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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,654 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 252
Gots: 386 | FT: 6
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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nc41

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

For a big double the nose is a fooler. I bought this one at Total Wine and I thought here's another spoiled beer again. But.... I was wrong the first sip and everything was most definitely right. IMO a very complex mixture of flavors, you get some fruity. citrus notes, some earthy tones too. Most in this style group tend to go one way or the other, but this one did both. Nicely bitter, and for a big double not really very sweet, but just enough to temper the punch in the face ABV, and surprisingly not hot. If I didn't know the ABV I never would have guessed it to be that high. A great Double from Avery by any measure. It gets knocked down a little on the nose, but that's being picky I suppose, and the 10+ ABV kills some drink ability, but that's not really a deterrent, you just have to be respectful.

02-16-2010 13:02:35 | More by nc41
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Finally get to write this one up from some hazy notes. Picked up a bomber in Buffalo and shared on a crazy evening.

Bright orange pour with a finger of sticky white head that put down nice lace and had great retention. Big tropical fruit aroma mingling with grapefruit and pine resin. Large citrus flavour, with tangerine and grapefruit, though the prominent force at play is tropical, with strong mango and pineapple notes. The bitterness is staisfying, but reined in a little by sweet, lightly bready malts. Alcohol is expertly hidden. Quite a full mouthfeel, but with a zingy carb that alleviates any stickiness.

I really liked this one - its tropical character reminded me of masala mama, and it was a nice drinkable double IPA. I love this style!

02-15-2010 00:07:41 | More by bobsy
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hophead247

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Not much aroma from an IMPERIAL IPA, but that is OK., the beer rebounds in strong fashion The appearance of this beer is beautiful. Light at the narrow bottom of my glass and dark at the top. Picture perfect! This is a TRUE beer. No sweetness, no fruit, just a lot of hops. There is plenty bitterness to start and I'm sure it will scare off the weak but if you can hand around long enough you'll enjoy the lingering flavor. One of the best IPAs I've had and certainly one of the best beers out of Avery.

02-14-2010 06:44:36 | More by hophead247
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ballenc

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this monster on tap at the 501 Club. I've had this before but only from a bomber bottle and at that time, the hop bitterness was too much for me (and I'd consider myself a big-time hophead).

Poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow, strawlike color; quite hazy but not completely cloudy. Two fingers of off-white head that is slow to dissipate and leave minimal lacing.

S: Wonderful on the nose. A mix of citrus (muted orange) and grassy hops coupled with sweet, sticky caramel malts. ALso a hint of sweeter tropical fruits like pineapple or even mango.

T: Again, wonderful taste for a high ABV beer. Big hop flavor but not the overly resinous, tongue scrapper you'd expect. The sweeter notes from the malts balance it out on the tongue. Similar flavors on the tongue as on the nose.

M: Suprisingly smooth and even for a DIPA. Not as harsh as I remember when I had it in the bottle. No prominent alcohol burn like I remembered. A bit heavy and weighty on the tongue but that is to be expected with most DIPAs.

D: You'd expect something that knocks you off your chair at almost 11% ABV but this beer is very, very drinkable. I have two 10 oz. glasses and could have handled at least 1 more. I followed this up with a Surly Furious that seemed excessively bitter compared to the Maharaja (and I love Furious). While not sessionable, I'd highly recommend Avery Maharaja especially if you can get it on tap.

02-13-2010 14:20:37 | More by ballenc
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

22oz bottle courtesy of bobsy - thanks for sharing!

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer. Thanks Bobsy!

02-11-2010 19:21:00 | More by ritzkiss
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smulkowski

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

22 oz. bottle, Batch 9, bottled in Feb. 2009

A- Orangey-oak color. Low carbonation, one finger head very quickly dissipating.

S- Grapefruit rind and conifer, classic west coast IPA aroma. Warm fragrances of spicecake in the malt.

T- Relatively inconspicuous malt profile opens to an explosion of bitterness. Good hop flavor, highly resinous and floral, but as complex as expected.

