Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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-)

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a two-finger head. Solid lacing and retention. Sweet citrus aroma. The flavor follows. Big grapefruit and citrus hops. . Followed by sweet and creamy malt background. Nice pine bitterness on the close. The flavor was there, but not very cohesive. Big alcohol notes as well as the beer warmed.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange with a long withstanding white head. excellent lacing. aroma is lots of big american hops. a touch sweet in the aroma as well, but there's also a lingering vegetable/earthy smell. nice grapefruity bitterness with piney/grassy hops. finishes a little caramelly sweet. alcohol is well hidden. light resiny but fairly thick mouthfeel. really easy to drink, though. solid iipa, but the cooked vegetable aroma hinders a bit. not sure if it's just an off sampling, but even though, still a solid beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, slightly hazy with an orange tinge, little fine carbonation a finger of orange tinged head.

S: Caramel, orange, sweet like candy, sugary.

T: Orange candy, deep toffee, caramel, hint of orange candy, richly sweet, light pine character.

M: Thick syrupy body with little fine bubbled carbonation. Solid bitter finish.

O: Well done Imperial IPA.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 2011 Bottle

Appearance: Looks like an imperial to me. Amber with a 1 finger white head and some lacing.

Smell: Strong, sweet, caramel malts upfront as would be expected for an IPA aged this long.

Taste: Malty, malty, malty. I didn't realize this was LAST year's batch until after the fact and oh, boy. I'm sure this tastes totally different/better fresh. It's not awful, but the hop presence is pretty much nihl at this point.

Mouthfeel: Not the most exciting feel but considering this is an old batch I'm not gonna crucify it.

Overall: Have to try a fresh one this summer and re-evaluate. Still not awful by any means, but there are several aged imperials I can think of that I prefer to the taste of this.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a copper-amber color. A nice amount of sediment in the glass. The head was about a finger and half width, but a short retention... Decent sticky lacing.

S- piny, malty, dark fruits/citrus. A good balanced aroma, but it didn't pop so much. It was very subtle on the nose.

T- Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon peel, a sweet malt, and piney hop goodness fills your mouth, then a very warm finish with a mild spice of alcohol creeps up on you. The alcohol isn't very overpowering, but you know it's there. This is a fierce Imperial IPA indeed.

MF- Syrupy/chewy. It is a thick ale that goes down smooth with a medium carbonation. Your palate just won't let go of the taste, feel and that mild alcohol spice.

O- Not bad at all... This is a very intense ale, with many complex characteristics that transitions well between aroma and taste. Expect your tongue to be kicked around with this DIPA, it is definitely for the bold bitter enthusiast.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 13 22oz bottle
Oranger Amber tone

Nice fresh hoppy smell to it. Slight melon fruity, malt scents. Some citrus character.

Hot bitter hops throughout the taste. Apples towards the back end. Apples and tangy citrus. The alcohol and hops compliment each other well. Nice balance. Alcohol becomes more prominent as I drink as well. It eventually gets to a consitent slight hops to sweet citrus, nutty malt to hoppy alcohol intense finish. I keep getting a hint of lemon zest but its almost at random.

Medium mouthfeel. Smooth Carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. Definitely worth a try. I love DIPAs and I thought this was good. I wouldn't pay $10.99 for this again, but I'm happy I tried it. Too much alcohol after awhile, and I typically wouldn't say that.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glorious amber with golden highlights. Thick, pillowy head, with thick lace marking each sip as it receeds. Nice piney hops blast when you give it a sniff. A very nice brew, taste-wise, but not particularly extraordinary. Unfortunatly. Good hops, but enough to make it an 2IPA? What is there tastes good, but more like a slightly larger IPA than it's bigger brother.

A real smooth drink though. Creamy, with the hop oils being barely noticable. An easy sipper, but still not hoppy enough.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Maharaja last week for $7.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long day and I need something a little stronger then usual, so I thought I would give this DIPA a try, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks pretty good and it is also eye catching. It poured a pretty hazy golden copper color that took on a nice looking bright copper color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a proper looking DIPA, no complaints here, I really like the bright copper color that comes through when held to the light.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of citrus hops that impart a really dominate grapefruit aroma followed by some blood orange and pineapple. Next comes a 50/50 combination of floral and piney hops that work well with the dominating citrus hops and make for a good hop profile. I also pick up a little sweet and bready malts and a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. This beer had a nice aroma that was dominated by grapefruits.

