Amarillo Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

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88
very good

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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 TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of cream-white foam. The nose comprises lime, lemon zest, toffee, black pepper, dank greens, and wet wood. The taste holds notes of dark greens, cilantro, light leek, light caramel, and lime peel. The hops come through in a spicy/green-y manner, which actually works pretty well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, a great showcase for the spicy Amarillo hops. (595 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

My only preconception here was that I'm not crazy about hops that don't know their place. They should be smelled but not tasted.

Not so in this instance. Perhaps it's due to the lack of competition on the tongue. From this I see exactly what Amarillo hops taste like especially when not competing for the spotlight.. Nice but once was enough. (389 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma has an undertone of hay and more than a hint of apple. It pours a hazy dark copper, bordering on mahogany, with a fairly fluffy and somewhat persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy and has a rather strong malty note for an IPA, as well as a firm fruity undertone and a floral hint. Full-bodied texture is smooth and a little fizzy, though it lacks the edginess I frequently find in IPAs. Still, a decent and worthwhile brew. (475 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with the large off-white persistent head I'm used to seeing with the Mikkeller IPA's. Many rings of lacing.
Nose shows lots of juicy fruits, confectionary, oranges, lemon, resin and peach blossom. Underneath is noticeable caramel malty goodness. This is great!
Flavours include more resin, peach and loads of caramel. Bold bitterness quickly asserts itself (overshadowing most of the other characteristics in the process) but is unfortunately slightly metallic.
Carbonation seems a little high, cuts the sweetness that I would have liked to last through the finish. (585 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark gold color with a little bit of red to orange running around in it. Taste the rainbow I guess. Ample head, very compact, thick and clingy, like Snooki. A little bit of pine, and some kind of unidentified fruit sweet smell (apple?).

Taste was a little bit lacking hop presence, but Amarillos seem to be more about aroma hops than anything else. Was very dry, that was nice, didn't weigh heavily at all. Grassy at times.

Lost some drinkability points for being expensive $5+ a bottle. (492 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle thanks to Freud, served in my darkness snifter...Huge gumballhead fan so I'm excited to try this amarillo centric brew...A dark copper pour with light orange on the sides. A wondefully huge head of light tope that rises about four fingers with great retention and equally outstanding lacing that looks like coral reef...The aroma sadly doesn't have that much going on, a little sweet bread but mostly some light hops, I'm disappointed...The taste is better, a nice balance of sweetness on the front with a strong hop presence throughout. A nice bitter feel that has a lasting taste.

Easy to drink and enjoyable, one of the better in the series. (658 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis & hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy dark toasted, golden brown with small off-white head and mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of orange/citrus blasted hops with some toasty caramel malts.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a mild yeastyness and plenty of hoppy goodness standing out.
Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, mildly bitter, and well balanced. (403 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper with a puffy, pillowy white head.

S: Pine, lemon, and grapefruit aromas are framed against a backdrop of caramel and biscuity malt. A really effective contrast.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, lemon, grapefruit, mint, lime, orange rind, caramel, and biscuits explode on the palate. The finish is resinous and bitter with big pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes.

M: Medium bodied and fairly firm, but a little on the resinous side. Still fairly dry for the style.

O: This is an effective demonstration of the capabilities of Amarillo hops. It is also arguably one of the few Mikkeller Single Hop beers that is comparable to some popular American IPAs. (669 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mildly cloudy, thick head from aggresive pour. A darker orange grain apperance. Darker than most IPA's.
Mellow citrus hop aroma mixed with some peach and pear essence. Some breaddy yeast in there too.
More piney than citrus hop profile. Bitterness really kicks in midway to finish, clingy. Some caramel malts, but not enough to edge out hops.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Reallt builds with aggitation. Hop resins really cling to mouth. Long drawn out finish. Resins cling leaving mouth stale.
Most of the American IPA's that I really enjoy usually mention amarillo hops. I was entertained by the idea of a single hopped amarillo, however in this reviewers opinion this one fell short. Enjoyable, but too heavy on the mouthfeel and finish was really stale and not fresh. Really effected brew. (787 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/22/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, hop resins, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor of rich caramel malt and floral hops with a bitter hops finish. Nice and drinkable, slightly mellow in the hops department. Good IPA! (312 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on the cap: 8351103

eyes...
wow, 3 fingers of goodness, perfectly constructed micro bubbles slowly meld into each other, lots of carbonation going nuts in this causing the yeast to make this look like some sort of beer snow globe (sans the tacky winter scene), a hazy burnt orange hue, and just like the sorachi I just had the head forms a cap/plateau in the top middle of the crown, lacing is super, damn, this is one fine lookin' beer!

