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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,149 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4149
Reviews: 1712
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is very hoppy, nearly evergreen, with a firm citrus underpinning that is mainly grapefruit with some sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery brown with a thick and fluffy pale copper head. Scrumptious and highly pleasing hoppy flavor has tones of grapefruit, orange and caramel, with a hint of sweetness that perfectly balances the hoppy bitterness. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a lip-smacking tingly, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. Strongly recommended to all IPA fanatics.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 21:21:23 | More by Cyberkedi
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jtingue

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Batch 14 June 2011. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Deep amber in color with a copper tint. Pours with 3 fingers of thick creamy tan head. This barely dissipates leaving thick meringue like peaks where it does.

Smell. Lots of hop, of course, the most predominant of which are grassy and piney. There is definitely some nice sweetness to the nose as well. In the background there is a nice spice that is hard to define.

Taste. Starts with a sharp resinous bitterness that lingers for a bit. This slowly transitions into an intensely sweet and piney flavor which really just bombards the palate. There is a building presence of fruit during this burst that is reminiscent of both grapefruit and pineapple. Bitterness builds to a very high level, but is accompanied and balanced by a hard candy-like sweetness. This transitions nicely into a dry bitter finish with lingering grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel. Fairly heavy in body for this type of beer with a moderate amount of carbonation.

One of the most complex dIPAs I've ever had. So many layers or waves of flavor that it takes a while to sift through. An intense and enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:22:49 | More by jtingue
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Drinkerofales

California

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head that sticks to the glass the whole way.

Smells like big hops, oranges and grapefruit, with a hint of bready malt undertones.

Tastes of bold earthy hops, big flavor up front. The finish is malty, balanced by the aformentioned hops throughout the flavor.

Feels thick and slightly viscous, with lots of alcohol.

Overall, a giant beer, great hops and good balance. There is flavor present in all aspects and it has an intoxicating aroma. If you like huge beers, this is a great example.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 08:26:32 | More by Drinkerofales
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on April 12, 2012. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/2012.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Poco Grande flute glass.

A-Beautiful hazy orange with a thick 1 finger head, tremendous amount of lacing.

S-Grapefruit! Mango! Orange! Peaches! Hops explosion, slight alcohol on the end.

T-Taste is exactly like the smell at first. Tropical fruits, grapefruit and mango. Sweet malt finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

M-Tart and bitter bite, just coats the inside of the mouth with hoppiness.

O-Wow! An awesome DIPA! Exactly what I am after when it comes to a DIPA. Alcohol is hidden well and you gotta be careful drinking this one, before you know it, it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 16:35:03 | More by jhartley
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company - Maharaja, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy amber ruby with a massive soapy head that dissipates slowly. Abundance of lacing. Brews can't look any better than this from my perspective.

Smell - Deep caramel malts and citrus hops with a side of pine. Mouth watering and tangy.

Taste - Rich and borderline creamy sweet malt introduction moves aside for fruity juiciness and a piney/resin bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, sits bitter pine on the palate and back of the throat. Super smooth, slightly warming, but super drinkable.

Overall - Phenomenal, worth getting if you can find it for hop heads. Hop fanatics who don't like malt in their DIPA might not be as impressed as I was but I think it's still solid even in that regard. 100% recommend this stellar brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:09:06 | More by JMScowcroft
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nortmand

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red pour with a nice sized off-white head.

Huge grapefruot-lemon-lime citrus notes in the nose. A bit of raisin as well.

Huge west coast hops dominate the flavor from front to back. Ends with a moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, and moderat carbonation, this would be a very interesting beer in cask, or even through a randall. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 02:40:27 | More by nortmand
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beerogre

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! - This is a beer that I've been meaning to try for a while.

Every time I've been in the beer store in the past few weeks this Maharaja guy has been staring out at me, like a puppy at the Animal Shelter, willing me to pick him.

Well today was the day, and it turned out to be a fine purchase.

