Amarillo Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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

A: Poured a nice deep orange color with a nice white head

S: Pine and some citrus here

T: {;enty of hops up front. Pine, citrus & tropical fruit and perhaps some caramel

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite a dry and bitter finish.

D: One of the better single hops but still not worth the price

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Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 6.9%abv., coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 26/03/2015, served mildly chilled in a Hapkin’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a murky, dark reddish amber colour, coming with a thick, dark beige cappuccino froth with very good retention, while the carbonation remains mild and sporadic.
S: overripe fruitiness manifests along with a thick body of mixed malts, with caramel, Munich and nutty malts in dominance, littered with some acidic sweetness from yeastiness and a faint touch of funk even. Given a very good swirl, resinous hops with a main theme of pine sprigs, earthy and also citric notes come to the fore, while the maltiness also presents a somewhat… “creamy” feature.
T: lightly effervescent, the flavour is full-bodied with crystal and pale malts in support of a light layer of spicy and piney hops, without lending any sweet influence; the aftertaste is earthy, tea-ish and burned nutty bitter, semi-raisin-like in aroma, and lightly chewy tannic, in a fashion almost as if roast malts are used in the boiling process, while a rather deep aroma as of toasted malts lingers in the very end alongside a light alc. warmth.
M&O: overall, the mouthfeel is refreshing and light against an unusually robust but not sweet malt backbone, resulting in an intriguing contrast on the palate. I can’t say I really like this version as the hop elements are far more pronounced in their bitter departments than in the aroma & flavour ones, but the thick body without too much sweetness really hooks my palate almost in the same way as a darker Premium Bitter could do. Worth trying for once at least, I think.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a mixture of an ipa and a red ale, this one has some red and darker than yellow colors to it. 3/4" white head. Some pine and fruit like apple and honey smells.

Taste was tough, Amarillo is a smell hop for the most part, not so much flavoring and bitterness. Dry, body light. Good stuff, but never gonna be a repeat at a very high price point. I mean, you could have this, or Pliny for the same price (and a 500ml bottle instead of 375 essentially).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 21/2/12

A very hazy dark brownish orange with a large darker side of cream colored head has great retention the foam just sits there, fairly distinct rings of lace pretty far down the glass and the foam eventually falls to an island leaving lace deep down the glass

S lots of pine and a mild floral aspect, citric rind and a little caramel

T just a little spicy on the finish but other then that the taste mimics the smell pretty well without as much pine

M leaves a little behind in your mouth, slight bite to it, creamy from the bubbles medium bodied for the color

O no mention of the booze anywhere above should say something for a 6.9% IPA, solid brew for sure

I have a history of liking Amarillo hops and this beer is no different, I like the piney nose and the beer in general

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, with a tinge of citrus.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. Very bitter, but has a nice taste of citrus and malt to help balance it out.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another extremely drinkable, extremely well made beer from Mikkeller.

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

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is hugely hoppy with a blend of pine, spruce and pinesol. Very nice. The palate opens moderately bitter with plenty of pine and some pinesol. Sweetness is low, this is dry and moderately resiny on the finish. This was my #2 of the series, after the Nelson Sauvin.

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Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, frothy head into my pint glass. Color is amber and boy, the head is large. Lacing takes forever to recede.

Aroma is full of grassy amarillo hops that also have a slight citrus feel to them. A bit of biscuit malt lies underneath.

Taste is full of a strong amarillo bite that intensifies and feels almost like chewing on an amarillo hop. Citrusy with a strong hint towards grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bite but the malt peeks out a bit more towards the back. Otherwise, this beer is all about Amarillo.

Definitely worth trying if you want to learn to tell the difference between different hop varieties. I see that Mikkeller has a few other single hop beers as well. This beer may overwhelm your palate a bit but the key is to sip it and write down what comes to your mind when you taste it. Excellent.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark gold color with a little bit of red to orange running around in it. Taste the rainbow I guess. Ample head, very compact, thick and clingy, like Snooki. A little bit of pine, and some kind of unidentified fruit sweet smell (apple?).

Taste was a little bit lacking hop presence, but Amarillos seem to be more about aroma hops than anything else. Was very dry, that was nice, didn't weigh heavily at all. Grassy at times.

