Add A Comment August 11th, 2012

Single Hop Series:
Amarillo India Pale Ale

Posted by Kyle

Amarillo IPA

Like I said, I stole this idea from Mikkeller and started a series of single hop IPAs. Amarillo was the second of the Single Hop Series.

I brewed this batch two days after the Simcoe, hoping I could bottle them within the same time frame and sample them side by side; really try to notice the differences between hop varieties. As you’ll see, the recipe below is exactly the same, with the exception of the hops. There’s a pretty big disparity in alpha acids between the Simcoe and Amarillo strains — something like 4% — which will result in a pretty drastic difference in bittering and aroma. Based on iBrewmaster’s projection, the Simcoe should end up around 105 IBU with the Amarillo only around 73. We’ll see what happens.

Again, I’ll post a follow up with a full review and taste comparisons once I try them both.


  • 1.8 lb. Belgian Pilsner Malt
  • 0.4 lb. Caramel 20 Malt
  • 0.3 lb. Munich Malt


  • 0.25 oz. Amarillo (60 min.)
  • 0.25 oz. Amarillo (30 min.)
  • 0.25 oz. Amarillo (00 min.)


  • White Labs California Ale (WLP001)


  • 60 min. Mash
  • 60 min. Boil
  • 2 weeks fermentation
  • 2 weeks bottle conditioning

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