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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
fonefan (34188) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with with a fully diminished off-white head. Grapefruity hops aroma with a mild sweetness, light liqourice note. Dry hops flavour with a nice liqourice note and a solid bitterness following. Ends fruity and dry hoppy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29081) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20493) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2008
Bottled (Ale For Obsessed). Amber colour, medium creamy white head. Aroma is wood, yeast, grass, caramel malts and some mild spices. Flavour is caramel malts, grassy hops, fruits and mild yeastyness. Very wellbalanced and pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2008
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Cloudy darkish amber, rich creamy head. strong hoppy citric grapefruit aroma. Sweet with clean rounded mouthfeel. Notes of strawberries and caramel, but hops is dominant. Long resiny bitterness. Very American style, both is terms of malt and hop character, yet with something that tells me it’s not really American made.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with floral hoppy hints. Smooth malty caramel flavor with bitter hoppy citrus hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with hoppy bitter aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 7th August 2008. Well balanced - malty and a little hoppy. Finishes with fruity dryness. Unremarkable but good. 3 2nd December 2008. Cloudy amber beer - mild head. Quite a malty start followed by pleasing deep rich grapefruity hops. A little bitterness in the finish but that’s a good thing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 2009-07-07, bottle, 1 year old, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Beautiful amber color, hazy; big head. Very nice hop aroma, fruity initially (delicate apricot and mango), later English hops. It’s very dry, with some caramel flavor but too much bitterness.

2008-03-29, hand pump at Salone della Birra Artigianale e di Qualità 2008, Milan, 7-4-7-5-15=38
Cloudy amber color; creamy head. Delicate but nice hop aroma, there are resins, fruits and grass. It has a round mouthfeel, but the body is not so strong, it has anyway a strong toffee flavor and an extreme hopping, of good quality. Some more sweetness and it would be perfect. The final is very long and excellent.


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