Lost some drinkability points for being expensive $5+ a bottle.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle thanks to Freud, served in my darkness snifter...Huge gumballhead fan so I'm excited to try this amarillo centric brew...A dark copper pour with light orange on the sides. A wondefully huge head of light tope that rises about four fingers with great retention and equally outstanding lacing that looks like coral reef...The aroma sadly doesn't have that much going on, a little sweet bread but mostly some light hops, I'm disappointed...The taste is better, a nice balance of sweetness on the front with a strong hop presence throughout. A nice bitter feel that has a lasting taste.

Easy to drink and enjoyable, one of the better in the series.

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Photo of drpimento
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this single hop line from Mikkeller is outta sight. This one isn't quite as good as a couple of other and is better than the Cascade. Poured with a nice thick foamy frothy creamy light tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is spicey hop malt caramel and a bit of yeast. Color is a hazy medium dark amber. Flavor is like aroma with great up front bitter sweet balance. Body is full and carbonation is just as it should be. Finish is like flavor and leaves me wanting another swallow. Session for sure.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy dark amber color with a thick white head. There was a good deal of lace.

A pleasant sweet aroma. A lot of citrus, and a little bit of pine.

Citrus forward in the taste. Grapefruit and tangerine. Still fairly sweet. Some piney hops late.

Hoppy, but not overly so. A little bit viscous.

This was a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Ohh yes... another amber colored single hop beer. This one, again, has about one full finger of off-white head that settles into a rocky layer along the top of the beer.

S: Sweet caramel malt, some musty grapes, a bit or orange peel, and just a dash of spice.

T: It starts out sweet, with some of the must and orange coming through in the middle. The finish is pretty bitter, but not over the top. The hop profile on this one seems really subtle.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet, but not cloying. The finish is bitter, but doesn't linger for too long.

O: Again... a decent beer, but this one is fairly forgettable. The flavors are really subtle and nothing jumps out at me. I'm happy to have tried it, but I would pay for this beer again.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops with equal amounts of mild pine and tropical fruits. As the beer warms the tropical fruit aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly yield to grapefruit and mild tropical fruit hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. The hop flavors gain complexity as the beer warms with additions of earthy pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was certainly one of the better single-hop beers I've had from the series. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped 04/11/11.

A: Two fingers of tight, creamy head. Ruddy amber, golden clear. Heavy lacing.

S: Fruity-gentle hops. Black tea and soft apricot. Floral, but not obviously bitter.

T/M: An excellent IPA. Less hoppy than the Simcoe variant. Full of citrus (and bittering citrus peel), as well as a creamy fruit, almost like fruit salad. A thick mouthfeel with a touch of welcome carbonation and an only lightly dry aftertaste.

O: I love single-hop IPAs and, it turns out, I quite appreciate Amarillo. Recommended. Would have again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a date on the cap of 04/4/11 so I am hoping this is a relatively fresh sample. The color is orange witha good head that laces the glass. The smell is odd, hoppy but I can't pinpoint a specific aroma. The taste is bitter like aspirin with a hint of lemon and a decent malt going on. This was interesting and better than the Simcoe single hop I had previously from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma has an undertone of hay and more than a hint of apple. It pours a hazy dark copper, bordering on mahogany, with a fairly fluffy and somewhat persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is fairly hoppy and has a rather strong malty note for an IPA, as well as a firm fruity undertone and a floral hint. Full-bodied texture is smooth and a little fizzy, though it lacks the edginess I frequently find in IPAs. Still, a decent and worthwhile brew.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful rusty dark amber color with a robust off-white cap and incredibly full lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of piny hop and sweet but woodsy malt. A very nice blend. The flavor brings the same with a somewhat heavier hop accent and more herbal qualities dominating the malt. It has a sort of green floral character and plenty of bitterness to round this into an excellent IPA type experience. It's mid-bodied with a well carbonated somewhat lighter feel, and seems very drinkable. A nice hop brew that should be agreeable to any IPA lover. Mikkeller is quickly earning my every respect.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with the large off-white persistent head I'm used to seeing with the Mikkeller IPA's. Many rings of lacing.
Nose shows lots of juicy fruits, confectionary, oranges, lemon, resin and peach blossom. Underneath is noticeable caramel malty goodness. This is great!
Flavours include more resin, peach and loads of caramel. Bold bitterness quickly asserts itself (overshadowing most of the other characteristics in the process) but is unfortunately slightly metallic.
Carbonation seems a little high, cuts the sweetness that I would have liked to last through the finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper with a puffy, pillowy white head.

