Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheCondor:
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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4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
on tap at Hunger-n-Thirst, Lancaster, PA
Served in a small snifter
A- clear gold/orange, with a lovely white head on top, some decent lacing for the ABV
S- A sweet mix of hops, orange, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, some slight hempy/mint notes, and a pine sap.
T- Follows the nose, malt is there, but feint and crackery. A bit hot on the finish from the alcohol, finish is fairly bitter, and it hangs on for awhile.
M- Medium body, slightly syrupy. Dries nicely on the finish.
O- reminds me of a bigger version of Ruination, with slightly more orange/tropical notes. Very good.
Serving type: on-tap
03-16-2014 16:57:06 | More by JWU
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Maharaja fills a Dogfish Head snifter with a hazy, blood orange that glows. The one-half inch, frothy white foam drops to a ring within a few minutes, leaving rings of lace with each sip.
Pine sap and caramelized sugar are strong and up front, while mint and toasted malt fill out the middle. Alcohol fumes begin to dominate with warmth.
Dramatic bitterness envelopes the tongue, then occupies the entire palate, leaving little room for citrus flavors. Similar to an American Barley Wine, raisins and caramel show up with warmth.
Alcohol is very high, almost hot, while the astringency of hops wreaks havoc on the palate. A medium body with prickly carbonation and woolly texture.
Maharaja is not for the faint of heart, but fans of bitterness will find it to be in their wheelhouse. This one caters to the extremes, leaving no room for fine nuances to be discerned while sipping. One short pour at a time, it is enjoyable and can improve a meal of cheese and sausage.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 12:41:06 | More by SLeffler27
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Copper to Brown in color with a moderate head on an aggressive pour. The head is lightly browned as well.
Aromatics: The hops hit me as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. There is a strong pineapple tropical fruit flavor so sweet that it almost smells honeyed. Some malt in the background.
Flavor: That bitterness keeps hitting. Along with a buttery fruit flavor. Some bready malts. I'm getting a lot of flavors from this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth until the finish.
Finish: The finish keeps a lot of the hop residue along with a boat load of carbonation lingering.
Notes: Sealed in tin foil. Release number 18 2014
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 18:55:33 | More by KornWallace
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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