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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,540 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,540
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 343 | FT: 8
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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heysuz

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. dated May 2010, batch 12. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Excellent head and lacing, great color but cloudy

Smell: Strong malt, some citrus notes and hops.

Taste: Good taste with strong hops balanced out with the malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some dryness and that hoppy taste that lingers.

Drink: Very smooth and rich in flavor with only a little aftertaste. Not overly carbonated and left me wanting more.

Conclusion: The head is really impressive with fine micro bubbles. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I think it rates in the top ten in its class. One I am looking forward to revisiting since DIPAs are one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 13:52:20 | More by heysuz
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pgaveau

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celler temperature 22 oz (bottled in May 2010) poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a deep honey amber. Very thick head with good retention. Smells like molass and ripe oranges. Tastes like sweet, creamy hoppiness. Strong malt presence. Slight bitterness with no after taste. Medium mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% brew. Halfway through and I'm already feeling buzzed.

I will be buying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:51:41 | More by pgaveau
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Frothboss

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clean with little to no head. Dark golden color, transparent. Smells sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Tastes really good, bitters sit on the back of the mouth with a nice citrus finish. Bold citrus and hops with sweet malty undertones. Feels smooth with light carbonation. Very tastey for its class, will delightfully drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 23:16:28 | More by Frothboss
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montecristo2

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small pint glass.

Paired really well with chicken tikka masala, based on a recommendation from a blog posting here on BA. Thanks loyal beer drinkers!

A great example of an imperial- great citrusy hops but not overpowering. Not a beer I could drink a great deal of, but definitely worth savoring and enjoying a little at a time.

A thicker, more viscous offering that other IPA's, but I really liked that. A nice, off white head, maybe one and a half fingers thick.

Nice, deep orange color, a bit hazy. Looked delicious in the glass, and tasted so in my mouth! Check this one out, especially with your favorite Indian resturant.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 05:40:12 | More by montecristo2
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crazyjoedivola

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber marked May 2010 Batch 12.

Pour shows amber with reddish hues around the edges and releases two fingers of thick beige foam with great lacing.
Great smell with plenty of citrus, resiny pine, with some sweet spice. Just a little warmth in the nose from the 10% booze.
Taste is just what you smell. Hops hops hops but balanced with good and not overly bitter. Soid core of citrus and oily resin. Long hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkable? This much hops and flavor can't be guzzled. I could drink one every day. Two every day would be like homework.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:53:46 | More by crazyjoedivola
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this out of a 22 oz. bomber bottled in march 2010. I have had this beer a few times but thought i should review it on BA. This is by far the best brew that ive had from Avery, for a DIPA this had everything that i am looking for. At first the pour in nice and a little thick giving me a nice amber colored beer with an inch and a half of off white head. The smell is amazing!! Loaded with hops and citrus, a little malt but hops hops hops. Taste is amazing as well. Hops and malted barley coat the tongue and goes down so smooth you can forget that its 10.3% ABV. Nice and thick, which is great for a DIPA. For anyone looking for an ideal IPA this is the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 07:10:41 | More by HOPPYKC
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claspada

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of super obvious but not extremely strong citrus hops, mildly pungent but still awesome. Quite inviting and just what I hope for in a good DIPA.

Taste is quite sweet and very rich and malty. There are hops here but to me it's more like am English barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick, caramelly and bready with a bit of a hop bite on the finish. Very smooth and creamy, almost a pillow-like feel with decent carbonation.
Overall this is a wonderful DIPA; as someone that likes malty examples this favors my preferences. This was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available. If you are looking for a traditional palate wrecking DIPA look elsewhere as this is excellently balanced with malt sweetness and Pacific citrusy hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:26:53 | More by claspada
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Batch 12

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice, big, fluffy, three finger, medium-thick, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear tenne orange with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring, leaving some immediate lacing at the top. Good wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing. Second pour is very opaque with lots of floaties, but I'm all over the floaties. Good looking.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of pale malts, citrus and floral hops. Some lemon and grapefruit for sure, as well as some sweet caramel malts. A bit of booze in the nose gives it a slight spicy quality, which is unique.

