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Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen

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86
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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 12-14-2008

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by MM3:
Photo of MM3
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: A blond beer that is not completly clear.

Smell: Hoppy, the only thing I could smell were hops.

Taste: A really hoppy taste, like the smell. The beer is not bitter, which I would expect of a beer with such an amount of hop in it.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit fresh for me.

Drinkability: For a beer with an extreme taste, it is fairly easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ale House, served in a tulip.
The beer was a hazy amber color with a small, off-white head. A small amount of sticky lace.
Sweet fruity aroma. Very strong herbal hops. Peppery in my nose.
Taste followed aroma. Sweet orange fruit taste, strong piney hops.
Smooth and sweet mouthfeel. Not very carbonated.
Very enjoyable.

Photo of schuim
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one from a 75cl bottle. I poured a large white head that stayed long.
The aroma has a lot of hopnotes with lots of fruitiness, grapefruit, citrus and pine.
in the taste the balance is a little strange, the hoppyness is so dominant that it overwelmes the rest of the taste.
In the aftertaste the hopnotes are lingering. It is a good beer but with a little more body the balance will improve.
Nice beer.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. De Molen doesn't exactly keep their single-hop offerings in the same base beer ballpark, do they? And this isn't even single-hopped, just the name is.

This beer pours a hazy medium brickish orange hue, with one finger of very bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of spectral, swirling galaxy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bitter citrus, creamed caramel, pine resin, strong green herbal notes, an uncertain drupe fruitiness, a hint of distant smoke, and alcohol-soaked bread pudding. The taste is zingy grapefruit, orange, and lime rind, somewhat bready caramel malt, a soft creamy nuttiness, musty toffee, earthy honey, fibrous pine, and a slightly grassy, herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather soft and lulling, with just a minor twinge here and there, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, dead smooth, and more than a little creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel cream essence having mostly subsumed the bitterness of the hops.

A pretty tasty malt-forward DIPA, the hops (no initial slouches of their own) seeming to have difficulty finding purchase. However, there is a hefty dose of 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts' theme running through this offering, so it becomes easy to just sit back and enjoy the robust, balanced flavours, while the clearly obscured (heh) booze works its magic.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a different beer than the winter warmer, 77EBU Challenger,Saaz and Dryhopping with Amarillo.
Lots of amarillo, initially some acid into the stomach (was not too crazy about the Saaz ) then a citrus taste,good carmel malting full mouthfeel. Very tasty.Orangey colour, good head.
I had on tap 2.5 years later andnowhere as good.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took me about 10 minutes to pour into my tulip glass given the enormous head that slides out on the tiniest of pours. Head settles slowly, leaves bubbly lacings. Pretty chunky, loads of UFOs after emptying the bottle, makes the beer look pretty muddy.

Aroma is quite nice. Big mango with lighter tropical fruits around the edges.

Mango is up front, starts quite sweet then slowly mellows out to a nice subtle fruitiness. Bitterness is quite subdued, certainly not as abbrasive as most DIPAs. Alcohol is also well under control. Admirable balance for the style.

I could probably use a touch more carbonaiton on this one, everything is just a touch too laid back.

Nice beer, not much of a looker though.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at in de wildeman in amsterdam

coaster notes

appearance: served in a tulip on a monday afternoon in amsterdam - orange body, foamy white cap

smell: floral hops - tangerine, orange.

taste: good DIPA - grapefruit citrus, tangerine, melon, orange, caramel, peach.

mouthfeel: medium body, oily hops

drinkability: good

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and light grapefruit notes with some light rustic malt notes. Taste is also dominated by medium rustic malt notes with limited sweetness level and also comprised notes of citrus and floral hops with a light dry bitter finish. Body was full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with solid malt backbone while not being overly sweet though additional hops presence would have been even better.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome

A - Medium yellow/orange. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

S - Fresh grapefruit, pine, some peach and a touch of honey sweetness from the malts. Very fresh and vibrant nose.

T - A big bitterness up front with grapefruit, peach and pine flavours. Some honey/caramel sweetness from the malts in the background but this is definitely a hop forward IIPA.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a snifter glass.

A creamy off light white/tan head with a dull orange amber to brown body with yellow hues. Barely seen rising carbonation from the bottom and not much lacing.

Bouquet is strangely mealy (mealy? did I say that.. it's like the first word that popped into my head) and mushy over-ripe fruit. Mushy mango/pineapple and banana with a sense of slightly buttery/cream sensation. I am not a fan of these notes but other people might be, but this over-ripe fruit and mushiness is not appealing to me.

Taste is sugary brown sweetness and caramel. Syrupy feel with a very downplayed hop presence by sugar alcohol rush. Not much of the fruit sensations even come out on the palate.

