Mes: septiembre 2013


 I’ve talked about hops before and by now I would hope that you understand their importance to beer if you are reading this. Hops are not just an ingredient in beer, but rather they are a quintessential part of a work of art that is greater than the sum of its parts.

I give some basic information about it, including where it grows, what it’s flavor and aroma characteristics are, when it was first used, etc. Basically I want to give you everything you would want to know about these hop varieties.

Amarillo hops are a variety of hops that is used primarily for aroma in brewing. While many varieties of hops are grown using rhizomes, which are basically clippings that you can grow new bines from, these are a patented plant grown specifically by Washington State’s Virgil Gamache farms. They are proprietary to this farm and they even hold a trademark on the name! 

Amarillo are of the American variety of hops, and while commonly used for aroma, they give a unique citrus/orange flavor. The aroma it gives off is generally grapefruit-like and can be somewhat pungent if used in large amounts.

Amarillo hops are a very popular variety of hops, and as such, can be hard to come by without a growing contract with the Virgil Gamache Farms.

With it’s unique citrus aroma and taste, the Amarillo hop has been used somewhat frequently as the hops choice for single-hop beers

The Low Down

  • Source – Virgil Gamache Farms – Washington State, USA
  • Brewing Usage – Mainly used for aroma
  • Aroma – Citrus with grapefruit-specific notes
  • Flavor – when used correctly, sweet orange-y flavor, but can turn slightly metallic in abundance
  • Alpha Acids – 8-11%
  • Beta Acids – 6-7%
  • Possible Substitutions – Cascade, Centennial
  • Beer Styles – American IPA, American Ale, Wheat Beers


Commercial Examples