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> Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Amarillo, Let's check out this popular hop
Amarillo Hops
What do you think of Amarillo?
5 -- Fantastic [ 53 ] ** [61.63%]
4 [ 17 ] ** [19.77%]
3 [ 3 ] ** [3.49%]
2 [ 1 ] ** [1.16%]
1 -- Awful [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
0 -- Never tried them [ 12 ] ** [13.95%]
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just-cj
post Mar 11 2007, 03:18 AM
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Amarillo
Bittering? Flavor? Aroma? Everything?


Let's have a look at Amarillo for this HOTW. It's a relatively new hop but one that has quickly become enormously popular in craft brewing and homebrewing. So, what do you think? What are your favorite brews with it? Experiences? Questions? Anything?

Here's info on Amarillo from Yakima Chief and Hop Union.
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Amarillo
Origin/History:Amarillo is an aroma-type cultivar of recent origin, privately grown and registered by Virgil Gamache Farms Inc.
Brewing Quality:Used for its aromatic properties, and also for its bittering properties due to its lower co-humulone content.
Maturity:Mid-season
Growth Habit: Good
Cone-Structure: Small, tight cone
Lupulin: Plentiful
Aroma: Floral and citrusy
Alpha acids:8.0-11.0%
Alpha:Beta ratio:1.6
Beta acids:6.0-7.0%
Cohumulone:21-24% (% of alpha acids)
Total Oil:1.5-1.9 (mls. of oil per 100g)
Myrcene:68-70% (as % of total oils)
Caryophyllene:2-4% (as % of total oils)
Humulene:9-11% (as % of total oils)
Farnesene:2-4% (as % of total oils)
Storage:Average to good
General Trade Perception: Gaining acceptance, viewed somewhat as a Cascade type
Possible Substitutions: Cascade, Centennial, possibly Chinook or Ahtanum
Typical Beer Styles: American Ales, IPA
Additional Information: Very limited acreage at this time.

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post Mar 11 2007, 03:29 AM
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I have nothing but good things to say about this hop. It is good as a single hop along with bittering/flavoring/aroma. It also works well with others. Very versatile hop.
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post Mar 11 2007, 05:42 AM
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Ditto to everything azmtnbiker said. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/hehe.gif) Great as a single hop for an APA. Great in combination with Cascade or with Hallertau. I've got an all APA brewing at the moment. Looking forward to combining it with some other hops. Suggestions?
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post Mar 11 2007, 07:26 AM
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This is my dry hop of choice. Amarillo is a nice smooth hop that I think blends well with any of the "C" hops and their cousins. Homebrewers seem to have a love affair with Amarillo and I think it lives up to the hype.
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post Mar 11 2007, 08:16 AM
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For my money you can't beat fresh leaf amarillo for dry hopping.
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post Mar 11 2007, 08:24 AM
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Excellent hop. It really gives a floral component to beer. Very versatile.

I brewed an IPA, with Amarillo, and I believe Simcoe, and when it was young it gave off flavors and aromas of tangerine, and lime! It was like drinking a fresh citrus punch. Very interesting. It really compliments other hops, and in combinations, presents interesting flavors.

You have to keep some of these in your freezer!
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post Mar 11 2007, 08:47 AM
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My favorite hop mix for IPA's is Amarillo and Centennial, the one I'm brewing today has 5.5oz. of each.
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post Mar 11 2007, 08:51 AM
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What everyone else said. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif) I love amarillo's in an APA or IPA. My favorite american hop.
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post Mar 11 2007, 09:11 AM
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I think I have given every American hop a "5" in these polls and have done so again. Amarillo reminds me of Cascade and Centennial..... which means it is Mmm Mmm GOOD!

Sometimes this hop can be hard to come by because there is not alot of acerage planted in this variety yet.

You know, I just love hops. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/biggrin.gif)
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post Mar 11 2007, 10:42 AM
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This hop introduced me to a whole new world of possibilities. Suddenly, it was possible for me to get that huge, gorgeous citrus-hop flavor out of my own beer, just like the best microbreweries were making. The beer I've made the most is a wheat IPA that imitates Gumballhead from Three Floyds, and it uses a half-pound of Amarillo in 10 gallons.... its friggin delicious. What a great hop. You know its good when your wife is excited when you get a shipment cuz she wants to smell them.
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post Mar 11 2007, 01:11 PM
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i used these guys for my 1st experiance with dry hopping ... used 2oz of pellets in a 5gal batch .... wow .. what great aroma!!!! ...

i hope everyone stops using this hop so i can have them all to myself
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post Mar 11 2007, 05:32 PM
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I used them once, and i don't remember being very impressed. It sounds like i definitely need to give them another shot.
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post Mar 11 2007, 05:40 PM
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QUOTE(Chez @ Mar 11 2007, 04:32 PM) *
I used them once, and i don't remember being very impressed. It sounds like i definitely need to give them another shot.

The order I got from Freshops this year far exceeded the quality of the order I got from Hops Direct last year. Good fresh Amarillo are very nice.
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post Mar 11 2007, 07:41 PM
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I have some Amarillos in the fridge right now. How would they go in a Rye PA? Would those that have used them, use another hop with the Amarillos to give it more depth? Or would an all Amarillo Rye PA work nice? I have never used them as of yet.

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post Mar 11 2007, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE(al_bob @ Mar 11 2007, 03:40 PM) *
The order I got from Freshops this year far exceeded the quality of the order I got from Hops Direct last year. Good fresh Amarillo are very nice.

Hmmm. I'll keep Freshops in mind. The Amarillo i used was from the LHBS, about 2 1/2 years ago.

How are their shipments in the quantity area? Do they overship like HD?
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