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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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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 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 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 metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that never quite dissapeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of orange citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and oranges and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable because the taste of alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another of the single hop series, i want to try them all. this one pours a little darker than the others ive had, copper to bronze in color, slighly hazy with some suspended yeast particles and a foamy and persistent tan head. the nose is pretty bitter, but with a touch of light fruit, maybe apricots or something, and then the yeast. flavor is bold but generic in some way, perhaps this hop variety is integrated into a lot of beers, but its just sort of hoppy to me, without any distinct features of its own. it has a short lived bitter punch felt mostly in the finish, but im not sure thats special to the amarillo. it would make a fine bittering hop, and the aroma is indeed nice with that touch of fruit, but its hard to pick out anything special about this hop, other than this beer is friggen delicious and i think the amarillo may be more of a complete hop, more versatile in a single hop beer than some of the others. this is a bold ipa, one that im enjoying very much. well carbonated and just past medium on the body, i could drink this all night.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus and grapefruit notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops. Interesting beer though a was expecting even more grapefruit and more floral undertones. This is now making me wonder whether Amarillo is still my favorite hosp as I had previously thought.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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!

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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 wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good IPA. Definitely balanced and well done. Has a hearty tone to it that mixes with the minimal earthy spice tones from hops. The carbonation is a bit full, but that's barely a detractor in the grand scheme of things, and not really one at all when you add it up to how nice the beer is. Suggested.

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Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over-the-rim rocky head. Tight froth, lots of chunky lace. Lots of stringy cloudiness (very odd). Darker amber color.

Strong, but not overwhelming, floral pine-like hop aroma.

Very bitter flavor--more than most "regular" IPA's. Light malt flavor on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Decent body with a lower than expected carbonation.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange hued with a substantial white head. Decent retention and lacing. The aroma consists of citrus hops and fruits, particularly orange and a hint of pineapple. The flavor is a balance of hops and malt, with some caramel sweetness. The finish brings some bitterness and residual sweetness. I liked the Mikkeller Citra IPA more, though this was a decent beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange citrus hops. The flavor is more piney and resiny hops with some medium bitterness. I only get a little bit of citrus hops in the flavor, after expecting quite a bit after initially smelling the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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