TASTE: Pale malts up front with heaps of bitter hops, grapefruit, some floral hops, and some decent spices from the booze. A malty underbelly with sweet caramel malt hangs on for the ride. Aftertaste is big and bold, lingering with lots of bitter hops and spicy booze, the combination of which makes it a little abrasive. Very bitter finish. This is a huge bomb with a splash of booze for good measure. Take the latter away and you'd have a real bitter treat.

PALATE: Medium body and semi-creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with an alcohol burn after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some heat in there as well. Good feel, minus the heat.

OVERALL: Finally Avery makes a big beer worth drinking twice. Enjoyed working my way through this one. Quite tasty with lots of flavor and bitterness, as well as a great look. Definitely a bit too harsh and boozy for the style, which makes it either difficult or unique, depending on your preferences, but nevertheless, this is the first Avery beer I've had that was worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 14:14:53 | More by Jeffo
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barroomhero1234

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: Pineaple and citrus nose, alcohol warmth and sweet back ground.
Taste: nice home bitterness with a really nice malt backbone. citrus fruits mixed with a nice sweet backbone, alcohol warmth at the back of the throat.

Nice II IPA, good bitterness and not harsh, but low drinkability recommend sharing a bomber.
All and all a pretty nice beer, would recommend for hop heads and beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 05:19:40 | More by barroomhero1234
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a beautiful and glowing hazed amber hue with golden edges, two fingers of cream coloured froth, and sheets of lacing on the nonic glass. Smell is caramel, orange peel, toasty malt, citrus, pine, vanilla cake batter, burnt sugar, honey, resiny and floral hops, tobacco, and mint. Flavour is juicy tangerine, more orange peel, piny and citric hop tang, very zesty, spicy, and oily in character, balancing toffee and caramel sweetness, lingering bitterness with some alcoholic burn to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, bordering on syrupy, acidic bite with warming liquor in the finish. This is a fantastic, hop-forward DIPA, but it packs a little too much booze for my liking, and at 9 months old it may have lost some of its hop wallop. Still, if the ethanol were turned down a notch, this would be a benchmark IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 05:22:28 | More by cratez
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robhunta

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with perfect head, about 2-3 fingers, and orange/pear color with perfect clarity.

S - The aroma kind of surprised me, it has a fruity aroma, not much of a hops aroma, but still nice, just a surprisingly low hops aroma.

T - The taste also surprised me, it is citrusy & fruity, not overly sweet at all, very nice, the more I drink it the more I taste the hops though, they are very subtle. there is a nice alcohol flavor as well for the high ABV beer.

M - smooth and delicious, not sticky at all as one might expect for the high ABV.

D - Extremely drinkable, I am drinking it way to quickly, though some of this may have to do with the low level of bitterness for an imperial IPA.

** came back to edit because I took a look at the Avery website and saw that this beer is 102 IBUs. I am very surprised, either it is the most balance 102 IBUs I've ever had or it is lower than they report. I am betting on the former though, it is a very balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 17:50:43 | More by robhunta
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nniicckkww

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice. Nice head. Insane aroma of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon. Taste was sublime. CITRUS CITRUS CITRUS. Warming alcohol finish. More than two of these would be dangerous. I can't believe the hop aroma and flavor I'm getting from this beer! Fairly drinkable despite the some 10% abv. This is a delicious double IPA! Total citrus BOMB. Simply amazing...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:27:03 | More by nniicckkww
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Golden brown with an nice white head allowing for some lacing.

S: Hoppy aroma with subtle fruits, and just a tad alcoholy.

T: Sweet and grainy up front, with mild hoppiness taking over. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Somewhat smooth and light, with a bit of alcohol burn.

D: Moderately drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 20:26:05 | More by Rifugium
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I discovered this beer at the brewery in September and fell in love with it. Amazing DIPA that was the highlight of a fantastic afternoon in Boulder back in September. After trying everything I could that day I decided a review would not be appropriate at the time. So I bought a bomber and finally got around to cracking it open last week. Here are the notes from my phone:

APPEARANCE: Opaque and orange with a light, pinkish hue, almost a tangerine color. Sediment was heavily dispersed throughout. The head was very large, thick and foamy. Made for some pretty solid lacing, but it did take a few minutes to pour.

