Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Italian Beer Series: Birrificio Italiano Tipopils (Lurago Marinone)

A classic German pilsner, the beer is as classic as they go: a refreshing and hoppy drink with a medium 5.2% ABV. The aroma is nicely sharp and citrusy, and pours a cloudy pale golden color with a medium lasting head. The fruity taste is finished off by a pleasant hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and carbonation is felt but not overpowering. In a market saturated by pale lagers this one delivers enough character and complexity to be distinct but never crossing into unrecognizable. Great beer, except it suffers from what I am realizing is a problem with most Italian specialty brews: at 12 euros for 3/4 of a liter, it's too damn expensive. More on this pricing problem later...

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