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Amarillo - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 282
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 24.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-16-2014

This IIPA, the latest addition in our hop-highlighting NvU Epic Battle series, has a bright, fresh hop aroma, and a subtle bitterness, that has us all talking about how crushable this is. (DISCLAIMER: Please do not actually crush beer while still in bottle and cap is still on. It will hurt…not that we know) Drink early, drink often.
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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazy orange with slow rising carb trails. Compact layer of white foam, some minimal lace around the edges.

Pungent aroma of passionfruit and tangerine, tropical and citrusy. Amarillo is pretty classic, though this seems more exotic than I remember in other single hopped brews.

Taste is lightly sweet at first, full of fruity hoppy goodness. Passionfruit, tangerine, grapefruit. Pale malt middle, fairly light feel for a DIPA. Slightly sticky on the lips with a light residual resinous bitterness. Overall easy drinking and better than a couple others in the series.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange, bronze with a real nice tangerine edge, excellent clarity but with just enough solid transparency to give a hint of thickness as the plentiful pinhead carbonation comes up in waves and streams. Thick, full, rich head. Billowing at an easy three fingers with creamy and very fine bubbles in the headspace. Thick topped, island central and with some soupy large retention. Great looking DIPA.

Aroma is going in different directions. Jarring, but fascinating perfume bomb, with the malt easily creeping in with that Imperial IPA caramel sweetness and touches of toast. Mild floral notes with the a slight novocaine action taking a slight back seat, but with excellent garden like green tones that are very pleasant. Not sure where this is going, but I am liking the ride.

Candy warm, and pleasant mix of muted malt sweetness and simple sugars, with a subtle hop angle. Mid palate is slightly peppery, a good amount of malt sweetness with an almost taffy like consistency. Aftertaste has quite a bit of zesty citrus oils, somewhere between orange and grapefruit and finishing with a mild green herb like quality.

I like Amarillo for it's subtlety, so if you are looking for a giant hop bomb just move along, as this comes to more of a malt forward brew, but I'll be sticking around here with no reservations.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.18.14
Batch # 330-332

A - Pours a dirty dark orange with a very small tan head with good retention.

S - Orange, melons, grapefruit, dank.

T - Oranges, dank, mango, earthy and tropical.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Heavy and dirty while still being fruity and earthy.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9.99. Orange color, great head and none of the sediment that the label warned of. Aroma was nice and hoppy, lemons, citrus, malts. Flavor was much the same with a pretty good bitterness that slightly reminded me of aspirin but overall tasty. I'd probably buy this more than once if it were a couple dollars cheaper.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split with Randy. Thanks man. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014.

App- typical hazy copper-orange body, one finger white head, solid retention, good lacing

Smell- smelled like blue cheese out of the bottle. Seriously. In the glass it gets better as it warms and the Amarillo character comes out more with citrus and even a bit of resinous pine.

Flavor- nicely balanced between the citrus, pine and the bready caramel malts. Really well done and very balanced.

Mouthfeel- typical pipeworks- nice medium bodied brew, good carbonation and nice dry finish of pine. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall- A decent offering although I enjoyed Citra and Simcoe a lot more than this one. Worth trying if you enjoy Amarillo hopped beers. Otherwise, the price per bomber is a bit high.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 330-332.Thanks again Pidzik12. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours burnt golden with a very dense and creamy looking off-white head that took forever to slowly fade a thick greasy film.
S: Huge citrus notes of orange cream sickle, sweet tangerine juice, and lightly bitter grapefruit rind. Creamy smelling with a slight bready pale malt backbone.
T: Follows the nose with dominating orange and tangerine juice, orange sherbet, and grapefruit. The finish is sweet and juicy, with fruit nectar, tons of grapefruit peel, faint lemon zest, and a touch of evergreen mint and pine. I get a slight hint of the bready malt base poking through the hops as well. The aftertaste is bittersweet, lingering, and a touch rough around the edges from the booze. There’s an overall leafy and green herbal quality, perhaps tea.
M: Medium full body, very low and slick carbonation, smooth, oily, greasy mouthfeel. The booze is slightly noticeable but not hot.
O: Very good. Drinks really well albeit slight rougher than other high ABV dipas. Very very good. Thanks Paul.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Darker shade of yellow in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly citrusy, but more like a "dry" citrusy as opposed to a "juicy" citrusy. Grapefruit, orange zest, vegetal spice. Maybe a little bit of green grass.

T: Taste is similar. On the drier side of things. Grapefruit, citrus pith and pale malts. Mildly spicy (hop spicy, not yeast spicy). A little orange and just a touch of resiny pine on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit light for a DIPA. Bitterness is fairly restrained as well for the style. Medium carbonation.

