Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Light copper. Translucent. Finger head that slowly retreats to a very frothy rim and slight film. Excellent lacing.
S: Pineapple big time. Hoppy at the end. This is where this beer excels.
T: Hoppy, but not very strong and not bitter, not sweet either. A medium citrus note. Balanced.
M: Smooth. Moderate bodied. High carbonation. Smooth. Clean finish.
O: A great IPA with an excellent smell, which is by far my favorite aspect of this ale. I would assume a glass of pineapple juice is under my nose if I was blindfolded. I get big-time pineapple in the nose but citrus/hops in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 02:25:30 | More by macher0
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber, labeled Release 17, year 2013, poured into a FFF teku glass and quaffed today, 5/3/2013
Aroma: Smells incredibly malty and earthy. Loads of toffee, caramel, biscuits along with a background of earthy and citrus hoppiness that I can best describe as grapefruit rinds, pineapple and pine both. This nose is heavy on the malt for sure. (4)
Colour: Looks absolutely delicious. Pours a dark amber colour with a big 3cm, thick foamy off-white head that takes a good couple minutes to settle down into a thick collar that leaves super thick, dry lacing on the glass that persists as I drink it. Definitely an impressive appearing beer, like its namesake. Heck even the bottle with its gold foil and labeling is impressive. Even though I know the bottle doesn't count in the appearance department. (4)
Flavour: Very smooth blast of earthy, floral hops, followed by a big malty presence of toffee and biscuits, followed by a complex bitterness that I can only best describe as bitter pineapple juice. It's got a lot going on and it smoothly moves between all of these flavours each time I take a sip of the beer. It's pretty good, almost a little too complex than I'd expect for a DIPA though. (4)
Mouthfeel: Resinous thicker medium body DIPA that is fairly well carbonated. The finish is clean and smooth but not cloying or dry. It also coats the palate rather well. Aftertaste is like sucking on bitter toffee, but not unpleasant or lasting too long. It's a sipper, certainly not the most quaffable DIPA I've had.. but I think that's a good thing when it comes to its mouthfeel characteristics- it seems like its meant to be savored. (4)
Overall: Very nice, complex DIPA with a different flavour profile than I'm used to with the other west coast DIPAs like Pliny, Sucks, Enjoy By. It's heavy on the malts which I appreciate, bringing a nice balance, but its not too overloaded with hoppy bitterness like Double Crooked Tree is. In this DIPA, the malts are the stars of the show here, with the hops contributing the atmosphere and lighting. It's somewhat like a very hopped up barleywine that is a bit less malty than typical barleywines. Drinks well, very complex and enjoyable- and different than the typical west coast DIPAs that I've had. It's a bigger, more complex version of the DFH 90 min. (4)
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 23:38:15 | More by Stevedore
3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured on tap into a semi-tulip glass at Small Bar in Chicago. ABV was listed as 9.5% at the bar (after a long day of trying beers, I wouldn't have ordered it if it were stronger). Review is from my notes.
Presents itself in a deep orange-amber color, complete with a foamy cola-like yet thickened head at the top. Not too much carbonation is present in this thing, but interestingly enough the head sticks around for the entire consumption. Definitely is super sticky, and lacing really stays around as the beer dwindles down. Very, very viscous, almost in the same sense that a cocktail is. Quite a strong looking DIPA.
The aroma is what I expected, which is a combination of bittered citrus rinds combined with a boozy, stinging sensation from the high ABV. Blood oranges, huge lemon notes, earthiness, leafy compost, pine, alcoholic induced nectar, and herbs such as cannabis (not joking here). However, I cannot get past this near rotting, skunky like backdrop from the initial aromas. It actually smells like the same byproduct phenol you get in muted hops, or ones that are outright old. Combined with the extra alcohol and toasted yet overly cracked graininess, it almost completely ruins the experience for me - and yes, I will admit I'm too much of nerd to not constantly whiff aromatic hoppy beers all throughout the night - so these quirks take that away from the experience. I appreciate the unique hop profile, but it may be too much for me.
The flavor luckily does not hold those bizarre rotting, hop muted notes, and instead comes off as a fairly straightforward DIPA only distinguished by its high ABV. There's a full flavor of citrus (all kinds) and grapefruit that appear at first, to be followed by strong pine needles, and then an herbal, slightly floral profile that follows soon after. There's a larger malty flavor that melds with the bitterness in a slightly syrupy but pretty solid bready finish. The booze is well hidden here, unlike the aroma, and the astringency from all of the hop acids shows itself. I do not enjoy the off-grainy sensation that appears in the aftertaste, but luckily this is so melded in with hops that it never becomes too bothersome.
There's intense DIPAs, and then there's this one. Super herbal and dry and boozy all the way. This took me some time to drink, in fact. Definitely an extreme IPA that has a good citrus flavor to it, as well as comfortable mouthfeel, but a lot of these aromas and flavors are really doing strange stuff when they meld with one another. I feel that this may have been an older batch but I still think a beer this monstrous should hold up just fine. If you like your IPAs super dank and earthy and don't mind several irregularities as I mentioned above, give this a shot. Wasn't a fan but I'd be open to have a fresher batch if given the opportunity.
Serving type: on-tap
05-02-2013 17:17:01 | More by magictacosinus
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,539 ratings.