Amarillo | Brouwerij De Molen

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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
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 +4.2%
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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Photo of draheim
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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 +8.6%
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 hulchris
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Geert
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of pkenkman
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of safaricook
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of windypete
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Nuggethops
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thunder
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of supermeniscus
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of IPA35
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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%
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 eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Amarillo from Brouwerij De Molen
3.83 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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