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Amarillo Cryo Hops LupuLN2 - 1oz



US Amarillo Cryohop Hop Pellets, 1 oz sealed package

Amarillo, discovered by accident by Vigil Gamache Farms in 1990 and named for it's distinctly yellow cones, is notably one of the top 10 hop varieties used in craft beer.  This exclusive and patented variety boasts super high myrcene content and the distinct citrus characteristics have become a favorite in the craft beer world.


While Amarillo can be used as a bittering hop, it really shines in late additions and dry hop additions because of the strong, distinct citrus characteristics.  Add heavily in whirlpool and dry hop additions for best results.  Cryohops are extremely concentrated, with the majority of the bract (plant material or vegetal material in a hop bine) removed, so use 1 oz of Cryohops for every 2 oz of T90 Pellet Hops.

Aroma and Flavor

Amarillo has a very distinct orange and tropical fruit profile with a flowery, almost fresh hay characteristic.  Expect big, distinct orange, lemon and citrus flavors, backed by a subtle, fresh grass characteristic.  Keep in mind that while Amarillo is a brilliantly delicious hop variety, it's profile can vary significantly from harvest to harvest.  Consider a S.M.A.S.H. with each new harvest to properly pinpoint that harvest year's profile. 

Average Acid Content

Alpha Acids: 10.5% - 18%
Beta Acids: 9% - 12.3%
Co-Humulone: 0% - 24%

Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)

Total Oils: 1.0 - 4.0 mL/100g
Myrcene: 40% - 50%
Humulene: 19% - 24%
Caryophyllene: 7% - 10%
Farnesene: 0% - 1%
B-Pinene: 0.4% - 0.8%
Linalool: 0.5% - 0.8%
Geraniol: 0.1% - 0.3%

Possible Substitutes for Amarillo

There are few substitutions for Cryohop varieties.  The commonly accepted substitutes for Amarillo Cascade and Centennial for the bright, citrusy side of the profile and Simcoe for the floral, fresh and clean, danky grass, although Simcoe is distinctly more dank and piney.  For best results, consider a blend of 80% Centennial, 10% Simcoe and maybe 10% Ahtanum to get close.

Read More About Hops, Hop Varieties and Hop Usage on BrewCranium!

BrewChatter BrewCranium Hop Series Volume 1:  What is a Cryohop?
BrewChatter BrewCranium Hop Series Volume 2:  Getting What You Want From Your Hops
BrewChatter BrewCranium Hop Series Volume 3:  Noble Hops
BrewChatter BrewCranium Hop Series Volume 4:  Understanding Hop Oils
BrewChatter BrewCranium Whole Cone vs. Pellet Hops
BrewChatter BrewCranium Hop Resins:  Alpha and Beta Acids


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