I wasnâ€™t expecting much after all the hype on this beer and what I felt was the disappointing Avery DuganA. Poured very viscous and oily from a 22oz. bottle light coppery reddish blonde with a small half inch head (likely the way I pour as I donâ€™t like a big head). Initial â€œbouquetâ€ is of hops and what smells like rye and grapefruit â€“ it also has that almost cut grass, sour, odory but nice smell â€“ canâ€™t quite pin it down but itâ€™s in some of the better IPAâ€™s â€“ it also has almost a bretty â€“ sour beer smell. The initial taste is a knockout punch of hops, slight malt backbone, and a fruit taste I canâ€™t narrow down - itâ€™s almost like bananas and grapefruit (the hops, Iâ€™m assuming). Mid way the taste is very sweet and creamy â€“ the malt showing through. The finish is bitter and it is not tempered at all by the alcohol â€“ funny that the alcohol doesnâ€™t hit you up front but really bites with the bitter on the finish. Iâ€™ve seen this compared to Three Floydâ€™s Dreadnaught IPA but is a much better beer - then again, I think Dreadnaught is an horrible beer; also have seen the comparison to Pliny the Elder and itâ€™s not as good â€“ but to be realistic â€“ this is not in the same category â€“ the Dreadnaught, the Maharaja, the Founderâ€™s Double Trouble, and Boulderâ€™s Mojo Double are all in this category and this is the best of all of them, It is a nice beer. If it werenâ€™t so expensive, would drink it much more but at about $9.49 a pop? I don't think so... Also, would almost categorize it as a â€œtripleâ€ IPA...
Price: $9.49 Served In: Pint Glass
Batch 11 Bottled March 2010
A - Bright orange with a eggshell white head leaves some thick lacing. A bunch of little carbonation bubble float to the top as I sip on this bad boy.
S - It's been a while since I've had a fresh Maharaja and I forgot how good this beer smells. Ton of pine and citrus hops up front. This beer has always been know to have a big malt backbone and you can still tell somewhat, but being this fresh the hops really dominate.
T - Just like the smell big citrus and pine hops dominate the taste, with a hit of sweetness mid palate. Then the good ole bitter after taste of a IIPA. This might be the best tasting batch I've had.
M - This beer is well carbonated but I get a little more alcohol bite than I would like from an IPA even though it is 10%+.
D - Bring it on
Overall a hell of a beer great work Avery!
Served In: Bottle
As soon as I popped the cap I got a big hit of citrus hop goodness. I poured the Maharaja into my snifter and it looks damn tasty. A big two finger creamy white head sits on top of a fiery orange semi-clear body. The head lasts forever with hardly any dissipation and sticky sheet of lacing all the way down.
Smell is a big backbone of caramel up front that fades but sticks around for a solid backbone. Ther is also a candy sweetness. The hops are citrus and big. Mostly orange and a little grapefruit bitterness.
This is a really well balanced IIPA. The malt and hops go hand in hand particularly well. Everything meshes together so seamlessly that I can't even pick any certain flavors from the profile but there is a grapefruit bitterness mid-palate. There is a touch of alcohol at the swallow that leaves a nice heat down my throat.
Mouthfeel is right on. Medium bodied and smooth. Prickly on my tongue and cheeks. Small alcohol on the back of the throat and swallow.
Drinkability is pretty high because of the nice balance. I could actually session this beer if it wasn't for the high alcohol.
This is a good IIPA from Avery. About half way through my review I noticed it was bottled in June....damn. I'm going to buy another, fresher, bottle and re-review. I'd imagine the hops are more pronounced but we'll see. It is an exceptionally good beer even though it isn't as fresh as I'd like. With that said, give it a try if you spot it.
Served In: Pint Glass
Batch 9, February 2009
Pours out a deep amber color, with a one-finger head of very tight white bubbles that dissipate down to a fine ring.
OMG, the smell! This is simply exceptional. Huge citrus and grapfruit are filling the entire room, and when I stick my nose into the glass it becomes nearly overpowering and mouth watering. You just know this one is going to pucker the mouth and destroy your tastebuds, but in a good way.
At the first sip, I'm surprised by the balance of it. The huge hops are there, but are backed up by a malt backbone that is up to the task. Further drinks bring out more and more of the hops as if it is a cumulative affect. Upfront citrus, followed by good sugary sweetness, finished with an all-over hop bite that makes the mouth continue to water for several minutes.
Thick mouthfeel due to all the malts and sugars, and this works nicely. If this beer were any thinner, it wouldn't be right.
I now understand the love this beer has gotten, but it is definitely not for everyone. Hop heads will love it, and that's good enough for me.
