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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,539 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,539
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 344 | FT: 9
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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katan

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a Sam Pint

A - Pours a deep orange to almost brown color. Opaque, but not hazy. Very thick looking. Head formation is very light, only a light white film forming. Carbonation appears low.

S - Incredibly potent orange and floral notes - hops at all the way. Very sweet, almost clementine like.

T - Starts off balanced, you can detect a boatload of malts but immediate bitterness right along side it. Extreme amounts of orangish, American hops, grapefruit - some wild flower notes. Continues its citrus like style but then turns bitter, quickly and strongly. Finishes strongly bitter, sits on the tongue with a tongue curdling bite.

M - Moderate beer body - creamy from all the solid malts. The aftertaste does have a clinging bitter oily film. Not overly carbonated, stinging.

D - Smooth, flavors are potent but manageable for the style. ABV is scary and well hidden. Obviously a one and one beer. Even for a DIPA I find this beer low on the session scale - not bad - just one you want to slow down and enjoy.

Does remind me of Hog Heaven at times, which could be an indication of the subtle differences between a DIPA and a Barleywine. Avery is a solid brewery, and this beer only reenforces that.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:51:28 | More by katan
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Manoftyr

New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber

Appearance-Pours a beautiful golden amber-orange with ample white head given that dissipates after a few sips leaving prominent white lacing in its wake.

Aroma-Hops, piney, citrucy hops mingling with alcohol and sweet, sticky caramel-like malt, smells a bit sweeter than most DIPAs but I tend to like mine a bit on the balanced and malty side so I don't really mind, enjoy it even.

Taste-Follows the nose with citric and piney hops upon a backbone of sweetness, some alcohol bite towards the finish but nothing experience-ruining.

Mouthfeel-Lush and pillowy, very smooth and expansive.

Drinkability-If I had another bomber I could see myself drinking it, it's pretty drinkable.

Notes-Tasty, quite tasty; if you like sweeter DIPAs you should love this.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:12:02 | More by Manoftyr
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice cloudy worthers original hue of amber with an off-white sticky looking head that leaves a coating of lacing.

The nose is loaded with resinous pine and lots of sugary sweet toffee notes. No real citrus to speak of, but there is an apparent booziness at the end of the nose.

The taste is heavily pine resin forward with a monstrous malty backbone. Thick sugary caramel under layers of pine-sol bite. The booziness is somewhat harsh and rears its head all the way through the flavor spectrum.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and syrupy with little carbonation to cut through the heavy flavors.

Overall, I just have never been able to enjoy this one. Looks like nothing has changed. I know the style doesn't demand it, but there is no hint of balance at all here. Sorry Avery this is my last re-visit to your flagship DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 18:57:05 | More by BDLbrewster
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Beerenauslese

California

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

Pours a light amber gold with a modest creamy head leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

Very fresh aromas of malt, hops, vanilla, sugar, mixed fruit.

Sweet malty taste with a fruit salad of banana, strawberries, kiwi and finishing with pronounced hop bitterness. The sweetness upfront and then an intense, tongue burning and numbing concentrated red grapefruit bitterness in the finish gives the palate a roller-coaster ride.

Medium body, somewhat creamy, with a refreshing level of carbonation.

There is a lot to like in this beer. I am liking it since my favorite style is Belgian IPA. The fruit flavors are here along with the highly concentrated hop bitters. On my list of the very best Imperial IPAs. Drink in moderation!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 03:42:57 | More by Beerenauslese
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2010, batch 11. NICE!

A-clear but not brilliant bronze. Huge off white head.

S-tangarine. slight dank. some mango. Juicy fruit. Hops are really hiding the malt.

T-Firmly bitter (who woulda thought). Candy like. Piney. Earthy. More citrus in the aroma than the flavor.

M-medium bodied. Thicker than I thought it would be, but still nice. Some alcohol. Medium carbonation.

D-The alcohol and thickness make this a hard beer to drink a lot of. Really nice aroma with a decent flavor. Maybe dry it out a bit, or not. Still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:34:38 | More by organicbrewer
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: this is a big DIPA and has nice hop flavors of citrus and pine

mouthfeel: full bodied and maybe the highest for it's style that I have had. thrown off a bit

drinkability: very solid DIPA, highly recommend and would seek out again

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 01:45:49 | More by CampusCrew
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Lazerlobe

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up from local bar for $6.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-brown with minimal head that fades in to a few island clusters. Thin lacing persists after the retreat.

S: If you like fruit, you'll like this. From about a foot away I get strong juicy pineapple and grapefruit. Moving in a little closer there is some orange present an sweet malt.

T: The pineapple-orange is strong, as well as the sweet caramel malt. The alcohol pops out as it begins to warm but for 10% ABV, it's hidden pretty well by the IBUs and citrus. Some resiny pine here too.

