Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 5,136
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 331
Gots: 588 | FT: 5
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 caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow.
For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it. (375 characters)

Photo of ken2cart1
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a guiness 20z glass..fresh 2011 batch

a- wow poppeed the cap off and u can tell it is fresh with the big champaine popping sound...wowwww- huge frothy like clouds head-goos 3 inches (off-white, light tan head..light mahogany appearance, dark amber (def some redness)

s- holy hops-topical paradise-grapefruit,tangy citric...AND boy can u smell the alcohol, very boozy smelling (most i have every smelt).

t-definetly a complex bre for sure...as i am writing this i am still tasting different flavors after the first sip which occured 45 seconds ago...lots of sweet pale malt and light caramel, which appears in the taste as cookie which in the fore, pungent fruity hops balance this beer- not as much hops as i expected in the smell, but still definetly there..then comes the booze, definetely noticiable..nice spicy sting at the end to let you know this is powerful, could possibly have some corriander in here or maybe just alc.?

m- creamy smooth from the large amount of sweet malt

0- great beer, as with any imperial ipa, malt shines through mmore than hops to produce large alocohol content, but hops provide good balance

edit- after looking at alstrom bros review, def notice the tobacco and mint (1,216 characters)

Photo of Norsebrew
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Avery got the recipe right on with batch 7(2008). I bought two bottles from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs the day they arrived and I expect I will be buying a case of this gem.
Amazing citrus and floural hops auroma. The flavor is amazing with the perfect balance of grapefruit, or citrus, and carmel. For a high gravity beer, this one is very drinkable. (360 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden yellow body with a nice thick ivory white head.

S: Plenty of citrus in the front of the nose but not over powering. There is subtle but balanced caramel on the finish.

T: Great and rare balance in a high ABV IPA. There is a citrus/grapefruit flavor on the front and then it seamlessly transitions to a subtly sweet caramel and toffee finish.

M: Amazing there is both great carbonation and body. Spot on.

O: Great beer. Well worth the price. Get this beer if you are a fan of IPAs. (506 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head that leaves some amazing lacing.

Smell: Fruity tropical, piney hop aromas; grapefruit, mango, and pine. Followed by a kiss of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Dank, piney, tropical hop goodness! Some nice pine needle type flavors going on as well as a really great earth dankness, followed by some citirus, and tropical undertones.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body to stand up to the hop barrage, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Overall: Very, very good DIPA, stands up there with greats IMO, would love to be able to get my hands on some more of this sometime. (674 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This pours sunshine orange with frost colored creamy head and lots of lacing guarding the rear. Nose is absolutely the most genuine display of pine and grapefruit I've ever encountered. Truly a marvelous display of hop aroma. There's also a bit of apricot and maybe passion fruit towards the end of the nose. I also get a smattering of sweetness.

Taste gives me all of the flavors I mentioned in the nose but is just a tad sweet for my tastes and not bitter enough. Aside from that this is as perfect as it comes. Honestly it's rare that any beer does so much right in the taste dept. Well done Avery!

Mouth is mercifully creamy and delightful.

As good as this is I couldn't rate it perfect where drinability is concerned because of the price. Many fantastic double IPA's go for under $5 in my area and in my honest opinion $8 for this is just too much. If my local brewers are charging less than this for their hop bombs a brewery in Colorado should be too. (973 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of the most balanced DIPA's I've ever had.

There is a nice, pineapple sweetness that pushes against the bitter hops and creates a truly fantastic beer.

The aroma is pure pineapple juice with some piney undertones.

The alcohol is absolutely present, but by no means overpowering. I was shocked when I saw this was 10.2% Abv. It drinks like a regular IPA. Very smooth and moderate in carbonation.

For $9 I would absolutely buy a bomber of this again. (466 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maharific? Magnifaraja? Oh, sorry, Maharaja!

Clear orange body on my first pour from the monster 220z bottle. The last pour too was clear and shiny. At almost 11%, I took my time on this one tonight. Batch 7, brewed in Feb08 (last month).

