Amarillo Brillo
Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #689
Ranked #3,356
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
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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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 223
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.

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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.

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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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hard pour results in a one finger white head which reduces to a collar. Amber color.

Big grapefruit and piney hop aroma. Mix in some apricot and a little black pepper. Moderate malt sweetness. Citrus oil and a little bit of dank tops off the smell.

The flavor is huge on grapefruit and orange as well. More of the bitter pith though. The malt sweetness blends in and a solid orange flavor. Spicy/peppery on the finish. As it warms up I notice a lot of berry flavor coming out and the flavor starts to mimic a blood orange.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, seems a little under attenuated. Alcohol is rather noticeable. When this warms up it turns into a booze bomb. When cold it's pretty drinkable.

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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

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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

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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 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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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.

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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.


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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

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler compliments of RyanS107. Thanks!

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Clear light amber pour, with about a finger of white foam. Decent retention, with a little bit of lacing.

Juicy hop nose. Lots of sweetness, both from the ripe citrus and the caramel malt. Pretty solid piney scent as well.

Unfortunately, the hops don't have the kind of citrus flavor that I expected from the nose. Much more pine, and a tea-like bitterness. Pretty hefty malt bill gives a decent balance of flavors.

Very slick, oily body. Pretty smooth drinker, and the ABV doesn't make itself known at all. All in all, a pretty solid DIPA.

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Amarillo Brillo from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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