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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,513 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,513
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 332 | 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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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's bitter with a warm malty feel. The taste is great. It has a wonderful hop wallop along with a solid malt bill that adds balance and an elevated abv. . It goes down easy with a bitter/bisquity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt character as well as hop presence. It's bold, but within reason. It's balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 01:22:35 | More by WesWes
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Stoneman78

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a clear orange/copper hue with 3-fingers of creamy white head that is mostly diminishing leaving thick lacing on the glass

s- WOW! Nose is of super-strong piney hops, tones of citrus fruits, sweet malt, and grassy earth, stiff alcohol presence in the background

t- Initial flavor is smooth and strong pine resin that soon warms to sweet citrus flavors and a peppery alcohol presence that dominates the finish

m- very full-bodied with lively carbonation

d- This is a hop-dominated ale that lives up to the DIPA billing, great flavor and aroma, but the abv is not very well masked and I don't think I could finish more than one bomber if I wanted to be coherent the next morning. If I was given this in a blind tasting I would have sworn it was from SoCal, not Boulder (another BIG beer from Avery).

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 03:33:45 | More by Stoneman78
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crayphish

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This "Imperial" IPA poured a murky copper hue, with a giant fluffy head. Lots of lacing as the brew is consumed. The smell is hops. Grassy and fruity. A touch of alcohol there as well. Taste is again grassy hops, tempered by a fair amount of caramel malts. A nice balanced blend. The alcohol is again noted in the mouth, leaving a bit of burn as the brew is downed. I found this offering to be only moderately drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 16:44:20 | More by crayphish
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greenbeaner

Ohio

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

First had this on tap and it blew me away, so now I'm reviewing it from the bottle. Pours a very rich copper with one just over one finger of frothy head, and it leaves an excellent lacing as the head dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Smells lovely on the nose, with grassy hop petal up front with just a hint of pine, and a well rounded floral finish. Light citrus and malt in there as well.

Absolutely delicious. The hops bite you up front but quickly smooth to reveal all kinds of robust flavor. Flowers, citrus, fruits, pine, a bit of a grassy feel towards the finish. It's all there and more. The hops leave your tongue tingling for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but full. Not so thick that it's syrupy and not so thin that it's oily. Great balance

This is one dangerous beer. So incredibly delicious. The alcohol is hidden so well. I'm barely halfway through my glass and I can already tell that this is one to watch out for. Ahhh but temptation...I'll be having many more!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 23:33:01 | More by greenbeaner
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beavers

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with decent clarity and a thick white head that goes away fairly soon but leaves excellent lacing. Hops fill the nose with wonderful notes of citris, pinneapple, and pine needles on top of biscuity/caramel malts. Mmm...flavorful hops dominate the palate with its zesty-tropical-citric-floral notes. Alcohol has its presence in the palate but the rich flavor of the hops make this bad boy quite drinkable and one to remember. Will definitely be enjoying this one again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 15:56:11 | More by beavers
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mwearl

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A supremely hoppy high gravity Double IPA, this beer poured copper colored with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasted forever. Smell very hoppy with definite grapefruit and floural odor with a light green grape scent. Taste was smooth for such a hoppy high ABV brew. As expected, the hops really stand out but its not completely out of balance. Mouthfeel is rather light with a slight alcohol burn on top of tongue. Drinkability depends on your tolerance for a stout beer. I'd never drink more than one per session but will definitely drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 00:51:31 | More by mwearl
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Ummm, reasonably fresh Maharaja...
Copper coloures with nice clarity. Fluffy white head tops this delight off. Smell is second only to Masal Mama or Furious- pure hop bliss. Taste is a prickly piney tropical fruit hop shake. The malt tends towards the sweet side,but not enough to distract. just a goddamn tasty beer. Booze levels are not distinguishable- very drinkable and dangerous given the strength. Carbonation is spot on as well. Not much bad to say about this dipa. Would be a staple if I could get my hands on it. Best avery beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 00:29:43 | More by oakbluff
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

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

A pint on tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA.
A: Medium amber color, with a good amount of head and nice lacing.
S: Smells strong and hoppy, with plenty of spice.
T: What I expected, given the smell: hoppy and sorta fruity. Also a not so subtle pepper flavoring, unique among IPAs I’ve tried. Quite nice.
M: Nice feel, not too biting or sourish.
D: I could easily have 2 or 3 of these, especially on tap. I think the spicy pepperiness might get to my palate after that, but it’s a strong enough beer that I probably wouldn’t need more than 2 or 3 anyhow.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 03:08:45 | More by LeftyBWS
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed deep amber with a thick, bubbly, off-white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of tangy, pungent citrus with pine/resin. Slight caramelish and spicy alcohol backing.

