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Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
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

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Beer added by: Sammy on 12-14-2008

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +29.8%
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 (755 characters)

Photo of Lukie
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been itching to open this and try it, and boy am I not disappointed. As soon as I started to uncage the cork, it popped out, and then I dreaded the major gush, but it was not to be, thankfully.

Poured out with a monster head, so I let it settle before finishing my poor. Big billowing effervescent thick white foam on top, which disippitates into a one inch thick head. The liquid is a slightly murky orange-gold hue. It is possibly the most amazing beer I have ever seen and is so inviting.

Massive amounts of citrus fruit, with grapefruit, and hints of bitter orange come enveloping up from the glass. Slight nutty honey and a big hop resin grassiness just give way to more elaborate grapefruit aromas.

Initial tastes give some slight fruitiness and a big hop bomb in the mouth. From then on more fruits come through in the mouth, with big biscuity orange and grassy dry grapefruit. So very fresh and inviting it's hard to slow down on a 9.2% beer.

Silky smooth mouthfeel gives way to the effervescent sparkling feel that this beer seems to have. Just so slick and refreshing for something so high in alcohol. Easily one of the best beers I have ever had, and so amazingly drinkable. I think I may have to nab a few more. (1,232 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the 5th of March this year so it is pretty fresh.

A slightly hazy amber beer with a white head that fades away pretty quickly.
Lots of carbonation streaming up to the surface.

Woohoo! Big fruity amarillo in here! Smells really fresh. Great!
Big mango. Malt is light.

A pretty big beer, a caramel maltiness, pretty hoppy and some of that amarillo fruitiness again. I am not having this chilled actually, should have chilled it a little bit. The mainland bittering hops (Sladek and Saaz) are present. The bitterness is pilsener like, unlike beers made solely with these fruity West-Coast hops. It works rather well together. As it sits in your mouth is is rather sweet with the malts and the fruitiness from the hops. As you swallow the bitterness becomes stronger with the Czech hops. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Very pleasant. Well balanced, the sweet malts work well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, thicker than most IPA's (maybe because it is a DIPA).
Pretty low carbonation.

If you see this fresh, get it as it is very good! (1,052 characters)

Photo of arturorg
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle to a Unibrou tulip glass

First of all, I had a major gush opening the bottle, then serving the beer I spilled some more in the floor, it gets a huge head when poured so be careful.

Appearance: It a murky dark amber with sediments on it, don't get me wrong it's a very inviting color.

Aroma: It was a very aromatic beer, just opening the bottle there was a rush of fruity smells straight to your nose, I got hints of peaches, tea and pines.

Palate: it is a full bodied beer, very effervescent, a little bit warming from the alcohol (the alcohol flavor it's not overwhelming at all), the aromas are representen in the palate as well.

Overall its a very inviting beer that I will repeat again, very fresh and refreshing as well that leaves you with a good buzz. Recommended (797 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer. Perfect match of hop to malt and carbonation. Both aroma and flavor have a richness of characteristics such as caramel, pineapple, hops, yeast, grain. Appearance is likewise excellent with huge long lasting head, lots of lace and hazy honey amber color. Great body. Super easy drinking beer. Wish I had more. (323 characters)

Photo of mbasti
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 0.33l bottle bought at the beer shop in Bodegraven, bottled 09.05.2011.

Appearance: Reddish, maybe dark amber hue. Gigantic fluffy head resulting from a strong pour, which has amazing retention. Hazy which doesn't seem to result from chilling since it does not clear up while it warms.

Smell: heavenly hoppy smell, scrumptious with flowers, citrus fruits like lemon and mandarine, tropical mango. Classic Amarillo profile, loving it!

Taste: solid malty base but not too sweet, soon run over by hop bitterness which balances the sweet flavors nicely, tropical fruits all over the place, mango again, feels like a candy shop in your mouth. Just damn tasty! Finish is rather try and slightly bitter in a pleasant way. The 9.2% ABV is not noticeable at all.

