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Amarillo Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

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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 lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy amber with big off white head, leaving heavy lace.

Aroma: Grapefruit, wood, spice. All about the hop.

Taste: Wood, grapefruit, some grass. Herbal, peppery. Lots of bitterness that lingers. ABV slightly evident. Malt profile balances, offering some caramel flavour that cleverly restrains the sweetness you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Along with their Tomahawk Single Hop IPA, this Amarillo Single Hop IPA is an excellent showcase for the qualities and nuances of this hop variety. Another excellent beer from Mikkeller.

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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 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 MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light golden amber, slight chill haze, nice lasting and dense head and lacing.
S: tropical fruit, citrus and floral notes in there as well.
T: nice mostly pale bready malts are lightly sweet, cleaned out well by the smooth hop bitterness. hop flavors linger.
M: froth, medium bodied.
D: love me some amarillos.

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

Nice Danish take on a standard AIPA. Dark, cloudy orange with a very big head that takes quite a while to settle.

Hop aroma, but at the same time quite sweet. Nice, mild malty scent and floral hoppy aroma. The sweetness masks a fairly zesty, bitter hop taste. Malts take a back seat, and the hops are firmly in control of the flavour.

I think the carbonation is a bit low-key and probably could be amped up a bit. Still, a nice drink and it would be hard to distinguish this brew from something brewed in the States.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Aromas of pine resin and green berries. Musty and pungent.

Decidedly woody and woodsy on the palate, big on green leaves. High-ish on bitterness.

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Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber-orange colour with a very thick white head. Smell is of fruity pine hops and some caramel. Taste has a lot of bitterness to go with an oily pine hop flavour. Some sweetness too. This seems a little bit one dimensional and while it is tasty, it isn't as good as some other single hop IPA's from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Xul
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange with some amber highlights, capped by a billowing off-white head .Retention is good and light lacing is left down the glass.

S: A rather subdued nose - caramel base comes through a little stronger than it really should for the style, with hops that are a bit more citrus than pine. Lots of orange and lemon. Some peppery notes come through as well. Good components, but the aroma isn't nearly strong enough.

T: Strong pine hops up front with an almost spicy quality. Citrus comes in next with a strong lemon character again, along with oranges and grapefruits. Caramel base comes in lightly towards the end, but gives way to a pine resin finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Goes down easy but overall, not a particularly exciting IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange citrus hops. The flavor is more piney and resiny hops with some medium bitterness. I only get a little bit of citrus hops in the flavor, after expecting quite a bit after initially smelling the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint. Slightly hazy orange marmalade with bright copper highlights. Huge tan meringue head. Aroma is a fruity, tangerine, sweet, with some rind sharpness. Taste starts nicely sweet then moves into the long bitterness. Rind, resin bitterness.

I tried this along side the Nelson Sauvin single hop. Overall I the aroma was just slightly more rind, the flavor had a bit more edge.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The eighth beer I've tried in the series. Poured into a pint glass.

Very murky golden color with an off white rocky head that's two and a half fingers busting over the top lip of the glass.

Smells of bitter resin with hints of citrus (reminds me of a pale ale).

Taste is similar. Mostly a bittering hop. Tons of resin bitterness. Hints of citrus that remind me of orange rind, but only a hint.

Medium bodied with higher end of medium carbonation and a sharp bite on the end.

Good drinkability. A very resiny bitter hop.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried each individually and and now comparing Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook Single Hop IPAs.

A. This one does not want to stay in the glass. Pours a deep copper color with an off-white very creamy head - the head on this one stayed long after that one either of the other beers. Not only was the head large on the pour, but it left huge rings of residual lacing with a huge head throughout the session.

S. Sweet caramel backbone with a citrus hop aroma - orange peel with grapefruit and a little bit of lemon. Next to the Chinook, some peppery flavors come out in the nose and the taste.

T. A light zesty hop flavor - not nearly as bold as the Simcoe (at first). As I reached the end of the glass, the bitter taste on swallow became more pronounced.

M. Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. This beers envelop your tongue for just the right amount of time - not overwhelming, but full flavored.

D. I actually liked this one better without the interaction with the other beers. The aromas aren't as interesting as the Simcoe and Chinook - probably because I never really got the interesting fruit flavors out of this. That said, I still think this is supremely drinkable. The price, however, is quite prohibitory.

My only regret is that my local beer store didn't have more of this to compare. As a home brewer, I really appreciate the opportunity to taste the individual profiles (without having to brew individually hopped beers myself).

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Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle today after sampling the previous five as part of a mix six I got at new beer.

This is what I said about the draft a few weeks ago:

I recently had the Tomahawk single hop ipa in the bottle and it was one of the most interesting, bitter, tasty and fun ipa. The Amarillo is very good. It's not quite the Tomahawk but it is another very interesting american style ipa from another country.

Color is typical of an ipa. Flavor is very bitter and very clean. I will drink this beer as long as it's on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House.
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Bottle is similar. One of the better ones but not as good as the tomahawk.

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

I appreciated HombreWing for not only sharing this, but 9 of the other single hop Mikkeller bottles. Poured chilled into a tumbler from the 12oz

A medium amber color with good clarity and thick off white cap, the smell is very citrusy w/ a moderate floral accent. The feel is slightly sweet with moderate acidity and moderately high carbonation. The flavor of this single hop is very juicy and much like tangerine in the way the acidity presents itself. I really enjoyed this and felt it was very drinkable and a well made IPA.

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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 RileyRowan
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into pint glass cap date: 4/11/11
enjoyed on 5/10/10

A: Copper glow, modest carbonation, clearer than the tomahawk single hop. 3 finger head, amazing chunky retension.

S: resiny/citrus aroma.

T: Smooth bitter taste, a bit lighter and less harsh than the tomahawk (whose harshness I fully enjoyed), and a bit lighter in body.

M: a little light, and a lot of tingly carbonation.

D: would do 2-3 easily

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

Thanks to abrand for this great IPA

A- Pours a golden orange with a 2 finger off white head that leaves great lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S- Citrus, and piney hops are most apparent with a almost Belgian yeasty smell and spice. Also getting a slight hop presence.

T- Not to much going on here as i thought. A solid malt base with some strong pine and citrus hops.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a real strong bitter dry finish.


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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 neorunner
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

While I like the aroma of Amarillo, this beer re-inforced my feeling that the hop has a diesely taste. Compared to the rest of the Single Hops this one landed middle of the pack for me. Smelled great and looked tasty but didn't have the follow through.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as a part of a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. The beer is bright orange in color. It has a big foam head that slowly settled to a thin foamy layer. Its a translucent liquid, but I think I can make out some rising carbonation. The aroma was a little disappointing, mainly because it was not very strong. I could pick out some grassy notes, but that was it. The taste was much more impressive. It starts with some mild hops up front and builds to a bitter finish. There is also some flavors that remind me of crackers. The taste isn't as extreme as some of the other single hop IPAs Mikkeller has produced, but this one is still great. To me, it tastes like a fine example of a hoppy pale ale. The body is of medium consistency. There is a small coat left after each swallow that is slightly sweet. This beer is more drinkable than some of the others in the series, probably because it's flavor isn't as intense. It's too bad this one wasn't available in six packs, for I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of juju7
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good fun these single hop brews.Very piney, resinous witha touch of grapefruit hanging around. Huge pillowy head and perfect lacing. Quite intense bitterness reinforced by a slightly overcarbonated body. Long, yummy, lingering finish. This is some good beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Amarillo exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Amarillo, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a citrus-pith and citrus-zest-like hop aroma. Definitely more hop-forward on the nose when compared to the other Single Hops.

T- On the palate, it's definitely hop-forward... but one dimensional. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across with impressions of citrus-pith and citrus-zest, as anticipated. The finish is very dry, and the hop bitterness seems to prematurely fall-off in the finish.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Amarillo Single Hop is quite drinkable... and a beer that I may reach for again, even outside of a horizontal Single Hop tasting like this one.

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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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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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