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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,468 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,468
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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photomike

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-14-2011 18:42:45 | More by photomike
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n00blar

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-15-2013 19:05:25 | More by n00blar
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-16-2012 22:18:18 | More by mweso2000
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mecmd

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-16-2012 03:52:56 | More by mecmd
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dgallina

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, 6 fluid ounce brown bomber "bottled in Feb 2006 batch 3."

Very clear dark orange with half-inch of creamy white head, thin sticky lacing. Strong sweet grapefruit hops and grain on the nose; not much else gets through. Lots of grapefruit-tasting hops intertwined with chewy sweet biscuit malts; very strong dry and bitter hop finish. Thick oily body with lazy carbonation.

I found this one exceedingly boring and difficult to finish. A typical over-the-top over-hopped American IPA IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 23:30:36 | More by dgallina
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obrike

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated review...batch 13, March 2011.

My god! Just incredible! I could just look at this in my pint glass, or goblet, all day. Incredible looking dark orange and a huge fluffy head.

The smell of this beer has got to be one of the best scents in the world. i would market it as an air freshner. Tropical fruits, a lot of cantaloupe...some pine...hits you in the face and does not apologize.

So tasty...strong citrus hops, melon, orange, mango, pineapple...all swirling together to make your tongue and mouth beg for more.

I would drink all day, but the high alcohol limits the drinkability. Still, one of the best DIPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

One of my favs for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:30:21 | More by obrike
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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-30-2011 08:58:42 | More by leprakhan
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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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AwYeh

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Spring 2012; thanks to madvermin for picking this up to share.

A: Pours a clear, golden amber color, with two fingers of frothy off-white head.

S: Sweet bready and caramel malts are most noticeable here, complemented by sweet citrus and piny hops.

T: Big doses of dank, resiny pine hops and fresh grapefruit control things here. While malts dominated the smell, here they provide balance and body, and do that job quite well.

M: Thick, syrupy, and sticky, with a bit of alcohol heat remaining on the finish.

O: Solid DIPA; I like the stickiness and prevalence of pine hops. Looking forward to my next glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:13:27 | More by AwYeh
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billhelm

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2014 16:28:30 | More by billhelm
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2014 18:47:03 | More by Jslay013
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mwa423

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden with a solid finger of frothy head.

S - Citrusy hop aroma that fills the nose. From aroma alone you know it will be a hop bomb

T - Strong hoppy flavor with a sweet malt bote to chase. A bit of alcohol burn but very pleasant.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very pleasant especially considering the abv and hops. Drinkability is a 4 but that's as good as you can get for this much of an ass kicking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 03:09:01 | More by mwa423
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-08-2011 15:22:21 | More by Kaydogg
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-22-2014 21:23:22 | More by mrcraft
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

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

Poured from 22 oz. bomber. Two finger tan head recedes to surface skim that lingered. Some scant lacing, but not a lot. Color was a clear orange-copper-amber.

Aroma - piney hops, and piney hops ! Hint of bready malt. Some alcohol astringency.

Taste - as promised by aroma. Piney hops upfront and center, they dominate this whole thing. The middle gives a slight taste of the malt , bready and tea-like. Alcohol warmth. Finishing with of course, piney hops. Aftertaste of lemony tea.

Mouthfeel - full, alcohol warm, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkabilty - goes down fairly easy. This is a very good beer, but high abv limits it to one 22 oz. bomber ( 2 x 12 oz. equivalent ) per session ( maybe two 22 oz 'ers, if you're not driving, or do not have to get up early ).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 16:46:58 | More by ultralarry2006
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-08-2012 21:40:37 | More by rpstevens
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-13-2013 13:41:08 | More by HopBrain
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-23-2013 22:51:44 | More by JamesMN
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-14-2013 12:09:00 | More by Travcofarms
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CCutch

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2013 06:32:50 | More by CCutch
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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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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

This is a damn fine IIPA. Bottled Feb 2007 Batch 5 from the label.

Appearance
A beautiful beer. A ruby hued deep amber body with a fine yet vigorous level of carbonation which produced a 4 finger rocky offwhite head on a fairly gentle pour. Sticky lacings clumped and defied gravity, and the head eventually settled to finger's worth, and persisted until the glass was gone.

Aroma
A big pineapple blast, with a touch of papaya. Strong notes of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin also present. Malty notes of toasted bread and a touch of caramel are perceptable underneath the wall of hops.

Taste
Damn tasty. Pineapple and grapefruit take the front, a touch of papaya, and the bitter hops finish in resiny pine. The big, tasty and bitter hops dominate the solid malt backbone of toasted bread with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Hop bitterness strips the tongue, roof of the mouth and back to the throat. The stripping is slightly mellowed by alcohol warmth and a creamy mouthfeel. A big bold beer, medium to full bodied, that should appeal to anyone looking for a hop blast.

Drinkability
Pretty drinkable for a big and bold brew. Would fit in nicely into any hop head's session. I enjoyed this bomber all by myself and it just went down too easily, leaving me wishing for more. Will be buying this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 15:34:13 | More by demcorhip
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Batch 9, bottled in February of 2009.

A: Pours deep orange. Impressive three-finger head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple. Almost as good as Hopslam. Becomes grassier as it warms up.

T: Grassy hops dominate with a hint of sweet malt. Some points off for a rather odd peppery flavor.

M: Resiny and syrupy.

D: This is 10.27%? It may not drink like it, but it definitely hits you later. Anyway, this is definitely recommended if you're a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 04:02:51 | More by BarrelO
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Burnt orange pour with about two fingers of creamy foam. Head retention is excellent, and there's tons of lacing stuck to the glass.

Hoppy aroma. Maharaja smells a little more multi-dimensional than a handful of DIPA's I've had lately. I'm smelling equal parts sweet and bitter, and the grapefruit and resiny pine hop scents balance nicely.

Flavor follows. An inviting sweetness up front gradually becomes more and more bitter, leading to the dry finish. This is the hoppy transition I've been looking for lately. Huge malt bill gives a little more sweetness than I'd like.

Nice big body, and a very smooth drinker. Just barely a touch of alcohol, enough to remind you it's there. Oily, slick texture. Ridiculously easy to drink for a 10%+ ABV DIPA...a little less sweetness, and I'd be tempted to give it a 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:03:24 | More by Gyle41386
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-03-2014 01:45:45 | More by maDUECEgunner
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,468 ratings.