Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice copper and amber color with some shockingly excellent clarity; a light beige, creamy, fine-bubbled head tops this one off and leaves little bits of lacing on its way down the glass. Big-time pine and citrus hits your nose right away; mild pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest. The hop profile is lightly peppery, piney, and leafy. As it opens up, it becomes more weed, dank, and pungent. The hop bill is met with an equally powerful malt bill; sweet, toasty, steely caramel and light brown sugar on the nose. Again, there are some light spices, mostly reminiscent of white pepper, floating around in the aroma.
The taste hits big with a uniquely pungent and sweet hop flavor, alongside a faint cinnamon and white pepper spiciness. Upon tasting, the hop profile seems to be a little more floral and perfume-like than the nose would have you believe. Caramel malts are present, and heavy at that, maybe almost too powerful for a DIPA. Sweet bread and butter also comes alive thanks to the hefty malt bill. There's a nice sharp bitterness brought in from the leafy hops, followed closely by a nice, counterbalancing sugar-coated grapefruit flavor. Little bits of citrus sift into the aftertaste with a dying leafy and floral flavor from the hops. Medium-thick body with middle of the road carbonation.
Decent DIPA, although maybe a tad overrated in my opinion. Little heavy on the malt, I would've liked to see a little more hop flavors jumping out, although the hop profile was pretty unique in its own right.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 23:31:11 | More by tectactoe
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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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