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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,868
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 450 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.
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Photo of RickSawyer
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peanut butter amber with honey edges. Big pillowy white head soaps off around 3 fingers thick then disipates to a thin layer atop the beer. Clings to the edges of the glass for all its worth. Smell is big hops, piney hops. Only thing I can compare to is smelling fresh hops while home brewing. HOPS! Taste is a bit more mellow than the smell though, starts sweet, white bread/buscuitty flavors, orange zest and then POW, big citrus hops and pine needles dipped in hop oil in your face. Beautiful obliteration of the taste buds. Mouthfeel is suprisingly creamy yet finishes dry making your mouth crave the next assult of hoppliteration. Nice.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, one great thing about South Carolina's dynamic beer market is that we are getting new items fresh enough that the hops are still hefty and unabashed.

A. Good amber beer with a healthy head that settled down into nice concentric lacing. Readily apparent carbonation rising to the top.

S. Every once in awhile I say a beer is citrusy and piney hoppy to a BMC drinker and they look at puzzled. If you want to demonstrate that quality, this is the poster child. Aggressive in your face hops that all but overwhelm the malt base. The alcohol is well hidden.

T. In this case I think the strong hops slightly overwhelm the balance of the beer. The malt is hardly there. I am thinking that perhaps I will put a bomber of this away for a couple of months and see how it evolves. Slight alcohol burn.

M. Clean, crisp and thin finish. Very refreshing for the style.

D. I would be reluctant to have too many of these as once I finished the bomber I was feeling it. This is definitely a "big beer."

A well crafted extreme beer that might be worth sampling as it ages, but only for a limited time.

Photo of smcreator
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: There was very little head on this beer, but over all it was a very nice deep amber/red color.
S: Smells great with hints of citrus and of course hops. This is exactly how an IPA should smell.
T: There are not really any sweet notes with this beer. It is bitter from the fron tot the back and enjoyably so.
M: Smooth medium body.
D: Slightly high ABV with an initial specific gravity of 1.085. This is a good beer to drink slowly while chatting with friends.

Photo of RThomas436
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard alot of hype regarding this fermented malt beverage. So going in I had God like aspirations for it - low and behold it delivered.

It poured a clear copper color almost like a penny. The head was creamy like fresh whipped cream.

The nose was like fresh cut fruit; oranges, grapefruits, clementines. I was also getting some melon in there as well.

Tastes like fresh hops with a malty body and bitter finish. I was expecting more carbonation however, aside from this minor flaw this beverage delivered upon all the hype.

If there is one thing to enhance I would add more citrus hop flavor and reduce the malty body.

In fact this is the beer that Chuck Norris drinks

Photo of jxhill
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color. Thin and sticky head. Smell is sharp and hoppy with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is piney, but more specifically sappy. There is a strong and lingering grapefruit taste. Citrusy on the front and full-bodied with hardly bitterness at all. Lingers in front but little finish in back. A fantastic beer.

Photo of beersands
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light burn orange with an off-white head. Head settles into a tall lumpy mass with nice lacing.

S - Mostly tropical fruit - at first it is sweet grapefruit which, after a rest, becomes mountains of ripe Mexican papaya, some mango and notes of gentle spiciness. Malt is not not a factor. The head sticks to the glass all the way down.

T - starts malty and finishes mango and grapefruit. finishes and lingers sweet grapefruit.

M - about the same as orange juice

D - one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had. It's a close call between this and Stone's IPA. I think Stone is more of an IPA, but the delicate fruit aroma of papaya is a big plus for me (brings back memories of childhood excursions into Mexico). The bitter sweet grapefruit finish begs another sip.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed coppery crimson hue, under an adequate layer of beigish foam.
Nose reeks of hops. Piney and citric, yeah, ripe and luscious, a refreshingly lively aroma, very raw, like steeping ones senses in the freshest form of hops.
Taste: thick with hoppiness, again, rich and full of flavor, not the least bit timid....hops and bitterness hang on the palate, dig in deep, stay a spell...
this is a menacing monster of an IPA, and I want to make it my friend!
A challenging ale, but exactly the challenge we hopheads require...each sip releases a succor which enacts a sublime kind of pleasure... (that means I liked it! ;^)...
Full-bodied, intensely flavored, long, bitter, fruity finish...
The Maharaja is a mighty ruler and commands the palate in full, it's reign lasts long beyond the length of the 22 ounce bottle...if you love the homulus lupus, he has you in his sway, no questions asked...damned good stuff. Ranks among the best IIPAs I've had, somewhere in there, anyway...blessedly hoppy, leaving hop trails all along the palate...goodness, they're coming out of my burps, now, too...may I say? a very nice drink, for those of us on the hoppy side...oh, yeah!!!

enormous thanks to mentor for the bottle!

