ska (201) - - MAR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stasera assaggio la seconda delle tre Baladin che ho trovato in bottigliette da 25, altra bella (e buona) sorpresa dopo la Super della settimana scorsa. In italiano non riesco a descriverla dato che mi vengono fuori termini tipo "dorato profondo" o "note di pino", magari andrebbero pure bene ma sono abituato all’inglese quindi: deep golden color, medium off persistent white head, caramel aroma with citrus (grapefruit) and peach notes, citrus and pine mildly bitter flavor, dry finish with herbal notes aftertaste, nice. Anche in questo caso la dicitura IPA non deve fuorviare il giudizio, sono birre che vanno contestualizzate e non paragonate alle illustri e canoniche rappresentanti dei generi etichettati. Ecco cosa succede se scrivo in italiano...insomma, buona dai.
Silvan7 (668) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
JaKeAFC (517) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Alengrin (1028) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ST247 (375) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Kita (1030) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
jamestulloch (1320) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Kauge (94) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
AndySnow (3074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.