About Continental Ales from Italy

About Continental Ales from Italy
While beer is still far behind wine in terms of popularity in Italy, things are slowly changing. For years, beer in Italy meant good, if unexciting products from large breweries; that is still the case at most pizzerie or large restaurants throughout the country. However, high quality microbrews have been making quite an impact over the past decade. Menabrea, a high quality lager from Piedmont, is served in many of the finest hotels and restaurants in Italy and is now exported to more than twenty countries. Buoyed by that success, dozens of microbrew pubs have opened in various areas throughout Italy; most are in the north, but you can now find one on the island of Sardinia as well. These artisan brewers craft all type of beers, from lagers to amber ales to Belgian-style dubbels. These brews work pair well with the tremendous array of local foods in Italy, so that combined with a trend of younger Italians slowly moving away from wine and toward other beverages, should provide a healthy future for beer - from large and small breweries - throughout the country.

Top Picks for Italy

Continental Ales

Collesi IPA
92 points
IPA
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon herb banana bread pudding, fine lavender soap, and sautéed lentils and greens with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting nuances of meyer lemon-pineapple salsa and spiced banana-pear custard finish. A delicious, sweet puffy cloud of an IPA that will appeal to all types of beer drinkers.
Collesi Rossa Belgian-Style Amber Ale
90 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas of caramel-drenched coffee beans, lemon peel preserve, molasses, and chinese 5 spice with a velvety, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chestnut honey, palo santo wood, rum raisin, chocolate-malt, and espresso bean finish. A very roasty take on a Belgian-Style amber ale.
Tenute Collesi Triplo Malto Belgian-Style Specialty Ale
89 points
Brilliant hazy gold color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of herb muffin, delicate spiced nuts, and dried flowers and bananas with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of delicate pepper and mint, radicchio, and caramelized spiced apples and pears finish. A very inviting and satisfying Belgian ale with rich malt and spicy hop notes.
Tenute Collesi Bionda Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit chutney, tropical blossoms, banana creme brulee, and bit of honey with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with touches of honeyed lettuces and nuts and dried fruit finish. A bright, chewy Belgian blonde that satisfies with every sip.
Collesi Triplo Malto Belgian-Style Specialty Ale
86 points
Old gold color. Boozy, hoppy aromas of new sneakers, oregano focaccia, baked apricot, and banana creme with a finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, breezy shortbread cookies, meyer lemon, honey-nectarine, and beeswax candle finish. A peppery herbal ale with fine table affinity.