Overall: Dutch take on the Imperial IPA style, I really enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel: (856 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light coppery red body with a very slight haze. Big foam off-white head and light carbonation. The first thing that hits you is the aroma of big American west coast hops, lots of sweet grapefruit, citrus, pine and melon, with the slightest hint fudge in the back. There is a touch of biscuity sweetness at the front before the taste is overwhelmed by fruits, which follow the nose with grapefruit, lemons, mango, and heaps of pine. There is also a slight peppery spiciness, which sits beside the very subtle but firm sweet malty backbone. Smooth in the palete and a nice substantial body to support the flavours.

Wonderful beer! The best DIPA I have had that wasn't from a US brewer...in fact it really holds it's own against some of them. (743 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive been interested in trying this brew ever since joel from cellarbrations carlisle got back from his europe trip and had sampled this over there and had said that it is a nice drop,it pours a murky,cloudy light orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing here,there and everywhere,the smell of this brew is a nice fruit punch bowl mix of tangerine,melon,pineapple and some light citrus,it has a nice full mouthfeel which is dominated by a citrus burst of tangerines,mandarins and valencia oranges with a nice feint tinge of lime bitterness right at the end and overall a great brew that i could drink all night,highly recommend and will buy more of cheers. (704 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of fresh bread, biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, lemon rind, and orange are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, and bread quickly fade to display notes of mandarin orange, navel orange, grapefruit, lemon rind, grass, herbs, and subtle spruce. The finish is surprisingly clipped and balanced with a pleasant blend of grass, biscuit, herb, and tart citrus flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and dry. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is very restrained.

O: This is an excellent DIPA from one of Europe's more unique breweries. Compared to American variants of the style, Amarillo is maltier, drier, and much more restrained, but is still very tasty with great depth of flavor. I could see this one going over well with fans of stronger European craft ales. (843 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden pour, with a really poor white head, just some froth floating around. Weird.
Rich citrusy hop on the nose, with some peach sweetness and caramel. Sweet honey and alcohol, hinting at mead, some hints of melon, persimmon, and a fresh herbal mix too.
Rich fruitiness, a "funky" kind, with kumquat, haw, persimmon, tangerine and lots of sweet white grapes far from standard Amarillo dry hopped IPAs. Honeyed melon too, some gooseberry, banana, a lot of stuff comes to mind. Caramel maltiness, really sticky and dense, really support the fruitiness from the front, all the way to the finish. Some alcohol shows up here, with some hints of mixed fruit brandy, and a mild leafy bitterness, not enough to dry things up entirely.
Still, the sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste is in now way sugary, but clean and rich, with a bigger citrus character now. Medium body, really low carbonation, a bit sticky and palate coating. Alcohol seems to get stronger, so better to sip.
Awesome fruity hops, a sweet Imperial IPA that really enriches your palate. And imagination. (1,073 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/12

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over a dark amber liquid.

S: Caramel and bready malt with mandarin orange Amarillo hops.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt with mandarin orange and orange hop flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: This beer makes me realize how Amarillo is not only orange-like, but near tropical as well. (351 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown color with a thin head, usual for the style. Delicious aroma of fruity hops, tons of passion fruits floating around. Medium body with good carbonation.
Incredible hidden alcohol, just numbs your gums (it is 9.2% ABV!) but not your taste. It has an excellent balance between full malty body (in the upper range of North American versions) and hops bitterness. Though I found it to have much more hops aroma than what revealed in the palate. (456 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And finally the last review of my beer tasting evening with RvDoorn...

A: Poured it in a Lindemans glass. A very dark yellow color a bit hazy. A huge viscous head that fades very slowly.

S: The smell reminds me instantly of the Karmeliet Tripel (actually the only tripel I like). Grainy, peachy and pleasant hops. Some floral scents.

T: Taste is comparable to the smell. However body is pretty light compared to the full smell and not sweet at all. Aftertaste is slighty bitter and a little acidic.

M: medium/high carbonation. Very light.

