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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,547 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,547
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 343 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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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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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-16-2013 06:40:54 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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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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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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Thishops4u

Kansas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-11-2013 21:36:15 | More by Thishops4u
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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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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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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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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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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-13-2014 20:26:03 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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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
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photomike

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2014 14:05:38 | More by GOBLIN
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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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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-05-2014 16:36:40 | More by whitenads
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.