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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,512
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 332 | FT: 9
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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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/11
*From notes

Big up's to Lee for hookin' a brotha up with this one - cheers!

A: Clean and clear sun-tan amber. Great bubbly 1.75 finger head and drool-inducing lacing.

S: Holy shnikes - big league pine and resin, just dripping down the glass like a fresh cut Christmas tree.

T: Boozy tropical fruit that hits like a Mack truck. The finish is bitter, with a rich, robust caramel and buttermilk thing going on. This is a killer DIPA.

M: Smooth and chewy, it suits the beer perfectly.

O: Delicious. This is easily one of the top ten to twenty DIPA's I've consumed. I'm stoked to have had this on tap, and even happier to know I've got a 64oz growler sitting in the fridge. A hearty recommendation from Rhettroactive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 23:29:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber and the colors of a malty brew. White head was substantal and lacing present.

S: Hops and malty hops at that. Citrus somewhat but dominated by the malted alcohol hops. Really looked forward to the taste after the aroma.

T: Malted hops initially great- my favorite style and accent to a beer. The hops are there and come through very smoothly. I did think there was a strong hop aftertaste without being too sweet. Like the malty based hops over anything that had overly citrus.

M: Not overly carbonated and had the thickness of a good hop presence. Hops clung on and attached a bit to the palate.

D: For an Imperial, this was ridiculously drinkable. The hops were strong but the alcohol was well hidden and enjoyable afterwards.

This is one damn fine beer. Top notch. The first Avery I have tried and it looks like I will venture further into their offerings if this one is representative of the quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 16:10:30 | More by marcpal
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Avery.

Very similar to Great Divides Hercules Double IPA. This one has slightly more hops and a little less on the sweet side, but the difference is minimal.

Appearance: Golden/Amber with a light but consistent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Very strong Hops with Citrus overtones. Grapefruit and pine are very strong.

Taste: Excellent! From start to finish this one impresses. It does have a strong lingering hop and alcohol taste and warmth, but this is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Sticks to you a little, but not annoyingly so. Overall very good.

Drinkability: This one pint bottle is all I would want, but I enjoyed every sip!!!

Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 03:22:32 | More by onehomesickalien
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beauty from notes taken a couple nights ago here at my lovely apartment in Sin City.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Had this beer once before as part of a beer meet-up. Saw on the shelf in Cali very recently HAD to get it again.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head floating on top and leaves a nice clingy lace to the side of the glass. Quite nice!

S: Deliciousness! Get that citrusy/grapefruity nose right away. Some caramel roasted malt characteristics too. Just awesome.

T: Get that citrus and pine hop bitterness that is all so inviting. There also is a definite maltiness to this brew that helps balance things out quite well. Also must note that this beer finishes pretty well and pretty long, loving it.

M: Carbonation done right. Just enough effervescence to be refreshing and not weigh down the palate. Very pleasing.

O: Very, very well rounded and balanced brew. Right up there with my favorite DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:30:45 | More by MarkVegas
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Just wanna say that I am so happy to finally OPEN & review this beer, as the
forces that be have made it unavailable in Oklahoma as of a few
months ago.


Bomber -> CHOC Rastal Pint

A ~ Poured slowly a cloudy, Rusty-Mahogany-Red that I could not possibly see through. For being almost 2 years old, this still has a pretty intense, sticky-pillow of a head. With some lacing that was pretty difficult to clean out after all was said and done. Visible yeast sediment in glass that I can only assume is from conditioning for so long. Can't wait.

S ~ An astringent & acrid bouquet of fermented apricot, Pomander, Lime Zest, Citrus Peels, and some definite Pine Sol. Chemically, Bitter, Dusty Earth. Super Excited.

T ~ HOPS!!! Spice and Citric Acid hits first. Shocks tounge, then mouth, then throat, teeth & tummy. This is some amazing stuff, straight up hop juice. Aged grapefruit, lemon & mango slathered in tree sap. Less boozy than expected but there is still a definite bite to this one. Almost a cat pee like acridness on the finish. This is one that I am glad I split with friends. Aggressive.

M ~ Attacks mouth in all levels in almost a specific order. Pretty incredible how complex this beer is. Silky smooth bubbles and almost every flavor profile achievable from hops; Spicy, Citric, Earthy, Fruity, Bitter, Piney. ABV comes out more halfway through.

