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


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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(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.’s unmistakable character will never change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4615) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2010
330 ml bottle. Hazy copper red body with a big, creamy beige head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit, peaches and a hint of caramel. Flavor is citric fruity, very tasty malt and caramel, a fine sharp but balanced bitterness. A very tasty and refreshing beer with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter. God body for only 5,4 % ABV and a long and pleasant bitter finish. This beer stand out more like an IPA for me, with a much more sophisticate malt body than many other “big” IPA’s. Some of them have a fine hop aroma and flavor, but the body is just based on a plain caramel malt body. This one got it all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5317) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2010
33 cl "cool" bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Also available at Vinmonopolet. Deep orange to brown colour, big off-white head. Some floaties from the sediment in the bottle. Lovely aroma of fruity American hops, notes of citrus. The flavour is distinctly hoppy with grapefruity notes, resin the finish. Some caramel malts too, fairly well balanced. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2010
Mitica apa del ducato!l’ho bevuta molte volte...ha un naso ottimo molto floreale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle from Bir & Fud. Hazy, glowing copper. Potent citrussy hoppiness. Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2009
(Bottled) Hazy orange with a smallish, firm and lightly lacy head. Woody-aromatic-hoppy nose with caramel and berries, but very little fruit. Flavor is quite dry and bitter, slightly ashy, woody-hoppy, herby, very lightly fruity. Medium body, soft carbonation. I think 9 hops are overkill, and make this feel "mushy" with very few flavors to get hold of. An ok, dry brew with lots of hops - but not a masterpiece by any standard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 7th August 2008. Well balanced - malty and a little hoppy. Finishes with fruity dryness. Unremarkable but good. 3 2nd December 2008. Cloudy amber beer - mild head. Quite a malty start followed by pleasing deep rich grapefruity hops. A little bitterness in the finish but that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Thanks to JK for sharing. Hazy amber and a faint grainy aroma and flaor with mild hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1529) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle. Hops and grass in aroma. Golden amber colour with beige head. Bitter flavour with flowers and spices. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11278) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Hazy amber with a lasting off-white head. Biscuit malt aroma with grass and pine hops. Sweet and rich biscuit malty flavour with good hop flavour and a bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17566) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with floral hoppy hints. Smooth malty caramel flavor with bitter hoppy citrus hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with hoppy bitter aftertaste.

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