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

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RATINGS: 165   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 3, 2009
Sampled at Il Birratrovo, a great beer shop in Como. Hazy amber with a beautiful off white head. Fantastic hop profile. Subtle and deeply pleasant. Excellent. I reveled in every sip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4396) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Scandinavian Beer Night. Thanks to JK for hauling this back. Dark copper color with a thin head. Dry grain and light hop aroma. Pretty much the same in the flavor, but the hops are quite subdued.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 22, 2009
Botella, courtesy of Pinball. Hazy deep deep amber colour. Dry hoppy flowery fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel. Ripe fruity dry hoppy flowery caramellic malty flavour. Dry hoppy fruity bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14036) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
Sample at CPH beerfestival. Medium head with excellent duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, malt and caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2009
Hazy amber with alarge beige head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel notes. Sweet flavour with caramel, malt and mild hoppy notes. Finished with floral hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10779) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2009
cloudy brown, small yellow head. nice hoppy aroma, slight bitterness, pine. fine aroma. flavor is quite dry , pine, yet rounded and mild, hops, malty sweetness is kept in the background, but not forgotten.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29230) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and citrus, but also hints of acidity. The falvor is acidic citrusy with light notes of caramel, leading to a dry and slightly tart finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11180) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle, bought @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours hazy orange with a fine, creamy, white head. Wonderful lacings and fine duration. Malty aroma, some oranges, bready malts and a touch of fruity hops. Medium carbonation, lovely dry mouthfeel. Flavour is bitter, light caramel and very light orange-y tartness. There is lots of hops and dryness in the finish. Fair, but a little straight-forward.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle at home. Cloudy orange coloured with a medium sized off white head. Fruity aroma of hay with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of hops and pine needles with notes of grass. Dry hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (797) - SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2009
Misty brownish. Rich aroma with fruit, smoke, burned sugar and some sour citrusy hints.Nice bitterness. A full, very well balanced ale that could be a regular at my table.


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