Sprezzatura

Sprezzatura, Arches Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

An unfiltered, unapologetic Italian style pilsner that packs a super crisp, dry finish and a beautiful golden yellow color. The finish gives way to the powerful character of the German Saphir hops we use for dry-hopping. The name Sprezzatura comes from the Italian word for "studied carelessness" - especially as a characteristic quality, style of art, or literature. We happen to have some Italian friends here at Arches, and felt this word embodied the playfulness and simplicity of this historic style.

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
23
Hops: 
Perle, Tettnang, Saphir
Malts: 
Two Row Pilsner, Chit Malt
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Sprezzatura by Arches Brewing is being evaluated as an International Light Lager (BJCP 2015 Guidelines Category 2A).

The aroma is that of a well-crafted Pilsner – bread dough is front and center with a splash of herbal/floral hops that are bright and fresh. There is a low sulfur note that dissipates quickly as the beer is roused in the glass. The beer is blonde with good clarity but a bit short of being brilliant. An impressively dense mousse-like white head rests atop the beer with excellent retention.

There is notable hop flavor with the first sip – grassy (in a good way) with spicy peppercorn and a hint of red berry. The hop presence is complex enough to keep you intrigued with every sip. The malt of this beer is somewhere between bread dough and white bread with browned crust and is just as enjoyable as the hop profile. Moderate bitterness balances this beer to a fairly neutral interplay between hops and malt. This beer is well-attenuated and helps accentuate the crispness of carbonation without having carbonic bite.

This beer is different than the prototypical examples of the style – it simply is more flavorful than most. It drinks like an all-malt beer and the hop profile is exceptional. This will appeal more to fans of North German Pilsner than it will to American Lager drinkers. Truth be told, it probably is not a perfect match for International Light Lager and would be a better fit to be evaluated as a German Pils. This is the kind of beer that beer drinkers gravitate towards once they have made the jump from beer enthusiast to beer connoisseur.

Brewery Introduction

Arches Brewing is a craft brewery located just north of the Atlanta airport, in the arts district of Hapeville, GA. Our focus is bringing the best of old-world and modern brewing practices together to deliver many beer styles never commercially brewed in Georgia. Our biochemist-brewmaster, Jamey... Read More

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