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Thursday
Aug082013

BIRRA TOZ 

Birra Toz. This is a lager from a northern Italian artigianale (err, craft brewer) and it's unusual.

It's not that it's unfiltered and unpasteurized that makes it unusual, it's that they've tried to give their lager all the fruity hints and hits you'd normally expect from an ale. More specifically, from a British-style India Pale Ale. 

Unsurpringly, it hasn't worked. Kudos for having a crack, and it certainly does deliver the claimed fruit and orange on the nose, but it also delivers both, plus a bit of peach, all the way down the bottle.

But it doesn't do it from a solid baseline of malt, which is what you'd hope for from a lager, and it doesn't do it with a crisp, bitter finish. While there's a bitterness to it, it seems to be over by the time it reaches the middle of the tongue, rather than arriving with perfect timing later on.

It's a 4.8% ABV brew, so it's right on the conventional thinking track there, but not anywere else. I just can't understand why, if you want to have fruity hints and a wallop of citrus, you wouldn't just brew an IPA and be done with it.

This just plain doesn't work. They have another brew, the Easy Toz, and I suppose I'll eventually give it a crack, but I'll be apprehensive about it...

 

3/10

 

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