I also bought a Rogue Brutal Bitter today, which I drank just before the Maharaja and whilst it was okay, I don't forsee a repeat purchase of that one. Whereas this Avery product frankly blew the Rogue offering out of the water.

If anyone examines the beers I've reviewed, they may correctly deduce that I am not a big IPA man - but I am an admirer of Avery (particularly Old Jubilation) and this beer has been calling out to me from the beer store shelf for quite some time.

As loathe as I am to dish out 5's the Mouthfeel, Drinkability and Taste (even though I generally prefer different "flavours" of beer to this) thoroughly deserve to receive them.

Well done Avery again. Once more, totally out of the blue, relocation to Colorado suddenly springs to mind when drinking one of your beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:38:58 | More by beerogre
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masterkush

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, stamped May 2007, Batch 6.

Pours a cloudy amber. Moderate to low carbonation, not much head to be seen. Spidery lacing that seems to stick.

The smell is fantastic. A sweet, full, grassy smell. It makes me think of of a number of things, none I can quite put my finger on, but blended together to form an extremely full and pleasant scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

The taste is just as good. Hops, yes, but not overly bitter. Piny and a bit of a grassy flavor up front, but balanced out by a delicate sweetness. It leaves a nice thick aftertaste, which is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very smooth. This is where I think they get the 'imperial IPA' title from. It reminds me very much of drinking an Imperial Russian Stout. Very smooth and creamy feeling.

This beer comes through on all points. This is one I will have again and again while I have it available. Of course, not a session beer, but an extremely well crafted IPA to rival the best of the west coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 07:16:14 | More by masterkush
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber (Feb 07) pours a medium-amber, orangeish brew with a huge rocky off-white head. Keeps a thick lace throughout and leaves a ton of stick all over the place; to the point of making the glass an absolute mess.

Smell is super fruity! Crazy amounts of grapefruit and tangerine, along with whiffs of pineapple and passion fruit. Hops are really incredible smelling.

Taste is, like the smell, just an amazing display of all the best that hops have to offer. So fruity and delicious, with dominating grapefruit and tangerine. There's enough caramel malts to make it supremely balanced, and the bittering hops, while certainly there, do not dominate and really let the flavors shine. Finishes very smooth with just a little h op bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delectably smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied and almost a bit chewy. The velvety smoothness makes this one of the best DIPAs on the palate I've ever experienced. Awesome. The subdued hop bitterness and amplified hop flavor also makes this one eminently drinkable for a DIPA.

This one goes right onto the short list of my favorite DIPAs. Awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 02:18:46 | More by number1bum
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled May 2007, Batch 6

A: Nice head over a slightly amber/orangish body, good looking bubbles, head retention is good.

S: Big citrusy hop nose, oranges, some grapefruit, a little pine and good sweet malt backbone. Great aroma that does not overpower.

T: Nice sweetness up front, bitterness is perfectly balanced in the finish. Some alcohol but with a nice warmness. Piney hops rather than the citrus in the nose but the bitterness tends to give hints of citrus, slightly dry.

M/D: A little high on carbonation, full bodied, definate sipper but good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:08:43 | More by NCSUdo
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful dark butterscotch/caramel body. The head is a one finger off-white/brown head that settles into a half-finger. The lacing is absolutely stunning: spotty, caligraphic, and mountainous simultaneously, this beer first settles into a sort of fingerprint pattern on the rim of the glass. Or, on second look, a wave's sea foam. This lasts well into five minutes. Outstanding.

Smell: Beautiful, beautiful Double IPA. Nutty tangerine, orange, lemon, and lime combine at first. A sort of citrus jelly candy-like aroma. Next is the harsher but still sweet grapefruit and the backwash of pine. All incredibly balanced, and showcased in such a n unusual and fantastic way, that this is currently one of my favorite beers.

Taste: Again, beautiful: caramel leads into orange candy syrup, followed by lemon, some lime, a slight tangerine and a swift orange. Pine dominates the citrus in, again, a backwash or background of flavor. Gorgeously satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Hate to keep giving a 6 month old Double IPA its kicks, but damn: creamy, thick, and tasty.

