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Amarillo Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

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123 Reviews
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Reviews: 123
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 21/2/12

A very hazy dark brownish orange with a large darker side of cream colored head has great retention the foam just sits there, fairly distinct rings of lace pretty far down the glass and the foam eventually falls to an island leaving lace deep down the glass

S lots of pine and a mild floral aspect, citric rind and a little caramel

T just a little spicy on the finish but other then that the taste mimics the smell pretty well without as much pine

M leaves a little behind in your mouth, slight bite to it, creamy from the bubbles medium bodied for the color

O no mention of the booze anywhere above should say something for a 6.9% IPA, solid brew for sure

I have a history of liking Amarillo hops and this beer is no different, I like the piney nose and the beer in general

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped 04/11/11.

A: Two fingers of tight, creamy head. Ruddy amber, golden clear. Heavy lacing.

S: Fruity-gentle hops. Black tea and soft apricot. Floral, but not obviously bitter.

T/M: An excellent IPA. Less hoppy than the Simcoe variant. Full of citrus (and bittering citrus peel), as well as a creamy fruit, almost like fruit salad. A thick mouthfeel with a touch of welcome carbonation and an only lightly dry aftertaste.

O: I love single-hop IPAs and, it turns out, I quite appreciate Amarillo. Recommended. Would have again.

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Photo of CapnTrav
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz glass to saxo tulip glass

A:poured dark golden brown. slightly murky with a tan/khaki head about 2 fingers that lingered around for awhile

S: great stone fruit/caramalized pineapple/tropical citrus

T:fairly deep almost roasty malty hoppy. almost a pure cane sugar cola syrup after taste

M:good mouthfeel, thin enough to be easy, thick enough to hang around long enough to not overstay its welcome

O: good beer, would drink again for sure

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Photo of coryking
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Flowers on the aroma, some earth and dirt as well.
Starts sweet and citrusy, finishes with an earthy lemongrass and pleasant pine.

Personally, it would be best used as a flavoring hop for me in a homebrew...

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger large frothy head with lots of lacing and retention on a cloudy amber with golden hues body.

S: very musty hop aroma with a wet sock hop and citrus notes.

T: ridiculously piney and sour hops flavor. Definitly captures the Amarillo flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good beer but the drinkablity of an Amarillo only hopped beer isn’t very drinkable. A good one to try but at $6 all of these are pricey.

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Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really a nice cloudy yellow amber with two fingers of very small white suds and lots of beautiful lacing.
Smell is a wonderfull hop with pungent yeast and sweet malts. Some alcohol is in the nose.
Taste is very bitter and dry. Wow, not at all what it smells like.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the bitterness lasts and lasts.
Drinkability is very good here if you like the bitter side of the hop and not the floral fruity side.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

awesome amber color with nice continuation of bubbles throughout, and a huge white head that takes about a decade to disappear.
nose is the only area this beer slightly lacks, although its not bad... it just doesnt have anything smacking me in the face. its a decent amount of pine laced with citrus, more pine than anything.
taste any mouthfeel are holy sh*t worthy. it bursts with bitter amarillo hops, its so delicious. its definitely something you need to take your time with because it leaves your tongue screaming for a cleanser. pine pine pine... bitter bitter bitter.
if you take your time, drinkability is high because it just leaves you wanting more, but if you rush into it, forget about drinkability.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a three-finger, off white head of thick foam. It left very sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, cut grass, orange and some caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted good and bitter with a piney/grassy hop bite. It had a spicy kick with just enough caramel maltiness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This might be my favorite of the Single Hop series so far (only 4 consumed).

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Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice semi see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with sporadic lines of lacing all down the glass very impressive looking,the smell is a sudued mix of pineapple,pine,some citrus and feint caramel malts,it has a nice carbonated creamy mouthfeel to it with tastes of pineapple,grapefruit and some feint caramel malts which finishes with a tiny bitter hop kick to make this IPA very sessionable and not bitter as most IPA's,overall its definately a nice brew that would buy again but not my fav single hop IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, a fantastic IPA displaying what's best about Amarillo hops: citrus, tropical fruits, and a smooth, crisp dryness.

The beer begins with a glowing copper color, maybe borrowing some orange tones. A medium haze is left over from dry-hopping. A billowing and creamy off white head persists thoughout the session, leaving rings of lace behind with each sip.

Orange zest, pineapple, appricots, and ruby reds are all displaed in the nose- the obvious contributions from the Amarillo hops. But the malt character gives a moderate graham cracker scent with a light medium alcoholic backdrop.