Photo of hustlesworth
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- extremely cool label, i dig the metallic swords. due to the beer's viscosity, the whole pour seemed to happen in slow motion, with a creamy beige head that inflated like foam insulation. the majority of the surface is a frothy patch of bubbles while a crescent moon shaped outer area is forming a leathery skin. cool. excellent lace, it's drippy with holed like baby swiss. its no surprise, this is everlasting retention. body is a little hazy, darkened peach in color, with shades of burnt sienna and ochre. in front of an incandescent, it's damn near fruit punch red, beautiful with a scarlet hue and shades of vermilion.

S- tart, savory and meaty are my first perceptions. insanely bitter aroma, with orange peel and pickled grapefruit and all that jazz, but with a very direct pungent alpha kick. as my nose adjusts, things turn pretty tropical, sprucey, and spicy too. big pineapple, passion fruit, lemon, mango, mandarin orange, tomato,and for the love of vishnu i can even smell toasted cumin and oregano. unripened berries and a well hidden whiff of alcohol come out with a good swirl. though malt is shrouded behind this thick curtain of hops, some toasty and caramel flavors manage to stand out with a hint of brown sugar sweetness.

T- your majesty, at first oddly sweet, as i hold in the front of my mouth, head down, like a shot of tequila i'm just not ready to swallow. brown sugar and peanut candy, sweet bread, toasted cereal grains, and an underlying fruitiness, then i kick back and almost everything soft and sweet is ripped apart by a rush of herbal hops, italian seasoning, cumin, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with the clean sharp bitterness of magnum almost unwelcome, i would like more citrus, more passion fruit, more more more, but i understand without something zesty, this brew might seem lackluster. in this case, it shines. a light floral essence is captured from the mag further enhancing the deep hop bouquet and taste. as my taste buds regroup, things get nice and toasty at the end, some sweetness returns (but not too much) and the hops mellow out, and i coast into a burnt caramel and herbal citrus bitter finish. also the first time i could taste any shred of alcohol, amazing at 10.21%.

MF- i knew as soon as i poured this how the feel would be, and i was right. like liquid fleece. like that rolled up walmart blanket your aunt got you for christmas, like something super soft and just short of plush, like melted butter. powdery, grainy, full of 'stuff', with just under medium carbonation to keep it from feeling like heavy cream. refined hop resins are plastered on my cheeks and i burp with great force. exceptional.

D- deserves a 4.5, but due to self limitations, i can't give it that extra bit but while wrapped up in the tasting i finished this bomber quicker than i would have liked. very smooth if you're a hop head and very well hidden alcohol.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap and it blew me away, so now I'm reviewing it from the bottle. Pours a very rich copper with one just over one finger of frothy head, and it leaves an excellent lacing as the head dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Smells lovely on the nose, with grassy hop petal up front with just a hint of pine, and a well rounded floral finish. Light citrus and malt in there as well.

Absolutely delicious. The hops bite you up front but quickly smooth to reveal all kinds of robust flavor. Flowers, citrus, fruits, pine, a bit of a grassy feel towards the finish. It's all there and more. The hops leave your tongue tingling for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but full. Not so thick that it's syrupy and not so thin that it's oily. Great balance

This is one dangerous beer. So incredibly delicious. The alcohol is hidden so well. I'm barely halfway through my glass and I can already tell that this is one to watch out for. Ahhh but temptation...I'll be having many more!

Photo of Oxymoron
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive been sitting on this for awhile (2005). Poured a hazy light orange with tan coloring that reminded me of a wheat beer. Very frothy pour with tiny bubbles that left good lacing throughout the tasting.

