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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,616 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 245
Gots: 367 | FT: 6
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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dozier77

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-14-2014 05:26:17 | More by dozier77
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Nice to try another big bad double IPA,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a sheet of lace behind on the way down,well what would you expect from a double IPA aroma wise HOPS and more hops in the aroma pine and definent grapefruit coming thru srong not much malt profile but it wasnt expected.This beer coats the tongue somewhat thick in the mouthfeel dept the alcohol flavor doesnt overpower though by any means,big resiny and citrusy can make the tongue curl.Not quite as good in my opinion as its Colorado cousin Great Divid Hercules double IPA but this is no chump damn fine beer.

07-10-2005 02:35:40 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-03-2013 02:55:29 | More by aszatk01
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pbsmooth

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-14-2011 19:30:57 | More by pbsmooth
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a nice copper and amber color with some shockingly excellent clarity; a light beige, creamy, fine-bubbled head tops this one off and leaves little bits of lacing on its way down the glass. Big-time pine and citrus hits your nose right away; mild pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest. The hop profile is lightly peppery, piney, and leafy. As it opens up, it becomes more weed, dank, and pungent. The hop bill is met with an equally powerful malt bill; sweet, toasty, steely caramel and light brown sugar on the nose. Again, there are some light spices, mostly reminiscent of white pepper, floating around in the aroma.

The taste hits big with a uniquely pungent and sweet hop flavor, alongside a faint cinnamon and white pepper spiciness. Upon tasting, the hop profile seems to be a little more floral and perfume-like than the nose would have you believe. Caramel malts are present, and heavy at that, maybe almost too powerful for a DIPA. Sweet bread and butter also comes alive thanks to the hefty malt bill. There's a nice sharp bitterness brought in from the leafy hops, followed closely by a nice, counterbalancing sugar-coated grapefruit flavor. Little bits of citrus sift into the aftertaste with a dying leafy and floral flavor from the hops. Medium-thick body with middle of the road carbonation.

Decent DIPA, although maybe a tad overrated in my opinion. Little heavy on the malt, I would've liked to see a little more hop flavors jumping out, although the hop profile was pretty unique in its own right.

02-10-2013 23:31:11 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz bottle.

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer.

04-22-2010 00:01:59 | More by ExtraStout
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-23-2012 13:25:53 | More by DavyJones
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-05-2013 00:53:58 | More by OhioBobcat
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kevindrosendahl

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-21-2014 23:22:27 | More by kevindrosendahl
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jono0101

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-18-2013 16:05:35 | More by jono0101
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npala86

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-08-2013 14:59:03 | More by npala86
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APetitfils

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Nice golden orange color with slight light brown. Overall very bright colors that are extenuated even more by the off-white/ivory head that has tightly knitted bubbles and retains decently well. Slightly murky consistency

S: An unexpected citrus/sweet hops aroma that gives you a pleasant wake up call to the sniffer. I got strong alcoholic aromas out of this too, which did not hurt the overall quality but gave it a balance that really sets you up for the taste.

T: Great earthy and piney hops flavors that hit first like they should. Sweet malts: grapefruit, lemon, and citrus. The alcohol plays an important role in the taste as well and specifically balances out the citrus and bitter malts to be more rounded and complex (I think that's where the more tropical signatures are coming from). Real great.

M: Medium bodied that gives you the bitterness that an Imperial IPA should have (102 IBUs on this one), touch of the sweet malts that makes this one unique, and the alcohol that brings it full circle

D: To start I liked the way that maharaja isn't about specifically showing off a hoppy bitterness. There is much more involved then sucking your tongue out your face. Also, with a 10.69% abv, I would have thought the alcohol (though also appreciated) would have drowned me out a bit... It didn't. Its not to be taken lightly, but not feared at all. I liked it a lot and in many ways solidified my good opinion of Avery in stone. A great try and recommend snagging one. For those out there wanting to match food, I had maharaja with a dank roasted turkey sandwich with some biting jack cheese, made it all the better.

