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 Triplo Malto Ale
94 points
Old gold color. Aromas of baking spices, candied citrus, ginger, fresh cilantro, quince, and chrysanthemum with a vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, elaborate, medium-long apple butter, toasted coconut, poached pears on pound cake, parker dinner rolls, and clove finish. A dense and brooding ale that has no shortage of delicious flavors.
Collesi Rossa Ale
93 points
Maroon color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled bananas, coriander, dried apricot, clove, rubbed thyme, and toasted whole grain baguette with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish that shows nuances of strawberry preserves, rhubarb tart, and molasses. A complex Belgian Style Amber that overflows with fruity flavor.
Collesi Bionda IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity, herbal, grassy aromas of seeded rye, clementine pith, toasted wheat, and orange oil with a soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a graceful, momentary dried grass, eucalyptus oil, star anise, and honeyed green tea finish. A Belgian beer for hop heads who are ready to branch out.