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:
#13,089
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
165
Liked:
116
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.79%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is very well carbonated as a careful pour produces a tulip filling, five-finger thick head that is a light tan color. The beer is a lightly red stained honey color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, red-orange stained gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sticky with hop notes of candied citrus zest, tangelo, lychee, ripe-concentrated berries, but also some herbal notes and a touch of grassiness. The hops really make the aroma exuberantly fruity smelling. Towards the finish, when you really dig around, I get a soft subtle note that smells a bit like ripe cheese; soft but more significant is some malt influence aromatics of toasted crackers, and crushed pale malt. As the beer warms up the nose picks up a bit more funkiness that is sort of musty along with the previously mentioned ripe cheese. Definitely an enjoyable nose to smell for a spell.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer has an ample carbonation that froths up out of the slightly viscous stream of beer as it flows across the tongue. The beer is not heavy, but I do prefer my Double IPAs a touch lighter on the palate (this is still pretty quaffable for a beer of this strength though). In the finish is a lingering hop bitterness as well as a menthol and pine like herbal hop character; A touch of alcohol heat seems to bring out this last note a bit more as well, the sharp menthol especially really lingers on the tongue. The hop influenced fruitiness in the flavor leans more towards bright berry flavors as well as notes of candied orange zest and ample lychee. A touch of grassy hop character becomes noticeable after a bit as does some cracker like malt and of course a more prominent sweet malt character that boosts the fruit-leaning hop notes. The subtle funkiness of the aroma (despite getting even more accentuated with my second pour) really isn't much noticed in the flavor, it perhaps contributes a touch of phenolic character that mixes with the sharper herbal hop notes and hot higher alcohols.

Where the aroma was all fruit hop character the flavor has a mix of fruit and herbal hop character. This is definitely a nice beer, it can get a little harsh and alcoholic in the flavor at times, but you can't have everything with a 9.2% abv beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 corby112
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
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 bylerteck
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 FLima
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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 mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at in de wildeman in amsterdam

coaster notes

appearance: served in a tulip on a monday afternoon in amsterdam - orange body, foamy white cap

smell: floral hops - tangerine, orange.

taste: good DIPA - grapefruit citrus, tangerine, melon, orange, caramel, peach.

mouthfeel: medium body, oily hops

drinkability: good

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Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 tbryan5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +29.5%
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!

RJT

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Photo of BdM
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 -11.7%
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 ncaudle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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