The smell is hoppy and quite noticeable even for DIPA standards. A citrus vine smell is dominates with minor notes of grapefruit and floral essence. The malt is sweet with more of a sugary or syrupy smell to it.

The taste is very good and well balanced. The malt was stronger then expected with good hop flavoring and finishing. The malt to start was sweeter with touches of biscuit and caramel. I picked up a trace of honey but this was very faint. The hops were piney, especially noticeable for the bittering hops. But finishes well with a smoothness and a citurs grapefruit, tangerine flavor.

The body had a slightly higher mid range. The ABV was noticeable but still easy to drink and really was a background taste. Well balanced and a sweet taste for a DIPA.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5-20-10 - poured into a Dogfish Head snifter - 1 Pint capped bottle - bottled in March 2010 - Batch 11

Appearance: Pours a deep honey-like orange with a bubbly, creamy, white head. Very nice lacing. A pretty site indeed!

Smell: A pungent hop aroma with oranges, grapefruit, grass, sweet candied tropical fruit (especially pineapple), and some floral undertones.

Taste: A delicate, malt sweetness initially balances a bitter hop flavor that follows immediately and eventually wins the day. Also, a subtle taste of alcohol flashes that adds a little complexity to the mix.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. This beer leaves a lasting soft, tangy bitterness. Syrupy on the palate.

Drinkability: You can take your time with this beer! Highly drinkable, although due to its strength it is not necessarily a beer you can drink more than 1 of in a single sitting. Still, it is very drinkable and balanced for a DIPA.

Comments: On 5-6-10, I opened a bottle designated as having been bottled on June 2009 - Batch 10. While it was similar, Batch 11 provided a nicer balance than that found in the previous batch.

Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maharaja opens with a nose befitting a 102 IBU hop monster, being full of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, syrupy pine resin, dandelion stem, rose hip, mint, lemon, eucalyptus, and a touch of anise, seemingly hitting all of the possible hop aromas all at once, and thus instantly setting itself up as a hophead’s dream beverage. A healthy malt base lingers just beneath, providing a nice offsetting mélange of floury baguette, toast crust, biscuit, and fresh wheat, along with nice orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and enough brown sugar to make the rim slightly sticky and the vapors almost palpable. The nose as a whole features more bitter plant-stem aromas than sugars, but not excessively so, and so comes across as nicely balanced and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge slam of grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and dandelion stem from the hops, but joined in almost equal force by an orange liqueur, berry, and apricot sugar fest from the fruit esters. Breads are more difficult to find here than on the nose, but do still provide a toast and biscuit undercurrent, as well as touches of lightly burnt bread and toasted pecan which, when combined with a sharp peppery edge, help offset the sugars. The high 10.17% ABV does add a vodka-like alcoholic tinge, as well as a distinct vapor left in the mouth after swallowing, somewhat detracting from the flavors, but not overly so. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, plant stem hops, with a touch of sugar and bread remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is an excellent Imperial IPA, and while the hops and bitterness are most certainly present in strong enough quantities that anyone not already familiar with 100+ IBU beers should drink with caution, for the well-acquainted this will prove a taste fest nonpareil. Highly recommended.

Photo of toreysan
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - beautiful amber color with big frothy head. lacing, oh yeah.

s - light grassy and piney. i get a slight acidic sweetness and of coarse some hops.

t - its not as offensive with the hops as i thought it might be. its rather sweet at first and then the hops settle in with hints of pine and grapefruit.

m - this beer coats my entire tongue and continues to deliver flavor. good amount of carbonation and a nice feel.

