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

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

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Wolfbass (1168) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 15, 2011
Color ambrato intenso con bella schiuma persistente. L’ aroma è la festa del luppolo; è semplicemente fantastico, le varierà di luppoli le donano una freschezza e un intensità davvero irrefrenabile. Frutta (arancia predominante) e leggere note erbacee. Anche in bocca la presenza dei vari luppoli è ovviamente dominante, ma perfettamente equilibrata con il malto, così che, è si amara ma non troppo estrema. Finale lungo, soddisfacente, di frutta secca e leggera liquirizia. Gran bere, gran birra.

3.8
Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2010
from Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - hazy golden-amber colour with a persistent pale beige foam; a charming hoppy aroma with notes of apricot, cream and undefined spices; medium-bodied and gently sticky, a fair bitterness and a long hoppy finish of red fruits and cream - subtle and very well-made

3.5
Hermod (8063) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 [email protected] 28.8. Poured hazy, copper color with a white head. Quite malty and bready aroma. Flavor was hops, with lots of fruity notes. Nice malty bitter finish. 737312 Rerate: 16072012. Bottle bbe 15032013. Poured hazy amber with thick lasting white head. Fruity hoppy aroma, also quite yeasty and light sour. Flavor has caramel, citrus , some metal and yeast. Medium bitterness. 847313

3.3
mjs (7470) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured amber and hazy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained malts, pine and muistiness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, fruitiness, mildly pine, hops, mustiness and medium bitterness. Afertaste was malty and bitter.

3.3
Nickls (2541) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Pours with a blooming two fingers of slightly off-white head that holds really well and nice sticky chunks of lacing. Really hazy brown copper hue with orange highlights. Aroma is a bit subdued with some citrusy hoppiness that give a hint of pine; lightly sweet maltiness; pretty basic and nothing off. Taste definitely on the hoppier side, and the citrus is a bit sticky. Floral hints sneak in as well; dryish and the malt sweetness doesn’t really rear with is nice. Medium MF, and a bit heavier than I would like for the style but the prickly carbonation scrapes the palate to clean between sips. (5.2% for the record). Just OK drinkability as the heaviness of the body wears on me after a bit. Tasty enough, and not a bad stab at the style. Just nothing to write home about. Solid brew

3.6
gunnfryd (14985) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus. Flavour is hop, grapefruit, apricot, malt. bitter finish. Full bodied nice beer.

3.8
bergstaden (3044) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2010
Hazy amber with light brown head - aroma of hops right from the start - well balanced between malt and hop bitterness - very nice bitterness that continues into the finish - very good beer

3.7
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2010
Draught at Bir & Fud, Roma. Hazy golden with creamy beige head. Nose and flavour of juicy passionfruit, grapefruit, lychee and caramel. Very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a big hoppy kick. Very nice.

3.5
berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - APR 9, 2010
Bottle, 33cl, from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. 5.4% ABV. BB 15.11.2010. Two-inch offwhite head, slowly diminishing. Reddish amber colour, fairly clear, becoming hazier towards the end of the bottle. Fabulous nose; hoppy and sweet malty. Medium-bodied palate initially with a prominent near-IPA hop bitterness, but it finishes a bit harsh and thin, leaving a somewhat unbalanced impression.

3.5
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2010
Another bottle of surprise from Italy. It’s slightly pretentious name makes me put on my "stern judge glasses" as I commence to pour out a cloudy amber with a thin, white head as top. Smell is not strong, but indicates a floral, hoppy kinda thing coming up. Right indeed, the fruity American hops come blended rather elegantly with some deeper, malty notes. Strong, grassy hop; not quite IPA strength but almost. Very drinkable. Prego Italia for this one, which is an original and well-made brew, despite the fact that all those wonderful notes in there just makes me long for its big brother who has a bit more of everything there is in it. Let’s hope such a version comes around my way.


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