The taste is of alcohol spiciness and pine/resin. The alcohol brings out the resin to the point that the citric fruitiness is almost lost in the shuffle. Sweet malt is there, but this is so much of an overload of resin and alcohol it becomes difficult to make out the complexity of it. After a show of sweetness, raw bitterness hangs on in the finish.

Full-bodied, but an overload on the palate, especially of the burningly sharp heat of the alcohol. Burnt plastic aftertaste.

Well, it disappeared faster than expected so there is something to it. And, it is a big brew, but almost too big to be enjoyable. I correctly chose this as a nightcap, as the tastebuds are shot after it. Interesting, and I can appreciate big beers, but this was too over-the-top and almost lost under persistent alcohol and resin. Worth having once to try it, but I can't see returning to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 16:14:04 | More by jwc215
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some nice spices and light ester. Taste is also dominated by some sweet fruit notes as well as some spices and the funky yeast. Average body with great carbonation. I thought it was a bit too sweet for my own palate but still enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 16:37:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

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

22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Feb. 07 batch #5.

Pours a deep tangerine color with a huge white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves wonderful lacing.

Smells of very bold hops. Bitter citrus and sweet malty goodness.

Taste is sweetness on the front end. With bitter hops in the finish. Grapefruity and some resiny notes.

Mouthfeel is full and well balanced.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Well balanced and tasty. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 03:07:04 | More by bluegrassbrew
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younger35

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a nice tulip snifter. This is from Batch 6 bottled in May of 2007. Mahat = “Great”, Rajan = “King” according to the bottle. Pretty much sums this beer right up.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange copperish that breaks to an almost tangerine color around the glass. A fairly nice ivory colored head holds pretty well giving away to a nice bubbly collar. Beautiful thick spotty lacing makes its way down the side of the glass.
Smell- Holy Hops! Big bursts of grapefruit and lemon zest pop out of the glass. Very vibrant and pungent though just not quite enough so to cover the alcohol tinge. It subtly shows with a tickle of the nostrils.
Taste- Very bright citrus hoppyness prickles the end of the tongue. Has the same grapefruit, lemon, orangish taste that showed in the nose. Backed by a nice sugary malt profile that comes and goes. The more it warms, the more balanced it seems. The hops are definetly the star of the show but there not alone. Very gentle alcohol warming on the back of the throat reminds you of the 9.65%.
Mouthfeel- Heavy as you would expect from an Imperial IPA but nice and silky going down. Almost oily at times…
Drinkability- As good as such a big, hoppy beer can be. Seems to be a terrific example of the style. This is my first beer from Avery, and hopefully not my last. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 02:10:59 | More by younger35
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ahking

Michigan

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

Well, I finally got to try this beer. Pours a tawny amber color with brilliantly white head. Aroma is intense citrus....VERY fruity. First sip hits you hard in the back of the tongue. Thats the IBU's baby. Rounds out nicely in the middle and some toasted and biscuit malts can be detected. What I like most about this beer is that for a DIPA, its rounded out very well. Two beers I have had a lot of that I might compare it to are Bell's Hop Slam and Founder's Devil Dancer. This lacks a bit of the depth that Devil Dancer has, but it is more drinkable. It's much more balanced that Hop Slam (which is way too "juicy") so for me, this approaches what could be the perfect double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 00:36:29 | More by ahking
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tpd975

Florida

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

This beer is from Batch 5 which was bottled in Feb 2007

A: It pours a beautiful rusty orange color with a nice large 2 or 3 inch foaming head. The head settles to a nice ring atop the beer and leaves a huge amount of lacing behind as it is consumed. There are several streams of the tiniest bubbles starting about mid glass before rising like perfectly marching soldiers to the top. Did I mention the lacing, I think I did but this is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

S: Nice and Strong. There is an amazing floral piney hoppy smell permeating from the glass. I can tell this is going to be a nice flavorful beer. If you concentrate and go beyond the hops there is also a sweetness powering thru. I detect a definite smell of dried peaches or apricots along with a nice strong maltiness running thru this one as well.

