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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,486 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,486
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 238
Gots: 328 | 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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theopholis

California

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

Appearance- Pours a clear amber/orange body with a nice layer of creamy, off-white head. Not great head retention, but it's acceptable. Nice lacing, but it's not sticky enough to stay on the glass for any length of time.

Smell- A nice blend of floral hops and maltiness with the citrus, a hint of spruce and caramel malts intermingling.

Taste- Yum. A fairly pleasant jolt of floral and citrusy hops with a decent malt background. Some malt sweetness comes through along with a subtle spruce/pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good CO2 level. Sticky enough to leave a nice, lingering aftertaste of hops and malt.

Drinkability: Hops heads will like. Others won't.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:45:31 | More by theopholis
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Heritage Liquor (Maplewood, MN)

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel orange color with a nice layer of head, although that disappeared quickly. Lacing is trickling down from the top of the glass to the middle.

Smell: A nice blend of citrus and floral hops with the caramel malts playing along with them.

Taste: Initial flavor is a floral and citrusy splash, but it quickly turns into a caramel flavor. The caramel flavor lasts for a few seconds and then comes the alcohol. The alcohol isn't hidden as much in this beer, but that's not worth scoring low for. From the alcohol comes the taste of pine, perhaps from the earthy hops. Someone mentioned that they left the beer with the taste of Bombay Saphire in their mouth. I got that too, but that was the second to last flavor. I ended up with a pleasant citrus flavor coating my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not the easiest beer to drink, as it feels a little more chewy. A nice wave of sticky and oily hops hits the tongue which is quite pleasant.

Drinkability: Given the ABV and the slightly chewy feeling I'm not sure I could handle another bomber of this in a night. Still on my first tulip glass and can already feel the alcohol...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 02:43:23 | More by Ek0nomik
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jdense

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TV on the Radio Beer Tour Review #5.

Getting close to showtime, so moved downtown to Bailey's Taproom, served in 10 oz. shaker.

Opaque copper brown body underneath tan head, not much lacing to speak of. Big hop profile in the nose, but some Lorna Doone cookieish malt presence. A nice balance on the tastebuds, big piney oily hops with the cookie goodness. A definite sipper, and at this ABV, one is plenty. Not by favorite DIPA, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 15:28:06 | More by jdense
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

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

A: Pours a burnt orange pint with a nice white
head and visible carbonation hopping from the
bottom of the glass.

S: Abundance of citrus, grassy, and pine aromas
float off of this beer.

T: The citrus hits you immediately followed by
the florals/grassy flavors. The finish leaves
you feeling like you've sipped some Bombay
Saphire.

M: This is a beer of substance kind of heavy in
on the pallet and almost thick.

D: Very drinkable if you can get past the ABV
which I didn't mention in the "T" area
because I thought it redundant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 22:14:20 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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kels

Virginia

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

Split a bomber of this with bamadog at the Comet the other night. Surprisingly high ABV sneaks up on you (or, at least, me).

Appearance: Pours a coppery golden color, very clear, with a few bubbles rising from the bottom here and there and a lovely, fizzy one finger head that retains well and leaves tons of sudsy lace.

Smell: Very grassy with grapefruit and pine - smells biter and sticky if those can be smells. Slight toasted malt sneaks through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of sticky, heavy, oily hops that are a little citrus and a lot of grass and herbal hops at once. Alcohol is somewhat detectable along with a sweet and chewy/syrupy malt. Feel is moderate with a heavy syrupyness that weighs it down.

Drinkability: Moderate for style - drinks easily despite ABV, but really quite sticky and thick.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 22:51:00 | More by kels
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rgrholmes168

Texas

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

Purchased at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, this beer had a decent pour. The waitress who poured left a nice two finger head. The beer had a good brown color to it and one could easily see there was strength to this beer.

The beer had a nice hoppy, fruity smell that made me anticipate my first taste. It was not overpowering in anyway, but the aroma did reinforce the fact that it is an IPA.

The taste had some zing to it. I was surprised by how smooth the beer tasted. Not as overpowering as I thought it would be, I did get a hint of peach.

The beer was fairly light on the palate, which surprised me. I do not think that I could sit down and have more than a couple of this offering from Avery unless, I had someone ready to drive.

A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 21:53:14 | More by rgrholmes168
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BeanBone

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nearly clear orange-amber body with lots of sediment in solution. On top, a generous ivory-colored head that endures until the end of the glass, leaving excellent lacing (especially given the high alcohol content).