Monster hop presence in the nose. Just monster. Like fresh squeezed hops. Grepefruit is the strongest. A pine kick in there too, like a christmas tree freshly cut.

Ruby grapefruit pulp (i swear i can almost feel the pulp chunks in my mouth, its that vivid!), dank cannibis, fresh mowed grass, and powdered sugar, all at once. I am really liking this one. The alcohol is hidden extremly well.

Incredible drinkability. Put this up against any other 11%, i dare you!

I only picked one of these buggers up when I was in Portland, I really really want more! A whole case! (813 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw, almost amber orange with a persistent head and nice lacing. The nose is wonderfully complex bouquet of honey, pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, lime and malt. The thick malty sweetness acts as a backbone for both the high alcohol and bitterness of the hops. Layering over the malty sweetness are again flavors of grapefruit and resin/pine with hints of honeysuckle and mint. The after palate one this beer lasts forever, with a pleasant dance of malt and bitterness lingering on your tongue. An absolute delight to drink and revisit. (552 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I discovered this beer at the brewery in September and fell in love with it. Amazing DIPA that was the highlight of a fantastic afternoon in Boulder back in September. After trying everything I could that day I decided a review would not be appropriate at the time. So I bought a bomber and finally got around to cracking it open last week. Here are the notes from my phone:

APPEARANCE: Opaque and orange with a light, pinkish hue, almost a tangerine color. Sediment was heavily dispersed throughout. The head was very large, thick and foamy. Made for some pretty solid lacing, but it did take a few minutes to pour.

SMELL: A faint piney smell with light floral notes. Not as strong a nose as I would have imagined from the Maharaja.

TASTE: Intense sweetness and bitterness hit the tongue right off the bat. This is a very interesting balance and both sweet and bitter are present throughout the sip. Piney notes from the nose are also present and it leaves a nice, gentle, floral aftertaste. Exceptional.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily with a mild sparkle to it. It feels as rich as it tastes.

OVERALL: I had this beer as my dessert after my girlfriend cooked a wonderful steak dinner. I could not have asked for a finer dessert. Rich, delicious and very satisfying. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Spcoly
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip glass...

A: Golden brown minimal head with some lacing

S: nothing really overpowering, very subtle hints of pine / grapefruit

T: Wonderful mix of hops / grapefruit, the high ABV is wonderfully masked....minial heat coming through

M: medium to heavy carbonation, hoppy after taste, good drinkability

Overall a better then average IPA mostly becase of the flavor and the masking of teh high ABV....will definitely try again and again and again.... (480 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark amber with a super sticky cream colored head. Great looking beer

S: PUNGENT Huge sweet grapefruit and caramel. Ripe fruits - mango, pineapple, apricot. Incredibly vibrant tropical flavors.

T: Huge grapefruit/tropical fruit and caramel sweetness. Big bitterness at first, then balanced by rich sweetness. Incredibly rich and full - vibrant flavors and lots of complexity.

P: Huge! Sticky, chewy, smooth, full. Amazingly smooth

O: Just a huge imperial IPA, but a bit of an overload. I feel the nuances of the hops were lost in the malt overload - could pass as a hoppy american barleywine. Really enjoyed it, a bit too boozy (641 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought today from a fresh shipment at Morry's of Long Beach. Served at a bit under cellar temp into a Stone Pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a 2 finger white fluffy head that really sticks around. Lots of lacing and amazing head retention for a 10% beer.

S: Wow! Citric hops right up front. This is followed by hops, then finished by hops. Oh, and I sense some hops in the background too.

T: No hop presence so to speak of. No wait, it's all hops, with just a bit of caramel malt in the background. Very heavy on the citric hops with lots of oily hop juice and a nice sharp hop bitterness at the end. Wonderful! The bitterness lasts for quite a while after the last sip. This has it all - the hop aroma and bitterness are both present full on.

