Amarillo Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

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88
very good

123 Reviews
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Reviews: 123
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: OskarL on 01-08-2010

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy amber with big off white head, leaving heavy lace.

Aroma: Grapefruit, wood, spice. All about the hop.

Taste: Wood, grapefruit, some grass. Herbal, peppery. Lots of bitterness that lingers. ABV slightly evident. Malt profile balances, offering some caramel flavour that cleverly restrains the sweetness you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Along with their Tomahawk Single Hop IPA, this Amarillo Single Hop IPA is an excellent showcase for the qualities and nuances of this hop variety. Another excellent beer from Mikkeller. (593 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outrageously priced at $6.99 for a 11.2 oz. bottle. I splurged.
Date on cap reads 4/11/11 (I assume an expiration date.)

Immediately upon opening the bottle, I smell crazy pungent citrousy hops as soon as I open the bottle. Good carbonation as well.

Redish orange in color. Thick creamy head, off-white. Head is holding nicely. Ring on the glass for every sip.

The smell is just awesome. Heavy dosage of flavor and aroma hops. Smells extremely fresh also. I can almost smell the bitterness.

Remarkably crisp taste. Great bitterness, but not overdone or scotching. Incredibly American/California tasting for an IPA coming from Belgian. That seems to be a new trend that I am quite fond of.

Mouthfeel is sufficient. Oily hop texture. Not too watery. Alcohol is well balanced with the bitterness.

Drinkability? I drank this beer way too quickly. Thank you may I have another.

If this were a $9-12 six pack, I would buy it all the time. But at $6.99 a bottle, I will be thankful for having tried it.

another job well done by Mikkeller. (1,040 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this single hop line from Mikkeller is outta sight. This one isn't quite as good as a couple of other and is better than the Cascade. Poured with a nice thick foamy frothy creamy light tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is spicey hop malt caramel and a bit of yeast. Color is a hazy medium dark amber. Flavor is like aroma with great up front bitter sweet balance. Body is full and carbonation is just as it should be. Finish is like flavor and leaves me wanting another swallow. Session for sure. (499 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with a beautiful and creamy one-finger off-white head. Exceptional retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell is sweet and hoppy- nice pale malt, a little caramel, good grapefruit hops and a little candy.

Taste is fantastic- it's got everything; sweet, spicy, and a little something extra. To me, it seems like there's a kick of spearmint at the end. Up front, nice malty sweetness and caramel, followed by some floral and citrusy hops, finishing semisweet/semidry.

Mouthfeel is great- very refreshing. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation (not prickly, very smooth and creamy). This is a fantastic example of the style (and it's brewed by Europeans at that!)- not a bold one but a very delicate balance of flavors. GET IT NOW! (829 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber orange color with a massive 2 inch cloudy foamy tan head that lasts for a few minutes; great lacing that clings to the glass. Smells of sweet floral hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and apple skins. I love the floral hop and citrus odor that poured from this glass and was able to kill the rank stale beer odor in the bar - an impressive nose indeed.

Very pungent hoppy odor, followed by a taste that blasts you with hops, mostly floral, followed by sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, grapefruit/orange peel, grass and then slightly buttery taste. Quite a delicious flavor that is complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light carbonation. The finish is on the dry side with a warming feel that gives a hint of alcohol. A very enjoyable IPA that was extremely drinkable. (833 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber/brown color. The head on this beer was HUGE. I thought I poured it the same way that I poured the other nine in the series, but the head was well above the top of the glass and it sat there for a long time. I had to wait five to ten minutes just for it to subside enough for me to take a sip. The smell was a nice balance between the sweet malts and the piney hops. The balance of flavors was noticeable in the taste also. The piney and slightly citrusy hops were balanced nicely with some caramel sweetness. This was an excellent IPA and was one of my top three in the series. (893 characters)

Photo of richmof
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy with reasonable head.
Strong citrus on the nose, particularly lime, also a pungent herby hoppiness.
This is an IPA that is really to my taste. A fantastic flowery-hop flavour without overdoing the bitterness. The same citrus fruits as on the nose crop up in the mouth as well - lime but also grapefruit, yet devoid of any sourness.
As for drinkability, I gave it a 4.5 but really, I could drink this beer anytime, any place.

