Single Hop APA (Amarillo) | Bitter Root Brewing

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Single Hop APA (Amarillo)Single Hop APA (Amarillo)
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Single Hop APA (Amarillo)Single Hop APA (Amarillo)

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.31%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-17-2009

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 06/26/16:

Fairly clear golden amber with suspended, fine-flecked haze. Fluffy, pillowy, chunky, fine-bubbled light yellow head of excellent retention, sticky lacing. Pine, rind, a little soapiness on nose. As expected, quite similar on palate, though nothing seems overemphasized, and with the addition of peppercorns in the back and stronger fruitier citric character throughout, clean like lemon. So bitterness is pleasant, as well as in balance with lighter grain and heavier malt-tart suggestions. Curious what hop varietal was used, it’s quite good. Medium-bodied and crisp. Spritzy but mellowing to nearly velvet carbonation. Leaves tip of tongue starting to numb.

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Photo of Walts_Frozen_Head
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. A normal pour produces a creamy white head of about an inch. The head reduces but sticks around. The beer is quite hazy with moderately high carbonation, and is a distinctly pale lemon-yellow color. It looks like a shandy.

Plenty of floral hops on the nose, with a touch of hemp(?), with a bit of grapefruit and lemon on the palate against a backbone of rather sweet, pale malt. Maybe just a little pine. Quite light and refreshing despite a rather strong ABV.

If a person was so inclined, you could make a lemonade shandy out of this one and I bet it would be awesome. Quite a good beverage in warm weather.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with thickness and hazy orange body. Nice retention.

S- Amarillo hops, floral and airy. Nice aroma.

T- Tasty, clean and floral. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Thicker and fluffy.

O- Average beer. It's pretty ok. Floral Amarillo hops.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

yeah boi, poured this beer into a big mtn brew fest mini glass. Anywaaaays, it drools a pale yellow and nice white lacing . Straw yellow with a touch a cloudiness. Aromas are hops and bright, sweet citrus fruit. Quite a nice softness to the spices that are detectable on the nose. Huge hop mouth, bold obnoxiously bright fruit and kind of a fruit-perfume mouth. Nice brew, the mouthfeel is high level carbonation... off-dry complementing the fruit, i feel. Quite a quenching brew. i would love to have this as my drink of choice on my yacht in the mediterranean, soaking up the sun.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 19 June 2012, reviewed from notes. Thanks to RWNewhouse and EricCioe for the bottle. I'm having a hard time determining if this is the Amarillo or the CTZ version, but I'm fairly confident it's the Amarillo.

Pours pale yellow with a touch of orange. Almost completely clear, just a bit of haze. An eruptive, massive, fragrant white head forces me to stop the pour. It gradually subsides, cratering and leaving gobs of foam sticking to the glass. Wow. Almost perfect, but it just has too much head.

Smell is dominated by herbal hops, with slight spice and a sweet citrus burst.

Taste is quite good. Medium-thin bready malts that provide just enough base. Slightly spicy, like a saison, with a mild bitter finish.

Medium-light body, plenty of carbonation. Rather dry finish.

This beer works well for me. Nothing about it stands out, but I really like it. It's like a cross between a pale ale and a saison, with hints of spice backing a hop-forward pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up while in Whitefish, Montana (from notes)
A - Hazy bright golden, thumb of white head retained reasonably well
S - Light mandarin and floral, toasty grains and lightly spicy
T - Resiny cascade hops with citrus and floral accents, light grainy malt support, a very pleasant and tasty hop mix
M - Medium body, juicy start that turns to an oily bitter finish
O - A classic NW hopped pale ale, the hops starts relatively relaxed and build throughout the drinking experience, a very nice offering, I will be keeping my eye out for more from this brewer on my next trip to the Pacific NW

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jonster02
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: from bottle into a weizen glass - poured a darker golden straw with a two finger head.

S: light citrusy floral. Beaut!

T: nose - a crisp light citrus, follwoed by an earthy tinge of piney grass.

M: mediocre

disclaimer - I paired this with a Oliva Serie 0 torpedo cigar which is a light woody smoke.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Khazadum
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big fluffy head, long lasting retention, fantastic lacing that isn't complete but enjoyable. Creamy head with very, very tiny bubbles when identified. Much, much carbonation. The streams are many and rapid. Clear to light and cloudy without, murky honey body.

S- Light floral and grassy hop notes, maybe citrus. Barest lemon zest and pulp nature to it. Very simple and light but exactly what I'm looking for.

T- Clean, light sweetness. Some faint bitterness creeps in just ever so gently. Very refreshing amount of bitterness. Also has what may be grassy hop flavor, vegetal. Finish is bits of pine needles and sucrose. Delightful.

M- Grainy, full bodied, low stickiness, medium to light bittering the cheeks and tongue. That grainyness is disappointing though. Its almost as if this is a cousin to sand water. Not as oppressive, but you think they might be related. Very crisp opening hid the grainy nature for a while before I realized what it was.

Without that grainyness this beer was good, almost great.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy, particulate-laden orange-peel orange with one of the frothier heads I've ever seen that stuck around forever. On the nose there is a pungent, citric-centric hop note that dominates a base of pale malt. It's a very vivid nose. In the mouth, the pale malt sweetens up the bitterness I was expecting and turns the body into a rather soft affair, sort of a strange cognitive disconnect for me. But the flavors are good, with the amarillo fading back perhaps a bit too much for my taste, but then it's important to remember this is an APA rather than an IPA. The finish is medium long and rather soft, like the body was, with orange peel hanging on longest.

Overall, this beer far exceeded my expectations. Having just moved out here, I've been told that Bitter Root beers aren't worth it. But I cannot resist a single hop pale. I like what they did here. I'd be curious to see what a similar but slightly bigger beer would turn out like. Highly recommended from a totally unknown brewery.

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, from a grocery in Bozeman. Part of the NW Yoga and Beer tour, 2011...

This beer pours a cloudy, opaque, sediment-infested, burnished golden hue, with three healthy fingers of chunky, rocky off-white head, which leaves a panorama of webbed high-hanging lace around the glass in its rather long-awaited dissipation. It smells of bitter pine and citrus pith, and a light bready, cracker malt. The taste is more restrained bitter grassy, earthy, leafy hops, and a nice bready malt to keep things all on the level. The carbonation is mild enough to be a non-issue, the body a lower-middle class medium-weight, and pretty damned smooth. It finishes off-dry, clean, and nicely hoppy from a persistent, yet waning, single minded bitterness.

Lacking complexity, to be sure, but still a nice balanced hoppy pale ale affair. Nothing stands too far out, and by extension, nothing gets chopped off - this can be a good thing when you just want a decent damned drink!

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