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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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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (803) - 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 (7841) - 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 (5387) - 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 (12547) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13393) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle at home. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Nice hoppy, bitterness, caramel, piney, grassy, sharpness, ok malty, grapey, sour hoppy... oh yes there is a sour hops...soapy, amber maltsss, light spicy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle, 5.2%. Buttery aroma. Cloudy dark orange colour. Stable creamy tan head. The flavour starts off a little buttery with a distinct and slightly rough hoppiness. Then comes a little spicy note from the hops. The finish is caramelly and buttery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 (Bottle) Pours dark amber with a sand colored head. The aroma is hoppy with tones of grapefruity citrus, new cut grass and a light spiciness. Dried apricots. Light malty backdrop with tones of caramel and a tiny roast alongside a whisper of doughy yeast. The flavour is medium bitter, light sweet with tones of grapefruit, and dried apricots. The lingering afterbitterness is a bit peppery and grassy. Weak malt profile. The mouthfeel is watery and clean with a light carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8070) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Hazy red brown with a beige foam. Aromas are toffee malts with spices. Some pine and quite yeasty. Flavours are chocolate and toffee malts with bitter grapefruit. Dry and peppery with pine hops. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2008
On tap at Pigs Ear BF 08. Hazy russet, thin beige head. Very hoppy American IPA aroma. Bit sweet, but a pretty good IPA. Sweetish red fruits, great sticky hops. Pretty good. Earthy. Nice beer, bit sticky, but its a decent effort. Earthy grapefruit


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