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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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4,114 Ratings
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95
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Ratings: 4114
Reviews: 1707
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

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TLove

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into an open-face Chimay glass.

Has the appearance of a complex beer. Very light head, murky amber color with light, continuous carbonation.

Amazing smell. Flavors are incredibly crisp and apparent. Strong hops, sweet nectar, apricot and a little sourness.

Over 10% ABV, strength not hidden under the bitters. 102 IBUs. Still retains sweet and sour flavors from the smell.

The delicate balance tips in the wrong direction on the backside of the mouth. Alcohol and strong hops filter out softer, fruity flavors in the mouth.

Finishes like an uber-strong malt liquor. Way too much alcohol and carbonation on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:49:57 | More by TLove
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2010, Batch 11. Could be a bit fresher, I need to look for a brand new one...

A- Pretty darn dark for an IIPA. Deep, burnt orange thats almost ruby. Big head that stays forever. Lots of lacing. I really like the head. Its a whole new type of foam.

S- Equal parts pine and citrus. Tree sap and orange rinds. Some caramely sweetness.

T- At first sip its pretty strongly malted. Caramel and toasted malts. The bitterness comes after a few more sips. Lots of pine and grapefruit. The finish is resinous, lingering and bitter. An aftertaste of medicine lasts. You get a taste of alcohol from time to time.

This batch came out to be just over 10.4%. The alcohol is apparent, more so than in many other beers of similar style and ABV.

This is a good beer but I was expecting more. I need to hunt for a super fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:58:44 | More by MbpBugeye
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philbertk

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale Batch 4--Bottled June 2006. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.90% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.9 / 5.0) Tight lacy rich ochre head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Smooth dry sweet caramel citrus pine grapefruit ester malty body. Hot balanced hop spice mild EtOH dry end. Huge. Balanced. Sampled 5/9/2007. Batch #5 Bottled Feb. 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.78% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Hazy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Creamy sweet delicate crisp pale malt caramel pine citrus body. Rich balanced sweet smooth clean rich hop spice no EtOH end. Wonderful! Sampled 5/10/2007. Batch #6 Bottled May 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.65% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white head. Clear bright deep dark gold color. Sweet huge floral pine hop front. Thick floral sweet rich malty resinous caramel grapefruit ester body. Rich bitter hot hop spice end. WOW! Sampled 7/4/2007. Batch #7--Bottled Feb. 2008. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.54% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy mild head. Clear rich bright enticing amber color. Rich floral hop front. Mildly thick creamy sweet rich caramel spice body. Cloying sweet malt rich hop spice balanced over the top end. Huge IPA. Smooth & Balanced, but almost too much. Sampled 3/22/2008. $6.57 Each. Batch #8--Bottled May 2008 22 oz. Bottle. 10.21% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear dark gold color. Huge floral hop pine front. Tangy creamy sweet huge hop infused citrus pine caramel malt body. Spicy bitter sweet cloying hop citrus piney end. Hot EtOH hint. Sharp fresh flavors need Age. Sampled 7/13/2008. $8.99 Each. 4 Left For Aging and Tasting. Batch 9--Bottled in Feb, 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.27% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Huge floral pine Cascade hop opening. Thin lacy white head. Clear bright rich amber gold color. Huge floral grapefruit pine citrus grass front. Spicy sweet hop oil caramel grapefruit pine body. Balanced cloying hop spice lingering malt Stoner WOW! HOPBOMB end. Sampled 4/5/2009. 4 @ $8.99 Each. 3 Available For Aging or Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV--102 IBU's. 3 @ $7.39 Each. Aging and Available For Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009--2009-B 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV. 102 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white head. Cloudy bright hazy amber orange color. Huge pine hop front. Sweet orange citrus rich fruity caramel estery malty bitter body. Rich hop spice earhy hot EtOH tangy end. Over the top Hops. Rich & Smooth, but too much malt sweetness. Sampled 6/24/2010

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:36:29 | More by philbertk
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured dark hazy orange. Thick off white head stuck all the way around the glass. Smells of figs, dates and apricots, toasty sweet malts and citrus. First a sudden burst of piney hops and heavy malts. Hints of orange and caramel peak through the hot alcohol taste at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Drinkability suffers because ABV is not hidden as well as some in the style. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:38:28 | More by JohnWaynes44
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Nuggethops

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy but bright copper color with a nice frothy off white two finger head that disspates quickly to a thin cap. Decent lacing leaves a light layer of suds on the glass. Smell is of a minty grapefruit zest and a grainy earthy quality as well.

