Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -14.9%
Review from notes taken in March.
Served in a nonic, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish merange-like head. Leggy lace sticks to the glassware and a swirl revives more than a finger of head back across the top.
The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with scents of pineapple, mango, fruits, rind like grapefruit and orange. Lots of different sweet smelling notes to take in with other hints of light sulfur and a yeasty greenness finish out the nose.
The taste is fruity with hop chsracter initially flavored like mango and other tropical fruits. Notes of pear, sulfur and rinds emerge as well. This brew has a young green yeastiness that runs all through the profile. Light malt backing provides a sweetness that accents the fruity rindy flavors. The finish has some spiced peppery notes to the finish that accents the alcohol
This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This brew comes across to me a bit much like spoiled fruit meets young yeast as I partake in the rest of my serving. The abv is hidden quite well though if that helps matters at all.
06-17-2011 12:42:55 | More by stakem
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Pours crystal clear amber with some light visible carbonation and a two finger tall light beige head. There beer exhibits great head retention (barely diminished over the course of the beer) and lots of lacing.
S: Aromas are more of tropical fruits than citrus but still including citrus - I get a pineapple/mango predominant smell. Also, the finish of the aroma has just the slightest hint of pine.
T: Upfront, tropical fruits - pineapple/mango - followed by a sticky pine and a nice an bitter finish. Slight hints of alcohol can be detected.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky.
O: Very good and very enjoyable - a little too intense to be considered sessionable or even a very regular beer in the rotation. I enjoy the tropical hoppy nature of the beer but feel like I need to pair it with some intense flavored food (spicy or aromatic).
02-24-2012 18:16:52 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -16.5%
A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).
A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.
S: The DIPA has a
03-27-2011 19:35:49 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
(Served in an Imperial pint glass)
A- This beer has a pale golden body with a slight brown tint and is very clear showing off a strong carbonation. There is a tiny film of white foam that stays for a good bit.
S- The smell of pineapple weed hops has a slight skunky note (that is a good skunk) with an apricot smell to it. The hops are very fresh and earthy and I can't stop sniffing them.
T- The taste of green pineapple hops with lots of grassy flavors is supported by a slight sweet caramel malt flavor and the finish is a nice bitter hop flavor.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a slippery texture with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a good fresh complex hoppy profile with depth and a malt flavor that can stand up to the hops without being too sweet or alcohol tasting.
07-11-2006 03:16:04 | More by rhoadsrage
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.
09-19-2009 23:46:43 | More by jdhilt
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.
As I gaze in to my glass I see an amber colored beer with nearly no head formation that is common with a mega IPA class beer.
Smell is spicy first and foremost. Deeper smelling reveals grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Spice is quite strong in this beer, mostly black pepper but cardamom and cumin too.
Taste is mostly melon, peaches and wood in the first sip. Wood, strong tea are all present but this one is quite fruity too. Fruit is mostly papaya and mango here. Not bad at all in flavor. The taste of melons never really goes away.
Mouthfeel is good.
Not at all a bad beer here. Very close to the best in the DIPA class but not quite. Easy to drink and highly recommended.
06-11-2006 18:22:02 | More by Zorro
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
22 ounce bottle bought at the Wine Exchange. This is Batch 8, which was bottled in May 2008, and lists 102 IBU's, 1.090 OG, and a heavy 10.21% ABV. This is going to be fun. On to the beer:
Pretty to look at: orange amber color with good clarity and a foam head made up of tiny bubbles. Good retention. The hops are BIG in the aroma with some bready caramel, and sweet & sticky piney fruits. As for the taste, it is quite smooth with a palate numbing kick of alcohol. Herbal and grassy upfront, the hops turn sharp and piney with just a bit of malt and pinneapple to balance. The alcohol adds a peppery and fusel zip to the beer, which lingers long on the palate afterwards.
Shit, am I sweating because of this brew, or is it just hot in here? Mellowing out this brew over time could cool off the heat.
08-03-2008 03:08:23 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
March 2010 bottle. Very fresh.
Poured into bruery snifter.
Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a decent sized layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden bronze.
Aroma: Very fresh floral hops. Tons of well blended citrus. Grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and maybe a hint of lime citrus. A hint of caramel malt with a little alcohol, but not bad. Very nice.
Taste: Very big iipa. Tons of floral hops with a hint of pine hops. Huge citrus blend. The grapefruit sticks out, but it is more of a blend here. Bready and caramel malts with some alcohol again.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied for the style with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky with some hops and burn.
Overall, a very awesome IIPA. Huge bodied with a massive amount of hops (obviously). Pretty drinkable. I dig it. The aroma is amazing.
03-18-2010 02:21:47 | More by mothman
3.3/5 rDev -22%
32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.
