Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by circus_cat:
4.81/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A: Beautiful clear burnt orange all the way through with a soapy white head that has disappeared to a ring around the sides of the glass and a bubbly island in the middle. Scattered lacing and alcohol legs are revealing themselves.
S: Punched in the nose by hops and all the glorious things that come with them. Definitely a West Coast aroma filled with sweet tarts, hop resin, all the tropical fruits (notable mango, passion fruit, and pineapple). Grapefruit bomb in the background with just a TOUCH of pine.
T: Candy sweetness and tropical fruits on the tip of my tongue. A surprising touch of biscuity yeast through the palate that is overwhelmed by grapefruit all the way through. Then the end comes and your taste buds really feel those hops with a blast of bitterness that lingers on. As it warms I get a bit of pine.
M: Thick, almost chewy--and smooth. A bit strange for an IPA but I really like it. Never had my tastebuds scraped off by velvet like this before :)
O: I would say that a picture of this beer would appear in the dictionary next to "Huge American IPA" but it has these qualities that make it superior to other hopbombs I've had, namely its drinkability (shocking for a 10% ABV beer) and balance with the yeastiness.
I haven't had Heady Topper or either of the Plinys yet, but if they're better than this (which I imagine they are) I'm excited for the day I try them.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2013 15:11:14 | More by circus_cat
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4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Tipple's Brews - Gainesville - Release #18, 2014 - 1 pint, 6 oz. Bottle
A - pours a nice orange with two fingers of white bubble head that somewhat quickly dissipated. Carb levels coming up are standard. Nice clarity.
S - Nice citrus notes on nose, has nice earthy qualities to it. Hop presence is forward here. Mildly boozy here.
T - Start is nice and warming. Has a boozy quality there (expected for 10+%). Extremely smooth for being an Imperial. Has a very balance hop and malt profile. The end you get that booziness for sure, but between it is a nice caramel, sweet taste.
M - Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Carbonation is perfect. Smooth, very smooth, no real bite to speak of like you get w/ alot of Imperials.
O - Worth a try. Very nice qualities to it. At the price point, it may not be all that, but for what it is it does not dissapoint.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 23:38:45 | More by da_beers
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,119 ratings.