Spicy Hop bomb for sure. Recommendable to any hop head. Wish I had copped more when I had the chance.

I <3 Avery

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:51:20 | More by chocosushi
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a huge white frothy head. The aroma is primarily evergreen hops and a touch of sweet malt with underlying citrus just to add to the complexity. Citrus hops dominate the initial flavor before being backed by and blending with a substantial sweet malt background. The high alcohol content shows up after the malt and just before the dry hop bitterness finish. A hefty mouthfeel rounds everything out nicely.

Overall, this is a great double IPA. It is good for an hour of enjoying the smells and flavors. The flavor profile moves through 3 to 4 phases at every sip. I've had beers with this much alcohol that hide it completely. Given that this one gives a slight alcohol burn that interrupts the other flavors, I can't give it the "5". Still, this is a supurb beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:07:01 | More by steamingheap
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally!!! I have been waiting for this beer since last year. This is my favorite Imperial IPA and this is why.

A- Pours golden in color and is very clear

S- It smells of grapefruit, mango, pine. Just a complex smelling beer.

T- I think what makes this beer is the taste. At first you are hit with this beautiful hop bitterness the can be very over powering to the faint of heart. Then the sweet malt hugs the tongue and draws you in more and more. Finally, it finishes really dry making you want more and more.

M- The mouthfeel is very sticky and resin like.

Overall- An awesome beer. I also really like this because its easy to find almost everywhere. I you haven't had this beer do your tongue a favor and make it your next purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 13:06:28 | More by ciachef1212
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz growler. Batch 7 bottled in Feb 2008.
Color is light amber. There was a bit of cloudiness when first poured into a glass but it cleared up when it warmed up a bit.
Smell was excellent. Floral citrus, grapefruit. Very pronounced.
Taste was very smooth. Lots of grapefruit. A slight bit sweet in the aftertaste but overall it was very well balanced.
Mouthfeel -- silky --- a bit oily from the hops.
drinkability- Very good for a big beer. It's dangerous to have this beer on tap without a designated driver around.

A beer I will definitely seek out and hoard.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:01:13 | More by JonathanL7890
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This batch is super fresh...bottled in February of 2008.
Pours a deep burnt orange color. It's got a medium to moderate head that can be kept under control with a less aggressive pour.
Smell is actually really fruity...but that's due to the insane amount of hops. Pineapple, citrus, and a strong smell of peaches. It smells potent in terms of flavor, but not necessarily boozy.
The taste is a tour-de-force of hops, but with a malt backbone that doesn't hide. Fruity and sweet, but with a lingering bitter-hop finish. Lots of tropical fruits coming out of the woodwork.
It's smooth and goes down like a normal IPA. I'm picking up the sweetness of a higher ABV% beer, but no burn or lack of drinkability. I split this bottle, but I think I could handle 2 bottles myself.

Excellent. My new top DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 15:49:02 | More by Domingo
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at track 84... Oh how i miss thee

Appearance: pretty clear from what I remember with a bronzish amber and some hues of peach too.

Smell: Very floral and fruity. Apricot/peach even a little bit of pineapple. HOPS!! bang right there for you piney, herbaceous hops

Taste: juicy sweet upfront kind of like the single IPA but unlike the single, this one just pops. Massive hop punch in an almost caressing way. Unlike the single, which I find to be too sweet for the style, this one is pedal to the floor all the way too.

OVerall: I have had the pleasure to have this both on tap and in the bottle and I prefer tap in this case because of the freshness and being able to taste the fresh hop glory. If you like IIPA's and you see this at the store and have not tried it, you should buy it as a compulsive necessity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 06:24:07 | More by YankChef
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Hazy copper with nice clingy white head.

Great smell of grapefruit with some pine but mainly sweet grapefruit.

Sweet malty, hoppy taste that disguises the high alcohol. Very nice, solid and well balanced DIPA.

I was surprised by how good this beer was. Great mouthfeel, and not too much bitter aftertaste make this a really really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:27:33 | More by aubuc1
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy orange with a nice clean white sticky head. Aroma is GREAT! Big citrus and sweet malt with a great kick of hops. A beer that really entices you from the smell. The taste doesn't fail. Big hop flavors combine with grapefruit and pineapple for a really great IPA.
Has a great crisp feel in the mouth, clean with just enough lingering from the hops. It would be easy to drink a lot of these except for the 10%ABV. The alchohol does not get in the way of the flavors, but will sneak up on you. Overall one of my new favorite IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 00:30:28 | More by Liverpool08
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours an orange juice color. There is some carbonation activity present after the pour. There is a small two finger white head.

