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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,539 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,539
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 343 | 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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punkrkr27

Michigan

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

Hazy orange pour with a dense off-white head that fades to a nice lacing. Loads of juicy grapefruit aroma with caramel and honey in the background. Lots of citrus hops upfront in the flavor with a strong floral note. Some sweet malts coming out which are then quickly overpowered by a lingering pine flavor and a healthy dose of alcohol. Has a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste too. Full body with a dry finish coming from the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:47:08 | More by punkrkr27
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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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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very clear. It is a light Mahogany to dark honey color and boasts a frothy cap of off-white foamy head. This beer looks just amazing!

S: I could smell the hops right as I cracked the bottle. It's a hop-forward beer with things like tangerine, lemon, and maybe some clementine. It is so hops-forward that the malt is hard to pick up, though, I can detect a sweetness in the background.

T: The first thing I taste are hops, just like the smell. The second thing I notice is that this beer is quite boozy, but it doesn't have a 'hot' burn. You get all the hops right up front and the maltyness comes in on the finish with the lingering booze 'burn'.

M: Medium-full bodied to full bodied with little carbonation, and quite smooth.

D: Delicious beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone, but due to the boozy feel, It is a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 17:10:55 | More by tlazaroff
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JTWILDOATS

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hanging out with a few buddies at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Brighton, MA. After hearing so much about this Imperial IPA and seeing it on tap--I had to give it a try.

Awesome, lively golden ambiance was poured into a 13 oz. goblet. I was somewhat disappointed by the lacking head however. Perhaps the pour by the bartender?

This was a bouquet of hops, just what I was waiting for. Incredible citrus, tart notes, and clearly super-hoppy.

The taste was equally as powerful. After letting my buddies try a sip of whom couldn't handle the hops--I was glad as there was more for me. But this was a battle of sorts to finish. Definitely something you need to take your time with.

The 10% or so is clearly felt throughout--this brew is probably designed to be bigger than life and a once in a while treat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 16:43:48 | More by JTWILDOATS
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, dark golden yellow, massive 2 inch creamy head, lots of lacing

Smell - Hops, fruits, malts, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, hop oil

Taste - As expected, strong hops and fruits. One thing about this beer is the malt flavor is high also, its like they tried to put as much into the malts as the hops. It has a bold, strong alcohol kick also.

Mouthfeel - Kicks your mouths butt with all the hops, malts and alcohol. Palette gets destroyed , tounge gets bitter burnt, no turning back after a drink

Drinkabilty - Its just so strong, a sipper beer for sure. Not something to drink weekly. The 22oz was more then enough. Well drink again next year or so. Cant get much better for a high hop beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:06:47 | More by wvsabbath
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JonathanG

Colorado

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

This was served to me at Freshcraft in LoDo, Denver in a 10-oz. Nonic pint glass. I requested a tulip glass and poured it into there to better assess and enjoy the beer.

A: Nice solid orangey-copper color with a 1-finger off-white head that took little coaxing to maintain. Lacing remained on top if left unattended and with a few swirls, the head came back.

S: Certainly wreaked of a DIPA, in a good way with aromas of hemp oil, pine, light citrus and light stonefruit notes (think nectarines and peaches), along with a bit of malt and grain to make it not so one-dimensional. Solid nose.

T: Hints of dried spice and mild white pepper, as well as anything-but-sweet nectarine and peach notes, as well as some light grapefruit notes. The pine resin also carried over onto the palate.

M: Palate was a little drier overall than I anticipated. Not in a bad way, it just wasn't as sweet as some other DIPAs out there, like DFH 90-Minute as a point of reference. Because it wasn't all that sweet, I'd call it medium+bodied.

O: I am proud to call Colorado home and feel fortunate to have so much great beer, this one being included, accessible and close to home. I'd happily drink this again, without reservation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 18:45:24 | More by JonathanG
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- This batch is not dark amber at all, but a nice looking hazy orange-gold color with a tan head that slowly fades but holds on and leaves some lacing. It's jumping with bubbles,too.

