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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
17.86%
 
 
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads “Bottled in Fed. 2006 Batch 3”. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is intense and is a well-blended combination of hops and citrus, very pleasant. There are some notes of caramel and vanilla in the back ground, but it’s pretty much hops and citrus all the way as a good 2IPA should be.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The strong hops bitterness and sweet citrus flavors couple each other excellently. The malt character provides just enough substance to make the beer smooth. The after-taste maintains the balance of hops & citrus.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes does easy enough, not-too-filling, excellent representation of style, I liked this beer a lot. The only thing I regret about buying this beer is that I didn’t buy it sooner. Looking forward to trying more beers from Avery as this was my first from them.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful medium amber color, clear with a large creamy and very durable head. Splendid lacing.

Aroma: a pine bomb from the piney hops.

Taste: DIPA with ample hops from start to finish; dominated by spruce.

M: very smooth for style. Low level of hops/ABV harshness.

O: a very good DIPA, if too piney for my taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to knucks999 for sending a fresh bottle of this to me as an extra in a recent trade!

A: The pour is absolutely gorgeous and just about perfect for an IPA. Amber in color with great clarity and a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.

S: The nose if full of grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruits. A blast of pine finishes things off quite nicely.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with plenty of fruit notes. The grapefruit is not all that bitter and there is a lot of pineapple. The fruit is followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor and the sip is finished off by bitter pine.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleased by this beer. I had it back when I first started getting into beer and wasn't impressed (very likely an old bottle), but this is really a great DIPA and very easy to drink.

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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 mothman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's Downtown location - 1/2 price during happy hour, served chilled in a snifter.

A - A rust colored copper w/ good clarity and thick whipped light beige cap with a tiny bead. The color has accents of gold and crimson and lace clings well

S - the smell is rather pungent ad hoppy with both pine and citrus with a mild floral element. The nose is bolstered by a slightly sweet malt note and light alcohol ester

M - The feel is very good, it starts sweet with a gentle resinous texture from the hops with a bitterness that builds and spiced tinges with the alcohol moderate in the feel. There is a drying effect from both the alcohol and hop resins on the palate with mellow malt sweetness and hop acidity

T - A flavorful blend of hop goodness! The slightly piney hops have a light spice and rind flavor with a mellow bit of fruit acidity and light astringency. The resinous texture leads to a mild malt which balances the almost hot alcohol flavor and high bitterness. The taste is well nuanced with hop flavor utilized above the bitterness factor, it comes off as a really juicy sweet hop taste first and bitter spicy and warm taste next with alcohol only noted after the swallow

D - This is a seriously well made Imperial IPA, I commend the talented folks at Avery for the fact that malt presence and yet still an abundance of hop flavor and long finishing with only a very mild alcohol influence on the taste - you definitely know it is there after the first glass which is whey I gave a 4, but very smooth for the strength of 10.3%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Been a while since I last visited the old Raja; let's see what he's up to today, shall we? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, orange peel, pine resin, and plenty of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavier influence of grapefruit and pine, a more caramel-y tone in the backbone, and some grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a fine and dandy hop bomb, indeed.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Sunset Grill

Deep orange hue, excellent lacing. Semi-pungent citric oil hop aroma, hints of pineapple & granny smith apple skin as well. Super smooth and creamy viscous mouth feel. Hay like, citric zest, toasted malt, fruit with passion fruit and a fruit punch like flavor. Soft yet muscular bitterness ... lots of hop petal flavor, aka "grassy". Warming alcohol has not problem showing off a bit.

A "kick in the pants Double IPA".

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure I'll give this another review, had it since my original review. I believe I shorted it, we'll see...

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of rocky offwhite head. Super lacing & head retention.

S: Huge hops potpurri! Pine & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, pineyness & some lemmon notes up front. Malt & caramel sweetness sneak around the hops as this warms, but not for long. Also jammy & fruitty notes infiltrate before getting crushed by the hops (herbal & piney). Finishes warming, uber herbal hoppy & a little fruitty (dates & apricots). A great total DIPA taste package

MF: Medim bodied, slightlty oily, with medium carbonation, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks fairly easy, a little to intense to session on, but I could if forced too! Still a bit pricey @ $6.50 a bomber

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange, slightly dark amber. Some chill haze, but still able to read through it. Impressive large-bubbled head that dies off slowly. Thick large lace, which with the popped bubbles looks a little like polluted water scum.

Lots of fresh, green hops; very fresh smelling. Highly dry-hopped. Low malt and surprisingly low alcohol aromas

Too bitter? This may be the one. Even as a hop head, the bite here is quite strong. Still, this beer is multidimensional--lots of malt up front which quickly gives way to the bitterness. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with higher carbonation, which I think cuts the high alcohol content flavors.

An interesting beer to try. I'd be fascinated to try this against other double IPAs. Could be summed up: Love your hops, love this beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The beer is a clear dark orange/amber color with a two finger off-white, foamy head. Slow dissipation with nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very nice aroma, a great combination of pine and citrus. Tons of grapefruit here. There is a some caramel and a little vanilla as well, but the hops dominate here.

T: Lots of pine up front, love how strong it comes through. This gives way to an explosion of tropical fruits - grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. The malt bill does a good job at balancing things out for a DIPA. The hops still dominate, but there a little bit of caramel to offset things.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very crisp. Has a nice bitter/dry finish. Slight hint of alcohol.

