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Birra del Borgo Big Body IBU 
Posted: 22 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Birra del Borgo Big Body IBU from Italy 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  Type: IPA   
       


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 ReAle and 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 beers. 

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