Single Hop Amarillo IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #2,521
Ranked #18,099
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Feb 09, 2021
Apr 08, 2018
Very Good
Notes: None
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Consumed back in November 2018. Slacking on the review, normally crank Sierra Nevada's out right away.

Light copper colored pour, great clarity, full inch and beyond of white head with excellent retention to it. The aroma was the oft wore descriptors of pine, orange and grapefruit like hop impacts.

Taste leaned more on the grapefruit, not really what I was expecting from an El Dorado single hop, was hoping for something more unique and discernable. This was pretty similar for better and for worse, to a regular C hop beer. A little hit of a bit of barley to it. I'm guessing it isn't single malt, seems to be at least 2, if not 3 different ones here. El Dorado seems firmly a bittering hop based on this iteration.

While I wouldn't call this one a "miss" it definitely falls below average for a brewery who has consistently been awesome for 4 decades. Its serviceable and good enough (especially at such a nice price point) even if it won't be the beer you tell people they gots ta have.

Feb 09, 2021
3.93 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Apr 07, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pine;

T: pine from start to finish; a little caramel and lemon as well; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice to have Amarillo front and center;

Mar 27, 2019
3.56 by tankg from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2019
3.72 by corywalston from North Dakota on Mar 05, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Welcome back to my New Sierra Nevada (& Maybe Some Others) Beer Sunday (Week 727)! My mother owns a house in Chico, I scored these at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) & now, I am anxious to delve deeply into them!

From the CAN: "Family Owned, Operated & Argued Over". Ha!

Oh man, when it comes to SMaSH beers, of which this is at least the latter, I really get excited about Amarillo! It is my favorite color & I can hear George Strait singing whenever I think of Amarillo. It was in the Navy that I really learned to share & like different music. One boom box/tape/CD player per work center & everybody got a turn or it was secured! We would go from both kinds of music (Country AND Western) to hardcore rap to punk to classic rock & back again. I might never have been exposed to Country music otherwise.

I CAN expose you to The CANQuest (tm), my ongoing & now futile attempt to drink, review & rate EVERY CANned beer in existence. It all beCAN ~ 15 years ago in response to my being mocked during a thread of the now-defunct Late Night Beer Advocate (LNBA) & it has never abated. However, it has become a steeper summit to breach than K2, thanks to the craft CANned beer explosion. Only Russ Phillips of the Craft CANs! coffee table book were prescient enough to be at the tip of the sword. I am now laughing last & best.

I was NOT laughing as I Crack!ed open the vent on this beer, however! CANs are serious business & should be treated with the utmost respect, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseum. Who am I kidding? Were it not for Jeff Lebo in nearby York Haven, PA, I might just crush 'em down & send 'em to recycling when I'm through. It is the CANtents, NOT neccesarily the medium, in which my interest lies. Yes, I think that CANs have it ALL OVER bottles, but it is still the beer that is the main attraction.

This beer Glugged out of the vent in stellar fashion, quickly forming three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, refusing to fall & then petulantly leaving a mess of sticky lacing for me to have to clean up! 8=( Color was a gorgeous solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like citrus air freshener - lemon, grapefruit & orange! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for the style. The taste was like a bag o' oranges! Or spice cake infused with orange zest. (Closer).

A bag or sock of oranges does the trick. Wanna get yer point across & NOT leave a mark? Fill a tube sock with oranges & go to town! Hurts like hell, but no bruises. Just stay away from the organs as rupturing may occur. Beats brass knuckles.

I was really digging this one. I loved the orange citrusiness with its inherent bitterness that was just right. Not too bitter nor too imperceptible, but just right. Baby Bear nodded his head in agreement. It CANtinued to be nicely orange-y throughout with a pleasant bitterness, especially on the finish. Finish was dry & refreshing. I would love to see this more often. YMMV.

Jan 27, 2019
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by secondtooth from Indiana

Appearance: Cloudy amber, with big white suds and a lovely wall of lace.

Aroma: Great citrus and fruity hops.

Taste: Crisp citrus and floral hops. Tangy bitter finish. Not at all one-dimensional, this is a solid IPA.