Served In: Pint Glass
Dictator. Poured a hazy light orange with tan coloring that reminded me of a wheat beer. Very frothy pour with tiny bubbles that left good lacing throughout the tasting.
The smell is hoppy and quite noticeable even for DIPA standards. A citrus vine smell is dominates with minor notes of grapefruit and floral essence. The malt is sweet with more of a sugary or syrupy smell to it.
The taste is very good and well balanced. The malt was stronger then expected with good hop flavoring and finishing. The malt to start was sweeter with touches of biscuit and caramel. I picked up a trace of honey but this was very faint. The hops were piney, especially noticeable for the bittering hops. But finishes well with a smoothness and a citurs grapefruit, tangerine flavor.
The body had a slightly higher mid range. The ABV was noticeable but still easy to drink and really was a background taste. Well balanced and a sweet taste for a DIPA
Served In: Pint Glass
Review from 06/10/07 (ratings adjusted accordingly)
On tap at the Happy Gnome on 06/07/07.
A - Bright apricot colored body with a nice haze to it. Half inch head is a very light tan color with great retention.
S - Holy crap. Grapefruit in a glass liquified. Tangerine and orange too, bright as day. Malt doesn't seem to even factor in here, but that's fine with this hophead.
T - It's been too long since I have had this beer when it is tasting fresh still. Hops just jump out of the glass with pungent citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. Light pale malt provides the backdrop for the hops to shine. Hops thick enough that you find yourself almost smacking your lips.
M - Medium bodied with sticky, oily hops. Carbonation is fine.
D - I really forgot how good this beer can be. I think that having this after a couple Expeditions might have made the hops even more pronounced than they already were, but it sure tasted great.
Originally reviewed 09/01/06
Poured from bomber into standard pint glass.
A - Pours a lighter orange color with a nice thick, white one finger head.
S - Ode to the hop. Can smell it without putting it right to my nose. Loads of citrus hops. Pineapple and grapefruit.
T - Floral citrus hops through and through. Very little hint of alcohol considering the 9.7 abv. Tastes just like it smells, pineapple and grapefruit.
M - Super oily hops. Thick, almost syrupy.
D - Great DIPA in the mold of Dreadnaught, but not quite up to that high standard.
Served In: Pint Glass
Chill hazed fiery amber. Delicate cap of medium stature. Hued in newspaper yellow. Keeps a misty haze with a bit more at the collar. Fine petri dish microorganismish lacing.
Dull tangerine pineapple nose commencement. Orange oil musk. Deep earthy hop pine. Unfouled yet a smidgeon greasy and waxy with a skimming of ink tannin. Piney alcohol gnarls its teeth in time.
Slippery front with a brazen burntness to the overall grain contour. Dark melted orange slides in quickly there after. Blackened toffee caramel undertow. Sweet but grainifiedily peppery. Many eluding after effects of scorched and burnt beer items. Dark piney hops yield to scrappy burnt offerings of tangerine and lime. Strangely acceptable hints to tin appear late as it cinders with burnt grain and fruit skins.
Medium body with a tinge of both burnt and metalic tinges along its route and barking at the bit. Smatteringly rough and grainy. Back-ended heat sifts through the burnt fruits late. Neither aggressive or bashful hopping. Mostly introverted hop flavor and no big bittered thorniness. Mild but stern. Warming temperature tenderizes its tone. Opens creamy, flips over fast, narrowly escaping itself with harsh, salty, burnt subsistings into fruity lime alcoholic heat. Weirdly the D.IPA weird if there ever was one.
Served In: Pint Glass
Had this many times, this one's for the review.
Brewed in May 2007 Batch 6
Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance is very good. Deep orange color with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles slowly upstreaming toward the gorgeous fluffy head that forms. Tons of lacing in the glass.
Smell is exceptional. Huge grapefruit/citrus aroma hits and makes me salivate after every sniff. Bittering hops and sweet malts attacking the nose. Complex nose for the style.
Taste is exceptional. In my opinion, the perfect flavor for a DIPA. Big wave of citrus hops hit the tongue, then the candy maltiness balances things out, then a big wave of bittering hops destroy the pallet to finish things off Simply awesome.
Mouthfeel is very good. Perfect carbonation. Juicy while in the mouth and crisp when it leaves.
Drinkability is exceptional. I'd love to get my buddies together and kill a keg of this stuff. IF the alc% wasn't so high i think we could of. Addicting hoppy and sweet flavor makes it incredibly drinkable.
My favortie DIPA. Yes, i know I'm from San Diego aka "Home of the DIPA's" but this is still my favorite one. Highly recommended.
Served In: Tulip
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