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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,114 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4114
Reviews: 1707
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%


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

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

Availability: Rotating

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

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tronester

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On gravity pour cask, at the Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth 4/9/2010

Served cool with a hazy golden amber body and rocky, creamy light tan head. Smell was of fresh hops, extremely dank and pungent. Taste was very similar to bottled Maharaja, BUT, with an even more intense super fresh grapefruit flavor. The hops change to an herbal bitterness in the finish, very nice. Still a nice malt backbone to match up with the supreme hop flavors. Mouthfeel was super lush and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, though a single 12oz serving of this strong ale is plenty. Much better on cask than in the bottle. If you see this on cask, get it!

Serving type: cask

04-10-2010 02:03:09 | More by tronester
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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Winking Lizard's Second Annual Cask Conditioned Ale Festival. Described as "Dry Hopped Maharaja" but I'm pretty sure the normal Maharaja is dry hopped, so I'm listing my review here instead of creating a new entry.

Looks great. A mandarin orange body with a white head.

Smell is amazing. The wonderful tropical and citrus elements are second to none. Lush, ripe oranges and pineapple and a scrumptious caramel base. This is so fresh right now and the extra hops for the cask treatment are amazing. Up there with Younger for the best DIPA nose ever.

Taste falls a touch short of perfection but is exceptional. Grapefruit, bitter candy sweetness, orange and caramel. Nicely done. Refreshing finish but some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great - low carb from the cask but very nice body. So drinkable, allowing all the flavors to shine. A great beer from Mr. Adam Avery's kick-ass brewery.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2010 12:32:53 | More by jampics2
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From cask at FRTH in Denver,

A=looked very much like a double/imperial IPA should almost copper in color, clear, with a thick, two fingered almost off white head

S=very appropriate, citrus notes, hoppy bitterness, though alcohol was very muted given the ABV

T=good, citrus, hops, much the way it smelled

M=nice, light carbonation, some oilyness and aftertaste

D=very drinkable, dangerous given the ABV, could have easily had a few more

Serving type: cask

04-25-2009 03:37:46 | More by jacobseyb
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, MA. tasted in mid-late march, 2009. served in "fluted teardrop" stemware

amber, with slight haze. bubbly foam, fades to wispy suds. splotchy lace.

aroma and taste are hoppy, but subdued, as is the caramel character. a more subtle apple fruitiness comes out, but this is not very dynamic. hops just become annoyingly resinous, without that great citrus freshness, which the keg and bottle versions have.

nah... it seems that most of the time, these extra-fresh/hoppy double IPA's just don't benefit from the cask...

a wasted effort on one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2009 10:37:09 | More by tai4ji2x
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ccrida

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is brewed twice a year, I had the pleasure of the first batch of 2008. "This Royal Edition is 10.54% abv with a bigger hop edition to match." On cask at the Avery tasting room, pulled into a shaker, the appearance is an unassuming cloudy burnt gold with a small white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is strong and super pungent fresh hops. Nice and resiny, a bit more floral I'd give it a 5.

Taste is spicy hops and sweet malt. Citrus, skunky, resinous, wow! Sure there's some noticeable alcohol, but wow are those hops fresh, so big and bold!

Mouthfeel is super nice and creamy thanks to the cask conditioning, dried by the high ABV. Sometimes cask ales can be a bit too thin for me, but with such a big beer, it really works perfectly!

Drinkability is really dangerous for me! This is one of my absolute favorite DIPAs, so to have it fresh on cask at the brewery for such a reasonable price, I could be here all night!

Serving type: cask

03-14-2008 02:16:38 | More by ccrida
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ReDave

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine example of a great Double IPA! Big Beer.
Nice amber color, with a large creamy head.... super lacing all the way down. Rather sweet flowery with some grassy hoppiness aroma. My notes keep saying SUPER. Hoppy oils on my tongue.
Big hoppy flavor with good balancing of maltiness, sorta sweet. Man i gotta order this stuff. As will all cask conditioned, nice mild carbonation. It appears that San Diego might be heading up the cask- conditioned part of this world.

