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Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 316   ABV: 10.54%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "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. This newest Avery Dictator completes the "Dictator Series" joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

Editor’s Note: the 2007 version was 9.78%.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FiremanChris (12) - - APR 16, 2014
Release #18, 2014 pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Sticky lacing. Great carbonation. The nose on this one is fantastic. Could smell this from 2’ away as soon as I cracked the cap off the bomber. Massive hoppy dankness, oranges, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, sweet bready malt, pine resin . Taste is dank hop forward with tropical fruit undertones. Resinous. Solid malt backbone blends the flavors nicely. Dry bitter finish but not overly so. Just an awesome DIPA and pretty underrated IMO. The last time I drank this it was at a Pliny the Younger tasting and I thought it was better than PtY and still do.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (364) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours medium hazy orange . Big citrus nose . Nice balance of citrus hops , earthy hops and malt sweetness . Nice beer . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jh773 (46) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
Ruddy orange with very little head. My bottle seemed to have very small pale bits floating throughout.. Smells like pine, citrus (lemon), a little bread. Orange marmalade and a hint of raisin that turns quite piney and bitter. Thick mouthfeel; resinous. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (310) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
nice tart citrusy aroma,some resiny qualities with a bit of fruity sweetness for balance..very nice orange amber appearance thin pale head leaves some lacing..strong hop presence in the flavor though not overwhelming,grapefruit,pine resin,apple cider,and just enough maltiness to smooth things out..easily drinkable leaves an apple/bitter aftertaste and med bodied..alcohol strength not apparent..overall if youre a hop fan treat yourself to this once in awhile unique and well done without being weird

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - APR 8, 2014
Amber in color, clear with a thin white head. Super hops forward aroma and flavor. This was big bold and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcgillert (1) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014 does not count
Nice sticky mouthfeel that is slightly sweet but leaves a lingering bitterness. The aroma is underwhelming but the taste provides an enjoyable array of hop flavors that overlap a bready malt backbone.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badhack (277) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle conditioned, chewy, extremely yeasty and a citrus hop finish. Caramely, thick mouthfeel and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (196) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours glowing copper with an off white thin head. The aroma is mainly juicy grapefruit with a malty undertone. The taste adds watermelon, earthy hops, and a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very light and clean for an imperial ipa. Very drinkable, smooth, and all around great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (77) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
Really deep dark copper /orange color. Not a very pronounced smell. Notes of strawberries, melon, watermelons. Sweet. Syrupy. And boozy, 10.5abv. Mmm!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2014
Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.


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