Flavors are much more balanced between the hops and malt particularly up front in taste. But as the beer transitions to mid palate, the malts fade into a semi-sweet dryness, allowing the fruity and spicy hop flavors to dominate from then through the finish. Light esters and alcohol fruitiness play into the flavors of the hops very well.

Creamy and full bodied early with the malt foreground and ample carbonation. But as the malt sweetness falls off, the beer crispens up nicely into a bitter and drying finish, encouraged along by the alcohols.

The malt character is quite the same as in all other Mikkeller Single Hop series beer. But the display of Amarillo has to be one of the most fragrant and fruity in the series.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this pick. And to think I was just saying I wanted to work on my hop profiling. From my notes:

Poured this into a tulip from the bottle. Pours with some foam, about half a centimeter. Tight, quickly dissipates into some pronounced bubbles. Nice nose, not very pronounced. Straw color with some haze. So this is what Amarillo hops smells like? Grassy, with a lingering aroma.

The aroma isn’t the only thing that lingers. Grass comes out on the palate, along with a lingering aftertaste. Is it the hops? It’s the hops. There’s a nice finish to this beer. A very distinct profile. It makes me curious to try some more single-hop beers in this series.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Amarillo is a great aroma hop and this beer delivers. Strong almost pineapple aroma rises out of this beer. Very strong, very inviting, citric fruit..yum.

Beer was medium to light in body, not much in the way of malt sweetness but the hop flavors are there. There is a hint of sulfur, bitterness is late and nice, not overpowering, less of a fruit flavor than I expected. Beer is perfectly drinkable, I enjoyed it but I've had better IPAs.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The eighth beer I've tried in the series. Poured into a pint glass.

Very murky golden color with an off white rocky head that's two and a half fingers busting over the top lip of the glass.

Smells of bitter resin with hints of citrus (reminds me of a pale ale).

Taste is similar. Mostly a bittering hop. Tons of resin bitterness. Hints of citrus that remind me of orange rind, but only a hint.

Medium bodied with higher end of medium carbonation and a sharp bite on the end.

Good drinkability. A very resiny bitter hop.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops with equal amounts of mild pine and tropical fruits. As the beer warms the tropical fruit aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly yield to grapefruit and mild tropical fruit hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. The hop flavors gain complexity as the beer warms with additions of earthy pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was certainly one of the better single-hop beers I've had from the series. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiring April 2011. Pours a huge fluffy head in my Sam Adams full size glass. Orange-tangerine aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, ornage with a bit of grapefruit rind... highly drinkable...to the last drop. Great IPA, about as good as it gets. A bit of tongue tingling, and some drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The is attractive and is all IPA goodness, consisting pepper, bitter citrus and a hint of sweet malt. Flavors replicate the nose very nicely, and this IPA is quite well balanced. It's on the dry side, and finishes with considerable bitterness, but pretty easy to take. Mouthfeel is fairly light on the palate, though it doesn't lack for flavor. drinkkability is very good, and the beer has a crisp, bitter finish that I normally only encounter in good pilsners. Very nice IPA, but it's time to move on (Max's has 9 single hop IPA's from Mikkeller today!).

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Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2cm dense white head atop a slightly hazy orange. Bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Piney, citrusy/tropical fruit hop aroma with some subtle caramel notes.
T - Again hops up front. Pine, citrus & tropical fruit. Also some sweetish caramel notes to balance it.
M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite a dry and bitter finish.
D - A nice beer worth trying for sure.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is veiled, copper color with a nice sticky head on top of it. The foam is dense. The aroma is all citrus hops with some grapefruits... Typical of Amarillo hops. Some pines in there too. Very nice aroma. A good base of malts is also presents. On the taste, it's all hops. Piny and citrusy. Full bodied. Finish is quite bitter but well balance by the malts base. Heavy beer... Another good one from mikkeller.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper color that is mostly transparent. Hard pour yields a substantial four-finger head, which eventually falls down into a nice half-finger ring around the glass and the lovely "head dome" in the center of the beer. Plenty of legs on the side of the glass. After a good swirl, the initial whiff brings clear grassy and floral hop notes. A tiny amount of light stone fruit as well. I'm thinking perhaps apricot. Given the absence of any noticeable sweetness, I'm guessing that I'm picking up a few esters.