S- There is some citrus/grapefruit aroma but I pick up mostly tropical fruit notes like mango and pineapple. There are also notes of pine and strong caramel malts, sweet malts at that.

T- The citrus/tropical fruit, pine, and caramel malts all shine. There is a strong presence of sweetness from the malts and the high abv for sure.

M-Nice carbonation, some slick pine resin, sweet. The malts and 10.4% abv combine for a sweetness that tempers the hops.

O-As much as want to love this beer, the sweet alcohol character is a bit of a stumble for me. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 20:56:46 | More by NiceTaps
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far333

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber honey colored from the bottle. Leaves nearly an inch of thick and lumpy and dimpled foam that lingers long. Fine bubbles rain upwards through the liquid.

Fresh citrusy aroma rises up, there are floral notes as well, plus some soapy undertones.

Flavor is initially mildly sweet with nuances of butterscotch and cotton candy. Flavor quickly turns to big fresh hops. I've had 80 IBU's that feel like battery acid on the tongue, but the 105 IBU's from this one are fresh and delicious. Crisp, tart, sweet, fresh orange slices sprinkled with sugar, a citrus rind bitter rises up in the finish, and a mild pine note lingers. The ABV is very well hidden, would never guess this one is so strong except for a little warming in the lower cheeks.

Full and even mouthfeel, shockingly drinkable for such a huge selection. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by an Avery beer, and this is certainly no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 23:57:13 | More by far333
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prototypic

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2007

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a thick, creamy two finger head. Excellent retention and nice foamy lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very strong piney hops are rolling off the top. An abundance of citrus notes are present (grapefruit, orange, mango, and even a hint of peach). There's also a suprising malt aroma in there. But, hops are the main feature as they are extremely strong.

Taste: A sweet fruity taste is the first thing to hit. It's a blend of the various citrus notes mentioned above, but primarily grapefruit. It's followed by a nice, bitter hop kick. Very nice pine taste. Malt is blended extremely well and balances it out a bit. But, the hop bitterness remains.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a bit of a syrupy feel to it. At nearly 10% ABV, drinkability is limited. I think one bomber would suit me. Overall, this is a very good beer. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 04:36:49 | More by prototypic
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 23:40:30 | More by emerge077
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Bubslang

Michigan

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

deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 23:29:23 | More by Bubslang
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eisbock1

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in tulip glass from 22oz bottle. Thick soapy off white head...nice lacing. Pours a golden amber hue, little carbonation. Strong grapefruit, citrus, pine, on the nose. Taste is suprisingly sweet and tangy, palate further illustrates citrus and pine profile. Smooth and full bodied, drinkable but cautiously so at just under 10%. Thoroughly enjoyed overall and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 21:45:58 | More by eisbock1
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atigerlife

Hawaii

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish/orange with a thick, creamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma of hops is dominant. Piney. Light malts and hints of fruit.

Taste is hops throughout. Pine again. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and cleansing with a dry finish.

Overall, a very impressive brew. Very refreshing. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 23:40:35 | More by atigerlife
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 6 -May 2007

Pours a dark golden amber with only the most minimal of head. Smell is big 'ol sticky, stinky hops. And a lot of them.
Taste is huge, bittering hops. Mostly bittering floral hops, but some citrusy hops as well.
There is a very malty presence to support the amount of hops which gives it a full mouthfeel. This isn't a very refreshing beer, but a very good tasting one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 19:34:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
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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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alcstradamus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with about two fingers of head in my snifter. Nice lacing left behind

S--Extremely pungent earthy hops, a little citrus also. This might be the deepest hop aroma I may have ever smelled. A pain shoots up my sinus every time I stick my nose in it, seriously. I suppose that is a good thing.

T--Taste is much of the same...just a huge overwhelming barrage of earthy hops. Quite a bit of bitterness too, the 102 IBUs smack my face like a baseball bat. Good flavor, this one could use a little balance but Avery was obviously going for something insane here and they definitely delivered.

