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

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RATINGS: 166   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4674) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , 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.

2.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1514) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16727) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PMgep (74) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2009
Hoppy aroma with hints of honey and herbs. Hazy reddish color. A bit bitter taste with a sweet hint.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle@Københavnske Øldage 2009. A fingerthick cream head upon a clear amber-brown body. Dry malt aroma with herbal notes and distinct fruity hoppiness. Dry and clean malt flavor. Earthy and fruity bitterness all the way through. Notes of herbs and mild spices. Healthy body. Dry finish. A straighforward and reliable APA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 Flaske 0,33l som Rune hadde med til Sankthansfeiring 2009. Pen flaske. Gyldenbrun på farge. Uklar. Et lavt beige skum. Kraftig fruktig aroma med aprikos i forgrunnen. Helhetsinntrykket av smaken er tørt og bittert. Gjennomført. Bitterheten fortsetter i ettersmaken som varer lenge. Veldig bra øl fra et land på rask marsj fremover i ølverdenen. KI=5

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2009
Compact and nice 330ml bottle shared at a drinking session at Finns. One-finger, beige head resting all the way on top of an opaque, amber body. Lightly spiced aroma overlaid by chocolate malts. Rather exciting taste character containing dark fruits, earthy malts, cocoa and a touch of anise. Spiced hop bitterness in the aftermath. Medium bodied. Has definitely got some very bright moments. Thanks to Skinnyviking for the bottle (Tromsø, 23.06.2009).


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