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

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11636) - Troms, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2009
Compact and nice 330ml bottle shared at a drinking session at Finns. One-finger, beige head resting all the way on top of an opaque, amber body. Lightly spiced aroma overlaid by chocolate malts. Rather exciting taste character containing dark fruits, earthy malts, cocoa and a touch of anise. Spiced hop bitterness in the aftermath. Medium bodied. Has definitely got some very bright moments. Thanks to Skinnyviking for the bottle (Troms, 23.06.2009).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15724) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle @ KBH Festival, 2009. Pours unclear amber with a small white head. Fine hop profile. Fruity hops and grain. Medium, crisp and dry mouthfeel. Pleasant and fine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle at Mondial 2009. Pours a ruddy light amber brown with a lasting nice off white head. Aroma is very earthy, rope-like, leather, with some fresh citrus hops, but also hints of cheesy old stale hops, ligth caramel malts and toast- with a doughy yeastiness- unique. Flavor is more earth, spcice, light dirt, phenolic and peppery with citrus and lemon zesty hops, and tea-like overall- light bitterness and becomes a touch astringent. Meh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la Biere 2009
Appearance: mid haze on lighter brown base , mid plus white fine top.
Nose: Slightly nutty , creamy with aroma of brown malts.6+
Flavor/Palate : Soft bodied , grainy , texture of unfiltered ale. Bit alcoholic at edges. Light brown malt feel at finish. Fine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
A dark golden pale ale with a thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, strawberries and light german hops. In mouth, a grassy biscuitty malt, with herbal hops, very nice and quaffable, some peppery notes in finale. Mondiale 2009, June 5 2009.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle shared by JK. Pours a cloudy red-orange body with light brown head. Flavor and aroma of caramel malts and citrus along with grapefruit and pine hops. Dry, bitter hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
Mondiale 2009. Very good bitterness from this pale, Light body. As good as a good American pale with orange and malt, with above average IBU.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial 2009. Aroma has plenty of orange hops, lots of good malt too, cloudy orange/brown, small custard head. Taste of orange and malt combine to give a nice overall finish. Light bodied, fine bitterness. Quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Cloudy. Light brown color and tall head. Light hop aroma. Hop flavor, and moderate malt, but too many different kinds of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrGGen (333) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2009
Colore ambra opaco. Schiuma cremosa. Delicato aroma di luppolo,frutti ed erba. In bocca forte sapore di caramella mou,di buona qualit.Il finale molto lungo.Buona.


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