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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,517 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,517
Reviews: 1,725
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 332 | FT: 9
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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rand

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to sniffer, 10 oz pour at Urge Gastropub

A: Copper-tan in color, little carbonation or head. Looks dense.

S: Subtle notes of honey-malts and grapefruit float from the glass, but this has perhaps the most delicate nose I've come across for this style. It almost smells like the booze and hops are cancelled out by the malt-backbone.

T: The subtlety stops at the nose. Big, biting, pine notes scrape the palate, along with citrus and floral notes. Burning booze mixes with the sweet malts, bordering on something like a beer liqueur. The onslaught of hops dry towards the end, keeping the bitter aspects front and center. Finished resinous and bitter, with a touch of lingering honey sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, surprisingly light for the style and huge ABV. Could use a bit carbonation.

A big hopbomb, I've had this several times and never taken the time to review. I can't remember a beer that had a bigger disconnect between the nose and the palate. But if you're in the need for a hop-fix, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 20:38:41 | More by rand
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-27-2012 00:59:35 | More by kylemckinnis
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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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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-16-2013 03:00:10 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark copper, finger of head that was off white.
S: sweet malt caramel with mainly grapefruit hop.
T: again sweet caramel malt upfront, hop hits on the back end with mainly grapefruit with a little bit of pine. There also is a general fruit hidden in with the hops.
M: thick a little bit sticky and coating but its not a complaint. Carbonation is a touch low.
O: I've had this many both on tap in bottle and now growler, this is in my top ten dipa/ipa's

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 23:18:52 | More by rootbeerman
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djbreezy

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - poured a nice copper orange with a decent head that settled, great lacing

smell - the nose is citrus hops, very aromatic

taste - the citrus hops are the showcase here but the malts are very flavorful and provide a strong support

mouthfeel - a very medium/big bodied beer especially for an IIPA

drinkability - very complex and unique, a quite enjoyable IIPA, the flavor is delicious

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:53:25 | More by djbreezy
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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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TubaDan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-14-2014 20:40:35 | More by TubaDan
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theopholis

California

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

Appearance- Pours a clear amber/orange body with a nice layer of creamy, off-white head. Not great head retention, but it's acceptable. Nice lacing, but it's not sticky enough to stay on the glass for any length of time.

Smell- A nice blend of floral hops and maltiness with the citrus, a hint of spruce and caramel malts intermingling.

Taste- Yum. A fairly pleasant jolt of floral and citrusy hops with a decent malt background. Some malt sweetness comes through along with a subtle spruce/pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good CO2 level. Sticky enough to leave a nice, lingering aftertaste of hops and malt.

Drinkability: Hops heads will like. Others won't.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:45:31 | More by theopholis
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-03-2012 04:09:50 | More by Schmuckles
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-03-2013 13:43:53 | More by discharmingly
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Evarigan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-13-2013 03:28:39 | More by Evarigan
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-20-2014 18:19:56 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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malcontent

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A confident looking head that backs down to leave an even bubble ring around the perimeter. Color is mahogany; deep & beautiful, a really fine presentation.

Hops obviously dominate the nose but there are apricot & alcohol traces that provide the expected with a little extra on the side.

Mmmmm...immediate alcohol (not unruly, however) is followed with a delecate hop taste & a surprising maltiness. A strange pleasure; it manages to combine the unlikely qualities of sharp citrus with a warm caramel-like taste with complete success. Quite good.

While the mouthfeel is outstanding, there is just a bit of an alcohol bite & when combined with an ABV approaching 10% it makes for a beer that is a delight for one bottle but probably not much more. Still, I will absolutely be buying this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:44:19 | More by malcontent
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BANG! Nose of medicinal hops. Dole pineapple juice christmastreeoverload . . . wow! Pours copper-gold with an off-white head of moderate duration and notable lacing. JUICEY hops, creamy texture and lively on the palate. Medium bodied, oily-resiny texture, dry and astringent. Berry notes in its aromatics, reminds me of (gulp) the white/pineapple-flavored jelly beans at Eastertime (in a good way of course.) Mostly dry, but semi-sweet, with bitterness running the full length of the spectrum (beginning, middle, and end-of-palate.) The big alcohol is extremely well-hidden, with a hop profile that is on-par with Avery's other alpha-rich brews, and that's exactly what I'd expect of a double IPA from Avery. Herbal, vegetal hops . . . it's like walking into a greenhouse at the end of winter! This is an easy step-up from their very-palatable year-round I.P.A., and poured next to Hog Heaven (for comparison's sake), Maharaja's intense hop profile is pervasive, intruding on the (by comparison) delicate profile of Hog Heaven (and btw, Maha followed by H.H. is a deadly 1-2 punch!) Maharaja is everything I'd expect of the style from a consistent, top-notch brewery like Avery. Batch 3 (2/06 bottling 3/27 decanting.)

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 23:59:08 | More by Chaz
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into chalice. Finally had a chance to pick this up from a trip down to Mass this past weekend.

A - pours a bright copper orange with a small head that slowly dissapers.

S - Citrus, pine notes strong very pungent.

T - again citrus, grapefruit seams to be the stong suit of taste, pine in the background.

M - mmm sticky lacings leaving the mouth still stinging well after consuming.

D - Well this one was bottled in February so i haven't tried it obviously superfresh but great none the less and would not mind another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 00:09:54 | More by Casey10
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-02-2013 07:22:34 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-27-2013 23:31:04 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

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

Pours a very deep copper amber with a big creamy white IPA head; a big looking beer. Aroma is very strong and can be smelled a room away. Big on the pine forest with a lot of molasses. Hops dominate; a thick smelling brew. Taste is strong as the hops immediately take over, piney and citrusy, has decent semi-sweet malt backbone, but the bitter hops overwhelm. Alcohol is pretty noticeable A good brew, but not one of the more easy drinking DIPAs. A slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 07:04:46 | More by saintwarrick
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- partly cloudy burnt orange from top to bottom with a thin, foamy 1 finger white head, good retent, thin white lacing

S- grapefruit, plenty of hops

T- surprisingly decent balance, grassy, citrus (lot of grapefruit), orange flavors as well, alcoholic heat at finish, residual sugars provide sweetness as well, hop oils in there

M- not as palette crushing as you'd think, medium body, soft and smooth through 'til the alcohol brings some fire, dry and sticky at finish as well. the hop attack does start to happen as the brew warms

D- highly drinkable for a 2IPA, good flavor, nice balancing act, enjoyable, I'd have another, well done

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2007 06:42:47 | More by tonistruth
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a copper color in the glass with a bubbly white head. Some sediment was noted in the glass.

Smell - A very pleasant malty citrus aroma set the tone. The malt was obvious, but the sweetness of the citrus was masked.

Taste - At the front, one notes a dry resin explosion. There is a sweetness toward the back, but it is not sweet enough for a DIPA. In a DIPA, I look for the clash between the sweet and the bitter. I seemed to be lost in a sea of bitterness with each swallow.

Mouthfeel - The thickness was on target with the hops remaining on the tongue well after each swallow. Sediment was noted and may have contributed to the lingering aftertaste.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but found myself a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:50:18 | More by JohnnyHopps
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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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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-03-2013 15:35:25 | More by FullObs
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jadler16

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

05-02-2014 17:34:11 | More by jadler16
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,517 ratings.