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Amarillo Brillo - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 10-26-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

drewone, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

akorsak, Sep 03, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Zaphog, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Brenden, Nov 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5%

tectactoe, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

AlexFields, Jun 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - bright cloudy orange, a nice fat finger of white and rocky foam. Sticky, leaving thin strands of lace around the glass.

Aroma - orange peel, pineapple, a little caramel.

Taste - caramel malt, a syrupy orange flavor. The hops move in a little slowly but surely. Mildly bitter with a good citrusy presence, orange, orange peel and pineapple. Mild abv warmth, smooth and warm finish with the lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel - smooth, even carbonation, weighty on the body.

Overall - pretty nice brew, I would buy this one again.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 24, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Dope, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Stinger80OH, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

beergorrilla, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange copper color, crystal clear and minimal foam on top.

S - Light caramel malt and spicy tropical citrus (oranges and grapefruit) with some herbal aroma.

T - Sweet malt is present for the beginning and mostly midway before it's totaled pounded down with a hoppy, bitter citrus and pine finish. Midway through there's a very nice sweet spicy orange zest that starts to poke through along with a little lemon.

M - Full medium body and after awhile your entire mouth is coated with hop resin. (Really diggin' that.)

O - All about balance (at least with this bottle.) I didn't enjoy the first bottle but decided to give it another try and the Amarillo hops in this really are quite enjoyable.

jzeilinger, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

nrbw23, May 04, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It has an amber body. It has about four inches of off-white head.

S - I get some citrus and pine. I also smell some caramel malt.

T - The hops taste seems faded letting the caramel malt come through. It has a slight pine finish.

M - Medium

O - Disappointed. I think the Anderson's in Sylvania sold me an old beer. I don't see a date on the bottle, so I am just going by a guess.

buschbeer, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Bierguy5, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

MDDMD, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Ryan011235, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Jun 13, 2013
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Amarillo Brillo from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.