Birra Etrusca Bronze – Dogfish Head
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($13.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into mugs.
Another one of Dogfish Head’s “historical beers”, this marriage of archaeology and brewing is an attempt to recreate the ales of pre-Christ, pre-wine ancient Italy. Birra Etrusca Bronze pours a clear bronze with a decent, dirty-white head and plenty of fizzy carbonation. There are some incredibly funky-in-a-bad-way aromas on the nose, including raw flour, dehydrated fruits, and a touch of pilsner-y sweatsock. Utterly curious upon the first swallow, with a mix of intense grains (thanks apparently to the use of hazelnut flour and “heirloom wheat”), along with a slightly tangy, cider-style aftertaste. This beer presents an odd and unpleasant mix of flavors, both nutty and slightly tart, that only grow more off-putting the more you drink. It’s simultaneously a fascinating historical project and thoroughly undrinkable.