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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,613
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 244
Gots: 365 | 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.

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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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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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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A big thanks to Nick, aka BeerPanther at Bauer Wine @ Spirits for this rare one.
Pours a brilliant cloudy copper w/ a full finger of dancing tan head, full of large bubbles...like it was anxiously awaiting release from its bottle.
Lacing is very clingy and web-like...real attractive.
The first aroma is malt, which blows my mind...but keep the nose there for a few seconds and the hops make their way up front. It is not pushing its way up front, just waiting patiently in line...gotta respect that.
The taste is also very balanced...mild in the hops department for a double, but a very unique twist on the style...even detect a touch of pumpkin spice.
Following is a sweet caramel, citrus, cherries in a warming bitter crunch.
Alcohol is detected, but very slight.
Session beer....no.
Could I throw back a few....yes.
One heck of a fine offering from Avery...continuing to impress me time after time.

03-25-2005 01:20:38 | More by warriorsoul
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours into the glass an intense and slightly cloudy amber color with an excellent tan head that retains impressively and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is massive, with a huge citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) hops character as well as resinous piney hops, caramel, fruity esters, toasted bread and alcohol. The flavor also starts off with giant citrus hops (grapefruity, lemon and orange), as well as some piney and resinous hops, caramel and honey malt sweetness, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy, and drinkability is descent. A very nice IIPA, a bit thick but very tasty and packed with flavor.

05-06-2006 07:17:54 | More by silver0rlead
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a big bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is a very cloudy light orange brown with good carbonation. The head is small and leaves very little lace.

The smell is good classic DIPA, strong hops and a nice thick malt.

The taste is good, Strong bitter hops dominates the brew, a good thick malt tries but can't bring balance.

The mouthfeel is good nice big thick brew.

The drinkability is down a bit due to lack of balance but if you a looking for a Big time DIPA this is a must try, I would have it again.

Prosit MK

03-21-2007 04:26:57 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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mykie73

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

reviewed in April 2009

A) bright orange/amber lacing. looks smooth and nicely carbonated. two inch head.

S) best part of this beer. nice hop profile.

T) nice bitterness, reminds me of a love child between pliny the younger and white knuckle .

F) smooth and then hop/alch burn on the end of the throat.

D) worth the $8. could drink a lot of this.

09-21-2009 04:37:39 | More by mykie73
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KDawg

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

had this from bomber. Poured into a pint glass with a solid/dark orange color and a 1" head.

Big and pungent aromatics with loads of navel oranges, lots of creams, citrus', and hops. Very layered and not overbearing on the hops

Full bodied with a real rich and creamy feel. There is a layering effect as well with flavors of creams, navel oranges and hops

This is a big beer, but it isn't over the top at all. I was expecting some alcohol but it never really showed up. Certainly not something to have all the time, but was really good while it lasted

12-07-2011 17:08:52 | More by KDawg
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled in June 2006
Batch 4

Thick honey amber - clear with a short yet sticky, soapy head. The aroma is heavy with hops: citrus juice, floral...but mostly rich, fresh fruity juiciness. The Simcoes really pull through in the smell. The flavor, again, seems to focus on a deep juicy hop quality. Oily citrus, sweet tropical fruits...not a huge amount of malt at all, but it does do a pretty good job at covering up the alcohol. Pretty darn rich overall and, despite the 102 IBUs, it doesn't seem punishingly bitter. This is suprisingly starting to resemble Weyerbacher's Simcoe DIPA after warming...starts to develop some piney flavors. Nice, creamy smooth mouthfeel. The bitterness becomes more assertive towards the end of the glass.

Good DIPA...not sure if its truly worthy of the expensive price tag but I found a bomber for $6, which seemed like a bargain, and I'd say it was worth it.

11-05-2006 05:20:13 | More by wedge
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A: This beer was slightly cloudy brown/orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: HOPS! There are grapefruit, caramel and malt aromas present in the background, but the hops are quite noticeable.