This is the first of the new range of Mikkeller single hop IPAs I have had the pleasure of trying and I am now looking forward to trying the others - I have the rest at home. (622 characters)

Photo of Lldeegan
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper/amber with an ample and frothy khaki head, of course with more sticky lace.
The glass is full of light grassy and earth tones with a hint of fruitiness, fresh flowers and caramel malt throughout.
Freshly cut grass, resinous pine, grapefruit rind and earthy hops all culminate to a bitter finish.
Bubbly mouthfeel, medium body and a bit sticky from the hop resins. (384 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle labelled diferently than the one pictured. Dark brown label. IBU 72

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a heavier off-white head than most of the others in this series. Thick, fluffy, off-white head with a moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Mostly spicy, and some floral/earthy scents.

T&M: Smooth upfront with a bitter/dry finish. Tastes much like the smell with spiciness and heavy citrus flavors. Floral all the way through. (475 characters)

Photo of OskarL
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, amber, thick head that stays for a while and leaves lacing.

Smell - A lot of Amarillo hops, that reminds me of exotic fruits like passionfruit, peaches and citrus.

Taste - Lots of hops with a sweet malty back, that makes it perfectly balanced. The fruit taste stays in the background.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbonation. (355 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, nice 2 finger width head with great lacing down the glass
S: Smell is very citrusy as well as a nutty/biscuty malt scent
T: I love the Amarillo hop...the best hop for an IPA in my opinion. Nice grapefuity taste, well balanced out with nutty maltiness
M: Medium bodied beer, smooth and oily going down
D: Very drinkable beer. Rather expensive though...if it were less expensive I would drink this one quite often. (442 characters)

Photo of Drab1ne
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an Amarillo which I've been told means double hopped IPA(might be wrong) this deceptively smooth.

A strong beer marked as 6.9% but doesn't seem to be knocking me over with the bitterness as some of the recent American IPA's (my current taster of choice) have been doing.

Almost as if to say you want to give your friend a strong IPA to taste test this could be the go.

Creamy, Lovely look and soft smell as well as an appertizing taste and mouthfeel.

Somewhere between 4 & 4.5 stars. (493 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light golden amber, slight chill haze, nice lasting and dense head and lacing.
S: tropical fruit, citrus and floral notes in there as well.
T: nice mostly pale bready malts are lightly sweet, cleaned out well by the smooth hop bitterness. hop flavors linger.
M: froth, medium bodied.
D: love me some amarillos. (368 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the single hop series.

The base is a hazy copperish amber. Pours with a big foamy head that has good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The nose on this is citrusy and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and orange over hay notes and just a slight sign of fruity sugar sweetness.

This tastes of sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine notes, and to a lesser extent, some strawberry fruit. It is hoppy, but not overblown in IBUs. The hop flavors have a remarkably stable presentation over the entire palate. The fruity acidity is delightful and is nicely balanced by the malts, a good marriage in this case. The long finish has just a slight bitterness.

Body is medium and the carbonation is on the fizzy side, giving this a refreshing and cleansing mouthfeel.

This beer provides a good presentation of the qualities of the Amarillo hop and is a nice drinking beer to boot. I could drink several of these without tiring. The fruit character is really delightful and remains delightful throughout the tasting experience, which is pretty unusual. (1,071 characters)

Photo of RileyRowan
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into pint glass cap date: 4/11/11
enjoyed on 5/10/10

A: Copper glow, modest carbonation, clearer than the tomahawk single hop. 3 finger head, amazing chunky retension.

S: resiny/citrus aroma.

T: Smooth bitter taste, a bit lighter and less harsh than the tomahawk (whose harshness I fully enjoyed), and a bit lighter in body.

M: a little light, and a lot of tingly carbonation.

D: would do 2-3 easily (420 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a one finger head lasts a bit. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, spiciness, and some floral tones create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, some ripe apple sweetness, bits of citrus rind and pepper, and a floral bitterness create a wonderfully balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some mild dryness late. Aftertaste is relatively short lived as the hops leave the longest impression.

Drinkability: this was extremely easy to consume, and the flavor profile keeps you very interested. (585 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, with a tinge of citrus.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. Very bitter, but has a nice taste of citrus and malt to help balance it out.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another extremely drinkable, extremely well made beer from Mikkeller. (456 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I appreciated HombreWing for not only sharing this, but 9 of the other single hop Mikkeller bottles. Poured chilled into a tumbler from the 12oz

A medium amber color with good clarity and thick off white cap, the smell is very citrusy w/ a moderate floral accent. The feel is slightly sweet with moderate acidity and moderately high carbonation. The flavor of this single hop is very juicy and much like tangerine in the way the acidity presents itself. I really enjoyed this and felt it was very drinkable and a well made IPA. (528 characters)

Photo of isaiahcutright
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden amber, light tan 3 finger head. Nice and creamy foam beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, hops nice aroma mostly hop driven.

