An Aroma hop


VGXP01 cv.

United States

aroma profile: Floral, Citrus

Discovered and introduced by Virgil Gamache Farms in Washington State, Amarillo® Brand VGXP01 cv. is an aroma variety that has recently become one of the top 10 varieties utilized by the craft beer industry. It features relatively high alpha acids along with extremely high levels of myrcene for citrus and grapefruit flavors. As a result, it is an excellent dual purpose variety. Amarillo demonstrates good resistance to downy and powdery mildew.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include grapefruit, orange, lemon, melon, apricot and peach.

Brewing Values


Alpha Acid


Beta Acid


Total Oil

1-2.3 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    7 - 11%
  • Beta Acid
    5.5 - 8%
  • Co-humulone
    20 - 24%
  • Total Oil
    1 - 2.3 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene
    0.4 - 0.8% of total oil
  • Myrcene
    40 - 50% of total oil
  • Linalool
    0.5 - 0.8% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    7 - 10% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    6 - 9% of total oil
  • Humulene
    19 - 24% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0.1 - 0.1% of total oil

14 Brewer Reviews

Everybody loves this hop. Blends nicely with Cascades in an Amber Ale. Good for late hop additions too.

Kevin | Oct 21st, 2016

I did a French Saison all-grain and through the entire process the aroma of the Amarillo was very distinct. The finished product is very light and clean with a subtle bitter finish. Very refreshing, but I'm wondering if this hop needs to be paired with other hops or just use more? I haven't done a brew in 15 years and a lot has changed.

Jim | Jan 4th, 2017

I'd say use more. One of the best beers around, 3 Floyds Gumball Head, uses exclusively Amarillo hops for all additions.

MT | Feb 8th, 2017

You could definitely use more or pair it with another variety. It's delicious on its own and is a great companion to Citra or Simcoe.

Chris | Aug 8th, 2017

I used about 4.5 g/l (apart from bittering) at flame out with a 10m hopstand for a SMASH. It came through initially as bubble gum/orange/peach/light grapefruit, but the beer underattentuated slightly and it became a bit of a cloying flavor profile. The bitterness is smooth (only around 40IBU though). Nice hop, I just wouldn't use it alone in something extremely hop forward. Friends liked it though.

Andreas | Aug 22nd, 2017

Used it as a dry hop with Mosaic. I used 2oz for 10gal batch using french press to extract the Amarillo tea immediately before bottling ( bottle conditioned ). I get a wonderful aroma when I pop the beer. I have heard that the french press method gives you more bang for the buck for dry hopping but I wish I had used even more Amarillo.

jeff | Oct 2nd, 2017

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