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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

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
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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Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%

Pours a dull, very cloudy orange amber color. There are bits of vegetable matter floating thoughout the beer. A light caramel colored head appears. Foamy lace streaks the glass through the entire beer. There is always at least a 1/8" cap of suds sitting on the top. Quite disappointingly, the aroma is indicative of an overly aggressive grain bill. Toffee with little pick up of any lovely amarillo. The mouthfeel is akin to a good wee heavy. Smooth and full, with just a scratch or two of carbonation on the top middle of the tongue. The flavor is nothing but flat sweet wort. Where's the amarillo?? You'd barely know this beer was hopped at all if it weren't for the floaties and the slight hop hotness on the back of your throat. Why are Mikkeller's beers so grain-heavy? Not a good beer.

DocJitsu, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

on the cap: 8351103

eyes...
wow, 3 fingers of goodness, perfectly constructed micro bubbles slowly meld into each other, lots of carbonation going nuts in this causing the yeast to make this look like some sort of beer snow globe (sans the tacky winter scene), a hazy burnt orange hue, and just like the sorachi I just had the head forms a cap/plateau in the top middle of the crown, lacing is super, damn, this is one fine lookin' beer!

nose...
toasted caramel with herbal tones but not much else.. usually amarillo is a bit more aggressive/distinct

taste etc...
this almost mirrors the sorachi ace I had earlier, except this has a bit more bite in terms of lip smacking freshness, it 'snaps' in a sense, it drinks lighter than sorachi but still within range for the style for sure, definitely has a nice bitter edge to it especially in the after glow, this drinks like a europeanized-APA if there is such a beast, it has some euro tasting qualities but a much more pronounced bitterness... not the same you would expect from amarillo hops here from my experience.

verdict...
has some punch, it seems mild and meek but packs a subtle punch. Enjoyable if not sneaky. pretty good.

Ego, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Chrily, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TubbyDullard, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

scottiethebody, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HomerS
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

HomerS, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

P: Pours a apricot color with a huge crown of bone colored dense creamy froth. Retention is good and clings to the edges. Multitudes of floating yeast.

S: Tropical fruit, syrup laced barley, toasted caramel, tart white grapes, clove, amaretto, and honey.

T/M: Flavor follows the nose but delivers nice bitterness of herbs and floral essence along with a great yeast balance. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a tad sticky with moderate carbonation that's very nice and relaxing. Finish is chalky and dry lingering subtle citrus soap.

O: A great blend of malts and hops. The yeast really develops this beer and adds a brilliant depth of flavor. I was really expecting the hops to shine but they were slightly subdued. I would love to have this in a six pack but since its sold in singles I'm not sure I will revisit this. All in all I enjoyed the flavor and simplicity. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%

A: Deep orange-brown amber color and completely hazy and opaque. The beer was poured with a cream colored head that had good retention and tiny bubbles. The reason for the 3 was that the style should have a lighter color and less haziness.

S: Next to no nose. Some caramel and heat with a very slight hint of citrus acidity.

T: Nice bittery hoppiness with some earthiness and a slight citrus flavor. Lingering notes of maltiness.

M: Light bodied, almost watery with sharp carbonation.

Overall this beer lacks body and the typical strong citrus notes associated with the amarillo hop variety. Also the lack of a strong hoppy nose defeats the purpose of creating a single hop IPA. If you want to display the characteristics of a hop variety, try and bring out the hops aroma, flavor and bitterness. This beer failed at 2 out of 3.

TheBeerCarl, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

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

russpowell, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

shagal, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.98/5  rDev +1%

11.2oz bottle served into a snifter

A - Cloudy burnt orange with 2 fingers of creamy head that settles into a cap of fine bubbles. Not alot of lacing.

S - Spiced oranges, clean floral, soft woodiness, candied caramel, yeast and biscuits come out when warm

T - Spicy off the top, toasted grain, orange blossom, lightly sweet with a mellow caramel base. The spiciness is aggressive and almost dominates but there's a delicacy with the floral and citrus notes. There's an oak flavor on the finish.

M - Fine carbonation, soft feel, medium body.

Amarillo is a great variety to do a single hop beer. I think they pulled it off very well. The nose is very aromatic and the flavor is bold and spicy while still pulling delicate flavors out against a nice malt bill. Unfortunately it's too expensive to drink alot of these.

StaveHooks, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of isaiahcutright
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Hazy golden amber, light tan 3 finger head. Nice and creamy foam beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, hops nice aroma mostly hop driven.

T: Citrus grapefruit/clementines super citrusy clean hop taste, a nice clean bitterness, great balance between aroma, flavor and bitterness, with a neutral malt base. Clean finish. Lots of clementine on the end.

M: Clean neutral yeast, great balance, dry finish leaving me wanting more.

Overall: a rock solid brew it show cases a popular hop, and makes it shine. A great beer, hop simplicity at its best.

isaiahcutright, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +26.9%

captainbearcat, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of cooler4life
3.98/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured a fluffy one finger head with great foaming qualities and glass retention. Color is a deep hued burned orange. Some particulate can be seen swirling about.

S: A bit lacking in the nose, as the beer warms I detect some dry biscuit, malt, and light citrus. I wanted just a little bit more.

T: Delicate flavors of pine, citrus, rock candy and malt.

M: Carbonation is perfect, stickiness great. Mouthfeel is really standout for this beer.

O: I really liked the balance of this brew. Given the price, I wouldn't get it again, but it was nice to taste the purity of the single Amarillo hops.

cooler4life, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of jhhollier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of cmoody91
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cmoody91, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of NOLANDMAN
4/5  rDev +1.5%

NOLANDMAN, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

11.2oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 6$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes and there appears to be some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some light pine and some buttery notes with a hint of grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - The best before date on the cap had rubbed off.. so I'm not sure how fresh this is, but I'm assuming its a little older. The flavours aren't very vibrant and there isn't much of a punch. For the price, I'd reach for some fresh somewhat locally made IPA's next time.

spinrsx, Jul 17, 2012
Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.