nose...
toasted caramel with herbal tones but not much else.. usually amarillo is a bit more aggressive/distinct

taste etc...
this almost mirrors the sorachi ace I had earlier, except this has a bit more bite in terms of lip smacking freshness, it 'snaps' in a sense, it drinks lighter than sorachi but still within range for the style for sure, definitely has a nice bitter edge to it especially in the after glow, this drinks like a europeanized-APA if there is such a beast, it has some euro tasting qualities but a much more pronounced bitterness... not the same you would expect from amarillo hops here from my experience.

verdict...
has some punch, it seems mild and meek but packs a subtle punch. Enjoyable if not sneaky. pretty good. (1,183 characters)

Photo of neorunner
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

While I like the aroma of Amarillo, this beer re-inforced my feeling that the hop has a diesely taste. Compared to the rest of the Single Hops this one landed middle of the pack for me. Smelled great and looked tasty but didn't have the follow through. (481 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 6.9%abv., coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 26/03/2015, served mildly chilled in a Hapkin’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a murky, dark reddish amber colour, coming with a thick, dark beige cappuccino froth with very good retention, while the carbonation remains mild and sporadic.
S: overripe fruitiness manifests along with a thick body of mixed malts, with caramel, Munich and nutty malts in dominance, littered with some acidic sweetness from yeastiness and a faint touch of funk even. Given a very good swirl, resinous hops with a main theme of pine sprigs, earthy and also citric notes come to the fore, while the maltiness also presents a somewhat… “creamy” feature.
T: lightly effervescent, the flavour is full-bodied with crystal and pale malts in support of a light layer of spicy and piney hops, without lending any sweet influence; the aftertaste is earthy, tea-ish and burned nutty bitter, semi-raisin-like in aroma, and lightly chewy tannic, in a fashion almost as if roast malts are used in the boiling process, while a rather deep aroma as of toasted malts lingers in the very end alongside a light alc. warmth.
M&O: overall, the mouthfeel is refreshing and light against an unusually robust but not sweet malt backbone, resulting in an intriguing contrast on the palate. I can’t say I really like this version as the hop elements are far more pronounced in their bitter departments than in the aroma & flavour ones, but the thick body without too much sweetness really hooks my palate almost in the same way as a darker Premium Bitter could do. Worth trying for once at least, I think. (1,656 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, glassy medium golden amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy pale beige head, which forms an inverted cupcake island as it sinks away, with some frizzy splotches of lace dripping down the sides of the glass.

It smells of strong bitter citrus, a bit muddled between grapefruit, orange, and a more exotic tropical fruitiness, and equally pungent caramel cream malt. The taste brings some mild pine resin into the citrus bitterness equation, with a warm nondescript spicy tingle, and the malt takes on a more bready, caramelized toffee nature. The elevated booze gets hidden behind all the aforementioned ado.

The carbonation is fairly reserved, and unobtrusive, the body a decent medium weight, and just a wee bit clingy, but generally smooth. It finishes with a zingy citrus/floral bitterness, tempered less so now by the waning malt.

It's clear from this particular single-hop experiment, that the Amarillo variety is a common ingredient in the IPAs that I normally enjoy - fruit, spice, and a bit of green earthiness. Thanks for the instructional deconstruction, Mikkeller! (1,136 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper-amber ale in color with a huge, white, frothy, three-finger head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail throughout the whole glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Just like the other Mikkeller single hop ipas this one has a strong hoppy aroma. There are hints of caramel and citrus in this one but mostly a hop dominated smell.

T: Rich hoppy floral flavor throughout. Bitter at first but mellow a bit with hints of citrus and apricots. Balance leads to the hops way over the malt – but fits the style well.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This Mikkeller single hop was similar to the other one and to be honest they are all starting to blend together a little. This one did not stick out more than the others although it did seem a bit more hoppier. This was a very good American IPA. (869 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice deep orange color with a nice white head

S: Pine and some citrus here

T: {;enty of hops up front. Pine, citrus & tropical fruit and perhaps some caramel

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite a dry and bitter finish.

D: One of the better single hops but still not worth the price (323 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

There is a mix of floral and grapefruit with a background of caramel. Warming brings out syrupy honey.

Bitterness makes a big snap up front with lots of grapefruit. The finish is long with a sharp bitterness. Warmth brings out some orange flavors.

This is a fully bodied beer with some alcohol, a woolly texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, it is fairly cleansing.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal.

Sampled from a Harp Nonic, alongside a Cascade Single Hop IPA. (671 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. No freshness dating was evident. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass at 48F.

A - Poured a somewhat murky and slightly translucent medium amber colour with a lot (3 fingers) of thick, bubbly white head that left very good lacing behind.

S - Pine, pepper, light citrus notes and some earthy notes as well.

T - Pine, citrus and some peppery/spice notes. Some floral notes come through as well. Some sweetness in the background but definitely a hop-forward IPA. A good bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. A little bit too much carbonation for me. (622 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothed up like a boy getting his first lap dance when opened.