M: Pretty sweet but doesn't approach cloying. Carbonation is light, fading quickly after a little bubble burn.

D: The alcohol and in-your-face hops will slow me down here, making this a smooth sipper.

I'm in to this beer. This is pretty much everything I wanted from my DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 18:36:42 | More by Lazerlobe
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mwa423

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden with a solid finger of frothy head.

S - Citrusy hop aroma that fills the nose. From aroma alone you know it will be a hop bomb

T - Strong hoppy flavor with a sweet malt bote to chase. A bit of alcohol burn but very pleasant.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very pleasant especially considering the abv and hops. Drinkability is a 4 but that's as good as you can get for this much of an ass kicking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 03:09:01 | More by mwa423
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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

Bottled March 2010

Appearance - Pours a deep copper, with copious amount of head, slowly dissipating into a thin fog above the liquid line.

Smell - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, caramel malt, musky hop, ethanol presence.

Taste - Toasty/caramel malt and floral/fruity hop flavor, followed immediately by some serious hop bitters. Lingering tastes include toasted malt, apple skin, pine resin, and ethanol.

Mouthfeel - Large amount of creamy effervescence, a little oily, with a lingering warmth in the throat.

Drinkability - Certainly tasty, worth a shot. Really enjoyable balance of malt sweetness, floral/citric and grassy/resinous hops, as well as a nice mouthfeel.

My only quip with this beer did not hide its alcohol content well; mind you, I enjoy a warming beer, but the booze bite on this one is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:45:13 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

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

I haven't reviewed a beer in a while so what the hell here we go!

Batch 11 Bottled March 2010

A - Bright orange with a eggshell white head leaves some thick lacing. A bunch of little carbonation bubble float to the top as I sip on this bad boy.

S - It's been a while since I've had a fresh Maharaja and I forgot how good this beer smells. Ton of pine and citrus hops up front. This beer has always been known to have a big malt backbone and you can still tell somewhat, but being this fresh the hops really dominate.

T - Just like the smell big citrus and pine hops dominate the taste, with a hit of sweetness mid palate. Then the good ole bitter after taste of a IIPA. This might be the best tasting batch I've had.

M - This beer is well carbonated but I get a little more alcohol bite than I would like from an IPA even though it is 10%+.

D - Bring it on

Overall a hell of a beer great work Avery!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 04:28:02 | More by Bobbydigi
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steelerguy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange amber with a thick, sticky, lasting, off-white head. Moderate carbonation perfect for an Imperial IPA.

S - I don't think a beer can smell better. This was meant to be a big hoppy monster with huge hop aroma and it lives right up to it. They cut no corners to make this a perfect smelling IIPA.

T - Citrus and floral hops all over. So much that they could easily overwhelm the beer, but a simple but strong malt profile backs them up. Is it possible "balance" a beer this extreme? They have done a fine job making a crazily hopped brew balanced with a simple but hearty malt bill.

M - Great body to back up all that alcohol and malt flavor. Any thinner and the heat from the alcohol or bitterness from the hops would be too much, but now they pulled it off.

D - A bomber of this is perfect, this is not a beer you are going to session or drink too much of. It is not refreshing and is a bit challenging, but you will enjoy the challenge.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:08:20 | More by steelerguy
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bump8628

Oklahoma

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

Bottled March of 2010, so this is about as fresh as it gets.

Honeyed amber with an almost-white head that fights the considerable alcohol and sticks for awhile.

Nice combo of pine, citrus, and herbal spice. No single hop element dominates. Malty, caramel sweetness balances the high level of bitterness and actually wins out at times. Finish is moderately sweet with some syrupy character that hurts the drinkability some. Hops hide the heat of the alcohol quite well.

Less malt please. Otherwise, this would be a great one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:14:02 | More by bump8628
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MOB210SA

Texas

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

Bottled Mar. 2010 - Batch 11.

A solid full finger of off white head, sticks around for a good while and leaves the usual nice looking ring, and thin surface film. Deep strawberry orange and dark amber with light dandelion accents. Looks of a good DIPA but nothing spectacular standing this out from the herd. Especially with out any lacing left after a glass. The last glass though, did produce some lacing, but was a little on the shy side.

The citrusy hops instantly burst out from the bottle when opened. I was already pleased just from the initial hop wave that hit me before It was even poured. Lots of caramel and very sweet citrusy hops. The beer has an impressive nose and I'm hoping the taste can compete with such a good smelling DIPA. Very fruity delicious, pineapple, mango, and so many delicious smelling fruits mingled together. Absolutely amazing. Fruit punch, and a honey-like sweetness. Small amount of detectable alcohol to the nose, but smells outstanding.

A great fruity/citrusy, hop finish lingers for a moment and fades slowly. The echos of the tastes stay making want to take another sip, after each and consistantly kept up until it was gone. There is good amount of creamy maltiness but a even greater amount of sweet hop deliciousness. I don't think I would ever guess this is 102 IBU, has a good bite, but I wouldn't think.

