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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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°

3fourths' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 75cl bottle. Unfiltered hazed honey colored body with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Nose of pineapple cake from the tropical/citrus hops and the cake-like bready malts, awesome. Unique and new, this beer like most Baladin does not fit in with any defined style, but is something new and interesting and stands alone. I am quickly falling in love with Baladin who has rejuvenated my once-stagnant interest in artisan beer thanks to their perfectly executed experimental recipes. The yeast character and structure of this beer are divine. Lovely throughout. Where’s my "hotel room rate taking in a foreign country" award? And bonus points if it were in Italian? :/

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (872) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
250ml bottle poured in a tulip glass. Another lovely Baladin specimen. Tastes like a good American ale. Fresh and Hoppy. Pours a hazy golden yellow with big white bubbled head. Smell is very refreshing. Citrus hops and caramel malts mainly. Taste follows the nose. Yeasts are always a must in Baladin beers. Body is light and carbonation is medium to high. Drinkability is great. [ BA Review @ 12/25/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (700) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2014
Pour from bottle is hazy amber with big white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel with some vanilla notes. Flavour is a bit peachy on the front and mid palate with a long spicy more than bitter finish reminiscent of Belgian style beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wvhoran (304) - Tasmania, - OCT 8, 2014
Draught at Open Baladin Rome. Pours clear golden orange, white head. Sweet peachy and grapefruit aroma, a wheat impression. The flavour is sweet peachy, grapefruit, yeast, caramel. Nice but a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (509) - POLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Barwa: złota / jasno bursztynowa, wyraźnie zmętniona i wysoko wysycona. Piana biała / ecru, drobno pęcherzykowa, bardzo obfita i utrzymująca się. Aromat: słodowy (zbożowy) z akcentem chmielowym (owoce, kwiaty, zioła) oraz lekką nutą alkoholową. Początkowo nawet przyjemny, ale nie wyróżniający się specjalnie ani wyrazisty. Po chwili dało się w nim niestety wyczuć nuty miodowe czy papierowe, sugerujące utlenienie. Smak: zdecydowanie pełny, słodko - wytrawny z zaznaczoną goryczką, następnie ponownie słodowością oraz wyraźną, alkoholową i nieco rozgrzewającą końcówką. Trochę zalegający posmak alkoholowo - chmielowy i jakby miodowy. Kolejny Baladin z serii Open. Tym razem Gold, z założenia mający aspirować do miana American Pale Ale. Barwa jest nawet niezła (choć jak dla mnie nieco zbyt ciemna), a piana wręcz genialna. W aromacie jednak solidnej dawki chmielu nie czuć, do tego pojawiają się nuty utlenienia, choć piwo ma okres minimalnej przydatności do spożycia do listopada przyszłego roku. Podobnie jest w smaku, w którym goryczka występuje, jednak nie jest ona raczej tak wysoka, jak sugeruje producent. Do tego nuta miodowa i alkoholowa, nie są w tym przypadku zbyt przyjemne. Obawiam się, że tych kilka miesięcy (od lutego b.r.), jakie piwo spędziło w mojej szafie, nie wyszło mu na dobre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3265) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Medium light amber color. Medium body with considerable malt backbone. Some citrus and tropical fruit notes. Well made, but not overly exciting IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (396) - POLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Aroma: malty, citrus and red apple, honey. Appearance: hazy golden color, thin white head. Taste: medium bitterness (citrus), citrus notes (mango, ananas), honey, white wine notes, apricot. Palate: full body and low carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Quite extraordinary APA, complex taste with belgian notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silvan7 (716) - 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 (570) - 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 (2124) - 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 (7956) - 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.

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