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

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2010
33 cl bottle at home. Clear amber color, nice off-white/beige head. Aroma is malty with some fruit and hops. Flavor is moderate sweet malty, fruit, pine and much bitterness. Fine carbonation. Not as balanced as expected, but a fine American Åale Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RuneStumo (2326) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2010
13.02.2010, 0,33l Bottle. 5,4% alc./vol. From Vinmonopolet. Dark golden colour with white head. Aroma is dominated by hops.The aromatic hops has a pine aroma. Not much sweetness. Aftertaste is also bitter and the beer leaves a dry mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6525) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
Huge beige shiny coarseish head. Hazy red body with floaties and fast carbonation. Tropical fruit, wood, and lacquer aroma with peppery notes. Dry-bitter tropical fruit and resin taste with wooden spicy peppery notes. Mid-bodied. Faintly astringent mouthfeel. Dry spicy wooden resiny aftertaste with roasty resiny notes. Very nice, even if strongly hopped with a lack of compensating sweetness. Easy to drink, too. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly.)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2010
330ml, funky wide bottomed bottle. Pours a clear, deep copper with a massive, rocky tan head with loads of sticky lacing. Nice! Aroma is very inviting. Floral, resinous and fruity hops, slightly perfumy, spicy, with faint sugary, caramel and perhaps a hint of bready malts, and a slight sour note. This is quite a bitter bruiser of a brew, more because percieved bitterness than massive hop amounts I suspect. Bitter from start to finish more or less, lacks a little more malts to back up the hop attack. Light to medium bodied, mellow carbonation. Should be great as a refreshing summer drink.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (6129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2010
Arty bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark amber/golden with a big frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine, apricot and malts. Taste reminds me of old times malt sweets, but it is mixed with some lovely hops and a perfect carbonation Taste ends drying up a bit, making me take another lovely sip of this nice elixir. Recommended

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3080) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2010
Pours hazy golden with a tanned head. Inviting hoppy aroma with herbal tones. Heavy initial resin-like bitterness in the mouth, but the finish is surprisingly short. Dry texture. I miss the sweetness to balance the bitterness. Bottle@Cardinal 20.1.2010.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ackcdent (5) - , NORWAY - JAN 29, 2010 does not count
Mellow, hoppy, fresh. Honeyish aroma. Elegant. Nicely shaped bottom heavy bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle, 33cl, 5.2%. It’s a slighlty cloudy dark orange-golden beer with a fingerthick beige head. leaving lacings. Piney, resiny nose with peaches and malts. The hops do most of the job. That goes for the flavor too, which has a lovely bitterness on a sweet, malty base. Peach, pine and resin, with some citrus peel too. Full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and with a lingering bitterness in the end. A really fine APA. 100127

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4950) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5569) - 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.


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