M--On the heavier side of medium bodied, good carbonation levels and it washes down clean

D--This one is very interesting but damn it is definitely a sipper. Split the bomber and prepare to have your palate destroyed. Great brew, maybe not top tier but definitely borderline.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 12:49:04 | More by alcstradamus
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Yesac

Georgia

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

A- Pale orange in color, medium sized white foamy head that quickly fades to a thin layer.

S- Sweet nectar of squeezed hop juice.. yum. The barley has a strong presence as well. There is a sweet overtone of green apple that makes this one of the best smelling IPA's I've had.

T- Bitter but juicy hops cling to your tongue up front.. and balanced malt follows through meanwhile the 10% ABV is making its presence known. The finish is not impressive.. its a thick monotone flavor that masks the balance I smelt. I liked this less and less the more I drank it.

M- Thick bodied. The taste left on the palate is bland and is not sticky.

D- Hop heads will enjoy this one. Its balanced, but lacks in mouthfeel however it's got balls with the 10.24% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:05:56 | More by Yesac
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark hazy amber with huge cap og stiff merangue like white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is made of huge whiffs of citrus, tropical and pine notes with a solid carmely sweet malt backbone present. First taste is a bitter rush of the hop notes mentioned above, backed by the lightly carmel and grahmn crackery sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, oily, coating but high in carbonation, dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that is big and bold and could sitll affect a bruised palate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 14:27:47 | More by rfgetz
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MILECO

California

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

Batch #13, March 2011 bottle. Poured into a 9 oz. bulbous whisky glass.

A: Nice, dark orange color, with a few, thin bubble trail leading to a respectable, foamy head. After settling, a slight layer of head remains. Amazing legs on the edge of the glass throughout the drink, sticking in more than complete curtains of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Immediate citrus and pine hit the nose, and almost a field of flowers hang over the glass. This sets up an expectation of intense flavor to follow. A sweet fragrance lingers after taking in a full waft...

T: ...And then the booze hits. Hmm. I re-read the label, and take special note of the malted barley. It's not that it's bad, just an unexpected first impression after smelling so much citrus. I understand now why this brew is unique in the community. An intensity that screams "HIGH IBU" follows, lingering well after the swallow, tingling for awhile on the tongue. This is fresh, and exactly how the brewer intended when he capped it. The alcohol isn't quite whiskey, but more ETOH, an almost unfortunate downfall. Mucho hops saves this from being too boozy to enjoy.

M: There is a thickness that stays in the mouth throughout, boldly staying with you, almost daring you to imagine pine tar coating George Brett's bat. A layer of film stays after the swallow, forcing you to swish you tongue about as a finisher. I can't think of a better example of umami in a non-stout/porter beer. I'm glad I chose the smaller glass to encourage consuming this in sipping fashion.

Overall: As I finish the last few ounces, I'm taken both by the uniqueness and sheer amount of ingredients used. This is an intense experience, and presents itself like a grand entrance to a great champion. I cannot recommend any food pairings with this, as it just KILLS with overwhelming, sudden force. The high booze taste almost begs to be aged, but therein lies the flaw: High-hopped beverages are best enjoyed fresh. These two competing priorities keep Maharaja from being the Great Gama it seeks to be. It's still a great drink, and definitely worthy of being entered into comparisons with PtY and Bad Boy. But, it lacks the subtle drinkability that accompanies such others in the hop-head category and price range of Nelson and Hop Juice. This imperial reagent needs a little refining before taking the top crown.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:03:20 | More by MILECO
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bierfreundlich

California

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

A - Pours a beautiful light-brown honey color with a thin beige head.

S - So fruity! Apricot, pear, apple, banana, and melon--a fruit salad for the nose.

T - Sweet melon with really bitter overtones and a bitter grapefruit finish.

M - It is syrupy in the mouth but fairly crisp. The hops seem to tingle your mouth in conjunction with the carbonation.

