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


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
(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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (10970) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2015
Draught @ Brewmakers dinner - Gastropuben KICK Malt & Mat, Kristiansand
Pours hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, bread, bubblegum, floral, orange and hint of cooked vegetable. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long floral, orange, bready and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2015
On cask at the Crown in Berko. Pours a clear chestnut color with a tan head. The smell is toasted malt, nutty. The taste is brown sugar, toasted malt, mild herbal flavor abiding a bit earthy and dry. Medium in body with fine, elegant carbonation. Rich and very nicely made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BaroneBirra (435) - Gorizia, ITALY - OCT 26, 2015
On tap @ Fiera Mastro Birraio Pordenone 2015. Hazy amber,small head. Intense herbal aroma. Dry hoppy taste,fruit notes comes out while warming. Average carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (7341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
On tap@kick. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, some hay, citrus, flour and floral notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some floral notes, berries and hay. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3671) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Aroma: floral hops, some straw, some grain, light caramel. Appearance: hazy amber, large, creamy, off-white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: initially malts again, floral hops back, some citrus. Overall: nice APA, good aroma. Pint at GBBF 2015, Kensington Olympia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2200) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle a cloudy amber colored beer with a white off head aroma malts caramel fruits peach grapefruits spicy and some hops flavor malts sweetness fruits peach spicy some earthly notes and hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrol (252) - - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle.Golden brown. Thin body and really disappointing taste: not interesting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 23, 2015
Bottle sample at Ariel’s place. Thanks Tom C. Hazy orange. Aroma of citric (some tangerine) and floral hops, slightly stale. Flavor has some sweetish malt, citric and floral hops and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - APR 14, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange colour. Fruity hoppy aroma. Malty, caramel flavour, herbal, crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lele (433) - Padova, ITALY - APR 9, 2015
ASPETTO: ambrato abbastanza torbido, con schiuma bianca, fine, abbondante e persistente. AROMA: buon citrico, erbaceo e luppolato. Lo avrei preferito piu’ intenso. GUSTO: appena messa in bocca, presenta note maltate, di scorza di pane, nonché un leggerissimo caramellato. Questo viene ripulito subito dall’Amaro molto evidente e dal chiaro agrumari, che ripulisce bene la bocca con un retrogusto secco. CONCLUSIONE: interessante birra, dall’amaro predominante. Disseta e ripulisce bene.

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