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Amarillo | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IIPA, the latest addition in our hop-highlighting NvU Epic Battle series, has a bright, fresh hop aroma, and a subtle bitterness, that has us all talking about how crushable this is. (DISCLAIMER: Please do not actually crush beer while still in bottle and cap is still on. It will hurt…not that we know) Drink early, drink often.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no bottle date

A- pours a clear amber color with a small one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, small patches of lace left behind

S- aroma is malt forward with some bready notes, not expected of the style. There are some fruity hop aromas popping through, along with some citrus notes.

T- fruity hops up front with notes of red berries, citrus peel, guava, honey and some floral notes. The hops provide plenty of flavor without bringing a lot of bitterness. Soft underlying bready malt, more fruity hops not he finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv is hidden very well

O- not my favorite of this series but as the label states, very crushable for a DIPA

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bomber bottle

Pours clouded, dull darker orangey Amber, dark khaki cap leaves great looking fields of fine lacing.

Pineapple juice-fruit filled nose

Super smooth and super tasty dipa, fruity/softly citric goodness...minimal bitterness....but maximum flavor fullness....more great brew from Pipeworks

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Photo of Parmesan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear orange color with a white tan head and nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Pine, fruit and earthiness, very inviting.

Taste: Piney, fruity, earthy, lots of bitterness but balanced.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a large off white head. There is a lot of carbonation and some soapy lacing. The odor for me is honey, pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon, slightly mango fruity, slight guava, spice, pineapple. The taste for me is honey, tea, tropical fruit, guava, plum, dried fruits, citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, herbal, spice, bitter throughout.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some really nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with a very nice citrus/pine note. The taste is really nice, hoppy, nice little malt note, very nice touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice little chewyness, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a really tasty brew, surprised me for sure with all the talk about this brewery. Recommended!

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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (no date) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated November 7, 2015.

A-The beer is darker than many IIPAs, a nice light-amber color. My normal pour produces a dense off-white head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is left all over the glass.

S-The aroma suggests citrus (I pick up a distinct lime note in addition to grapefruit and orange), as well as some mango, guava, and peach notes. The malts are pale, slightly sweet, and suggest bread dough, The bitterness and alcohol are not overly fragrant.

T-The taste is more pungent and spicy. I still sniff plenty of tropical notes and effect is almost like mango salsa...not chili spice, but pepper and fruity hops. I think the little kick of medicinal alcohol is contributing to the spice flavors. Odd, but pretty enjoyable.

M-The body is lighter than many IIPAs and despite the aroma of sweet, bready malts, the beer drinks pretty dry and clean for the style.

O-This is an interesting beer. It is definitely different from the many California or Northwest IIPAs that I am used to seeing around here, but it isn't quite a juice bomb, either. I would like to give this another try, but it is expensive.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - dark and dank-looking. Decent lacing. No haziness to speak of, but a deep gorgeous color.

S - boozy pine and fruity candy.

T - lots of alcohol up front and throughout even when cold. Normally would be offputting, but this works surprisingly well. More of that candied sweetness. Grapefruit. Cloying lemon and peach. Slightly tart and finishes dry.

F - lightly creamy. Nothing stands out, but it balances the beer well.

O - I was surprised at how boldly boozy this one was! Pipeworks held nothing back. A very strong beer, in all sense of the word. Gonna be feeling this one tonight!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich gold-colored body under a frothy ivory head that trailed lace down the glass. Tons of fruits expressed on the nose and tongue, nestled amid a relatively plush body, medium-weight, very smooth, with a soft carbonation running through... My first fruit impression was berries - maybe even blue - bright and lightly tart; then flavors of pineapple and apricot, with a soft honey-caramel coat. Super-juicy and soft, big but with a fairly moderate bitterness.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark orange, white head that disappeared quickly, small amount of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel citrus aroma, picking up some malts, guava, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Up front there's a hit of citrus bitterness, then some malts , then some grapefruit rind notes, finishes with a lingering citrus rind, dry aftertaste, for 9.5% the alcohol is well hidden making this very drinkable. The finish is more lemon rind as it warms, malt becomes a little more noticeable, still tastes good.