Jan 20, 2019
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2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can, canned 9/5/18. Pours hazy orange gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is subdued - bready malt and catty resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready biscuit malt with a little fruit and some resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA.

Jan 19, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Straightforward single hop effort fueled solely by Amarillo. Golden, somewhat hazy, with a one-dimensional hop bite. Not exceptional, but still very satisfying for IPA fans.

Jan 18, 2019
Photo of california_republic
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by california_republic from California

Look: A good example of the big, foamy amber IPA. The liquid portion is slightly hazy and the bubbles are small and plenty.

Smell: A strong whiff of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine with medium to high sweetness. The toastiness from the malt gives it a bit of a caramel aroma. From the scent alone you can immediately tell it's going to be a sculpin-like west coast IPA.

Taste: Okay wow, it's good. Despite being a single hop IPA, the hoppy flavors are very layered with sweet pineapple backed up by sweet yeast, medium toasted malts, all rounded by a hearty amount of herbal bitters.

Feel: A good, crisp feel with small bubbles. Sweet but not sticky, making it very refreshing.

Overall: It's a very solidly good beer but most BA'ers are probably not going to be super impressed by it in a world a few years post-sculpin when every craft brewery on every corner has a citrusy west coast IPA. Sierra Nevada always does a great job balancing their beers, and I think that it's actually an impressive feat for them to get so much flavor out of a single hop. They could easily sell this as a year-round beer without any modification.

Jan 12, 2019
Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

Better than most BA'ers say...
a) Pours a hazed golden, amber body and a creamy white head with ample retention and lace.
s) Gigs of aroma, of faceted hop: pungent onion grass, straw, Juniper.
t) Follows and volumes the aroma with oniony hop oil flavor, earthy mango, pine, juniper and plenty of refreshing complexity.
f) Spritely, extra carbonation, scrubbing as all SN can be.
o) Great mass expression of Amarillo.

Dec 11, 2018
3.91 by mojohawk21 from Missouri on Dec 08, 2018
3.94 by BKotch from Texas on Nov 23, 2018
Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz can, PKGD 073118C. Copper colored ale is capped with a tall and frothy off-white head. Interesting aroma hinting at citrus, marijuana, and bready caramel malt. Bitter pine, orange, grapefruit, earthy hops, and a tad of marijuana is balanced out by a malt backbone of toasted grain, caramel malt, and bread crust. Medium resinous body, ample carbonation, bitter and dry finish with pine and zesty citrus lingering. Good IPA. I wasn't crazy over the marijuana flavors but they seemed to go away as it warmed a bit.

Nov 22, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by mactrail from Washington

Clean, resiny, bitter, twiggy. Pours a clear amber with abundant foam in the Ciney snifter. Prickly carbonation with a light body. Inviting aroma of with light mango and melon with a whiff of orange blossom.

Flavor of green beans and blueberry stems. Strongly flavored. This is definitely the most bitter of the the other three IPAs in the hop pack. Not very drinkable after a few sips. From the 12 oz can.

Nov 20, 2018
3.88 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Nov 11, 2018
Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Brilliant golden amber color, nearly clear, and a foamy off-white head. Beautiful beer. Ripe oranges on the nose, there’s also a spicy note, along with malt aromas.

The ripe oranges dominate the taste, it the spicy notes and the subtle malt flavors keep this very nice West Coast-style IPA in check. If SN added this to their lineup, I’d acquire it regularly.

Nov 06, 2018
Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Resinous, citrus, earthy, a bit spicy, faint fruity notes, slightly toasty bready malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, earthy, slightly spicy, the faint fruity notes, peach and passion fruit, slightly toasty bready malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I was pretty excited to see this one, but they found a way to make Amarillo hops kinda boring.

Nov 05, 2018
Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Gold, particles in suspension, huge head.

Smell: Nice grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Old school excellence! Nice sweetness to start, then big grapefruit/citrus kick, and solid bitterness throughout.

Overall: Beer 3 from the hop pack. Amarillo has been one of my favorite hop varieties for years, this one really shines through, old school IPA flavor--big grapefruit throughout. Good stuff!