First sip is much maltier than I expected with a strong bitter grapefruit-esque bite at the eng and definitely a slight hotness from the alcohol. Fells oily yet smooth in the mouth again with a strong alcohol presence. I easily polished off the 22oz myself but probably would not reach for another one right away as I am feeling the first one already and I would probably opt to go for something with a little less alcohol in the flavor if I were to have another.

Overall this is a nice complex DIPA with a stonng malt profile upfront and a unique hop profile of grapefruit and mint aas well as a strong boozy bite. A wonderful beer best to be shared with a friend in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:21:30 | More by Nuggethops
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a reddish orange with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention no real lace

Smell: Caramel malt with some citrus hops and Im also picking up notes of candy apples

Taste: Follows the nose. Upfront are notes of candy apples with an abundance of malt. There are almost no hops present as the beer warms you do pick up a hint of citrus and some alcohol burn on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: Not a bad beer but not really all that impressed with this one

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:06:36 | More by DarthKostrizer
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a clouded grapefruit orange color with a thick layering of white head resting on top. Retains nicely with a plenty of film and leaves rings of lacing all down the glass.

Spiky grapefruit hops pierce the nose with some pith and rind. Juicy and sweet with caramel and honey. Bready malts with a smack of booze too.

Bitter and juicy up front with grapefruit and oranges. Smack of pineapple sweetness and sticky resin. Sweet tropical tones give way to a malty backbone with caramel, bread, and honey. More grapefruit and pineapple towards the finish, which is dry and boozy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I thought this was a little too sweet and boozy this time, although I've had it a bunch of times before and thought it was really good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 22:45:08 | More by xnicknj
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magictacosinus

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a semi-tulip glass at Small Bar in Chicago. ABV was listed as 9.5% at the bar (after a long day of trying beers, I wouldn't have ordered it if it were stronger). Review is from my notes.

Presents itself in a deep orange-amber color, complete with a foamy cola-like yet thickened head at the top. Not too much carbonation is present in this thing, but interestingly enough the head sticks around for the entire consumption. Definitely is super sticky, and lacing really stays around as the beer dwindles down. Very, very viscous, almost in the same sense that a cocktail is. Quite a strong looking DIPA.

The aroma is what I expected, which is a combination of bittered citrus rinds combined with a boozy, stinging sensation from the high ABV. Blood oranges, huge lemon notes, earthiness, leafy compost, pine, alcoholic induced nectar, and herbs such as cannabis (not joking here). However, I cannot get past this near rotting, skunky like backdrop from the initial aromas. It actually smells like the same byproduct phenol you get in muted hops, or ones that are outright old. Combined with the extra alcohol and toasted yet overly cracked graininess, it almost completely ruins the experience for me - and yes, I will admit I'm too much of nerd to not constantly whiff aromatic hoppy beers all throughout the night - so these quirks take that away from the experience. I appreciate the unique hop profile, but it may be too much for me.

The flavor luckily does not hold those bizarre rotting, hop muted notes, and instead comes off as a fairly straightforward DIPA only distinguished by its high ABV. There's a full flavor of citrus (all kinds) and grapefruit that appear at first, to be followed by strong pine needles, and then an herbal, slightly floral profile that follows soon after. There's a larger malty flavor that melds with the bitterness in a slightly syrupy but pretty solid bready finish. The booze is well hidden here, unlike the aroma, and the astringency from all of the hop acids shows itself. I do not enjoy the off-grainy sensation that appears in the aftertaste, but luckily this is so melded in with hops that it never becomes too bothersome.

