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Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
86
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 12-14-2008)
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

beerdrifter, Oct 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

aszatk01, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

tbryan5, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nitranim, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

codysjb, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

kaneel, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Marius, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of schuim
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

schuim, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 08, 2013
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.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2008
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.

CanuckRover, May 21, 2011
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

dirtylou, Jun 06, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Ciocanelu, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

aztraz, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

hulchris, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jsnoek, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

SeriousALEment, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

tln13, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

jmarsh123, Sep 13, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 31, 2013
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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.