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
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 4,541 ratings.