One of the things that I like about homebrewing is that I learn something each batch. I can then take those lessons and hopefully make future brews better. While I tweak most of my recipes in a quest of some perfect ideal, my pale ale recipe has become an explicit testing ground. Specifically, it gives me an opportunity to try various hops and experience their aromas and flavors. Amarillo was showcased this time around.
- Appearance - It pours a dark golden/light orange color with a white head. Some bottles have had a nice head on the pour, some with out much. When there, it dissipates at a moderate pace. Seems to be identical to the Citra version.
- Aroma - AMARILLO HOPS! They take center stage and have no shame flooding the nose with their grapefuit, lime, and lemon aromas.
- Taste - The citrus flavors of the hops share the space well. Some sips I taste more grapfruit. On others, lime is the dominant flavor. The malt stays in the background through the finish
- Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation cuts through any maltiness and keeps the beer light enough to allow the hops to shine the whole way.
I learned that Amarillo is a very bold hop that can very easily dominate the beer if you let it. If you’re into grapefruit, lime, and citrus flavors (and I am) this is a great hop to try.
Until next time, Cheers!