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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

211 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: OskarL on 01-08-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep orange-brown amber color and completely hazy and opaque. The beer was poured with a cream colored head that had good retention and tiny bubbles. The reason for the 3 was that the style should have a lighter color and less haziness.

S: Next to no nose. Some caramel and heat with a very slight hint of citrus acidity.

T: Nice bittery hoppiness with some earthiness and a slight citrus flavor. Lingering notes of maltiness.

M: Light bodied, almost watery with sharp carbonation.

Overall this beer lacks body and the typical strong citrus notes associated with the amarillo hop variety. Also the lack of a strong hoppy nose defeats the purpose of creating a single hop IPA. If you want to display the characteristics of a hop variety, try and bring out the hops aroma, flavor and bitterness. This beer failed at 2 out of 3.

TheBeerCarl, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up with the Mikkeller Citra IPA as they were new in stock in a store that gets good turnover, but they didn't taste very new, alas.

Pours a nice dark orange with two fingers of sticky off white head that lingers as a thick cap. The smell is pleasantly fruity, it took me a moment to place the smell but when I realized it was lychee that was all I smelled. The taste was merely bitter with an alcoholic bite, all the sweet tropical fruit from the nose has dissapeared. The mouthfeel was strange, bubbly and flaccid. Overall the unique lychee smell on the nose was pleasant but the poor taste and drinkability of this beer made it not worth finishing.

quirkzoo, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dull, very cloudy orange amber color. There are bits of vegetable matter floating thoughout the beer. A light caramel colored head appears. Foamy lace streaks the glass through the entire beer. There is always at least a 1/8" cap of suds sitting on the top. Quite disappointingly, the aroma is indicative of an overly aggressive grain bill. Toffee with little pick up of any lovely amarillo. The mouthfeel is akin to a good wee heavy. Smooth and full, with just a scratch or two of carbonation on the top middle of the tongue. The flavor is nothing but flat sweet wort. Where's the amarillo?? You'd barely know this beer was hopped at all if it weren't for the floaties and the slight hop hotness on the back of your throat. Why are Mikkeller's beers so grain-heavy? Not a good beer.

DocJitsu, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of mrand01
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 6/22/10

A: Copper, amber color. Opaque, with an unrelenting head.

S: Citrus/grapefruit, maybe a little coriander(?)

T: Bitter & pretty hoppy

M: Incredibly carbonated, not very enjoyable.

The carbonation really hinders the ability to enjoy this beer too much. I've never had an IPA that was so frothy. Perhaps a bad bottle?

mrand01, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The single hop Amarillo IPA from Mikkeller is a dull orange beer. The color is muted and the liquid is hazed giving it an all around desaturated look. The head is the best part of the appearance as a vibrant tan with a sticky consistency.

The nose is a pungent hop scent that starts out earthy and pine like. There is amongst a sweet toasted malt an almost apple cider scent. I'm thinking that this one isn't as fresh as the Columbus bottle I just tried but since there is no bet by date I can only guess as to the freshness.

The flavor is like a malty tea with an earthy herbed presence. Gone are the pine allusions and in fact most of the hop profile is not present in the taste. Again this could be an old batch or mis handled. On the pessimist side this could just be a lackluster beer.

Even the mouthfeel is average with not much hop astringency. There is some pinch there but again muted. After the Columbus single hop this Amarillo is poor by comparison. I like the hop and use it in home brewing but never on it's own. I would try this one again just to dispell the thought of it being a bad batch but as of now this is a simple average beer and one I would pass in the stores.

jbphoto88, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Sorachi
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Sorachi, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.9%

jenray, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -23.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden colour with real healthy head and lacing.

Smell is faint. Melony hop with malt but just not very potent. Also some hair dye.

Again taste is too subtle and lacks the required hop bite. Really just a faint melon again.

Finally get some bitterness when it hangs around in the mouth, however it's not really integrated with the other flavours, more of a watery afterthought. And yes, the mouthfeel is watery. Dunno what went wrong with this one.

Having experienced some classic American examples of the style recently this underwhelmed me. Did not seem as good as the previous two Mikkeller Single Hops I had either, Citra and Tomahawk.

Preferred 4 Pines Amarillo Pale Ale to this by a fair bit.

danieelol, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with a thumb of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Leafy hops, apples

T: Pears, leafy & herbal hops, some woody notes & green apples up front. More green apples & woody hops as this warms along with a bit of lemon zest & grapefruit in even smaller amounts . Finishes with woody & herbal hops, a touch of pears & not much else

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, okay balance

Easy enough to drink, but this doesn't really make me think Amarillo Hops, may be an old bottle, but the dating code is too f-ing cryptic for me

russpowell, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

kwkdmk, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

OKCNittany, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Seakyden
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

opened the bottle and poured it into a tulip glass. smelled nice, subtle, not an overpowering hop smell. nice golden color. thin head. tasted good, nice subtle hop flavor. had the feeling of a lager, a little thin for my taste. really tastes like a european brewer trying an american style. it was good, not great. has an aftertaste that sits on the back of your tongue long after you finish the glass.

Seakyden, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FroM Jim's. BB into 2014... Hmmmm.

Pours a a hazy bronze. One finger head stays nicely. Clumpy lace.

Aromas are of citrus, and some odd notes, nutmeg maybe?

Taste is well into APA territory. Some lychee notes, a little citrus, and moderate rather than overpowering lifted floral hops follow. As the beer goes down, the hop finish fades and overall sweetness takes over. Odd for style.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, also at odds with style.

Unsure about single hop IPAs but this is a welcome learning experience. Wont buy again, but....

heygeebee, Mar 01, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours an orange/amber color with one finger of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops and soap.

t - Taste is floral and citrus hops. Also a little sweet malt.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - Ok, but not the best IPA. Wasn't the biggest fan of the floral and soapy smell this one had. Would try another Mikkeller Single Hop IPA over this one.

mdfb79, Apr 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Iparedman, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

aztraz, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

scottiethebody, Jan 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jaxon53, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cmoody91, Jul 31, 2012
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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.