Amarillo® Hops

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Amarillo® hops feature some of the highest Myrcene oil contents of any hop variety, resulting in incredibly sweet citrus flavors and aromas. Amarillo® shares similar flavor profiles with Cascade hops and is one of the most popular American varieties today.


GR Amarillo® hops were a result of a chance discovery in 1990 by Virgil Gamache Farms in Toppenish, WA. The hop’s bright yellow compact cones and immature leaves caught the attention of the farm. In 1991, Virgil Gamache started propagation and named the hop Amarillo®, which means yellow in Spanish.

In 2003, the farm patented the new variety under the name VGXP01. To date, German Amarillo® hops are exclusively grown by Virgil Gamache Farms.


Amarillo® is known for its spicy, semi-sweet character and ultra-citrusy aroma with light notes of fruits and florals. Specific aroma descriptors include lemon, orange, melon, grapefruit, peach and apricot. The hop’s prominent citrus quality makes it a good variety for wheat styles.

While Amarillo® is often used in dry-hopping, its low Co-Humulone levels increase bittering properties. This unique hop also demonstrates good resistance to downy and powdery mildew.

Featuring a relatively high alpha acid content, Amarillo® makes for a fantastic dual-purpose hop and a suitable addition to English-style pale ales.

Potential Substitutes

While the following varieties are not perfect Amarillo® replicas, they are able to provide similar flavors and fragrances:

  • Summer
  • Simcoe
  • Chinook
  • Centennial
  • Cashmere
  • Cascade
  • Ahtanum,

Perfect Pairings

Amarillo® is best paired with:

  • Strata
  • Comet
  • Chinook
  • Centennial

Typical Beer Styles

The following beer styles elevate Amarillo’s® fresh citrus notes:

  • Wheat Beers
  • American Wheat
  • American Pale Ale
  • American IPA
  • Amber

Buy Premium Hops in Bulk

Grown on limited acreage and availability, Amarillo® hops are some of the most in-demand hop varieties today.

At Hop Havoc, we supply quality Amarillo® hops by the pound or in bulk. Shop now for rare hops at cost-effective prices. If you have any questions about our products, talk to us here.

AMARILLO® is a trademark owned by Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc.

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