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


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   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.

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2017
Bottled (backlog). Gusher warning. Brown colour with a huge off-white head. Aroma is sour wood, some toffee and mild spiciness. Flavour is quite sour wood, mild toffee, some diacetyl as well as a bunch of yeast. Infected, but still a nice maltiness to it.

SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - APR 25, 2016
Rossa limpida con riflessi dorati, schiuma bianca poco persistente. Aroma di malto d'orzo e caramello. Al palato sempre malto d'orzo e caramello, finale erbaceo e di "gomma bruciata". Corpo medio, ben carbonata.

matto666 (16) - ITALY - APR 10, 2016
Non capisco come ancora questo birrificio possa continuare a lavorare. Tutte le birre che producono hanno lo stesso sapore di fondo, sono torbide e spesso infette. Un bambino di 4 anni farebbe meglio

jamaty (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 5, 2015
Ambar oscura, rojiza. Sin espuma. Apenas película. Aroma inicial a cereza, luego escaso. En boca poco cuerpo y gas medio. Suave al paladar. Inicio más o menos frutal, manteniendo el tono frutal todo el tiempo. Final muy miuy amargo y seco que queda en boca mucho tiempo. Es una cerveza diferente, nunca excelente, pero que no deja indiferente.

DocLock (10830) - 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.

ST247 (494) - 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.

DuffMan (10549) - 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.

FatPhil (16631) - 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.

Radek Kliber (7470) - 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.
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.

mike5326 (1773) - 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.

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