T: This is a big - turn your tongue inside out- kind of bitter. Wow!

M: Medium to full bodied and slick.

D: This beer is delicious . It is a bit one sided on the hops, but not too much so that I couldn't see drinking it all night.

08-30-2008 22:36:11 | More by barefootbrewer
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Xul

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Pours a translucent dark-ish orange, capped by a two finger slightly-off-white head.

S: A strong blend of piney and citrusy hops. The pine tends away from the earthiness a bit, while the citrus is a bit of a darker, heavier citrus tone. A caramel base is detectable but the hops are the show here.

T: Taste doesn't entirely live up to the smell - the piney hops take on a more earthy tone, and there's not nearly as much citrus going on. Perhaps it's just a preference issue, but I find the more prevalent citrus of the aroma to be more enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth feel all the way through. Carbonation and body are spot on.

D: A bit big to drink more than one of, even by IIPA standards.

03-13-2010 23:28:29 | More by Xul
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toolbrew

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled in Feb 2008 - Batch 7. Poured a nice dark copper color with a thick white head that fell slowly. Some head retention and great lacing.

Grassy hoppy smell with a hint of citrus.

Initial hop rush in the mouth followed by a sweet sensation. Some orange peel taste. More of a grassy aftertaste.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste.

The alcohol is hidden fairly well. I had some hints of it at first but that has mellowed out. I would certainly seek this beer out again.

05-22-2008 02:57:06 | More by toolbrew
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wethorseblanket

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Reviewed from notes. Batch 13, bottled March 2011.

A: Pours a hazy amberish copper with a billowy white head which leaves a smeared lace.

S: Nose is citrus (grapefruit) and floral combined with a malty carmel sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose but in reverse. Big sweet malts with a floral hop overload. Piney and bitter.

M: Oily, resinous and sticky sweet.

O: Not the best batch I've had. I recall others seemed much more hop forward in both the taste and smell. ABV is well hidden, but its presence is definitely felt by the end of the bottle.

04-23-2011 02:34:04 | More by wethorseblanket
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

I have enjoyed Maharaja several times at tastings but this is the first time to study it one bomber at a time in the comfort of my own den.

Appearance: This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a dull orange color with a large creamy ivory head (tight like foam), great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: biscuity malts, lemon, orange rind and grassy hops hide a bit of alcohol in a pleasant loaded pine nose.

Taste: The hopheads will not be disappointed but the rest of us can appreciate the depths and balance of the beer as well. The scales are tipped to the orange peel / grassy hop side but the hops are not intense. The hope bill is clearly mixed and balanced and the malts make a notable effort and milky malts, caramel peach, pine sap and pineapple syrup sweeten things up a bit. The alcohol shows through in the flavor the whole way across the palate and build to a boozy kick at the back end. The aftertaste is lip smacking and last for a solid moment or three before beginning to fade.

Mouthfeel: Warming and dry due to the alcohol. Smooth due to the malts and solid body. Fluffy due to the carbonation and hops. Lip smacking aftertaste, very good all around.

Drinkability: The drinkability is not lacking (as DIPAs go) but it does suffer a bit from the alcohol content. After and evening of tasting a few beers, this will end the night.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

01-27-2007 07:26:58 | More by Phatz
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a large tan, creamy head, with good retention. Beer is brownish orange in color. Leaves a ton of lacing. Smells mostly of caramel malt and earthiness, also has some orange and other citrus as well. The interesting thing about this is that it is still a little bit "juicy" smelling even with all the malts.

Taste also showcases the caramel malts and earthiness at first. At first sip, I feel that these combination of these will keep it from being a DIPA I truly enjoy, as I usually go for more hop forward. However, the caramel and earth give way to a bit of spice and the hint of juicyness from the nose, orange seems to be the most noticable citrus. Has an incredible bready, juicy, resinous aftertaste that lingers and to me, makes the time in between sips even better than the sips themselves. Has a heavy mouthfeel, average for a DIPA, and high carbonation, above average for a DIPA.