M: Medium body dry citrus rind mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

O: Enjoyed this one, could use a little more hop presence on the tastes but it still is very tasty and drinkable, probably won't see this again as it was an extra from a trade.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A dark copper color. Slight haze
Smell - Sweet orange, apricot, some candied type sweetness, pine, grapefruit
Taste - Dank bitterness, sweetness, pine, pithy, hints of floral, some citrus

Overall - Amarillo is not my favorite stand alone hop but Pipeworks does a good job with it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9.99. Orange color, great head and none of the sediment that the label warned of. Aroma was nice and hoppy, lemons, citrus, malts. Flavor was much the same with a pretty good bitterness that slightly reminded me of aspirin but overall tasty. I'd probably buy this more than once if it were a couple dollars cheaper.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with tropical fruit and lots of resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice piney fruity DIPA.

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Photo of brewskis
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma delivers that juiciness that I've come to expect from the hop. Get juicy peach, sweet grapefruit (almost like a juicy red grape), floral, tangerine, and some juicy pineapple (?) from the hops. There is a sugary/carmel sweetness from the malt.

Taste starts super juicy, with that sugary/carmel sweetness up front to go with peach, grapefruit, floral, and tangerine. Very juicy. Mid palate brings more of the same, along with a peppery spiciness from the hops and light breadiness from the malt. Dries out somewhat into the finish, but there is still a lingering sweetness from the malt bringing along with it more floral and grapefruit. There is a light spicy bitterness which is pretty tame compared to most other offerings from these guys. Also get some light booziness. A nicely balanced DIPA compared to their recent hoppy offerings.

Solid medium body. Smoothly crisp and creamy. Finish is somewhat hot from the booze and also oily and sticky.

This one won't blow you away, but it is yet another good offering from Pipeworks. It shows off the Amarillo hop nicely, but still stays balanced.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange, bronze with a real nice tangerine edge, excellent clarity but with just enough solid transparency to give a hint of thickness as the plentiful pinhead carbonation comes up in waves and streams. Thick, full, rich head. Billowing at an easy three fingers with creamy and very fine bubbles in the headspace. Thick topped, island central and with some soupy large retention. Great looking DIPA.

Aroma is going in different directions. Jarring, but fascinating perfume bomb, with the malt easily creeping in with that Imperial IPA caramel sweetness and touches of toast. Mild floral notes with the a slight novocaine action taking a slight back seat, but with excellent garden like green tones that are very pleasant. Not sure where this is going, but I am liking the ride.

Candy warm, and pleasant mix of muted malt sweetness and simple sugars, with a subtle hop angle. Mid palate is slightly peppery, a good amount of malt sweetness with an almost taffy like consistency. Aftertaste has quite a bit of zesty citrus oils, somewhere between orange and grapefruit and finishing with a mild green herb like quality.

I like Amarillo for it's subtlety, so if you are looking for a giant hop bomb just move along, as this comes to more of a malt forward brew, but I'll be sticking around here with no reservations.

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Photo of vic21234
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 10/07/15 according to Pipeworks website.

A- Pours a hazy orange with a small amount of white colored head.

S- Tropical and citrus notes on the nose.

T- Juicy citrus hops along with some underlying sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, nice and refreshing.

Easy drinking DIPA like all of the Ninja series. Another great beer from PW.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours an orange/amber color, a little hazy, with a quickly dissapating head and not much lacing. Smell is mainly of citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, along with a dank, kind of funky green onion kind of smell. Maybe a touch of black pepper too, as it warms. Taste follows the nose on the dank, citrusy hops. Lots of bitterness. Malt is a solid balance to the hops, but more noticeable on the back end. Solid body, good feel, the taste lingers.

This is a really good beer, and I'm a big fan of the Amarillo hop. But overall, based on the others I've had in The Pipeworks single hop series so far, I kinda thought it would be a little better. Well worth your purchase, though, because it's still pretty awesome, and I would purchase it again.