T- This is a pretty intense tasting beer, but the taste seems to have much more balance then the aroma did. It start out with a slightly toasted malt base that imparts a some mild bready and grainy flavors and it had a high amount of medium sweetness. After that comes the hops. instead of being a grapefruit bomb like the aroma was the hop profile in the taste is a combination of citrus, floral, and piney hops, with no one type of hops sticking out more then the other, they seem pretty equal. Bitterness comes right from the get go and is pretty damn high, the bitterness stays throughout the flavor. On the finish I got a noticeable amount of alcohol and a bready and very hoppy mainly floral aftertaste. This is one intense DIPA that is good, but it's a little rough around the edges.

M- A little warming, slightly sticky, on the full side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, but not as good as some of the better DIPA's.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of a DIPA, the flavor was pretty damn intense, I have no problem classifying this as a palate wrecker. This beer doesn't have that good of drinkability, the bomber was a little too much for me to handle, I am sure I can drink it all but I think this beer is much better suited to be split with somebody that likes DIPA's, but I always finish what I start so this bad boy is going down. What I like most about this beer was the way it looked and the heavy grapefruit aroma, they were both pretty damn good. What I liked least about this beer was that it was a little rough around the edges, if the body was a little smoother and if the flavors blended a little better this would be a very good DIPA. If I wanted to get a palate wrecking DIPA for a decent price to split with somebody I may be inclined to purchase this again, but I think I would rather have Hop Stoopid, instead and it's cheaper. If you are a fan of DIPA and want something that is going to wreck your palate this beer is for you. This is one solid DIPA, but it isn't refined enough to be a top tier DIPA, I like it but there are more then a few DIPA's that I would rather have. Avery is one solid brewery, I haven't had anything from them that I would consider less then good, but I have yet to be truly wowed by their big beers, lucky for me they make a bunch of big beers so they have more then a couple chances to wow me with some of them and you can be sure I will buy them if they make it to a store near me, solid beer, keep up the good work guys, Avery is my favorite Colorado Brewery, they aren't afraid to take chances and I like that, I don't like a boring and very predictable brewery, Avery is not one of those.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, marked as bottled in May, 2007, batch 6. Thanks to Hypnoz123 for this great beer.

Pours a deep hazy dirty orange-pumpkin color. Big creamy head leaves frothy lace all over.

Strong initial hop scent rich in pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. A fresher hoppy aroma works its way forward, full of pine needles, lime, and herbs. Also has a very soft and underpowered floral nose.

Tastes rich and strong, with a surprising presence of caramelly malt and robust depth despite the intense hops. Hop flavor is characterized by a sharp, narrow bitterness, along with strong piny resin and a somewhat dank finish. Nice roasty grains run underneath from beginning to end, even more as the beer warms. What begins as a sweet ethery taste burns off as alcohol flavor, finishing with a bitter warmth, leaving a faint chemical aftertaste from the notably present 9.65%abv.

Definitely has a nice sticky feel for the style, but alcohol presence literally lifts the beer off the palate at times while drinking. Very strong astringent and ethery feel, gives a slippery oily quality to an otherwise sticky heavy beer.

I really like the flavor of this beer, but the notable presence of the alcohol is somewhat of a deterrent. Even among other high ABV IIPA beers, I notice the alcohol taste and feel in this more than most.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Golden brown with an nice white head allowing for some lacing.

S: Hoppy aroma with subtle fruits, and just a tad alcoholy.

T: Sweet and grainy up front, with mild hoppiness taking over. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Somewhat smooth and light, with a bit of alcohol burn.

D: Moderately drinkable.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Great looking dark copper/amber. Wonderfully bright with a thick 1 finger, off white head. Spotty lacing and fair retention.

S- Powerful and assorted hops take over the nose. Fragrence is amazing. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango...the list goes on. Beautifully put together with the NW hops. Not much malt detected as the DIPA lets the hops reign supreme.

T- Hop heavy as the nose indicates. A lot going on with a terrific hop profile. Some resinous hops also find a way to surface. A little unbalanced as the sweet caramel malt backbone never seems to put up much of a fight to the hops and booze. Pine hop bitterness in the finish

M- Mid to full body. Despite my feelings that this beer has an overshadowed malt base, it remains delightfully creamy on the palate. The alcohol slaps you around a little, but as to be expected for a 10% beer. Dry. Maybe a little undercarbonated

O- A big beer here that while i enjoyed the hop complexity, I struggled to find its balance. Odd, i know, as many people have also said that the malt is too strong. An enjoyable brew that i will try again.

