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Amarillo Brillo - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 177
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 10-26-2009

This divinely delicious brew is Maumee Bay Brewing Company’s assertive double India Pale Ale featuring a bouquet of Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, and of course a hefty dose of Amarillo Hops. Delivering a delicate balance of citrus and pine hop presence with a malty sweetness, Amarillo Brillo is a pleasure to drink. Expect a raw, crisp mouthfeel with a boldness that lets you know it’s a serious brew. We suggest pouring this beer into a snifter at 50-55 degrees.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter (at the suggestion of the label) on 5/1/13

Deep honey amber color with a surprisingly pretty one thumb of white foam. Such an ample head is not common among the rank and file DIPAs in the area. Perhaps this will prove to stand out from the crowd. Wispy retention with many spots and specks of gooey lace. I did not notice until later that there is much sediment suspended throughout the beer. The floaties are my only gripe; this is quite the looker for a DIPA otherwise.

Oh, geez, the aroma is so freaking dank. Hop oils abound with notes of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, peach sweet tea and orange peel. Malts are in a strong showing too adding sweetened notions of biscuit, sugar cookie and overtones of dough. It doesn't smell particularly boozy.

The taste is comparably dank. This critter is loaded with dense tropical hops and hints of interspersed pine. The hops are definitely juicy with some inherent sweetness. Heavy on the Amarillo The malts are a tad bigger than I like, but with a fairly dry cracker and sugar cookie flavor it does not distract terribly from the hops. The finish seemed ever-so-slightly bitter at first but such lingering subside.

The feel is full, the body unwavering, the hops oily and slightly gritty. Carbonation is in enough presence to add balance and spirit. Very mild on alcohol; at 8.4% abv, it's a well mannered sport.

I've been hearing about how great this is for a few years. Now that it's in four packs I finally got to try it. The $12.99 price had me a little hesitant until I saw the hop bill on the label. Amarillo and Simcoe and a few of the C's? Sign me up.

Comparison to other Ohio notables:

For my money, I'll take CBC's Bodhi. That said, I see Amarillo Brillo as appealing to more beer nerds; it is dense, more oily and closer in line with the popular DIPAs of the day. Regardless, as far as I'm concerned this is in the upper tier of Ohio DIPAs; I'd even take it over Old 21 (Brew Kettle's ignored gem). I hope this is released regularly. (2,021 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; clear golden orange with a huge lively fluffy white head that isn't going anywhere fast, and leaves a ton of delicate lacing. Smell is tons of sweet floral scents, as well as tropical fruits. Mango and a bit of pineapple, with some muted citrus as well, still sweet though. Some light bready malt and yeast are smellable as it warms, as well as some unique herbal/onion-like scents that are odd but not unwanted. Taste is sweet and smooth at first, lots of tropical fruit over bready malt. Bitter hops come in strong and push through to the finish, with a deliciously bitter aftertaste pinching off the smooth, full mouthfeel.
While this might not be the most amazing DIPA, it is one of the harder-to-find floral/fruity/smooth variety, as opposed to the usual piney/bitter/spiky DIPAs that are more common. (826 characters)

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of deuce9259
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of N_Overholt
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just opened up this one tonight. I've had a growler before and the results were the same, but I like to be certain; it's the same review as the tap with differences noted.

The appearance is the same as I got off the tap: a one-finger head that dissipates pretty slowly to a sturdy foam, leaving behind some decently thick rings of lacing. The head retained better than most I've had from MMBC.
This brew uses six varieties of hops, and they're all here in the nose. The aroma is very clean with lots of citrus and pine in the nose accompanied by something like strawberry with a note of grains and, to top it off, nicely balanced with a clean caramel malt to counter the raw, earthy hops.
The taste is to suit, with lots of fresh, raw, earthy hops and that very nice balance with the malt adding just a subtle underlying sweetness that takes nothing away. Hops and grains, along with a light minty flavor, remain in a nicely-lingering dry finish. Nothing changed in the flavor.
The mouthfeel is a good mix of smooth and crisp, and the moderate carbonation wasn't affected enough to change the score.
It's practically the same as off the tap except that I've lost a little in the aroma. Otherwise, I think I'll be taking home a few more growlers over the course of time (1,271 characters)

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Snooprobirob
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of miketd
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of zimm421
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice orange to amber color, very hazy, and has a good two fingers of head. The head is off-white, sticks around for a while, and leaves great lacing.

The nose is amazing, and very complex. Lots of pine, floral notes, and fruitiness. There is some underlying sweetness as well, but the hops take the forefront. The taste is actually quite balanced, and much more so than the nose. The malts come through in the middle of each sip, but the hops are still very present, and do play the lead role. There's lots of citrus and floral notes, and everything works together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with below-average carbonation. This has a very smooth feeling to it. Overall, this is a great brew. Very refreshing, complex, enjoyable, and pretty drinkable for an 8.5% brew. Definitely worth seeking out and enjoying whenever possible. (898 characters)

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DougT
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirt
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beast, the hop apex of Maumee Bay's line-up. Glad to try it on tap.

A: Coppery brown, the ale ends up leaning towards the lighter end of the spectrum. A white head is thin and wispy.

S: Juicy, with both the hops and the malts providing aromas. The hops are citrusy and then some, an overloaded taste. The malts, caramel primarily, are just as strong. The end result is balance but at a great cost - lots of hoppiness and chewiness.

T: Citrus is strong, a bitter sweetness that is quite oily. Pine hops linger behind, adding more resins and fullness. Both hop aspects are paired against plenty of balancing malts, a caramel overload. The amarillo is a star in its own right, but the supporting hops aren't too shabby either. The sweetness, both hop and malt, leads to a syrupy taste at times. A real treat to slog through.

M: A big DIPA that is flavorful without being a boozy bomb. The sweetness is as good as I remember the growler being. Oh yeah, it went quite well with my French Dip sandwich as well. (1,013 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tropical truit, orange peel, grapefruit) hops, along with some pine hops and bready malt. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, although I think the flavors are stronger in comparision. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Certainly worth a try! $3.39 a single bottle. (527 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BIG thanks to alelover for this one!

Dark murky golden body capped with a finger of paper white head, laces nicely.

Smells fantastic... primarily conifer and earthy citrus. Very clean, very smooth. The alcohol is undetectable.

Those bright evergreen notes reign supreme once again on the palate. There's a touch of mellow citrus sweetness but it's really all about the pine.

This is fantastic - very glad to have had the chance to try this one on for size. (460 characters)

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Amarillo Brillo from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.