Taste starts out with some initial bitterness, fading into some light floral notes from the hops. Moderately-strong levels of bitterness on the finish; this seems to be quite a bit hoppier than the previous iterations from the single-hop series that I have had. After a few more sips, I get a bit of apricot and peach, along with a tad bit of alcohol heat. Finish remains dry. Nice medium body. Nice nose and taste combined with a really nice, dry mouthfeel make this a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favourite hop varietals, my number one favourite brewer. Picked this one up at Vendome Liquor. Cost was $5.49. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the brewery is amazing but this single hop series has been a failed experiment. 6.9% according to my bottle (not 6.8% as currently listed on the site). Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No wonder it's so expensive.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Body colour is a semitransparent pale copper. Translucent. Some fine yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation seems good. The retention time seems to be about seven minutes - quite impressive.

Sm: Amarillo, fantastic malts, heavy Belgian biscuit malt, some incredible bright fruit, and Belgian biscuity yeast. Wow. A hell of an aroma for an American IPA. This blows me away. Unexpected. An average strength aroma. The fruit actually reminds me of a good Belgian quad. So damned evocative.

T: Heavy amarillo. Grassy. A full bodied biscuit malt foundation. Floral and lightly bitter. Everything I look for in a hop build. I think this beer helps me settle it: Amarillo is my favourite hop strain. Brilliant and tasty. A hint of hop oil. Flavourful finish. Much more complex and full-bodied than the other single hop series beers I've had from Mikkeller. I dig it. Very well balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Ideal thickness for the style and flavour profile. Just a touch oily. Excellent carbonation. Suits the flavours quite well. Bolstered by cream throughout.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style. Among the best IPAs I've had. This single hop series disappointed me heavily until this beer came along, reminding why I love Mikkeller in the first place. As a homebrewer, I'm glad I tried this just to learn more about Amarillo. IPA fans will dig this one. I'd love to try this on-draught. Worth its somewhat high price. I used to think Mikkeller only brewed great dark beers. Now I know better. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Really tasty. Wow. Refreshing and delicious. I'll definitely be having this one again. I'd recommend it to friends.


Serve cold.

This challenges Sculpin for status as my favourite IPA. In fact, I think it beats it. Though there is that one IPA from Diamond Knot...

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Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, frothy head into my pint glass. Color is amber and boy, the head is large. Lacing takes forever to recede.

Aroma is full of grassy amarillo hops that also have a slight citrus feel to them. A bit of biscuit malt lies underneath.

Taste is full of a strong amarillo bite that intensifies and feels almost like chewing on an amarillo hop. Citrusy with a strong hint towards grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bite but the malt peeks out a bit more towards the back. Otherwise, this beer is all about Amarillo.

Definitely worth trying if you want to learn to tell the difference between different hop varieties. I see that Mikkeller has a few other single hop beers as well. This beer may overwhelm your palate a bit but the key is to sip it and write down what comes to your mind when you taste it. Excellent.

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Photo of berebrando
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 4-11-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: lots of nose; spicy and earthy; cinnamon; super bitter finish.
Brandon: good balance; one of the best hops in the series; bitter, dry, pine needles

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy dark amber color with a thick white head. There was a good deal of lace.

A pleasant sweet aroma. A lot of citrus, and a little bit of pine.

Citrus forward in the taste. Grapefruit and tangerine. Still fairly sweet. Some piney hops late.

Hoppy, but not overly so. A little bit viscous.

This was a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a apricot color with a huge crown of bone colored dense creamy froth. Retention is good and clings to the edges. Multitudes of floating yeast.

S: Tropical fruit, syrup laced barley, toasted caramel, tart white grapes, clove, amaretto, and honey.

T/M: Flavor follows the nose but delivers nice bitterness of herbs and floral essence along with a great yeast balance. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a tad sticky with moderate carbonation that's very nice and relaxing. Finish is chalky and dry lingering subtle citrus soap.

O: A great blend of malts and hops. The yeast really develops this beer and adds a brilliant depth of flavor. I was really expecting the hops to shine but they were slightly subdued. I would love to have this in a six pack but since its sold in singles I'm not sure I will revisit this. All in all I enjoyed the flavor and simplicity. Cheers!

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful rusty dark amber color with a robust off-white cap and incredibly full lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of piny hop and sweet but woodsy malt. A very nice blend. The flavor brings the same with a somewhat heavier hop accent and more herbal qualities dominating the malt. It has a sort of green floral character and plenty of bitterness to round this into an excellent IPA type experience. It's mid-bodied with a well carbonated somewhat lighter feel, and seems very drinkable. A nice hop brew that should be agreeable to any IPA lover. Mikkeller is quickly earning my every respect.

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