O: A beer I would love to have stocked in the fridge. Have had it now on tap and bottle and it is fantastic. Certainly one of my favorites from Avery thus far.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A little citrus as well.

t - Smooth sweet malts, as well as some citrusy hops. Hints of fruit as well. Quite enjoyable.

m - Full body with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Easy to drink considering the high ABV.

d - I liked this DIPA a lot. I thought there was a nice combination of citrusy hops and sweet malts that created a nice smooth taste that's easy to drink. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep orange color with a thick frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy, tropical hoppiness with strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine coming through. I love the tropical, juicy flavors to it.

The taste shows the tropical, fruity and juicy hops right up front. A pretty bold malty, caramel, sweetness starts to come through before the finish. It becomes more bitter in the finish but still keeps some of the great juicy hoppiness. A moderate amount of warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style. Carbonation is moderate and feels pretty appropriate. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol coming through hurts it a bit but the hoppiness is just so delicious it can overcome it. I love the tropical, juicy, hoppy beers and this one definitely fits into that category. One of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazed orange copper hue with orange tined cream head formed large and thick rising above the rim of my glass, leaves an evenflow of bands of lacing around my chalice. Aroma is heavy on grapefruit peal and cut grass balanced with a sugar coating of light biscuit malt character the sweetness and fruit aspects really come through in this one. Flvors of citrus peel, grass, and mild pine combine on the palate upfront with strong bitterness but are balanced out by the large dose of malts with just enough biscuit sweetnss from the pale malts evdient alcohol not overdone at all. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with enough oily girth from the herbaceous to be fuller but still really smooth with even carbonation. Drinkability is incredible much better than their barleywine, triple, or quad but I could definitely enjoy many more of these especially if that near 10% alcohol allowed it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed coppery crimson hue, under an adequate layer of beigish foam.
Nose reeks of hops. Piney and citric, yeah, ripe and luscious, a refreshingly lively aroma, very raw, like steeping ones senses in the freshest form of hops.
Taste: thick with hoppiness, again, rich and full of flavor, not the least bit timid....hops and bitterness hang on the palate, dig in deep, stay a spell...
this is a menacing monster of an IPA, and I want to make it my friend!
A challenging ale, but exactly the challenge we hopheads require...each sip releases a succor which enacts a sublime kind of pleasure... (that means I liked it! ;^)...
Full-bodied, intensely flavored, long, bitter, fruity finish...
The Maharaja is a mighty ruler and commands the palate in full, it's reign lasts long beyond the length of the 22 ounce bottle...if you love the homulus lupus, he has you in his sway, no questions asked...damned good stuff. Ranks among the best IIPAs I've had, somewhere in there, anyway...blessedly hoppy, leaving hop trails all along the palate...goodness, they're coming out of my burps, now, too...may I say? a very nice drink, for those of us on the hoppy side...oh, yeah!!!

enormous thanks to mentor for the bottle!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into 2 pint glasses. I'd like to say I shared it... but I didn't.

Appearance - Dark amber color. Very dark for an IPA. Quite clear for an IPA, too. Cream head that disappears quickly, not much lacing, but there's a good amount of residual on the top of the beer.

Smell - Dominated by grapefruit. Great aroma. Sweet background caramel smell. Smells great and lets you know it's not a light IPA by any means.

Taste - Citrusy hop flavor. Not bitter at first. The fresh hoppiness gives way to a strong malt sweetness very quickly. The end is a bitter finish. As it warms it picks up a slightly odd aftertaste I can't quite pinpoint.

Mouthfeel - Has the mouthfeel of a barleywine. Syrupy with all the sweetness. Much like a Bigfoot's mouthfeel. Very heavy bodied for an IPA.

Overall - I've had two bottles. The first I was not happy with. The second one I am much happier with. There's definitely an off-flavor in there. The second time around I didn't detect it as much. I have a couple bottles left that I'll definitely drink, but I won't by as much next year until I try it first.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this one as soon as it showed up on shelves here in Chicago. Batch #13 from March 2011. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin haze and persistent thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - The hops have that slightly cheesy dank note to them that I get sometimes, along with tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Brown sugar malt backbone is present, but this lies somewhere between the coasts in terms of balance. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

T - Huge tropical fruit character, with straight up melon and cantalope flavors mingling with lightly browned sugar and cookie malt character. Bitterness is surprisingly low, and alcohol is non-existent. Drinks a little bit like candy.

M - Smooth texture, medium carbonation, medium-full body, oily residuals. Could use a bit more dryness in the finish to offset some of the sweet flavors.

D - This is a balanced DIPA but a very good one. Too strong for sessions, but something that I would purchase again and have on-tap if I knew the keg was fresh.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orangish amber; half of an inch of soft, white, dense head; great retention

S - grapefruit, citrus, intense bready malt

T - bread, birthday cake, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, heavy bitter finish, a bit piny

M - smooth, perfectly carbonated, medium bodied

This beer has great flavor. There is great balance between the malt and hop characters. It's high ABV makes it a sipper, but the alcohol is well covered making this dangerously drinkable. I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.77/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, 0.33 L. Beer is amber to red and kind of hazy. Forms a thick head of off white bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is mostly piny and malty. Not too strong.

The beer is sweet first, medium to big in body. I suppose this is what people call a balanced IPA. Eh, its kind of malty and the bitterness is cut overall by the malt. Its not dry, its kind of boring. Definitely not my favorite IPA.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.
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