S- There is a fair amount of citrus hops coming from the nose. I get the sense that the citrus hops breaks down into grapefruit and orange(that might help explain the color of the beer).

T- This beer has a nice flavor of malt and hop. It's balance makes the beer very smooth and easy to drink. For its apparent strength it is easy to drink and there inlies a possible problem.

This is a good tasting Imperial IPA, but it is a little too citrusy for my tastes. But the nice thing is that the taste masks a strong beer. I am glad that I tried this beer however I probably will not try this one again. There are too many Imperial IPA's out there to settle on just one!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:26:36 | More by cbros
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one a while and can't wait to dig in. Pours copper with reddish hues into a snifter. The slight head recedes quickly with little lacing left behind as streaks of carbonation swim briskly for the top. The bold hops and citrus aromas attack immediately and let you know you're in for some good times ahead. Tastes of oranges with a hint of sour apples in the background. The hops aren't as bold as the smell would have you believe, but they do hit the palate fairly aggressively. Just before the malt balance enhances the experience, the astringent qualities become apparent. I think I poured this one a bit too cold, because after it warms up, all the aforementioned qualities blend and accentuate each other better. Has a full bodied mouth-feel, yet goes down pretty smooth. Drinkability is higher than expected, as all the elements work together cohesively. Grand brew from one of my favorite breweries. Worth the wait, and will revisit soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 20:58:38 | More by stephens101
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my departing beer from Denver. Had on tap at Falling Rock.

Pours a crystal golden copper color. Little bit of head, decent lacing throughout the session.

Truckload of hops on the nose. Floral, citrus, exotic fruits.

Even more hoppy awesomeness on the palate of this beer. Mimics the smell, but the floral and fruity hops really take precedence. But don't let that fool you. Incredible malt backbone balances quite well with the hops. Sweet, biscuity tons of malts, tons of hops. It just WORKS. There's no hiding the ABV in this beer either. Not a bad thing, but just be expecting it.

Overall this is a fantastic double IPA. I drink so many Cali hop bombs that it's really nice to drink a double IPA that also showcases its malt profile. Definitely seek this beer out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 20:43:50 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch #14. Bottled June 2011.

A: A finger of creamy head with good retention. The beer is clear and coppery with hints of pink.

S: I smelled it the second it hit the glass and can still smell it from three feet away. Damn. Grapefruit juice, dry hops, a bit of pine, and maybe some sweeter fruit. Perfect IPA scent.

T: Hm. Fruity for sure. Hops aren't as bitter as anticipated. I take that back, the aftertaste is plenty dry and very enjoyable. The maintaste is almost...tangy. The hops there are earthy and vegetal, the feel is firm and chewy, and there is plenty of fruit (tart mango, underripe banana, and, of course, ruby grapefruit. Alcoholic, yes, but not as much so as one might expect.

M: Wet initially, dried out by the end. Firm, chewy, and smackworthy.

O: Excellent Double IPA. Excellent beer. Highly recommended. Drinking, tasty, interesting, and regal. Will drink again.

OG: 1.090
IBU: 102
ABV: 10.46%

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:46:58 | More by AgentMunky
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this monster on tap at the 501 Club. I've had this before but only from a bomber bottle and at that time, the hop bitterness was too much for me (and I'd consider myself a big-time hophead).

Poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow, strawlike color; quite hazy but not completely cloudy. Two fingers of off-white head that is slow to dissipate and leave minimal lacing.

S: Wonderful on the nose. A mix of citrus (muted orange) and grassy hops coupled with sweet, sticky caramel malts. ALso a hint of sweeter tropical fruits like pineapple or even mango.

T: Again, wonderful taste for a high ABV beer. Big hop flavor but not the overly resinous, tongue scrapper you'd expect. The sweeter notes from the malts balance it out on the tongue. Similar flavors on the tongue as on the nose.

M: Suprisingly smooth and even for a DIPA. Not as harsh as I remember when I had it in the bottle. No prominent alcohol burn like I remembered. A bit heavy and weighty on the tongue but that is to be expected with most DIPAs.

