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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,541 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,541
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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ndaug21

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 21:53:31 | More by ndaug21
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philbertk

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale Batch 4--Bottled June 2006. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.90% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.9 / 5.0) Tight lacy rich ochre head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Smooth dry sweet caramel citrus pine grapefruit ester malty body. Hot balanced hop spice mild EtOH dry end. Huge. Balanced. Sampled 5/9/2007. Batch #5 Bottled Feb. 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.78% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Hazy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Creamy sweet delicate crisp pale malt caramel pine citrus body. Rich balanced sweet smooth clean rich hop spice no EtOH end. Wonderful! Sampled 5/10/2007. Batch #6 Bottled May 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.65% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white head. Clear bright deep dark gold color. Sweet huge floral pine hop front. Thick floral sweet rich malty resinous caramel grapefruit ester body. Rich bitter hot hop spice end. WOW! Sampled 7/4/2007. Batch #7--Bottled Feb. 2008. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.54% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy mild head. Clear rich bright enticing amber color. Rich floral hop front. Mildly thick creamy sweet rich caramel spice body. Cloying sweet malt rich hop spice balanced over the top end. Huge IPA. Smooth & Balanced, but almost too much. Sampled 3/22/2008. $6.57 Each. Batch #8--Bottled May 2008 22 oz. Bottle. 10.21% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear dark gold color. Huge floral hop pine front. Tangy creamy sweet huge hop infused citrus pine caramel malt body. Spicy bitter sweet cloying hop citrus piney end. Hot EtOH hint. Sharp fresh flavors need Age. Sampled 7/13/2008. $8.99 Each. 4 Left For Aging and Tasting. Batch 9--Bottled in Feb, 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.27% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Huge floral pine Cascade hop opening. Thin lacy white head. Clear bright rich amber gold color. Huge floral grapefruit pine citrus grass front. Spicy sweet hop oil caramel grapefruit pine body. Balanced cloying hop spice lingering malt Stoner WOW! HOPBOMB end. Sampled 4/5/2009. 4 @ $8.99 Each. 3 Available For Aging or Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV--102 IBU's. 3 @ $7.39 Each. Aging and Available For Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009--2009-B 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV. 102 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white head. Cloudy bright hazy amber orange color. Huge pine hop front. Sweet orange citrus rich fruity caramel estery malty bitter body. Rich hop spice earhy hot EtOH tangy end. Over the top Hops. Rich & Smooth, but too much malt sweetness. Sampled 6/24/2010

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:36:29 | More by philbertk
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eclaycamp

Kansas

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

22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful bright amber with a huge billowing head a full 2 inches thick. Aroma is all resinous hops made up of primarily pine with some citrus. Great head on the beer that just clings to the glass. Hops are right at the front of the first sip giving way to a surprising malt backbone before it finishes with more earthy hops. Definetely a hop-head's dream, with hops of pine, pine (yes, that's twice), citrus, and grass all on the palate at once. Nice body to the beer thanks to the malt, though the hops really coat your entire mouth and throat the more you drink it. The beer just clings to your mouth. It also has a cumulative effect - the more you drink the more you taste the hops, though the malt and yeast adds some nice sweetness. Fantastic beer and one of my favorite examples of the double IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 20:48:48 | More by eclaycamp
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Dewboarder213

Italy

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by far better than Avery's IPA, which is a statement to this beers quality! This beer is like a philharmonic orchestra on the tongue... From the hiss of opening, to the last sip, you will love this beer!

When opening this beer, the encouraging sound heard is a beautiful one, almost as if encouraging your salivary glands for what is to come...

The poor - poor this beer rather conservatively at first but finish toward the aggressive side... definitely tilt that glass but finish straight up with and straight down bottle... encourage that head to form at the end!

The aroma - it maybe uncustomary but with this beer, to experience it correctly, I encourage you to treat it like a fine wine, don't just slam it back like your uncle Bubba drinking PBR... prepare your pallet of the up coming experience by at least two or three deep inhalations or this beers aroma! You wont be disappointed!

