Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen
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2.15/5 rDev -43.9%
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.
03-29-2011 21:25:13 | More by largadeer
2.38/5 rDev -37.9%
Draft at Monk's Cafe.
Pours a dark, cloudy burnt orange color with golden tangerine edges when held to a light and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Sweet malty aroma which is odd for the style with hints of caramel and biscuit. Underneath, there is some sweet citrus peel and tropical fruit with hints of pineapple, mango and orange peel. These are very faint and maybe I'm stretching a bit but there's something there. Sweet boozy alcohol.
Medium bodied and syrupy with a thick sweet boozy presence that really overpowers the hops. Huge malt presence that is more prominent than the hops with hints of biscuit, caramel and toffee. Underneath, there is some sweet alcohol heat and sticky dry hops. Very earthy and kind of cloying with all dryness and subtle sweetness. Not much citrus or tropical fruit that the aroma suggests. Boozy, thick and syrupy. Very disappointing.
04-13-2011 09:17:55 | More by corby112
2.68/5 rDev -30%
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.
[If you want amarillo hops, try Mikkeller's single hop amarillo.]
12-05-2012 21:02:34 | More by kojevergas
2.95/5 rDev -23%
A - Poured out a cloudy amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled malty with boozy notes. There were hints of pine and citrus.
T - Very boozy and malty. Lots of sweet caramel and citrus. It seems unbalanced.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence and a dry finish.
O - This didn't really work for me. It just seemed messy and unbalanced.
02-08-2012 05:13:57 | More by zeff80
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
09-13-2012 21:17:35 | More by jmarsh123
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
08-08-2011 18:43:47 | More by smakawhat
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
10-25-2013 05:51:00 | More by draheim
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
A: This is another one of those beers where pouring a glass gets you more head than beer. The beer itself if a cloudy pale orange in color. There is an enormous off-white head that reduces slowly, leaving clumps of lacing on the way down.
S: Lots of seltzer, cracker, and carbonation. Some lighter citrus notes, primarily grapefruit, though there is a bit of orange and orange blossom as well.
T: Taste starts off with a lightly flavored sweetness, lots of pale malts and some sweet bread (much like Hawaiian Bread). Then it beer dries out quickly and becomes reminiscent of a cheap champagne. Some dry grapefruit, a bit of lemon and a trace of sweet tangerine. Quick finish.
M: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is appropriate. Mild to moderate bitterness. Very crisp and dry.
O: Decent and drinkable and while this one is "balanced," it is lacking in both hop and malt character. Maybe this beer is extreme for the Netherlands, but it is tame by American standards. And considering this beer is named after a great American hop, the hop character is sadly missing from it.
02-12-2012 02:58:16 | More by Florida9
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours a dirty amber, touch of brown, with a bit of haze and thin head. Nose is a bready caramel with musty notes. Loads of sharp caramel on the palate with a mingle of sharp hop bitterness and slightly grassy or herbal caramel. Reminds me of malt extract from homebrewing actually. Body is medium with good carbonation. Finish is on the sweet side.
09-21-2012 03:13:55 | More by yemenmocha
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
11-07-2009 20:06:02 | More by MM3
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
03-14-2009 20:05:26 | More by schuim
Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
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