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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5594) - 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 (5405) - 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 (34777) - 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 (2283) - 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 (2145) - 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 (14195) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel and good aroma hops. Quite full-bodied, a pleasant fruitiness - peachy - and a very solid hop bite in the finish. A fine one. 030608

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2489) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 <i>bottled:</i> Pours hazy dark amber with big, firm head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with yeasty notes. Fruity flavour with long piney and resiny bitterness. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF thanks to the brewer whose name I can’t remember.
A beautiful looking beer. Rich amber brown with a thin but very stable light beige head and a superb snowstorm when swilled. Lovely aroma. So much going on and it’s all about the hops. Awesome tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and very green all round. You can really notice the different characters of the American, English and German style hoppage. Initially the flavour is just like the nose but all of a sudden the malts show through in a glorious fashion giving up lovely earthy notes and just the right level of sweetness. Bitter, U.S. IPA like finish. Overall different, refreshing and very well made. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (6966) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Hazy dark amber reddish body. Mild hops dominated aroma with notes of abricot and oranges. Flavor also abricot oranges with a faiir amount of hops bitterness plus a bit of nuts. Low carbonation, long bitter aftertaste.

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