Pours a burnished orange-amber colour with mild haze and a robust, steady bead feeding a big generous, puffy head of off-white foam, densely-packed bubbles up top and sinking around the edges. Pretty damn fine IPA look.

Smell is quite aromatic. Nice nutty malt base giving way to sweet floral hops, plenty of citrus on there with mild grapefruit predominant. Touch of pine resin and musk and a very slight solvent bitterness rounding off. Hops could be more forward, but otherwise a pleasant blend.

Hops are more forward on the palate. Noticeable nutty caramel malt base is quickly smothered by big citric hop burst, that rindy zest character coming through thick and fast with lemon/lime notes. After the initial fruitiness, a grapefruit bitterness backs up to cap off the mid, blending with a slight pine flavour on the back and a slight soapy note. Very puckering at the finish, reminds me why we typically use this for aroma and flavour and less for bittering. Bitter almost to the point of ashy at times.

Good healthy body, little bit of sizzle that is well-masked and padded by the maltiness. Goes down really beautifully given the bitter palate.

Yeah that bitterness is slightly off-putting at times but it's otherwise a very pleasant drop. (1,315 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this one the most in the single hop series.

I poured it into a tulip. The head on it lasted quite a while and left a spongy lacing around the glass that stuck well. There was still a froth on top after the head was gone. Color was a cloudy caramel.

The smell has a big citrus quality. It's an exotic citrus smell not too far off from a mix of orange and lemon. There's a slight belgian yeast quality to the scent as well. Maybe I'm just imagining it though. The malt backs it up lending a slight sweet scent.

The taste is wonderfully smooth. You get a nice burst of tangy citrus and a pleasing bitterness hits in the end. It's a really full flavor. The malt is a sturdy backbone to the beer. Nothing different from a normal American IPA that hasn't been said before. Alcohol is not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and wonderfully carbonated for the style. Very nice, very smooth. The alcohol could catch up with you though. (955 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Amarillo exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Amarillo, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a citrus-pith and citrus-zest-like hop aroma. Definitely more hop-forward on the nose when compared to the other Single Hops.

T- On the palate, it's definitely hop-forward... but one dimensional. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across with impressions of citrus-pith and citrus-zest, as anticipated. The finish is very dry, and the hop bitterness seems to prematurely fall-off in the finish.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Amarillo Single Hop is quite drinkable... and a beer that I may reach for again, even outside of a horizontal Single Hop tasting like this one. (1,223 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep amber with a dense, sticky tan head. It's got more body/malty sweetness than expected, but I suppose it will add to the accentuation of this wonderful hop. It has a very elegant presentation with an everlasting and fluffy head that perches on top of this beers deep amber body. Unfortunately, this beer fails short in its nose... there isn't much aroma at all in fact. I was expecting vibrant hops balanced by sweetness and alcohol, but instead I got a slightly burning alcohol.
The taste doesn't disappoint though with a fruity sweetness and semi-dry finish. The hops are center stage with a concord grape-like fruitiness that really didn't have a chance to shine in the nose. It's quite drinkable and has a completely balanced mouthfeel.
I think if I had this beer a little fresher there would have been a lot more aroma...I'm giving this beer the benefit of the doubt based on how well it drank.
I probably would not try this specific single-hop again for $6/12oz, but it was worth trying once. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Xul
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange with some amber highlights, capped by a billowing off-white head .Retention is good and light lacing is left down the glass.

S: A rather subdued nose - caramel base comes through a little stronger than it really should for the style, with hops that are a bit more citrus than pine. Lots of orange and lemon. Some peppery notes come through as well. Good components, but the aroma isn't nearly strong enough.

T: Strong pine hops up front with an almost spicy quality. Citrus comes in next with a strong lemon character again, along with oranges and grapefruits. Caramel base comes in lightly towards the end, but gives way to a pine resin finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Goes down easy but overall, not a particularly exciting IPA. (787 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Mikkeller Mayhem at the Brick Store.

This one poured hazier than all the other version for some reason with a big creamy head that hung around for ages.

This had one of the better aromas of the IPAs with a big bright citrus aroma with oranges and pineapples. It seemed to be on the sweeter side of things as aroma go with a juicy citrus character to the whole thing

The taste isn't quite as heavy on the citrus and has a light lemon grass taste. Some light caramel malt sweetness. Citrus is still dominant but not as big as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with less bitterness than some other of the single hops.

This is a solid IPA that was much more impressive in the aroma than the taste. (723 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 3-inch off-white rocky head which leaves clumpy lace.

N: Citrus (oranges), herbal, floral, vegetal, faint pine notes.

T: Follows nose with some fruity and floral from the yeast. Grainy and some spices.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, yeasty and malty finish.

O: Nice aroma, but the flavor is rather dull to me. (349 characters)

Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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