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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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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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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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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-20-2011 05:35:00 | More by paulys55
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Crystal clear orange copper body with minimal head. Webbed stairs of lacing.

S: Malt heaven opened up and bestowed its sweet goodness in the form of an IPA.

T/M: Robust toasted caramel malts, super sweet backed by a pungent pine resin that aggressively coats the palate. Wood essence and crisp bitters deliver a rustic flare that marries well with the intense malt base. Orange oil and citrus round out the after bite of this giant. Sticky syrupy body with aggressive carbonation. Finishes semi dry and delivers great citrus and pine bitterness.

O: A fantastic BIG beer that delivers everything you want in a DIPA. I almost overlooked this when choosing my beer but glad I didn't. Another hit from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 02:04:36 | More by Hopswagger
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-23-2013 16:00:23 | More by ToddThompson
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-03-2014 01:45:45 | More by maDUECEgunner
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-21-2014 01:06:09 | More by Oidmoe
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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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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-21-2012 22:08:51 | More by kayrex
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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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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-07-2014 13:44:35 | More by jewellrunner
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-19-2013 16:03:01 | More by CDCNAM
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EF4

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-04-2014 04:26:14 | More by EF4
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davet100

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-14-2013 18:20:32 | More by davet100
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-25-2014 23:08:28 | More by Hohnbaum
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sitarist

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11.

Pours an amber color into my snifter. There is about an inch of head that fades to a top coating and ring that leaves some heavy lacing.

Smells of candied orange rinds, tropical fruits, wet dog, and something beyond my ability to explain. The smell is strong and welcomes me to take a sip.

Taste like candied hops! This is bitter but not astringent. The flavors match the nose with an added peppery bite. There is a nice malt backbone but the hops are the star of this game. This beer highlights the similarities between hops, and kush.

Medium body, sticky, and dry.

Despite the big, strong flavors this is very drinkable. Just beware, the ABV will get you.

edit 2011: I would score and describe this years batch the same as last years.

2-29-12: Year after year its one hell of a beer!

1-31-13: This years batch seems pretty consistent with previous ones. I am noticing an herbal/minty scent, and flavor that I do not recall. Also, the body seems a little lighter than I remember. I cant wait till the next batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:59:22 | More by sitarist
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-01-2014 14:28:42 | More by Goldndomer
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JandJMD

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-28-2013 21:41:36 | More by JandJMD
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-21-2014 18:03:46 | More by BEERschlitz
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-10-2012 19:06:19 | More by slowdaddy
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.