d - for a DIPA and considering its 10.54% it has some very nice complexity's. It is much tamer than i would have imagined but yet it boasts a ton a flavor.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from a 1L growler into a clean pint glass. Nice golden / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head leaving nice lacing. Wonderful hop aroma, citrus, pine, earthy, some caramel malts as well. Big, bold flavors in this DIPA - the hops are very upfront and in your face (bitter citrus and a piney / resiny bite), but are eventually balanced out by a sweet malt finish. Some nice warmth to this beer, especially as it reaches room temp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. A wonderful all around DIPA - as someone that doesn't like malty examples, this was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, you can actually smell pungent and citrusy hops just upon opening the bottle! Avery usually delivers, and this one is no exception. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-copper body with orangeish highlights beneath a short but creamy head of white. Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold quite as well as might be hoped for (but with 9.7% alcohol by volume that's to be expected!), and it does leaves some thin rings of lace about the glass. A firmly caramelish and delicately biscuity malt comes into play within the aroma, although the hops are still clearly present with notes of grass, pineapple, orange peel, dried pine needles, and muddled grapefruit. In the mouth its filling and dextrinous as the very-fine-bubbled carbonation warms and becomes airy before sliding away like silk pajamas on silk sheets. The flavor delivers a heavier blow than the aroma suggests with its solid maltiness ducking and weaving between punches of hop flavor and hits of solid bitterness. There's no real pattern to the way that it appears on the palate, and slaps of hops or hits of malt seem to come and go in a different fashion with each sip. Everycomponent is always there, but certain characteristics just seem to pop at times. The one constant, however, is it's lingering, resinous and citrus-fruit-rind finish. There's bitterness there as well, but it doesn't come across as being raspy because of the thin but sticky layer of sweet malt that so stealthily hides itself while slowly receeding. It's a really nice, very well-balanced IPA that offers a decent amount of changing character in its profile; but might actually be lacking in complexity due to it's being "too balanced" - if that's possible. Still, this IPA rocks! The alcohol rarely appears, and its bitterness never overwhelms the palate! You can't drink too many because of the strength, but it's definitely drinkable.

Photo of scootpolute
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was good, golden orange pouring into the glass. VERY fresh Aroma of hops! A Big Hop-Punch in the Face! At first there’s no doubt hops are present…Oh-Oh!! I’m just about midway and worried (hence, 10.54%!)!! VERY GOOD (4 out of five). But, One is enough!!!

Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "king". Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. This newest Avery Dictator completes the "Dictator Series" joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

Avery Maharaja (Imperial IPA) pours up lively with a big, frothy off-whitish head that nicely crowns the deep reddish copper-orangish amber body. Lots of lacing with very good-excellent head retention. The pugent aroma is resiny showcasing lots of fruitiness (passion fruit, tangerine, white grapefruit) & piney (woody) hops. The maltiness has a moderate caramel overtone with a defined toasted (bread/cracker) character. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with a sweet underlying caramel maltiness with hints of toasted pine nuts. The scorching bitterness completely dominates and delivers a bold, slightly rough, chewy, spicy, warming finish. Avery's Maharaja is a superb hop drop that will bring a bit of color to any Dictator's cheeks! Pop a top on one and maybe you can be king for a day?

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of tikibeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label....the guy on the bottle is all business.

Pours a pale amber with a nice one finger head. Spotty lacing with the head dissolving into a swirl of foam floating on top.

Aroma is killer! It is a hop bomb. Love it. Lot of pine hops

Taste is awesome. Nice balance of pine hops and a citrus and fruity hop.

Great Beer!

Photo of kirkpjr
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful copper amber color with one and a half fingers of head. The head gives way to some chunky lacing.

S: A big punch of juicy tropical and citrus hops. Wonderful hop bomb here. No real malt apparent, only a faint hint of alcohol on the tip of the nose.

T: The hops in the smell follow through in the taste, with also some pine flavors. Nice bitterness that is slightly offset by an increasingly heavy malt sweetness. The ABV shows itself as I make my way through the beer. Solid DIPA all the way.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticky hops on the tongue and also some heat here.

D: Lovely beer. And this growler is much better than I remember the bottles I have tried. Only limiting factor is the ABV you can taste after a few sips.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unclear bottling date but Batch #17/2013 vintage, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 7/3/13 over an hour or so.

A: 2/3 - deep orange-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs for an imperial IPA!