The mouthfeel was slightly disappointing becuase I thought it would be incredible but fell slightly short. It is great none the less. Leaning toward the verge of being too syrupy, it is full bodied, mouth coating, and slick. I use the word nectar when describing great hoppy DIPAs such as this, and I don't think I could think of a more suiting word for a beer along these lines. Probably one of the more enjoyable DIPAs I've had lately. I've been looking out for a while ,and Maharaja, we shall meet again before you depart for the year.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:35 | More by MOB210SA
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If that ain't the most impressive bright orange looking beer I've ever seen. Had this on tap at Hollingshead. Great aroma, so damn hop pungent. Great citrus, mix of grapefruit and tangerine.

Amazing taste, a little thicker than I would like, but I guess you gotta back the hops up with something. Not syrupy, but not thin by any means. This is a bitter punch in the mouth, with ample dry hopping and a multitude of hop varieties apparently.

Leaves for a chewy mouthfeel downbottle. Big on the bitterness throughout. Alcohol feel is minimal. Great burps. Expensive. . .

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 19:00:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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nasman

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Jeanro Bistro in Cincinnati.

Served in a 10 oz tulip glass

Bottle/Fill: Not applicable

Aroma: Delicious, with a mix of citrus (orange) and earthy hops, with notes of carmel .

Appearence: Deep orange/brown color, expected clarity. Excellent head retention that slowly fades, thickly lacing the glass.

Taste: No flaws, appears to have even more malt backbone this year which allows it to handle the incredible hops well. Nice orange citrus with a hint of pinapple, lots of malt with carmel undertones. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no alcoholic heat, creamy, full, and clean given all this beer contains. No flaws.

Overall: A delicious, decadent treat and extremely drinkable for such a big beer. This is a hophead's dream.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 18:46:29 | More by nasman
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy deep golden color with an inch of creamy off-white head. Nice looking beer.

Smell was robust with fruit -- apricots and citrus -- both oranges and grapefruit. Some malt sweetness, too.

Flavor was really awesome. Big bold hop flavors with supportive but not overwhelming bitterness. Lots of malt richness & sweetness, too. Clearly a bunch of alcohol present to top it all off. Lots of balanced complexity here.

Mouthfeel was nice, though perhaps a bit too rich and thick for my IPA tastes. Not so far off from a barley wine.

One of my favorite double IPAs. Really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 15:05:56 | More by mklinger
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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Winking Lizard's Second Annual Cask Conditioned Ale Festival. Described as "Dry Hopped Maharaja" but I'm pretty sure the normal Maharaja is dry hopped, so I'm listing my review here instead of creating a new entry.

Looks great. A mandarin orange body with a white head.

Smell is amazing. The wonderful tropical and citrus elements are second to none. Lush, ripe oranges and pineapple and a scrumptious caramel base. This is so fresh right now and the extra hops for the cask treatment are amazing. Up there with Younger for the best DIPA nose ever.

Taste falls a touch short of perfection but is exceptional. Grapefruit, bitter candy sweetness, orange and caramel. Nicely done. Refreshing finish but some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great - low carb from the cask but very nice body. So drinkable, allowing all the flavors to shine. A great beer from Mr. Adam Avery's kick-ass brewery.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2010 12:32:53 | More by jampics2
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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

Served on-tap in a 10-ounce hexagonal glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, ruddy orange amber color with a thin veil of creamy white carbonation and slight bubble spires rising into the dense foam. Bright, yellow-gold highlights show through the light.

S: Smells quite floral and medicinal, with bits of carob, hop spiciness and an herbal, sweet caramel aroma to it.

T: Big sweetened fruit and creamy malts combine with a lush, resinous grapefruit and candied citrus hop palate. Warming and bittersweet towards the slick and tasty finish. Slight alcohol burn but a DIPA of good balance.

M: Full bodied and slightly slick with hop resin. Some chewiness as well, but warming and smooth overall.

D: Super smooth and malty DIPA; loads of sweetened caramel malts combined with a subtle sweet bitterness which allows the 10.24% ABV to fly under the radar. A very good aperitif or a brew to go before your spicy veggie burger with cajun onion rings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 22:54:49 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Plinythechugger

Washington

1.93/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Excited to try this new bottling (March 2010) of Maharaja; unfortuantely this beer did NOT live up to the hype.

Poured into a Riedel Tulip Glass

A: Inviting! About one finger head, followed by a touch of lacing on the glass; this is gonna be great!

S: A bit herbal(wink wink), hops are present but they are not overwhelming. A touch of skunk to it as well. Hmmmm....

T: First drink is pleasant. Bitter, very bitter. Whoa - on the second drink, the bittering hops have taken over - game over.