Drinkability: One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. That being said, it's a sipper, despite the lack of alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 11:50:27 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 2008. Batch 7. ABV listed at 10.54%. Pours a pillowy head, creamy and bubbly as can be, sitting on top of a chill-hazed rust-orange glow.

All bow to the hop gods. This is an insanely beautiful smell. Glorious piney hops, bright and electric, backed up by candy-like gooey malts. The hops take the spotlight and leave the malts to act as mere support to their sticky, evergreen, citrus-rind majesty.

Hops explode on the tongue, ranging from spicy (ginger, cinnamon, pine) to tangy (grapefruit, pineapple, orange); malts keep things from getting too messy by providing a creamy, starchy foundation. Alcohol is well-incorporated, popping up mostly in the finish with a slight warmth that mingles well with lingering hop-spice. Texture is as creamy and round as you could ever want in a double IPA.

No need to overanalyze this. If you want one of the tastiest, biggest, fullest flavors this style can offer, you won't find many more worthy examples than this. It's an enormous wallop of flavor without being over the top. I'll be if this had more "exclusive" (ie. limited) distribution like Alesmith, Russian River and Three Floyds versions of the style, it would be hailed alongside those. That's beer-nerd elitism for you. All hail Avery...once again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 20:16:50 | More by Metalmonk
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Pencible

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a translucent amber with light tan head. It smelled like strong floral hops, with copper hops and honey malt blended in, and a hint of alcohol. It tasted like a potent blend of grapefruit and floral hops, with light honey malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a solid grapefruit aftertaste, with slight alcohol warming. Overall this was a very clean and delicious beer that was very drinkable despite its potency. I have nothing to complain about, only to enjoy. (A huge relief following The Beast. Maharaja restored my faith in Avery.)

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 18:32:25 | More by Pencible
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tall 3 finger crown sits atop this dicatator's deep amber-hued head

S - juicy pinnapple, fresh honey, rich caramel, buttery toffee, sweet clementine oranges and dank-fluffy kind buds. whew! they should sell air fresheners that smell like this!

T - bitter and piney then turns into rich and sweet, like candy. followed by a bitingly bitter close that leaves a pleasant lingering hop taste reverberating on the palate and then once again reimerging in the form of belch.

MF - feels oily, full and properly carbonated

D - over 10? shananigans! this brew is excessively hopped without ever being too much -compliments of the highly sweet and satisfying malts. this is extreme beer at it's finest. this one can rule over me any day of the week. i just wish it was year around.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:00:46 | More by bonsreeb85
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2010 02:18:01 | More by cdizinno
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mcnkuckles

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 20:09:24 | More by mcnkuckles
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bierguru

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - About a half inch of off-white head forms. The beer is a mahogany red color and pretty clear.

S - Nothing but hops in the nose, mainly aromas of grapefruit. There is a slight sweet smell to it as well.

T - Surprisingly chewy malt flavor, but the taste is mostly filled with an abrasive bitterness. During the taste a fruitiness flavor joins the party.

M - Thick, chewy, and fairly oily

O - Maharaja is advertised as a 2xipa tyhat will suck the enaml off your teeth i feel well i feel it meets the billing

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:56:20 | More by bierguru
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BigDRS

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Dublin, OH. Served in a 10 oz glass.

A - Color is a deep tangerine/orange. The bartender poured this to the rim - there's very little head present. Lacing is minimal.

S - Nose is awesome. Really complex. Lots of citrus fruits - I get some pineapple, orange, a bit of lemon.

T - This beer is a hophead's dream. There's all sorts of fruits and lots of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in there too. I get just a slight bit of alcohol warming ... there's no excessive alcohol burn or booziness. I nursed this one quite a bit. The delicious hop bitterness that lingers after each sip plus the complexity of this beer encourages small, calculated sips.

M - Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and on par for the style. Not a ton of carbonation present, but it's overshadowed by the syrupy quality of the beer.