T: Citrus grapefruit/clementines super citrusy clean hop taste, a nice clean bitterness, great balance between aroma, flavor and bitterness, with a neutral malt base. Clean finish. Lots of clementine on the end.

M: Clean neutral yeast, great balance, dry finish leaving me wanting more.

Overall: a rock solid brew it show cases a popular hop, and makes it shine. A great beer, hop simplicity at its best. (553 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried each individually and and now comparing Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook Single Hop IPAs.

A. This one does not want to stay in the glass. Pours a deep copper color with an off-white very creamy head - the head on this one stayed long after that one either of the other beers. Not only was the head large on the pour, but it left huge rings of residual lacing with a huge head throughout the session.

S. Sweet caramel backbone with a citrus hop aroma - orange peel with grapefruit and a little bit of lemon. Next to the Chinook, some peppery flavors come out in the nose and the taste.

T. A light zesty hop flavor - not nearly as bold as the Simcoe (at first). As I reached the end of the glass, the bitter taste on swallow became more pronounced.

M. Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. This beers envelop your tongue for just the right amount of time - not overwhelming, but full flavored.

D. I actually liked this one better without the interaction with the other beers. The aromas aren't as interesting as the Simcoe and Chinook - probably because I never really got the interesting fruit flavors out of this. That said, I still think this is supremely drinkable. The price, however, is quite prohibitory.

My only regret is that my local beer store didn't have more of this to compare. As a home brewer, I really appreciate the opportunity to taste the individual profiles (without having to brew individually hopped beers myself). (1,454 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, huge creamy head with great lacing. Smells of floral hops, some citrus. Tastes of sweet pilsner malt with some caramel as well. Hops comes through in the bitterness lending floral and some piney notes. Fairly pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly dry finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

A solid beer, really showcases the amarillo hop. I'm definitely going to try the other single hop beers of theirs. (425 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at Davis Beer Shoppe and brought back to San Anto. Worth the haul.

The single Amarillo hops allows you to get a sense of what other beers utilize which hops. I would like to try others in the series.

Golden and Cloudy.

Great hops aroma.

Taste good.

Drink it. (284 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 04/11/11

A: Pours a wonderfully hazy dirty peach color, with a towering, manilla-envelope colored head that's pretty spingy and spongey and features incredible retention. Extreme amounts of lace webbing left behind, as well.

S: First whiff is a big snoot-full of (surprise, surprise!) Amarillo hops. Very earthy and herbal. Some hints of tropical fruit, toasty malt, and dried wild flowers, too.

T: Excellent peppery/spicy/herbal Amarillo hops. Also noticed a nice mix of toasted malt, spicy pine, orange rind, fresh cut grass, and tropical fruit.

M: Quite full bodied and extremely sticky. The mega-dose of Amarillo leaves a pleasant spicy/peppery burn plastered to every square inch of the inside of my mouth. Nice toasted malt dryness in the finish.

D: This hos varietal is one of my favorites and I love what Mikkeller has done with it. Good show, Mikkel! (928 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good fun these single hop brews.Very piney, resinous witha touch of grapefruit hanging around. Huge pillowy head and perfect lacing. Quite intense bitterness reinforced by a slightly overcarbonated body. Long, yummy, lingering finish. This is some good beer. (258 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as a part of a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer is bright orange in color. It has a big foam head that slowly settled to a thin foamy layer. Its a translucent liquid, but I think I can make out some rising carbonation. The aroma was a little disappointing, mainly because it was not very strong. I could pick out some grassy notes, but that was it. The taste was much more impressive. It starts with some mild hops up front and builds to a bitter finish. There is also some flavors that remind me of crackers. The taste isn't as extreme as some of the other single hop IPAs Mikkeller has produced, but this one is still great. To me, it tastes like a fine example of a hoppy pale ale. The body is of medium consistency. There is a small coat left after each swallow that is slightly sweet. This beer is more drinkable than some of the others in the series, probably because it's flavor isn't as intense. It's too bad this one wasn't available in six packs, for I would buy it all the time. (1,039 characters)

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.