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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,469 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 238
Gots: 320 | FT: 8
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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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12-27-2011 19:19:23 | More by Skye1024
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-17-2013 21:46:48 | More by Moses_Malone
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Color was a deep orange copper with a nice finger of solid tan head. Beautiful film of lace.

Spicy pungent hop aromas with a big citrus twang. Sweet and caramelly bread behind.

The malts are toasty caramel and spiced bready malts. The hops are big, fruity, sour, and citrusy up front, and bitter, spicy, slightly grassy, and resinous in the aftertaste. Nice alcohol bite.

Med bodied, hop sappy, smooth.

Drinkability was great, high in alc, but well masked by the other flavors. A very well done beer. Super hoppy, nice malt character, and a good alc%.
I reviewed this beer once before from a bottle that must've been past its prime, it was good but no where near what I had heard about it and have now personally witnessed.
I only had an 8 oz. pour, cause it was an outrageous 8$ for 10oz. But it was awesome and I wanted to drink more. I will keep my eye out for you Maharaja! And if you are fresh, I will buy you and drink you!

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 23:44:07 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains well and laces alright. The aroma is very strong with cascade and chinook hops... Very piney and citrusy. The tast starts malty sweet with a bit of citrusy hop flavor... Finishes slightly too bitter. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced. Overall a good double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:23:35 | More by csiewert
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kmanjohnson

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-14-2014 22:15:08 | More by kmanjohnson
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2013 20:45:10 | More by olafphysics
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-24-2013 02:49:47 | More by jmccullough108
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-01-2013 16:10:03 | More by Cubatobaco
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-05-2013 17:28:31 | More by Luk13
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RandyKemka

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 17:09:18 | More by RandyKemka
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-12-2012 06:36:30 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Great looking dark copper/amber. Wonderfully bright with a thick 1 finger, off white head. Spotty lacing and fair retention.

S- Powerful and assorted hops take over the nose. Fragrence is amazing. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango...the list goes on. Beautifully put together with the NW hops. Not much malt detected as the DIPA lets the hops reign supreme.

T- Hop heavy as the nose indicates. A lot going on with a terrific hop profile. Some resinous hops also find a way to surface. A little unbalanced as the sweet caramel malt backbone never seems to put up much of a fight to the hops and booze. Pine hop bitterness in the finish

M- Mid to full body. Despite my feelings that this beer has an overshadowed malt base, it remains delightfully creamy on the palate. The alcohol slaps you around a little, but as to be expected for a 10% beer. Dry. Maybe a little undercarbonated

O- A big beer here that while i enjoyed the hop complexity, I struggled to find its balance. Odd, i know, as many people have also said that the malt is too strong. An enjoyable brew that i will try again.

As an addendum to the previous review, I cellared this beer for a couple months to let the hops subside and I actually like it much better. The caramel malt characteristic really shines and seems to make it much more balanced than when I had it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 19:37:27 | More by Bosoxfan20
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head. Aroma is sweet and juicy hops, nicely malty without being too bitter or pungent.

Taste is a rich, oily pungent hop base. Not a friendly, chirpy citrus hop -- this has some seriously dark and strong bitterness, like the time your first wife met your new wife. Some mandarin oranges macerated in syrup, a decent caramel malt backbone, reminds me of a good rye beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, resiny, can't drink this too fast. No trace of alcohol, just a thick, juicy bitterness keeping it in check. It has a really raw quality that puts me off just a little, maybe just a bit too sweet. Nice, but I prefer my hop-bombs with just a little more lightnessÂ…. like a Bigfoot.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 01:29:20 | More by assurbanipaul
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass.

A - A slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice two finger off white head. A great looking DIPA.

S - Wow a lot of citrus/floral hop aroma with some fruity smell that I can't really identify but am definitely enjoying. The hop rush is huge but very pleasant if you're a hophead. A bit of alcohol present in the nose as well.

T - A lot of hops and an aggresive alcohol kick. This is actually very malty for a DIPA as well. I;ve got to say the taste isn;t exactly what I was expecting from the aroma but it's not bad, just seems a little out of balance, almost as if they tried to pile some malts in there solely to compete with the hops.

M - Nice and smooth on the tongue. The sweetness makes it feel slick in the mouth.

D - Not bad at all for someone who likes extreme type beers, however the lack of balance and tiny bit "too far" on the sweetness does make the drinkability fall off a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:26:44 | More by EStreet20
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willjschmidt

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber (brewed in Feb 2008, batch 7) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Deep orange color, fantastic lacing.

S: A blast of pungent hops. Tons of citrus: grapefruit, orange and pineapple. A bit of pine at the end as well.

T: A damn fine DIPA. A big blast of citrus which is what I love in a DIPA. Nice malt bill as well. Nice balance on the sweetness as well.

M: Viscous, creamy and just a little on the thick side.

D: A very good DIPA, one of the better ones I've had. The alcohol comes through a bit but it doesn't dominate.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 01:19:09 | More by willjschmidt
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washburnkid

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February. Reviewed keeping the freshness factor in mind. Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Dark amber and copper tones. About a finger of frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Big hops still discernible up front, regardless of how "old" it is now. Tons of citrus grapefruit. Spices that, for some reason, remind me of my grandma's kitchen. Alcohol is there with deeper pulls. Not much malt on the nose but I imagine this will be different with the first sip or with warmth.
T: Indeed, bready malts are there. Still has a good hop presence, mostly citrus notes. Hops are clearly mellowed out. Oranges and apples with other fruit notes. A solid dirty earthiness is present. Some pine in there as well.
M: Big creamy body leaves bitter residuals throughout.
D: This brew is big and strong. I can't wait to try the freshest batch!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:51:24 | More by washburnkid
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-27-2012 14:36:01 | More by atoulouk
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

10-21-2013 03:50:20 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-17-2011 07:52:03 | More by ej285701
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second of 2 DIPA's I had on-tap at City Taphouse in Philadelphia.

Avery Maharaja was served in a 10 oz tulip that came to the table a bright copper color with dissolving foam that started leaving lacing on the glass. The beer smelled very resinous with good pine notes, sweet tropical fruit, and rich doughy malt.. The beer was very bitter with a sweetness from the malts as well as fragrant ripe pineapple. The low level of carbonation allowed the flavors to really come out of the beer and gave the beer a very thick smooth texture.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 20:40:20 | More by Soonami
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RWNay

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-03-2012 23:19:41 | More by RWNay
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target88

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-03-2014 20:46:45 | More by target88
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a burnt orange color that produced a fluffy white head which had a decent amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were hop driven, of course, with the citrus and pine leading the way

T - The taste of this beer is again hop dominated, with a small amount of malty sweetness creeping in at the beginning, a mixture of citrus and pine tree hops close this beer out

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, resiny body that had a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer had a lot going for it, but I the hop profile was a little off, this beer had great potential to be awesome, but this is still a good beer

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 20:59:12 | More by cvfish
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-17-2013 20:26:32 | More by mrchrisray
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BierReise

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber $7.25. Bottled in 2005. This is god damn delicious. Some shade of amber and clear.Thick clinging head. Sweet fruity citrus hop aromas with notes of peaches, oranges, pine and tropical fruits of delight. Doughy aromas from malt also add to the pleasure. Body is full, syrupy and slightly sticky. Lots of bitterness in the flavor from start to finish. Sweet and super hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Overall pretty much in line with most other good Imperial IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 02:46:19 | More by BierReise
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,469 ratings.