondo che hanno tutte le birre di questo birrificio, ossidato/fenolico, si avvertono odori metallici. Non è nemmeno parente di una bitter come scritto nella descrizione...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4064) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Aroma is medium perfumed fruit bordering on lambic-strength almost. The flavor is fruit/berries, biscuit/slightly earthy malts, lambic-like tart notes and a mildly sour finish.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a cloudy reddish amber with an off-white head. Sweet fruity nose. Medium body, again some sweet fruit and then the lactic acid comes rushing in. Surely not an ESB but at least this Montelupo doesn’t appear like a health hazard. 070413


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