AMA Bionda

My parents decided to sell their house in North Jersey. This wasn’t a shock to me, in fact I have no idea why they didn’t do it sooner. They’ve been paying crazy taxes for a town with a great school system and they have no kids in the school system. So, they were moving stuff all of last month (more on this later), and my father decided to trash all of their old televisions. He did this about 3 weeks prior to them actually moving out. The problem was, he then had no television. So, being the good daughter I am, I gave them mine to borrow. They got it all the way up there and couldn’t set it up. So I went after work one night to set it up. Since I was there, my dad made an impromptu beer run for me. This was the first one I tried.

ABV: 6%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed by Amarcord Brewery in the small medieval town of Apecchio, Italy, AMA Bionda is a beer made specifically for the Italian dinner table. Designed by Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, AMA Bionda is a golden beer with a soft but complex floral and fruity character, born of aromatic malts, three types of hops, Italian Orange Blossom honey from Sicily, and water from springs that date to Roman times. Here at Brooklyn Brewery, we love to vacation in Italy, and we got to know the folks at Amarcord when we started selling Brooklyn beers there. Amarcord is one of Italy’s great new microbreweries that are brewing beer with distinctive Italian accents, producing their range of beers in Apecchio, a small medieval town surrounded by the Appennini Mountains (Mount Nerone) and close to the Adriatic coast. They introduced us to the great cuisine of the Marche Region, and we decided to collaborate with them on a line of beers that would be worthy of the Italian table. Ama Bionda is the first in the line. It is perfect with seafood dishes, pesto, pizza and tomato sauces. Ama means ‘loves’ in Italian, and AMA Bionda loves Italian food as much as we do.”

Random: I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I find it amazing that my Dad almost always manages to pick beers I’ve never had. It’s quite a feat if you consider how many I’ve tried.

This brew poured with a two finger thick white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the pint glass (which in fact, was the first pint glass I ever purchased myself). The body was a slightly cloudy amber color. The nose had some honey, yeast and then a really pleasant floral note. It wasn’t anything overpowering, but it was nice. The taste was very similar to the nose. I got honey and yeast and then a touch of apricot. The floral note came through right at the end. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. The finish was long with some yeast. I really enjoyed drinking this one. It was flavorful, yet not cloying. Although I really enjoyed this, I would not have pegged it for a straight Belgian. Either way, if you see it, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0