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Amarillo - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 301
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 22.67%
Wants: 48
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 301
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 Larsam123
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Darker-yellow to lighter copper/orange. Very clear. Moderate head with little lacing and poor head retention.

S: Aroma is of pine and cat piss (in a good way). A little funk, but not barnyard. I read a few reviews that mentioned orange zest and vegetal - right on.

T: Bitter throughout. Pale malts and resinous. Strong grapefruit taste (even without the nose).

M: Medium carbonation. Leaning towards the syrupy mouthfeel side of IIPA's, which is how I prefer the style.

O: Very solid IIPA. Another strong ninja from Pipeworks.

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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 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 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 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 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 koutkid41
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange/copper. Nice white head and lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit. Some pine on the back end. Wish it punched you in the face a bit more like Citra Ninja.

T: Grapefruit, mango, papaya with some pine. Also get alot of the malt bill coming through. Again flavor somewhat subdued for what I'm used to but really enjoy this beer and is easy to drink.

M: Perfect carbonation and nicely dry and crisp. Easy drinking for high alcohol % beer.

O: This is a really nice beer and great new addition to the Ninja series. This is definitely up to the ranks of Citra, Square Grouper, and Simcoe.

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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 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 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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Amarillo from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.