Aroma: There's certainly no mistaking this for anything but a Double IPA. Up front, a massive wave of potent Northwestern hops with the classic floral, piney, and citrusy characteristics. Underneath, a solid caramel malt base and plenty of booze.

Taste: Wow, this is big. Once again, the hops lead the charge and exhibit brilliant piney, resiny, and citrusy (mostly grapefruit) flavors. It's not a total hop-bomb blowout though, as the biscuity caramel malt backbone and brawny alcohol content are able to keep everything relatively balanced. While it's certainly a bitter beer, and I don't doubt the over 100 IBU rating for a second, the bitterness can be deceptively mellow at times. The aftertaste is strong and dominated by bitter, grapefruity hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. You can certainly feel the booze in the mouth and throat, but they are pleasant sensations. The resiny hops tend to coat the mouth, giving the bitter aftertaste lots of life.

Drinkability: With a massive flavor profile, over ten percent alcohol content, and a full body, this is certainly a "sip-and-contemplate" beer. That being said, I had no trouble whatsoever devouring all 22 ounces in one sitting.

Verdict: As I had expected, with over 100 IBUs and 10% alcohol content, Maharaja is a massive beer. This is your typical big, untamed, unleashed Double IPA with a massive hop character, but a solid enough malt backbone to keep everything in check. This is only the second Avery beer I've tried, but I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:49:27 | More by BeanBone
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COBeerBuff

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Gomer's in Lenexa, KS. Bottled in Feb. 2009, Batch #9...

Appearance: Pours a very pretty deep orange, copper; very clear with tiny bubbles and a huge sticky white head. The head looks fluffy and it stays around for a while. The lacing down the sides of the glass would be artwork in any other setting. This is a great looking beer!

Smell: I can smell this DIPA from across the table. That's how potent the hops and citrus are coming off this beast. There's an overwhelming scent of juniper hops that hits you smack in the nose (since your nose is probably buried in the glass. There might be some orange and coriander mixed in, but this is hops, pure and simple.

Taste: Heaven. 'Nuff said. There are hops and then there are hops and this beer has both of them. It's like they are fighting with each other in my mouth, and I'm loving every second of it.

Mouthfeel: This is a very sticky DIPA. It's ohh soo good, but you have to want a beer that will linger on your tongue for a while. If crisp and refreshing is your goal, this is not the DIPA for you.

Drinkability: This just might be my new favorite DIPA. From the lacing to the whiffs of hops to the sticky finish in my mouth, this beer rocks my socks off. That's why I'm barefoot now.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 22:56:33 | More by COBeerBuff
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Genghis22

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle with "Bottled February 2009, Batch 9" on the bottle.

A - Pours a thick honey color with a slight haze, but mostly see-through. A beautiful creamy white head formed, with nice lacing.

S - A floral bouquet of pine and citrus hops, a touch of lemongrass. Contrasting whiffs of sweet and bitter. A touch of alcohol on the nose as well.

T - Bitter dryness! The first sip hits you with full force, and the second sip reveals the sweeter side. There is a lot of different hops going on here, you can tell by the all different reactions your tongue has. It goes from dry to juicy, bitter to sweet, all in a matter of seconds. This is great!

M - A beer this big, should be substantial, and it is. Thick and syrupy, with good carbonation. When it comes to big, or extreme beers, I love a hearty mouthfeel, and this one is great.

D - I could drink this all night, if the side effects weren't so serious. The website lists this brew at 9.7% abv, but the bottle I have says 10.27% abv! This beer tastes great, and hides the alcohol incredibly well, but I'll only have one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 05:27:27 | More by Genghis22
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williamherbert

New York

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

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

Pours a clear carrot orange color. Pure white, bubbly head; fantastic. Icy lace at the top a the head shrinks -- which, incidentally, it takes its sweet time doing.

The smell is sweet, flowery hops right off the bat. Heavy pine, then perfumey flower petals. Thick rye malts and sting of alcohol. Intense but really good.

The taste is well-balanced between a roasted malt, flower-pine hops and a burning brandy-like alcoholic character on the way down. Really strong and with a major bite. Very good, especially with the balance of rye/caramel malts.

