IPX Amarillo Single Hop - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
22oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store about a week ago. No obvious freshness date on the silk-screened bottle but I believe it’s fairly fresh.
Poured a cloudy, orangey amber color, with a modest, off-white head that left spotty lace.
Very citrusy in the nose, which is about what I expected. There’s some bready malt aroma as well, but it’s mostly the hop’s show.
The taste starts off as I expected, with a blast of citrus not unlike a glass of tropical fruit. What’s interesting is what happens next, or rather, what doesn’t happen. Much of the bitterness one associates with IPAs is just not present. While Amarillo hops are quite the thing for giving a beer that big citrus blast, by themselves they just don’t deliver the sharp, pineyness that I like in an IPA. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like there is no bitter hop flavor, but without other hops that tend more in that direction, the bitterness of the Amarillo hops seems muted.
A little bit more watery in the body than I was expecting, but not to a worrisome degree. Oily mouthfeel.
I like the idea of single hop beers. It seems like a good way to understand the qualities different types of hops bring to the table without having to go to the trouble of brewing them yourself. That makes this an interesting beer but I’m not sure I’d want to have it regularly.
11-07-2013 03:40:14 | More by woemad
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance: Clear dark gold/light amber. Head is off-white with a dense bubble-structure. Slightly creamy. Drops to a super thin cap and collar. Some streaks and spots of lacing. Carbonation is a bit aggressive on the initial pour, but settles down after a minute.
Smell: Oh hey there Amarillo. Hop spiciness over the top of a straight up orange flesh and zest. Juicy orange coupled with a very light almost floral element. Malts are lightly bready with some caramelized sweetness. Not a ton of depth here, but the simple nature of it lets the hops do what they need to.
Taste: Light bready malts. Some underlying caramel malt sweetness. A hint of tasted malt. Hops are nicely spicy with some solid citrus. Orange zest and a lingering oily bitterness. Lightly floral. Warming drops some of the malt sweetness out, leaving a straight up Amarillo experience. Not the most aggressive thing out there, which is nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Easy drinking overall.
It's a solid single hop beer. It ultimately feels a bit one dimensional (to be expected), but Amarillo is a nice hop and manages to produce something worth drinking.
08-01-2013 22:13:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.14/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam; I think it looks quite attractive.
Smell: strong, bright, citrusy Amarillos on top of a lightly sweet malt base. Uncomplicated, but enticing.
Taste: medium-sweet malt with plenty of fruity, citrusy and ever so slightly floral flavor in the middle. Bitterness is quite low, although hop flavor is just spot-on. I just love Amarillos; I could drink this all day.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess. Not bad at all for the style.
Overall: man, like I said, I could drink this all day long. The light fruitiness of the citrus character and the overall balance of hops to malt make this a seriously quaffable brew. Low bitterness makes this a little more akin to an APA than an IPA for me, but still, just a fabulous brew.
07-17-2013 01:56:12 | More by flagmantho
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of orange and tangerine citrus, citrus hops and light sweet malt. Light to medium bodied. Flavor is as advertised for Amarillo hops, a nice orange citrus with a long citrusy bitter finish. The malt is lighter than I prefer in an IPA, but it does allow the hop variety to present itself. The lighter malt bill causes a somewhat more astringent finish, but I'm satisfied to accept that to experience the hops. I would have rated this somewhat lower strictly as an IPA, but think HUB did a great job as a hop showcase. I look forward to more from the IPX series, because I've wanted to get more experience in hop variety taste.
07-06-2013 04:06:40 | More by LiquidAmber
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains and a few clusters of bubbles cling to the submerged wall of the glass.
S: Juicy grapefruit citrus is featured prominently upon pouring, but really drops off after just a few minutes. Toasty cracker and obtuse metal endure, while the citrus is replaced by unconvincing floral notes.
T: Begins dry, with floral hop aromatics that turn spicy-herbaceous toward the finish. Malt also seems to contribute a rye-like crispness to the spicy portfolio, otherwise appearing of toast that is mid-range for the style. A late combination of mixed citrus peels and restrained esters accompany the moderate bitterness and the already-described spice.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Despite being double dry-hopped with a cultivar well-known for its aromatic flavor qualities, this light IPA is not hops-dominated by modern standards. Some defects detract, particularly the rapidly diminishing smell in which scintillating citrus is replaced by off-putting metallic. Still, the beer drinks easily enough at just 6% abv and its flaws are far from being fatal ones.
07-03-2013 00:27:40 | More by beagle75
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
Repulsive 22oz bottle poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear orangey golden amber color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and OK lacing.
The aroma started off with some mild malt and gentle grain notes, then followed up by a good dose of citrusy hops. The flavor profile was pretty similar, earthy malt and grain to start, citrus middle and back. There was a mildly unpleasant bitter finish that lingered too long.
The body was good, full and smooth, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, it's the kind of beer I'd throw a sixer of into the fridge and slide one into an evenings rotation. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Worth trying when you see it, and hopefully you see it on tap, and not in this stupid format.
07-01-2013 20:51:12 | More by beertunes
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No codes or dates that I can see.
Pours bronze, clear, medium pale head. Very little visible carbonation. Smells sweetly floral.
Taste is a little dirty dishwater, a little lemon, a little sweetness. Not my favorite hop profile, but the single hop nature of this beer is what drew me to it. If this is a good example of the characteristics of Amarillo hops, I'm glad to know that it's somewhere in the middle of my scale of goodness.
Mouthfeel is light, slightly dry, and quite smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, and probably quite a good beer if you love Amarillo hops.
06-03-2013 03:14:29 | More by snaotheus
IPX Amarillo Single Hop from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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