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Amarillo | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brouwerij De Molen

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 12-14-2008

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Photo of amano_h
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Dried tangerine peels. Marmalade. Pineapple. Toffee. Caramel. Fresh-cut grass. Resinous pine. Some sort of herbs.
T: Toffee. Caramel. Delmonte pineapple juice from the can. Overripe oranges. Resin. Same herbal/spice notes from nose.
M: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Light but stingy carbonation. Slightly boozy.

O: This is apparently de Molen's take on a "typical" American Double/Imperial IPA-ish; bold, sweet-ish malt flavors balanced out by what should technically be a shit ton of bitter and dry hop character. I can somewhat see what they were gunning for as I'm slowly sipping this, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of the result or the style in general. Whereas Amarillo was apparently only used in the dry-hopping stage for this brew, it could probably be greatly improved if some of the more grassy dank notes for the Amarillo was incorporated into the flavor profile as well.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Hazy red-ish color, one finger off-white head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Booze, hops, tropical fruits. But mostly booze.

T: Sweet, dry, boozy. Slightly bitter on the back end.

F: Mouthfeel is so-so, that booze covers everything.

O: Not a good beer. Very boozy, smells/tastes like 15+ ABV.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - I don't know if the look of the one I poured tonight was normal or not but I had no head at all, with chunks in suspension (a lot of them actually). I'd say this was not too tempting at first

S - toffee mostly, almost no hops

T - whaou, that's a good taste, very balanced. At first you have the fruits (mostly tropical fruits) and the grass, then the bitterness comes almost instantly sweetened by the toffee flavour. The sweet bitterness lingers quite some time. No booze in this one even with its 9.2% ABV! Not a sipper for me, I drank it (too) easily.

F - almost no carbonation, I normally don't like overly carbonated beers and that permits the flavours to really express themselves.

O - maybe I'll have to go back to this one, check if my bottle had a problem or whatsoever. In any case, a really good use of Amarillo hops!

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

333ml bottle, Saveur de Biere, France - Pours hazy amber with no real head. Low carbonation. Smell - Fruity citrus, hoppy, small amount of pine. Taste - Sweet citrus, orange, dry large bitter finish. One to sip. Nice DIPA but personally would like slightly more carbonation (possibly better on tap) and little less sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was pretty old, even a couple of years old, the store sold it as a double ipa, and i think its basically that, but maybe i thought it would age better than it did, given the gnarly awesome robust yeast these guys use and the way even this label says drink within two years, leaving open a pretty large window for cellaring. its not all that good, and has dropped off quite i bit i have to imagine. i taste a lot more malt than expected for the style, and the yeast is heavy, like it seems to always be in de molen beer, one of the tings i love the most about them. i very much like a yeasty ipa, but the hops dont really come through with much other than a balancing bitterness, so it seems off for the style, and the other flavors just seem too much. i also dont really care for the bitter lasting crackery finish, but i love the flavor of the yeast, and the mouthfeel is really nice as well. de molen can do no wrong in my mind, although this is far from my favorite, i am not writing it off or anything until i can taste it again fresh. amarillo hops are so awesome that this has to be more dynamic than it is. maybe they need to adjust the suggested best buy date, but other than that, im excited to see it again sometime. the bottle i drank had the plain white label, not the one pictured here.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer. Perfect match of hop to malt and carbonation. Both aroma and flavor have a richness of characteristics such as caramel, pineapple, hops, yeast, grain. Appearance is likewise excellent with huge long lasting head, lots of lace and hazy honey amber color. Great body. Super easy drinking beer. Wish I had more.