The feel is creamy but buttery, oily and smooth. Really great on the palate; lessens the bite of the hops. This is one heavy beast of a beer. Really strong and really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:03:45 | More by williamherbert
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Docer

Washington

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

First off... How in the hell did I find a bomber of this in Portland... Whole Foods that is... amazing.. (15th NE Fremont..)

- Rather clear and copper colored... Lovely eggshell head... lacing all over... just a small wee-bit of cloudiness.... so small..

- Smells like a Hop Stoopid... huge citrus extract... price way over a Lagunitas... Strong alcohol.. caramel malt...

- A very pleasant and drinkable ale.. in flavor the malt and hop is quite balanced.. some caramel.. and citrus hop... but with a bitter pine hop after-bite..

- Oily.. very chewy... rather extra strong...

- I could drink this stuff for a long time though... because it does have a very citrus extract sort of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid taste.... or is it almost the same thing... just a tad stronger?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 04:29:41 | More by Docer
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Batch number nine pours a semi clear copper color slightly hazy. With about two fingers worth of head that is lightly fluffy.

Aroma: A big sweet fruit aroma comes out a bit like a grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. Hopiness galore from this big boy. Malty undertones fill out the very far background. This has a huge backbone a bit like a sweet syrup.

Taste: Wow this one is a monster. It starts out with a very crisp mouthfeel that attacks the pallate with multiple hits. Then comes a huge bomb of hopiness and grapefruit flavor. It does carry a hint of sweetness on the tail end but this one but what a kick ass double ipa.

Notes: This an absolutely stunning double ipa. it's viscous, harsh and must be respeceted. Maharaja is definately an perfect name for this hop bomb. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:52:54 | More by horshack7
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bomber into my new BeerAdvocate purchased Spiegelau pint glass.

A-Slightly hazed (probably chill haze) peach amber with an attractive slick eggshell head

S-pungent and resinous fruit and pine hops. Wow, this smells utterly incredible!

T-Sweet malts and citrus hops, orangepeel, Sweet and sour and all good. Slighltly boozy, but I'm liking this one alot.

M-Thick and strong, like an imperial should be.

D-Is this drinkable? Hell yes, is it sessionable?, Hell no. Am I going to buy some more of this? Absolutely...a gem.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:59:22 | More by caddybuyer
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cichief

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Poured a beautiful copper-amber, with a nice tan head, no cloudiness.

S- nice and hoppy, a little pine, fresh.

T- Somewhat piney and earthy, very fresh and powerful.

M- Smooth and creamy, nice little bubbles to make this go down easily.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 23:44:02 | More by cichief
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

Served in a pint glass, this beer was an amber color with a thick, white, sticky head. Lots of lacing. The aroma was intensely floral, with a bit of malt. Big piney hops taste, again a bit of malt. Pretty well-balanced, although this was a really hoppy beer. One, maybe two, at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 16:02:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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DigitalHype

Arizona

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

Copper color with a big, dense, foamy head. Lots of lacing. Honey sweet floral hops tingle your nose.

Lots of "big" hop flavor. Bitterness is very nicely balanced. Very floral hops, accompanied with orange fruit, and faint herb and pepper. Very light pale ale malt character imparts some good sweetness. Alcohol is a bit heavy on the finish. But, calms down nicely if you let it sit. Feels sticky and slightly chewy.

Solid IPA! Drink up. And consider sharing.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:51:08 | More by DigitalHype
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured into a tulip[ for an auburn cider gold body with minimal head and lace down the glass. An intense soapy/floral hop smell with plenty of citric hop notes. Incredibly dry with tropical and citric fruit flavors tucked in a smooth, medium body. Hints of bread and oak malts mixed in there with hints of caramel malt. Finishes crisp and this is a great beer but a little too dry to be sessionable. I just wish it was a tad less husky on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 11:12:44 | More by clayrock81
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aeminter

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear and copper color...about a finger's worth of head to start then only a thin layer...constant

S- Very hoppy, citrusy, piney...pungent

The first thing that hits me is the viscosity of the beer. It's very thick for an IIPA. First flavors come from the hops...bitter,subtle malts, did i mention hops and bitter?
In all fairness the beer is a good representation of the style, but I'm not particularly fond of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:03:48 | More by aeminter
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iNHaze

Maryland

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

22oz. into a wine glass

Maharaja pours reddish, ruddy gold with a light head and tons of lacing.

Smells like some hard-core hops. Very sweet and fruity and floral.

