Saturday, December 11, 2010

Toccalmatto Zona Cesarini

Not only is this the first-ever Italian beer to be reviewed on this show, it's an Italian IPA! Unfortunately, I don't have much more information on the beer than that. This bottle was sent to me as a gift from my friend Romain in France - my hookup for the Westvleteren beers. Henry couldn't come over like he usually does, so I had to drink this entire 750ml bottle by myself!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (325) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Poured a 750ml champagne bottle into an oversized wine glass (this beer was sent to me from a friend in Europe - thanks, Romain!)

APPEARANCE: honey-colored, hazy and big, fluffy, frothy, white head. Leaves great lacing too.

AROMA: Tropical fruit juice, plus peach and apricot. A flowery, perfumy scent as well. But light and not over-bearing. Nice.

TASTE: Very bitte from start to middle. In the back end I get that tropical fruit juice taste. Not nearly as robust as some West Coast American IPAs, but definitely a pleasant, fruity flavor. Reminds me of the syrup in canned fruit cocktail plus hops. As it warms it becomes more dry and more bitter. Not quite to the point of being obnoxious, but close. The sweetness from the fruity notes help balance this out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to thick. Decent carbonation. Not flat, but not lively.

DRINKABILITY: goes down smooth. The 6.6% ABV never makes itself known in the taste or body. I did drink an entire 750ml bottle by myself so I was nice and buzzed at the end. Still. you get three great servings of beer from this bottle.

OVERALL: Impressed by how Americanized this Italian beer is. It definitely has some unique properties to make it clear it’s not Rogue or Stone, though. I’d prefer less dryness and more emphasis on the fruit flavors. But for what it is, it’s pretty darn good.

Grade: 7/10

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