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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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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Beerenauslese


4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the single hop series.

The base is a hazy copperish amber. Pours with a big foamy head that has good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The nose on this is citrusy and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and orange over hay notes and just a slight sign of fruity sugar sweetness.

This tastes of sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine notes, and to a lesser extent, some strawberry fruit. It is hoppy, but not overblown in IBUs. The hop flavors have a remarkably stable presentation over the entire palate. The fruity acidity is delightful and is nicely balanced by the malts, a good marriage in this case. The long finish has just a slight bitterness.

Body is medium and the carbonation is on the fizzy side, giving this a refreshing and cleansing mouthfeel.

This beer provides a good presentation of the qualities of the Amarillo hop and is a nice drinking beer to boot. I could drink several of these without tiring. The fruit character is really delightful and remains delightful throughout the tasting experience, which is pretty unusual.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 05:37:17 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of beerdrifter


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up all 19 of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly cloudy copper-amber pour with two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Sweet toasty caramel malt in the nose is nicely complemented by a subtle citrus note along with hints of earthy biscuit and tea. The sweet caramel malt comes through first in the taste, with a piney, herbal hop bite to follow along with hints of tea and orange zest. Mouthfeel is crisp and tangy with great bitter finish. Another solid offering from Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 17:25:17 | More by beerdrifter
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:21:15 | More by Seakyden
Photo of MeisterSmudge


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-16-2012 11:14:47 | More by MeisterSmudge
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-13-2012 18:27:32 | More by bonbini26
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-10-2012 22:59:57 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-03-2012 22:14:16 | More by Brewsed
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:28:52 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of jophish17


3/5  rDev -23.9%

12-24-2011 07:01:27 | More by jophish17
Photo of alamode


5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-11-2011 16:22:46 | More by alamode
Photo of WarnerJC8


5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-09-2011 02:58:04 | More by WarnerJC8
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Yellow/amber in color. When held up to the light it's a lighter orange color with very good clarity. The head on this beer was huge. Frothy head that looks fluffy and creamy all at the same time, mostly small bubbles. This beer absolutely erupted during the pour, it took several pours just to get it into the glass and there was a little bit of froth that still went over. Crazy lacing here, like a straight up sheet over the glass.

Smell is good, not as hoppy as I expected and a little weak for a Mikkeller beer in my opinion. Toasted caramel malts make themselves present with some sweetness. It's got an earthy hop smell overall with some slight floral tones too. Not very strong, but fairly average I guess.

Taste is a HUGE step up here. Has some initial bready sweetness, roasted caramelized malts and a touch of sweetness. The hop profile is subtly bitter to make this pretty well balanced. Hop profile is not as earthy as the smell but still earthy; floral, herbal, tea like, with pine and slight citrus zest.

Mouthfeel is good ,light bodied crisp, clean, and smooth. Good carbonation level. It's initially sweet with a sharp, clean bitter finish. Really good overall beer. I don't know if it's my favorite overall Mikkeller single hop beer, but the best tasting in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:03:28 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-27-2011 01:40:04 | More by Exiled
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-21-2011 19:06:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-21-2011 02:14:11 | More by Amalak
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-18-2011 22:08:32 | More by ineva
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 03:12:22 | More by Burt
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-16-2011 05:32:08 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2011 04:50:31 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of oline73


4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2011 04:31:28 | More by oline73
Photo of Lawnboy33


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-15-2011 00:54:27 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of mrfrancis


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 20:59:32 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 04:22:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Cyberkedi


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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:21:29 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:45:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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