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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
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9
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9
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 HomerS
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

P: Pours a apricot color with a huge crown of bone colored dense creamy froth. Retention is good and clings to the edges. Multitudes of floating yeast.

S: Tropical fruit, syrup laced barley, toasted caramel, tart white grapes, clove, amaretto, and honey.

T/M: Flavor follows the nose but delivers nice bitterness of herbs and floral essence along with a great yeast balance. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a tad sticky with moderate carbonation that's very nice and relaxing. Finish is chalky and dry lingering subtle citrus soap.

O: A great blend of malts and hops. The yeast really develops this beer and adds a brilliant depth of flavor. I was really expecting the hops to shine but they were slightly subdued. I would love to have this in a six pack but since its sold in singles I'm not sure I will revisit this. All in all I enjoyed the flavor and simplicity. Cheers!

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.49/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep orange-brown amber color and completely hazy and opaque. The beer was poured with a cream colored head that had good retention and tiny bubbles. The reason for the 3 was that the style should have a lighter color and less haziness.

S: Next to no nose. Some caramel and heat with a very slight hint of citrus acidity.

T: Nice bittery hoppiness with some earthiness and a slight citrus flavor. Lingering notes of maltiness.

M: Light bodied, almost watery with sharp carbonation.

Overall this beer lacks body and the typical strong citrus notes associated with the amarillo hop variety. Also the lack of a strong hoppy nose defeats the purpose of creating a single hop IPA. If you want to display the characteristics of a hop variety, try and bring out the hops aroma, flavor and bitterness. This beer failed at 2 out of 3.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served into a snifter

A - Cloudy burnt orange with 2 fingers of creamy head that settles into a cap of fine bubbles. Not alot of lacing.

S - Spiced oranges, clean floral, soft woodiness, candied caramel, yeast and biscuits come out when warm

T - Spicy off the top, toasted grain, orange blossom, lightly sweet with a mellow caramel base. The spiciness is aggressive and almost dominates but there's a delicacy with the floral and citrus notes. There's an oak flavor on the finish.

M - Fine carbonation, soft feel, medium body.

Amarillo is a great variety to do a single hop beer. I think they pulled it off very well. The nose is very aromatic and the flavor is bold and spicy while still pulling delicate flavors out against a nice malt bill. Unfortunately it's too expensive to drink alot of these.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden amber, light tan 3 finger head. Nice and creamy foam beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, hops nice aroma mostly hop driven.

T: Citrus grapefruit/clementines super citrusy clean hop taste, a nice clean bitterness, great balance between aroma, flavor and bitterness, with a neutral malt base. Clean finish. Lots of clementine on the end.

M: Clean neutral yeast, great balance, dry finish leaving me wanting more.

Overall: a rock solid brew it show cases a popular hop, and makes it shine. A great beer, hop simplicity at its best.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of cooler4life
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a fluffy one finger head with great foaming qualities and glass retention. Color is a deep hued burned orange. Some particulate can be seen swirling about.

S: A bit lacking in the nose, as the beer warms I detect some dry biscuit, malt, and light citrus. I wanted just a little bit more.

T: Delicate flavors of pine, citrus, rock candy and malt.

M: Carbonation is perfect, stickiness great. Mouthfeel is really standout for this beer.

O: I really liked the balance of this brew. Given the price, I wouldn't get it again, but it was nice to taste the purity of the single Amarillo hops.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 6$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes and there appears to be some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some light pine and some buttery notes with a hint of grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - The best before date on the cap had rubbed off.. so I'm not sure how fresh this is, but I'm assuming its a little older. The flavours aren't very vibrant and there isn't much of a punch. For the price, I'd reach for some fresh somewhat locally made IPA's next time.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is veiled, copper color with a nice sticky head on top of it. The foam is dense. The aroma is all citrus hops with some grapefruits... Typical of Amarillo hops. Some pines in there too. Very nice aroma. A good base of malts is also presents. On the taste, it's all hops. Piny and citrusy. Full bodied. Finish is quite bitter but well balance by the malts base. Heavy beer... Another good one from mikkeller.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Converge
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - Big foamy, slightly off-white head; definitely bottle conditioned. Hazy bronze-amber body. Typical looking Mikkeller IPA. Thick, frothy head retention with sticky webs of lace.

S - Smell is a little subdued. Mainly floral hops, with a touch of bright fruitiness, pine needles, and spice. Mild bready malt, but not much balance. It's got this slight acetone character to it, sort of sterile, but it's light.

T - Opens up surprisingly malty, with toasty caramel malt, earthy spice, and dank woodiness. The finish is grassy and herbal, with mild bitterness. Alcohol is oddly detectable, but nothing too abrasive. Minimal pine, citrus, or tropical notes, with a bigger focus on earthy herbal hops and malty balance. The slight acetone-like quality from the aroma also shows up in the taste a bit.

M - Surprisingly low carbonation, but what's there is fine bubbles providing a nice smoothness. Medium bodied feel, with a finish that's slightly dry.

D - A decent and drinkable IPA, but Mikkeller didn't quite bring out the highlights of the Amarillo hop like Phillips did in my review from the other day. The hop profile is also a lot different in general here. The lack of depth from only using one hop also shows a bit. An average IPA.

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