Sur Amarillo
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,040
Ranked #7,328
4.01 | pDev: 7.73%
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Sur AmarilloSur Amarillo
Notes: An intricate, sour, friendship starts here. Single hopped Amarillo IPA, partly sour mashed to create a fruit bomb seen no where else…
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Photo of pandamanlives
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightish orange-amber color, clearly a good amount of carbonation in there

Very citrusy, tart aroma. Lemon and orange are present, as well as a lil' grapefruit.

The taste strikes a nice balance between moderate sourness and mild hoppiness. Really dry with just a hint of citrusy sweetness at the start. The hops add some pine and herbal notes to the flavor. Would never have guessed the ABV was 7.5%.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel that really lingers.

Not the most flavorful or complex sour, but it's refreshing and well-balanced overall.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tall boy can. Hazy, dull orange. Huge head. Aroma isn’t too much to write about. Fairly sour with some overripe sweetness. Flavor is best described by me as tangy. Sour but fruity. Fruit that is nearly bad and over-aged. The ABV is hidden well. I liked the Sur Citra considerably more.

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Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife absolutely loves sours, but I tend to enjoy them only in moderate amounts. So we tend to split the bigger bottles, which works out perfectly. Had this one around for a while, so time to pop it open.

Light brown in color like a cup o' tea. The tan froth is firm and lasting.

Overripened peach and persimmon to the nose along with secondary notes of earth, pie crust, fruit rind and cane sugar.

Tastes of peach, apricot, persimmon, and lime zest. Tartness is sublte but present. There's herb and spice in the end.

Dry as expected with a medium body.

An easy going sour for easy going times. Or should I say, an easy going sour for not-so easy going times? Who knows?

All I know is this glass isn't half full or half empty. It's just empty. So pour me another!

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Photo of emincems
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours hazy light orange color with medium sized white head. Strong foam retention and it leaves lots of laces. Highly hoppy, slightly malty and wild yeasty smell is well mixed. Orange, grapefruit, caramalts and funky tartness are on the nose. Citrusy taste is moderately bitter and finishes dry with slight acidic sourness. Malty sweetness is supportive. Well hidden Abv. Thin bodied and softly astringent, but it's refreshing combination of bitter and sour.

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Photo of NEIPA
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Funkier than most of its brothers and sisters in the "Sur" catalogue. An interesting beer, but is overshadowed by stars like Sur Citra and Sur Mosaic.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - bright orangey-yellow, hazy; white head that, on an aggressive pour, foamed out of the glass and just stayed there, not even losing its shape, almost like bath foam.
S & T - sour, citric acid; some bitterness. No fruitiness. No hoppiness. Not even a malt-bomb. Just citric acid.
F - little bit thin.

O - pretty disappointing. The description got me interested as I had never encountered a sour mash in the beer brewing process before, but it just tasted like they simply threw in some citric acid and called it a day. Bad batch, maybe?

I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a tall can, this is an interesting beer. It is a hazy, amber-golden colored liquid with a tall, rocky cream-colored head. The aroma is a mix of subtle toast, with fruit (under-ripe pear and peach?). The taste is lightly tart. Medium in body, not as dry or sour as expected, but refreshingly tart. It would be excellent with rich food.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Acquired ages ago from the Brewdog webshop. Not sure how long I've had this. Described on the label as an imperial sour pale ale dry-hopped with Amarillo.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Bottle conditioned. A rich orange-amber hue with fine hazy sediment and intense carbonation. Produces a vast head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of subtle citrus, peel, light sourness, a mild vinous quality, faint caramel malt and earthiness. Hoppy but subdued.

T: Tastes of tart fruitiness and subtle aromatic hops, with notes of considerable lactic sourness, mild citrus/peel, a hint of stone fruits, earthiness, faint yeasty funk and a twinge of caramel malt. Little bitterness to speak of. A lingering acidity upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation. Bone-dry, with decent body. Perhaps a tad thin given the strength. Aftertaste of fruity sourness, faint citrus and earthiness.

O: Pretty good, though I reckon the hop character has faded quite a bit (the BB date is ridiculous). Looks great, while the aroma and flavour hint at citrus hops accompanied by intense sourness and an earthy, yeasty quality. Nice body; seriously astringent. A decent brew that goes down OK - you have to like sourness though....

