Amarillo Imperial India Pale Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Imperial India Pale AleAmarillo Imperial India Pale Ale

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BlazerT on 04-20-2014

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by admiral:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of BRB1978
4.96/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlazerT
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass
A: Orange to amber colour with medium, white head, which dissapears pretty fast. Little bit hazy in clarity.

S: Prominent fruity hop aroma - sharp and tangy citrusy character (orange, tangerine, some grapefruit). Some peachy notes. Clean malty sweetnes. Alcohol hardly noted in the background.

T: Medium strength pungent citrus hops flavours - orange, tangerine. Medium hop bitterness. Low, clean malt flavours. Implied sweetness probably because of high Amarillo content. Finish is medium-dry and fruity. Low bitterness in the aftertaste (grapefruit).

M: Smooth. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. No alcohol warming.

O: Fruity and refreshing beer. Highly drinkable. As it is IIPA it should be more hoppy and bitter. The amarillo hops gives it mentioned earlier some implied sweetness, what makes some imbalance.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml can, part of a quintet of these single-hopped DIPA offerings to recently arrive here in Alberta.

This beer pours a very murky, dark apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and vaguely chunky dirty white head, which leaves some random splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed tropical fruity notes (pineapple, guava, and mango, mostly), a minor yeasty intransigence, and some heady leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, muddled domestic and exotic citrus rind, a further dried mango and pineapple core fruitiness, some thankfully ethereal yeasty esters, and more edgy earthy, weedy, and resinous pine verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, with all that (single) hop acridity taking more than a minor toll here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the varied fruitiness, and burgeoning alcohol combine for a kind of Yuk-a-Flux experience.

Overall, this is indeed another winner in the Mikkeller hoppy and boozy IPA stakes - more illumination of what something like Amarillo can do for your IPA-worthy tastebuds. Yeah, I know that I'm basically a repeating record, as such, but, when it tastes good, it fucking tastes good. Mic drop.

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Photo of drmeto
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-oranges,tangerines,grapefruit,resin,spicy,slight pineapple
-Follows the nose
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium to full body
-medium to high carbonation
Not as complex as the SH Citra version but still really good

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Amarillo Imperial India Pale Ale." [Not to be confused with Mikkeller's Amarillo Single Hop IPA.]

330ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art and unbranded yellow pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop in Budapest for 1300 Forent and served into a Zlaty Bazant glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is me favourite brewer and Amarillo me favourite hop. BB: 04/02/16. Brewed at De Proef. 8.9% ABV. Label by Keith Shore.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white colour. Okay thickness. Decent creaminess. Not much frothiness. Decent complexion and consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Translucent copper colour of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Semitransparent.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an (I)IPA, but it's generally appealing, sure. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Floral hop character. Sweetbread. Pale malts. Mango, tangerine. Clean barley.

The hop aromatics aren't actually what I'd expect given the use of amarillo, and differ even from Mikkel's own Amarillo Single Hop IPA.

It's a pleasant aroma, but the sweetbread dominates where the citrusy hop character should. Moderate in strength.

No overt alcohol, yeast character, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Floral hop notes. Juicy citrus - tangerine, hints of mango, some orange. Pale malts. Clean barley. Luckily, there's none of the boozy pineapple or soapiness I despise in an (Imperial) IPA and it's not overly bitter. There are light touches of faint nectary hop notes.

Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. It's got plenty of complexity and subtlety for the style, and is well balanced overall, with a cohesive build. I like it, and amarillo hops are well-implemented here, but there's definitely potential for improvement, and nothing about this hop or flavour profile makes this beer stand out in the style. Pleasant and definitely enjoyable to drink.

TEXTURE: Clean, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and of perfect thickness. Perfect carbonation. Good overall presence on the palate. This texture suits the taste well overall, but doesn't quit feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

Could be softer, I suppose. To style, it's not creamy.

OVERALL: It's a tasty imperial IPA and has plenty of flavour, but just doesn't compete with world class beers in the style. It's damn drinkable and I'd definitely get it again - even at this price point. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Absolutely worth trying, but perchance not worth seeking out. I could have many of these in one sitting, and this is testament to amarillo as a hop; it continues to be my favourite.


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Photo of DanielCseklye
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 08-10-2016, served in IPA glass.

L: appears murky, golden haze, big white head with decent retention. Flat carbonation due to the expiry date, i assume. It should have been drunken fresh.

S: Pineapple, bubble gum blast

T: Follows the nose with the essential hoppy aftertaste

F: Medium to high body

O: Very nice brew in the style, the imbalance has been caused by the date as i mentioned. I want to taste it as fresh as possible, i will go for it. I am impressed by the amarillo blast in the nose and taste.

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Photo of BeerTruck
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amarillo Imperial India Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 9 ratings