D: You'd expect something that knocks you off your chair at almost 11% ABV but this beer is very, very drinkable. I have two 10 oz. glasses and could have handled at least 1 more. I followed this up with a Surly Furious that seemed excessively bitter compared to the Maharaja (and I love Furious). While not sessionable, I'd highly recommend Avery Maharaja especially if you can get it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2010 14:20:37 | More by ballenc
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I never review beers, but I always enjoy reading up on here when I am planning on a purchase. I just had to share my experience with this beer, so here goes:

Bought at Growlers, Hilton Head SC while on vacation this week. Growler cost me 14 bucks, figured it was a steal. Store is very nice with a good selection of brews. Not too pricey overall but definitely some good some bad buys there.

Brought it back to the beach house, got to pour one into a large tumbler (one of the only things in the pantry). Got about halfway through, then the SWMBO and the puppy wanted to go for a walk on the beach. "Chug it," they said! There was no way! The thick syrupy mouthfeel alone would make be gag let alone piss off the beer gods.

So I poured it into a not-so-obvious coffee mug and we went on our way. I have to say that it is the best beer I have ever drank out of a coffee mug while walking on the beach at sunset. I ended up sipping it even slower than I would back at the house, enjoying the moment with family I love.

As far as an actual review, the appearance was so-so, didnt really look like anything amazing. Smell was great, there are alot of things going on there including citrusy hops, biscuit malts, and a slight alcohol burn as it warms up. Taste was more of the same, I actually liked it better when it got warm. It tasted more like a liquor than beer. Mouthfeel like I said was thick and syrupy. Drinkability is low, I might have a hard time finishing the growler by the end of the week without help. Overall a great strong ale that I will definitely remember whenever I think about this vacation spot!

Serving type: growler

10-13-2010 17:29:38 | More by kpr121
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber

A - Dark amber/copper in color, got a 2 finger tan head, receded quickly leaving slight lacing on the glass.

S - Very powerful, getting carmel malt and fresh rope/hemp, as well as hops.

T - Carmel sweetness on the front end gives way to lots of hops and some florals, ends with an earthiness and more hop undertones.

M -Mdeium bodied and very mild carbonation.

D - I'm not a huge hop head so like the balance of malty sweetness and the strong hops profile. A nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:47:15 | More by stercomm
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I'm deciphering the code correctly, this was bottled on January 8th 2013. Yikes. I cringe to think what the hop bite was like when this was "fresh."

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Dazzling clear amber with a two inch tall off white head which persisted awhile before receding to a heavy surface foam and considerable spotty lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Attention-grabbing and yet very agreeable pine hops up front over a sweet malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue as it should with an IIPA, but does not become annoying. The huge ABV over 10% is amazingly well covered.

m: Medium due to the hops, Slick silky smooth.

o: One of the best, most enjoyably drinkable hop bombs (102 IBUs) I have had yet. A real gem, worth every penny it cost. Enough to make any BA a DIPA baby.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:12:36 | More by scotorum
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Mar. 2010 - Batch 11.

A solid full finger of off white head, sticks around for a good while and leaves the usual nice looking ring, and thin surface film. Deep strawberry orange and dark amber with light dandelion accents. Looks of a good DIPA but nothing spectacular standing this out from the herd. Especially with out any lacing left after a glass. The last glass though, did produce some lacing, but was a little on the shy side.

The citrusy hops instantly burst out from the bottle when opened. I was already pleased just from the initial hop wave that hit me before It was even poured. Lots of caramel and very sweet citrusy hops. The beer has an impressive nose and I'm hoping the taste can compete with such a good smelling DIPA. Very fruity delicious, pineapple, mango, and so many delicious smelling fruits mingled together. Absolutely amazing. Fruit punch, and a honey-like sweetness. Small amount of detectable alcohol to the nose, but smells outstanding.

A great fruity/citrusy, hop finish lingers for a moment and fades slowly. The echos of the tastes stay making want to take another sip, after each and consistantly kept up until it was gone. There is good amount of creamy maltiness but a even greater amount of sweet hop deliciousness. I don't think I would ever guess this is 102 IBU, has a good bite, but I wouldn't think.