SMELL: A faint piney smell with light floral notes. Not as strong a nose as I would have imagined from the Maharaja.

TASTE: Intense sweetness and bitterness hit the tongue right off the bat. This is a very interesting balance and both sweet and bitter are present throughout the sip. Piney notes from the nose are also present and it leaves a nice, gentle, floral aftertaste. Exceptional.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily with a mild sparkle to it. It feels as rich as it tastes.

OVERALL: I had this beer as my dessert after my girlfriend cooked a wonderful steak dinner. I could not have asked for a finer dessert. Rich, delicious and very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 18:43:30 | More by StoneTSR
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mjsheehan08

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this about a month ago, pulled it out of the basement early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A-Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, which I think might have been a mistake, because it developed about a three inch head. Cloudy amber look to it.

S-Nose has citrus and hop smell, and has my mouth watering.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:12:29 | More by mjsheehan08
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Duff27

Illinois

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

A- One inch head on top of a extreeemely cloudy copperish colored beer. Scattered lacing.

S- Floral hops with some caramel malts.

T- DANK. Caramel malts. Hippity hops. Alcohol kick that'll kick your ass.

M- Thick! Nice and creamy...syrupy. Leaves a lingering alcohol taste.

D/O- This DIPA doesn't hide the booze well and that's alright with this guy. The 10.41% keeps it real...don't know what that means...but yeah! Props to Avery.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:26:32 | More by Duff27
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, dark golden yellow, massive 2 inch creamy head, lots of lacing

Smell - Hops, fruits, malts, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, hop oil

Taste - As expected, strong hops and fruits. One thing about this beer is the malt flavor is high also, its like they tried to put as much into the malts as the hops. It has a bold, strong alcohol kick also.

Mouthfeel - Kicks your mouths butt with all the hops, malts and alcohol. Palette gets destroyed , tounge gets bitter burnt, no turning back after a drink

Drinkabilty - Its just so strong, a sipper beer for sure. Not something to drink weekly. The 22oz was more then enough. Well drink again next year or so. Cant get much better for a high hop beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:06:47 | More by wvsabbath
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RickS95

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For the type, it looks amazing. Not exactly pale, it looks like dark honey. The head is huge and as it dissipates, it completely marks the glass.

Probably the best smelling IPA I've ever had. It's got the standard citrus and pine notes, but I swear I pick up pineapple in this as well.

The citrus flavors are present, but the maltiness really shines through. Again, I'm betting the house on pineapple.

Normally, something with 102 IBUs would destroy your mouth but this is reasonably gentle. The citrus and malts doing a great job to balance the bitter hops. It's still got some bite, but not like you'd expect. There's almost a sweetness to it before giving way to the bite in the finish.

I'm not sure you can make an Imperial IPA that's very drinkable, but you'd never know this was highly alcoholic and so heavily hopped.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:30:35 | More by RickS95
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 12 Bottled in May 2010.

A: Yellowish brown pour with an inch head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Smells of hops and alcohol. Something sweet is coming through as well.

T: The taste surprised me, very sweet up front with the hops coming second and lasting through a bitter aftertaste. Hardly can detect any alcohol.

MF: Smooth, much lighter than the smell or ABV give on.

