Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I was in the store picking up some sausages and ground beef to make chili. Been meaning to pick up this brew for a while now, finally did. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Cool packaging, like the name behind the beer and for the series as a whole, the "Dictator Series." Cool concept. Pours a nice amber color, semi-transparent, with a one finger, mildly soapy white head. Lacing is excellent, retention is average.
Smell - One of my favorite parts of the beer. For a DIPA, this has an unusually strong malty, caramel nose to it. There are of course your piney, citrusy hops as you would expect, but the sweet malts really surprised me. Very good nose.
Taste - Much like the nose, very surprising indeed, in a good way. The strong sweet malts come first, washing the palate with a caramel flavor, while the hops do not make their appearance until towards the end of the drink. The hops are mildly bitter, floral, and there is an absolute dividing line between the malts exit and the hops entrance. Hell its like drinking two beers at once.
Mouthfeel - Nice alcohol burn, some hop bitterness sticks with you for a while. Fairly well carbonated. You can certainly tell, on the finish, this is a high ABV beer.
Overall - This is an excellent beer, a very unique interpretation of the DIPA style. I really enjoy DIPA's (or any of pale ale styles) that do not try to overwhelm the drinker with pure hop power, but actually have a flavor and balance to them. That being said, this beer, as I mentioned, is literally like drinking a strong malty beer combined with a DIPA. It has such good flavor. Highly recommended, will drink and buy again.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2013 21:03:32 | More by TheCondor
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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