M- Somewhat light, relatively silky.

D- For 102 IBU, pretty drinkable.

02-08-2010 05:08:16 | More by smulkowski
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Not sure who brought this one, too many beers in too little time. Thanks ritzkiss, bobsy and viggo for the beer hang.

Translucent and glowing-honey coloured with a thin covering of off-white head. Bits of lacing.

Strong smell of pineapple and grapefruit, soymilk (?) and caramel malt. Wicked, powerful smell.

Tastes like pineapple, grass, pine. Serious malt base with a bitter hoppy finish. Smooth for the ABV. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter.

The feel is not quite there. Medium-thin body with a mild carbonation. Leave me wishing for more body.

Awesome. This is a great double IPA, I could drink this all the time.

02-07-2010 07:41:15 | More by eat
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Had a chuckle at the store over the label, then noticed the strength & wondered how a 10% IPA worked, so I picked up a bottle. Pours out a dark orange, w/ a really thick light peach head, takes a bit to fill the mug. Kinda gives off a herbal smell, a bit of pear in there too (at least that's what it smells like to me), though that doesn't stay for long. So where's it go? Only one way to find out...

Wow...there it is! The hops come in on a warming, somewhat boozy wave, prominent without annoying my mouth. More savory than bitter, very little carbonation and not much malt note to speak of. Shifts towards a sweetness as it goes down, surprising considering the style.

I've got to say, the Imperial IPA style is a nice change of pace, and if the rest of it is in the league of this beer then count me as a fan.

02-05-2010 21:11:37 | More by longbongsilver
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Hopnobbin

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

The Maha is definatly the best, most unique ipa i've tried to date (some years have been better than others), but very few ipas will come close to this one.

Smell and taste of the hops and grapefruit rind flavors paint your tongue for hours. High Alc. content.

When aged for over a year, hoppiness diminishes somewhat, different flavor but still excellent.

02-02-2010 21:21:29 | More by Hopnobbin
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle from batch 10 of June and 2009. Got it off of an online website and thought it was fresh. I'll put an additional review up once i get to have it fresh.

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy looking white head that has a lot of bubbles in it. it has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is much like a barleywine which typically happens to high alcohol ipa's with age. big malt nose comes in with lots of brown sugar, hints of caramel, some hop presence left with citrus and lots of pine.

T-the taste again is more like a barleywine. it does have a better hop profile than the nose. the brown sugar and caramel are present and the malts have a slight edge in terms of presence. the hop profile brings a light citrus hop with some grapefruit but brings more pine than any of the others.

M-this is quite thick and a fuller medium body. it is extremely smooth, slightly syrupy, and leaves a coating on the mouth in a good way.

D-drinks great as an american barleywine! really wanna try one fresh!

02-01-2010 02:55:17 | More by cpetrone84
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass I see before me a cloudy, amber colored brew. Sitting atop this beverage is an inch worth of head composed of tiny bubbles and craggy peaks. Retention is decent, and the brew leaves behind plenty of sticky rings of goodness when it settles.

Smell: Plenty of bitter hops with a slight bit of booziness. The hops are a nice mix between citrus and pine, with no one quality really standing out. Not picking up much of a malt backbone, something I find surprising for a DIPA. I'm hoping for a major hop bomb with this one.

Taste: Plenty of hoppy goodness here. The hops which were hinted at in the nose come at you full force here. I believe the pine taste of the hops is a more prominent when compared to the citrusy grapefruit. There is a slight boozy tinge to this brew, but it's not so potent to be a detriment to the beer. Instead, it lets you know you're going up against a heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium to full body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Rather well done here.

Drinkability: A top notch DIPA. Not too heavy on the malt, plenty of hop character, and just enough booziness to remind you that you are drinking a "big beer". As much as I would like to, I don't think I could drink more than one of these in an evening...though with a brew as tasty as this it would certainly be worth a try.