M / D: The mouthfeel is stringent and harsh. The drinkability of this beer is horrific! Don't get be wrong...I love Imperial IPA'S! But this beer is very poorly crafted. Green Flash, Blue Dot, PTY - all make this beer look as if some homebrewer thought, "Hmmm - what would happen if I constructed a beer based on only bittering hops???"

Answer - Maharaja. One of the worst beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 16:48:14 | More by Plinythechugger
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beerbutcher

Maine

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

beer was bottle conditioned last july- 8 months ago

deep orange/red in the glass with off white head and significant lacing.

the nose is potent with rich malt and caramel, traces of citrusy hops and whiffs of brandy. pretty malt heavy

on the palate the entry is full and sweet. theres lots of malt muscle here and then the hops come in on the floral side. citrus and assertive resin notes clean up the finish balancing against big malt. alcohol is well integrated.

mouthfeel is chewy and viscous with good carbonation.

i was expecting to be exhausted by this beer, but wasn't. the balance is great and the bitterness/alcohol are never overwhelming. awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 13:57:43 | More by beerbutcher
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Tdizzle

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 11. Bottled in March, 2010. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- The Maharaja pours a clear amber color with a sticky head of off-white foam that settles down to a silky layer atop the beer. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Pithy notes of unripe melon along with fresh, oily pine resin, tropical fruits, pungent citrus rind -- lemon zest -- and herbal notes of cannabis. The malt bill smells of sweet, lightly toasted caramel malts. The 10.41% ABV is very prominent, but it nicely compliments the variety of strong hop aromas.

T- Intense hop bitterness from start to finish. Lots of grapefruit rind, herbal pine, and sweet tropical fruits in the flavor. The malt backing tries to cut through towards the dry and boozy finish. A lasting bitterness that contains the pithy, plant-like notes of the aroma remains on the palate long after each sip.

M- The feel is on the medium side of full-bodied and slightly oily with an average amount of carbonation.

D- The flavor and aroma are great, but this beer lays a bit heavy on the stomach. It's so deliciously bitter though.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 05:09:27 | More by Tdizzle
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh, purchased the day it came to the liquor store from Avery.

Pours a golden color with a little bit of an amber tint, very nice looking. It looks like you are about to be punched in the face with hops.

Smell is very floral. Tons of hops come through, citrus, grapefruit, and some pine. Sweet malts come through as well.

Taste is wicked. Tons of hops punch you in the palate. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, lemon and caramel malts come through. Lots of bitterness here, awesome DIPA, up there with the best of them.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation, very well done.

Drinkability is superb, I have waited a long time to try this beer fresh and it was definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 02:28:07 | More by pmccallum86
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March 2010 bottle. Very fresh.

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a decent sized layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Very fresh floral hops. Tons of well blended citrus. Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and maybe a hint of lime citrus. A hint of caramel malt with a little alcohol, but not bad. Very nice.

Taste: Very big iipa. Tons of floral hops with a hint of pine hops. Huge citrus blend. The grapefruit sticks out, but it is more of a blend here. Bready and caramel malts with some alcohol again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with some hops and burn.

Overall, a very awesome IIPA. Huge bodied with a massive amount of hops (obviously). Pretty drinkable. I dig it. The aroma is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 02:21:47 | More by mothman
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hopstradamus

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure, this is among the gold standards for Imperial IPAs.

A. Golden, almost red in appearance this beer had a thick creamy head with good retention that eventually eased into a delicate lace on the side of the glass. It is clear and welcoming as if it has nothing to hide.

S. This beer smells delicious! Floral and perfumy with hints of pine yet set still sweet, the smell does not disapoint. Hello aroma hops!

T. This beer was everything I expected and more. The hops reign supreme but there is still malt to be found. Both bitter and sweet, this is what I like Imperial IPAs to be. The carbonation helps the hops continue to present themselves and the taste lingers on reminding you to take another sip. You do not taste the 10.5% alcohol.

M. Light and smooth, this beer continues to impress despite the hop assault on your mouth. It is very well done.

D. This is an Imperial IPA done right! While not a session beer by any stretch, I can't wait to have another... perhaps tomorrow. I'd like to cellar a few and see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 20:34:14 | More by hopstradamus
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to knucks999 for sending a fresh bottle of this to me as an extra in a recent trade!

A: The pour is absolutely gorgeous and just about perfect for an IPA. Amber in color with great clarity and a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.

S: The nose if full of grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruits. A blast of pine finishes things off quite nicely.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with plenty of fruit notes. The grapefruit is not all that bitter and there is a lot of pineapple. The fruit is followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor and the sip is finished off by bitter pine.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleased by this beer. I had it back when I first started getting into beer and wasn't impressed (very likely an old bottle), but this is really a great DIPA and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 05:41:45 | More by womencantsail
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,539 ratings.