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Photo of SoPeL
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lot of butterscotch in mouthfeel that overwhelm humble as for an IPA bittering. Alcohol though not really obfuscated. After all a pity for an ever-superb amarillo hops to end up in such a strange caramel concoction.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden pour, with a really poor white head, just some froth floating around. Weird.
Rich citrusy hop on the nose, with some peach sweetness and caramel. Sweet honey and alcohol, hinting at mead, some hints of melon, persimmon, and a fresh herbal mix too.
Rich fruitiness, a "funky" kind, with kumquat, haw, persimmon, tangerine and lots of sweet white grapes far from standard Amarillo dry hopped IPAs. Honeyed melon too, some gooseberry, banana, a lot of stuff comes to mind. Caramel maltiness, really sticky and dense, really support the fruitiness from the front, all the way to the finish. Some alcohol shows up here, with some hints of mixed fruit brandy, and a mild leafy bitterness, not enough to dry things up entirely.
Still, the sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste is in now way sugary, but clean and rich, with a bigger citrus character now. Medium body, really low carbonation, a bit sticky and palate coating. Alcohol seems to get stronger, so better to sip.
Awesome fruity hops, a sweet Imperial IPA that really enriches your palate. And imagination.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Giant, white head, color is a cloudy sunny-yellow.

A large variety of aromas, malt, lime, grass, pine, sugar, grapefruit.

Sweet, refreshing hoppiness is mainly defined by sweet, exotic fruits, going well along with sweet malts. Strong on limes and grapefruit, supported by a fitting, lower carbonation, which adds additional freshness. Beer stands in great balance between sweet fruits and bitter hops, underlined by sweet, warm malts. In addition to that, a unique spiciness gives the beer a sharp peak. Beer is medium-bodied with a long bitter finish. Uncompromising bitterness is another notable aspect, which gets even more recognizable towards the end. Fruits, mainly defined by lime and grapefruit, do still underline the taste, while the malts get washed away by the bitterness - which results in a great tasting beer with a decent complexity.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly clear dark orange with thick, creamy and cream colored head, plenty of lace haphazardly trailing down the glass. Smell: about what I'd expected with a 5 month old bottling date... still plenty of the Amarillo in action, but past the point of the dry hop popping out of the glass. Orange extract, huge apricot, resiny note; quite sweet and slightly bready backing. Taste: caramelized apricot, orange juice, orange candy, sweet bread, resinous and slightly spicy. Definitely enjoyable and I imagine that fresher it comes off more like a beer that should be named after it's dry hopping.

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Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Lentebierfestiv 2016 in The Hague. Clear amber with a medium height white head. Malty sweet and medium to full bodied with notes of pine and citrus hops, as well as unripe mango. Very well done, one of those well made malt-forward IIPAs.

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Photo of titvs
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14C). Bottle 33 cl - Bottled on 01/05/14. AROMA: medium/low fruity and floral aromas, balanced with a sweet malt profile. very prominent alcohol aroma but it isnt hot. APPEARANCE: deep golden/orangeish color and very hazy (dry hopped). good off white moussy head with good retention and alcohol derived viscosity. TASTE: sweet malty profile balanced with floral and slight fruity notes. high bitterness that lingers well beyond a medium-dry aftertaste. clean and smooth alcohol background without solventy character. PALATE: smooth medium body with a smooth warming alcohol profile. medium carbonation. OVERALL: although a nice IPA, its very high residual sweetness isnt characteristic of an imperial/double IPA.

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Photo of fredpck
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belle bière rousse avec un joli col de mousse , elle est très surprenante avec une odeur de litchis. En bouche le gout de litchi reste très présent avec une belle amertume plaisante. Au fil des gorgés ce gout de litchis (soho) devient vraiment écœurant et on ne trouve pas la flaveur de l'amarillo.Dommage on a pas envie d'y revenir.

Beautiful bitter with a generous moss, it is very surprising with its smell of litchis. In mouth the taste of litchi remains very present with a beautiful pleasant bitterness. In the course of the full this taste of litchis ( soho ) becomes really disgusting and we do not find the flaveur of the amarillo. It's a pity we have not desire to drink a new one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

De Molen Amarillo has an extremely thick, creamy, cream-colored, frothy head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, with numerous tight bubble stream, heavy lacing left behind, and a descending gray cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured into the glass. The aroma is strong and rich- hop oil, caramel, toffee, and white bread. Taste is equally bold- rich, sweet bread crust, bread, caramel, toffee, char, hop oil, bitterness, candi sugar, regular sugar, and a brandy aspect from the pronounced alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily, and De Molen Amarillo finishes mostly dry, super-sweet, alcohilic, and decently drinkable. This beer is exceptionally good and almost worth the over $6.00 a bottle that is charged for it. A great, great beer!


