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Review: Birra del Borgo Big Body IBU
Birra del Borgo Big Body IBU
Posted: 22 November 2015
Since Borgo is naming this Big Body IBU, we can assume up
front that they're going to make this one very bitter, and
they do. 100 IBU. f hops had the same effects as
caffeine, the Big Body IBU would keep you up all night . . .
and the following night. Drink in moderation if
you have a wife who hates high IBU beers.
Avg price/liter: USD 24.00
ABV %: 7.1
My wife has shown solid
interest in Italian craft beer, so I came to the rescue and
ordered her a few bottles of unusual Italian craft beer in
larger 750 ml bottles.
750 ml bottles of beer, at least in
my expert opinion, are meant to be shared. I am
hesitant to order them at all if the beer hasn't been tasted
previously. Birra del Borgo's Big Body IBU, a very
hoppy IPA style, was one such beer I'd never tried before.
Birra del Borgo as a brewery had the greenstamp with its
Enkir, available in
330 ml botttles. Big Body IBU had never been ordered
because I could only get it in the 750 ml size.
IBU's stand for international
bittering units. American IPA's usually have an IBU measure
of 40-70. Brooklyn IPA, a popular microbrew IPA,
measures 45. Stone's IPA and Cali-Belgique IPA are 77.
Since Borgo is naming this
Big Body IBU, we can assume up front that they're going to
make this one very bitter, and they do. 100 IBU.
That's this amber beer's whole claim to fame.
Weird aromas, a picture of a witch invoking magical spells,
and advice to drink this with Indian and Thai food, cuisines
with similar big bodies to match.
My wife hated it from the
very first drop. I served it to her ice cold after the
two of us got home from a Japanese izakaya and started off
with a pint of Asahi Draught. She was so turned off, I
was stuck, as I feared, drinking the entire 750 ml bottle.
I forgot to mention that before we visited the Japanese
izakaya, I'd eaten a five-course Thai dinner along with
three iced teas.
Too bad I couldn't have just
taken the Big Body IBU with me to the Thai restaurant!
Big Body IBU is for true
hopheads. I reckon a year ago, I wouldn't have been
able to handle it. But with the Beer Republic solidly
underway and with IPA's so dominating the craft beer world,
my mouth has grown accustomed to the hoppiness. If
hops had the same effects as caffeine, the Big Body IBU
would keep you up all night . . . and the following night.
Drink in moderation if you have a wife who hates high IBU