Dogfish Head “My Antonia”
My Antonia is an imperial pilsner that started out as a collaboration at Birra del Borgo outside Rome with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo. I don’t typically note the color of the beer, but this one has a particularly unusual and beautiful hue I’ve not seen before. She opens with floral hop aromas, bright citric hops, grainy pilsner malt and sweet caramel. The palate begins with a warm delivery of sweet pilsner and grainy pale malts. Yeast weaves its way in perfectly as earthy and spicy hops quickly precede, leaving a drop of pine oil. Sweet tangerine, pineapple, and apricot later fill in the gaps for a delightfully fruity finish. It has a smooth, rounded off sort of feel with moderate carbonation, somewhat easy to drink but bittersweet enough to keep from being a session beer.
This is probably one of the most aggressive double pilsners I know of. Any hop head would love this, and you really get the best of all worlds because the malt, hops, and yeast all go together so perfectly. This is pushing the boundaries of the style, and it really comes across tasting like a well malted, pilsner IPA hybrid. I find it delicious and satisfying in mouth feel. Everything comes together really well and recommend this beer. However, on the downside, the bottle size is just over 12 oz. and priced at around $7. Meanwhile, the ABV is average-to-low. So, I can see why that may steer some away.