Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: American Pale Ale
Piozzo, Italy


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Water, malt, hops and yeast. That’s it! Why? It took a simple beer to express a simple project. And it took an innovative beer to express an innovative project. This is how OPEN BALADIN was created: a beer with a “strong” personality and at the same time delicately captivating. And this is how this beer – the first “open source” beer in Italy – has slowly captured the hearts (and especially the throats…) of those who enjoy good, healthy and informed drinking. 27 EBC, 16.8°

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silvan7 (863) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 28, 2014
On tap @ baladin Milano. Ambrata, belata schiuma beige chiaro poco persistente ma con buon lacing. Aroma agrumato, limone, miele, caramello, erbaceo. gusto secco, lieve tostatura, caramello, amara soprattutto nel finale. Decisamente luppolata. Poco corposa, carbonata, non molto calda.Abbastanza equilibrata. armonica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaKeAFC (696) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
75 cl bottle, 5.90€, 7.5%. Unclear yellow to orange color, massive white head, creamy. Strong smell, with candy fruit, american hops. Aroma is malty with yellow fruit, candy fruit, and a load of american flowery hops, spices and orange peel. Taste is well structured, with syrupy sweetness and intense hops bittering. Medium to full body, proper carbonation. Overall reminding a tripel, such as Chimay Cinq Cents mixed with an IPA. Very good, fresh, crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3221) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Another of the Belgian-inspired Baladin ales, with a thick, cream white, sticky head and misty orange blonde colour. Aroma of orange peel, caramel, aniseed, honey; refreshing fruity taste with citrus peel effect, ’crispy’ mouthfeel thanks to the high carbonation which seems Duvel-inspired, finishing in a gentle, grassy hop bitterishness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized oranges lead to coniferous bitterness in this balanced yet sweeter-than-average Pale Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the hazy amber.
-This is simple but still very well crafted and enjoyable.
-The creamy carbonation almost feels like nitrogen.
-Hop aromas and flavours could be brighter (not more intense).
-Like many of their beers, this is very Dogfish Head-like.

On tap at Baladin Bologna.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ST247 (451) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2014
On tap @Baladin Milan. Pours dark amber with adhesive white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity. Taste also hoppy and fruity with hints of caramel. Full mouthfeel, little bitter finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1463) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l at PirFest Slovenija in 2010. Cloudy amber orange color with small creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, mainly citrus, caramel and yeast. Taste starts with moderate sweet caramel and honey, follows by fruity and herbal acidity, spicy mouthfeel, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, thick and smooth texture with average natural carbonation in palate. When you open Baladin Open, it doesn’t last long...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (2113) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle from Eataly, Florence. Murky bronze body with a fluffy with head. Lively carbonation. Great lacing. Aroma of green hops, honey and lemon. Flavour of Lockets, grass and lime. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Nice fizz. A strong, hoppy APA. A bit too sweet and boozy for my liking, but very tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kauge (691) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 25 cl bottle from Eataly (€ 3,30) in Torino, June 2014. Pours orange with tons of floating bits. Head is white, jumps right out of the bottle! Aroma is something like tinned mango, apricot or pineapple; pickled apples; warmth of alcohol, hay. Strong sourness. Tastes slightly sweet, but more malty and yeasty. Not your average APA, if an APA at all. Beeradvocate’s Belgian Pale Ale sounds more like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Open Baladin Rome.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, malt, spices.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Citrus, caramel, fruit, spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4910) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark yellow/amber pour, with an off white head. Malty, a bit bready, light caramel, fruitiness, and mild hops. Not your standard pale ale, ok.

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