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Amarillo - Brouwerij De Molen

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86
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

12-14-2008 03:06:39 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-05-2012 14:17:59 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

10-16-2012 06:15:44 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-20-2012 19:18:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-29-2012 15:37:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

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
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-02-2013 17:33:37 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

04-08-2013 03:06:09 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-20-2010 02:38:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

02-09-2009 02:55:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber, nice lace as to style, fair head retention.

S: Lots of tropicality, notes of pot, classic Amarillo.

T: The pine and tropical fruit/pineapple flavour in this beer are very good. The floral, flowery aspect is also intriguing, a nice complexity. Real mild malt.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, I get that hop juice feel with the real light carbonation.

D: I love the Amarillo, so I was excited to try this. Not mind-blowing, but a good beer, it still has that Low Countries yeast feel to it.

08-14-2010 22:39:50 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C-

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

12-05-2012 21:02:34 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

02-05-2012 14:08:00 | More by dbrauneis
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John_M

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

08-13-2010 19:27:08 | More by John_M
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-01-2014 01:30:25 | More by afsdan
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-24-2014 02:05:56 | More by DrBier
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

06-06-2010 21:04:55 | More by dirtylou
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

10-31-2013 04:31:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

02-14-2012 13:05:37 | More by avalon07
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-24-2012 15:58:06 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

05-13-2011 22:42:28 | More by tbeckett
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

08-14-2012 21:55:16 | More by mrfrancis
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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.