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Amarillo Brillo - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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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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Photo of MCfunkyJ
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best DIPA's I've ever had and worthy of review. We were served this by pouring in a pint glass from a pitcher. We asked for chilled glasses but they said they didn't have any. I think w/ the chilled glass it would of set it over the top as we began talking about wishing the table had snow/ice built in it.

Pours: Clearish gold color w/ light carbonation. nice thick head that hung around the edge of the glass for a couple minutes.

Aroma: Pine, Fruity, Sweet, Hoppy with caramel.

Taste: Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and loads of Floral & Amarillo Hops explode all over your taste buds of pine and citrus. The aftertaste is somewhat similar to Pliny The Elder. Almost like a sweet Columbus IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium, fizzy tingle that tickles the roof of your mouth.

Drinkability: Keep em coming! I could drink this beer all day/night long. People who live in Maumee and Toledo have a rare jewell in their backyard. (928 characters)

Photo of paultierney1
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would put this fabulous DIPA somewhere between Bell's Two Hearted, Bell's amazing Hop Slam, and the Weyerbacher Simcoe double. And that's a great location!

If you're an IPA fan and live anywhere near Toledo, you have got to try it! Growlers available. I am told that the next batch will be ready by the New Year 2010. The only problem is drinkability. Two or three of these and there's not much energy left for the rest of the day.

Cloudy gray appearance. Bitter and hoppy with that beautiful citrusy taste at the end. Big and bold throughout.

Enjoy! (559 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy apricot in color, with a big cloud deck of creamy, bone-white foam.
Aroma-Fresh boquet of citrussy hops. Nice.
Taste-A dash of sweet toasted malt up front that is quickly overcome by a big wave of pine and citrus hops. A bit of honey sweetness emerges again in the finish, nicely balanced with juicy hops. A bit "rough around the edges" but a very flavorfull and drinkable Imperial IPA that doesn't assault the senses or hit you with a big ABV . Grateful to have this brew available freshly bottled in my hometown. Highly recommended. (595 characters)

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

Aroma: Wonderful, sticky, pine resiny hop aromatics up front. Hints of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and all things wonderful and hoppy invade the nose. Fermentation character is clean.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a huge rock, sticky white cap that retains forever.

Flavor: Wow! Blistering grapefruit notes, lemon zest, powdery resin hop notes all invade the palate. Some candied orange sweetness provides a counterpoint but it is quickly beaten back by hop bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly oily and a little warmth on the back of the tongue.

Overall impression: Divine. Wonderful beer. Enough hops to satisfy but immensely drinkable with enough dryness and sweetness to make you want more. Glad we have access to this local brewery now. (842 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with a large silky head.

S: Sweet mango and fresh orange juice right off the bat. Cantaloupe and melon really shine through. Pineapple. A bit astringent. A vegetable onion quality. An underlying bread and pine finish this bad boy off.

T: Everything in the aroma shines through on the palate. Wonderful sweet cantaloupe and melon with a fresh kick of mango. Fresh Pine with a caramel base. A little zesty spice kick to this one. A dry grapefruit towards the end with a slightly sweet, bitter finish. Wow.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation. A sweet finish moreso than a bitter one.

O: Very impressed with this beer. Brings the tropical fruit by the truck load with a large amount of sweetness. Not all that balanced, the hops dominate, but fantastic. Seek this one out, you won't be disappointed. /94 (832 characters)

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 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)

Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this in a sampler 6 pack when my wife and I visited the brewery 3 weekends ago. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, mainly clear medium golden color with a nice very foamy white head that is well over an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick with good lacing. Aromas of somewhat toasted, bready, caramel malts that gives way to a nice citrus, tangy, herbal, piney hop aromas. Starts out with a very blistering hop presence tastewise, with a lemon and grapefruit citrus zest, piney, resinous, herbal hop flavor. Quite a nice variety of different aspects of the hop profile here, followed by a nice biscuit, caramel malt sweetness backbone. Has a very clean and slightly dry finish. The hop flavors certainly dominate the flavor profile, yet this still manages to be well balanced and not overly bitter. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, slightly creamy, slightly sticky, chewy, and resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very nice beer here overall and certainly worth a try!

Eric (1,132 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've discovered Maumee Bay and I'm a better man for it. This is the second offering I've tried from them.

A: Cloudy orange with a 3 inch head that overflows my pint glass - aside from the spillage very nice.

S: Spicy grapefruit and a nice candied lemon zest coming through.

T: Wow - bitter, with a nice malt finish and some booze in the back that warms the belly. Delicious

M: Mild - carbonation is spot on for this style

O: Great offering here by Maumee Bay. I'm looking forward to trying more by them. One of the better DIPAs I've had. (545 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cincy beer fest

A-golden yellow with nice amount of head
S-good amount of citrus and pine hops
T-nice amount of citrus hops with just a slight bit of pine hops. Nice suprise
M-medium bodied and smooth with a nice hop after taste.
D-dangerously drinkable. Like this one (283 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date that I could find. I believe this to be around a month old though.

