Contessa IPA Italian Pale Ale 750ml $17.99 7%alc.
Golden and clear in appearance, Contessa exhibits a nose of citrus hops and honey malt. In the mouth, it is very soft, with great body and structure, while the final hop is quite pronounced, gradual and harmonious. This beer is complex, long, very balanced, with a pleasant citrus finish. Balance is a common factor to everything Birra Brewing offers. Contessa is wonderfully so. Hops do not dominate, nor do the typical, predictable citrus flavors that accompany so many IPAs. Peach and mango are more prominent, herbs and hay are evident, and everything just blends together in such harmony. It’s the most “elegant” IPA I have come across.