Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 4,642 | Reviews: 1,733 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is an amber-apricot color, dark for an Imperial IPA, and has a bit of haze. The head is fine, about a finger thick, and is an eggshell white. I could smell this one the moment I opened the cap on the growler. Big notes of over-ripe peaches and grapefruit hit me smack in the nose. It's fruity, sweet, and a little bit resiny.
Medium-full body and a big creamy feel. The flavor is exceptionally well-balanced with big, malty flavors of toast and marmalade up front followed by hops that accentuate, not over-ride, the maltiness. This beer is sweet, but not cloying, syrupy, or medicinal. The hops add spiciness and fruitiness. The finish has just a hint of booziness, but not nearly enough to suggest that it really carries a hefty 10.4% ABV. Very drinkable for such a robust representative of the style.
Another Beer of Fame off my list. Definitely glad I waited to get this one on tap. Still, I wonder if it isn't a little bit past its prime. I expected something much more hop-forward.
05-15-2013 01:25:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
Rich clean clear amber. Deep amber, with almost a ruby tint to it. Good little white head. decent retention and minor lacing.
Nose pops hops primarily. there's some pine, some spice, some soap almost? I can't quite pin down the malts, but there's a distinct sweetness to it.
Spoiler alert: this is tasty, and presents mostly hops.
The intro is woven together with the toffee sweet malts and citrusy hops. the next wave i get is almost like a well made gingersnap: the sweetness remains, but instead of what I usually think of as hop spiceness, there's almost a cinnamon/alspice spiciness. Different. Enjoyable.
The citrus hops linger , and the alcohol catches up eventually. More in flavour than in feel.
An interesting take on the DIPA. I enjoy it for its components, but find it to be more of a slow sipper than many other similar brews. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe it's just more apparent to me at the moment as I am quite thirsty.
Definitely one to drink, if you can get your hands on it. A tasty, if slightly unique example, and solid entry to a very popular style
05-13-2013 06:52:50 | More by kemoarps
3.76/5 rDev -11.1%
Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.
Been a while since I last visited the old Raja; let's see what he's up to today, shall we? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, orange peel, pine resin, and plenty of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavier influence of grapefruit and pine, a more caramel-y tone in the backbone, and some grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a fine and dandy hop bomb, indeed.
05-13-2013 00:28:39 | More by TMoney2591
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,642 ratings.