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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,510
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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Photo of csiewert


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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3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-24-2013 02:49:47 | More by jmccullough108
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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-07-2014 02:51:03 | More by leroybrown10
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-15-2013 19:05:25 | More by n00blar
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-05-2013 17:28:31 | More by Luk13
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-03-2011 02:26:23 | More by mhenson42
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 17:09:18 | More by RandyKemka
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-20-2014 14:05:19 | More by mgr78704
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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-27-2012 14:36:01 | More by atoulouk
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-17-2011 07:52:03 | More by ej285701
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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-03-2012 23:19:41 | More by RWNay
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-23-2013 22:51:44 | More by JamesMN
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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-09-2014 02:12:24 | More by allstar255
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-24-2013 01:17:38 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-17-2013 20:26:32 | More by mrchrisray
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-20-2014 18:19:56 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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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
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-14-2011 18:42:45 | More by photomike
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,510 ratings.