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

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - MAR 19, 2011
Bevuta a Selezione Birra 2011, Rimini; uno degli ultimi assaggi di cui ho ricordi offuscati e appunti incompleti. Ottima APA dal palato resinoso e l’amaro abbondante.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Deep red hazy with a tanned head. Smells of herbs, flowers, grass and sweet fruits. Taste of zest, grapefruits and some sweet malts. Finish is hoppy and grassy with good bitterness

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
Draught@BQ, Via Losanna, Milan. A vivid copper coloured beer with a smallish tan head. Enticing hop laden aroma with some nice fruity notes protruding. Once more the flavour was robustly hopped, with some balancing sweet malts that had an earthy quality and a hint of spice. Quite full bodied. Lingering bitter finish that satisfied. A really characterful and tasty take on the style.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (1101) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 15, 2011
Color ambrato intenso con bella schiuma persistente. L’ aroma è la festa del luppolo; è semplicemente fantastico, le varierà di luppoli le donano una freschezza e un intensità davvero irrefrenabile. Frutta (arancia predominante) e leggere note erbacee. Anche in bocca la presenza dei vari luppoli è ovviamente dominante, ma perfettamente equilibrata con il malto, così che, è si amara ma non troppo estrema. Finale lungo, soddisfacente, di frutta secca e leggera liquirizia. Gran bere, gran birra.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11974) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2010
from Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - hazy golden-amber colour with a persistent pale beige foam; a charming hoppy aroma with notes of apricot, cream and undefined spices; medium-bodied and gently sticky, a fair bitterness and a long hoppy finish of red fruits and cream - subtle and very well-made

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (6419) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6460) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2374) - 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 doesn’t 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14127) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2398) - Røros, 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


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