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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,746 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 266
Gots: 411 | FT: 7
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:
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. 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. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Photo of moosington
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful medium amber with a quickly dissipating one-finger head that leaves a healthy ring and nice lacing.

Aroma of a balanced sweet citrus and malt and a nice piney hop. Smells like an Imperial IPA.

Taste doesn't follow aroma as such. Though the sweetness is there (bit of pineapple) at first, it is almost instantly dominated by a solid hop kick, though it is a nice hop kick with a grapefruit bitterness that stays on the back of the tongue as a bridge to the next sip. I get no heat and the 10+% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is a highlight. Nice and full for the style with more than adequate carbonation to coat the tongue and open the tastebuds.

While I probably wouldn't spend the whole night drinking this, I could handle a few pints to start. Overall a very good Imperial IPA and worth checking out.

moosington, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was staring at this one and Avery's Hog Heaven, and I decided to get this one. It was hard, because I love Hog, but I figured I had to try something new. Turns out it was quite similar.

Pours amber into my pint glass, a bit cloudy in the middle. One finger of white head, significant lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Smells strongly of lychee and pineapple, sweet red fruits, I was shocked at how similar it was to Hog Heaven, their barleywine offering. Overwhelming hops wash over you with the first sip; it's what I love about APAs and similar, and this doesn't dissapoint.

It was smooth, even creamy, full-bodied, with hops and resins. Alcohol and sweetness on the back end.

Good brew, but not different enough from the barleywine. If it was a bit less sweet it'd be an easy favorite.

aristeros, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date.

Appearance is a redish orange, medium white head. No rising bubbles. Good head retention.

Smell is of VERY strong bitter hop resins, kind of citrusy.

Taste is super heavy! The hops wrek the weigh the tongue down and completely destroy the palate. I have had this beer a few times now and it never fails to kick my ass! Very strong alcohol presence. Super bitter hop resins attack the palate de-arming its defenses and leaving it completely vulnerable to attack. Medium consistency. Medium carbonation. I can honestly say, maybe to many hops were used for this concoction, or not enough balance of other ingredients. This is a good example of extreme beer at its most extreme.

Drink this beer slowly. Sip on it. It will fuck you up if you don't take it seriously, trust me, I know from experience.

dankbrew21, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of SaintArnold
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am just now getting around to reviewing this beer. I waited a year for this batch to come out and bought two cases of this most excellent beer. This is the only IPA that I have found so far that can stand toe to toe with Stones Ruination. I love this beer. Bow down to his holiness the Maharaja and he may just let you sample this nectar of the gods.

It was poured from a 22oz bomber into my fancy smancy Sam Adams glass.

A- The appearance is of honey that poured a beautiful fluffy white 2" head that left excellent lacing on the glass.

S- The smell of hops punches you in the face in a way that only a hophead could appreciate. I smell pineapple, grass and faint traces of spice.

T- You have to let this one warm up just a bit to truly appreciate all the wonderful flavors this beer has to offer. Its only after it warms up that the malt can compete with the hops.

M- There was a velvety smooth feel to the tongue, with a very nice tingling of the hops that was left on the back of the pallet.

D- I personally think this beer is very drinkable. I love this beer and waited a whole year to have it again. However, if you are not into hops you should stay the hell away from this beer. I will deduct some points for that reason alone.

SaintArnold, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber.
Bottled in Feb. 2009 Batch 9

A- So clear it looks to be filtered. Held up to light, I can see small specs of what I assume to be yeast. COLOR: Deep amber with orange/brown tints. HEAD: Perfect? Lacing and retention for miles. Full range of bubbles from three quarters of a centimeter to microscopic

S- HOPS: Fresh, fresh, fresh hops. Span the range from floral and citric to dank and spicy. MALT: Almost sugary sweetness to be expected from a big beer.

T- TONGUE: Candy sweetness on top of intense herbal bitterness. HOPS: The bigger hops, the Columbus and Simcoe dominate this beer along with a healthy dose of Crystal and I suppose some Centennial. MALT: The pale malt flavors are most noticeable, and there is also lots of Caramel sweetness.