As an addendum to the previous review, I cellared this beer for a couple months to let the hops subside and I actually like it much better. The caramel malt characteristic really shines and seems to make it much more balanced than when I had it fresh.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium-dark amber. Half finger frothy head. Decent lacing.
S- Smell is not quite as hoppy as I expected or would like. It's kinda sugary on the nose, with toffee and grapefruit aromas. Alcohol is perceivable.
T- Tastes much better than it smells. Still a touch sugary. Piney and actually really grapefruity. The alcohol is a bit too noticable.
M- Low carbonation. Sugary on the tongue. Warming in the finish from the alcohol.
O- A decent IIPA, but there are several better out there. A bit too sweet and it could use more hops on the nose. Good but not spectacular.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had a copper color to the beer and unsurprisingly not as much head as I thought there would be.

The beer was first served to me somewhat chilled, so initially it had hints of grapefruit to the flavors along with the hops. However, you also could taste the alcohol seeping through because it had 10% ABV. As the beer start to warm up, the hops really come alive. As I finished off the glass, I could smell and taste the alcohol coming through a bit more strongly.

The hops really does linger in your mouth for a while especially when the beer warms up to room temperature.

This is a good beer for anybody that wants a serious beer with a serious punch. I would drink it again with a dinner or perhaps at a beer tasting party.

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Photo of jbhuxley
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours orange copper in color, with 1/2" of head, which quickly subsides to a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving rings of runny lacing.

Earthy hops dominate giving in to a sweet malty smell. Grapefruit and pine is also present.

Starts with strong brown sugar malt notes, moving into an earthy bitterness. Finishes crisp and bitter with a warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but chewy. Carbonation is adequate, but not over the top. The smoothness lends itself to a decent drinkability.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: this is a big DIPA and has nice hop flavors of citrus and pine

mouthfeel: full bodied and maybe the highest for it's style that I have had. thrown off a bit

drinkability: very solid DIPA, highly recommend and would seek out again

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Photo of callmescraps
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, had this a long time ago, didn't love it. But I've been hearing good things, and I'm in to second chances.

Appearance - Hmmm. A nice deep copper color. Almost amber. It's got a real nice couple of inches of pretty firm, off-white head. Good looking beer.

Smell - Hops in the house. It's been way too long since I had a nice DIPA, so I'm pretty stoked. Plenty of grassy pine. A little bit of that citrus goodness, a hint of red grapefruit.

Taste - Up front it's a little soft on it. Then it comes on real hard. It's kind of sweet, almost that grapefruit or pineapple, with a lot of sticky hops. The finish is like chewing on a pine tree. Some of that citrus comes in, but it's got a sort of sweet caramel malty, hoppy as hell thing going on. It's pretty harsh, but the finish has a sweet hoppiness that I enjoy. Someone described it as hot, and I'd second that.

Mouthfeel - Almost a little thin? I like my DIPA's a little on the syrupy side, and this one doesn't coat the tongue the way I'd prefer.

Drinkability - Well, I'm thirsty. But that pine forest thing is making it difficult to want another.

This is a pretty good beer. Definitely great if you're into those piney hops, and sweet malt, then this beer is right up you alley. Saw it next to a Hop Henge at the store, and this beer reminds me of that one.

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Photo of L0ne
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, June 2015 batch.

Amber-orange, with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves delicate lacing across the inside of the glass.

Smell is citrus and herbal hops alongside sweet caramel malts, with a little funkiness playing in the background.

Taste follows smell and seemingly hits the palette all at once, almost surprising in its assault of herbal, orangey, bitter hoppiness and bright, in your face, caramel sweetness. Sweetness lingers, with just a bit of bitter hop flavor in the corners of the jaw.

The viscosity of this is typical DIPA, and there isn't a lot of carbonation, barely enough to leave a prickly sensation on the tongue. However, this works in its favor, and it is way too drinkable for having a 10+ abv.

Brings to mind 471, if you are looking for a comparison. But, I feel like the flavors of 471 hit in layers, rather than all at once, right at the front.

Overall a tasty brew, but I don't know if I'll seek it out again. I'm having a hard time laying a finger on why. I guess it boils down to the abundance malty sweetness going on, and the hop profile just not sitting quite right.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a huge, three finger, off-white head with great retention leaving plenty of lacing. Slightly hazed caramel/orange body.

S: Aroma boasted of fresh pine and citrus hops. Too bad it wasn't stronger, because it was damn good.