Serving type: cask

07-19-2006 04:49:31 | More by ReDave
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da_beers

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tipple's Brews - Gainesville - Release #18, 2014 - 1 pint, 6 oz. Bottle

A - pours a nice orange with two fingers of white bubble head that somewhat quickly dissipated. Carb levels coming up are standard. Nice clarity.

S - Nice citrus notes on nose, has nice earthy qualities to it. Hop presence is forward here. Mildly boozy here.

T - Start is nice and warming. Has a boozy quality there (expected for 10+%). Extremely smooth for being an Imperial. Has a very balance hop and malt profile. The end you get that booziness for sure, but between it is a nice caramel, sweet taste.

M - Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Carbonation is perfect. Smooth, very smooth, no real bite to speak of like you get w/ alot of Imperials.

O - Worth a try. Very nice qualities to it. At the price point, it may not be all that, but for what it is it does not dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:38:45 | More by da_beers
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***Release No. 18 - 2014***

Pours a hazy dark honey color, thick head and lots of air bubbles inside as it recedes. Lacing isn't bad. Aroma is pungent, overripe oranges and peaches. Flavor really captures the sweet orange taste, strong caramel backbone, some grapefruit and a bittering aftertaste. A bit viscous but lacks a certain robustness that DIPAs usually come with. A good one for sure, but not top tier for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 19:52:31 | More by papat444
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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After race reviews from friends I went into my tasting with high hopes. The aroma was odd, kind of musty and odd, that of "beer sweat" I was not pleasant on the nose. The visual was of an dark maple syrup hue with slow flowing micro bubbles that cling to the edge of the class with a death grip. Strong hoppy taste with some pine, clearly and imperial IPA. Overall a good beer but the aroma was hard to get over.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:30:56 | More by bryanbullock
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 19:25:29 | More by tillmac62
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy auburn color loaded with sediment. Big fluffy khaki head.

S - Muted citrus with a hint of dankness. Pretty bland.

T - Big piney explosion that I did not see coming from the smell. Just a tiny hint of citrus in the back ground. Not much in the way of malt, just a hint of a cracker malt backbone.

M - Really not too pleasant. Excessively bitter and hot. Prickly on the tongue and finishes SUPER dry, it's only saving grace.

O - Pretty let down by this. I didn't get much hop presence other than pine and the mouth was pretty off. Very hot and bitter. I'd like to give this another go when I know it's super fresh but I couldn't see what the bottled on date was.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:14:34 | More by PSU_Mike
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip. Darker than most DIPA. If it didn't have a 1/4" head on it I'd think it was a nice scotch.

S - nice sweet and boozy. Burnt caramel, apple cider, hint of bubblegum. I couldn't wait to taste

T - big bucket of yum. Great balance of pine and grapefruit. I thought the bitter, the booziness, sweetness would linger but it doesn't. Gives enough greatness to quench that palate and just mellows into your chest. Then begs for a refill

M - dig it. Nice and smooth. Nuff said

O - I tried this beer years ago before I really started exploring stronger beers, different styles etc. This was a great homecoming. I love this beer. It smacks the mouth with booze and tartness but mellows almost as soon as it appears. It may be a beer that's been around for a while but it's greatness hasn't faded.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:39:35 | More by SweetChicken
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dank203

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip. fairly dark, orange red. this beer does have some amazing flavors to it. but whats really amazing about it is the silkiness of the mouthfeel. it really does go a long way because I cant say I enjoy this more than dirt wolf or stone enjoy by IPA, when it comes to flavor (just 2 other DIPAS ive had recently)

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:43:57 | More by dank203
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lochef81

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep copper color with a substantial white head and alot of lacing. The nose is very balanced with substantial hop and malt notes. There is also alot of booze on the nose (no surprise given the abv). The mouth is medium and coating and very pleasant. The flavor is balanced but shockingly boozy on the finish. I like a beer with alot of alcohol flavor but for those that don't like the burn, this is not for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:52:46 | More by lochef81
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BingCrosby7

