Aroma, aroma, aroma… that’s what Amarillo™ hops are known for. Very citrusy and flowery, but also used for bittering. In fact this is possibly one of the favorite dual purpose hops used by many brewers.
It is another set of hops that grows very well in the state of Washington. It was originally bred and introduced to brewers by Virgil Garnache Farms Inc.
This hop variety is very common for many ale styles and IPA beers. Much like Ahtanum hops, Amarillo hops will give your beer a grapefruit-like flavor. Last, these hops have very good storage life making it possible to buy in bulk and keep around the house.
Here’s what you need to know about these hops:
Amarillo Hops Alpha Acid %
8 – 11%
Amarillo Hops Beta Acid %
6 – 7%
Amarillo Hops Oil Content
1.5 – 1.9%
Amarillo Hops Cohumulone
21 – 24%
Some of the most common substitute hops you can use are Cascade Hops and Centennial Hops. These have the same floral and citrusy like characters. Some are even using Ahtanum, which also has a bit of a grapefruit flavor to it.
Some of the beer styles that use amarillo hops are Saltaire Amarillo Gold, Three Floyds, Gumballhead, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion among others.
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