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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,547 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,547
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 343 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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-)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 17:07:58 | More by coldmeat23
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.