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a A deep orange, almost encroaching on copper/amber/red territory, with a little white bubbly head. Pretty decent looking beer
s Nice hoppy nose with a little bit of citrus and sugary malt--not very boozy on the nose.
t A little piney and floral on the front end, but there is a definite undercurrent of citrus that washes in after the initial fast has subsided; this is a pretty well balanced beer, and, considering there is so much alcohol, this is a feat. I appreciate this beer--it is about the ingredients and their expression, rather than the booze or hop smacking. Good stuff.
m Pretty standard in this department
o I respect this beer--I like it when brewers worry more about the fullest expression of their ingredients. And though I respect it more than I enjoy it, I thought this was a fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 02:42:55 | More by BingCrosby7
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BB1313

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt glowing orange and there's some subtle sediment floating around. Leaves a small white head which fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty sweet. Lots of fresh mango and peach. Some orange peel is there. Some sweet candy caramel malts are in the mix as well. The flavors are bittersweet. The caramel malts are clearly there, but there is an extremely solid fruity bitterness. More ripe peach and mango. Hints of grapefruit and orange. Maybe some honey in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. Subtle hints of pine too. Although it is slightly warm and syrupy, it's extremely clean and refreshing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This has always been an impressive DIPA. This is a big beer that nails the bitterness and sweetness. It's a fun beer to drink. Well crafted. Good beer, it's always recommended. I do like DuganA better though, for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 19:30:02 | More by BB1313
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 14024B1 (Jan 24 2014) poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates after a bit leaving rings of delicate lacing and a chunky ring of foam around the edge.
Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, boozy malty sweetness, spicy.
Taste is very big; sweet caramel malt backbone stands up to a huge wave of hops. Pine and tropical fruit swim borne on puffs of booze heat. Very hoppy, but well-balanced by the malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and slick, full of booze and hop resins. Awesome.
Overall this is a great DIPA, glad I found it. I'd love to have it on tap somewhere super-fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:17:23 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Hunger-n-Thirst, Lancaster, PA

Served in a small snifter

A- clear gold/orange, with a lovely white head on top, some decent lacing for the ABV

S- A sweet mix of hops, orange, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, some slight hempy/mint notes, and a pine sap.

T- Follows the nose, malt is there, but feint and crackery. A bit hot on the finish from the alcohol, finish is fairly bitter, and it hangs on for awhile.

M- Medium body, slightly syrupy. Dries nicely on the finish.

O- reminds me of a bigger version of Ruination, with slightly more orange/tropical notes. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 16:57:06 | More by JWU
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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maharaja fills a Dogfish Head snifter with a hazy, blood orange that glows. The one-half inch, frothy white foam drops to a ring within a few minutes, leaving rings of lace with each sip.

Pine sap and caramelized sugar are strong and up front, while mint and toasted malt fill out the middle. Alcohol fumes begin to dominate with warmth.

Dramatic bitterness envelopes the tongue, then occupies the entire palate, leaving little room for citrus flavors. Similar to an American Barley Wine, raisins and caramel show up with warmth.

Alcohol is very high, almost hot, while the astringency of hops wreaks havoc on the palate. A medium body with prickly carbonation and woolly texture.

Maharaja is not for the faint of heart, but fans of bitterness will find it to be in their wheelhouse. This one caters to the extremes, leaving no room for fine nuances to be discerned while sipping. One short pour at a time, it is enjoyable and can improve a meal of cheese and sausage.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:41:06 | More by SLeffler27
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a sweet, malt forward IPA that I apparently enjoy quite a bit. I enjoy a hop-bomb at times, but my palate is changing (for good or bad) away from wanting to be destroyed against taste for a short period towards enjoying balance in a beer. That said, I am not arguing there is great balance in this beer.

If you look at my tops beers (as of this rating), they are towards the sweeter end of IPAs. This follows suit, as stated; the bitterness cuts the sweetness quickly, but never grabs hold of the taste itself.

Amber-orange and fairly clear (nice lacing), the smell is orange, pine, maybe a little lemon; the sweetness is foreshadowed, but I can't explain how.

