Single Hop Amarillo IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #3,510
Ranked #21,154
3.87 | pDev: 9.04%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of CTHomer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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;

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of california_republic
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of kitch
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dancack
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of descobar
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden amber with a thick head

smell is nice, has a slight combo of fruity spice

ever since i homebrewed an IPA with too much amarillo i know that flavor too well. not a bad hop but i don't love it by itself. has a nice floral flavor that has a tinge of spicy pine.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, sticky, soapy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Aromas of earthy, mild spices and sharp, fresh, citrus with a light dankness and boozy notes. Solid, medium malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light, creamy smoothness with the soft carbonation up front and pleasant warmth toward the end. Medium high hop flavors, mellow spicy hops with a light dank flavor beneath – similar to aroma. Medium malt flavors from start to finish with light caramel and bready notes. Medium bitterness through the middle followed by familiar spiciness and over-ripe citrus notes. Finished with pleasant light bitterness with spicy and malty notes. A great showcase of Amarillo hops on a classic SN malty canvas. Great look, pleasant feel, interesting flavors and an easy finish.

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Photo of teromous
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 073118C16:24"

Appearance: There is mild haze with a gold-to-amber body and a creamy textured white head with great retention and lacing. It is a fantastic looking beer in the glass.

Aroma: There are a ton of aromas at work here. There is a strong scent of what smells like the oil that gathers on the outside of a hop bine, a strong mango aroma, and a bunch of garlic and onion scents,

Taste: The flavor closely mirrors the aroma with a strong "raw" hop oil flavor and a deep and earthy mango flavor. It has this slightly minty aftertaste which borders on pine and juniper bush. There is so much going on in the beer, bursting with fresh hop flavor, that it keeps the palate interested at all times.

Mouthfeel: The beer tingles the tongue with hops. It is a very vivacious beer with a lot of character. Drinkability is hampered somewhat due to the aggressiveness of the beer, but it is still enjoyable to drink.

Overall: I thought it was a rather outstanding and impressive beer to drink. It had a lot of character to impart on the drinker and it never pulled any punches. It tasted very fresh and it had a lot to offer. I would definitely drink it again given how delicious and fresh it tasted.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Impression from a can nabbed as part of the 2018 hop pack variety box.

Hop resin is noticeable in this, showcasing Amarillo (my favourite hop). Still, it lacks the depth of flavour and complexity found in better IPAs, and I doubt it's better off for being a single hop IPA.

Compared to others in its class like, say, Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop IPA, it's quite lacking. Has less hop pungency than even Sierra Nevada's pale ale, which isn't what one wants in an IPA.

Drinkable but forgettable fare from a brewery that's built a reputation putting out far better. If you want an affordable but delicious IPA from Sierra Nevada, stick to Celebration.

C (2.96) / AVERAGE

12/12/18 impression from a can:

Doesn't showcase my favourite hop well, but it's balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable. Perceived bitterness could be higher.


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Single Hop Amarillo IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 46 ratings