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Amarillo | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 159
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty amber, touch of brown, with a bit of haze and thin head. Nose is a bready caramel with musty notes. Loads of sharp caramel on the palate with a mingle of sharp hop bitterness and slightly grassy or herbal caramel. Reminds me of malt extract from homebrewing actually. Body is medium with good carbonation. Finish is on the sweet side.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head dissipating quickly. Slight lacing.

Definitely on the maltier side aroma wise. Citrus and grapefruit hops do come through, but a big caramel biscuit presence stands out.

Big malts on the flavor as well. Loads of caramel and toffee. Almost more components of an American barleywine. Hops comes in at the end, but the finish is on the astringent side despite the malt.

Medium to thick bodied with carbonation levels a touch on the low side.

An ok beer. If you like big malty DIPA's, this is probably more up your alley. Still enjoyable, but could use more flavor hops and less astringency in the finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of fresh bread, biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, lemon rind, and orange are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, and bread quickly fade to display notes of mandarin orange, navel orange, grapefruit, lemon rind, grass, herbs, and subtle spruce. The finish is surprisingly clipped and balanced with a pleasant blend of grass, biscuit, herb, and tart citrus flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and dry. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is very restrained.

O: This is an excellent DIPA from one of Europe's more unique breweries. Compared to American variants of the style, Amarillo is maltier, drier, and much more restrained, but is still very tasty with great depth of flavor. I could see this one going over well with fans of stronger European craft ales.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Amber color. Thin white crown.Some spots. Sugary strawberry aroma,hints of pear.Sweet bitter upfront,slightly malty in the middle,licorice touch.Boundless molasses,strawberries & candies.Dry hoppy finish.Full body,soft carbonation.Woody resiny aftertaste.Pleasant drinkability.Watch up the ABV.Quite sugary.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of hops, malt, and citrus, particularly grapefruit.

T: Tasted of hops, light malt, and some citrus (the grapefruit). Not nearly as hoppy as I would have thought. A decent flavor that needed to be tweaked up just a little more, especially where the hops are concerned.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A likeable enough beer, in spite of some issues.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Olive Tree Market here in OB for $5.99 and poured it into an Odell Brewing tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey-like hue with a solid 1" white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of lacing in its tracks.

S: Bready yeast (cheap white bread style - Wonder brand or the likes), fruity tropical esters, fresh cut grass - green and chlorophyllic, finishing with a bit of booze on the back end that the malt balances out quite nicely.

T: Big time hop up front - grapefruit rinds, earthy moss, resinous ganja flavors - tropical fruit, fresh baked sourdough bread and carmel malt - slightly boozy on the finish.

M: On the heavier end of medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, with a clean and dry finish.

Extremely friendly drinker for such a big beer - hop is the focus here with everything else falling into place in its proper order - behind the hop that is!

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Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is another one of those beers where pouring a glass gets you more head than beer. The beer itself if a cloudy pale orange in color. There is an enormous off-white head that reduces slowly, leaving clumps of lacing on the way down.

S: Lots of seltzer, cracker, and carbonation. Some lighter citrus notes, primarily grapefruit, though there is a bit of orange and orange blossom as well.

T: Taste starts off with a lightly flavored sweetness, lots of pale malts and some sweet bread (much like Hawaiian Bread). Then it beer dries out quickly and becomes reminiscent of a cheap champagne. Some dry grapefruit, a bit of lemon and a trace of sweet tangerine. Quick finish.

M: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is appropriate. Mild to moderate bitterness. Very crisp and dry.

O: Decent and drinkable and while this one is "balanced," it is lacking in both hop and malt character. Maybe this beer is extreme for the Netherlands, but it is tame by American standards. And considering this beer is named after a great American hop, the hop character is sadly missing from it.

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

A clouded light amber brew, an off-white head, little lacing, and some curtains.

Fruity smells, peaches, grass, pine needles.

Very sweet, syrup, bread, tropical fruit marmalade, lemon peel.

Little carbonation, soft, smooth and sticky, slightly dry.

Very nice DIPA, a dessert in it self.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 kaelingirl
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass
A very nice deep orange with very thin off white head that fades quickly.
Strong dose of tropical fruit in the first smell and then a sweet syrup type smell.
The taste is similar to the arome in that the tropical fruit hits first and by the third or fourth sip you start to taste the alcohol. As the beer warms the hops seem to fade completely and it finishes very sweet but never overwhelming with the alcohol. Very good.

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

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Clear copper-amber pour with a huge three finger head with great retention and lacing. Really big herbal, resiny nose with tons of pine sap along with hints of pepper, orange peel, grass, and tea. The taste noticeably does not follow suit. I was expecting a bitter hop bomb, but this was syrupy and sweet, with almost no bitterness from the hops. I kept waiting for the hops to kick in as it warmed, but I got nothing. You get the flavor of the hops, but the malty sweetness is totally dominant. Lots of caramel and toffee with plenty of pine, but there's no bitterness that typically accompanies the pine. The alcohol was present throughout, and that, combined with the over the top sweetness, made the mouthfeel a syrupy mess. This is definitely the most disappointing beer I've tried from De Molen.