M- BODY: Slick and almost oily. Medium-bodied. CARB.: Low-to-moderate for a medium-body.

D- Killer beer. Worth about 4 standard beers for a decent price.

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goblet at Long Room.

Amber tinged orange, bright with a fine clarity. Bursting with citrusy orange, grapefruit aromas, approaching tropical proportions. Smooth bodied, a little bit syrupy, with sturdy anchoring malts holding down the fort under the huge dank/fruity hop load. The foam is lasting to the end, and leaves generous lace. A really nice DIPA that i'm glad to have discovered. Locally comparable to Flossmoor and FFF in quality and taste.

emerge077, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very light but creamy amber body...explosive head which settles into amazing lacing

S - Explosive nose as well...grapefruits and more citrus mixed in with pine

T - The taste was not as big as the nose...the hops were still very dominate...again with the citrus and pine...big West Coast taste...the malts provide a strong backbone that allows for a great sweet taste

M - Medium body...creamy and crisp at the same time

D - I'm giving this good drinkability...but with precaution...you have to love hops and you have to be careful of the 10% ABV...other you could enjoy this beer all day

thain709, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/09/10- Adding some thoughts after a recent tasting. Either the recipe or my palate has changed dramatically in the past year, because I certainly didn't get massive maltiness this time around. Adjusting scores accordingly.

Aromas- Big citrus and peach with stinging pine. Fresh and raw.

Taste/feel- A burst of fruit up front- melon/peach/tart apple/grapefruit quickly transitions to a flash of sweetness, then tanginess, then a smack of pine. All this happens within the span of a second or so. Wild. Just enough sweetness to impart a moderate quenching quality. Pungently bitter drying finish, just short of puckering. Booze only shows up in the aftertaste as a warming presence, quite a feat. This brewery certainly knows how to put a quality hoppy beer together.

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Original review

On tap, served in a small nonic.

Very dark, intimidating copperish color. 1/2 finger cream colored head composed of very fine bubbles. Lots of visual carbonation bubbling up. Delicate, almost creamy looking lacing.

Why must bars, even good beer bars, serve beers in glassware that blunts the wonderful aromas??? By cupping my hands around the top of the glass, I'm able to gather up a pretty big bouquet of citrusy and piny hops. Lots of bold malt, too. If I get a chance to try this again in a decent glass, I will adjust ratings accordingly. Seems like the smell would be off the charts from a snifter.

This is a BIG beer. Big hops, big malt. Massive sweet and bready malts smack the tongue around almost as hard as the tag team of grapefruit and pungent earthy hops. Love the balance provided by the big malt backbone. The noticeable alcohol burn in the swallow and aftertaste is my only complaint. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Almost full-bodied, vigorous carbonation of small, creamy bubbles. Drinks like a meal!

Overall impression: Very enjoyable DIPA.

PDXHops, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, MA. tasted in mid-late march, 2009. served in "fluted teardrop" stemware

amber, with slight haze. bubbly foam, fades to wispy suds. splotchy lace.

aroma and taste are hoppy, but subdued, as is the caramel character. a more subtle apple fruitiness comes out, but this is not very dynamic. hops just become annoyingly resinous, without that great citrus freshness, which the keg and bottle versions have.

nah... it seems that most of the time, these extra-fresh/hoppy double IPA's just don't benefit from the cask...

a wasted effort on one of my favorite beers.

tai4ji2x, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly aggressive pour yields a big frothy head that leaves a soapy, oily lace around the glass. The beer is a reddish copper in color, with a slight haze.
The nose is all hops, slightly astringent lemon and mint notes with an almost gasoline finish.
The focus on the hops in this beer is flavor and aroma, the bitterness is definitely apparent, but not in the front. Again, the lemon and mint notes ride on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is pretty big, with decent carbonation, and an almost silky effect.
I could sip on this for quite a while, I am quite impressed with this beer, an excellent offering from avery.