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Photo of GarthT
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk 6 months after bottling, label states good for 2 years after bottling.

A: Deep gold

S: Dried apricot & peach, mild yeast and some caramel; not getting the expected citrus/tropical

T: Malt-forward, but fairly bittersweet finish so not cloying.

O: Very drinkable DIPA, no alcohol burn though this is a big, rich beer. Good match for charcuterie, preferably 36m jamon iberico

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from The York Tap, York, England (£7.00):
Hazy, dark amber. Lots of sediment. Huge, over sized, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Lively with lots of citrus and amarillo hops although it wasn't as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. There is some alcohol and a few lighter malts coming through alongside the caramel and sugar before rounding off with a semi-sweetness.

Stronger hops now with more pine and grapefruit coming through too on top of an intense citrus flavour and lots of bitterness. There is a few nondescript fruity flavours and a strong alcohol kick to finish things up with.

Strong on the taste buds and very bitter with a huge alcohol kick that could have been better hidden although this improved given time. Carbonation was about medium but still seemed lively and there was a big citrus tang with a sharp and dry finish that was coupled with a slightly warming feel to the beer.

Not a beer I particularly enjoyed initially but one that improved considerably once the beer had a little time to open up and breathe some. The alcohol was still a little strong throughout and the palate was quite sharp and unforgiving but it was still a decent beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a hazy orange amber with coppery tones; two finger aged ivory head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Pungent aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark and light dried fruit, light hints of aged cardboard, only hints of grassy hops; if I was smelling this blind, I'd guess it was a modestly aged American barley wine. Flavor is similar, caramel malt, not quite as sweet as the aroma, mixed stone fruits and mild dried light fruit, hints of orange and citrus. Hops component subdued, but a pleasant moderate citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well covered. Pleasant medium, slightly creamy body. I suspect that this is a bottle with a year of age on it, which probably has mellowed the bright hop flavors, although the typical amarillo citrus components are present. Similar to the aroma, in a blind tasting, I'd guess this was a moderately aged barley wine, but a hopped English style one. I liked this quite a bit and although it was enjoyable as it is, I would certainly jump at the chance to try a fresh one to taste brighter hop flavors. I have enjoyed every de Molen ale I've had and this is no exception.

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Photo of draheim
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle (bottled 1/30/2012 - label says enjoy within 2 years so we're good) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ a huge rocky head with chunks of sticky lace. I'd give it higher marks but beneath that beautiful head is a pretty dirty-looking beer.

Aroma is tons of dried apricots, caramel malt, and candi sugar. Not what I generally expect from an American DIPA. Smells syrupy sweet, fruity, cloying.

Taste is a little more enjoyable than the aroma. Still fruity and sweet, but the floral bitterness of the hops balances it out. Big, bold flavors here to be sure.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, coating.

Overall, this is certainly a unique take on a DIPA with a heavy Belgian influence. This might taste very different fresh, but I'm not inclined to find out.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/12/12

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over a dark amber liquid.

S: Caramel and bready malt with mandarin orange Amarillo hops.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt with mandarin orange and orange hop flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: This beer makes me realize how Amarillo is not only orange-like, but near tropical as well.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange colorr, with white foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel, hops and spices flavors, with a bitter long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Imperial IPA.

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Photo of IPA35
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the 5th of March this year so it is pretty fresh.

A slightly hazy amber beer with a white head that fades away pretty quickly.
Lots of carbonation streaming up to the surface.

Woohoo! Big fruity amarillo in here! Smells really fresh. Great!
Big mango. Malt is light.

A pretty big beer, a caramel maltiness, pretty hoppy and some of that amarillo fruitiness again. I am not having this chilled actually, should have chilled it a little bit. The mainland bittering hops (Sladek and Saaz) are present. The bitterness is pilsener like, unlike beers made solely with these fruity West-Coast hops. It works rather well together. As it sits in your mouth is is rather sweet with the malts and the fruitiness from the hops. As you swallow the bitterness becomes stronger with the Czech hops. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Very pleasant. Well balanced, the sweet malts work well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, thicker than most IPA's (maybe because it is a DIPA).
Pretty low carbonation.

