nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Tap at PP GTown. Dulled orange-tan, steady creamy off-white head. Peachy citrus tastes, easy on the palate. Toasty malt body, odd spiced undercurrents. Tropical melon hop tones. Some buttery caramel underneath. OK, but sort of unimpressive too. The rye, caramel or whatever medium malts don’t work so well here. Unrefined, unimpressive for the price point. keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with a small head. Nice aroma of citrus, bread and maybe some wood. The flavor has a nice easy quality, nicely dry and smooth. On tap at Hawthornes in Philly. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Draft at The Farmers’ Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy hop aroma with a spicy, grassy pine needle character that’s countered by sweet malt notes. Slightly soil-y with floral, piny hops followed by caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Smells like a standard European interpretation of an American IPA.
Medium bodied and well balanced with a dry, earthy hop presence that’s countered by a sweet malt backbone. There’s a decent amount of bitterness up front but the hop profile is lacking in complexity. Dry with some grassy pine needle flavor. Could use some citrus or light fruit sweetness. This is countered by a sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and dark fruit. Aggressively hopped for a European IPA with a decent amount of bitterness of sweet malt for balance but nothing out of the ordinary. A nice enough beer but I probably wouldn’t order it again. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Not clear why this is now available on tap, a year later. Probably released in May 2011. Their web site, which talks about the 7th Anniversary also mentioned a special wood-aged edition so possibly this is the 6th Anniversary Special Edition. Definitely picking up a wood character Red-amber with light, off-white head / Weak nose of oak, dry hops, and dark caramel / Light to medium body, fruit mostly gone leaving a dry and toasty character, with light malts, good hopping, and a modestly bitter finish / Simple, possibly tired, past prime, flavors of burnt caramel, oak, and toast, with faint notes of citrus / Being my first Birra Del Borgo, I would be skeptical of this review and would want to try another of their beers closer to the release date. mansquito (6439) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Rustico, Arlington tap ($9): I thought it was a bit strange that they have the 6th anniversary still on tap, but Rustico and Chuchkey seldom make mistakes in their beer descriptions... soo... In any case, this pours a red color from the tap. Aroma is very earthy. It is clearly an IPA, but of a particular and subtle variety. The menu says that this was a Belgian IPA, but I didn’t really get a Belgian feel out of this. Taste is spicy, minimally astringent, strangely bitter. Not very much there in the way of fruitiness. This is certainly not over the top, but is a good example of what you can do with a subtle IPA.