M: Great! With the oily hops it is nice and satisfying, but this also never gets cloying. Bitter, yes - not cloying.

D: I don't know how to really rate this one. This is heavily biased toward the hops and bitterness of course, but I also can't pull myself away from it.

Highly recommended for a hophead (and this would definitely include myself). Go try it at the very least. (1,141 characters)

Photo of beavers
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with decent clarity and a thick white head that goes away fairly soon but leaves excellent lacing. Hops fill the nose with wonderful notes of citris, pinneapple, and pine needles on top of biscuity/caramel malts. Mmm...flavorful hops dominate the palate with its zesty-tropical-citric-floral notes. Alcohol has its presence in the palate but the rich flavor of the hops make this bad boy quite drinkable and one to remember. Will definitely be enjoying this one again sometime soon. (502 characters)

Photo of CMB2012
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, batch number 13 (March, 2011). This is definitely a fresh bottle, with I believe a new label, O.G. 1.090, 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV this year not 10.30%.

A- Pours a clean gold/copper color with thin white head. Head dissipates quick and leaves a nice white, bubbly ring that laces fairly well.

S- DIPA goodness... sweet and juicy orange, grapefruit, cantaloupe, papaya. Rounds out with some pine, caramel and toffee, and slight alcohol pepperiness, spoiled vegetables.

T- Cantaloupe and papaya, sweet tropical fruits, some grapefruit... peppermint... pepper... The taste is sweet, reminiscent of a liquid cupcake, but not in a bad way and without the frosting (the mouthfeel helps here a lot). Malt is present in large forces to balance out the hops - chewy, sticky toffee, a bit roasty, and slight coffee bitterness. finishes bitter in a tasteful way, leaving you wanting more. Almost no alcohol, but there is a little burn on the end.

M- Creamy as can be for a DIPA, and I love it. Smooth, tiny bubbles, bursting carbonation. The body is medium to medium-full. Mouthfeel completes this beer giving it a chewy, cake-like quality that is tough to match - at least not very common. Dry finish without being overly astringent.

O- This was my first duel with the Maharaja and it was a great experience. The bottle fresh, the environment right on, and the beer ready to fight, I enjoyed it all very much. I especially congratulate Avery here for not forgetting the importance of malt complexity in a big hoppy beer. Try it. (1,536 characters)

Photo of barrelroller
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#9 bottled in Feb.'09. Appearance is amber in color with a dense and stable white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and diggity dank. Flavor is first a blast of hops followed by a surprisingly nice malt character. Moving quickly back into hoppy layers and leaving a loooong a lingering piney finish. Alcohol is masked nicely being above 10%abv. Had a lot of DIPA's and this one is one of the best I've had! (434 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep orange with a large head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet but then a big kick of citrusy hops. However, the malts hold their ground so this isn't brutally bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant sweet and hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's pretty easy to burn through a bomber of this in a hurry since it's so good.

I haven't had a lot of this since it's somewhat rare in the Twin Cities, but it is really an excellent DIPA. If it was in 12oz bottles and more available this would be in my top five. Highly recommended! (556 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, and what a wonderful smell!! It poured a clear dark orange colour with a thick, snow white fluffy head that dissolved in approximately 20 secondes into a thick ring about the edges of the glass. The smell was tremendous!! Big grapefruit - citrus smell that contacted my nose before I even brought the glass up to my face to smell it. The taste is packed with citrus like hops, as well, with the grapefruit being quite pronounced and right up front. It finished with a lovely hop biterness and is very refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated to a level condusive to the style. This is everything I hoped it would be and more, quite honestly. Great Divide's Hercules was my favourite of the style until about 6 minutes ago!! Anyone who fancies that, should definitely try this!! Smashing!!

Blessed Be

-SS

Ah yes! The label on mine says, "Bottled in Feb. of 2006. Batch No.3" 9.9% alc/vol (versus the 9.7 as stated here). (946 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass: Label states that it was bottled in May 2008, batch #8.