T: Avery has hit a home run here, I don't know if I hear 4th of July fireworks going off or if it's my senses going haywire. This beer starts off with a wonderful malty sweetness which quickly gives way to a hint of fruit, Apricots, Peaches, maybe even a little Pear. Just as I am enjoying the fruity sweetness...BOOM... the hops kick in. These must be some finest freshest hops known to man. They have a wonderful grassy, piney taste to them, and they kick hard and the taste seems to linger. Wow, very nice.

M: Nice medium to thick in body. It’s a very crisp beer that finishes dry and leaves you yearning for another sip, gulp or guzzle.

D: I love it. I will stop at one, but could drink two, though I would probably end up drunk. You can sip or gulp this one. I recommend sipping to avoid that drunkenness I just spoke of.

Overall: A really solid beer put out by Avery. If you are a HopHead try this one out. And while you are at the store save some gas money and buy several. This performs right up there with Dreadnaught, Hopslam and the other DIPA / Imperial IPA's that I have had and if you like a nice sweetness to your beer, I have the feeling it will surpass all in its class. The alcohol taste is void so be careful this one tops the scales at nearly 10% ABV.

According to the bottle Maharaja means: "great" and "king". Well let me be the first to welcome you to the kingdom of The Maharaja, because he RULES!!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 18:37:20 | More by tpd975
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GRPunk

Michigan

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

Bottle with a Feb. 2006 Batch 3 tag poured into a mug.

A- It poured a deep orange with a very thick white head. It left a lot of foamy lacing behind. A medium carbonation was noticeable.

S- I was met with a dose of floral and grassy hops up front, but definite malt notes at the same time.

T- Very balanced. A good bit of sweeter malts balancing the spicy hop flavor. It was actually much more balanced than I expected. It was by no means a "hop bomb."

M- Very much what I expected for the style. Smooth with a slight coating effect.

D- It was an easy drinker considering the ABV, but I just wasn't blown away by this beer. A lot had been made of it and I think I may have set my expectations a bit too high. I would definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to seek it out at the going price. Noticing the date on the bottle, being a season out, I may have to give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 01:17:42 | More by GRPunk
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cjgator3

Florida

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

Bottled May 2007 (Batch 6)

Pours a dark caramel colored amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma explodes with resiny pine and citrusy hops and malt. The taste starts out pretty subtle with some malt but before long the hops explode in your mouth for a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that delivers enough hops to satisfy any craving.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:15:29 | More by cjgator3
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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

Bottled 02-06

Spicy hops and sweet juicy malt. Floral/citric spicy hops are clean and crisp. Intense and very American. Malt is sweet with chocolate and toasty notes.

Orange-gold/reddish-copper color. Looks clear despite the translucence. Medium-light head dissipates too quickly leaving medium-light lace.

Medium-full bodied delivery of malty sweetness and sparkling hops. Hop character is a thick bouquet with citrus splashes and spicy hints. Medium-high bitterness – quite tame. Good balance. Malt flavor is medium and clean with a sticky sweetness. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness making it just over medium dry.

Smooth and thick. Mild carbonation.

Finely tuned IPA. It’s strong, crisp, and tame - not extreme or over-the-top like some Imperial IPA offerings (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It is also decently priced; thanks Avery. I like it and would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 05:05:30 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Cascadia

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beauty of a beer. Deep orange-amber color with a really solid white head. Smells of noble hops. Hops hops hops and more hops. Tastes as the style should, good and hoppy, with citurs and piney hops, but the malt does come through and balences nicely at the end. Warming the belly on the second sip, this is a nice one. Good all-around double IPA, one I will try again for sure.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 02:53:44 | More by Cascadia
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jeffjfindley

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've never seen a prettier beer. Color is a orange-ruby red, head is ridiculous, being constantly fed by champagne bubbles rising from a golden bottom. Smell is pungent, sweet and delicious, with piney notes slightly overpowering citrus with sweet malt holding it all together perfectly. After the nose, the taste came as no surprise, powerful throughout and striking an enviable eveness. Creme broulee wrapped up in a fireworks display of delicious hops. Mouthfeel is silky, velvety, savory, surreal. This is the finest Double IPA I've ever had. Perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 22:41:05 | More by jeffjfindley
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TheBungyo

Washington

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

Wow. This pours sunshine orange with frost colored creamy head and lots of lacing guarding the rear. Nose is absolutely the most genuine display of pine and grapefruit I've ever encountered. Truly a marvelous display of hop aroma. There's also a bit of apricot and maybe passion fruit towards the end of the nose. I also get a smattering of sweetness.

