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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 in 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 on a farm in Washington, northwest 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!
Is Amarillo a good bittering hop?
Amarillo is a great bittering hop. It has a moderate alpha acid content (8-9%) and provides a unique citrusy flavour and aroma. Some brewers even use it for late kettle additions to give their beer a little bit of extra kick.
What type of hop is Amarillo?
Amarillo is an American hop variety. It is a relatively new variety, having been released in 2000. Amarillo hops are highly sought after for their distinctive grapefruit aroma and flavour. They are often used in pale ales and IPAs and can be considered a dual-purpose hop.
Where are Amarillo hops grown?
Amarillo hops are grown in Yakima Valley, Washington state in the United States. The Yakima Valley is famous for its high-quality hops, which make up 75% of U.S. hop production.
Cryo, Pellet, Whole Cone
2019, 2020, 2021