D: Pretty good for a 10+% ABV, but the hops could become a little much after a full bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:57:44 | More by russwbeck
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze, medium amber with an orange hue. Dense, creamy, eggshell cap, tons of lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of caramel and hops, biscuity malts, tropical fruit, citrus and pine, slightly grassy, hint of alcohol. Nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness -- both are impressive in weight, so getting the tension between these two qualities is well-done. Tropical fruit and alcohol, less citrus and pine than in the aroma, caramel and biscuity malt. Slight spicy, peppery quality towards the end. Lingering bitterness tempered by grainy, husky malt. Full bodied with a slight syrupy character, creamy carbonation, considerable alcohol warmth. I can't believe I've waited this long to try the Maharaja, but some of Avery's other beers were less than awe-inspiring. A solid (and potent) entry in this class and pretty tasty, though fairly malt-forward.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:59:22 | More by DrJay
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is based on a bomber of Avery Batch 11. The initial pour emits a thick gooey head of froth that quivers atop a semi-translucent body of amber; within, rise a small smatter of carbonation bubbles. The glass is laced with a few flecks of sticky foam. Upon the initial whiff, the nose perceives an intense, but quick, aroma of apple cider; meanwhile, down in the palate, there is a rush of fresh pine needle that taunts to leave a sweet and hoppy finish. And yet, there is none of the chewiness one expects in such a brew.

I found Avery Maharaja (Batch 11) to be an impressive hop bomb that provides a slow and serious quaff, one deserving respect along with the appropriate glassware at the proper temperature.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 22:06:40 | More by jjboesen
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ftsgibson

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orangish brown. hazy with sediments throughout. Has a 3/4" head in the tulip glass I poured it into.

S: Very hoppy and sweet fruit smelling. Can also smell the alcohol, being that it is over 10%.

T: This is a very hoppy imperial IPA but not overpowering. The fruit/citrus and maltiness help contain the hops while giving a hop-head his fix. It finishes with a nice alcohol kick to let you know not to drink it fast. great combination of all flavors.

M: Very smooth and creamy feel in the mouth. It has almost a molasses feel that coats the mouth.

D: Great combination of all things I enjoy. This is an exceptional beer that can hit you hard if you aren't careful. Thanks Avery!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:23:50 | More by ftsgibson
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber, and unfiltered, lots floating around to the point of being hazy. Probably some of the most sediment I've seen floating in a drink. Slight carbonation, and not much of a head, but laced superbly.

S- Hops and honey. Powerful hops, but some definite sweetness as well.

T- Mostly hop bitterness, but some sweetness as well. A ton of hop flavor in there, but it is balanced well by the sweetness. Strangely it's the kind of sweetness that doesn't take away from the hop bitterness at all. Slightly caramel like and slightly like honey.

M- Full bodied, a bit dry and sticky as well. Not too much carbonation which left it like that. Sort of syrupy.

D- A good solid hop-bomb with more sweetness than hop-bombs are known for. Almost like a hop liquor without the liquor heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:49:40 | More by BBP
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2010. Hopping to get my hands on a fresh one and give it a new review.

Pours a very beautiful dark amber, almost brown. A few fingers width of thick white head that retained very well. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell is of citrus and floral hops. Some mellow malt tones in the background and slight hint of alcohol.

A nice citrus bitterness right upfront. The beer is then overtaken by a robust and chewy maltiness. The high abv and age of the bottle more than likely the cause of it.
But the reminant tastes are very good. There is a decent bitterness to the beer, and I would love to experience this fresh. Slight hint of alcohol warms you up too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bit chewy.

Drinkability on this particular bottle, being somewhat aged, the flavor is definitely depreciated. And the high abv make it a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 05:58:32 | More by begforme4484
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JMOvechkin

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this in a bomber and poured it into a snifter. I found this at a local liquor store that doesn't carry too many craft beers. On this small shelf off to the side they had Trappiste 10 and 8 along with some Stone and this bad boy was sitting in the back covered in dust, aged, just like I like it. It was wonderful.

A: First I love the art and description on the bottle. The color of the beer was beautiful and the head was thick and inviting.

S: I really enjoyed the light citrusy and fruity waves I received upon opening it, it put butterflies in my tummy

T: Delicious. The blend of ingredients were perfect. The ABV was perfectly masked and there was no overpowering flavor, very smooth and hoppy.

M: Light and smooth with small bubbles distributed evenly over my tongue.

D: Almost too easy. If I had this in a pint, I might have drank it too quickly. I will certainly drink this beer again. One of the best IIPA I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 15:59:34 | More by JMOvechkin
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,540 ratings.