S: Pine, lemon, and grapefruit aromas are framed against a backdrop of caramel and biscuity malt. A really effective contrast.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, lemon, grapefruit, mint, lime, orange rind, caramel, and biscuits explode on the palate. The finish is resinous and bitter with big pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes.

M: Medium bodied and fairly firm, but a little on the resinous side. Still fairly dry for the style.

O: This is an effective demonstration of the capabilities of Amarillo hops. It is also arguably one of the few Mikkeller Single Hop beers that is comparable to some popular American IPAs.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date: 04/11/11 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a piney/sweet hop note. The flavor was of malt, and a subtle piney hop. It had a medium feel on tha palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very very smooth American IPA. Flavors were really well balanced. This is probably my third favorite in the series that I've tried thus far.

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Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. I love this line from Mikkeller. He makes a consistent, dry IPA with a big hop character, perfect for showing off each hop strain. I wish that I could try them all back to back, but it's still been an educational experience thus far. The Amarillo is no different. It's a persimmon-colored beer with a huge pillowy head, like a thick whipped cream. The malt is way off somewhere in the background, pushing the hops front and center. It's bitter, though definitely not the bitterest so far, with a big grapefruit rind note. Unlike Simcoe, which I would eat raw if it was cheaper, Amarillo doesn't quite work by itself. However, it's a pleasure to taste it alone here. Amarillo seems to have a sweet, candy orange flavor with a bitter grapefruit finish. It's a bit one-dimensional, but this beer is a big help in identifying the flavor in other beers with a mix of hops. It's just a bonus that it's also a fair bit better than most IPAs. Fun beer - I look forward to the next in the line.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Mikkeller Mayhem at the Brick Store.

This one poured hazier than all the other version for some reason with a big creamy head that hung around for ages.

This had one of the better aromas of the IPAs with a big bright citrus aroma with oranges and pineapples. It seemed to be on the sweeter side of things as aroma go with a juicy citrus character to the whole thing

The taste isn't quite as heavy on the citrus and has a light lemon grass taste. Some light caramel malt sweetness. Citrus is still dominant but not as big as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with less bitterness than some other of the single hops.

This is a solid IPA that was much more impressive in the aroma than the taste.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothed up like a boy getting his first lap dance when opened.

Pours a burnished orange-amber colour with mild haze and a robust, steady bead feeding a big generous, puffy head of off-white foam, densely-packed bubbles up top and sinking around the edges. Pretty damn fine IPA look.

Smell is quite aromatic. Nice nutty malt base giving way to sweet floral hops, plenty of citrus on there with mild grapefruit predominant. Touch of pine resin and musk and a very slight solvent bitterness rounding off. Hops could be more forward, but otherwise a pleasant blend.

Hops are more forward on the palate. Noticeable nutty caramel malt base is quickly smothered by big citric hop burst, that rindy zest character coming through thick and fast with lemon/lime notes. After the initial fruitiness, a grapefruit bitterness backs up to cap off the mid, blending with a slight pine flavour on the back and a slight soapy note. Very puckering at the finish, reminds me why we typically use this for aroma and flavour and less for bittering. Bitter almost to the point of ashy at times.

Good healthy body, little bit of sizzle that is well-masked and padded by the maltiness. Goes down really beautifully given the bitter palate.

Yeah that bitterness is slightly off-putting at times but it's otherwise a very pleasant drop.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of the beer seems a touch lighter than the Tettnanger variety I had last night. Orange Amber color. Off white head holds its shape for a long while. Head grows above the rim of the glass and holds its shape. Clumpy lace everywhere.

Citrus, lemon aroma with a touch of yeast. Pretty floral.

Alcohol comes through on this variety as well. Some green flavors, a touch of menthol, some lemon, but not as strong as the aroma led on. Pretty decent balance between sweetness and bitter. As it warms more fruit and tropical notes come forth.

Just a hint of carbonation.
Like it better than the Tettnanger, but not nearly as nice as the Nelson.

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copperish color, very effervescent, and produces a thick, sticky off-white head.

A strong, spicy and pungent hop aroma greets the nose. Citrusy with hints of orange and lemon. A bit of light malt aroma.

Malt and bitterness. Light biscuit flavor. A very subtle orange flavor. Bitterness is well-blended with the malt character with finishing bitterness shiny through softly at the finish. Smooth, wet and clean mouthfeel.

A very pleasant AIPA. Nicely balanced with a good degree of complexity. Alchohol content is hardly noticeable, so flavor is strictly a malt/hop affair. Well worth checking out.

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.93 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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