There's intense DIPAs, and then there's this one. Super herbal and dry and boozy all the way. This took me some time to drink, in fact. Definitely an extreme IPA that has a good citrus flavor to it, as well as comfortable mouthfeel, but a lot of these aromas and flavors are really doing strange stuff when they meld with one another. I feel that this may have been an older batch but I still think a beer this monstrous should hold up just fine. If you like your IPAs super dank and earthy and don't mind several irregularities as I mentioned above, give this a shot. Wasn't a fan but I'd be open to have a fresher batch if given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 17:17:01 | More by magictacosinus
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DogFood11

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressive it forms a decent head, minimal lacing, copper color, medium carbonation.

Citrusy, hops in the nose. Clingy and creamy mouthfeel that takes a bit to clean up. Resin comes to mind as the mouth is like pine tar at times. Pretty good sized malt presence, just a touch of any roasted quality comes up front.

Notes: I thought it was decent. This would be considered extreme just a few years ago but now its mild and on the sweeter end of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 05:31:12 | More by DogFood11
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velo343

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep orange with a medium beige head.

Smell: Grassy hops, some sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: A general hoppiness, not too snappy or distinct, that is felt all the way through the drink. The malt is fairly bready, but with a tartness reminiscent of sourdough. An underlying sweetness that is fairly indistinct.

Mouthfeel: The beer is syrupy, leaving a thick, slightly bitter coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: A little disappointing for the style. The hops seem to be overshadowed by the syrupy, creating an unbalanced DIPA. A decent beer, but not my top choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 03:16:02 | More by velo343
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BadRockBeer

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type Sampled: On tap at the Pump House in Longmont CO.

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy amber in color. Atop the pint is a chunky head that’s full of goodness. This head dwindled a little but still managed to slide all the way down the glass.

Smell: Need I say hoppy! I smell a symphony of hoppy notes, fresh orange zest, and alcohol.

Taste: The taste is so complex that I’m not sure that I can put words to it properly. The overwhelming hops are complimented nicely with a biscuity malt flavor that is mildly sweet. There is also a citrus note that is very unpronounced but still apparent. The taste of alcohol is very mild. There is a bit of a grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body, Carbonation is mild.

Drinkability: Fair, This is a great IIPA; however is very much an extreme beer. This limits your intake to about one bomber or so. It also has a odd harshness that makes it almost cloying after awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2007 00:54:48 | More by BadRockBeer
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this at a BevMo and was surprised how much I did not like it.

The appearance is a GREAT golden amber color that is really thick for an DIPA. It has a really nice oily texture and the alcohol consistency does wonders for this one. Looks great with a big white two finger head. Also left a lighter lacing.

The smell was great. It had a great citrus pine smell that made my mouth water. Once the bottle is opened it just explodes with smell. Also smells sugary sweet.

The taste is like WHAT?!? Great first impression then there is a pine or herbal bitterness that just shocks you midway and after. What the hell? I paced back and forth trying to figure out what the hell was going on and I just figured it was the bitterness with the mouthfeel that just lets me down. I love unique DIPA's, but this is not for me. The alcoholic taste is not masked very well and makes the bitterness even worse. I do not know and people will think I am crazy but this was a HUGE letdown. Honestly Avery has not showed me anything spectacular. I have some more of their brews to try but overall this was sub par.

J

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:26:45 | More by Jmoore50
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper-penny with some golden sunlight. Decent head, nice lacing

Smell: Big on the hops, but way to big on the malt. Not the pure hop deliciousness you get from pliny, ruination, or yulesmith. Caramel, hops, pine, resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zest, and of course grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of malt and caramel, grapefruit, pine, pine resin, sap, biscuits, pineapple, orange zes.

Mouthfeel: Big without being huge, well carbonated but a bit underwhelming

Drinkability: Impressive for the ABV

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:05:36 | More by craytonic
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with a slight haze to it. A creamy and sticky, wet off-white head about two fingers in width sits on top with great retention and leaves excellent lacing.

When this thing is first poured, I get tons of malts on the nose. I was under the impression this is a fresh bottle, but maybe I got last years batch? Hops are only slightly present in the background. Alcohol isn't a big factore, which makes me lean towards this being an older bottle.