A: Pours a clear amber. Big, frothy white head. Lots and lots of heavy lacing everywhere. Big island of foam reminds behind. Excellent.

S: Lots of citrus and pine needles. Big pungent hit of them. No detectable caramel, this one is wearing biscuity malt I think.

T: Heavy, heavy citrus up front. Grapefruit and oranges mainly. Sharp pine that backs it up but doesn't overpower. Biscuity, maybe crackery malt follows with a nice sweetness that lasts only for a brief period. Finish is gritty crackers and pine mainly with just hints of citrus now. Lingering bitter orange/grapefruit peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is dead on. Mouth-coating oils in the aftertaste.

O: This is a really nice DIPA. As expected it showcases amarillo hops with lots of citrus and some good pine too. Flavors are excellent, fresh and pungent. Not overpoweringly bitter despite the sharp hop flavors, the sweet biscuity malt helps with that. Great strong hop flavors and great balance. Goes down easy. Delicious beer. (1,105 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)

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

A- 12oz bottle poured into tulip.pours clear orange with a single finger head.
S- sweet stone fruit, bready, some honey, melon, obvious hop presence.
T- like the nose, sweet bready hops, melon, slightly piney, insanely smooth.
M- slightly lighter than expected for a double IPA, s
O- very impressed, a great representation of an east coast/Midwest version of an imperial ipa, meaning bready and slightly sweeter hop profile, smooth mouthfeel, as opposed to piney and citrusy. Lots of stone fruit flavor, pretty floral, well balanced on all fronts. Complex and delicious (569 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into tulip

Poured a orangish hue with a little cloudiness. Two finger off-white head with decent lacing. Smell is a little sweet with citrus and pine resin. Taste has a touch of sweetness with the citrus and pine notes that are in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Overall it is very drinkable and pretty good I would definitely buy it again. (398 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with a nice fluffy head that fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very pleasant. There's a nice amount of sticky mango, pineapple, and lime. There's a bit of caramel malts in the nose, but not much. There's also a dash or garlic/onion, but it's extremely subtle. The flavors are sharp and crisp. Lots of grapefruit in the flavors. It's definitely on the bitter side, but it's far from over the top bitterness. There's some pine needles in the mix as well. There's a touch of sweetness from the malts, but the hops clearly shine. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; crisp and active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a great DIPA. It might not be a game changer, but it's simply excellent and well crafted.
Any hophead would appreciate this one. I would never turn this down. Recommended. (941 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
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)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours deep orange with a small white head. Smells of grassy and citrus hops. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops with a decent sweet grain. Beer is dangerously drinkable and light bodied for a double IPA. Overall a very good beer. (264 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this growler from the brewpub, $4.50 glass & $18 fill (their most expensive fill by far, all other beers being $7). Brought it to the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice party.

Nice hiss when the cap was unscrewed, so good carbonation is to be expected. It pours a very clear light copper color with generous off-white foam. The aroma is really nice, possibly the best attribute of the beer. Fresh smelling hops, Amarillo and Centennial and, I think, Summit. Some hints of caramel malts but not much, all citrus goodness.

It tastes a little sweeter than I expected, the malts balance a little more in flavor than smell. Still the hops take the lead, citrus and a fresh leaf flavor in the aftertaste. Actually a little hot in the aftertaste too, the alcohol comes through a bit.

Medium bodied, a little oily, a very nice DIPA. I would not mind having this again. Now that I've got a Maumee growler I probably will see it again. (931 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent east coast DIPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,562 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-sweet malt, citrus, pine, slight herbal

T-caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid DIPA! But a little too sweet for my tastes. (283 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this one at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice party

Appearance- Yellow with golden colours and lots of crisp head

Smell- amarillo hops up the wazoo. Very citrusy and piny

Taste- a bit bitter with lots and lots of citrus on the tongue

Mouthfeel- a decent mouthfeel. A bit bitter but overall not too shabby

Drinkability- fairly drinkable for a DIPA but nothing special (393 characters)

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 MasterSki
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for supplying this growler at the Winter Solstice party - I've been looking to this beer for a while, but it always seemed to be out whenever anyone visited the brewpub. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a pleasant transparent golden orange.

S - Lots of citrus and pine hop character. Perhaps a touch of chive - are there Summit hops in here? As it warms there's a bit more floral and herbaceous character. Malt character is sugary and present, but still in the periphery. There's a bit of discernible alcohol that makes it seem boozier than the listed 8.5%.

T - Taste is heavy in candied citrus, with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a medium-light sugary malt backbone, some faint alcohol esters, and a moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, some resinous hop oil character, and a bit of warmth after half of a glass.

D - A nice East Coast DIPA that needs to hide the alcohol a bit better than it currently does to reach the next level. That being said, I'd certainly have it again if offered. (1,170 characters)

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