A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.
S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.
T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.
M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.
D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.
07-27-2010 02:04:29 | More by BARFLYB
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
WOW! This is an awesome DIPA, one of the best I've ever had. Pours a cloudy dark golden color, small head, but some nice lacing/islands thoroughout the drink. Scents of hops aplenty, some citrus, and some slight spices. The taste is very sweet and hoppy, a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body, pretty complex for a DIPA. This DIPA is very drinkable, an awesome brew from Avery, highly recommended.
09-24-2006 19:28:35 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 bottling, just released recently. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dank hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; with slight alcohol as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and pine hop flavors; with a near perfect malt balance that does not overwhelm; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a light creamy, slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop notes with nice malt balance; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
04-03-2013 03:57:04 | More by superspak
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foiled cap.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalyze, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one (still fearing The Beast)...
05-18-2005 22:06:02 | More by ppoitras
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
Avery Brewing : Maharaja
Poured into a snifter, a clear copper orange in color with a small soapy head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, some dank, sweetness, alittle citrus. Big time bitterness and leafy hop flavors, also some honey like malt sweetness. Alcohol lofts in as well. Earthy , pine resin hops, sugary malt sweetness and some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and chewey. Overall, a big friggin beer, and a hop beast.
05-26-2011 03:00:52 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Fresh bottle March 2010. Thank you, Avery Brewing Co. for putting a bottling date on this DIPA.
A: Clear orange with a decent head and some sticky lacing
S: Pleasant grapefruit aroma with beautiful fresh hops, slight alcohol
T: Very tasty. Grapefruit and citrus are huge, with sweet hops sticking to your mouth at every sip. Although the alcohol is hidden very well, it is obvious when drinking this that it is a big beer.
M: Maharaja is a bit syrupy and sticky for my taste. Warming finish with a nice lingering aftertaste.
D: 1/2 bottle was just right.
03-17-2010 04:30:51 | More by Huhzubendah
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Ok, cask to tap to bottle. Let's see how this thing holds up.
Well....fudge me! Looks fantastic! Deep gold, clean, bright. The foam is what brings this to a '5'. Off white. Fluffy. Rocky in spots. Clingy. Sticky. Splotchy. Yum
Aroma is nice and full of hops. A bit of booze comes through on it. Light malt undertones.
Flavor hides the abv a bit more. Very light caramel throughout. The hops, of course, lead the charge. Citrus and floral. Fresh cut grass. A pinch of mango (can you pinch a mango?). Some pine comes out on the end and leave a sharp tingle. The feel of this is great. Just sweet enough to not be overly dry. But hoppy enough to pucker ya up.
Darn fine beer, this 'un here
05-23-2012 04:55:01 | More by Mebuzzard
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
What a pleasure to find a double IPA of this caliber in a bottle. Bought a bottle (22 oz) of this last night at the Concordia Alehouse (Portland, Or), and given the abv., thought I better share it with the bartender and a neighbor. However, it was so damn tasty I almost wish I'd kept it all to myself. This beer has a fabulous hop presense in the nose and is unabashedly bitter/hoppy on the palate. The flavor just explodes on the palate. This beer reeks of citrus and pine, but is oh so well balanced. Everything is in beautiful proportion, with just enough malt to keep this beer from geting tiring (a problem I sometimes have with the Hercules from Great Divide). Maybe it's not quite in the same league as the twin titans from Russian River (Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger), but it's pretty darn close. An absolutely excellent double IPA, and one I'll be taking home whenever I need a hops fix and don't feel like bellying up to the bar at my neighborhood pub.
04-11-2006 20:30:38 | More by John_M
2.75/5 rDev -35%
Didn't seem to care much for this out of the bottle so let's see if on tap makes a difference.
Looks great for starters, a real nice orange bodied slightly cloudy with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Gorgeous body color.
Smell. I am not getting it but a big butter thick sensation... not of diacetyl either. I am looking for hop presenece here and I am not finding it this is really odd, I smell next to nothing everything seems very muted.
Hop ambush on taste with a big grassy chew somewhat but a lingering grain and melted butter slick and thick spiced hop finish. Oily once again as I remember it. Barely a hint of citrus perhaps some orange zest but not able to get passed a lingering just basic bitterness that wont go away. If I want bitter give me some flavor with it for starters.
Overall I find this thick, syrupy and it's even a bit boozy uneccesarily, and I can't get rid of this aftertaste which is just an unpleasant bitterness, and not even a pleasant hop bitter. I feel like I drank a stick of butter also which really isn't fun. Still can't get into this brew and I am never having this again, this isn't for me.
05-27-2011 17:35:07 | More by smakawhat
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.