Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
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: 144 | Reviews: 59
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 corby112
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 zeff80
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of titvs
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14C). Bottle 33 cl - Bottled on 01/05/14. AROMA: medium/low fruity and floral aromas, balanced with a sweet malt profile. very prominent alcohol aroma but it isnt hot. APPEARANCE: deep golden/orangeish color and very hazy (dry hopped). good off white moussy head with good retention and alcohol derived viscosity. TASTE: sweet malty profile balanced with floral and slight fruity notes. high bitterness that lingers well beyond a medium-dry aftertaste. clean and smooth alcohol background without solventy character. PALATE: smooth medium body with a smooth warming alcohol profile. medium carbonation. OVERALL: although a nice IPA, its very high residual sweetness isnt characteristic of an imperial/double IPA.

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 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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was pretty old, even a couple of years old, the store sold it as a double ipa, and i think its basically that, but maybe i thought it would age better than it did, given the gnarly awesome robust yeast these guys use and the way even this label says drink within two years, leaving open a pretty large window for cellaring. its not all that good, and has dropped off quite i bit i have to imagine. i taste a lot more malt than expected for the style, and the yeast is heavy, like it seems to always be in de molen beer, one of the tings i love the most about them. i very much like a yeasty ipa, but the hops dont really come through with much other than a balancing bitterness, so it seems off for the style, and the other flavors just seem too much. i also dont really care for the bitter lasting crackery finish, but i love the flavor of the yeast, and the mouthfeel is really nice as well. de molen can do no wrong in my mind, although this is far from my favorite, i am not writing it off or anything until i can taste it again fresh. amarillo hops are so awesome that this has to be more dynamic than it is. maybe they need to adjust the suggested best buy date, but other than that, im excited to see it again sometime. the bottle i drank had the plain white label, not the one pictured here.

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of SoPeL
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lot of butterscotch in mouthfeel that overwhelm humble as for an IPA bittering. Alcohol though not really obfuscated. After all a pity for an ever-superb amarillo hops to end up in such a strange caramel concoction.

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 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 fredpck
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belle bière rousse avec un joli col de mousse , elle est très surprenante avec une odeur de litchis. En bouche le gout de litchi reste très présent avec une belle amertume plaisante. Au fil des gorgés ce gout de litchis (soho) devient vraiment écœurant et on ne trouve pas la flaveur de l'amarillo.Dommage on a pas envie d'y revenir.

Beautiful bitter with a generous moss, it is very surprising with its smell of litchis. In mouth the taste of litchi remains very present with a beautiful pleasant bitterness. In the course of the full this taste of litchis ( soho ) becomes really disgusting and we do not find the flaveur of the amarillo. It's a pity we have not desire to drink a new one.

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 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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours much darker brownish amber than I would expect for the style. Very large crème head, thanks to it being on tap I am sure. Flavor is a thicker malt base with a sweet tone that seems slightly syrupy. But the hop tones are certainly here. Thick piney ones, but the malts are definitely working in on the mix. This is pretty nice and it starts off as an easy drinker but gets less so as it warms from some real noticeable boozy tones.

Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly clear dark orange with thick, creamy and cream colored head, plenty of lace haphazardly trailing down the glass. Smell: about what I'd expected with a 5 month old bottling date... still plenty of the Amarillo in action, but past the point of the dry hop popping out of the glass. Orange extract, huge apricot, resiny note; quite sweet and slightly bready backing. Taste: caramelized apricot, orange juice, orange candy, sweet bread, resinous and slightly spicy. Definitely enjoyable and I imagine that fresher it comes off more like a beer that should be named after it's dry hopping.

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 GarthT
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk 6 months after bottling, label states good for 2 years after bottling.

A: Deep gold

S: Dried apricot & peach, mild yeast and some caramel; not getting the expected citrus/tropical

T: Malt-forward, but fairly bittersweet finish so not cloying.

O: Very drinkable DIPA, no alcohol burn though this is a big, rich beer. Good match for charcuterie, preferably 36m jamon iberico

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 tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at De Molen in Bodegraven. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy gold or medium copper sorta colour. Fluffy three finger eggshell head. Good rings of lacing and a good half finger head retention.

S - Woah hops. Really piney with grapefruit and pineapple to go along with it. Quite a malt body to it as well with lot's of thick breadiness.

T - Nice and malty with a huge hop presence again. Lot's of that pine character with less citrus and the breadiness again which keeps it well balanced.

M - Prickly carbonation and a full body. Bitter finish lingers, drying the mouth nicely.

O/D - Nice IIPA. The aroma gave off more of a complex IIPA character than the flavour did. The pine and fruit balance in it was nicer than the pine dominance of the taste. The good malt backbone keeps it under control as well.

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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.