Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: American Pale Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
(Ale For Obsessed)
This top fermented beer is a free interpretation of a Pale Ale. It is deep copper in color, generously hopped (it contains more than ten different types of hops including the American Chinook, Cascade and Simcoe delivering its citrusy and exotic aromas) with a lightly toasted caramel flavor that perfectly balances its bitter finish.
A beer I have always craved. To all those obsessed by Ales like me.

A.F.O. is my second creation. It was launched on the market together with VIA EMILIA at the end of March 2007. The story behind this beer dates back to January 2006 when, for the first time, I came across the new and irresistible character of American hops. Despite the initial excitement, I soon realized that my dream pale ale aimed to express something different. Thus, I challenged myself to create a complex bouquet that would end up being unusual and enticing. The investigation in the field of hop aromas (which may never end) lead me to England and Germany. I also experimented with hop varieties from New Zealand. Despite this, A.F.O.ís unmistakable character will never change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (5935) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 Bottle@Sadonkorjuu 28.8. Poured hazy, copper color with a white head. Quite malty and bready aroma. Flavor was hops, with lots of fruity notes. Nice malty bitter finish. 737312 Rerate: 16072012. Bottle bbe 15032013. Poured hazy amber with thick lasting white head. Fruity hoppy aroma, also quite yeasty and light sour. Flavor has caramel, citrus , some metal and yeast. Medium bitterness. 847313

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured amber and hazy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained malts, pine and muistiness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, fruitiness, mildly pine, hops, mustiness and medium bitterness. Afertaste was malty and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Pours with a blooming two fingers of slightly off-white head that holds really well and nice sticky chunks of lacing. Really hazy brown copper hue with orange highlights. Aroma is a bit subdued with some citrusy hoppiness that give a hint of pine; lightly sweet maltiness; pretty basic and nothing off. Taste definitely on the hoppier side, and the citrus is a bit sticky. Floral hints sneak in as well; dryish and the malt sweetness doesnít really rear with is nice. Medium MF, and a bit heavier than I would like for the style but the prickly carbonation scrapes the palate to clean between sips. (5.2% for the record). Just OK drinkability as the heaviness of the body wears on me after a bit. Tasty enough, and not a bad stab at the style. Just nothing to write home about. Solid brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus. Flavour is hop, grapefruit, apricot, malt. bitter finish. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2209) - RÝros, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2010
Hazy amber with light brown head - aroma of hops right from the start - well balanced between malt and hop bitterness - very nice bitterness that continues into the finish - very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2010
Draught at Bir & Fud, Roma. Hazy golden with creamy beige head. Nose and flavour of juicy passionfruit, grapefruit, lychee and caramel. Very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a big hoppy kick. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berlinoise2go (686) - NORWAY - APR 9, 2010
Bottle, 33cl, from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. 5.4% ABV. BB 15.11.2010. Two-inch offwhite head, slowly diminishing. Reddish amber colour, fairly clear, becoming hazier towards the end of the bottle. Fabulous nose; hoppy and sweet malty. Medium-bodied palate initially with a prominent near-IPA hop bitterness, but it finishes a bit harsh and thin, leaving a somewhat unbalanced impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5302) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2010
Another bottle of surprise from Italy. Itís slightly pretentious name makes me put on my "stern judge glasses" as I commence to pour out a cloudy amber with a thin, white head as top. Smell is not strong, but indicates a floral, hoppy kinda thing coming up. Right indeed, the fruity American hops come blended rather elegantly with some deeper, malty notes. Strong, grassy hop; not quite IPA strength but almost. Very drinkable. Prego Italia for this one, which is an original and well-made brew, despite the fact that all those wonderful notes in there just makes me long for its big brother who has a bit more of everything there is in it. Letís hope such a version comes around my way.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - MAR 3, 2010
Birra di colore ambrato con una bella testa biancastra.Lí Aroma Ť maltato con alcuni frutti e punte di luppolo. Il Sapore Ť moderato e spazia tra il dolce del malto, frutta, pini e lí amaro del luppolo. una buonissima birra da provare!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
capoccetta (171) - roma, ITALY - FEB 27, 2010
tap. grande birra con un aroma complesso,floreale e speziato per questo blended di luppoli.al gusto prevale il luppolo e note resinose.un finale amaro e secco.equlibrata e con un buon corpo.

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