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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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123 Reviews
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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

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Photo of quirkzoo
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up with the Mikkeller Citra IPA as they were new in stock in a store that gets good turnover, but they didn't taste very new, alas.

Pours a nice dark orange with two fingers of sticky off white head that lingers as a thick cap. The smell is pleasantly fruity, it took me a moment to place the smell but when I realized it was lychee that was all I smelled. The taste was merely bitter with an alcoholic bite, all the sweet tropical fruit from the nose has dissapeared. The mouthfeel was strange, bubbly and flaccid. Overall the unique lychee smell on the nose was pleasant but the poor taste and drinkability of this beer made it not worth finishing.

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Photo of Drab1ne
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an Amarillo which I've been told means double hopped IPA(might be wrong) this deceptively smooth.

A strong beer marked as 6.9% but doesn't seem to be knocking me over with the bitterness as some of the recent American IPA's (my current taster of choice) have been doing.

Almost as if to say you want to give your friend a strong IPA to taste test this could be the go.

Creamy, Lovely look and soft smell as well as an appertizing taste and mouthfeel.

Somewhere between 4 & 4.5 stars.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Ohh yes... another amber colored single hop beer. This one, again, has about one full finger of off-white head that settles into a rocky layer along the top of the beer.

S: Sweet caramel malt, some musty grapes, a bit or orange peel, and just a dash of spice.

T: It starts out sweet, with some of the must and orange coming through in the middle. The finish is pretty bitter, but not over the top. The hop profile on this one seems really subtle.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet, but not cloying. The finish is bitter, but doesn't linger for too long.

O: Again... a decent beer, but this one is fairly forgettable. The flavors are really subtle and nothing jumps out at me. I'm happy to have tried it, but I would pay for this beer again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy dark amber color with a thick white head. There was a good deal of lace.

A pleasant sweet aroma. A lot of citrus, and a little bit of pine.

Citrus forward in the taste. Grapefruit and tangerine. Still fairly sweet. Some piney hops late.

Hoppy, but not overly so. A little bit viscous.

This was a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 6.9%. Pours out a hazed light amber hue, tall spongy white head with excellent retention.

Mild toasty grains on the aroma, floral and perfumey notes, fresh hay, tangerine, pomelo, dry pith.

That malt sits lightly in the background of the flavour, hinting at toast and caramel, while the Amarillo delivers with dried spicy orange rind, floral notes, and dry, astringent pith. A spike of sweet orange punctuates the last traces of the finish, while the dry citrus continues on into the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied mouthfeel, slick texture with moderate carbonation.

Now then, Amarillo are one of my favourite hop varietals, and on their own are quite good, however it's when they are partnered with other certain types of hops that they truly excel, by enhancing and accentuating the combination. That being said, in this single hop IPA they're enjoyable, but are only capable of going so far on their own, which means this IPA is decent based on the hop content alone, yet nothing noteworthy beyond that.

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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 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 danieelol
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden colour with real healthy head and lacing.

Smell is faint. Melony hop with malt but just not very potent. Also some hair dye.

Again taste is too subtle and lacks the required hop bite. Really just a faint melon again.

Finally get some bitterness when it hangs around in the mouth, however it's not really integrated with the other flavours, more of a watery afterthought. And yes, the mouthfeel is watery. Dunno what went wrong with this one.

Having experienced some classic American examples of the style recently this underwhelmed me. Did not seem as good as the previous two Mikkeller Single Hops I had either, Citra and Tomahawk.

Preferred 4 Pines Amarillo Pale Ale to this by a fair bit.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped 04/11/11.

A: Two fingers of tight, creamy head. Ruddy amber, golden clear. Heavy lacing.

S: Fruity-gentle hops. Black tea and soft apricot. Floral, but not obviously bitter.

T/M: An excellent IPA. Less hoppy than the Simcoe variant. Full of citrus (and bittering citrus peel), as well as a creamy fruit, almost like fruit salad. A thick mouthfeel with a touch of welcome carbonation and an only lightly dry aftertaste.

O: I love single-hop IPAs and, it turns out, I quite appreciate Amarillo. Recommended. Would have again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Seakyden
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mrand01
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 6/22/10

A: Copper, amber color. Opaque, with an unrelenting head.

S: Citrus/grapefruit, maybe a little coriander(?)

T: Bitter & pretty hoppy

M: Incredibly carbonated, not very enjoyable.

The carbonation really hinders the ability to enjoy this beer too much. I've never had an IPA that was so frothy. Perhaps a bad bottle?

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Poured in to a DFH pint glass. Poured a copper color with a big, sturdy and lasting head that was thick enough to shape.

S Grassy not super pungent but the one and only scent was that of grass.

T Like an english IPA, balanced not a hop bomb.

M Mouthfeel is not watery but slightly thin. Not a very sticky hop but a clean one.

O Good beer, not sure I would call this an american IPA, its maybe slightly east coast. But I think its more of an English ipa.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this pick. And to think I was just saying I wanted to work on my hop profiling. From my notes:

Poured this into a tulip from the bottle. Pours with some foam, about half a centimeter. Tight, quickly dissipates into some pronounced bubbles. Nice nose, not very pronounced. Straw color with some haze. So this is what Amarillo hops smells like? Grassy, with a lingering aroma.

The aroma isn’t the only thing that lingers. Grass comes out on the palate, along with a lingering aftertaste. Is it the hops? It’s the hops. There’s a nice finish to this beer. A very distinct profile. It makes me curious to try some more single-hop beers in this series.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at Davis Beer Shoppe and brought back to San Anto. Worth the haul.

The single Amarillo hops allows you to get a sense of what other beers utilize which hops. I would like to try others in the series.

Golden and Cloudy.

Great hops aroma.

Taste good.

Drink it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-copper color with two fingers of off-white head. Outstanding retention and lace, strong carbonation.

S: Sweet malt, mellow peach and a little pine. Nice.

T: Semi-sweet, bready malt, a little pine bitterness on the finish. Well, kind of a let down. Not bad, but not nearly as good as I was expecting, after the aromas.

M: Light, creamy, with some astringence.

O: Not a bad beer, but more of an APA in flavor than an IPA. Looks beautiful in the glass and the lace is breathtaking, but the flavor just falls short of expectations. Still, worth a try, you be the judge.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle labelled diferently than the one pictured. Dark brown label. IBU 72

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a heavier off-white head than most of the others in this series. Thick, fluffy, off-white head with a moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Mostly spicy, and some floral/earthy scents.

T&M: Smooth upfront with a bitter/dry finish. Tastes much like the smell with spiciness and heavy citrus flavors. Floral all the way through.

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.