TipopilsSeptember 16, 2014
Lurago Marinone, Como, Italy
Birrificio Italiano’s flagship beer is brewed with all-German hops from the Tettnang area.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1048
AVAILABLE: Germany, Japan, Italy, UK, US (Draft only in CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, VT)
This Pilsner-style lager is a fine example of the beers from “artisan breweries” that are springing up all over Italy as younger drinkers switch from the grape to the grain. It comes from a brewery near Lake Como in the north of the country, and it promises beers with good malt and hop character in sharp contrast to “industrial beers.” The pils is extremely pale with a toasted malt and perfumey hop aroma. Bitter hops build in the mouth, balanced by juicy malt and a hint of lemon fruit. The finish is quenching, with tart hop resins, a continuing lemon note and sappy malt.
- Roger Protz
Tipopils is one of the beer sphere’s worst-kept secrets, but finally it is getting the distribution it deserves outside its Italian homeland. Agostino Arioli’s beer offers a modern take on the pilsner style, faithful to the traditional rich malt character and pronounced hop accent but bursting with youthful excitement, as befits a brewery less than 20 years old. Spritzy, peppery hop notes—tangy with herbs and juicy with lemon jelly—burst from the glass as this crisp, fresh, golden nectar somehow manages to pack in an abundance of flavor and yet remain supremely gluggable. A world away from industrial lager.
- Jeff Evans
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge and Beer Lover’s Britain. More of his writing can be found at www.insidebeer.com.