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Amarillo Brillo | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by akorsak on 10-26-2009

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 37
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JohnParadee
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a solid but relatively unremarkable, middle of the road IPA.

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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.

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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.

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Amarillo Brillo from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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