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Teku glass.
A: Two fingers of fluffy head have great staying power and sticky lacing. The beer is dark, brown, honey colored.
S: Funky, yeasty, and winelike. With a whiff of unpleasant ozone.
T/M: Lovely! Fruity, sour, and lightly dry. The hops linger on the aftertaste. There is a touch of the unpleasant plasticy smell/taste, but not too badly.
O: Drinkable, pleasantly tart, but mostly fruity and only lightly bitter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/tart lime, and citrus/tangerine hops over the top of light aromas of caramel malts and earthy funkiness. Light to moderate tart/sour aromas are present.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. This is quickly overtaken by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/tart lime, citrus/white grapefruit, and citrus/tangerine hops. There is a light amount of earthy funkiness and just a hint of spicy yeast notes. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops but overall there is a light to moderate amount of lingering sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of acidic prickliness.

O: A really interesting combination of a sour/wild ale and an APA - not overly bitter and not overly sour/tart. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely one I would enjoy again... interested in trying some of the other variations with different hops.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour limes and tangerines are present in the nose. Some hints of funk are also noticeable.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sour grapefruit, limes, and tangerines. The sourness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly sour or bitter and has a good balance between the sourness of the wild ale and the citrusy hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of kitch
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 15th June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark copper orange colour with a big three finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Sour and very fruit forward with lemon, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, passionfruit, lychee, peach and a touch of pepper spice.

Taste: Fruity, sour and tart throughout. A good mix of citrus and tropical with orange, lemon, mango, pineapple, lychee, peach and apricot. There’s a light citrus rind bitterness mixed in there with caramel and a spice pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation and dry on the finish.

Overall: Enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink despite it being 7.5% abv.

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Photo of byronic
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice balance of sour and the amarillo hops. Really enjoyed the nose of peach or apricot followed through in the flavour and offset by the sour presence. Was a big fan of the Belgian yeast.

While this is not a complex brew, it's simplicity done right.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML can
Served in a beer flute

This beer pours a hazy amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a fruity and floral aroma.

It starts out fruity and gives way to some funky flavors with slight tartness.

Medium mouthfeel

It has good flavor but nothing really pops out at me. It is tart and fruity which is great, but I liked the Mosaic Sur better. It is an easy drinker and I do enjoy it, but it's not a standout.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into tulip glass, best before 11/3/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tart lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus/pine hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness, pine/citrus rind bitterness, and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light funk, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance; and some light astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, moderately acidic/sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a very nice dry hopped sour ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus/pine hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink with the modest acidity. I found this to be a bit too bitter, which clashed with the sourness; but it was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, a so-called 'sour' ale, hopped with the Amarillo varietal.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a handful of puffy, finely foamy, and almost creamy off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy island group lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of semi-sweet, biscuity caramel malt, mildly funky yeast, mixed domestic citrusy notes (maybe a touch of underrepresented white grapefruit and lemon zest), and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is sharply phenolic yeast (what is it with De Proef, honestly?), overcooked citrus peel, gritty caramel/toffee malt, sour and yet indistinct stone fruit, a hint of lactic acridity, and more weedy, piney, and well-perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite overwrought in its challenging frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as both the understated fruity sourness, and sneaky-ass boozy quotient apparently have something to say right about now. It finishes trending dry, the general souring essence taking the reins, to everyone's (especially my) disdain.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck! Come on, everybody, what the hell is the deal with this shit? Just because you can, um 'sour' (otherwise known as spoiling) your product, doesn't mean that you should, right? Gaaaah - why am I drinking this, when the big-ass hops should be enough to keep my tastebuds well in-line, eh?

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a bottle poured to a wine glass. Hazy burnt orange colour. Generous fine creamy head. Smells of peach and grapefruit are dominant. Taste is similar. Flavours are complimentary and not over done or complacent. Only mildly to moderate sourness with minimal bitterness and acidity. Lasting citrus aftertaste.
O: A great flavour of sour beer. Could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach and orange colored body; cloudy; thick, rocky, creamy head. Malty, biscuit-like aroma infused with some pit fruit sweetness; perhaps some delicate orange notes. Orange and lemon citrus flavors; tart and sour; red grapefruit. Medium body; tart and tangy on the palate; initial sweetness but a rather dry finish.