03-04-2010 21:52:27 | More by APetitfils
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Tiernan

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

05-12-2013 21:54:06 | More by Tiernan
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13%

22 oz bottle

A-Clear amber with decent white head
S-Like somebody slapped me in the face with a pine branch soaked in alcohol. Very sweet on the nose but lots of hops.
T-Very sweet almost candy/honey sweetness with an alcohol burn, sharp pine and more orange than grapefruit, a fair amount of alcohol in the taste, detracted from the flavor somewhat, Not a delicate flavor but in your face
M-Medium to full full in mouth, fairly creamy, good carbonation
D-High alcohol in taste and in abv would prevent drinkning too much, but I'd drink more than one pint.

Not a very sublt beer and a little overpowering in the alcohol department which is usually what I think of the big Avery beers.

07-10-2008 16:54:09 | More by hopsleeroy
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a burnt orange pint with a nice white
head and visible carbonation hopping from the
bottom of the glass.

S: Abundance of citrus, grassy, and pine aromas
float off of this beer.

T: The citrus hits you immediately followed by
the florals/grassy flavors. The finish leaves
you feeling like you've sipped some Bombay
Saphire.

M: This is a beer of substance kind of heavy in
on the pallet and almost thick.

D: Very drinkable if you can get past the ABV
which I didn't mention in the "T" area
because I thought it redundant.

05-23-2009 22:14:20 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale. 10.27% alcohol as stated on bottle. Bottled in Feb. 2009 batch 9.

A- Pours a thick orange fluid with one inch off white head that fall to creamy bubbly rim around glass. Leaves excellent patchy lacing that hangs around till the beer is long gone.

S- Smell is of rich fresh hops. Grapefruit, lemon and tangerine are first noticed. Mild malts and alcohol esters sneak in late in the nose. Top notch freshness.

T-M- Taste is a ground breaking grapefruit tart with matching tones of fresh cut grass and glorious notes of floral hops. At 102 ibu's this beer is packing a very nice hop experience with excellent balance between massive hop tone with subtle malty charactor... almost perfect.

D- For a beer of this magnitude I would love to find it on tap and sip pint after pint night after night. Wonderfully done brew, too bad I bought it in North Carolina and live in Florida. Would love to keep a few around.

10-10-2009 02:42:02 | More by wesbrownyeah
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2012 05:25:49 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

This was beer was most generously given to me by Hophead101. Thanks Greg.

A: Incredibly deep, murky coppery amber. Very fine carbonation rising rapidly. It delivered a nice cream colored one finger head without any effort. The head retention is great and it sticks to the glass nicely, leaving a very impressive bubbly and intricate lacing.

S: Nice fresh grass. Strong hop resin. Big fruit - mostly grapefruit. The caramel malt comes through loud and clear too. There's a little alcohol that takes over the nose a little too much as the drink progresses. The overall smell is incredibly sweet.

T: Very tasty. Powerful stuff. Much as you would expect from the smell but the bittering hops come through on the finish and deliver a death blow. The aftertaste is tangy has some alcohol and the bitterness leaves you with that nice dryness that makes you want to do it all over again. As it promises, it takes no prisoners in the hop or malt arenas. I usually love malt but I'd love to know what this would taste like with the malt dialed down a wee tad. Balance is in the palette of the beholder!

M: Medium bodied but the huge amount of malt makes it feel very round and creamy. The medium carbonation keeps it lively and stops it from being too heavy. The alcohol is turned up a little too much and delivers a little burn to the back of the throat.

D: An amazing brew. Would drink again in a second and it is way up there in my list of DIPA's. Now, if I am going to nit pick, I have to say that for my personal taste, the sweetness was a touch too sickly and the alcohol flavor is too exposed. Again, pay attention to my score to realize that these points are minor in the overall experience. At the end of the day, it was an incredibly bold DIPA that was thoroughly enjoyed!

04-11-2009 02:23:36 | More by sgoodship
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SkiBum22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-15-2013 20:09:19 | More by SkiBum22
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Ap: Pours a copper/gold color with a vocal head of tight laced bubbles. Head recedes fairly quickly. Vigourous carbonation.

Ar: Floral, herbal, hoppy aroma offset by sweet caramel malt. Slight alcohol notes. Candied orange peel, orange marmalade.

Ta: Sweet caramel melt flavor in the front leads to a blast of hoppy bitterness in the middle which fades to a warming alcohol finish. Beautifully balanced between sweetness & bitterness, along with nice alcohol bite.

