mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Mackinlay’s Inn, Stockholm, as 7th Anniversary Ale) Poured amber and clear with medium sized, white and long lasting head. Aroma contained lot of piny hops and fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness. citricness, pine, hops, malts and bitterness. Afertaste was hoppy and bitter.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012
2012-05-10, bottle, 5.9% ABV, 8-5-7-3-15=38
Bright amber color. Aroma of caramel and demerara sugar, with a hint of cookies and lemon; perfumy. Dry mouthfeel, but the body is quite chewy, with solid caramel flavor and a touch of toffee; strong bitterness, with bitter citrus fruits (orange and bergamot) more than fresh fruits (no grapefruit, no lemon).
A very good beer, although I prefer crispier malts with single hops.
2011-05-20, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, Gustav Adolf Torg, 5.5% ABV, 8-5-8-5-16=42
Amber color, with nice head. The strong hop aroma is first fruity, then sweaty. Dry mouthfeel; strong caramel malt and toffee flavor; resiny and fruity hopping, fresh.
2009-10-20, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, as 7th Anniversary Ale, 5.9% ABV, 9-5-7-3-15=39
Hazy copper color; big creamy head. The aroma of Amarillo is massive, fruity (a lot of passion fruit and some oranges), lightly piney and grassy; the excellent impact is not lasting, though. The body is thinner than expected; clean toffee flavor, quite dry the first sip, smoother the others; unexpected, almost immediately a sharp metallic touch spoils the experience; this thing vanishes a bit, then. The final is obviously bitter, dry, weak bodied, with some resins and very light fruits. I would clearly prefer a sweeter, maltier beer. Unfinished.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber colour with a fresh looking white head that leaves nice lazing behind. Aroma is extremely tropical and piney hops with notes of passionfruit, peach, tangerine and pineapple. Also light caramell is noticable but hardly. Flavour is similar to the aroma but overall lighter, it doesnt quite deliver the hop punch the extremely fresh nose promises. Still flavourfull and very pleasant though, rich (for a APA) with just a small malty caramell sweetness. Simple but oh so good and extremely drinkable.
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Örebro Öl- och Whiskeyfestival. Clear deep golden, small head. Very distinctive Amarillo aroma - perfumy lychee and grapefruit. Mid-sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel,. Growing piney bitterness. A seemless hop bomb, where the blast in the aroma just carries on over the flavour and finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/24/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear deep golden, small head. Perfumy nose with gooseberry and rhubarb. Mid-sweet with dense rounded malt forming a mid sized body hidden underneath tropical fruits. Fresh and perfumy with balanced bitterness. Another winner from Oppigårds!
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - NOV 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 On tap at Örebro Öl & Whisky Festival. Very nice, fresh and tasty pale ale. Pours an amber color with a nice white head. Nice tropical fruity aroma with notes of pineapple. Flavour is hoppy and dominated by wonderful tropical fruits. Juice-like character. Nice lingering resin-like bitterness. Medium bodied. Lovely beer from Oppigårds, I look forward to the Systembolaget release. 4,1
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a clear orange color with a nice white head, some lacing. Aroma is fresh and hoppy with flowers, mango and resin. Flavour is dominated by hops with clear citrusy, flowery notes, some mango and resin. Finishes by a nicely balanced bitterness. Body is medium with a rather soft carbonation. Very nice and tasty, the best APA I’ve had!
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2009. Amber color. Sweet aroma with juicy hops, lemon and tart fruitiness. Juicy and fruity hops dominate the flavor with rhubarb, lemon, crisp bitterness and some toffeish malt in the background. Pleasant crisp hoppy ale.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber with a big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacings.
The smell has a wonderful hop character. Lots of grapefruit, lemon peel and pine-needles. Notes of tobacco and hop resins. Very intense juice-like character. Hints of malts beneath all the hops. Refreshing.
The taste follows suit. Some notes of caramel, but most importantly lots of hop flavors, mostly grapefruits and other exotic fruits but also pine-needles and hop resins. Hints of tobacco. The finish is quite bitter with lingering hop notes and unfortunately a hint of aluminum. The taste is not as good as the smell. It’s not as fresh and clear-cut.
Medium body, smooth texture. Very easy to drink.
Well done. Actually, very well done. This is probably the best hop-forward Swedish beer I’ve tried so far. It’s very American in character, and could probably go head to head with many American pale ales. This one has raised the bar for Swedish brewers doing hoppy beers.
Serving type: on-tap
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at SBWF and at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear pale amber colour with a rich dense white foam. Rich fruity hop aroma of flowers, kiwi, starfruit, Seville oranges and red grapefruit. Medium-bodied with hop aromatic fruity notes of grapefruit, gooseberries, kiwi and orange-peels on a rounded malt foundation of caramel. Long aromatic bitter finish of resin, gooseberries and grapefruit.
Joakgust (763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at SB&WF09 - Clear copper amber beer with a large frothy head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of tropical fruits, passion fruits, litchi and loads of fresh fruity hops. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, ripe fruits and even more of the fruity amarillo hops. Wonderfully well balanced beer with a nice medium body. Borderline IPA, and a definite must.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at The Rover, Göteborg.
Crystal clear, copper colour, with rich, creamy head. Plain hop-juice aroma, very intense and outstanding - I hardly ever sensed such aroma in a Swedish beer before. Flavour is fruity and grapey. No maltiness really, this is all about hops, and I thought a blend of varieties were used. I sensed grapes, mandarines, strawberries, lime, white wine. The bitterness comes early, stays there all along until after, when it turns salty, after a long cob-webby mouthcoating sensation. Ultra American beer here, close to a US IPA! Really good!