The taste hits the orange more than the pine (lemon?), but are recognizable from the nose. If I were forced, I'd say light brown sugar sweetness, but it actually still eludes me. The bitterness cuts the front taste, as mentioned, so that the taste comes to a neutral end point.

If I were to rate this higher, the bitterness would take over and produce something to react to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 22:44:52 | More by cjgiant
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KornWallace

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 3/13/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Copper to Brown in color with a moderate head on an aggressive pour. The head is lightly browned as well.
Aromatics: The hops hit me as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. There is a strong pineapple tropical fruit flavor so sweet that it almost smells honeyed. Some malt in the background.
Flavor: That bitterness keeps hitting. Along with a buttery fruit flavor. Some bready malts. I'm getting a lot of flavors from this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth until the finish.
Finish: The finish keeps a lot of the hop residue along with a boat load of carbonation lingering.
Notes: Sealed in tin foil. Release number 18 2014

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 18:55:33 | More by KornWallace
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown, one-finger head
S: Lots of malt, caramel, toffee followed by grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit underneath. Complex and very pleasant to smell
T: Matches the nose but the hops are more prevalent
M: Full bodied; malty, hoppy, not hot but I can tell the EtOH is there
O: Not the best DIPA I've had but quite tasty and a classic example of the style. I've had this both bottled and on tap and it's far better on tap

Serving type: growler

03-07-2014 04:36:56 | More by ONUMello
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Boca-X

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Off white head, dissipated quickly, nice lacing throughout review. Orange, red, deep amber...not cloudy but "thick".

Hops and sweet caramel on the nose. Molasses, malty...a pleasant mix of all.

First sip...sweet creamy molasses...almost syrupy...light carbonation and a nice full mouth feel...followed by coriander, lemon, and caramel. Fresh green grass, herbal raw turnip...dry, peppery, somewhat earthy dirt on the finish. It becomes quite pungent on the tongue. It's a bitter finish that lingers, the alcohol comes out in the end, warm and biting...the sweetness takes a back seat to the bitter finish but hangs just enough to remember the great beginning.

This is a very good Imperial IPA...I love the beginning of it...sweet and chewy, caramel and molasses, coriander and lemon...however the finish is a bit dry and bitter for my liking?

I think if I was going to buy an Imperial I'd stick with Deschutes Hop Henge (a personal favorite)..or to keep it inexpensive and have a bottle or two a night I'd just stick with SN Torpedo...a little less alcohol and much more smooth and balanced for my taste. I would not pass up if offered but probably wont buy again for some time.

Update - After letting the Ale warm some I've noticed the bitterness has either mild some or I have grown use to it...the finish is much sweeter now...a hour into my first glass and I'm almost finished. I'd say let this puppy warm a little and you're going to have a much more enjoyable experience...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 18:20:59 | More by Boca-X
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dar482

New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark ruby red amber color.

The aroma hits big green pine, then of sweet caramel, pineapple, mangoes, orange and grapefruit. Tons of dankness and cat pee. A good amount of sweetness.

The flavor attacks of hop juice on all fronts. It’s extremely aggressive, though not abrasively bitter. In the front, bright green pine and tea like herbal hops. Then onto a spike of alcohol, a huge caramel sweetness, which plays really wonderfully with tropical hops and sweet orange and grapefruit. The finish lingers on of spicy hops and pepper.

The beer does a great job at the double digit ABV double/triple IPA. Towards Green Bullet, Devil Dancer, Hi-Res, and Hopslam, this beer is quite fantastic.

(Be sure to get this beer fresh. It has a year on it, but not the date. It is brewed in January, so get it fresh or ignore it on the shelf.)

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:25:00 | More by dar482
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JohnG190

New York

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 18. Pours a clear amber with a large long-lasting head. Great lacing. Lots of pineapple and peach on the nose with hints of caramel and biscuit which become more prominent as it warms. Lots of fruit on the front of the tongue, mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Pine comes mid-palate followed by sweet malt. Finishes sweet with a hint of earthiness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall a well crafted DIPA that's just a bit too sweet on the finish for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 12:31:07 | More by JohnG190
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,114 ratings.