O: Good stuff. Not mind blowing, but definitely good stuff. And a bit of wheat and you've got yourself an Imperial Gumballhead.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden with a thin collar of head and some lacing. Nose is dank with heavy pine and resinous notes. Notes of grapefruit, grass, and pine rule the nose, not much in the way of malts. The taste starts with fruity hops that become increasingly bitter. Very hop forward and bitter throughout. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light. Overall, not my favorite of the ninja series. Nice flavors, just somewhat one-dimensional. That being said, still a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with tropical fruit and lots of resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice piney fruity DIPA.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #330 - 332 printed on the label. Another new single hop creation from the masters at Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Two fingers of thick soapy off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt orange colored body. Lots of tiny sediment visible in the glass when held to the light.

S - Smells like a big beautiful Pipeworks DIPA. Mango, grapefruit, pine, creaminess / soapiness. Smells juicy, fresh, and tropical.

T - Taste follows the nose: big bitter grapefruit, orange, mango, resinous pine, and some subtle bready malt to keep everything in check. It's the big hop bomb I've come to expect from these guys. Again, taste is juicy, fresh, and tropical.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy; refreshing even, considering the high abv. Resinous pine / sappy hop bitterness clinging to the palate. Slight trace of alcohol, but the 9.50% abv is expertly masked. This beer is definitely "crushable" for the high abv.

Overall, another outstanding DIPA in an already swelling line of outstanding DIPA's from Pipeworks. Beautiful and amazing every time. I look forward to more of these single hopped ninja variants.

Pipeworks Amarillo ---4.5/5

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours an orange/amber color, a little hazy, with a quickly dissapating head and not much lacing. Smell is mainly of citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, along with a dank, kind of funky green onion kind of smell. Maybe a touch of black pepper too, as it warms. Taste follows the nose on the dank, citrusy hops. Lots of bitterness. Malt is a solid balance to the hops, but more noticeable on the back end. Solid body, good feel, the taste lingers.

This is a really good beer, and I'm a big fan of the Amarillo hop. But overall, based on the others I've had in The Pipeworks single hop series so far, I kinda thought it would be a little better. Well worth your purchase, though, because it's still pretty awesome, and I would purchase it again.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice bright copper/gold. Clear. Almost no head on this pour. Smell is very underwhelming. Usually these pipeworks DIPA explode with a nice aroma. Only getting a small amount of pine in the smell. The taste is very light. Slight citrus and pine flavor. No hop bitterness present. I'm surprised by how unhoppy this is tasting. Very malty, but it is refreshing and easy to drink. Glad I have a second bottle to try, this one just doesn't seem as good as some other pipeworks and I've heard great things about it. It's not bad, just wasn't what I was expecting. Will try again soon. It's really smooth and goes down quick.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold. Head is dense but short and abruptly subsides.

Tropical fruit aromas. Dragon fruit, tangerine, mango.

Tropical fruit flavors. Slightly dry even with a little bit of grass. Light toasted cracker malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly flat. My only knock on the beer. Not entirely, but could use more carbonation to add a crispness to compliment the dry bite.

A very good beer. Not one of my favorite ninjas, but at this point the bar is high and even not being one of my favorites it's still one to seek out.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich gold-colored body under a frothy ivory head that trailed lace down the glass. Tons of fruits expressed on the nose and tongue, nestled amid a relatively plush body, medium-weight, very smooth, with a soft carbonation running through... My first fruit impression was berries - maybe even blue - bright and lightly tart; then flavors of pineapple and apricot, with a soft honey-caramel coat. Super-juicy and soft, big but with a fairly moderate bitterness.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly cloudy and a rust orange.

Smell is a hop punch to the nostrils, very pungent.

HOPS!!! Now this is a tasty beverage! Citrus, slight malt to balance, just great.

Mouthful of hops!

Overall a mf'ing hop bomb and a gd palate pleaser.

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Photo of brewskis
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma delivers that juiciness that I've come to expect from the hop. Get juicy peach, sweet grapefruit (almost like a juicy red grape), floral, tangerine, and some juicy pineapple (?) from the hops. There is a sugary/carmel sweetness from the malt.

Taste starts super juicy, with that sugary/carmel sweetness up front to go with peach, grapefruit, floral, and tangerine. Very juicy. Mid palate brings more of the same, along with a peppery spiciness from the hops and light breadiness from the malt. Dries out somewhat into the finish, but there is still a lingering sweetness from the malt bringing along with it more floral and grapefruit. There is a light spicy bitterness which is pretty tame compared to most other offerings from these guys. Also get some light booziness. A nicely balanced DIPA compared to their recent hoppy offerings.

