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Tipopils (306 of 1001)

Rating: 3.65

Another Italian beer now from my time in Venice last month, this one is my first beer from the Birrificio brewery based near Milan in the north of the country and was the first beer they brewed after launching in 1996. The beer is also one that features in the 1001 beers list and give me a chance to mark off only my second beer from the country from the list, following on from the bottle of Re Ale from Birra del Borgo that I reviewed here a couple of years ago. The beer (and my trip of Venice) has also given me a chance to finally increase my count of Italian beers which was sitting at a total of 7 before my visited but will at least have made double digits once I’ve finished adding my reviews here.


Appearance (4/5): Quite a light looking, almost lemon yellow colour that is fairly cloudy and topped with a thick looking, two centimetre tall head that is quite foamy and holds well throughout, staying at a fairly consistent height.
Aroma (7/10): The beer is quite a fresh smelling one with some citrus and strong lemon notes initially, there was some pilsner style malts too and a bit of hay. A few grassy hops made themselves known with a few zesty notes and some floral ones as well, there was some bread and touches of grain to see things out.
Taste (7/10): The taste starts with some nice citrus and grain as well as a few pilsner malts, bread and the lemon from the nose. There was some faint hops making an appearance alongside grassy notes and some hay but the fresh, floral flavours seemed to dominate.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied with some grain but it seemed to be a smooth beer for the most part. It was quite a refreshing beer thanks to the citrus and this also gave it a dry, sharp feel that had a pleasant tang to it as well.

Overall (13/20): This one was an odd beer, it seemed quite refreshing and was fairly easy to drink with plenty of floral and citrus flavours but I’m not entirely sure it’s one that I’d go hunting for. There was a nice balance between the sharp citrus flavours and the pilsner type malts but in truth there wasn’t a whole lot else going on with the beer, enjoyable in the sun whilst in Italy but I’m not convinced it deserves its place in the 1001 beers book really.

Brewed In: Lurago Marinone, Lombardy, Italy
Brewery: Birrificio Italiano
First Brewed: 1996
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Il Santo Bevitore, Venice, Italy
Price: €7.00 (approx. £5.13)

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  1. October 9, 2015 at 08:28

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