grayburn, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of hopstorm
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, quite impressed with this one. Thanks to hearing about it on BA I picked one up at my sisters local store while in town over Easter. Whats great about this beer is that I let my friend try it (not really into hops, but I'm changing him) I was expecting bitter beer face but he said "wow, this is really good." And I thought this is awesome I have finally got him to really appreciate hops! Some reviews called it extremely bitter. I dont think so, and thats why my friend liked it - because it isnt. Its way more aroma and flavor. Piney and resiny while grapefruit and dank buds shine against a strong malty backbone. Delicious. I would have expected it to be a little fuller in body and there is a little alcohol bite. Definitely a sipper because it is a strong one. Almost in between Arrogant Bastard and Ruination, But very different indeed. Wish I could get it on the regular.

hopstorm, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jminsc76
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With alexd3891 at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, and he insists we both try the Maharaja on tap. So we do. Exhibits a thick creamy head with slight carbonation. Great lacing as the head dissipates, like rings of smoke from a well-puffed cigarette. The color of the body is a golden reddish and dark honey gold (I stole the latter description from alex3891).

The smell is fresh, intense, and very piny, making the mouth water for the flavors to come. Strong flavors including the typical pine, citrus, and vanilla you come to expect from any good non-West Coast Imperial IPA. And it exhibits them nicely. Also exhibits hints of caramel and maltiness. In fact, after repeated sips the taste is virtually divided between hops and malts. Very hot on the palate, almost a slight burn, but the intensity of the flavors cools it down.

Not for the uninitiated to the realm of strong hoppy beers. And definitely something I can't see myself enjoying for more than two per sitting. Could also be a little more refined - like the present king of double IPAs Pliny the Younger - but the overall taste, appearance, and aromas puts Maharaja among my top five Imperial IPAs.

jminsc76, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

BATCH 9 (Bottled in Feb. 2009)

Pours a nice, clear, medium shade of amber with some orange overtones. Big three-finger head of creamy white foam that has a slight hint of orange to it, also. Retention is great and lacing is very good.

Well, how about that? It's got a big hoppy nose.
Big pine notes mix with citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, and a slight hint of cannibus. A light swirl brought some malt notes to the surface, but they were quickly overpowered. Definite spicy presence, too.

"Hops, Attack!!"
Huge hops presence (Surprise!), hits you hard. Orange peel and yellow grapefruit combine for a heavy dose of bitterness. Nice pine notes and floral hop presence. Big level of hops spiciness. You can totally tell that there is a nice, big, sweet, malty backbone in here, but it's getting pummeled by the hops. Don't get me wrong, though. There is a lot of balance in this brew. Just not enough to get me to drink it too often.

The body is creamy, yet light. Upper end of the medium scale, almost full-bodied. Carbonation level is almost perfect.

Still too hops dominant for me to enjoy on a regular basis, but then again, it IS an IIPA. As an every now and then, or special occasion type of beer, it's great.

BATCH 7 (Bottled in Feb. 2008)

Pours a medium copper color. Two-finger head of loose orange/tan hinted foam. Retention is good. Lacing is very good.
A=4.0

While still present, the hops have definitely faded. The malts have come proudly forward.
Sweet caramel malts mix with hints of pine. Brown sugar sprinkled on ruby red grapefruits. Light grass notes.
S=4.5

The bitterness level is turned way down, now. It's still here, but more of a background player.
Sweet caramel presence with strong hints of molasses. Spiciness is almost gone. Hints of apple with pine tar. Light notes of sweet grapefruit.
T=4.0

This now qualifies as full-bodied. Quite smooth and creamy. Almost velvet-like.
M=4.5

This now has a much better level of balance, than fresh. Nothing overpowers the rest. This is totally drinkable, now. It's big, rich, and delicious. The alcohol remains well-hidden. I like this.
D=4.0

Overall:4.15 (A-)

coldmeat23, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Shady McGrady's (Harrisburg, PA) on 4/10/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. Beautiful looking creamy layer of retention stays robust, leaving some massive, drenching lace back. The aroma is just a huge hoppy nose of spicy and floral hops and juicy tropical citrus, and some additinal tangy notes of caramel hiding out in the back. This aroma is so rich, I can actually smell and enjoy it over the thick cloud of smoke that is hovering around me in this ash-pit of a beer bar.

