Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by DavidST:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter, this is Batch no. 14, June 11.
I had this on tap before and I got pretty toasty not realizing its high ABV which was pretty well hidden. I'm looking forward to the bottle and hoping its just as good.
Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color or a copperish color, it has a nice off white head which looks pretty nice and seems to have decent retention for the ABV. The smell is full of strong citrus hops, some grapefruit followed by lots of caramel malts. Feel is medium to thick and creamy, I'm getting a nice coating of hops as I swirl it around, excellent feel. The taste is pretty balanced, you get a load of mouth coating hops, followed by a wave of sweet malts followed by a long lingering grapefruit hops bitterness. To me the alcohol is very well hidden, there is a reason why I didn't realize the AVB of the pints of this on tap I was having.
With this one and hop stoopid a couple of nights ago, I'm warming back up to the Imperial IPA style, normally I find them too sweet but this one is great even with the sweetness, this might be perhaps my favorite Imperial IPA (assuming that Runiation is a double IPA and slightly different). Great stuff.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2011 02:56:23 | More by DavidST
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4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown, one-finger head
S: Lots of malt, caramel, toffee followed by grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit underneath. Complex and very pleasant to smell
T: Matches the nose but the hops are more prevalent
M: Full bodied; malty, hoppy, not hot but I can tell the EtOH is there
O: Not the best DIPA I've had but quite tasty and a classic example of the style. I've had this both bottled and on tap and it's far better on tap
Serving type: growler
03-07-2014 04:36:56 | More by ONUMello
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white head, dissipated quickly, nice lacing throughout review. Orange, red, deep amber...not cloudy but "thick".
Hops and sweet caramel on the nose. Molasses, malty...a pleasant mix of all.
First sip...sweet creamy molasses...almost syrupy...light carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel...followed by coriander, lemon, and caramel. Fresh green grass, herbal raw turnip...dry, peppery, somewhat earthy dirt on the finish. It becomes quite pungent on the tongue. It's a bitter finish that lingers, the alcohol comes out in the end, warm and biting...the sweetness takes a back seat to the bitter finish but hangs just enough to remember the great beginning.
This is a very good Imperial IPA...I love the beginning of it...sweet and chewy, caramel and molasses, coriander and lemon...however the finish is a bit dry and bitter for my liking?
I think if I was going to buy an Imperial I'd stick with Deschutes Hop Henge (a personal favorite)..or to keep it inexpensive and have a bottle or two a night I'd just stick with SN Torpedo...a little less alcohol and much more smooth and balanced for my taste. I would not pass up if offered but probably wont buy again for some time.
Update - After letting the Ale warm some I've noticed the bitterness has either mild some or I have grown use to it...the finish is much sweeter now...a hour into my first glass and I'm almost finished. I'd say let this puppy warm a little and you're going to have a much more enjoyable experience...cheers!
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 18:20:59 | More by Boca-X
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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