P: Poured a light golden-amber color from the bottle with a nice cascading effect. Slightly hazy as it sits in the glass, displaying a beautiful deep amber color that is glimmering with tangerine highlights. The icing on this liquid cake is a sturdy, two-fingered off-white head that is made up of small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is quite good, as it finally sinks down to seal the top with an even-layered cap of foam. Leaves fat patches of spider-webbed lacing all down the glass. Just beautiful!

A: Big whiffs will register a generous amount of toasted malts, clean barley, citrusy-sweet hops that resemble orange peels, a twist of lemon, and some clementines to boot. Smells yummy!

T: ...Oh baby, this is absolutely delicious! Hits the palate with a pungent, yet very pleasing, sourness that is quite nicely balanced out with a sturdy-enough malt backbone that provides the ying to the yang. Clean and tight undertones of barley pop up about halfway through, while the citric notes of freshly-picked Valencia oranges weave in and out very gracefully. The twangy hops in the semi-dry finish provides a nice tingling sensation on the back of the tongue, while leaving a slight hop oil residue behind. There is an ever-so-slight alcoholic spice that cuts through towards the back-end, but for a 10.21% ABV Imperial IPA, it is so extremely well-masked that you hardly even notice it. It's mellow, yet fierce at the same time. This is truly a masterpiece to behold!

M: The mouthfeel to the Maharaja is superb. It's just a smidgeon below being full-bodied. Slightly chewy, mouth-coating, velvety smooth, crisp, and perfectly carbonated. Very well-done!

D: Oh, hell yeah! I could drink this stuff all day and night, baby. It's so damn tasty, so unbelievably silky smooth, and such a pleasure to indulge in. Seriously, where's the alcohol here?

Notes: This is one kick-ass Imperial IPA! The Maharaja (interpreted to mean "Great King") lives up to every expectation that its moniker implies. This is definitely the best Imperial IPA I've had to date. From the outset, the flavor just explodes on the tongue, releasing a shockwave of subtle malted barley, in-your-face citric hops, and a pungent kick that works just perfectly. Definitely a must-try for any IPA lover! What a great way to round out Turkey Day! Wish I had another... (2,445 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

Pours a bright golden/orange/amber brew with a good depth to it's hue. A hearty head floats atop, tan in color, and leaves some serious lacing behind.

The aroma is utterly inviting: foresty, resinous, cannibinoid hops dazzle the nose while subsidiary notes of pineapple, banana, mango, carmel, and cane sugar join in.

This beer packs a serious bite. Gone are the fruity notes in the aroma, making way for a plethora of hops that dominate the palate. Carmel malts balance the finish, but the main show belongs to the hop assault. The carbonation level is perfect, and the mouthfeel is slightly viscous, crisp, and leaves a bitter punch down the back of the throat that you won't soon forget. Wow, I almost completed writing review without a single mention of the alcohol. It's nearly non-existant from the taste, but (since I'm mentioning it now) it makes its presence known within the first half-dozen ounces. Bottom line: I love this beer. Easy to drink, complex, tasty, and for hop-heads, it's an absolute must. (1,046 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on the new batch. Batch 13 March 2011. Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a nearly clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger slightly off-white head. Great retention and lacing throughout.

S - A very good aroma with tons of fruity character: guava, tropical fruit, mango, lemon, orange, grapefruit. The aroma hides the alcohol fairly well though for such a big brew it doesn't completely mask it.

T - The bitterness of the earthy, piney, fruity hop character hits the palette first. A nice sweet biscuit/bready malt character follows and blends nicely with the hops. Very well balanced. Hides the alcohol well, though the heat is detectable. Very good.

M - Moderate carbonation, almost creamy in its thickness. Upper end of medium bodied.