O - Overall, very delicious. The hops leave your gums feeling slightly numb like an analgesic. A great beer to try for any double ipa fan!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:16:36 | More by bierfreundlich
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle (Batch 12 - bottled May 2010) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pretty, crystal clear orange color with a creamy 2 finger pillow of dense white foam. Nice spiderwebs of lacing left behind.

S - Huge citrus aroma that heavy features ripe grapefruit and has some sweet oranges to blend in well. Lighter notes of pineapple and mango also contribute to this overall amazing aroma. Really subtle bready malt struggles to make any impression...and barely does, but it is definitely there as is some mild yeastiness and I think I'm getting a tiny amount of diacetyl in there too.

T - Sharply bitter with tons of grapefruit up front. Lightly sweet malt hits the front of the tongue before the hop assault hits, well, just about everywhere else. A noticeable alcohol presence. Pineapple falls in the middle somewhere. Bitterness turns a bit harsh and slighly medicinal towards the finish, which knocks this down a notch overall, but still very enjoyable.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with a full and prickly carbonation that tingles on the tongue. The bitterness is mouth filling, somewhat medicinal and lingers forever past the swallow. Alcohol level gives a bit of a warmth especially noticeable on the exhale.

D - I've had Maharaja on several occasions in the past, but this is the first time I've gotten to have it really fresh. Alcohol is pretty noticeable and quite high at 10.3%. Flavor is really good, especially as it enters the mouth on each sip, but turns a bit harsh towards the swallow. This keeps this out of the upper echelon of DIPA's for me, but is still quite an outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:13:36 | More by portia99
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Quasmo

Georgia

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

I sat down and had a bottle poured into a pint glass last night, good beer.

Appearance - Nice gold amber color, nice amount of head on the pour, head remained for a good amount of time.

Smell - Loved the smell of this beer. Nice smell of hops and citrus.

Taste - When I first tasted it, I was hit with on unexpected crispness. I did not expect it to be so sharp. As the beer warmed up the sharpness turned into a good smooth taste, but it was unexpected. The taste of hops is very strong with this beer, but very good. I could enjoy this beer over and over.

Drinkability - Very good, I could see myself drinking this more often than not. Good buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 17:57:34 | More by Quasmo
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infestaxion

Florida

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

Batch 10 Bottled in June

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy, two finger cream head. A little bit of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - I don't even have to pick up the glass to smell the malt profile on this bad boy. When I do put my nose in there I get a very nice hop smack in the face. Floral and citrus hops. A nice amount of pine.

T - The taste is much like the smell. The balance sways toward the hops. Just how I like it. Could stand to be a little more bitter.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - Pretty smooth for 10.69%. I don't pick up any alcohol in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:16:14 | More by infestaxion
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great hop monster from Avery. Pours a beautiful orange, looking like pekoe tea. A sturdy, long-lasting head. It's the smell that's the stunner on this one. Absolutely gorgeous aroma; one the best-smelling beers I've come across. Smells of roses, rainwater, lime zest and spicy, piney hops. On palette, there is a major orange and pineapple thing going on. Finish is cedary/piney then, finally, lemony. Mouthfeel is solid with some prickliness on the tongue. Considering the 9.9% abv, this is surprisingly drinkable. On the other hand, it's still 9.9%, so... Hopheads should definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 16:44:25 | More by Riggo
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Amber, and unfiltered, lots floating around to the point of being hazy. Probably some of the most sediment I've seen floating in a drink. Slight carbonation, and not much of a head, but laced superbly.

S- Hops and honey. Powerful hops, but some definite sweetness as well.

T- Mostly hop bitterness, but some sweetness as well. A ton of hop flavor in there, but it is balanced well by the sweetness. Strangely it's the kind of sweetness that doesn't take away from the hop bitterness at all. Slightly caramel like and slightly like honey.

M- Full bodied, a bit dry and sticky as well. Not too much carbonation which left it like that. Sort of syrupy.

D- A good solid hop-bomb with more sweetness than hop-bombs are known for. Almost like a hop liquor without the liquor heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:49:40 | More by BBP
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,539 ratings.