Sur Amarillo (sour imperial pale ale) – To Øl (Denmark)

Sur Amarillo (sour imperial pale ale) – To Øl, 7.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)

my first To Øl beer which I’m pretty amped up about given that they and Mikkeller share the same roots. Here’s more info about their story on their website.


on the back label:

“Please welcome Sur Amarillo – a Sour Pale Ale brewed with wheat and dry-hopped over and over with Amarillo hops to give a flowerful tart Imperial Pale Ale.”

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, oats, Amarillo hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (imperial, pale) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Pink grapefruit citrusy sour light pukey bitter dry hopped
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, wicked complexity

Visual: Pours cloudy opaque dirty orange/brown with a small 1cm head, a thick fine layer of lasting retention, fast loose clusters of streams.

Nose: bright fragrant citrus hop oils (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy, sharp crisp bite, incoming sour

Mid-palate: smooth CO2, puckery pukey pink grapefruit sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), background citrusy sweet barley malt

Finish: subtle banana wheat malt, residual light tartness, dry bitter hops

Summary: Wow, such an interesting beer put together with distinct elements that transition perfectly. The barley-oats-wheat combo has transformed into a sour-citrusy grapefruit hop bomb – very cool. After having tasted just over a 1000 beers, I’m delighted that there are still unique styles I have yet to try.