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


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RATINGS: 169   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8303) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14104) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4290) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy brown beer with a hopped, bitter and lightly roasted aroma. The flavour is roasted, bitter and slightly malty. Overall a good hopped and bitter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
[Bottled] Hazy amber. Medium tan head. Perfumy aroma and rather sweet. Slightly sourish. Flowery, grassy, hoppy flavour. Medium body with a rather dyr and long bitterness. Somewhat vinous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5623) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2008
<i>Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Hazy anber, large & tan head. Potatoe malt aroma with piney, perfumy, and citric hops, slightly tart. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
<b>Bottle 75cl.</b>
Unclear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate hoppy, grapefruit, exotic fruit, sour and acidic, light to moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Bitternes is grapefruit shell. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. (060808)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hirigalzkar (2353) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle. Orange colour. Smells hops and malt. Hoppy taste with small bitterness in the aftertaste. Kind of watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2248) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from Systembolaget. Nice golden brown, the bubbles from the carbonation stick to the glas and there were not much of head which lowers the appearance rateing. It reminds me of a lighter version of doubble bastard but with german hops...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle at home ... from GBBF 08 Haul ... hazy copper.. light yeasty piney hop ... tart lime fruit hop... quite sharp ... juicy ... low bitterness in linger ... medium heavy carbonation ... medium body...

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