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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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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

BEERchitect, May 28, 2010
Photo of coryking
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Flowers on the aroma, some earth and dirt as well.
Starts sweet and citrusy, finishes with an earthy lemongrass and pleasant pine.

Personally, it would be best used as a flavoring hop for me in a homebrew...

coryking, May 28, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.65/5  rDev +18%

Man this single hop line from Mikkeller is outta sight. This one isn't quite as good as a couple of other and is better than the Cascade. Poured with a nice thick foamy frothy creamy light tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is spicey hop malt caramel and a bit of yeast. Color is a hazy medium dark amber. Flavor is like aroma with great up front bitter sweet balance. Body is full and carbonation is just as it should be. Finish is like flavor and leaves me wanting another swallow. Session for sure.

drpimento, May 17, 2010
Photo of RileyRowan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

11.2 oz poured into pint glass cap date: 4/11/11
enjoyed on 5/10/10

A: Copper glow, modest carbonation, clearer than the tomahawk single hop. 3 finger head, amazing chunky retension.

S: resiny/citrus aroma.

T: Smooth bitter taste, a bit lighter and less harsh than the tomahawk (whose harshness I fully enjoyed), and a bit lighter in body.

M: a little light, and a lot of tingly carbonation.

D: would do 2-3 easily

RileyRowan, May 12, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to abrand for this great IPA

A- Pours a golden orange with a 2 finger off white head that leaves great lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S- Citrus, and piney hops are most apparent with a almost Belgian yeasty smell and spice. Also getting a slight hop presence.

T- Not to much going on here as i thought. A solid malt base with some strong pine and citrus hops.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a real strong bitter dry finish.


Arenbeer, May 03, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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
Photo of neorunner
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

neorunner, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Reviewed from my notes. Served as a part of a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer is bright orange in color. It has a big foam head that slowly settled to a thin foamy layer. Its a translucent liquid, but I think I can make out some rising carbonation. The aroma was a little disappointing, mainly because it was not very strong. I could pick out some grassy notes, but that was it. The taste was much more impressive. It starts with some mild hops up front and builds to a bitter finish. There is also some flavors that remind me of crackers. The taste isn't as extreme as some of the other single hop IPAs Mikkeller has produced, but this one is still great. To me, it tastes like a fine example of a hoppy pale ale. The body is of medium consistency. There is a small coat left after each swallow that is slightly sweet. This beer is more drinkable than some of the others in the series, probably because it's flavor isn't as intense. It's too bad this one wasn't available in six packs, for I would buy it all the time.

ToasterChef, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Good fun these single hop brews.Very piney, resinous witha touch of grapefruit hanging around. Huge pillowy head and perfect lacing. Quite intense bitterness reinforced by a slightly overcarbonated body. Long, yummy, lingering finish. This is some good beer.

juju7, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

jgasparine, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

CrazyDavros, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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
Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

This brew pours a nice semi see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with sporadic lines of lacing all down the glass very impressive looking,the smell is a sudued mix of pineapple,pine,some citrus and feint caramel malts,it has a nice carbonated creamy mouthfeel to it with tastes of pineapple,grapefruit and some feint caramel malts which finishes with a tiny bitter hop kick to make this IPA very sessionable and not bitter as most IPA's,overall its definately a nice brew that would buy again but not my fav single hop IPA.

ADZA, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours out really a nice cloudy yellow amber with two fingers of very small white suds and lots of beautiful lacing.
Smell is a wonderfull hop with pungent yeast and sweet malts. Some alcohol is in the nose.
Taste is very bitter and dry. Wow, not at all what it smells like.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the bitterness lasts and lasts.
Drinkability is very good here if you like the bitter side of the hop and not the floral fruity side.

peabody, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

A - 2cm dense white head atop a slightly hazy orange. Bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Piney, citrusy/tropical fruit hop aroma with some subtle caramel notes.
T - Again hops up front. Pine, citrus & tropical fruit. Also some sweetish caramel notes to balance it.
M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite a dry and bitter finish.
D - A nice beer worth trying for sure.

brendan13, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a dark golden orange color with a 2-finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves some good lacing.

Nice fruity aroma of pineapple and orange with a little pine and caramel.

Taste is very floral with some pine and grapefruit noticeable throughout. A slight caramel sweetness comes in at the end.

Medium body and medium carbonation, the mouthfeel may be just a little thin. Not bad but nothing special either. One of those times when smelling it was more exciting than actually tasting.

Vengeance526, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

This had a date on the cap of 04/4/11 so I am hoping this is a relatively fresh sample. The color is orange witha good head that laces the glass. The smell is odd, hoppy but I can't pinpoint a specific aroma. The taste is bitter like aspirin with a hint of lemon and a decent malt going on. This was interesting and better than the Simcoe single hop I had previously from Mikkeller.

ArrogantB, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%

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
Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

gford217, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a hazy burnt orange, huge creamy head with great lacing. Smells of floral hops, some citrus. Tastes of sweet pilsner malt with some caramel as well. Hops comes through in the bitterness lending floral and some piney notes. Fairly pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly dry finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

A solid beer, really showcases the amarillo hop. I'm definitely going to try the other single hop beers of theirs.

bum732, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

FishGetter, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours hazy amber orange color with a massive 2 inch cloudy foamy tan head that lasts for a few minutes; great lacing that clings to the glass. Smells of sweet floral hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and apple skins. I love the floral hop and citrus odor that poured from this glass and was able to kill the rank stale beer odor in the bar - an impressive nose indeed.

Very pungent hoppy odor, followed by a taste that blasts you with hops, mostly floral, followed by sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, grapefruit/orange peel, grass and then slightly buttery taste. Quite a delicious flavor that is complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light carbonation. The finish is on the dry side with a warming feel that gives a hint of alcohol. A very enjoyable IPA that was extremely drinkable.

CHickman, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of richmof
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours slightly cloudy with reasonable head.
Strong citrus on the nose, particularly lime, also a pungent herby hoppiness.
This is an IPA that is really to my taste. A fantastic flowery-hop flavour without overdoing the bitterness. The same citrus fruits as on the nose crop up in the mouth as well - lime but also grapefruit, yet devoid of any sourness.
As for drinkability, I gave it a 4.5 but really, I could drink this beer anytime, any place.

This is the first of the new range of Mikkeller single hop IPAs I have had the pleasure of trying and I am now looking forward to trying the others - I have the rest at home.

richmof, Mar 01, 2010
Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.