O - This is a great brew! I found this batch to be a bit heavy in the booze but not so much to deter from the overall excellence. I really enjoyed the previous batch as well. One of the best DIPAs in my opinion.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-22-2011 12:27:57 (1,191 characters)

Photo of hermit990
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2014 Vintage. Date code from bottle translates to 03/13/2014. Review date: 04/26/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with two fingers worth of an off-white head. Very clear. Moderate amount of carbonation rising. Alcohol legs present on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet fruit aromas, stone fruits, tropical fruits, some sweet citrus. Underlying notes of pine. Caramel and bready malts contribute as well. Aroma is balanced.

Taste: Bitterness strikes up front, lightly fading into the hop characteristics, the citrus and pine. More of the sweetness comes out along the tongue. Mixing ripe stone fruit flavors and finishing with the caramel sweetness. Sweetness transitions into the aftertaste, finishing slightly dry and sticky with resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on this one carries the flavor profile well. Feels very resinous on the tongue and finishes sticky as the aftertaste lingers. Very little alcohol presence considering the ABV.

Overall: This is an excellent IIPA. A little on the maltier side, so if that is not to your tastes, you may not favor it as much. However, this has been a favorite of mine, and one I look forward to picking up every Spring. Easy to find when it's released if you can get Avery in your area. Price is somewhat reasonable for a bomber at $7.99 in my area. Would definitely recommend seeking this one out. (1,395 characters)

Photo of BeerHo
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery usually delivers a great product and this beer did not disappoint! It was served in a 12 ounce tulip glass and the copper color immediately captured my attention! The thick 1.5 finger foam seemed to be just floating on top leaving a nice lingering sticky lacing on the glass. The bouquet was sweet with mild maltiness and caramel with bitter orange peel. The first sip totally enveloped my tongue like a warm comforter would my body in a cold winter day! The flavors of star fruit, grapefruit and blood orange with hints of mango are unmistakable and delightful with the blood orange and grapefruit lingering long after the sip is gone! This beer left me wanting more because of how delicious it is but be careful, at 10.4 ABV this beer will sit you down in a hurry! This is certainly one of those powerhouse beers you must take your time with to enjoy! Avery has hit it out of the park with this one! If you are a fan of the Troeg's Nugget Nectar then you will like this beer! It's like the Nugget Nectar on steroids! Well done Avery and thanks to the West Reading Tavern in West Reading, PA for serving it on tap! (1,121 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1.085 OG, 9.78% ABV, 2007 vintage, relatively fresh.

A: Amber-orange with a fluffy, off-white head; great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop nose (Grapefruit, pine, grass and apricots), with hints of tropical fruit and a slight sulphery, mineral aroma.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (Pine, grapefruit, apricot & a little grassy spice). At over 100 IBU's, it's not harsh at all (must be the nobel, low cohumulone hops). Slight cotton-candy fruity esters from the yeast, with a little toffee sweetness and biscuity malt in the background. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hidden under all of these flavours! I love it. It really works well, but the magnum is a little untraditional for an American DIPA.

M: Full body is smooth and creamy, with a slight acidic finish.

D: Incredible considering its strength!

World class. (821 characters)

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken on Saturday September 1, 2007.

I Chose this beer for my 100th review. A beer fit for a king, would certainly be worthy for a milestone such as this. I dedicate this review to THE REAL Michael Jackson, who sadly passed away just days before i tried this.

Pours amber with a frothy off white head, heavy carbonation, Excellent head retention. There was still foam & lacing left by the time i finished the glass! Heavy pine aroma with some cloying malt sweetness. A Big DIPA? I expected it to be more in my face, but this was nice. Taste? OMG! Very strong and agressive, flowery hops, but seems to be backed up by a healthy does of malt. Very well balanced for a DIPA. Just the right dose of resiny sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, full of body, but less sticky than i would've expected. As far as drinkability is concerned, Maharaja goes down far smoother and easier than others i've tried in this style. I hope i don't have trouble finding more of this locally. I recieved it via the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

RIP Michael Jackson March 27, 1942 - August 30, 2007 (1,104 characters)

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.