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Photo of mbasti
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 0.33l bottle bought at the beer shop in Bodegraven, bottled 09.05.2011.

Appearance: Reddish, maybe dark amber hue. Gigantic fluffy head resulting from a strong pour, which has amazing retention. Hazy which doesn't seem to result from chilling since it does not clear up while it warms.

Smell: heavenly hoppy smell, scrumptious with flowers, citrus fruits like lemon and mandarine, tropical mango. Classic Amarillo profile, loving it!

Taste: solid malty base but not too sweet, soon run over by hop bitterness which balances the sweet flavors nicely, tropical fruits all over the place, mango again, feels like a candy shop in your mouth. Just damn tasty! Finish is rather try and slightly bitter in a pleasant way. The 9.2% ABV is not noticeable at all.

Overall: Dutch take on the Imperial IPA style, I really enjoyed this beer.


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Photo of smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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 CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took me about 10 minutes to pour into my tulip glass given the enormous head that slides out on the tiniest of pours. Head settles slowly, leaves bubbly lacings. Pretty chunky, loads of UFOs after emptying the bottle, makes the beer look pretty muddy.

Aroma is quite nice. Big mango with lighter tropical fruits around the edges.

Mango is up front, starts quite sweet then slowly mellows out to a nice subtle fruitiness. Bitterness is quite subdued, certainly not as abbrasive as most DIPAs. Alcohol is also well under control. Admirable balance for the style.

I could probably use a touch more carbonaiton on this one, everything is just a touch too laid back.

Nice beer, not much of a looker though.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at De Molen in Bodegraven. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy gold or medium copper sorta colour. Fluffy three finger eggshell head. Good rings of lacing and a good half finger head retention.

S - Woah hops. Really piney with grapefruit and pineapple to go along with it. Quite a malt body to it as well with lot's of thick breadiness.

T - Nice and malty with a huge hop presence again. Lot's of that pine character with less citrus and the breadiness again which keeps it well balanced.

M - Prickly carbonation and a full body. Bitter finish lingers, drying the mouth nicely.

O/D - Nice IIPA. The aroma gave off more of a complex IIPA character than the flavour did. The pine and fruit balance in it was nicer than the pine dominance of the taste. The good malt backbone keeps it under control as well.

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Photo of corby112
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a dark, cloudy burnt orange color with golden tangerine edges when held to a light and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet malty aroma which is odd for the style with hints of caramel and biscuit. Underneath, there is some sweet citrus peel and tropical fruit with hints of pineapple, mango and orange peel. These are very faint and maybe I'm stretching a bit but there's something there. Sweet boozy alcohol.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a thick sweet boozy presence that really overpowers the hops. Huge malt presence that is more prominent than the hops with hints of biscuit, caramel and toffee. Underneath, there is some sweet alcohol heat and sticky dry hops. Very earthy and kind of cloying with all dryness and subtle sweetness. Not much citrus or tropical fruit that the aroma suggests. Boozy, thick and syrupy. Very disappointing.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ale House, served in a tulip.
The beer was a hazy amber color with a small, off-white head. A small amount of sticky lace.
Sweet fruity aroma. Very strong herbal hops. Peppery in my nose.
Taste followed aroma. Sweet orange fruit taste, strong piney hops.
Smooth and sweet mouthfeel. Not very carbonated.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of largadeer
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
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 Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber, nice lace as to style, fair head retention.

S: Lots of tropicality, notes of pot, classic Amarillo.

T: The pine and tropical fruit/pineapple flavour in this beer are very good. The floral, flowery aspect is also intriguing, a nice complexity. Real mild malt.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, I get that hop juice feel with the real light carbonation.

D: I love the Amarillo, so I was excited to try this. Not mind-blowing, but a good beer, it still has that Low Countries yeast feel to it.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and considerable stick lacing. This beer has that telltale, almost skunky amarillo hop aroma that I like, along with pepper and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, with the orange citrus really dominating. This moderately sweet IPA is nicely balanced by the hoppy bitterness, and it finishes with a fairly dry, bitter finish (though there's definitely some noticeable sweetness). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finsih. The beer seems to have fairly low carbonation, which gives it something of a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good, especially for the abv. You can tell there's some alcohol in this beer, but it's so well blended into the flavor profile, it would easy to overdo it with this nicely crafted beer.

A very solid effort. Impressive.

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Photo of arturorg
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle to a Unibrou tulip glass

First of all, I had a major gush opening the bottle, then serving the beer I spilled some more in the floor, it gets a huge head when poured so be careful.

Appearance: It a murky dark amber with sediments on it, don't get me wrong it's a very inviting color.

Aroma: It was a very aromatic beer, just opening the bottle there was a rush of fruity smells straight to your nose, I got hints of peaches, tea and pines.

Palate: it is a full bodied beer, very effervescent, a little bit warming from the alcohol (the alcohol flavor it's not overwhelming at all), the aromas are representen in the palate as well.

Overall its a very inviting beer that I will repeat again, very fresh and refreshing as well that leaves you with a good buzz. Recommended

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