The taste - Well at this point, it better be fantastic some might say, and don't worry, this beer does not disappoint, not with the first sip, not with the last... all the way thru, this beer is a philharmonic orchestra for the tongue/mouth... Very few beers are this pleasurable to drink/taste from start to finish... especially for some like myself who finds joy in drinking a great beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 07:47:21 | More by Dewboarder213
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freescribbles

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, copper ale that pours with a rich thick head that laces nicely. Has a heavy taste to it with a strong hop profile and potent hops. Sediment collects on the bottom of the glass but doesn't come up with each sip/gulp. Definitely a tasty IPA that satisfies but not something that you could drink during a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:49:22 | More by freescribbles
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - pours a hazy, coppery/orange color with a maybe a finger white head, decent retention; light lacing.

S - big pine and citrus nose. great aroma.

T - dominated by pine and citrus (notably grapefruit, lemon) hops and a malty backbone. subdued floral notes. alcohol a bit more evident than ideal, but nevertheless very tasty. a bitter finish.

M - full-bodied, medium carbonation.

D - good drinkablity even considering the north of 10% abv. great dipa, will have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:58:19 | More by perrymarcus
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic golden-orange. Slightly opaque, with a voluminous yellow head. Nice retention, and great lacing. Phenomenal.

S: Fresh dry hop scent--very nice. Grapefruit, leafy hoppy citrus. Citrus bouquet. Pineapple and pear seem to make their way in too. Some toastiness resides within the malt sweetness. Pungent character seems to work itself in after it sits a few minutes.

T: Bitterness doesn't quite get there. Heavy on the dry hops--which hints toward pellets, being very earthy/organic in flavour. Sweet citrus, sweet toasted malt. Bittersweet finish--not as bitter as I had hoped. Alcohol can be noticed, but works well with a nice piney element from the hops. Becomes a bit hot after some warming. Some fruity bubblegum esters emerge as well.

M: Medium body. Low-medium carbonation. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated.

D: With the large ABV, everything is worked in nicely. A bit too sweet overall perhaps--but the alcohol would likely stick out if it weren't as apparent

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 07:45:29 | More by darklordlager
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle (Batch 12 - bottled May 2010) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pretty, crystal clear orange color with a creamy 2 finger pillow of dense white foam. Nice spiderwebs of lacing left behind.

S - Huge citrus aroma that heavy features ripe grapefruit and has some sweet oranges to blend in well. Lighter notes of pineapple and mango also contribute to this overall amazing aroma. Really subtle bready malt struggles to make any impression...and barely does, but it is definitely there as is some mild yeastiness and I think I'm getting a tiny amount of diacetyl in there too.

T - Sharply bitter with tons of grapefruit up front. Lightly sweet malt hits the front of the tongue before the hop assault hits, well, just about everywhere else. A noticeable alcohol presence. Pineapple falls in the middle somewhere. Bitterness turns a bit harsh and slighly medicinal towards the finish, which knocks this down a notch overall, but still very enjoyable.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with a full and prickly carbonation that tingles on the tongue. The bitterness is mouth filling, somewhat medicinal and lingers forever past the swallow. Alcohol level gives a bit of a warmth especially noticeable on the exhale.

D - I've had Maharaja on several occasions in the past, but this is the first time I've gotten to have it really fresh. Alcohol is pretty noticeable and quite high at 10.3%. Flavor is really good, especially as it enters the mouth on each sip, but turns a bit harsh towards the swallow. This keeps this out of the upper echelon of DIPA's for me, but is still quite an outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:13:36 | More by portia99
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Kind of a cloudy lightish amber with fairly weak head. It sure does have some floaties in it. I know there is nothing wrong with it but it is pretty rare for me to find floaties in my beer.
Edit: There were many floaties in this last night. I really don't know how because the bottles didn't really get jostled any more than usual. But today it is floaty free and has a bright yellowish orange hue.

S: This has a really big earthy piney smell. Sweetness lingers on the nose. Hop smell has more of a hop bite than I though before and is actually a pretty outstanding smelling DIPA.