Mo: Full bodied! Very rich & chewy. A true meal! You can feel the loads of malt in the body. Very smooth for the high ABV.

Dr: Easy drinking for the strength. The fuller bodied mouthfeel does not detract from its drinkability. A nice sipper....

Comments: My first offering from Avery & well worth it. Very well balanced DIPA which masks the high ABV well behind the bountiful malt & hops. This one is a must for all hopheads!

02-16-2007 21:06:46 | More by JMD71
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Maharaja quickly became classic among the über hopheads. We guess we fall into the group somehow, bring on the hops!
More than ample lacing from this extremely hoppy beer, bright copper hue. Big punget oily hop aroma of tobacco, hemp seeds, grapefruit zest and fresh mint leaves. Big oily smoothness in the medium to full body. Lots of hop flavor on the palate, fresh hop oil, herbs and mint, bitter tobacco, a touch of hemp oil with some earthiness. Maltiness stands strong with spikes of caramel and bready flavors. Alcohol brings some warmth and fruitiness to the table with more of a subtle pear and mango flavor. Hop bitterness is all around and never leaves even far into the bittersweet finish, more of a mellow bitterness that's thick.

American beer at its best here, hopefully it's one more known example where the industry is going and how far it can reach when it comes to the level of flavor. If you are a hophead and have yet to try this beer, what are you waiting for?!!

09-10-2010 13:41:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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steelerguy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Orange amber with a thick, sticky, lasting, off-white head. Moderate carbonation perfect for an Imperial IPA.

S - I don't think a beer can smell better. This was meant to be a big hoppy monster with huge hop aroma and it lives right up to it. They cut no corners to make this a perfect smelling IIPA.

T - Citrus and floral hops all over. So much that they could easily overwhelm the beer, but a simple but strong malt profile backs them up. Is it possible "balance" a beer this extreme? They have done a fine job making a crazily hopped brew balanced with a simple but hearty malt bill.

M - Great body to back up all that alcohol and malt flavor. Any thinner and the heat from the alcohol or bitterness from the hops would be too much, but now they pulled it off.

D - A bomber of this is perfect, this is not a beer you are going to session or drink too much of. It is not refreshing and is a bit challenging, but you will enjoy the challenge.

04-01-2010 00:08:20 | More by steelerguy
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Dmann

California

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

An exceptional beer! The pour was a perfect dark amber color with a super fluffy white head that left much lace on the glass. The smell was pure piny hops and a very small hint of orange zest which was very inviting. With the first sip, the pine flavored hops explode in your mouth and are almost too intense if not for the great malt balance that comes next, followed by a slight alcohol flavor in the finish. The great thing about the flavor is that the malt balance is not overly sweet, it is dry in a way and really does well to balance out the hops but not get in the way. This is and excellent beer and if you are a fan of hops, you will love it for sure!

04-16-2007 10:26:15 | More by Dmann
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Bitzer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-18-2012 22:27:17 | More by Bitzer
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TuckerCarlson

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Drank on-tap out of a tulip glass. Cloudy amber with a decent head to it and better lacing than I would have expected, given the alcohol content.

Beautiful floral smells. I could have spent the entire time just breathing in the aroma and feel like I'd gotten my money's worth.

Strong hoppy citrus flavors in the introduction, followed by decent malt flavor. Finishes with overpowering piney oils that may be a bit over the top.

Incredibly rich mouthfeel, among the best I've had, though it missed the 5 by having a bit less carbonation than I felt it deserved. Could have been a fluke, though, because I've had other draft beers come across as under-carbonated because they were either from the bottom of the keg or from a keg that wasn't finished quickly enough.

Drinkability goes down because this beer is so overpowering that it almost precludes conversation. As a friend who sipped my beer said, "that's work", and then immediately afterward commented that his Lagunitas IPA tasted a bit insipid by comparison. Also, I had donated blood earlier in the day, and the effects of the alcohol were downright distracting by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. Not that I would have considered not finishing it, however.

I will definitely order this beer the next time I'm at Korova, a bar on the Commons in Ithaca, NY.

05-12-2007 02:24:45 | More by TuckerCarlson
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,616 ratings.