Amarillo Brillo
Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #883
Ranked #3,918
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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Notes: 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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D9sus4 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid traditional style Double IPA, or Imperial IPA as they are sometimes called. Tried at the brewery tonight for the first time, from tap of course.
Medium amber, not much on the nose, but it hits the pallet right away. Reminds me of the New Belgium Rampant, before they ruined it with all that Voodoo hoodoo. Not as intense, or complex as a Dogfish 90 Minute, but rock solid if you like a traditional style DIPA.
A new favorite for me.

Aug 29, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Musty hop aroma bears notes of dank pine, boozy orange and a bit of spice.

T- Flavor isn't as aggressive as the aroma. The citrus is softer, as is the booze, and the malt presence is such that it provides enough sweetness and body to not detract from the hops. Solid bitterness ties everything together.

M- A bit oily and not as much hop bite as expected. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A more old school approach to the DIPA. Kind of reminds me of Lagunitas' hop profiles that emphasize malt balance and sweetness along with the generous amount of resinous hops.

Sep 07, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a mostly clear gold with a very large, long lasting, off white foamy head. Lots of lacing. Exceptional looking brew. S

Kind of boozy smelling for under 9%. Otherwise, pungent hops, grapefruit, pine, and sweet malts.

It is loaded with flavor. Crisp grapefruit, tangerine/orange, and mango on the citrus side with some resinous pine and slightly herbal green on the other. Sweet caramel malts provide some balance. A solid, lingering bitterness.

Pretty drying/ raw feel. It is not gentle. Could use a touch more body. I would say it is on the far lighter end of medium. It is still fairly creamy and very resinous. A lot more great aspects than not.

In a state full of killer hoppy beers it is easy to see how some slip through the cracks, but I'm not sure how or why I have not heard any talk of this one. It is extremley similar to Revolutions Unsessionable. Just dialed back a hair. I will be grabbing more of these.

Nov 29, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

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.

Jul 25, 2015
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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.

Jul 18, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

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!


Jun 15, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange colored brew with a chill haze. Aroma is the usual semi tropical fruity herb bouquet from stewed Amarillo hop pellets. The taste is quite refreshing and citrusy, with strong bitterness and tropical sustain. Orange citrus and a bit of lemon oil. Flavorful and hop forward. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Mar 04, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I figured a beer named Amarillo Brillo would have all amarillo hops in it? Oh well. You just have to make do in life.

Kind of a somewhat earthy profile on this one. Accents of fruity esters. A decent beer.

Dec 23, 2014
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Apr 24, 2014
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Apr 08, 2014
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

She had that Amarillo brillo, wait a minute. This is an IPA. An DAIPA to be precise, and it will be judged as such.

It's foamy and yellow, with a funky afro head (golden). The smell is funky too. The name makes me think of nasty things. It is a nasty smell.

The taste is bitter and malty - like a huge American IPA (double). All appropriate for the style. It's huge and unapologetic. Get ready for a whollop. The aftertaste won't let go either. This brew is one you should avoid unless you've had your shots. Even then, some things are difficult to cure.

Jan 18, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Oct 12, 2013
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mattcrill from Ohio

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.

Sep 29, 2013
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Jas45678 from Michigan

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.

Sep 19, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 24, 2013
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nlmartin from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy apricot coloration. The head is a thick beige coloration. Nice head retention and good lacing on the glass.

S- The beer has mango, pineapple and grapefruit citrus bolstered by pine resin. Malty sweetness backs up the fruity hops.

T- Not a game changer but delivers on tropical fruit and pine. Nice balance of hops to malt. No off flavors noted.

M- The body of the beer is medium and well carbonated. No alcohol noted to the mouth.

O- This beer isn't bad at all. I wouldn't turn it down but will not seek it again.

Aug 16, 2013
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schwemjw from Ohio

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

Aug 12, 2013
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brewtus from Ohio

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

Aug 06, 2013
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 01, 2013
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Jul 12, 2013
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zimm421 from Ohio

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.

Jul 03, 2013
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beerman207 from Kentucky

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.

Jul 02, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

Jun 22, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

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.

May 31, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

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.

May 26, 2013
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