Open Amber

American Amber Ale Birrificio Le Baladin

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Open Amber, an American-style Amber Ale by Birrificio Le Baladin

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Open Amber is an American-style Amber Ale brewed by Birrificio Le Baladin, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tumbler from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a cloudy burnt orange and is topped by a finger-thick of loose, bubbly froth that disappears almost immediately. A thin ring of residue gathers at the collar.

Aroma

The aroma is musty and sweet with a scent of yeast, grain, caramel and fruity esters.

Flavor

The palate begins softly with a taste of biscuit and nut that crests towards a very mild bite of floral hops. A flash of caramel, fruit, and spices round out the finish. A bready malt base of biscuit and yeast ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body and less-than-moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and warm.

Overall

Its appearance is lacking and its feel doesn’t have enough carbonation. Its ABV runs high for the style but its impact is marginal. However, neither its aroma or taste have enough hops for the style. And even while being too malty, this ale tastes more like an Old World brew rather than a beer from North America. Open Amber is a palatable brew but is left wanting as an American Amber Ale.

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About the American Amber Ale

The American Amber Ale is similar to the American Pale Ale and American IPA styles but has a more pronounced malt backbone (caramel malt, typically) and it has less bitterness than the similar American Red Ale. The ale is amber in color with moderate alcohol strength. The style typically has a medium body or a bit over with matching carbonation.