Dogfish Head “My Antonia”
My Antonia is an imperial pilsner that started out as a collaboration at Birra del Borgo outside Rome with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo. I don’t typically note the color of the beer, but this one has a particularly unusual hue that I’ve not seen before. It opens with floral hop aromas, bright citric hops, grainy pilsner malt, and sweet caramel. The palate begins with a warm delivery of sweet pilsner and pale malts. Yeast weaves its way in perfectly as earthy, spicy, hops descend quickly after and leaves with a drop of pine oil. Sweet tangerine, pineapple, and apricot create a delightfully fruity finish. It has a smooth, rounded off sort of feel with moderate carbonation, somewhat easy to drink but bittersweet enough that it’s not a session beer. This is probably one of the most aggressive double pilsners I know of. Any hop head would love this, but you really get the best of all worlds because the malt, hops, and yeast all go together so well. This is pushing the boundaries of the style, and it comes really comes across tasting like a well malted, pilsner IPA hybrid. I definitely recommend this, I found it really delicious.
One of my most favorite brews.
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