O - This is a great double IPA. I'd like to sample more of this beer (only had 10oz) and/or have it out of a bottle as well before I would rank it in my favorite double IPAs, but I'm quite sure it's going to be high up there on the list.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 18:57:53 | More by BigDRS
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads: 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV. From the "Dictator Series."

Pours a copper-reddish color, very little head, and not much carbonation. The head is kind of a soapy film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is buttery, rich, and massively hoppy. Grapefruit, dense pine, rich caramel, rosemary, and peppercorn fill the nose. The smell is very heavy, and quite rich.

The flavor here, too, is remarkable. Very balanced and creamy. Deep grapefruit/citrus notes, caramel, rye bread, and some light oats/malt backing it up. The flavor is outstanding, and very, very big.

Another main proponent that stands out here is the alcohol. There is a major alcohol burn going down, one that reaches even up through the nose. This isn't a negative by any means...it is just powerful and pungent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It does what it set out to do: conquer the senses. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:57:49 | More by movingtrain
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YieldToNothing

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bomber poured into a duvel tulip
pours a beautiful dark copper with a foamy head of about an inch. smells like a DIPA should, grapefruit dominates the nose..in a really good way. very hoppy, but not in a way than ruins the experience. perfect example of the style and i'd deifinitely go back to this beer. excellent, just excellent.

wish i could find this in a smaller serving, but i have no problems with a bomber, this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:59:58 | More by YieldToNothing
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bretseeley

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a relative rookie when it comes to Imperial IPA and quality beer in general, I can't help but think that maybe Maharaja has spoiled me.

Looks beautiful served on draft in a small brandy snifter. Looks like a burnt orange to me. The smell is amazing - a wonderful combination of citrus hops and some other fruity sweetness that I can't really place. The taste is probably even better than the smell. It's a perfect balance of hops and malt.

I lack the beer vocab to truly do Maharaja justice, but I'll just say it's a fantastic beer and the best IPA I've ever had to date. My only complaint is that I didn't discover this beer years ago. I could drink way too many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:14:29 | More by bretseeley
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic beer from avery, they must have some real hopheads in their brewhouse. pours a beatiful copper color with a nice white head that laces quite well. smell is great as well, has a wonderful piney hops aroma, i somehow pick out some grape accents, dunno if i'm crazy or what. taste is fantastic, a superb DIPA great flavor, a sticky hoppy thick syrupy brew. one of the best beers i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 04:42:14 | More by 1fastz28
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MisterClean

California

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Dark copper, heavy head, dissipates real slow. Nice legs too.

S - Citrus, flowers, and grapefruit.

T - Flowers, grapefruit and citrus, which subside to roasty malts.

M - Not bitter at all, awesome. No alc feel either.

D - Wish I got more than a small sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 04:22:06 | More by MisterClean
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joshuadlight

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes please!
Batch #8, this beer may mave mellowed out somewhat in the hoppiness but it is ultra delicious.
I had the Great Divide Hercules last night and planned on pitting it against this beer but it ended up being on consecutive nights rather than the same night.
The beer is orangy brown and looks not unlike most DIPAs that I have seen.
Smell is tremendous with citrus and floral aromas, grassy lemon and lime along with oranges and tangerines. Exceptional.
The taste follows suit. I don't know if the time has killed off some of the bitterness but this thing tastes like it smells. Delicious without killing your mouth with overly abundant bitter dryness.
Feels much better in the mouth than the beer last night. Smooth and easy to drink. I wish I had another one of these in the fridge.
My favorite DIPA to date. Do not pass up the Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:07:14 | More by joshuadlight
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mwa423

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden with a solid finger of frothy head.

S - Citrusy hop aroma that fills the nose. From aroma alone you know it will be a hop bomb

T - Strong hoppy flavor with a sweet malt bote to chase. A bit of alcohol burn but very pleasant.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very pleasant especially considering the abv and hops. Drinkability is a 4 but that's as good as you can get for this much of an ass kicking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 03:09:01 | More by mwa423
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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