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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4.25/5 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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