One Hop This Time: Amarillo
Night Shift Brewing

One Hop This Time: AmarilloOne Hop This Time: Amarillo
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American IPA
Ranked #938
Ranked #7,625
4.04 | pDev: 6.19%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
One Hop This Time: AmarilloOne Hop This Time: Amarillo
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 78
Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden yellow in color with a 1" head that last a long time before falling to a thick surface foam. Plenty of lace here too.

Smell: orange and some floral aroma rise from the glass.

Taste: biscuit, orange, grapefruit, and a bit of spiciness are the main flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Light dryness late.

Overall: a well balanced and an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice hazy lemon drop color with a tall but thinned out head of 2 fingers. Lots of nice hills of lace left behind.

Aromas of lemon peel, limes, lemonade, and sweetbread.

Flavor is a touch catty, but not bad, and has a woody-piney-lemon hop flavor, with hints of white breads and crusts fading out the finish. Flavor is very mild, not much left behind, needing taste after taste to really come up with the adjectives.

Feel is pretty thin but very well carbonated, slight dusty and dry finish.

Overall, an unimpressive but still highly drinkable IPA with a nice Amarillo showcase. Amarillo isn't my favorite hop, but it has a really nice bright profile traditionally which this beer really helps highlight. Recommended if it rotates out again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: A good mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and bready malt. Very well balanced

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with light citrus and tropical fruit notes and then goes into the bready and crackery malt notes. Some dank hoppiness in there as well. Finishes with more dank notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smooth side

O: A solid single-hopped IPA that does a nice job highlighting the amarillo hops. Quite drinkable too

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Photo of digboy
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a true, bright gold color, medium hazy with a giant 4 finger pillowed white head that turns to soap suds as it collapses. I like this look a lot.

Aroma has notes of pineapple and lime with a sweetness behind it. This is a subdued smell that does not betray the full flavor of this beer.

The taste is a whallop up front of dank pine resin, with a sharp bitterness that takes you by surprise. There is a nice mellow sweetness that comes in midway through into the finish where the citrus and pineapple hop flavor finally peek through,

The feel is a little sticky and medium soft.

It has an interesting profile that is different from much of what is out there in this region right now, mostly from the high bitterness mixed with subdued tropicaal hops.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – One finger head on a hazy yellow body. Expected a deeper color.

Aroma – Mild citrus, a little sweet. Not very strong, quite subtle.

Taste – Light citrus, clean bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and clean.

Overall – Easy drinking and not too heavy.

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Photo of calebc10410
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1/2/18. I don't know what happened with this batch of Amarillo, but it has nowhere near the pungency and pop as the last time I had it. Very bland and disappointing!

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I am able to recall manufacturers & styles that I didn't like, but finer details (hop strain) often escape me when making the purchase. Note to self: You do not like Amarillo hops. Finely made brew, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale straw color. Moderate head with some streaks for lace.

Very mild aroma. With effort, I pick up pale malt.

This starts off as an ordinary APA but the flavor in the swallow is like charcoal and ash. Although the brewer writes about the "melon, peach, lemon" notes, I don't pick up any of these. The body is rich but the carbonation is equally high, creating a decent balance. The finish is predominantly bitter.

Overall, the combination of flavors and the general lack of smell makes this an interesting beer, certainly not conventional.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amarillo was the popular new hop a few years back, at least in homebrewing. Tall Boy poured into my new Hermit Thrush tulip. Cloudy with thick lacing, a nice look. And this is a fine and very chewy IPA, Goes to the bitter side which I love. Not the juicy NE IPA that's the trendy one now. (Night Shift Santilli and others cover that ground.) I do love single hopped ales, and this is a fine one. Recommended.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. fairly hazy in appearance. Lime, pineapple and pine. Dry bitterness. Cracker malt backbone. Nice level of sweetness. Hmmm. Not my favorite iteration but it's not bad.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at Fort Point Market in Boston, MA.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells quite piney and dank, with some orange and grapefruit as well.

Amarillo is such a well balanced and underrapreciated hop. It provides a lot of juicy flavor- I get sweet candied grapefruit and orange jam. However, the sweet juiciness is tempered really nicely but heavy bitterness, and a super weedy finish. There's not much malt character here.

This is light bodied, crisp, and very clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is my first beer from the One Hop This Time series. This is a really excellent use of Amarillo, one of my favorite hops. Cheers, Night Shift!

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Slightly hazy and vibrant gold, great two finger head that dissipates slowly and laces the glass beautifully as it goes down.

S - Straw, tropical fruit, and a whiff of lemon.

T - Citrusy, great hop bitterness and a bit earthy.

F - Medium mouth feel, lightly carbonated.

O - Wow! A quintessential NE IPA. I honestly can't get enough of this stuff, but I have to go out of my way to find it even though I live in MA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 1/16/17.

Pours cloudy gold with a nice froth and lacing. Cracked garlic and hard peaches on the nose with some faint white grape must. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Citrus with an earthy bitterness on the palate. Grapefruit with pine bark and dank weed. Finishes dry with zero malt and lingering garlic.

A tasty delve into Amarillo.

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Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tal silver can, "1/17/17 Amarillo" on the bottom rim of the can

Typical NE IPA look to this one, clouded/turbid, off white froth, low sheeting, nice strands of fine lacing.

Tropical fruit sniff, yum

Soft and smooth, loaded with a blend of ripe tropical fruity goodness.softly resinous, dank and thoroughly delicious.....well crafted and well worth seeking out

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Photo of mnj21655
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger of white head, moderate lacing. Aroma but s grapefruit, some pineapple, and a decent amount of dank. Taste hits the same notes with a punch of grapefruit upfront, a hint of resiny pine, and an earthy and herbaceous thing that turns dank with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. At first the dank notes are a bit too prominent for me but they settle down and after a bit and become a lot more pleasant.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 01/17/17.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient cascade of lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit plus an underlying dankness that only Amarillo could produce.

T- Nice juicy/piney duality with moderate bitterness. Really vibrant and crushable with very little malt presence. Hop resin lingers on the palate.

M- Zesty and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A great use of one of my favorite hop varietals. So drinkable and bursting with flavor.

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One Hop This Time: Amarillo from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 78 ratings