Amarillo Hops (Single Hop Series) | Hermitage Brewing

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Amarillo Hops (Single Hop Series)Amarillo Hops (Single Hop Series)

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky amber with chestnut hues in there, with light tan head. Nose has a slightly rotten fruit rind aroma, with a touch of aged cheese & cardboard. Palate is more of the cardboard with a mushroom quality, malt extract, and bitterness from the hops. Medium bodied. Aftertaste has a suggestion of bile, that post-bile taste after kneeling before the porcelin god.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.03/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Open top, no sound. Not even a slight pfft. Pour, dark brown liquid, no head, a gastly sight. A ghoulish aroma, stale, old, beer and ashtray.

I took 2 sips. Disgusting. No carbonation, no hop character, nothing but the feeling you just drank day old beer that someone spit their tobacco in.

I used to defend this brewery solely on the basis of their menage a singe. After the sour ale debacle, and now a beer that wasn't even sealed, I'm releasing the hounds. Total waste of $5, I doubt I'll ever buy any more of their beers again. Still have the saison waiting in the wings. Ugh, I just hope it is actually sealed.

Purchased at Bevmo, just like my old ass Ninkasi Total Domination (which I really like when fresh). Total bummer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.88/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amberish color with a minimal white head and a bit of lacing.

A touch of floral hops, but really the caramel overpowers.

Starts off with again a slight floral being a bit overshadowed by caramel malt. Finishes floral and bitter with a little oxidation and astringency.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Really bad. If the goal is to highlight the amarillo hops, then there needs to be way less malt. Simply not a good beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Orange/copper in color with a great 1 inch off white head and great retention and some sticky lacing

Smell: The amarillo hops give it a bit of a skunky note with traces of pine in the background

Taste: The flavor honestly is not very good. It has a bit of a metallic flavor backed up by a medicinal qualty not very good at all and as the beer warms you gets some grassy or straw like notes that reminds me of being at a fair around farm animals just awful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: Honestly besides the look of the beer this is not good about this beer whatsoever

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Photo of colforbin73
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

for an IPA, the bottom line is -- this is Below Average. this single hop idea is not average though -- and i do think that you learn something about using one hop throughout the whole brewing process -- you learn some hops should only be used in conjunction with other hops --- meet, AMARILLO.

when used to dry-hop a beer it's strong earthy, herbal nature adds a perfect accent. but using amarillo for the whole brew, from boil to rest, apparently, you get a slightly medicinal, herby, nearly fungal beer with a touch of bandaid, and i have never tasted that before, the Band-Aid flavor.

SAAZ hops, that is a killer all-purpose, Single Hop. i would not make this beer again.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.83/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this concept. I am not as hops-savvy as I would like--I can distinguish different hops notes (pine, citrus, floral, herbal, etc.), but (not being a brewer) I don't know the different verietals and their characteristics. This isn't a terrific beer, but it isn't a bad beer, either. It's a genuinely decent-to-good IPA. The malt is a bit understated--probably to show off the hops. The middle is slightly hollow, but the start and finish are proper. The mouthfeel also thins out in the middle, but I wouldn't call the beer weak. I needed a beer to go with a good veggie pizza and this did the trick. I'll be very interested to try the other two varieties that I also bought (at BevMo).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.11/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hey cool, a darkish orange color, not bad, but is this mead? Where is the carbonation? Ugh. Obvious infected aroma of diacetyl and metal.

The taste was even worse. No discernable beer flavors, no malt, hops etc. . . just a wet cardboard box that held 20 year old popcorn.

Just utterly terrible.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strangely smoky flavor. Maybe they were bottling Scotch ales that day. Big hop flavor, fruity and meaty like ripe red chiles. Sharp and on the woody side. Quite intense flavor but not overly bitter. This isn't the typical pine flavor of many IPAs, and it's an interesting oddity.

