Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.48/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Maharaja opens with a nose befitting a 102 IBU hop monster, being full of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, syrupy pine resin, dandelion stem, rose hip, mint, lemon, eucalyptus, and a touch of anise, seemingly hitting all of the possible hop aromas all at once, and thus instantly setting itself up as a hophead’s dream beverage. A healthy malt base lingers just beneath, providing a nice offsetting mélange of floury baguette, toast crust, biscuit, and fresh wheat, along with nice orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and enough brown sugar to make the rim slightly sticky and the vapors almost palpable. The nose as a whole features more bitter plant-stem aromas than sugars, but not excessively so, and so comes across as nicely balanced and enticing.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge slam of grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and dandelion stem from the hops, but joined in almost equal force by an orange liqueur, berry, and apricot sugar fest from the fruit esters. Breads are more difficult to find here than on the nose, but do still provide a toast and biscuit undercurrent, as well as touches of lightly burnt bread and toasted pecan which, when combined with a sharp peppery edge, help offset the sugars. The high 10.17% ABV does add a vodka-like alcoholic tinge, as well as a distinct vapor left in the mouth after swallowing, somewhat detracting from the flavors, but not overly so. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, plant stem hops, with a touch of sugar and bread remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.
As a whole, this is an excellent Imperial IPA, and while the hops and bitterness are most certainly present in strong enough quantities that anyone not already familiar with 100+ IBU beers should drink with caution, for the well-acquainted this will prove a taste fest nonpareil. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2012 15:40:05 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
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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