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Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 659-660

Up there as one of Pipeworks' best IIPAs. Amarillo hops really shine...very vibrant and bright. Rivals Citra as their best single hop brew.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 330-332.Thanks again Pidzik12. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours burnt golden with a very dense and creamy looking off-white head that took forever to slowly fade a thick greasy film.
S: Huge citrus notes of orange cream sickle, sweet tangerine juice, and lightly bitter grapefruit rind. Creamy smelling with a slight bready pale malt backbone.
T: Follows the nose with dominating orange and tangerine juice, orange sherbet, and grapefruit. The finish is sweet and juicy, with fruit nectar, tons of grapefruit peel, faint lemon zest, and a touch of evergreen mint and pine. I get a slight hint of the bready malt base poking through the hops as well. The aftertaste is bittersweet, lingering, and a touch rough around the edges from the booze. There’s an overall leafy and green herbal quality, perhaps tea.
M: Medium full body, very low and slick carbonation, smooth, oily, greasy mouthfeel. The booze is slightly noticeable but not hot.
O: Very good. Drinks really well albeit slight rougher than other high ABV dipas. Very very good. Thanks Paul.

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

Bottle opened on 3.18.14
Batch # 330-332

A - Pours a dirty dark orange with a very small tan head with good retention.

S - Orange, melons, grapefruit, dank.

T - Oranges, dank, mango, earthy and tropical.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Heavy and dirty while still being fruity and earthy.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly cloudy and a rust orange.

Smell is a hop punch to the nostrils, very pungent.

HOPS!!! Now this is a tasty beverage! Citrus, slight malt to balance, just great.

Mouthful of hops!

Overall a mf'ing hop bomb and a gd palate pleaser.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm impressed with how consistently Pipeworks nails it. While I have to admit I'm a bit new to the single-hop scene, Pipeworks' brews keep me wanting to explore it more. This is a delicious, full-flavored, yet well-balanced beer. I love the unfiltered look - a cloudy orange brown. Scent is explosive and consistent with taste. A mix of citrus fruit. There's a slight maltiness but perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is less dense and oily than a lot of DIPAs, but it's pleasantly creamy, which makes it dangerously yet delightfully quaffable for a Imperial beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We got ourselves another good one. What can I say? They are laying down pipe at Pipeworks!

Yeah, daddy. There is a tropical explosion like Mario threw some dynamite into a Miami farmers' garden. Smooth, wonderful textures... This ninja makes me wanna hi-doo-ken for another one.


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Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice thin white head, a nice golden color with lacing on the side of the glass.

S- nice upfront floral smell that hits you right away, smells like a hop explosion. Also get some light malts mixed in with the hops

T- nice smooth taste with a bite of hops as the beer rolls across the tongue, a smooth and sweeter taste to balance with the hops very nicely.

M- a little sticky, with a medium to thick mouthfeel that bites a little on the tongue

O- my first pipeworks Amarillo thanks to a trade, overall a solid beer with a nice hop balance and a nice taste. Solid beer overall

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled 03/12/14. Poured into a Three Floyds teku.

A: Slightly hazy golden orange. Thin head.

S: Mango and papaya up front, sweet citrus and a hint of pine on the back. Smells fantastic.

T: Notable departure from the nose: mild bitterness and sticky hops that fade quickly. Missing the tropical fruits I got in the nose, though these flavors emerged a bit as the beer warmed up. A touch of malty sweetness plays well with the bitter hops. Very refreshing bitterness at the end.

M: Probably falls into the medium-bodied category, but a bit on the thin and watery side.

O: Amazing smell, but the taste and mouthfeel left something to be desired. In the end, however, these are just quibbles: I'd gladly pound an Amarillo bomber any day of the week. Eminently quaffable.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold. Head is dense but short and abruptly subsides.

Tropical fruit aromas. Dragon fruit, tangerine, mango.

Tropical fruit flavors. Slightly dry even with a little bit of grass. Light toasted cracker malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly flat. My only knock on the beer. Not entirely, but could use more carbonation to add a crispness to compliment the dry bite.

A very good beer. Not one of my favorite ninjas, but at this point the bar is high and even not being one of my favorites it's still one to seek out.

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