Amarillo Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by OskarL on 01-08-2010

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Ratings:
229
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle expiring April 2011. Pours a huge fluffy head in my Sam Adams full size glass. Orange-tangerine aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, ornage with a bit of grapefruit rind... highly drinkable...to the last drop. Great IPA, about as good as it gets. A bit of tongue tingling, and some drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger large frothy head with lots of lacing and retention on a cloudy amber with golden hues body.

S: very musty hop aroma with a wet sock hop and citrus notes.

T: ridiculously piney and sour hops flavor. Definitly captures the Amarillo flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good beer but the drinkablity of an Amarillo only hopped beer isn’t very drinkable. A good one to try but at $6 all of these are pricey.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another of the single hop series, i want to try them all. this one pours a little darker than the others ive had, copper to bronze in color, slighly hazy with some suspended yeast particles and a foamy and persistent tan head. the nose is pretty bitter, but with a touch of light fruit, maybe apricots or something, and then the yeast. flavor is bold but generic in some way, perhaps this hop variety is integrated into a lot of beers, but its just sort of hoppy to me, without any distinct features of its own. it has a short lived bitter punch felt mostly in the finish, but im not sure thats special to the amarillo. it would make a fine bittering hop, and the aroma is indeed nice with that touch of fruit, but its hard to pick out anything special about this hop, other than this beer is friggen delicious and i think the amarillo may be more of a complete hop, more versatile in a single hop beer than some of the others. this is a bold ipa, one that im enjoying very much. well carbonated and just past medium on the body, i could drink this all night.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that never quite dissapeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of orange citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel and oranges and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable because the taste of alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, a fantastic IPA displaying what's best about Amarillo hops: citrus, tropical fruits, and a smooth, crisp dryness.

The beer begins with a glowing copper color, maybe borrowing some orange tones. A medium haze is left over from dry-hopping. A billowing and creamy off white head persists thoughout the session, leaving rings of lace behind with each sip.

Orange zest, pineapple, appricots, and ruby reds are all displaed in the nose- the obvious contributions from the Amarillo hops. But the malt character gives a moderate graham cracker scent with a light medium alcoholic backdrop.

Flavors are much more balanced between the hops and malt particularly up front in taste. But as the beer transitions to mid palate, the malts fade into a semi-sweet dryness, allowing the fruity and spicy hop flavors to dominate from then through the finish. Light esters and alcohol fruitiness play into the flavors of the hops very well.

Creamy and full bodied early with the malt foreground and ample carbonation. But as the malt sweetness falls off, the beer crispens up nicely into a bitter and drying finish, encouraged along by the alcohols.

The malt character is quite the same as in all other Mikkeller Single Hop series beer. But the display of Amarillo has to be one of the most fragrant and fruity in the series.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, glassy medium golden amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy pale beige head, which forms an inverted cupcake island as it sinks away, with some frizzy splotches of lace dripping down the sides of the glass.

It smells of strong bitter citrus, a bit muddled between grapefruit, orange, and a more exotic tropical fruitiness, and equally pungent caramel cream malt. The taste brings some mild pine resin into the citrus bitterness equation, with a warm nondescript spicy tingle, and the malt takes on a more bready, caramelized toffee nature. The elevated booze gets hidden behind all the aforementioned ado.

The carbonation is fairly reserved, and unobtrusive, the body a decent medium weight, and just a wee bit clingy, but generally smooth. It finishes with a zingy citrus/floral bitterness, tempered less so now by the waning malt.

It's clear from this particular single-hop experiment, that the Amarillo variety is a common ingredient in the IPAs that I normally enjoy - fruit, spice, and a bit of green earthiness. Thanks for the instructional deconstruction, Mikkeller!

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Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favourite hop varietals, my number one favourite brewer. Picked this one up at Vendome Liquor. Cost was $5.49. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the brewery is amazing but this single hop series has been a failed experiment. 6.9% according to my bottle (not 6.8% as currently listed on the site). Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No wonder it's so expensive.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Body colour is a semitransparent pale copper. Translucent. Some fine yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation seems good. The retention time seems to be about seven minutes - quite impressive.

Sm: Amarillo, fantastic malts, heavy Belgian biscuit malt, some incredible bright fruit, and Belgian biscuity yeast. Wow. A hell of an aroma for an American IPA. This blows me away. Unexpected. An average strength aroma. The fruit actually reminds me of a good Belgian quad. So damned evocative.

T: Heavy amarillo. Grassy. A full bodied biscuit malt foundation. Floral and lightly bitter. Everything I look for in a hop build. I think this beer helps me settle it: Amarillo is my favourite hop strain. Brilliant and tasty. A hint of hop oil. Flavourful finish. Much more complex and full-bodied than the other single hop series beers I've had from Mikkeller. I dig it. Very well balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Ideal thickness for the style and flavour profile. Just a touch oily. Excellent carbonation. Suits the flavours quite well. Bolstered by cream throughout.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style. Among the best IPAs I've had. This single hop series disappointed me heavily until this beer came along, reminding why I love Mikkeller in the first place. As a homebrewer, I'm glad I tried this just to learn more about Amarillo. IPA fans will dig this one. I'd love to try this on-draught. Worth its somewhat high price. I used to think Mikkeller only brewed great dark beers. Now I know better. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Really tasty. Wow. Refreshing and delicious. I'll definitely be having this one again. I'd recommend it to friends.

A-

Serve cold.

This challenges Sculpin for status as my favourite IPA. In fact, I think it beats it. Though there is that one IPA from Diamond Knot...

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus and grapefruit notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops. Interesting beer though a was expecting even more grapefruit and more floral undertones. This is now making me wonder whether Amarillo is still my favorite hosp as I had previously thought.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a three-finger, off white head of thick foam. It left very sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, cut grass, orange and some caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted good and bitter with a piney/grassy hop bite. It had a spicy kick with just enough caramel maltiness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This might be my favorite of the Single Hop series so far (only 4 consumed).

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper color that is mostly transparent. Hard pour yields a substantial four-finger head, which eventually falls down into a nice half-finger ring around the glass and the lovely "head dome" in the center of the beer. Plenty of legs on the side of the glass. After a good swirl, the initial whiff brings clear grassy and floral hop notes. A tiny amount of light stone fruit as well. I'm thinking perhaps apricot. Given the absence of any noticeable sweetness, I'm guessing that I'm picking up a few esters.

Taste starts out with some initial bitterness, fading into some light floral notes from the hops. Moderately-strong levels of bitterness on the finish; this seems to be quite a bit hoppier than the previous iterations from the single-hop series that I have had. After a few more sips, I get a bit of apricot and peach, along with a tad bit of alcohol heat. Finish remains dry. Nice medium body. Nice nose and taste combined with a really nice, dry mouthfeel make this a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 3-inch off-white rocky head which leaves clumpy lace.

N: Citrus (oranges), herbal, floral, vegetal, faint pine notes.

T: Follows nose with some fruity and floral from the yeast. Grainy and some spices.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, yeasty and malty finish.

O: Nice aroma, but the flavor is rather dull to me.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with a thumb of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Leafy hops, apples

T: Pears, leafy & herbal hops, some woody notes & green apples up front. More green apples & woody hops as this warms along with a bit of lemon zest & grapefruit in even smaller amounts . Finishes with woody & herbal hops, a touch of pears & not much else

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, okay balance

Easy enough to drink, but this doesn't really make me think Amarillo Hops, may be an old bottle, but the dating code is too f-ing cryptic for me

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.93 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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