Amarillo | Brouwerij De Molen

AmarilloAmarillo
BA SCORE
70.3%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 165 ratings
AmarilloAmarillo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Storm & Bliksem

Added by Sammy on 12-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,280
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
165
Liked:
116
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a different beer than the winter warmer, 77EBU Challenger,Saaz and Dryhopping with Amarillo.
Lots of amarillo, initially some acid into the stomach (was not too crazy about the Saaz ) then a citrus taste,good carmel malting full mouthfeel. Very tasty.Orangey colour, good head.
I had on tap 2.5 years later andnowhere as good.

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Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface that faded away and left delicate lacing.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of orange and grapefruit in the nose.
T: The taste is quite malty for the style and only has a light amount of hop bitterness. Similar to the smell, it has flavors of oranges and grapefruit.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance and has absolutely no traces of alcohol in the taste. It’s definitely a lot more drinkable compared to DIPA’s.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +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 -29.2%
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.

C-

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

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloudy amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with boozy notes. There were hints of pine and citrus.

T - Very boozy and malty. Lots of sweet caramel and citrus. It seems unbalanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence and a dry finish.

O - This didn't really work for me. It just seemed messy and unbalanced.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and light grapefruit notes with some light rustic malt notes. Taste is also dominated by medium rustic malt notes with limited sweetness level and also comprised notes of citrus and floral hops with a light dry bitter finish. Body was full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with solid malt backbone while not being overly sweet though additional hops presence would have been even better.

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Photo of largadeer
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a near lifeless honey amber. Not much of a head, just some rocky foam. Smells like ashtray and orange juice; citrusy amarillo is dominant, but there's an odd smoke aroma beneath. Plenty of juicy fruity sweetness, too. The palate opens with a ton of sweet ripe orange flavor, very fleshy and juicy. Low carbonation, syrupy on the tongue, almost flat. Smoky and bitter finish, almost ashy - pretty odd and not particularly enjoyable. Not a terrible beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to revisit. More carbonation would certainly help.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy yellow to amber in color with very little discernible head. No visible carbon and no lacing.

S: Malty aromas up front followed by citrus and grapefruit. Nicely balanced.

T: Nice malty flavors up front with light amounts of bitterness in the finish - hints of grapefruit and orange. Pleasantly balanced and no taste of alcohol.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with some dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and hides both the smell and taste of alcohol well. Not a sessionable beer for me but something I would have again. For a DIPA, the flavors in this beer are kind of subtle.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of imbibehour
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a snifter glass.

A creamy off light white/tan head with a dull orange amber to brown body with yellow hues. Barely seen rising carbonation from the bottom and not much lacing.

Bouquet is strangely mealy (mealy? did I say that.. it's like the first word that popped into my head) and mushy over-ripe fruit. Mushy mango/pineapple and banana with a sense of slightly buttery/cream sensation. I am not a fan of these notes but other people might be, but this over-ripe fruit and mushiness is not appealing to me.

Taste is sugary brown sweetness and caramel. Syrupy feel with a very downplayed hop presence by sugar alcohol rush. Not much of the fruit sensations even come out on the palate.

Overall could be worse but a little too sweet for my palate, and i'am not too fond of the nose.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours much darker brownish amber than I would expect for the style. Very large crème head, thanks to it being on tap I am sure. Flavor is a thicker malt base with a sweet tone that seems slightly syrupy. But the hop tones are certainly here. Thick piney ones, but the malts are definitely working in on the mix. This is pretty nice and it starts off as an easy drinker but gets less so as it warms from some real noticeable boozy tones.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome

A - Medium yellow/orange. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

S - Fresh grapefruit, pine, some peach and a touch of honey sweetness from the malts. Very fresh and vibrant nose.

T - A big bitterness up front with grapefruit, peach and pine flavours. Some honey/caramel sweetness from the malts in the background but this is definitely a hop forward IIPA.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 70.3% out of 100 with 165 ratings
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