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

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RATINGS: 161   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.


3.1
   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 (10686) - 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 (29019) - 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 (11099) - 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 (20487) - 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 (785) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle. Amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. Hoppy, spicy, sweet and a bit strange aroma. Taste of american hops, grass, caramel malt, apricots. Dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
33 cl bottle thanks to deft! Sampled on February 2, 2009
Shady copper color, small tan head. Nice fresh fruity hoppy scent, also sweet. Roasetd, dry, malty, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel. Dry medium high bitterness, a bit harsh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5174) - ITALY - JAN 28, 2009
ambrata buona schiuma persistente note caramellate biscotto fruttate lichis luppolo in bocca il mato leggero caramello è bilanciato da unabuona dose di luppoli aromatici

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12327) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2009
Bottled (BB 06/2009). Hazy deep orange-amber color, thick beige head, lace. Yeast, barnyard, sourness and flowery hops in the nose. Malty, foamy mouthfeel. Flowery, grapefruity hoppy, yeasty, a bit sour and yeasty too. Nice grapefruity aftertaste. Some odd personality in this APA.


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