Taste gives me all of the flavors I mentioned in the nose but is just a tad sweet for my tastes and not bitter enough. Aside from that this is as perfect as it comes. Honestly it's rare that any beer does so much right in the taste dept. Well done Avery!

Mouth is mercifully creamy and delightful.

As good as this is I couldn't rate it perfect where drinability is concerned because of the price. Many fantastic double IPA's go for under $5 in my area and in my honest opinion $8 for this is just too much. If my local brewers are charging less than this for their hop bombs a brewery in Colorado should be too.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 00:41:09 | More by TheBungyo
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peabody

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange amber/redish with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is malt and sugar and grapefruit. The alcohol seems pretty strong here. As it warms a bit, the piney hops come in. Really a nice aroma in this brew.
Taste is a bit dirty but sweet and warm alcohol-wise. Apple and cherry and dark bitterness,,,very dark bitterness. The sugars don't balance the bitterness very well.
Aftertaste is a warm alcohol with the hops ending up on the roof of the mouth is a warm bitter dryness that does make you want another drink. Then the warmth finally hits the gut. Whoa!
Mouthfeel is good but drinkability is low here cause of the 9.7% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 15:03:19 | More by peabody
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uncle8gil

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer of late to drink. I love 'em bitter, and this brew does nothing but satisfy. On first pour, it looks a dirty amber tan, too cloudy to see clearly through. Almost an orangy light brown. Beautiful. A clumpy head rims the glass and dissipates to cling to the edge. Gorgeous. The taste is terrific, nearly perfection, and this is one heck of an IPA. It is fruity, noting tastes of grapefruit and tropical fruits, but the sweetness is balanced by the terrific bitter kick of the hops (very bitter, as my friend sara's puckered face will attest to). The carbonation is easy and not overwhelmingly prickly, but could be a bit more pronounced, and the mouthfeel is medium due to a bit too much creaminess: this beer's one downfall. But the ending bitter kick and awesome aftertaste more than make up for that. This is one fantastic beer. Drink up, friends, and take the bus home. And the bottle is totally cool.
Oh, this is only a summer release, so stock up for those cold winter months…

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 01:11:48 | More by uncle8gil
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robocrouch

Ohio

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A beautiful looking beer with a deep hazy orange color. The biggest head I have seen for an IPA.

S: Sweet malts and fresh piney hops, with some grapefruit. This smells so sweet and delicious I just can't wait to drink it.

T: Wow. This beer is so good and smooth. The flavors are so balanced and the 9.7 % ABV is so well hidden you would never find it in a hide and seek contest. This is a hop lovers dream with such a wide range of hop flavors but it still has room to balance it out with other flavors. Simply an outstanding beer.

D: Not only the best DIPA I have had but also one of the best beers I have ever had. I would drink this all day if the ABV wasn't so high. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 14:50:36 | More by robocrouch
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giblet

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew! admittedly IPA is my favorite type of brew and this is one of the best. this is not just a top 25 for me but a top 5 so far. but, to be certain i have made the very easy decision to have many many more just to feel very sure that this is true. that will be a difficult task, but i am man enough for the challenge!

the aroma is a citris and hops and it only gets better from there!

i highly recomend this one. if you dont try it then that means there is more for me!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Benjamin Franklin - words to live by!

giblet
[email protected]

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 11:52:51 | More by giblet
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

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

This is one of my favorites but the review here is from my first tasting on 6/6/06.

Outstanding. Aroma is that of citrus & hops that get the senses going. Light but a great way to start this brew. Beautiful copper with a light head that quickly dwindles to a small cap in the glass. The taste is brilliant. Right there with the 471 from Breckenridge. Initial sip is sweet making you wonder what you are doing but the piney hops kick in and WOW, nice. Very smooth, and slightly warming as it goes down. Leaves the mouth dry and wanting more. Best Avery beer yet and the 9.9% is good for the soul. I am a sucker for DIPA's though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 03:19:25 | More by lonestar4lunch
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,513 ratings.