01-31-2010 05:53:32 | More by krisandajt
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle (bottled June 2009 - Batch 10) into a pint glass, Maharaja is an apricot-honey color with a huge pillowy hop-froth head that leaves a nice ring of lacing about the glass. The smell is huge; I can smell it from 2 feet away, citrus dominates in the form of grapefruit, orange and lemon - some resinous pine in there also. The taste starts malty sweet with caramel and lightly toasted notes and transitions into a slightly bitter pine slap across the face. The beautiful thing about Maharaja is that there is no lingering face-puckering bitterness, it is very well balanced. Also although the alcohol is 10.69%, you might guess it is elevated but not to that level, also well done. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slick, slightly drying on the finish but not a desert like some beers. Overall, very drinkable given the IBUs and ABV. Definitely a good DIPA, pick it up if you have the chance.

01-26-2010 00:53:51 | More by gmfessen
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eternaljester81

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

First off, I consider this to be Avery's second best DIPA - behind the absolutely awesome Dugana - which is saying something, considering how much I enjoy this beer.

A - Pours a very nice, hazy/cloudy amber, with a decent white head that holds well. The lacing is minimal, but the little bit that's there is decently sticky. Overall, this is quite the attractive beer.

S - The smell is a full-on assault of almost dessert-like citrusy hops and caramel malts, mixed with a bit of spiced rum-like alcohol. It's pleasant in small doses, but on the overbearing side when enjoying a full bomber.

T - It's hard to believe that Maharaja is 11.0% ABV, and 102 IBUs, as this is an incredibly tasty, and well-balanced beer. There's next to no heat from the alcohol, and the hops, while definitely present, are well rivaled by sweet, caramel malt. The finish is a bit odd, as it's both drying, along with a lingering sweetness that begs you to take another drink to try to discern all of the complexities.

M - Smooth, slick and little oily, the mouthfeel is quite nice. The malts give that illusion of chewiness, while the hops coat the mouth wonderfully.

D - Maharaja is dangerously drinkable at the high ABV, as it hides its strength exceptionally well. A bomber goes down quite effortlessly.

It's amazing that Avery has crafted two of the best DIPA's available (at least in my area), as both Maharaja and Dugana are simply excellent. While Dugana is more of hop-bomb, Maharaja is one of the most balanced - and best flavored - DIPAs I've come across.

01-23-2010 02:38:29 | More by eternaljester81
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%

Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
June 2009 batch 10

G- Riedel 6416/07

A - Amber-copper. Massive, expansive, rocky foam. Heavy lace.

S - Cirus, pine resin, bready/champagne yeast.

T- Sweet delicious malt. Bright, not bitter hops. Spice. A very pleasant "saltiness" balances the sweet. Masterful integration.

M, D- Seductive feel and flavors make this brew very drinkable. Substantial gravity. Creamy. ABV masked.

Serving: Bomber

01-14-2010 00:58:35 | More by WhiteOak
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Update May 3, 2010

22oz bottle, bottled March 2010, Batch 11.

Pours amber with a two finger off white head, leaves some nice lacing and retains a modest cap.

Aroma is quite fruity, citrus, tropical fruits, even some melons, along with a good helping of pine, some funk.

Flavor is citrusy, resinous hop bitterness with a lot of creamy sweet caramel malt in the middle, finishes quite bitter, sticky and with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is oily, low to medium carbonation.

Glad to try this fresh batch, very good overall, bitterness really picks up in the second half of the bottle. Also, in typical Avery 22oz fashion, this packs a helluva punch...

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Original Review, Sep 25, 2007:

22oz. bomber. Pours orange/amber with a nice white head.

Hoppy grapefruit aroma, very pronounced.

Flavor follows with more citrus hops although not quite as strong as the aroma.

Quite heavy and very potent like the Czar from Avery. An excellent DIPA. I have a hard time finishing a bomber by myself. Great for getting plastered if thats what you are after, but prolly better suited to share with a friend.

01-10-2010 22:56:16 | More by elgiacomo
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Sideswipe

California

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

I almost fell over when I saw this on the shelf at my local bottle shop. I bought all six bottles they had, and inquired about getting more. Have been wanting to try this for awhile now. Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

A- pours a cloudy amber/orange with three fingers of dense white foam. Plenty of bubbles. Looks great!