The taste is exceedingly bitter and spicy with a mouth puckering resinous hoppiness. A potent blend of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts tries valiently to even things out some but..DAMN!..this sucka is bitter and proud of it! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a beefy feel but overall creamy carbonation to it. There is some definite alcohol heft to the body that combines with the extreme bitterness to impart a sharp sting to the feel but I never do get that medicinal taste, which is a very good thing.

This is just a MASSIVE hop bomb of a DIPA from Avery. Huge body, bitterness, and tropical fruits are the highlights, even though they might not always mesh at times. If your looking for a hoppy punch in the face, definitely check this out.

Kegatron, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is quickly becoming one of my favorite brews - pours a slightly hazy orange with a frothy 2 finger cream colored head - thickest lacing i've seen all the way down the glass - the sweetest hop aroma - followed by the sweetest hop flavor, with notes of pine and citrus, with the sweetest malt(?) backbone - good carbonation with a heavy, but not cloying, mouthfeel -one of these(22oz) puts on a good beer buzz, but i always want(but may not have) another - real good stuff!

JoeBloe, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A- Orange amber color. Poured a decent 1 finger head, that was fairly fluffy.

S- Huge hops overwhelm the smell. Detect both citrus, and pine notes from the hops. Smell very little malt.

T- There is a malt sweetness that comes through in the taste. The hops dominate though. Grapefruit taste from the hops is what is dominant for me.

M- Somewhat thick mouthfeel. Dry finish.

D- The 22oz bottle that I sampled was probably all my taste buds could take of this one. Definitely a solid DIPA.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Long Room in Chicago

Great off orange clear look with a nice little off white head, lots of carbonation.

Wow, big nose, the hops are there with orange, lime, and lemon notes, as big as any i've tried, no sign of the malt, but who cares?

The hop flavors mentioned come through, very refreshing, with enough malt behind so it's not too bitter, nice dry finish that lingers.

Silky, heavy, round in the mouthfeel, very easy drinker given the abv, but hard to finish a small glass, just enough bomb taste for one. I would compare this to Goose's DIPA, very good drinker.

robbyc1, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9 (Bottled 2/09)

A: Dark brown reddish in color, beautiful fluffy white head that stuck around a minute and some lacing noticed.

S: Very aromatic! Big hop blast, pine notices come in first followed by some citrus. Some cat urine, sweet hop nectar, tangerine zest.

T: Yes, some big hops in the front, sticky sweet malts in the back. The hops win, but the malt in there is perfect. The star of the beer is the contrast between the entry and the withdraw when inhaling.

M: Medium bodied, little sticky, space between gulps are a little higher.

D: Overall, its superb. It is on the sweet side, but the overload of hop action kind of makes the situation pleasant. Great closer to a session. Recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of jfunkk79
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cambridge Common.

Color is a hazy, amber, sunrise.

Smells and tastes a little sweet/fruity but is really creamy. Hops come through in the end mostly with malt up front. Overall an extremely tasty beer but a tiny bit malty. Very drinkable for a 10%!

jfunkk79, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was beer was most generously given to me by Hophead101. Thanks Greg.

A: Incredibly deep, murky coppery amber. Very fine carbonation rising rapidly. It delivered a nice cream colored one finger head without any effort. The head retention is great and it sticks to the glass nicely, leaving a very impressive bubbly and intricate lacing.

S: Nice fresh grass. Strong hop resin. Big fruit - mostly grapefruit. The caramel malt comes through loud and clear too. There's a little alcohol that takes over the nose a little too much as the drink progresses. The overall smell is incredibly sweet.