This beer brings a cheery grin to my face. This is a sweet, succulent brew that seems to bring out a nice balance of the wild yeasts and Amarillo hops. I don't know what else may be included in the brewing process, but overall, this is one of the better offerings from To Øl's Sur series of beers. Some of the others I've tried don't quite hit the sourness but this beer does, and although I ain't always as able to detect or describe many hop characteristics like others, I feel confident enough that the orange-like and citrus qualities of Amarillo hops definitely contribute to the overall high quality of this beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy a kind of light peach/orange color with a stream of effervescence. Creamy head that lasts well for the style. Smell is orange pith, orange zest and herbal from hops. Malt is a bit of cracker that does not give a lot of presence to the nose. There is a tartness on the nose. taste is dynamic and there is a little pucker form the sour . Malt is a bit of mouthfeel and this beer does not have much sweetness. carbonation tingles a bit and it goes down with a pucker and more herbal than you were expecting and some pith. Except for a bit of sweetness from the alcohol this one finishes dry and with a firm hop bitter that lasts a bit. This one is not tame. More grapefruity the more you drink. The yeast is a little funky but not down in the dirt barnyard. adds dryness I think and accents the fruitiness but overall this finishes more funky than fruity.

Can dated 3/16/16

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Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a turbid burnt orange with a two finger off white head. Retention is solid and there is sparse spotted lacing. Smell is muddled. Lemon tart, wet basement, bready malt, floral, pine and citrus are what I'm getting, but they are tough to pick out. Taste is similar, but there is no wet basement funky musty taste like in the smell. The lemon tart is definitely the star of the show, but that leads way to a hoppy, mildly bitter finish. Feel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall a good beer. I just wish the smell offered a bit more.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach color with off-white head. Aroma is really hoppy with dank and piney notes. You also get a fresh, tart aroma. Taste starts just slightly tart but mostly hoppy and fresh. Slight bitterness with dank, resinous and citrusy hop notes. Body is medium and quite smooth but it also has crisp effervescence. Really nice overall, follows the others from the hoppy sours series.

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Photo of brian44556
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip. Dated 3/11/16.

Pours a hazy copper, with a thin, large head. Nice retention and lacing. Earthy aroma, a bit of sourness, and a bit of fruitiness from the hops. Taste is sour upfront, finished off with some bitterness from the hops. Interesting combo. Well carbonated, silky, and medium bodied. This one is interesting. I love sour beers and I love IPAs, just not sure I like them combined.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a hazy dark gold with an ample white head and decent retention.

S: Pronounced grapefruit rind and mild caramel. Piney, resinous and grassy with nice citrus and some spicy Belgian esters.

T: There’s the tartness not present on the nose. Quite hoppy with a mild earthy tartness that really accentuates the sharp citrus from the hops. A very dry beer with a strong bitter herbal finish with some lemon citrus – the bitter tea-like character is actually pretty overwhelming and unpleasant.

F: On the light side of medium-bodied with creamy, restrained carbonation and a silky mouthfeel.

Thoughts: This would be a fairly solid beer were it not for the abrasive herbally bitter finish – it really throws the rest of the beer off and makes you forget that the first part of the sip was interesting and enjoyable. The brewers would do well to turn down the bitterness and grassy herbal character because this beer is pretty pleasant otherwise.

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

4 oz pour on tap

A: dirty gold in color pretty good clarity some slight haze not much of a head but it is a small pour

S: very hoppy resinous a little bit of burnt caramel smell

T: very resiny and piney with some light apple like fruits very soft carbonation

M: surprisingly low carbonation almost a little bit of an oily feel

O: it's not bad I'm not blown away by it it isn't very sour but it is really hoppy

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy bright orange with trailing speckles. 3.75
Chalk, musty blanket, and lots of orange. 4
Ribbon of pastry, white vinegar, floral and tangerine skin, slight pear, and honey dew. 4.25
Grapefruit skin end and chalky linger.
Dry, light, and mineral. 4

Just enough funk, dimensions to the hops, and no hint of 7.5%. So drinkable! Another To Ol hit. 4.25

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