Brewery: Birrificio Angelo Poretti
Brewery Location: Varese, Italy
This was the second beer my friend and I got in the bar in Rome (after the first one). This was an unfiltered lager that was a bit stronger than the 4 hops. While this was a bit more what I was looking for, for a “7 hops” beer, it was still much less hoppy than I would have wanted. It was considerably less hoppy than an IPA, so it just kind of bridged the gap between a “normal” lager and a hoppier ale, like an IPA.
My friend was telling me how this brewery kept coming up with more versions, increasing the hop amount each time. It started off with 3 hops, then 4, then 5, and it went all the way up to 10 I guess. There was of course always some fanfare with each new release, but my friend was telling me how they didn’t seem to vary all too much.
The menu at the bar we went to had a few different options, but the Poretti ones took up more than a 3rd of it.
Sight: As an unfiltered beer, it had a more opaque, orange color to it, kind of like a Hefeweizen would. There was some light head that left a light film on top and along the glass.
Smell: It had a mild, hoppy scent, but like my previous comments, nothing close to an IPA.
Taste: Kind of like the 4 hops, this also wasn’t anything extraordinary. It wasn’t bad, but I feel it still fell in the “commercial” taste. It had a mild bitterness to it (expected with hops), which I did enjoy, so while I didn’t think it was anything to write home about, I would gladly drink it next time I am in Italy.