Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness tulip.
Batch No. 13, March 2011 release.
A - Pours a deepish orange, amber color with a little bit of haze in it. Not exactly translucent, but not cloudy. The head is a dense cloud of microscopic bubbles, with larger ones interspersed, and is off-white in color. Retention is moderate, lasting a few minutes, and the lacing is nice as well.
S - Almost immediately this beer takes me by surprise. This is not hop-forward in the slightest. They are there, of course, but this is sweet and malty. I'm not sure if it's the age on this or just the malt bill, but I almost immediately thought of a dry-hopped barleywine when I smelled this. It smells thick and syrupy for sure. As it warms and the smell lingers, however, the hops do shine. There's a lot of orange peel and almost tropical hop influence coming through that gives it a nice bite at the end.
T - As in the nose, this is extremely malty for a DIPA. It's not bad, but it's something to take into account, as it is not the typically effervescent, light and citrus DIPA. It begins very sweet and syrupy, again, like a West Coast Barleywine in my opinion. But it blazes a trail that the IPA contrast thrives on. It brings influences of oranges and mango and pineapple, which when combined with the malts, gives off impressions of sugar-coated fruit which is addicting. The finish is long and a good mix of orange peel and sweetness.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. This is probably one of the heaviest, syrupy thick DIPAs I've had, and in my opinion blurs the line between it and a barleywine. It's heavy in the mouth, but flows easily and finishes rather dry for how big it is.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is an interesting beer for sure and I'm almost glad it's not a proto-typical DIPA. I think the thickness and sweetness is something that Avery does well to include in this beer. I'm sure it's exaggerated with some of the age on this, so I'd love to try it fresh, but as it stands now it is a unique beer that sort of shatters some preconceived notions I had coming into it.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2011 21:18:15 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a very good beer, but I have had better. Maybe I have held on to this one too long, but it was a bit too malty for my taste. Although the bottle promotes the balance and "control" like a raja of both hops and malts. I feel like the malts are too intense for the beer. Well balanced but for the style I would say medium to high ratings.
Color: Dark bronze, but with some transparency, also a very low amount of head and lacing.
Smell: Not as intense as a West Coast IPA. Maybe that is my favorite style?
Taste: Balanced, I got this one on sale for a super deal so I figured I would try it, but I would not pay what the original price reflected.
Overall: A Solid beer, well balanced, not as much hops going on as I would like but its not a bad beer in any regard. But, to me there are much better in the same price range.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:51:00 | More by humuloner22
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,530 ratings.