Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +14.7%
Wow! This brew is inspirational and awesome, balanced and tasty. The fact that it has such a high ABV is almost disappointing. To badly misquote Robert E. Lee "it is well that this beer is so terribly strong otherwise we should grow to love it too well..."
Pours a rich copper color with a rocky and clingy white head that retreats with the same tenacity as George Thomas "The Rock of Chickamauggua".
The aroma of this heady brew is sweet malt peppery and spicy hops with healthy dose of bread and not the least bit of shoddy... and somewhere in ther I foud sweet cantaloupe...
The taste is sublime and balanced between sweet malt and tangt pine and citrus hops. Notes of melon and a nasal burn of drying alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slick smooth malt. Neither excessively thick nor watery with average carbonation.
Overall, this one of the best beers I have tasted. Tomorrow I will walk down to Whole Foods and grab a few bombers to check for my flight home. I normally carry on but this is well worth the otherwise inconvenient checiking of a bag and picking up at the far end.
Sad, but true...
03-31-2011 05:12:55 | More by Citadel82
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
A-pours a hazy copper with a thick off-white head that falls every-so-slowly leaving sticky web-like lace with large globs of head down the glass.
S-Big grapefruit and pine hops immediately greet the olfacotrry senses. In fact these were filling my nose as I poured. This is followed up by caramel amlts, toffee and a touch biscuity aromas.
T-Big piney hops hit right upfront. The grapefruit then takes over with huge juicy red ripe grapfruit pulp and zest. Some caramel malt and the aforementioned toffee poke through in the middle only to be smacked waway by the 2nd onslought of grapefruit goodness. The bitterness is significant and can be likened to chewing on large hunks grapefruit zest with a little pith left on for good measure. Just when you thought the relentless barage of grapefruit was over, the long piney bitter finish comes in. What a fine offering.
M-The entire mouth tingles with hops, the carbonation is lively but not overpowering in any way. The body is medium to full and is quite chewy. After the swallow there is a bit of an oily feeling elft behind.
D-For a big one this is quite drinkable. It is certainly a pallete killer though, so another is in order after the 1st because everything else will be off after this.
09-19-2008 16:46:35 | More by jackorain
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalize, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one
08-09-2010 16:53:19 | More by Anthony1
3.68/5 rDev -13%
On-tap poured into 8oz glass.
A - Golden, hazy look with big head that dissipates slowly leaving almost no lacing.
S - Citrus and some other fruits, lots of hops and a hint of malt.
T - Sweet which immediately turns into bitterness like eating a grapefruit with hops.
M - Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.
D - Fair and definitely worth exploring more.
11-16-2009 16:01:02 | More by taigor
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
BANG! Nose of medicinal hops. Dole pineapple juice christmastreeoverload . . . wow! Pours copper-gold with an off-white head of moderate duration and notable lacing. JUICEY hops, creamy texture and lively on the palate. Medium bodied, oily-resiny texture, dry and astringent. Berry notes in its aromatics, reminds me of (gulp) the white/pineapple-flavored jelly beans at Eastertime (in a good way of course.) Mostly dry, but semi-sweet, with bitterness running the full length of the spectrum (beginning, middle, and end-of-palate.) The big alcohol is extremely well-hidden, with a hop profile that is on-par with Avery's other alpha-rich brews, and that's exactly what I'd expect of a double IPA from Avery. Herbal, vegetal hops . . . it's like walking into a greenhouse at the end of winter! This is an easy step-up from their very-palatable year-round I.P.A., and poured next to Hog Heaven (for comparison's sake), Maharaja's intense hop profile is pervasive, intruding on the (by comparison) delicate profile of Hog Heaven (and btw, Maha followed by H.H. is a deadly 1-2 punch!) Maharaja is everything I'd expect of the style from a consistent, top-notch brewery like Avery. Batch 3 (2/06 bottling 3/27 decanting.)
03-27-2006 23:59:08 | More by Chaz
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
A: pours dark copper, finger of head that was off white.
S: sweet malt caramel with mainly grapefruit hop.
T: again sweet caramel malt upfront, hop hits on the back end with mainly grapefruit with a little bit of pine. There also is a general fruit hidden in with the hops.
M: thick a little bit sticky and coating but its not a complaint. Carbonation is a touch low.
O: I've had this many both on tap in bottle and now growler, this is in my top ten dipa/ipa's
07-26-2011 23:18:52 | More by rootbeerman
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
appearance - poured a nice copper orange with a decent head that settled, great lacing
smell - the nose is citrus hops, very aromatic
taste - the citrus hops are the showcase here but the malts are very flavorful and provide a strong support
mouthfeel - a very medium/big bodied beer especially for an IIPA
drinkability - very complex and unique, a quite enjoyable IIPA, the flavor is delicious
04-19-2010 01:53:25 | More by djbreezy
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance- Pours a clear amber/orange body with a nice layer of creamy, off-white head. Not great head retention, but it's acceptable. Nice lacing, but it's not sticky enough to stay on the glass for any length of time.
Smell- A nice blend of floral hops and maltiness with the citrus, a hint of spruce and caramel malts intermingling.
Taste- Yum. A fairly pleasant jolt of floral and citrusy hops with a decent malt background. Some malt sweetness comes through along with a subtle spruce/pine.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, good CO2 level. Sticky enough to leave a nice, lingering aftertaste of hops and malt.
Drinkability: Hops heads will like. Others won't.
05-25-2009 03:45:31 | More by theopholis
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
A confident looking head that backs down to leave an even bubble ring around the perimeter. Color is mahogany; deep & beautiful, a really fine presentation.
Hops obviously dominate the nose but there are apricot & alcohol traces that provide the expected with a little extra on the side.
Mmmmm...immediate alcohol (not unruly, however) is followed with a delecate hop taste & a surprising maltiness. A strange pleasure; it manages to combine the unlikely qualities of sharp citrus with a warm caramel-like taste with complete success. Quite good.
While the mouthfeel is outstanding, there is just a bit of an alcohol bite & when combined with an ABV approaching 10% it makes for a beer that is a delight for one bottle but probably not much more. Still, I will absolutely be buying this again in the near future.
10-08-2006 22:44:19 | More by malcontent
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,642 ratings.