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Amarillo is a sought-after hop variety currently only grown in the Pacific North-West of the USA and Germany. It has one of the highest Myrcene oil contents of any hop variety, giving it beautiful citrus aromas with hints of peach and apricot.
Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, Amber Ale, Wheat Beer
Peach, Citrus, Orange, Floral
Discovered by Virgil Gamache Farms, Amarillo® is one of the top ten aroma varieties
utilised by craft brewers. It features relatively high alpha acids along with extremely high
levels of myrcene for citrus and grapefruit flavours.
There are hints of citrus with lemon, orange and grapefruit notes as well as subtle hints of peach, apricot and floral aromas. It is these aromas that make this hop so loved and many brewers want to explore these flavours and create an exceptional, complex beer with them.
Amarillo has a fascinating history that begins with a chance discovery. Unlike most hops, Amarillo wasn’t purposefully bred from different hops to amplify specific characteristics. However, there was no involvement from the USDA with the creation of Amarillo. Amarillo is a whim of nature, and mother nature did a fantastic job.
In 1990, a small hop bine was found growing alongside Liberty hops in a farm in Washington, in north west America. The plant looked a little different; it had some slightly yellowish cast to the bine and smaller leaves. When this bine produced cones that were smaller than Liberty hops and were bright yellow when pulled apart, the farm was intrigued.
The hops also had a strong and beautiful citrus aroma: the farm knew that nature was on to something, so they began investigating. Finally, in 2003, Amarillo was born and patented.
Vigil Gamache Farms owns all the rights to Amarillo; meaning the hop can be tricky to get hold of. However, at Brook House Hops we have an ample supply of Amarillo, even though much of the sought-after crop is reserved by commercial breweries.
Amarillo is an incredibly popular hop variety and there is never enough of it for all the brewers who want it. If you’d like to make a very complex and exciting beer out of this hop, you are going to need to act fast!
What beers use Amarillo hops?
Amarillo hops are used in a number of different beers, adding a bright flavour and aroma. Some of the most popular beers that use Amarillo hops include Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA and Stone Brewing Company’s Ruination IPA. Amarillo hops are also used in many pale ales, adding a citrusy flavour that is unique and flavorful. If you are looking for a beer with a bit of a kick and a lot of flavors, be sure to try one with Amarillo hops.
Is Amarillo a good bittering hop?
Amarillo hops are a good bittering hop because they have a high alpha acid content. This means that they can add a lot of bitterness to beer, which is important for balancing out the sweetness of the malt. They are also quite flavorful, with a citrusy, grapefruit-like aroma. This makes them a popular choice for IPAs and other hoppy beers.
Where are Amarillo hops grown?
Amarillo hops are grown in the United States. specifically, they are grown in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo, Texas. This area is known for its rich soil and perfect climate for growing hops. The Amarillo hop variety is a new variety, developed in the late 1990s. It is a dual-purpose hop, meaning that it is used for both bittering and aroma. The Amarillo hop has a unique flavour and aroma, with notes of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. It is becoming increasingly popular in craft beers and IPAs.