S: 9/12 - picking up pine and resiny aroma as expected with lots of booze; unfortunately, this bottle is several months old and the hop aroma is much more muted than I recall on previous encounters with this beer

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, the bitterness is a big time slap in the tongue; in the middle3 of the mouth, it definitely settles into a pine forest that, I think, is the result of a huge flame-out addition of Simcoe and Chinook; there is also some big time booze, which, I think, much more resembles a American barleywine than an imperial IPA; also picking up some marmalade and citrus qualities that stick on the tongue in the aftertaste

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 10%+ is present and, as mentioned above, drinks much more like an American barleywine than a imperial IPA for me; moderate carbonation for the ABV and large alcohol legs

O: 9/10 - historically, this has been one of my favorite imperial IPAs; unfortunately, this beer is long in the tooth and the hop aroma/flavor has dissipated over time - don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent drinking experience, and, if you want to get buZZed, this will get you there; I'd put it in the same category as a borderline imperial IPA/American barleywine similar to Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, but, on this pouring, I much prefer the Hoptimum

TOTAL = 41/50

Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rusty orange with a creamy white head. Moderate carbonation. The nose is a celebration of the hop. Every aroma or characteristic you could attribute to a hop is in there. Piney, bitter, citric, earthy, grassy, astringent, pungent, I could go on. There's also a pleasant undercurrent of caramel malt.
The flavor profile is thick with bitter hoppiness from beginning to end. But in between, there are flavors of tropical fruit,
pine needles, and soft, bready malts. The mouthfeel alternates between dry/bitter and rich/creamy. The sticky, piney finish will
take a pint of water to get rid of. And the boozy warmth that comes with the first sip is a pleasant invitation to drink another few
bottles.

Photo of HoosBrews
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange with a creamy head and good lacing. Smell is a huge citrus-hoppy treat. The taste is even bigger than the nose. Initial bitterness followed by a full mouth of grapefruity hops. The malt is very well balanced with this insane amount of hops. Although this is a very rich beer, its incredibly drinkable for over 10% abv.

This is a top tier imperial IPA. I've had this on tap as well and it's even better in draft.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty clear orange copper, with a decent beginning half inch head and later thin, bubbly film, little lacing. Aroma is hoppy, with lots of citrus, orange at first, grapefruit, pineapple, with a good malt backbone, enough caramel and biscut to keep the hopping in check.

Taste is also delicious, lots of hops, but a surprising amount of yummy malts. The hop profile is wide, from subtle pine needles, to sweet fruits, grapefruit rind, orange peels, pinapple, and has the signature high hop bite that a true hophead demands. But the caramel malt backing is very good too, biscut in the mix, sweet and balancing to the heafty hopping. The finish is noticably long, bitter, fruity, then drying at the end, leaving you yearning for another sip. The mouth is remarkable smooth, silky, just enough carbonation but just barely, very drinkable, slightly warming, very nice.

One thing I liked about this beer is that is seemed to change both sip to sip and as it warmed. Small changes, big changes, just a lot of changing, it was really odd, making it hard to review, but quite enjoyable. At first sip, I didn't think I'd give it such a high score, but as I'm finishing, I really enjoying it!

Photo of jeff1973
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch no.14, June 2011.

A - Dark burnt orange color. Clear. Tan head with excellent lacing.

S - Pine, pineapple, citrus, mango, a slight hint of dark caramel. Wow!

T - Pineapple and mango upfront with a dark, rich toffee to back it up. Ends nice and dry with just a touch of bitterness and sweetness.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Heaviness coming from the rich toffee flavor, but the hop bitterness lightens it up.

D - Medium. ABV is well hidden, but the richness of the malts makes you want to take your time with this one.

This one might have been passed its prime ( about 2 months old), but still is extremely tasty! This is one of my favorite DIPAs.

Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Plan B. Served in a chalice.

A - Copper - very clear. Decent white head with a yellow tint to it. Very nice lacing.

S - Hops, Hops, Hops - Very Nice (spoken like Borat) Powerful aroma here, picking up some citrus, resin, and pine as well but the hops are by far the most prominent in the aroma. Smells as good as Christina Ricci right after she showered.

T - Hops again, smooth bitterness, very nice caramel malt undertones providing a nice balance. Grapefruit combines with the hops to provide a very powerful flavour.

M - Carbonation on the lighter side. Medium body. Very smooth for such a powerful beer.

D - Very powerful DIPA - barley detect the alcohol. Very strong taste - couldn't throw back too many of these. I sipped on this one for about an hour.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,868 ratings.