The taste is smooth and sweet malts, toned down, with a bitter finish. I was expecting a huge bitter punch, and I didn't get it. This must be an older bottle, as normally Avery's hoppy beers are very very good. A little disappointed in this.

My favorite part, is the mouthfeel. About medium in body with a low carbonation, this thing is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Although it lacks the fresh hop character, it makes up for it in other areas. Drinkability is good.

Overall, fresh or not, this is a good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle from another store to compare to find out if this was fresh or not, but judging by others reviews I'll bet this is older. Still a good beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:35:39 | More by Mistofminn
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2010. Hopping to get my hands on a fresh one and give it a new review.

Pours a very beautiful dark amber, almost brown. A few fingers width of thick white head that retained very well. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell is of citrus and floral hops. Some mellow malt tones in the background and slight hint of alcohol.

A nice citrus bitterness right upfront. The beer is then overtaken by a robust and chewy maltiness. The high abv and age of the bottle more than likely the cause of it.
But the reminant tastes are very good. There is a decent bitterness to the beer, and I would love to experience this fresh. Slight hint of alcohol warms you up too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bit chewy.

Drinkability on this particular bottle, being somewhat aged, the flavor is definitely depreciated. And the high abv make it a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 05:58:32 | More by begforme4484
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a tulip

A- Pours a nice amber/orange color with a thick white foam that settles to a ring. Scattered lacing left behind.

S- Definitely some hops in there but not as overpowering as I would have thought. Some caramel malt shines through as well.

T- Incredibly bitter initially with a big sting of alcohol in the finish. After the bitterness fades, the aftertaste has a slightly sweet flavor. Some pine and floral hops but not much in terms of citrus.

M- A bit syrupy with ok carbonation.

O- Overall this was a solid brew but I was a little disappointed. I've heard that some batches are better than others. I might try it again in the future. Still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:24:47 | More by projectflam86
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper with a nice mahogany hue. a decent sized eggshell colored head recedes quickly and laces pretty well.

lots of tropical fruits mixed with pine and bitter citrus, as well as plenty of leafy hops that bring some mint and tobacco into play on top of some sugary sweet malts. plenty of alcohol (rum?) on the nose as well.

alcohol jumps out first with some sticky sugary sweetness behind the onslaught of hops. tropical fruits, leafy hops, and bitter citrus are all accounted for, but the pine seems to have disappeared, unfortunately.

hot and syrupy with plenty of resin and sticky sweetness.

not my style of DIPA. a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking. its very well brewed for what it is, just not what I look favor. will definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 05:35:42 | More by silentjay
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Average head with deep tan color.

Smell - Pronounced maltiness including mango, fruit preserves and hop bitter aroma.

Taste - Balanced malt and hop similar to smell. No "hop juice" just bitterness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Neither are great due to pronounced bitterness; although some malt fruit sneaks through into the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 05:29:45 | More by Chinon01
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a large, fluffy off-white head. Very sticky foam, as it leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Huge piney and citrus hop aroma. Juicyfruit bubblegum, papaya, passion fruit and fresh green ganja. Not much in the way of malt besides a touch of honeyed light white breadiness.

Tastebuds are assaulted by resinous pine sap and juicy grapefruit flavors. Sweet maltiness is there in abundance to at least stem the flow of lupulous hop juice. Tastes like a fresh nug of the sticky-icky! To say this beer is hoppy is certainly an understatement. I wonder what German maltsters would think of this...'Silly Americans, they soooo crazy'. Extreme beer, basically a hopheads wet dream. Definitely best tasting fresh, glad they put a bottle date on there. ABV is well hidden, but I have a feeling these hops might hide just about anything.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 22:05:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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b3barron

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in June so this one is fairly fresh. Served in a dimple mug.

A - Normal pour produces a frothy one inch head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Pineapple and sweet bready malt. Juicy citrus, too. Very fruity.