If you see this fresh, get it as it is very good!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. De Molen doesn't exactly keep their single-hop offerings in the same base beer ballpark, do they? And this isn't even single-hopped, just the name is.

This beer pours a hazy medium brickish orange hue, with one finger of very bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of spectral, swirling galaxy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bitter citrus, creamed caramel, pine resin, strong green herbal notes, an uncertain drupe fruitiness, a hint of distant smoke, and alcohol-soaked bread pudding. The taste is zingy grapefruit, orange, and lime rind, somewhat bready caramel malt, a soft creamy nuttiness, musty toffee, earthy honey, fibrous pine, and a slightly grassy, herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather soft and lulling, with just a minor twinge here and there, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, dead smooth, and more than a little creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel cream essence having mostly subsumed the bitterness of the hops.

A pretty tasty malt-forward DIPA, the hops (no initial slouches of their own) seeming to have difficulty finding purchase. However, there is a hefty dose of 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts' theme running through this offering, so it becomes easy to just sit back and enjoy the robust, balanced flavours, while the clearly obscured (heh) booze works its magic.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into De Molen stemware at De Molen in Bodegraven. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a three finger head of soft delicate cream, nice thickness, and great retention. Body colour is a semitrnasparent dark copper.

Sm: Caramelized malt, cream, and fresh full barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, cream, well handled amarillo (my favourite!) hops, and some bland watery notes. De Molen's watery problem strikes again. Badly built and balanced due to the watery character. Tries to be complex, but ultimately all its notes drown and thin out.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so on both counts. Doesn't complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable for its high ABV, but the taste is lackluster. Highly priced at De Molen for its low quality (even some of the imperial stouts were cheaper). Give her a spin, but don't expect anything phenomenal.


[If you want amarillo hops, try Mikkeller's single hop amarillo.]

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Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown color with a thin head, usual for the style. Delicious aroma of fruity hops, tons of passion fruits floating around. Medium body with good carbonation.
Incredible hidden alcohol, just numbs your gums (it is 9.2% ABV!) but not your taste. It has an excellent balance between full malty body (in the upper range of North American versions) and hops bitterness. Though I found it to have much more hops aroma than what revealed in the palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The craziness that is De Molen goes a lot of different directions. This time, the left-field attitude come at us in the form of Imperial IPA. But it's an IPA from European mindset and demeanor- balanced and flavorful, but not absurd (-that's too bad because I rather like absurd).

With a fully saturated chestnut hue, the beer takes on deep amber colors when back lit, but dark mahogany otherwise. A dense blanket of foam builds on the beer with an off white appearance. Strongly defined rings of lace trickle down the remnants from the last sip taken from the glass. It's a handsome looking beer (if it were a strong English ale, or comparable.)

Fruity and winy aromas emit from the rim with distinctive toffee-laden grapes, figs, dates, apples, campfire, and berries. A strong tropical fruit scent saturates the olfactory glands with a culminated sense of "Hawaiian Punch" fruit drink. But with its strong caramelly backdrop, the beer resists its IPA delineation.

...and the flavors follow suit. A sweeter caramel-rich, pecan flavored malt complex come together in such a way that reminds me of peanut brittle or "Cracker Jacks" candies. But as the sweetness recedes just a bit at mid palate, it's the taste of hops that gain control. Vinous red wines, cidery apple character, herbal sassafras, earthy sandalwood, peat, ginger and pepper all radiate from the hoppy middle stride and refute the clean and crisp bitterness to come. Finishing with a broad woodish bitterness and a pep of spice, the noble German hops show themselves and balance the fruity Amarillo variety that finishes the beer.

Medium bodied, but seemingly fuller per the IPA styles; this Euro-centric ale celebrates its malty underpinnings and provides the beer its extended middle palate and pushes its dry finish past the point of return. The late semi-dry finish leaves the palate less refreshed than is expected of even imperial IPAs, but the beers alcohol and mildly spicy wood finish closes the beer balanced and even keel.

I often concede that many of these American infused, Euro-brewed IPAs celebrate balance and delicate control of flavor; I'm not sure that's the best action plan. I would better appreciate the Saaz-Amarillo dialogue much better if the beer were drier and less malt accented; thus allowing that hops to tell the story without the distraction of the combative malts.

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