D: A nice beer from de molen allthough I wish it would live up a litle more to it's taste. (634 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  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. (1,393 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is very well carbonated as a careful pour produces a tulip filling, five-finger thick head that is a light tan color. The beer is a lightly red stained honey color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, red-orange stained gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sticky with hop notes of candied citrus zest, tangelo, lychee, ripe-concentrated berries, but also some herbal notes and a touch of grassiness. The hops really make the aroma exuberantly fruity smelling. Towards the finish, when you really dig around, I get a soft subtle note that smells a bit like ripe cheese; soft but more significant is some malt influence aromatics of toasted crackers, and crushed pale malt. As the beer warms up the nose picks up a bit more funkiness that is sort of musty along with the previously mentioned ripe cheese. Definitely an enjoyable nose to smell for a spell.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer has an ample carbonation that froths up out of the slightly viscous stream of beer as it flows across the tongue. The beer is not heavy, but I do prefer my Double IPAs a touch lighter on the palate (this is still pretty quaffable for a beer of this strength though). In the finish is a lingering hop bitterness as well as a menthol and pine like herbal hop character; A touch of alcohol heat seems to bring out this last note a bit more as well, the sharp menthol especially really lingers on the tongue. The hop influenced fruitiness in the flavor leans more towards bright berry flavors as well as notes of candied orange zest and ample lychee. A touch of grassy hop character becomes noticeable after a bit as does some cracker like malt and of course a more prominent sweet malt character that boosts the fruit-leaning hop notes. The subtle funkiness of the aroma (despite getting even more accentuated with my second pour) really isn't much noticed in the flavor, it perhaps contributes a touch of phenolic character that mixes with the sharper herbal hop notes and hot higher alcohols.

Where the aroma was all fruit hop character the flavor has a mix of fruit and herbal hop character. This is definitely a nice beer, it can get a little harsh and alcoholic in the flavor at times, but you can't have everything with a 9.2% abv beer. (2,254 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange colorr, with white foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel, hops and spices flavors, with a bitter long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Imperial IPA. (304 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $5.99 and poured it into an Odell Brewing tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey-like hue with a solid 1" white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of lacing in its tracks.

S: Bready yeast (cheap white bread style - Wonder brand or the likes), fruity tropical esters, fresh cut grass - green and chlorophyllic, finishing with a bit of booze on the back end that the malt balances out quite nicely.

T: Big time hop up front - grapefruit rinds, earthy moss, resinous ganja flavors - tropical fruit, fresh baked sourdough bread and carmel malt - slightly boozy on the finish.

M: On the heavier end of medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, with a clean and dry finish.

Extremely friendly drinker for such a big beer - hop is the focus here with everything else falling into place in its proper order - behind the hop that is! (904 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Giant, white head, color is a cloudy sunny-yellow.

A large variety of aromas, malt, lime, grass, pine, sugar, grapefruit.

Sweet, refreshing hoppiness is mainly defined by sweet, exotic fruits, going well along with sweet malts. Strong on limes and grapefruit, supported by a fitting, lower carbonation, which adds additional freshness. Beer stands in great balance between sweet fruits and bitter hops, underlined by sweet, warm malts. In addition to that, a unique spiciness gives the beer a sharp peak. Beer is medium-bodied with a long bitter finish. Uncompromising bitterness is another notable aspect, which gets even more recognizable towards the end. Fruits, mainly defined by lime and grapefruit, do still underline the taste, while the malts get washed away by the bitterness - which results in a great tasting beer with a decent complexity. (854 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  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. (333 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this bottle during a beer drinking session together with my beer buddy PapaEugene. I had several beers from Dutch brewery de Molen, and until now, really liked most of them. Bottle from Berts Bierhuis beershop in Utrecht. Poured into an Urthel glass. The beers pours an hazy dark yellow (amber-like) color with a high, creamy long-lasting white head.

The scent is fresh, full of sweet fruits (Peach, apricot), sweet caramel hops and a bit floral (like a typical tripel).

The taste is full of spicy hops with balanced acidity, in general much less sweet and fruity compared to the scent, with a nice bitterness in the end. The alcohol taste is medium-well hidden.

The mouthfeel is good. A bit watery maybe, with medium-high carbonation.

Overall, another good beer from the Molen. Not their best one though, but I would definitely not mind drinking it again. (870 characters)

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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.