Thursday, April 16, 2009

Amarillo Hops - Review



Ahhhh, Amarillo hops. Amarillo hops been around for a while and they are a fantastic hop to use for any kind of straight up Amarillo pale ale or Amarillo IPA. Why? Well, first off, they are probably one of my favorite dual-purpose hops to use. Dual purpose, what's that? Well, Amarillo hops usually fall between 8-11% alpha acid content. That's a high enough alpha acid content to use them for both bittering and flavoring hops.

And as far as bittering goes, Amarillo hops give you a nice slightly clean bitterness. They have a high enough co-humulone rate (21-24) to give you enough of a bitter bite to your beer but not as much as say . . . chinook. But amarillo hops certainly make sure you know they are bittering your beer.

And the flavor of amarillo hops is outstanding. Amarillo hops are the only hops that I know of that give your beer a very distinct grapefruit flavor to them. Sure, there are plenty of hops out there that give plenty of citrus/lemon/orange flavor but amarillo hops are the only hops to give you grapefruit flavors. If you add enough for a flavoring addition or even dry hopping addition you beer will resemble something close to actually drinking grapefruit juice. If that's not for you then no problem.

So if you haven't used amarillo hops yet, I would highly suggest using them. Below is a recipe for an all amarillo Pale ale. Try it out if you wish and if you want to bump it up a bit more you can turn this recipe into an IPA with no issues at all, just by adding some more to the bittering and more for flavoring. Let me know what you think of the recipe if you brew it! And remember, the best way to figure out the profile of a hop is to use it in a single addition in a beer i.e. just use that hop through the recipe, no other hops.

And remember, all ingredients can be purchased through Ben's Homebrew.

Amarillo Pale Ale 5 gallon batch, 2.5 gallon boil volume.

6.60 lb LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Extract 92.96 %
0.50 lb Caramel Malt - 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM) Grain 7.04 %
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 21.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (10 min) Hops 15.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
1 Pkgs Safale (DCL Yeast #US-05) Yeast-Ale