Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by blackcompg:
4.23/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from their 22oz bomber...
Appearance - Poured 3 fingers of smooth, tight creamy eggshell head, color is a gorgeous hazy orange amber, incredible lacing left at the end of the session, covers the entire glass!
Smell - Fresh red grapefruit, sweet pineapple, candied tangerine slices and touch of vanilla carmel. Smells fantastic.
Taste - Starts sweet grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, and rum soaked apricots - there is a little bit of alcohol warmth at the center but it is not off putting, in fact it ushers in the hops - quick transition to floral and green grassy hops and finishes with grapefruit pith. Long finish of dried grapefruit peels and touch of warmth, with pockets of semi-sweet citrus left in mouth corners.
Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, nearly creamy and very smooth, an almost medium carb foams across the tongue and provides a really nice mouth watering tingle with some nice edges at the sides of the tongue. Really nice an refreshing, very easy and pleasant to drink.
Overall - This bottle had a few months on it, and I'm taking this into consideration in my review, as I suspect a fresh bottle would have even brighter citrus and would mask the alcohol warmth even better. But I still love the appearance and smell, and the taste is very nice for a DIPA, really nice mouthfeel too, carb is perfect. I definitely recommend this, especially if you can get your hands on a fresh bomber - enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 05:19:10 | More by blackcompg
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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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