08-14-2013 16:09:27 | More by JG-90
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Great looking pour with a dark ruby, amber color. Medium sized white head, lots of lacing. Aroma explodes of hoppy piney citrus upon opening the bottle. Very aromatic and resinous right away. Kind of sweet too. Taste gives me a bit more syruppy sweetness than I would like but that helps out the biting piney hops which are in full force. The main flavor is citrus fruit which is sweet and tart and bitter all at the same time. The body is light for the alcohol strength and hop bitterness, I'd like it to be a bit fuller. Finish is piney, raw hoppiness. Good beer, almost great but not quite.

06-19-2005 23:32:43 | More by granger10
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

09-19-2009 23:46:43 | More by jdhilt
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dbalsock

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

appearance: so the bottle said that this would pour a scarlet color... and it didn't... it was maple syrup colored (not scarlet at all!) There was good lacing and decent head for the style, but it makes me angry when they say it will be one color, and it's different.

smell: I really liked the aroma; lots of different hops. I picked up some perfume/flowery hops as well as some deep fruity hops. There was a notable malt background with the hops and I'm left rather impressed.

taste: this was pretty good too... similar to the aroma, but even more balanced in taste. the malt background shines through significantly when near room temperature and creates an interesting mix of flowery hops and sweet, almost buttery, malt.

mouthfeel: this was near perfect near room temperature, but lacking a little at colder temperatures. It went down easy, provided a substantial, but not overwhelming bitterness and coated the mouth in a nicely smooth yet textured way...

drinkability: once it warmed it was easy to down. the alcohol was unnoticeable and the brew was so balanced that I could have gone through another glass without needing a break. I'm pretty impressed.

11-19-2006 02:20:02 | More by dbalsock
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz bottle about 2 months old

A - coppery red, good clarity, loose white head pours to about 1.5 inches and dissipates pretty quickly.

S - citrusy and floral hops, pine, alcohol

T - sweet citrus with a fair amount of alcohol heat. Some pitchy pine bitterness and then more malty alcohol sweetness.

M - definitely the beers low point. At little syrupy almost, the high alcohol content and corresponding sweetness turn the beer almost cloying by the end.

O - an enjoyable beer. I think it would have been better off if it would have stopped around 7%. The citrusy and floral hop notes are great, but are overshadowed by alcohol heat and sweetness. Still, a good IIPA, compared to the average of what's out there, this is a good 2-3 notches better.

04-20-2013 23:20:55 | More by Beerandboards
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Pours a amazing ruby orange color with nice sediment dancing around. The head is thick, creamy white in color, and 2 finger in height. As it recedes, it leaves some ample lacing.

S- Incredible thick grapefruit, pine, and pineapple aromas. Thick sweet malt is balanced well with the aroma.

T- Starts out with a very piney maltiness with a clove note followed by nice hoppy malt. The finish is dry hops with the sweet malt in balance.

M- This thing is THICK. Appropriately low carbonation.

D- This is a nice DIPA, and very thick. Definitely a sipper. If you're into big IPA's, give this one a shot. The alcohol on this one slightly hurts the drinkability, it's still pretty good.

11-24-2008 01:12:37 | More by Greggy
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cichief

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Had on draft at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Poured a beautiful copper-amber, with a nice tan head, no cloudiness.

S- nice and hoppy, a little pine, fresh.

T- Somewhat piney and earthy, very fresh and powerful.

M- Smooth and creamy, nice little bubbles to make this go down easily.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, dangerous.

05-07-2009 23:44:02 | More by cichief
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HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Dusky caramel colored ale with good head retention.

Pungent scent of Juicyfruit bubble gum, grapefruit, and resiny, piney hop cones. Clearly a fresh bottle.

First punch of heady alcohol followed by slick lingering bitterness. Some notes of toffee and smoke.

Although it's a multi-dimensional alcoholic hop bomb, I had no difficulty finishing the 22 ounce bomber.