The mouthfeel was slightly disappointing becuase I thought it would be incredible but fell slightly short. It is great none the less. Leaning toward the verge of being too syrupy, it is full bodied, mouth coating, and slick. I use the word nectar when describing great hoppy DIPAs such as this, and I don't think I could think of a more suiting word for a beer along these lines. Probably one of the more enjoyable DIPAs I've had lately. I've been looking out for a while ,and Maharaja, we shall meet again before you depart for the year.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:35 | More by MOB210SA
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into my SN pint glass, picked up at PHP on a recommendation by Jamie (he's never lead me wrong)

Pours a beautiful light amber-ish copper color with about a finger and a half of off white head. As soon as I open the bottle I can smell the hops. The aroma is very nearly all hops with only mere hints of some caramel malt. Lots of citrus, some pine, and a fair amount of grass. Taste is pretty darn good. Much like the aroma with hops dominating; citrus, grass and pine, in that order. There is a malt backbone here but its hard to find through the massive amount of hop flavor. This beer is quite bitter in the finish but it doesn't taste like the 102 IBUs that the bottle claims. I also can't find the 10.27 ABV that bottle claims either. I can feel it after a few minutes but it really isn't present in either the aroma of taste. Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium, maybe medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth despite the high bitterness. Drinkability is very good. This is a pretty good example of what I look for in a DIPA. Its loaded with hops, solidly bitter, properly carbonated, and most importantly, highly attenuated. I have no trouble finishing a bomber of this and enthusiastically recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:10:00 | More by mnj21655
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I smell canned pineapples. I love canned pineapples, and this beer smells like them in spades. I taste canned pineapples, and this beer has the canned pineapple flavahs. Bitters are in there too. Bitter canned pineapples should be patented. Sweet like canned pineapples, and there's some spice in there too, but I'm not sure which one. It's like when you open the cupboard where you keep the spices, and all the spices waft your way in unison. A lovely smell, but you're not sure which one is making your nose so happy.

It pours amber, and it has bubbles, and it's pretty to look at being all amber and everything. But it's about the pineapples!!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:22:33 | More by specksnreds
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful semi-translucent amber-orange with about a fingers worth of slightly off white head. When swirled through the glass, bubbly and sticky lacing drags down on all sides, covering the walls of the glass.

S- The scent of this brew is outstanding. Sliced tropical fruits such as mango, apricot, and guava is picked up instantly after popping the top on this bomber. A bit of piny hop resin is also noticed in mixture with some citrus. Smelling further, I can sense the hoppy bitterness. With a deep pull through the nose, a bit of booziness is detected but isn't off putting because of a great blend of scents lying on top.

T- The taste is similar to the nose but intensified in certain areas. The fruity piny hop bitterness blasts my palate at first, alongside some biscuit and sweet tasting malt. Beneath it all lies the beastly ABV. To my surprise, the potency of this brew doesn't come out to steal the show, which is awesome. Considering the different tastes going on, it all seems to be quite balanced.

M- This DIPA is pretty rich and thick for most, leaving a lot of hop oils that saturate my palate until I take the next sip. The carbonation is moderate which contributes to the creamy texture.

D- The well masked ABV makes this one easy to drink, not to mention the great flavors and light crispness offered by the "Great" "King." If I am lucky enough to spot another one of these on the shelves, I will be sure to grab it. This DIPA stands out pretty boldly against many others.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:46:00 | More by ChugginOil
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2008 Batch. Bomber was refrigerated since the first day it was in my beer store.

I had doubts that it wouldn't be as fresh as I wanted and I really wanted to find the May batch.

I was not disappointed at all.

A: Beautiful amber color with a thick, creamy white head. Tons of sticky lacing the whole way down the glass.

S: All the sweet notes I love in DIPAs were here. This one smells exceptional to me. Sweet grapefruit, floral, hints of pine.

T: This one drinks with very little bitterness to me, at least not in the pucker yur lips sense. Lots of citrus.

M: A delight in my mouth. Not too thin, or too think.. perfect carbonation.

D: This was a refreshing DIPA, I loved every sip of it and I want more. This was one of my first DIPAs years ago and I don't know why I waited so long to revisit. Very easy to drink.. I could do 2 bombers, but one laid a nice buzz on me.

Paired this with (don't laugh I was hungry and getting a bit drunk) Cracked Peppercorn Triscuits - American cheese - and roasted turkey breast. It tasted great to me!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 14:30:24 | More by chefnash51
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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