While I have had some terrible Hermitage beers, this one is actually pretty good. Nice fruity, spicy nose after you sip for a while. And it ends with some bitterness in the aftertaste but also that intriguing smokiness.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +62.5%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of illidurit
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber, dated 3/9/11, poured into a tulip glass. Looks rather dark for an IPA, settling to a nice copper hue with a fluffy khaki head. The hops jump out of the glass, cooked apples at first, then turning slightly smokey, before at last becoming crystal malty. Flavor is very green, leafy (almost vegetal at times), and herbal with a big dose of oversteeped tea underneath. Uncanny Earl Gray notes here with caramel in the malt profile as well. Significant astringency covers the palate and muddies the bitterness. I'd expect a fruitier profile from Amarillo hops. This is less an Amarillo showcase and more a hop astringency showcase. This misses the mark, by a lot.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd tried the Citra and Columbus versions, so I figured it was worthwhile rounding out the series with this one.

Pours a thick and rather gelatinous coppery orange colour, with a fine head of off-white that doesn't really want to form. Indeed, it dissipates to a mild film of pancake bubbles soon after the pour. Looks surprisingly heavy.

Nose is hoppy with a decent bite, but surprisingly, a little off what I would consider a classic Amarillo nose. Instead of pure clean and crisp citrus, perhaps with a bit of resin, this gives a oddly vegetative aroma, almost a whiff of smoke and a light sulphury funk. Eh.

Taste is a bit better, but only because it falls into the realm of generic American IPA, with a crisp bitterness on top of just enough malt to ground it. Still, there's a hint of something earthy and minerally, almost a smoked character, which gives it a slight awkwardness. Still, the Amarillo gives a pleasant clean bitterness which is the main event.

Drinkable, and decent enough, but the Citra was the clear winner out of the three. It's unique and strong hop presence was able to cover any other flaws in a way that the Amarillo in this one failed to do.

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Photo of DrJay
1.64/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very cloudy, orange in colour, with a short, light beige cap. Lacing was a bit clumpy, but didn't stick around long. Smells like dry malt extract and cardboard. There's a faint fruity aroma, but for a beer that boasts the words "hops" and "india pale ale" on its label, there's a noticeable lack of hop profile. The flavour is no better, bitterness and caramel, some alcohol towards the end, and a distinct lack of hop presence. Taste and texture of cardboard, very dry with carbonation that seems eager to exit the beer. Based on this experience, I'll be avoiding the other beers in the Single HOP Series.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head; it even leaves a fair amount of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a lightly hazed, ruby tinged, full amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells thick with crystal malt notes, ripe citrus zest, lychee and toasted-caramelized-whole-grain bread. The malt character seems to have a mustiness to it somehow.

The beer tastes of crystal malt, bitter hops, caramelized lychee, caramelized sweet tea, bitter green herbs, and pine sap. There is definitely a heavy handed crystal malt character; it does lend a spicy whole grain character, but much of it is a bit distracting. The crystal malt character seems to actually reduce the usual, bright, tropical fruit notes from the Amarillo hops. Surprisingly there is a bitter, herbal and pine character that I don’t usually associate with this hop. As the beer warms up a bit some of the sharper, herbal hop notes smooth out a little; though the herbaceous pine and bitter hop notes still linger quite prominently in the finish. The body is somewhat viscous and chewy, definitely a bit more than I prefer in an IPA, though this is not so chewy as to be annoying.

This is definitely a bit of a letdown; I really like Amarillo hops and was looking forward to this beer, but the crystal malt has definitely been a bit too much of a distraction in this beer and the Amarillo hops don’t have the bright fruitiness that I usually expect. Still, I am enjoying this beer enough to finish my bottle quite easily.

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Photo of Pxlwix
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of TouchOfEvil
1.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A: Poured an orange/copper color with a good 1 inch off white head. Good retention and a slight to medium sticky lacing

S: A medicinal aroma with hints of herbs, lavender.

T: A bit of a metallic flavor with a medicinal finish.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O: I like the idea/opportunity of tasting a single hop, however, this hop cannot stand on its own.

Audio for this review: Buce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball

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Amarillo Hops (Single Hop Series) from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 20 ratings