T: Very tasty. Powerful stuff. Much as you would expect from the smell but the bittering hops come through on the finish and deliver a death blow. The aftertaste is tangy has some alcohol and the bitterness leaves you with that nice dryness that makes you want to do it all over again. As it promises, it takes no prisoners in the hop or malt arenas. I usually love malt but I'd love to know what this would taste like with the malt dialed down a wee tad. Balance is in the palette of the beholder!

M: Medium bodied but the huge amount of malt makes it feel very round and creamy. The medium carbonation keeps it lively and stops it from being too heavy. The alcohol is turned up a little too much and delivers a little burn to the back of the throat.

D: An amazing brew. Would drink again in a second and it is way up there in my list of DIPA's. Now, if I am going to nit pick, I have to say that for my personal taste, the sweetness was a touch too sickly and the alcohol flavor is too exposed. Again, pay attention to my score to realize that these points are minor in the overall experience. At the end of the day, it was an incredibly bold DIPA that was thoroughly enjoyed!

sgoodship, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of aglose45
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear with some non-fermentables floating. Head was close to white.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of mango coming in real late.

T: PINEAPPLE!!! .. with a bit of grapefruit and mango. Hard to find a malty backbone per say, but I believe the sweetness of those tropical fruits do a pretty good job. Love the tropical fruits accompanying the bitterness.

M: Not too sticky, but some oiliness remains on the tongue post-swallow. Excellent carbonation.

D: The only thing that hinders the drinkablility is the abv, 10.27 is a bit high. That being said, I can't put this beer down and I've stopped trying..just have a longer morning.

aglose45, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more talked about IIPAs, I've been excited to drink this one for a while now. I don't want to let it age any more that I have to.

Bomber => Pilsner glass.

A - Hazy, unfiltered apple cider look, with a thin head that retains well. Good lacing.

S - Citrus, and pine with moderate sweetness behind. Almost like a grapefruit flavored hard candy.

T - Delicious. Grapefruit with good bitterness. Alcohol sweetness, but also a stong malt character, Toasty carmel malt adds fantastic pastery like sweetness. I am usually a big fan of hop strong IIPAs, but this one suits me very well, because the sweetness, while strong, is not overdone.

M - Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. It probably got rated lower because I had a Rochefort trappiste 10 earlier in the day, and that had the best feel I've ever experienced in a beer.

D - A little strong on the alcohol content to be an extremely drinkable beer, from a session standpoint, but i would love one of these every so often.

Beernoisseur, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into pint glass though probably would have been better to have been a snifter or tulip as this was a fairly full beer to sample. A thick light head formed on top of golden, slightly copper tones with lacing that clinged to the glass.

The nose was full of floral and hops...sweet and quite fresh. Taste followed suit with (obviously) fully hopped, floral notes and sweetness in front then slight bitterness that grabs the tongue toward the finish. Not as much alcohol that was initially expected from the 9+% ABV though as I say..a pint was quite a full sample especially as it was preceeded by a Mattingly's Dead Flower which is hopped to the hilt!!

Nonetheless, this is a really good beer. Very drinkable a great Imperial IPA.

rwdkosak, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, copper color with a nice size off white head that sticks around. Lots of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrus hops and some malty sweetness.

Tastes of hops up front. The citrus and grass taste comes through upfront then followed by a nice sweetness that really keeps everything balanced. This is a hop bomb, but it is cushioned by the malty sweetness to make a really even beer. The alcohol also comes through in the end, but that is not unexpected given the abv.

The mouthfeel is a nice medium. Would like a little more carbonation.

This is very drinkable. The balance is key to the drinkability.

ocelot2500, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Batch 9, bottled in February of 2009.

A: Pours deep orange. Impressive three-finger head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple. Almost as good as Hopslam. Becomes grassier as it warms up.

T: Grassy hops dominate with a hint of sweet malt. Some points off for a rather odd peppery flavor.

M: Resiny and syrupy.

D: This is 10.27%? It may not drink like it, but it definitely hits you later. Anyway, this is definitely recommended if you're a hophead.

BarrelO, Apr 08, 2009
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,746 ratings.