Solid medium body. Smoothly crisp and creamy. Finish is somewhat hot from the booze and also oily and sticky.

This one won't blow you away, but it is yet another good offering from Pipeworks. It shows off the Amarillo hop nicely, but still stays balanced.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden in color with a orange haze. Head is about one finger white fluffy and has good retention.

Smell is incredibly tropical. Loads of tropical hops forward ripe mango, sweet honeydew, cantaloupe kiwi, and a good presence of grapefruit. This beer smells like a fruit bouquet, caramel malt and butterscotch note typical to pipeworks ipas is also in there.

Taste is great. Herbal slightly grassy hop oils are forward however not overly sticky with resin. Some bright citrus flavors primarily grapefruit are near the end of the sip along with a very mild sweet caramel grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is good. Tons of hop oils, mild bitterness, mild resin stickiness and mild carbonation. Very nicely balanced ipa.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light orange, reddish color. Head of a half a finger on the pour and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Moderate active carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Front nose is filled with tropical fruits of pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, passionfruit, kiwis, and tangerines. Subtle piney bitterness acts well as a complimentary aroma. Crisp clean malt bill allows these wonderfully bright tropical fruits to shine so brightly.

Taste: Mouthwatering bouquet of potent fruits welcomes the palate. Grapefruit, kiwis, and mangos are the biggest players. The tropical fruits carry well into the body of the brew but the addition of some slight pine and resin. The malt body is very slight but provides a magnificent body for these hops to stand on. Citrusy fruits continue to linger on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: The hop presence is so potent yet has such a soft feeling on the palate. Insanely drinkable, almost dangerously so. Carbonation is done perfectly.

Overall: The best offering in the Ninja/Pipeworks line to date. I loved the Citra but this brew was much cleaner and I really could savor every nuance of the hop profile. Amarillo, I see you.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We got ourselves another good one. What can I say? They are laying down pipe at Pipeworks!

Yeah, daddy. There is a tropical explosion like Mario threw some dynamite into a Miami farmers' garden. Smooth, wonderful textures... This ninja makes me wanna hi-doo-ken for another one.


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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark orange, white head that disappeared quickly, small amount of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel citrus aroma, picking up some malts, guava, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Up front there's a hit of citrus bitterness, then some malts , then some grapefruit rind notes, finishes with a lingering citrus rind, dry aftertaste, for 9.5% the alcohol is well hidden making this very drinkable. The finish is more lemon rind as it warms, malt becomes a little more noticeable, still tastes good.

M: Medium body dry citrus rind mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

O: Enjoyed this one, could use a little more hop presence on the tastes but it still is very tasty and drinkable, probably won't see this again as it was an extra from a trade.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden honey with white head that dissipates quickly.

Nice bouquet of tropical fruits...and then...here comes the weed and/or cat piss in a pine forest.

Taste of a big malt bill with a rich dankness to it. A lot a lot of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

A creaminess to it with lingering hop.

Archiving this, I find this tastes similar to Citra Ninja and yea, even the scores are tight. Tasty quaff and delivers a great punch. Not to miss!

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm impressed with how consistently Pipeworks nails it. While I have to admit I'm a bit new to the single-hop scene, Pipeworks' brews keep me wanting to explore it more. This is a delicious, full-flavored, yet well-balanced beer. I love the unfiltered look - a cloudy orange brown. Scent is explosive and consistent with taste. A mix of citrus fruit. There's a slight maltiness but perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is less dense and oily than a lot of DIPAs, but it's pleasantly creamy, which makes it dangerously yet delightfully quaffable for a Imperial beer.

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Photo of vic21234
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 10/07/15 according to Pipeworks website.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a small amount of white colored head.

S- Tropical and citrus notes on the nose.

T- Juicy citrus hops along with some underlying sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, nice and refreshing.

Easy drinking DIPA like all of the Ninja series. Another great beer from PW.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice thin white head, a nice golden color with lacing on the side of the glass.

S- nice upfront floral smell that hits you right away, smells like a hop explosion. Also get some light malts mixed in with the hops

T- nice smooth taste with a bite of hops as the beer rolls across the tongue, a smooth and sweeter taste to balance with the hops very nicely.

M- a little sticky, with a medium to thick mouthfeel that bites a little on the tongue

O- my first pipeworks Amarillo thanks to a trade, overall a solid beer with a nice hop balance and a nice taste. Solid beer overall

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A dark copper color. Slight haze
Smell - Sweet orange, apricot, some candied type sweetness, pine, grapefruit
Taste - Dank bitterness, sweetness, pine, pithy, hints of floral, some citrus

Overall - Amarillo is not my favorite stand alone hop but Pipeworks does a good job with it.

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Amarillo from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.