Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze Ale

Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze Ale

Rated 3.288 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This Ancient Ale proves that beside the wine on every Italian's dinner table, there should also be a place for beer. To develop the recipe for Birra Etrusca Bronze, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione traveled to Rome with molecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern. With the help of Birreria Brother Brewers Leo DeVencenzo of Birra del Borgo and Teo Musso of Baladin, they analyzed drinking vessels found in 2,800-year-old Etruscan tombs. Although Italian historians were a little reluctant to admit it, the team clearly found that the Etruscans had a taste for ale. "In every part of the process, we go for as much authenticity as we can," Calagione says. "Ingredients are often tough to track down, and there can be financial and logistical challenges, but we really love embracing these risks to bring these beers to market." The backbone of Birra Etrusca comes from two-row malted barley and an heirloom Italian wheat. Specialty ingredients include hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey and clover honey. A handful of whole-flower hops are added, but the bulk of the bitterness comes from gentian root and the sarsaparilla-like Ethiopian myrrh resin. Birra del Borgo and Baladin also will brew a version of Birra Etrusca, and to add complexity and variety, each brewery will ferment its batches with different traditional materials. Dogfish will use bronze, Baladin will use wood, and Birra del Borgo will use terra cotta. Bottles of Dogfish Head's Etrusca will first be released in December 0f 2012.

ID: 50552 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank10766
Overall Percentile77.3
Style Rank222 of 1219
Style Percentile81.8
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score3.7
Average Score3.460
Weighted Score3.288
Standard Deviation0.251

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  • CYBERCAT 10151 reviews
    rated 3.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a lovely clear bronze with a thick but very effervescent light tan head. Sorry, point off there. Aroma has malty, hay, grape juice and subtle yeast notes. Flavor seems a little different with each sip - malty, yeasty, wheaty, hints of caramel and horehound. Texture, though, leaves something to be desired - smooth, but lacking fizz or thickness. An interesting beer, nonetheless. Let it "bronze" your palate.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Wheat-like aroma with dark fruits. Honey flavors with a pomegranate wine finish.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aromas remind me of a hefewiezen, wheat, some bubblegum with some welches grape juice, not bad. Body is a bronze with a amber twinge, fizzy head quickly goes away leaving no lace. Flavor follows the aroma, wheat, bubblegum, grape juice, and some honey. Crisp mouthfeel, lingering malts and a touch of booze in the finish.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Interesting spices in this one, it is both unique, and very Dogfish Head. Malty sweet and yeasty. Honey is light, but present in nose and flavor. Good prickly feel. Cool beer if not quite worth the price.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    A dull amber colored beer with a small soapy textured off white head that rises briefly. Not much lacing is left behind. The nose is odd. Some vinegar and grape juice. Some honey. The grape juice jumps out in the tasting. There's a lot of sweetness and some grassiness. It is interesting. Light bodied.

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