T - I get some floral notes and the bitterness is pronounced. The sweet malt and fruity esters are lying underneath but are really dominated by the bitterness. I'll give Avery lots of credit for hiding the > 10% ABV well as I don't really enjoy alcohol flavors in the DIPA style.

M - Creamy and on the fuller-bodied end of the spectrum.

D - Just OK. I'll enjoy this bomber but I would not session this one which is probably good considering the ABV.

Glad I finally got around to trying this. I'll probably grab it again when I am really need a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:06:42 | More by b3barron
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chilly460

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice straw/honey color with two finger white head, minimal lacing

S - Big piney hops overpower any malt profile, pretty straightforward.

T - Huge hops flavor as expected, very piney but never any astringent taste. Very solid for a huge hop bomb, but definitely doesn't try to be a balanced beer. Not complex and hop profile is pretty "plain" tasting.

M - Appropriate for the type but would prefer more chewiness to it.

D - Decent for the type, but the lack of balance and wear on the palate limit wanting to seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 14:47:01 | More by chilly460
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a nonic pint. Batch 12 bottled in May 2010.

A: Pours a clear orange-ish hue. Very bright. Three fingers of fluffy head that lasts and laces nicely.

S: Candied oranges. Honey drenched pine sprigs. A little bit of carmel malt comes through as well. Very aromatic.

T: Consistently bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The sweet citrus that was apparent in the smell becomes tart in the flavor. I love the hop profile of this beer, but the malty sweetness is just too much for me. Pine makes an appearance. Malt, pine, and bitterness make up the finish and aftertaste.

M: Carbonation neither hurts nor harms this one. Feel has a certain slickness.

D: Pretty good. The abv is up there and the bitterness is in the 'palate wrecking' zone, but I can't really knock it because this is what an imperial IPA is supposed to be. It has become a little cloyingly sweet, however.

I wanna love this beer but it's just not to my taste. I find it to be too sweet. I don't mind a balanced IPA, but the combination of malty sweet and Imperial IPA bitterness is off-putting. Maharaja is reminiscent of 90 minute which I've never been a big fan of. I love the scent and the hop flavors, and I can see why this beer is very appealing to others...but it's just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 06:31:44 | More by AdamGarcia
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, 0.33 L. Beer is amber to red and kind of hazy. Forms a thick head of off white bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is mostly piny and malty. Not too strong.

The beer is sweet first, medium to big in body. I suppose this is what people call a balanced IPA. Eh, its kind of malty and the bitterness is cut overall by the malt. Its not dry, its kind of boring. Definitely not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 16:01:44 | More by drabmuh
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I had the last batch of this beer, but I didn't review it... Couldn't pass it up this time around.
Served in a snifter.

A fairly dark color for a "west coast" DIPA. A burnt orange color with slight auburn hues. A ram head of two fingers is sticky, but settles pretty quickly, leaving only a frothy film and some chunky continents of lace that spread out and stretch like a micro-version of a plate tectonics demonstration.

The nose has huge malt notes-- caramel sweetness and toasty bread and crackers with big old hops following close behind. The hops are giant citrus-- orange, pineapple, and grapefruit mostly. The flavor follows all the notes the nose hinted at, but adds a resiny note towards the finish-- a bitterness is light and fresh with slight pine notes.

The beers only real downfall is the boozy heat that comes through at the finish... The alcohol really comes into play... And not in a good way. The flavor is great-- the alcohol is an issue.

The body is nearly full with strong carbonation. Some nice oily feel coats my teeth.

Overall, this would e a great beer if it weren't so strong in the booziness... It is a serious flaw in my opinion, and certainly hurts the overall score. This could easily be a top 10 DIPA with a little modification.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:05:34 | More by AleWatcher
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is an earthy pine followed by some citrus. There is also a faint sweetness from the malts.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Start is strong pine hops with some citrus in the background. There is a strong malt backbone that tries to come through, but is overpowered by the hops. There is a lingering bitter finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is typical of the style and the carbonation is good.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, especially at the price. I would rate this a little higher, but I prefer the citrus hops to stand out in the front, with the pine as a complement. This beer has that profile reversed.

Serving type: bottle

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