S- Hops! Hops! Hops! Then citrus, caramel, rasins, and a bit of spice. Creamy, malty goodness follows. It has me salivating as I watch the head start to dissipate. This is going to be good!

T- First the hops, bright and bitter. Citrus, raisins, and spice (from the hops presumably). This is followed by a great malt backbone, rich and creamy. Alcohol is definitely present, but is not overly obtrusive for a 10.2 ABV. This beer tastes like I want a DIPA to taste! It improves as it warms.

M- Oily, and viscous. Definitely a ton of hops in this baby, but the bitterness doesn't linger. The creamy malt comes along and leaves the finish dry and satisfying. Good carbonation.

D- I find this beer so tasty I could attempt to drink it all night. Unfortunately I know the high ABV would quickly catch up with me. I guess I'll limit myself to a single bomber on week nights, but on a Friday or Saturday I can see myself enjoying several of these bottles of hoppy goodness! Highly reccommended!

01-07-2010 05:04:52 | More by Sideswipe
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mutterfudder

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured in to a Stone IPA Tulip-ish glass.

A - Copper and somewhat hazy. Thick white head that settled down to a thin layer of foam. Lacing down the glass of foam and bubbles. Quite nice looking!

S - Fresh hop, citrus and spice. Ahhh.. I haven't had a hop bomb in a bit and it smells darn good.

T - Hmmmm. Malty up front, almost sweet. Oh, there are the hops! They don't really hit as hard as I thought they might. Very piney and bitter by the finish, pretty complex for the style I thought.

M - Surprisingly not very carbonated. It left a bit of a oily taste in my mouth. Not bad but not good either.

D - I liked this beer well enough, but one was enough. There are other beers to try.

Somewhat disappointed in this, after hearing all the raves. A good DIPA but not one I'd reach for often.

01-07-2010 03:13:25 | More by mutterfudder
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Whoa nelly, big dipa in my belly, dank and smelly to tell ya. Malt comes through on nose with pinapple spice so nice. Grounded and earthy foundation, not flitty fruity without support, nice legs. Bit of nougat in the center of the aroma that is so inviting. Resinous, candied hops on a simple but hefty malt bill. Thick vanilla, cookie and bitter, caramel and fruit. This is excellent, a solid corner of the DIPA offerings. This one holds its own on balance, not my favorite, but my bet as a serious contender.

01-01-2010 02:55:33 | More by SeanRedd
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JRed

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Cloudy orange topped by a mountain of white fluffy head. Awesome hop aroma with deep citrus notes and cream. Citrus flavors, hop bitterness, huge hop flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with a heavy body. Alcohol is there but not too oppressive. One of the kings of the IIPA's.

01-01-2010 02:42:54 | More by JRed
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LittleDon

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Amber with moderate carbonation. a dense head and copious lace. Slightly hazy. Citrus aroma with some hay tones. A bit of alcohol in the nose. Big & hoppy. Plenty of C-hops and very aromatic. There's a sweetness reminiscent of bourbon, even though it hasn't been aged in bourbon barrels. Alcohol is well disguised. No hoppy/bitter bite on the back end. Medium bodied.

This one benefits from allowing it to warm to the 50 - 55 degree range.

12-29-2009 00:07:04 | More by LittleDon
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vdoz3

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

22 oz bomber poured into a Coca Cola bell glass (http://www.collectorsconnection.com/imagesh5/47a073.jpg) - hey, it's sorta shaped like an imperial pint glass...

A - extremely cloudy, deep amber/orange body; small <1 finger head builds but instantly dies. The lacing is incredible; spots and trails follow the beverage level down the glass, and the foamy remnants of the head are taking forever to die away completely

S - orangey, citrusy inviting hops dominate but the unmistakable presence of a malt blanket is there even in the nose

T - oh my god...hoppiness everywhere, bright, sharp hops ring out even as the malt backbone quickly follows along, quelling some of the brighter hops and leaving a more balanced aftertaste

M - smooth and silky; the aftereffect (thanks to the malt) is not a depraved, post-hop drymouth, it is instead a very subtle bitterness, one that leaves this reviewer's thirst well quenched and ready for another sip

D - Beautiful...let's have another. Too bad I only bought one.