Overall could be worse but a little too sweet for my palate, and i'am not too fond of the nose.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head dissipating quickly. Slight lacing.

Definitely on the maltier side aroma wise. Citrus and grapefruit hops do come through, but a big caramel biscuit presence stands out.

Big malts on the flavor as well. Loads of caramel and toffee. Almost more components of an American barleywine. Hops comes in at the end, but the finish is on the astringent side despite the malt.

Medium to thick bodied with carbonation levels a touch on the low side.

An ok beer. If you like big malty DIPA's, this is probably more up your alley. Still enjoyable, but could use more flavor hops and less astringency in the finish.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a hazy orange amber with coppery tones; two finger aged ivory head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Pungent aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark and light dried fruit, light hints of aged cardboard, only hints of grassy hops; if I was smelling this blind, I'd guess it was a modestly aged American barley wine. Flavor is similar, caramel malt, not quite as sweet as the aroma, mixed stone fruits and mild dried light fruit, hints of orange and citrus. Hops component subdued, but a pleasant moderate citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well covered. Pleasant medium, slightly creamy body. I suspect that this is a bottle with a year of age on it, which probably has mellowed the bright hop flavors, although the typical amarillo citrus components are present. Similar to the aroma, in a blind tasting, I'd guess this was a moderately aged barley wine, but a hopped English style one. I liked this quite a bit and although it was enjoyable as it is, I would certainly jump at the chance to try a fresh one to taste brighter hop flavors. I have enjoyed every de Molen ale I've had and this is no exception.

Photo of largadeer
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a near lifeless honey amber. Not much of a head, just some rocky foam. Smells like ashtray and orange juice; citrusy amarillo is dominant, but there's an odd smoke aroma beneath. Plenty of juicy fruity sweetness, too. The palate opens with a ton of sweet ripe orange flavor, very fleshy and juicy. Low carbonation, syrupy on the tongue, almost flat. Smoky and bitter finish, almost ashy - pretty odd and not particularly enjoyable. Not a terrible beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to revisit. More carbonation would certainly help.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

De Molen Amarillo has an extremely thick, creamy, cream-colored, frothy head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, with numerous tight bubble stream, heavy lacing left behind, and a descending gray cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured into the glass. The aroma is strong and rich- hop oil, caramel, toffee, and white bread. Taste is equally bold- rich, sweet bread crust, bread, caramel, toffee, char, hop oil, bitterness, candi sugar, regular sugar, and a brandy aspect from the pronounced alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily, and De Molen Amarillo finishes mostly dry, super-sweet, alcohilic, and decently drinkable. This beer is exceptionally good and almost worth the over $6.00 a bottle that is charged for it. A great, great beer!

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface that faded away and left delicate lacing.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of orange and grapefruit in the nose.
T: The taste is quite malty for the style and only has a light amount of hop bitterness. Similar to the smell, it has flavors of oranges and grapefruit.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance and has absolutely no traces of alcohol in the taste. It’s definitely a lot more drinkable compared to DIPA’s.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Amber color. Thin white crown.Some spots. Sugary strawberry aroma,hints of pear.Sweet bitter upfront,slightly malty in the middle,licorice touch.Boundless molasses,strawberries & candies.Dry hoppy finish.Full body,soft carbonation.Woody resiny aftertaste.Pleasant drinkability.Watch up the ABV.Quite sugary.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Clear copper-amber pour with a huge three finger head with great retention and lacing. Really big herbal, resiny nose with tons of pine sap along with hints of pepper, orange peel, grass, and tea. The taste noticeably does not follow suit. I was expecting a bitter hop bomb, but this was syrupy and sweet, with almost no bitterness from the hops. I kept waiting for the hops to kick in as it warmed, but I got nothing. You get the flavor of the hops, but the malty sweetness is totally dominant. Lots of caramel and toffee with plenty of pine, but there's no bitterness that typically accompanies the pine. The alcohol was present throughout, and that, combined with the over the top sweetness, made the mouthfeel a syrupy mess. This is definitely the most disappointing beer I've tried from De Molen.

Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded light amber brew, an off-white head, little lacing, and some curtains.

Fruity smells, peaches, grass, pine needles.

Very sweet, syrup, bread, tropical fruit marmalade, lemon peel.

Little carbonation, soft, smooth and sticky, slightly dry.

Very nice DIPA, a dessert in it self.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy yellow to amber in color with very little discernible head. No visible carbon and no lacing.

S: Malty aromas up front followed by citrus and grapefruit. Nicely balanced.

T: Nice malty flavors up front with light amounts of bitterness in the finish - hints of grapefruit and orange. Pleasantly balanced and no taste of alcohol.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with some dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and hides both the smell and taste of alcohol well. Not a sessionable beer for me but something I would have again. For a DIPA, the flavors in this beer are kind of subtle.

