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.

Added by OskarL on 01-08-2010

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Photo of mrand01
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 6/22/10

A: Copper, amber color. Opaque, with an unrelenting head.

S: Citrus/grapefruit, maybe a little coriander(?)

T: Bitter & pretty hoppy

M: Incredibly carbonated, not very enjoyable.

The carbonation really hinders the ability to enjoy this beer too much. I've never had an IPA that was so frothy. Perhaps a bad bottle?

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Poured in to a DFH pint glass. Poured a copper color with a big, sturdy and lasting head that was thick enough to shape.

S Grassy not super pungent but the one and only scent was that of grass.

T Like an english IPA, balanced not a hop bomb.

M Mouthfeel is not watery but slightly thin. Not a very sticky hop but a clean one.

O Good beer, not sure I would call this an american IPA, its maybe slightly east coast. But I think its more of an English ipa.

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

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this pick. And to think I was just saying I wanted to work on my hop profiling. From my notes:

Poured this into a tulip from the bottle. Pours with some foam, about half a centimeter. Tight, quickly dissipates into some pronounced bubbles. Nice nose, not very pronounced. Straw color with some haze. So this is what Amarillo hops smells like? Grassy, with a lingering aroma.

The aroma isn’t the only thing that lingers. Grass comes out on the palate, along with a lingering aftertaste. Is it the hops? It’s the hops. There’s a nice finish to this beer. A very distinct profile. It makes me curious to try some more single-hop beers in this series.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at Davis Beer Shoppe and brought back to San Anto. Worth the haul.

The single Amarillo hops allows you to get a sense of what other beers utilize which hops. I would like to try others in the series.

Golden and Cloudy.

Great hops aroma.

Taste good.

Drink it.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-copper color with two fingers of off-white head. Outstanding retention and lace, strong carbonation.

S: Sweet malt, mellow peach and a little pine. Nice.

T: Semi-sweet, bready malt, a little pine bitterness on the finish. Well, kind of a let down. Not bad, but not nearly as good as I was expecting, after the aromas.

M: Light, creamy, with some astringence.

O: Not a bad beer, but more of an APA in flavor than an IPA. Looks beautiful in the glass and the lace is breathtaking, but the flavor just falls short of expectations. Still, worth a try, you be the judge.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle labelled diferently than the one pictured. Dark brown label. IBU 72

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a heavier off-white head than most of the others in this series. Thick, fluffy, off-white head with a moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Mostly spicy, and some floral/earthy scents.

T&M: Smooth upfront with a bitter/dry finish. Tastes much like the smell with spiciness and heavy citrus flavors. Floral all the way through.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange hued with a substantial white head. Decent retention and lacing. The aroma consists of citrus hops and fruits, particularly orange and a hint of pineapple. The flavor is a balance of hops and malt, with some caramel sweetness. The finish brings some bitterness and residual sweetness. I liked the Mikkeller Citra IPA more, though this was a decent beer. Worth a try.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper-amber ale in color with a huge, white, frothy, three-finger head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail throughout the whole glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Just like the other Mikkeller single hop ipas this one has a strong hoppy aroma. There are hints of caramel and citrus in this one but mostly a hop dominated smell.

T: Rich hoppy floral flavor throughout. Bitter at first but mellow a bit with hints of citrus and apricots. Balance leads to the hops way over the malt – but fits the style well.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This Mikkeller single hop was similar to the other one and to be honest they are all starting to blend together a little. This one did not stick out more than the others although it did seem a bit more hoppier. This was a very good American IPA.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly the same really really good appearance as most of the other single hop IPAs in this series: Dark orange, huge fluffy head with lacing, a bit too carbonated, smooth mouthfeel. Its becoming rote at this point, its really remarkable how 98% of the difference amongst the series strictly stays in smell and taste. Staying -consistent- in a small craft brewery is a lot harder than most folks give proper credit for.
This one has earthy, peppery spice, grassy notes, and faint orange peel and florals in the back end of the nose. Looks like we have another all-rounder hop variety here. Taste is much of the same in the nose. Nice core bittering bite. Only thing missing is some of the tropical fruit notes you find in hop varieties like Citra.
Solid dependable all rounder that does everything semi-well without being outstanding in anything seems to define Amarillo.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper with a thick tan head leaving a small layer of foam and streaks of lace.

