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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
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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

smcolw, Feb 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

A-

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...

kojevergas, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Gavage, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2006
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

barleywinefiend, Jul 12, 2010
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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.

wl0307, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 06, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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!).

John_M, Apr 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 30, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

glid02, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Brad007, Feb 14, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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

wordemupg, Feb 22, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jrallen34, Oct 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 09, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

avalon07, Feb 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date: 04/11/11 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a piney/sweet hop note. The flavor was of malt, and a subtle piney hop. It had a medium feel on tha palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very very smooth American IPA. Flavors were really well balanced. This is probably my third favorite in the series that I've tried thus far.

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Cyberkedi, Sep 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is hugely hoppy with a blend of pine, spruce and pinesol. Very nice. The palate opens moderately bitter with plenty of pine and some pinesol. Sweetness is low, this is dry and moderately resiny on the finish. This was my #2 of the series, after the Nelson Sauvin.

DefenCorps, Apr 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Boone757, Nov 01, 2013
Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.