T: On the tongue, the sweet caramel malt wilted under a mountain of hops - bitter and citric, like a bitter orange. The everpresent alcohol added to the fruity & spicy characteristics.

M: Body was full, with light carbonation - almost creamy. Finishes with alcohol warming and a lasting, bitter aftertaste.

D: The '08 version had more alcohol than '07, yet it was hidden better. It's still not one of my favorite DIPAs, but overall it's a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, caramel-colored body with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Pungent, heavily hopped aroma with sweet-smelling notes of ripe apricots, grapefruit, and pine oils. The fragrant hop scent overlays some hints of freshly made dough and candy sugar.

Taste: Initial biscuity, toffee maltiness drops off into a tangy, sweetened citrus flavor. Grapefruit, mainly. Maybe some oranges, too. Finishes with a middling, restrained bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, although its especially oily, and syrupy on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer does a fitting job of balancing both the bitter and sweet elements to make for a fair Double IPA.

*4/19/08: Feb. '07 bottle. For me, a toned down citrus character and a dialed up peppery lemongrass character, both in aroma and taste. Otherwise, it's fairly similar and received a score consistent with the original review.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Great pour... Ridiculous fluffy off-white head off of mild pour... Slow carbonation... Hazy orange tinted straw color... Couldn't wait to take a sniff and sip...

S - GRAPEFRUIT... Ruby red grapefruit to be more exact... Floral earthy aromas are present as well... Hop resins...

T - Grapefruit and other hints of citrus... Hops... Malt come through as well... As well balanced an Imperial IPA I've ever tasted...

M - Creamy, smooth, and rich... Oily hop resin finish lingers... Quality of mouth feel gradually declined as beer continued to warm to room temp...

D - Very smooth for an Imperial IPA... It takes more than a "hop bomb" to make a wonderful IPA, this one has it... Again, it should be noted that the what started at as great drinkability wained as the beer warmed... Additionally, I felt the effects of this brew for quite a while... I typically handle high ABV beers without issue, but this one really kicked by butt...

Bottle / Artwork - Love it... Great Red/Yellow font on time of a lively green label... Holographic sables and an interesting spiritual warrior in the center... The foil overtop the cap was a bit much...

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off... How in the hell did I find a bomber of this in Portland... Whole Foods that is... amazing.. (15th NE Fremont..)

- Rather clear and copper colored... Lovely eggshell head... lacing all over... just a small wee-bit of cloudiness.... so small..

- Smells like a Hop Stoopid... huge citrus extract... price way over a Lagunitas... Strong alcohol.. caramel malt...

- A very pleasant and drinkable ale.. in flavor the malt and hop is quite balanced.. some caramel.. and citrus hop... but with a bitter pine hop after-bite..

- Oily.. very chewy... rather extra strong...

- I could drink this stuff for a long time though... because it does have a very citrus extract sort of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid taste.... or is it almost the same thing... just a tad stronger?

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Photo of JayS2629
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cool amber with moderate white head that fades slowly and leaves descent lace.

The smell is of orange, grapefruit, and pine with a sweet caramel and honey backbone. Floral elements throughout as well.

The taste is overly sweet for a DIPA with rich honey and caramel. A small booze bite that lingers and loads of grapefruit, melon, sweet orange and pine. Black pepper notes and some grassy, floral elements.

Overly sweet for this style. A bit cloying, sticky and but interesting and descent DIPA. A big sipper that goes crazy on spicy hops as it warms.

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Photo of hmf05
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear dark copper with a one and a half creamy head. The aroma is bizarre. It smells like mango cereal. The cereal graininess is very off-putting to me and I don't get much of a hop aroma at all. The taste is nothing like the smell. I get tons of mango and papaya. The graininess is nowhere in the taste. This ale is pretty sweet, but insanely bitter at the same time. In a weird way this beer is balanced. Overall a good experience. I don't know what's up with the aroma, but the taste is well worth it. DuganA is much better and drinkable IMHO. A nice DIPA and I may enjoy this better fresh.

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Photo of hylton44
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy bomb. Not overpowering as it first hits your tongue, but really leaving a powerful, dry vapor in your mouth after you swallow; almost like you just chewed up a flower petal.

Very citrus-y and pine-y in aroma and flavor, with the bitterness and alchoholic character far outweighing the malt, which is was both expected and appreciated.

I shared this with a friend to celebrate the adoption of his second child. Cheers, Shawn! May Audrey grow up slow and sure.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,569 ratings.
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