Birra Del Borgo ReAle (6.4%)

Singularly uninteresting, this Red IPA is a great big malt monster.
But then AB/InBev aren’t overly keen on spending money, only making it, and hops are expensive, so perhaps this was a much better beer in the past.
Sticky and chewy, round, red and full of bran flakes, toffee, spun sugar and honey, there’s little respite from the overly sweet malts as there just isn’t enough of a hop presence to add any real bite.
Yes, there’s a wimpy hint of herbal leaves and maybe a touch of lemon but, considering this is an IPA, they are noticeable by their absence.
Back in the early 00’s when I lived in Italy, before the emergence of modern beer and brewing, I’d have taken this over anything else available to me in my nearest “pub”, which was a bar on the edge of Pontederra, but now this just tastes old and out of date.

Source: The Beer Hawk

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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