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Single Hop: Amarillo - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Single Hop: AmarilloSingle Hop: Amarillo

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82
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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our single-hop rye pale ales are created to showcase the flavor and aroma characteristics of individual hop varieties. The grain recipe is kept the same and only the type of hop is changed from batch to batch. Amarillo is an American hop with a distinct floral citrus aroma reminiscent of oranges.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: avalon07 on 06-23-2012)
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Photo of jlindros
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kkipple for another interesting Westbrook beer. Single hop beers can be interested, although usually not great since it's hard to get all the right flavors from one hop variety, but still very interesting to see how it comes out. Bottled on June 13th, 2012, snot even a couple months old...

it makes a really loud psssttt when opened, and pours a huge fizzy overcarbonated 4 finger head that is 5 times the size of the beer itself poured, fades fairly quickly with pot marked lacing, over murky wheat/wit orange beer.

Nose has the same aroma as the last single hop one from them, a yeasty aroma that at first seems like infection but isn't, just yeast gone crazy. A light bready malt base, with hints of spicy rye and toasty reddish malts, just a hint of the fruity citrusy hop swimming somewhere below.

Taste starts with loads of foam as it seems to just explode into foam as it hits my mouth, and quickly turns to yeast flavors, again over crazy yeast that went wild on itself, and bready malts. Some spicy rye again, light reddish malts. The hops are very background, just a light bitterness, with hint of citrus and rind, and a light earthy hop flavor, but not much otherwise. Finish is drier, yeasty, and not much else. With a fairly fresh bottle that is definitely a problem with the beer itself, how about a little quality control?!

Mouth is med bodied, way too much over carbonation.

Overall bah!!! It's pretty much all yeast, carbonation, and light malt flavors, with barely any hop left. just like the last one, big quality control issues, with overcarbonation, yeast going wild, hops disappearing, malts barely able to do anything. The last I thought may have been a fluke, but this seals it as bad. Its even pretty much a drain pour as all I get is yeast, carbonation, and just a touch of malts, It's not drinkable.

jlindros, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-ounce bomber from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours golden. The nose has some faint Amarillo, but overall it’s quite tame. Some bitterness and a bit too much yeast character.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ckk527
3/5  rDev -16%

ckk527, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of xseanprimex
3/5  rDev -16%

xseanprimex, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of CSQ1111
3.25/5  rDev -9%

CSQ1111, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served only about 2 hours after dispensing (Green's in Greenville, SC), but clearly under-carbonated. This may be a problem with the vendor rather than brewer, so I won't deduct much for this.

A hazy yellow color with hardly any head. The nose (which seems to deteriorate with warming) is a mix of bready light malt, some light fruit (mainly citrus), a bit of funk, and a barely detectable touch of hops. The hops come forward on tasting, however, where they are slightly dominate the malt by the finish. Some yeast/earthiness here too, along with enough orange to suggest a juice component (although there is none, I assume). {T = 3.75}

M: the light body is too thin and watery; as noted above, rather flat. Actual sensory rating would be below 3 but I am allowing for the possibility of an improperly dispensed

O: a bit unrefined (think homebrew) and under-carbonated, but modestly drinkable and a nicely juicy APA.

chinchill, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A foamy pour with a head that eventually settles atop the hazy goldenstraw liquid; lots of clumpage as one would expect

Smell: Bready with a nice floral citrus aroma

Taste: Bready and citrusy, up front but the flavors really fade, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderately carbonated; rather aqueous

Overall: Quite a few flaws here, from the watery mouthfeel to the overcarbonation; not up to the high standards I have for beers from this brewery

brentk56, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -2%

fehrminator, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -2%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jpro
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the brewery. Into a mug...

A: cloudy, pale gold; two fingers of fizzy, white head; spotty lace; a steady bubble stream keeps the retention going.

S: slightly pungent rye aroma; citrus pith / apricot hoppiness; some fruity esters / yeast aroma, too.

T: light tropical fruit hops; rye is there, although not too dank; a little bready; doesn't seem quite complete.

M: medium-bodied and high carbonation.

O: I like the amarillo and rye mix; finishes a little thin and pretty fizzy.

jpro, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Satchboogie, Sep 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Lob, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +5%

robwestcott, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of irish01980
3.75/5  rDev +5%

irish01980, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev +5%

ncstateplaya, May 14, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +5%

jrohrbacher, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of GORUM
3.75/5  rDev +5%

GORUM, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of 5thOhio
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish copper with a half inch head that almost dissipates, but leaves a film of foam on top. Slight lacing.

Aroma is fresh and light. Mouthfeel is good, but carbonation seems a bit fizzy. I had a sixer of their IPA not long ago which was quite foamy. Wonder if they're having carbonation issues?

Taste is crisp with spicy notes from the rye and light floral highlights from the hops. Although they're single-hopping with Amarillo and their label says it has citrus tones, I don't detect much citrus. Finishes quite dry.

In a blind taste test, this could easily pass for an IPA---although there's nothing wrong with that. In my opinion, too many APAs are vanilla anyway. I'd like a stronger rye presence, but I won't mark it down for the recipe they used.

Pretty tasty beer overall. This would make an excellent summer beer. Hope the folks at Westbrook don't wait too long between brewings on this one.

5thOhio, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a very dense off-white head that settles to a squat cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Fairly mild hop aromas of Juicyfruit gum, orange peel, pineapple, and a touch of pine resin. Amarillo is a weird hop. Malt backbone is moderate, with a bit of caramel and spicy rye (very similar to the other two Single Hop varieties). Taste is similarly "juicy", with orange and mango juice, grapefruit, and more resin. The malt profile balances the hops nicely, and results in another dangerously drinkable Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is bright and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. A nice addition to the Single Hop line-up, I'm glad to get some one-on-one time with a hop like Amarillo, which I seem to have little experience with.

jsanford, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Mattybz28
4/5  rDev +12%

Mattybz28, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a hazy deep yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that grew to a four finger convex head while sitting. Interesting… Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, tropical fruit, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, floral hop, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, fruit hop, and subtle tropical fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The Amarillo hop was definitely able to shine through on this one and what a beautiful hop it is. Nice citrus and tropical fruit characters going on here making it quite easy to drink and very nice to smell as often as possible. Defintely worth trying if you get the opportunity but might not do it for the ultimate hop-head.

thagr81us, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of hops, citrus, and rye.

T: Tasted of hops (a mild amount), some malt, citrus (orange), and rye (as is the case with this, the rye mellows the hops a bit). A solid, brisk, light, enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A solid, sturdy beer, good for drinking on hot summer days. Drinkable.

avalon07, Jun 23, 2012
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Single Hop: Amarillo from Westbrook Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.