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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 159
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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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 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 ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive been interested in trying this brew ever since joel from cellarbrations carlisle got back from his europe trip and had sampled this over there and had said that it is a nice drop,it pours a murky,cloudy light orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing here,there and everywhere,the smell of this brew is a nice fruit punch bowl mix of tangerine,melon,pineapple and some light citrus,it has a nice full mouthfeel which is dominated by a citrus burst of tangerines,mandarins and valencia oranges with a nice feint tinge of lime bitterness right at the end and overall a great brew that i could drink all night,highly recommend and will buy more of cheers.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 rvdoorn
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this bottle during a beer drinking session together with my beer buddy PapaEugene. I had several beers from Dutch brewery de Molen, and until now, really liked most of them. Bottle from Berts Bierhuis beershop in Utrecht. Poured into an Urthel glass. The beers pours an hazy dark yellow (amber-like) color with a high, creamy long-lasting white head.

The scent is fresh, full of sweet fruits (Peach, apricot), sweet caramel hops and a bit floral (like a typical tripel).

The taste is full of spicy hops with balanced acidity, in general much less sweet and fruity compared to the scent, with a nice bitterness in the end. The alcohol taste is medium-well hidden.

The mouthfeel is good. A bit watery maybe, with medium-high carbonation.

Overall, another good beer from the Molen. Not their best one though, but I would definitely not mind drinking it again.

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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 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 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 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 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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