S - Juicy fruits with sweet caramel malt and citrus.

T - Bitter with sweet caramel and candied citrus fruit. Citrus fruity hops linger.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

D - One of the first Mikkeller single hops I have tried that actually showcase the hop but still not as tasty as other all amarillo beers i have had.

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Photo of loren01
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, nice 2 finger width head with great lacing down the glass
S: Smell is very citrusy as well as a nutty/biscuty malt scent
T: I love the Amarillo hop...the best hop for an IPA in my opinion. Nice grapefuity taste, well balanced out with nutty maltiness
M: Medium bodied beer, smooth and oily going down
D: Very drinkable beer. Rather expensive though...if it were less expensive I would drink this one quite often.

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Photo of shambeano
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

shared with a mate, and poured into a tulip.

A- pours a dark golden amber. about 2 inches of fluffy head, nice lacing.

S- a whole bunch biscuity malt up front, hops are hiding a bit behind the malt on the nose, i can pick up some herbal aromas.

T- straight up there is some bitterness at the back of the mouth that just builds throughout the entire mouthful. touch of tropical fruit in there, but the hop itself is a touch nondescript, the hops taste a whole lot more bittering than floral to me.

M- a touch on the thicker side, creamy almost, the bitterness really attacks the back of the palate, and the length of bitterness is extraordinary. it just keeps lingering for ages. brilliant.

D- i could have a couple of these if i wasnt having anything else. powerful flavours and a powerful finish, a great sipper, but not a session beer at all. however, i like that in a beer.

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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 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 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 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 ms11781
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an orangish amber color with a 2 finger, off white head. Head sticks around for a while but eventually ends up being a foamy white cap. Great lacing left down the side of the glass right down to the bottom.

Nose is a good balance of hops and malt right almost all the way though. The aroma is floral, with some citrus a well, to go along with the sweet malts.

Taste is stronger than the nose. Same floral and citrus notes from the hops. Sweet caramel malt flavors come through as well. There is also some spiciness to go along with a good lingering bitterness in the dry finish.

Medium body with carbonation to match. Just enough carbonation to give it a bite when combined with some spicy and bitter hop flavors.

Easy drinking IPA but probably another one and done. It serves its purpose in showing off the Amarillo hops but I'd most likely rather move on to another in the series than have another one of these.

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

Reviewed on 2/22/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, hop resins, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor of rich caramel malt and floral hops with a bitter hops finish. Nice and drinkable, slightly mellow in the hops department. Good IPA!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

awesome amber color with nice continuation of bubbles throughout, and a huge white head that takes about a decade to disappear.
nose is the only area this beer slightly lacks, although its not bad... it just doesnt have anything smacking me in the face. its a decent amount of pine laced with citrus, more pine than anything.
taste any mouthfeel are holy sh*t worthy. it bursts with bitter amarillo hops, its so delicious. its definitely something you need to take your time with because it leaves your tongue screaming for a cleanser. pine pine pine... bitter bitter bitter.
if you take your time, drinkability is high because it just leaves you wanting more, but if you rush into it, forget about drinkability.

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Photo of ratedz
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber/brown color. The head on this beer was HUGE. I thought I poured it the same way that I poured the other nine in the series, but the head was well above the top of the glass and it sat there for a long time. I had to wait five to ten minutes just for it to subside enough for me to take a sip. The smell was a nice balance between the sweet malts and the piney hops. The balance of flavors was noticeable in the taste also. The piney and slightly citrusy hops were balanced nicely with some caramel sweetness. This was an excellent IPA and was one of my top three in the series.

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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 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 bigfnjoe
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a slightly dark shade of orange with a very puffy 3 finger offwhite head. Love the head...looks great. Really great lacing too.

S- not a whole lot on the nose...what I'm getting is pine, mostly. Maybe some slight citrus hints too. Not much going on here.

T- piney and bitter, but not too the point where you pucker, though it does stick around for awhile...really nice.

M- its pretty thin, but I don't want it to be thicker with how bitter this is. It would absolutely kill you

D- definitely a sipper. Really bitter. Total palate killer

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Photo of berebrando
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 4-11-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: lots of nose; spicy and earthy; cinnamon; super bitter finish.
Brandon: good balance; one of the best hops in the series; bitter, dry, pine needles

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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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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.93 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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