Amarillo Brillo | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of MDDMD
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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!


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Photo of Urbancaver
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of mattcrill
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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.

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