Nov 04, 2018
3.85 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Nov 04, 2018
Photo of kitch
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 12 fl. oz. can, packaged on 5th September 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy orange, grapefruit and lemon zest with hints of tropical peach, apricot and mango.

Taste: Moderate bitterness, light sweet caramel malt, biscuit, melon, peach, apricot, grass, pine and light herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite nice with good bitterness, but the aroma was probably more promising that it tasted.

Nov 01, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dancack from Oregon

Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Great tasting and leaves just a little bitterness on the tongue. Color is nothing special but the smell and taste are more important

Oct 28, 2018
4.08 by Brucebeernut from Texas on Oct 28, 2018
4.05 by JunctionCat from Canada (ON) on Oct 26, 2018
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - copper color with a very slight haze and a good mild foam head with a sticky lacing
Smell - Resin citrus and melon scents a little bit of pine
Taste - really fruity some citrus melon blend not to resiny like the scent and not to bitter
feel - medium body and medium light carbonation
overall - really yummy beer

Oct 26, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by descobar from Florida

from single hop variety pack. poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass from can packaged 9/05/18
Look: pours a lovely pale golden with a 2" thick frothy off white head with very good retention. this beer is perfectly clear and I observed decent lacing.
Smell: Strong to intense citrusy, melony, resiny hop aromas. I get some spice as well. peppery almost.
Taste: assertive bitterness dominates sweetness and other expected citrusy, fruity elements that I expected, don't appear much.
Feel: medium body, resiny and slightly oily texture, moderately bright carbonation and pronounced astringency hits the palate. Finish is dry with bitterness lingering in the palate for some time.
Overall: this one is a hop bitterness bomb. a bit disappointed with the flavors that didn't materialize. expected more hop derived fruity flavors. the aromas promised better things but flavor fell a bit short. nevertheless, its an enjoyable and probably above average old school US West Coast IPA.

Oct 23, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite malty, with tons of bready and caramel aromas. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a hop nature, with some nice citrus hop smells of orange and tangerine, along with a little bit of herb and grass.
Taste – The taste is rather malty, as the nose would have suggested, with lots of doughy and bready tastes as well as some flavors of caramel and a bit of citrus hop. The citrus hop increases a bit as the taste advances, with some hop of herb and hay coming to the tongue. As the taste moves onto its end, a little more hop of an herbal and earthy nature comes to the tongue, to leave one with a rather malty, and modestly mixed hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the malty and moderately hopped tastes, the feel is pretty good and makes for a robust media for the tastes to be sensed.
Overall – A decent malty IPA overall, but nothing all that fantastic overall.

Oct 22, 2018
3.88 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 19, 2018
4.05 by Mortarforker from Texas on Oct 16, 2018
3.81 by scott2269 from Ohio on Oct 14, 2018
3.7 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Oct 14, 2018
3.77 by jak from North Carolina on Oct 13, 2018
4.06 by Tiernan from Texas on Oct 07, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by NickSMpls from Washington

Crystal clear, robust head, a beautiful pour. The nose is citrus and a little yeast. Very interesting taste profile: not complex, but simple and clean. A dry, yet very refreshing ale. I'd look for more of this one. A bit of a harsh note on the finish is the only thing, and it's a small quibble. A side note - we found this as a bottle, not a can. The bottle is a full 24 oz, not the 22 oz of the traditional bomber, a nice touch from SN.

Oct 04, 2018
4 by GClarkage from California on Sep 30, 2018
3.87 by TXRobbo from Texas on Sep 28, 2018
3.79 by cgrunin from Texas on Sep 25, 2018
3.99 by yuno from New York on Sep 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz canned 7-31-18
3/4" white head, good retention down to 1/4" and holds. Golden IPA with good clarity and consistent stream of bubbles rising to the keep the head intact.
Oranges, orange blossom, weedy, sweet malt base. Smells classic IPA-ish.
MMM - tastes like a straight forward, old school IPA. Orange, some grapefruit and pine and a generous malt backbone.
Medium body, carbonation is spot on. Just right. Lingering mellow bitterness.
A pleasure to drink, very tasty.

Sep 23, 2018
3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Sep 21, 2018
Single Hop Amarillo IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 47 ratings