Picked this up on a recommendation, REALLY glad I did. Got the duganA while I was there, but it was even sharper and brighter with less of a quenching aftertaste (my tasting notes call it "the granny smith of IPAs"). They warned me that Maharaja > duganA...I guess they know their stuff!

12-28-2009 23:42:15 | More by vdoz3
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

I thought I had written this review already, but I guess not. So, this review is written from notes from two weeks ago.

Enjoyed on my birthday! Was bottled in June 2009. Poured from the bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a fairly clear reddish amber. It's got a big, bubbly sea foam head, which retains beautifully, and leaves killer lacing.

S: The smell is primarily excellent tangerine or even pineapple hops. There's a bit of sweet honey and an even smaller bit of bread. It's all a little subdued. It slightly stings the nostrils, which I suppose is the booze doing its work.

T: As expected, it's got a giant, nicely mixed hop profile. The tropical citrus from the nose is there, but with a deep, earthy compliment that I didn't pick up before. It's got a big malty counterpoint of honey and biscuit. It's got perhaps the driest aftertaste I've ever had, which is kind of nice after the flavor assault.

M: Minimal carbonation, coats the mouth.

D: A very interesting dIPA. Unique, for sure. The guy I bought it from said it's his favorite of all time. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I'll definitely give it several more shots to make its case.

12-24-2009 15:30:24 | More by CharlatanSin
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PintOHops

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a hazy orange/copper color with an off white 1-2 finger head, head retention was good. This one almost clugged like oil out of the bottle, it left spotty & soapy lacing as well. Smelled very dry with alcohol, lots of fruity notes, apricot/plum/raisin/pineapple. Following the dry/fruity notes is big floral hops! Some detectable malty notes as well, but hard to detect, I got a bit of honey & bread, the aroma is very very inviting though!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of big dryness & alcohol upfornt, very floral with pungent, burnt/pine like hop bitterness! Not to fruity in taste, some grapefruit & pineapple but nothing like the smell, somewhere in between all the pungent & delicious hops was some mild biscuit & caramel, got more detectable as it warmed. Hop bitterness finished this one and lingered a long while. Mouthfeel was full bodied, oily, silky, thick, etc. It was full, matched flavor profile for sure.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts - This beer was fantastic! I personally would probably only consume 1 pint or 2 before it just became to overpowering, but when your in the mood for an assault of floral & pungent hops, than this is definitely the fix! I really enjoyed the slightly different fruity notes in the smell, and although the hops are big in the taste, it seemed to balance out more as it warmed, offering mild but definitely noticeable malty flavors. I will have to have this one again for sure, and I definitely recommend it. Cheers!

12-22-2009 01:34:15 | More by PintOHops
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

22oz bomber, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: light orange color, slightly hazy, one finger off-white head with killer retention time, excellent lacing.

S: orange/grapefruit like hop aroma. not especially bold, but pleasant.

T: hugely hopped up beer. the flavor has both citrus and pine flavors that blend real well. has a slight sweetness that sneaks in before the intense bitterness drives it away.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry/bitter/resiny finish.

Drinkability: excellent example of a DIPA. will be drinking this one again, and soon.

12-13-2009 22:54:42 | More by porterwoobie
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A - This beer poured a burnt orange color that produced a fluffy white head which had a decent amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were hop driven, of course, with the citrus and pine leading the way

T - The taste of this beer is again hop dominated, with a small amount of malty sweetness creeping in at the beginning, a mixture of citrus and pine tree hops close this beer out

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, resiny body that had a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer had a lot going for it, but I the hop profile was a little off, this beer had great potential to be awesome, but this is still a good beer

11-29-2009 20:59:12 | More by cvfish
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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