Taste is initially sweet yet spicy. Rounds out to lightly floral and ends on a spectacular citrus note. Finishes somewhat bitter but crisp.

Mouthfeel is full, round, and robust. Hint of alcoholic tang.

I can't drink D.IPA's all night long without totally losing my taste buds. That said, I still find this beer to be pleasant and drinkable, especially when explosive hops are what I'm after.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 23:28:45 | More by iNHaze
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

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

A- copper in color with white head and white lacing that sticks to the glass the whole time

S- HOPS HOPS HOPS with some citrusy undertones

T- again tons of hops really fresh again with some citrusy undertones maybe some pine in there too yet kind of boozy

M- pretty heavy for an DIPA but still pretty good

D- the high ABV kind of takes away on this one

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 17:09:21 | More by SpruceFish
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange yellow with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut pineapple and raw honey.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied brew that has a creamy, slightly oily consistency that is perfectly scrubbed from the palate by just the right amount of carbonation.

Taste - Sweet pink grapefruit hop flavor up front that shifts to a tart orange zest middle and a dry bitter hop finish.

Overall - The beer smells divine and the flavors are pronounced and complex. Absolutely fantastic brew that could easily be classified as a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 00:05:47 | More by praufs01
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into an open-face Chimay glass.

Has the appearance of a complex beer. Very light head, murky amber color with light, continuous carbonation.

Amazing smell. Flavors are incredibly crisp and apparent. Strong hops, sweet nectar, apricot and a little sourness.

Over 10% ABV, strength not hidden under the bitters. 102 IBUs. Still retains sweet and sour flavors from the smell.

The delicate balance tips in the wrong direction on the backside of the mouth. Alcohol and strong hops filter out softer, fruity flavors in the mouth.

Finishes like an uber-strong malt liquor. Way too much alcohol and carbonation on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:49:57 | More by TLove
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

Ok, had this a long time ago, didn't love it. But I've been hearing good things, and I'm in to second chances.

Appearance - Hmmm. A nice deep copper color. Almost amber. It's got a real nice couple of inches of pretty firm, off-white head. Good looking beer.

Smell - Hops in the house. It's been way too long since I had a nice DIPA, so I'm pretty stoked. Plenty of grassy pine. A little bit of that citrus goodness, a hint of red grapefruit.

Taste - Up front it's a little soft on it. Then it comes on real hard. It's kind of sweet, almost that grapefruit or pineapple, with a lot of sticky hops. The finish is like chewing on a pine tree. Some of that citrus comes in, but it's got a sort of sweet caramel malty, hoppy as hell thing going on. It's pretty harsh, but the finish has a sweet hoppiness that I enjoy. Someone described it as hot, and I'd second that.

Mouthfeel - Almost a little thin? I like my DIPA's a little on the syrupy side, and this one doesn't coat the tongue the way I'd prefer.

Drinkability - Well, I'm thirsty. But that pine forest thing is making it difficult to want another.

This is a pretty good beer. Definitely great if you're into those piney hops, and sweet malt, then this beer is right up you alley. Saw it next to a Hop Henge at the store, and this beer reminds me of that one.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:30:37 | More by callmescraps
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper-orange color with a full bodied white head that was nice and thick. The head dissolved fairly quick and left a medium lacing.

There's a great hop presence in the smell, mostly citrus with a little resin. There are tropical fruit smells as well, mostly pineapple. The smell is very strong and fresh.

Very impressive flavor. Obvious citrus hops are the highlight backed by the pine hops and a light sweet malt backbone. There's a spicey finish. Everything tastes very clean and pure. There's a great amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is oily, but clean and refreshing. Medium body and just the right amount of carbonatioon.

Very crisp and refreshing. The higher abv is present, but not overwhelming.

I was very impressed by this DIPA. It has a very clean and fresh profile from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:21:23 | More by Vonerichs
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jsh420

Illinois

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

batch #9 feb09
split a bomber

pours clear copper orange with a good 2.5 finger head that leaves lacing notches all down the glass. smells of strong citris, pine, and sweet malts. taste starts of with big grapefruit hops and sweet malts and finishes with bitter pine bite. this beer has a medium body creamy finish but leaves just enough hop resin to coat you mouth. drinkability is off the charts even @10.27abv. now i need to go back to the store and pick up a few more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:40:34 | More by jsh420
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,486 ratings.