11-19-2006 21:33:55 | More by HopasaurusRex
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frazbri

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company poured a clear, glowing copper topped by an off-white head. Lacing was impressive, and the a whisp of foam reincarnates through the whole glass. The aroma is bold and bright. Grapefruit and lemonzest were prominent. The initial taste was bitter, but sweet malt flavors became prominent before the bitterness reasserted itself in the finish. The body was medium/full, and the carbonation moderate, but present enough to reinvigorate the head.

Big. Bold. Flavorful. but...
the Maharaja is one dimensional. It is like a Ramone's song in liquid form. It's hard, fast, and fun, but...

Beat up the brat, beat up the brat, beat up the brat with a baseball bat...

09-08-2005 01:15:57 | More by frazbri
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle from batch 10 of June and 2009. Got it off of an online website and thought it was fresh. I'll put an additional review up once i get to have it fresh.

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy looking white head that has a lot of bubbles in it. it has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is much like a barleywine which typically happens to high alcohol ipa's with age. big malt nose comes in with lots of brown sugar, hints of caramel, some hop presence left with citrus and lots of pine.

T-the taste again is more like a barleywine. it does have a better hop profile than the nose. the brown sugar and caramel are present and the malts have a slight edge in terms of presence. the hop profile brings a light citrus hop with some grapefruit but brings more pine than any of the others.

M-this is quite thick and a fuller medium body. it is extremely smooth, slightly syrupy, and leaves a coating on the mouth in a good way.

D-drinks great as an american barleywine! really wanna try one fresh!

02-01-2010 02:55:17 | More by cpetrone84
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Kendo

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

"Bottled in June 2006, Batch 4."

A: Into a Duvel tulip, a moderate pour yielded a huge, 2-finger beige/off-white foamy head with good staying power. This settled over a coppery-orange body with just a hint of haze. Bubbles rise from the etched Duvel "D" in the middle of the bottom of the glass to fortify the head. It eventually recedes, leaving craggly rings of lace at the top of the glass and dripping stalactites (stalagmites?) down the side of the glass. A nice looking beer for sure.

S: Fruity and sweet -- candied grapefruit, with a hint of peppery spice and solid caramel malt underneath. Alcohol becomes very noticeable as it warms, but still it's a nice overall scent.

T: Sweeter than expected for a DIPA -- there must be a LOT of malt in there to offset what the label claims is 102 IBUs. The sweet malt lays a nice foundation, which is followed by fruity, juicy hop flavors. Candied orange peel and sugar-coated grapefruit comes to mind -- any bitterness seems to be tempered by a sweetness, and frankly the fruity sweetness seems to prevail. The only real bitterness, in fact, is in a lingering, oily, tongue-coating presence of fruity hops that leave a slight tang at the finish. The alcohol is also very noticeable, especially as it warms.

M: Pretty smooth, nicely carbonated. Finishes with a dry twang at the end of an oily, resiny mouth-coating.

D: Good, but not very good or excellent. I sipped this bomber over the course of an hour-plus. There are DIPAs that I would down more easily much more quickly.

Notes: this is almost two different beers warm versus cold. When cold it's more crisp and dry with a woodsy lingering finish, while when it's warm it's dominated by juicy, fruity hops, an oily feel and alcohol in the nose and taste. All in all I though this was a good DIPA -- my favorite style lately -- but IMHO it doesn't measure up to some better versions I've had recently. At 9.9% ABV (according to my bottle's label), it does provide a nice buzz, however.

01-20-2007 03:53:43 | More by Kendo
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Goliath

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours an deep amber color with some red hues. A Larch inch and a half yellowed head sits on top. Great retention and some very nice lace.

Beautiful aroma. Nice hoppy nose with sweet grapefruit and a slight maltiness.

Taste is also very nice. A big hoppy taste. Grapefruit, pine, and a nice bitterness. Well malted brings some balance and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Kind of creamy with great carbonation.

Drinkability is modeate. At 10.5% ABV and 102 IBU's it's a monster, but quite good.

05-05-2008 18:18:07 | More by Goliath
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.