T: A very nice and very different sweetness really comes through start to finish. The hoppiness is actually quite prominent. It very piney, very earthy and very bitter. The sweetness isn't gagging like a lot of sweetened IPA's are. But still I prefer a lot less sweetness.

M: Extremely thick and oily for an IPA. Actually a bit hot for an IPA also.

D: Not so much but I really can't say too much bad about it either. Perfectly drinkable just not really to my style though.

I really don't see what the fuss it about. It is alright but I will say I can see this growing on me after a few tries. I won't give up on it just yet.

Note edit: When I reviewed last night I had just had a sneezing fit. Upon smelling and tasting today I realize I need to make adjustments. It is actually quite good but still far from the best. And damn the alcohol heat really is strong.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:27:00 | More by generalnotsew
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a reddish hue, and a quarter inch white head that remains. Thick lacing.
Smell is heavy on both the malts and hops, with the malts dominating just a bit. Crisp, citrus notes with pineapple, lemon, orange, and mango. Bready notes from the malts. Touch of brown sugar.
Taste is heavy malts with perhaps heavier hops. Hard to tell when it's loaded to the hilt with both. Pine and citrus come along with the hops. Pineapple, mango, apple, orange. Brown sugar and spicey notes. Malty, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Little bite about midway through. Slightly sticky finish. Medium body.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well-concealed. Pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:25:17 | More by Parrotbeak
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

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

Batch 11, bottled March 2010. Three months old, which some may say is too old.

A: Pours a bright yellow/orange with a tight laced, eggshell colored head. Lacing is beginning early as the fluffy bubbles around the edge cling to the Duvel tulip. A small bit of haziness in appearance.

S: Could only imagine the aroma of this fresh...anywho...
Big and bold hops are still very evident. Big citrus and piney hops. Big grapefruit with sugar aroma. Some sweet fruits, mango and peaches but the citrus is huge here. Very nice. A tease of maltiness.

T: Extraordinary hops here, nice medium malt backbone supports the hop bitterness quite well. Zest of citrus provides a good twang on the tongue and puckers the mouth a bit. Gotta love these hops. The malts come through very nicely as well, I'm guessing they used enormous amounts of both hops and malts in this one. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Excellent beer.

M: I believe the malts are saving this one from being a thin IIPA. Has a pretty full and rich body that delivers a sweetness to coat the tongue and a bitterness that puckers the roof of the mouth and gums. Excellent hop presence makes you keep going back for more.

D: Finding sipping this to be quite enjoyable and pleasant on a warm day like this. Would definitely go back to pick another one of these up. ABV is high, of course but for an IIPA it's barely noticeable. Lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 18:43:28 | More by kiddynamite920
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed copper/orange color with a ½" ivory colored head that soon recedes to leave rings of foam around the glass but no major lacing when sipping. The ring of foam around the glass persists for much of the beer and there are a few scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: A strong citric and pine hop aroma fills the nose first. Then the rich caramel from the malt comes into play but is so intense that it almost conceals the pineapple and the orange zest that also is present in the nose.

Taste: While the flavors of candied citrus peel (grapefruit and orange) and sweetened pine sap are present, the rich caramel malt backbone is both too prominent and too sweet, so that after a while the sweetness begins to cloy just a bit if the beer is sipped too quickly. (With a beer of this ABV that can be a good feature but not one I think is needed).

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth with some gentle persistent carbonation. The intense flavors persist in the long finish, eventually fading to a bitter but still citric fruit ending.

Drinkability: While I like this beer and will be happy to have it again, for my tastes it falls just a bit short of the mark in that the malt backbone is too prominent and too dominant. It will be a treat once in a while to keep me attuned to the wonderful variety inherent in the DIPA style, but it won't be a standard feature in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 19:47:23 | More by drtth
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Hazy copper pour with nice caramel-white head and decent lacing. Nose is a bit disappointing. It's all pine with a hint of alcohol and not much else. Almost like medicine. The taste is all malty caramel sweetness and alcohol at the start. Very piney but the hop bite is conspiculously subdued. Some bitterness kicks in towards the end, but the balance is definitely leaning to the sweet side. The alcohol is not well hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. This beer improves towards the end, but it was a bit disappointing considering how highly it's rated.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 17:46:16 | More by beerdrifter
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful copper amber color with one and a half fingers of head. The head gives way to some chunky lacing.