Photo of juju7
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gusher. Ain't that a bitch. The nose is quite resinous, a fair lick of pine driven hops - some citrus notes, nothing very tropical. Plenty of bite on the palate, nicely countered by the malt presence. I wouldn't describe this as a pretty beer by any means. Well balanced and expressive. There is a bit of that oily pine resin lingering in the finish but it's all good. Hope it doesn't gush next time.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and considerable stick lacing. This beer has that telltale, almost skunky amarillo hop aroma that I like, along with pepper and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, with the orange citrus really dominating. This moderately sweet IPA is nicely balanced by the hoppy bitterness, and it finishes with a fairly dry, bitter finish (though there's definitely some noticeable sweetness). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finsih. The beer seems to have fairly low carbonation, which gives it something of a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good, especially for the abv. You can tell there's some alcohol in this beer, but it's so well blended into the flavor profile, it would easy to overdo it with this nicely crafted beer.

A very solid effort. Impressive.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of hops, malt, and citrus, particularly grapefruit.

T: Tasted of hops, light malt, and some citrus (the grapefruit). Not nearly as hoppy as I would have thought. A decent flavor that needed to be tweaked up just a little more, especially where the hops are concerned.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A likeable enough beer, in spite of some issues.

Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into De Molen stemware at De Molen in Bodegraven. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a three finger head of soft delicate cream, nice thickness, and great retention. Body colour is a semitrnasparent dark copper.

Sm: Caramelized malt, cream, and fresh full barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, cream, well handled amarillo (my favourite!) hops, and some bland watery notes. De Molen's watery problem strikes again. Badly built and balanced due to the watery character. Tries to be complex, but ultimately all its notes drown and thin out.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so on both counts. Doesn't complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable for its high ABV, but the taste is lackluster. Highly priced at De Molen for its low quality (even some of the imperial stouts were cheaper). Give her a spin, but don't expect anything phenomenal.

C-

[If you want amarillo hops, try Mikkeller's single hop amarillo.]

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The craziness that is De Molen goes a lot of different directions. This time, the left-field attitude come at us in the form of Imperial IPA. But it's an IPA from European mindset and demeanor- balanced and flavorful, but not absurd (-that's too bad because I rather like absurd).

With a fully saturated chestnut hue, the beer takes on deep amber colors when back lit, but dark mahogany otherwise. A dense blanket of foam builds on the beer with an off white appearance. Strongly defined rings of lace trickle down the remnants from the last sip taken from the glass. It's a handsome looking beer (if it were a strong English ale, or comparable.)

Fruity and winy aromas emit from the rim with distinctive toffee-laden grapes, figs, dates, apples, campfire, and berries. A strong tropical fruit scent saturates the olfactory glands with a culminated sense of "Hawaiian Punch" fruit drink. But with its strong caramelly backdrop, the beer resists its IPA delineation.

...and the flavors follow suit. A sweeter caramel-rich, pecan flavored malt complex come together in such a way that reminds me of peanut brittle or "Cracker Jacks" candies. But as the sweetness recedes just a bit at mid palate, it's the taste of hops that gain control. Vinous red wines, cidery apple character, herbal sassafras, earthy sandalwood, peat, ginger and pepper all radiate from the hoppy middle stride and refute the clean and crisp bitterness to come. Finishing with a broad woodish bitterness and a pep of spice, the noble German hops show themselves and balance the fruity Amarillo variety that finishes the beer.

Medium bodied, but seemingly fuller per the IPA styles; this Euro-centric ale celebrates its malty underpinnings and provides the beer its extended middle palate and pushes its dry finish past the point of return. The late semi-dry finish leaves the palate less refreshed than is expected of even imperial IPAs, but the beers alcohol and mildly spicy wood finish closes the beer balanced and even keel.

I often concede that many of these American infused, Euro-brewed IPAs celebrate balance and delicate control of flavor; I'm not sure that's the best action plan. I would better appreciate the Saaz-Amarillo dialogue much better if the beer were drier and less malt accented; thus allowing that hops to tell the story without the distraction of the combative malts.

Photo of draheim
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle (bottled 1/30/2012 - label says enjoy within 2 years so we're good) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ a huge rocky head with chunks of sticky lace. I'd give it higher marks but beneath that beautiful head is a pretty dirty-looking beer.

Aroma is tons of dried apricots, caramel malt, and candi sugar. Not what I generally expect from an American DIPA. Smells syrupy sweet, fruity, cloying.

Taste is a little more enjoyable than the aroma. Still fruity and sweet, but the floral bitterness of the hops balances it out. Big, bold flavors here to be sure.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, coating.

Overall, this is certainly a unique take on a DIPA with a heavy Belgian influence. This might taste very different fresh, but I'm not inclined to find out.

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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.