S: A big punch of juicy tropical and citrus hops. Wonderful hop bomb here. No real malt apparent, only a faint hint of alcohol on the tip of the nose.

T: The hops in the smell follow through in the taste, with also some pine flavors. Nice bitterness that is slightly offset by an increasingly heavy malt sweetness. The ABV shows itself as I make my way through the beer. Solid DIPA all the way.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticky hops on the tongue and also some heat here.

D: Lovely beer. And this growler is much better than I remember the bottles I have tried. Only limiting factor is the ABV you can taste after a few sips.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2010 03:08:03 | More by kirkpjr
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. March 2010, batch 11.

Copper to light brown, a bit cloudy. Dense, off-white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Mango, pineapple, orange and citrus hops. Thick, sweet and floral aromas. Resiny, thick smelling, but not overly grassy or planty. Hints of caramel and cherry. Little to no ethanol smell.

Plenty of bitterness; lightly sweet caramel malts; a bit toasty. Falls a bit flat with hops. A bit of citrus and pine, but nowhere near the strength or complexity that was present in the aroma.

Bitter with a full body. Nicely balanced.

This one smells like a great IIPA but tastes like an average barleywine. Still a nice balance going on, and it's certainly good to see an IIPA doing something with malt flavors as well as the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:29:01 | More by goldbot
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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

appearance: Nice copper color with a huge head.
smell: Nice and complex. Citrusy, hoppy with a malty foil.
taste: Nice as well. From the Avery site:
"The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence."
I don't get the insane amount of malted barley though.
mouthfeel: full and creamy.
I love Avery and this is a nice beer but I was expecting a Wow, great beer. Not so much for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:54:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (May 30, 2010). The label says "Bottled in March 2010 - Batch 11"

Eyes: Pours a light copper color, with some sparse but heavy sediment suspended in the fluid. Thick, tan head laces heavily, leaving a coating of webbing on the glass.

Nose: A strong hop profile, lots of citrus peel and grass.

Tongue: Lots of grassiness. pine and citrus. Very, very good, but it falls just a bit sort of being great.

Mouth: Very smooth for a DIPA as there is a whole lot of malt here. Carbonation is very good.

Libation: Maharaja has such a good reputation, I was hoping to be blown away, but that didn't happen here. Don't get me wrong, it's a very, very good beer with enough hops to satisfy even the biggest hop heads, but the profile doesn't make me want to do anything more than sip. The double digit ABV doesn't help either. It's a very, very good beer, but just short of great.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 08:16:07 | More by OttoBomb
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark citrusy amber with a thick white head that hardly moved and left sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Hops hops and more hops! Notes of pineapple, mango, fresh cut grass, and papaya. Very fruity and floral. Lots of citrus as well: lemon juice, orange zest and bitter grapefruit.
T: Very fresh hop taste with lots of citrus coming through. Not as sweet as the nose with a little less exotic fruit presence. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Alcohol warms the throat as you swallow. There is a fair amount of bitterness that lingers at the finish as well. Malt is hard to pick out over all the hops, but there are hints of sweet caramel and lightly roasted flavors.
M: Body is slick, oily, and heavy. Carbonation is soft and mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.
D: A very very good DIPA. Definitely in my top 5. Very strong and delicious smelling and even better tasting. The flavors and alcohol are bold and a bit rough around the edges, but this only takes away from its drinkability slightly. Definitely worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:58:39 | More by scottfrie
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ryno09

California

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the nose on this beer. Big grapefruit and lemon aroma with a bit of malt and maybe some other fruits. Definitely my favorite type of IIPA style. Tastes like it smells. Just a huge beer in terms of taste and alcohol content. The downside for me is that it lacks some of the smoothness that other IIPAs have.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 22:54:16 | More by ryno09
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Walken

Massachusetts

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

Avery: Maharaja, DIPA (Batch 11, 03/10) (Tasted 05/29/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Spectacular amber color, displaying some definite hop haze and topped by a tightly-knit head of off-white foam, great retention, solid lacing.
Odor: Hops in a DIPA? Absurd. Hops throw a big oily aroma of tropical fruit, classic grapefruit with a hint of grass in the background. Either there is a hint of toffee in the background, or the knowledge that C120 is used is messing with my head.
Consistency: Full end of medium bodied, big hop oil presence and creamy carbonation makes this beer smooth as hell.
Taste: Sip begins with a vague hop derived fruitiness and weak stabs of caramel sweetness, then the hops kick into full gear, laying an all-out assault of grapefruit bitterness. The carbonation plays a major roll in how the bitterness plays out, it breaks it up instead of lifting it up to unmanageable levels. Finish is bitter and hoppy, more grapefruit, a bit of alcohol showing.

This is a monster beer right here, its lack of polish is appropriate and endearing. Will look forward to drinking this at least once a year.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:56:25 | More by Walken
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mithrascruor

California

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color with a big, rocky off-white head with great lacing. Really beautiful. The head eventually turns to a really dense film, but still nice.

Smell: Great fresh pine forest aroma, with a bit of citrus background. Not the usual pine aroma; this one is lovely and fresh.

Taste: A very tasty beer with slightly bitter citrus, fresh pine, and caramel. Light bitter pine into the finish and aftertaste, but still wonderfully balanced with that caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with some good light tingly carbonation. It leaves a bit of a caramel feel afterwards.

Drinkability: Very high ABV, but it is totally disguised by the taste. Goes down great.

I'd been eying this at the store for months now, but a bit put off by the price. But, got it today and absolutely love it! A really great double IPA. Definitely _not_ a hop-bomb, this has a strong but very well-balanced flavor with little bitterness (and, indeed, it even has some welcome sweetness). The aroma is amazing too: the fresh pine-forest smell isn't at all like most IPAs with a pine-like smell... this smells like a real pine forest, not like Pine-Sol! A real treat, well worth picking up. I'll get more bottles of this for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:59:38 | More by mithrascruor
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Sampled on tap at the new Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and resin. The flavor is a mix of West Coast hops with some grapefruit, pine and resin notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:22:11 | More by Mora2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a very dark amber colour, verging on brown. Thick white head with tons of lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus hops with a little bit of sweetness. Has a ton of sticky pine in the taste, with some citrus hop bitterness as well. Some sweetness of the malt to balance it out. Nice level of carbonation. One of my favourite double IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 05:31:07 | More by kwjd
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jsanford

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head 5/12/10

A - Amber color, thin head, thick lacing

S - Great grapefruit, bit of pine, bit of "cattiness"

T - Bit of sour honey and apricots, fades to a nice bitterness

M - Excellent mouth, smooth and sticky, perfect carbonation

D - If not for the ABV, I could drink this all day. Amazing bottled, even better fresh and on-tap, outstanding DIPA!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 00:02:14 | More by jsanford
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber into a weizen glass. batch 10 - june 2009.

pours a hazy, reddish amber. forms a finger of thick foamy head that calms slowly to a thin film. gives up quite a bit of thick sticky lacing.

smell is very fruity with notes of tangerine, tart berry, and maybe some green apple. also notes of fresh cut grass, a mild yeast funk and a bit of alcohol presence.

taste is very malty with a strong alcohol presence. slightly spicy, with a toasty, biscuity character and herbal hop bitterness that hangs on the tongue. definitely tastes more like a barleywine than a dipa, but i'm sure that's due to it's age.

mouthfeel is medium bodied. slightly chewy with the right amount of co2. definite alcohol warming going on.

delicious, but drinkability is average at best. considering the abv, i doubt anyone could have more than one of these. i think i'm going to have to track down a fresher bottle of this and re-review it.

Serving type: bottle

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