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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,484 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 238
Gots: 325 | 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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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2012 10:05:12 | More by Telestic
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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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ProfessorX

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2012 02:00:29 | More by ProfessorX
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pours a deep orange color with small white head. Aroma of big grapefruit notes, some pine, huge bready malts, toffee, biscuits, caramel. Flavor follows with the huge bitter grapefruit up front that fades into a soothing smooth bready malt character. Sweet for sure, and heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Very slick. Excellent brew, and on the malty side for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:57:27 | More by BMMillsy
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-15-2012 21:56:24 | More by kiki3drt292
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-15-2012 21:53:31 | More by sharpski
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jwmarcum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 18:45:17 | More by jwmarcum
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 11:05:53 | More by ChrisMon02
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vkv822

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear orange, with a foamy, very light toffee colored head.

The aroma is sweet, tropical fruits with some floral and pine backing.

The flavor is more of a blend of resiny pine and floral notes, with a slight spiceyness.

A medium body with low, yet still acceptable carbonation. Leaves a slight oily, sticky coating to the palate.

A decent DIPA, though a bit spendy for what it is, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:14:20 | More by vkv822
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear red/orange with a two-inch bone white head that never backs down. Clumps of lacing cling to the glass like concrete. A great looking beer.

S: Tropical hop scents abound. Mango, tangerine, pink grapefruit with sugar, a brief blast of strawberry and passion fruit. Honeydew melon and watermelon too. Green, pithy, and oily. Malt base smells of sweet caramel malt. There's a lot going on here, hop-wise.

T: Sweet caramel malt tastes opens, but just for an instant. Then it's all hops, all the time. Mango, sugary grapefruit, tangerine, honeydew melon. Some strawberry and passion fruit in the background. Green pithy tastes and slight pine too. Bitterness comes on with only moderate strength at first, but builds stealthily until it reaches almost tongue-scraping levels. Some tropical esters and a slight, tingling warmth hint at the strength of this beer. Finishes sweet with lingering, bitter, oily, pithy hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Full and oily. Low carbonation. Smooth and well-rounded. Good.

O: One of the best DIPAs out there. I look forward to its release every year.

Notes: This is a very easy beer to drink, especially considering its strength. Barely a trace of alcohol despite its brawn (just over 10% abv). A quality beer and a good buy at $9 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:44:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was visiting friends in Greenville, SC this past weekend, stopped by Community Tap and picked up a half-growler of this one. Split with a friend and poured into an over-sized wine glass.

The pour yielded a much darker-than-expected ruby garnet. Clear of haze, but very dark. A thin sheet of lace caps it off. Great nose bursting with candied hops, tangerine, orange slices, grapefruit. Awesome. Flavor is floral and well rounded with plenty of citrus as well. Bitter grapefruit, sweet tangerine, pineapple. The bitterness spikes at times, but gives way to a sweet candy-like finish. Loved it. Excellent beer that hit the spot, and one I will revisit again.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2012 14:37:47 | More by Onenote81
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druptight

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-13-2012 14:19:04 | More by druptight
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-13-2012 07:11:18 | More by Nightrain87
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BJasny

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-13-2012 06:25:33 | More by BJasny
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JennyJam

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-12-2012 17:12:57 | More by JennyJam
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Hopman1985

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-12-2012 03:04:17 | More by Hopman1985
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tyamhydrogen

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small white head with decent lacing. Definitely pretty red for a DIPA.

S- Caramel, mango, grapefruit, guava, some apple. Lots of sweet citrus here. A little booze but not it does not detract from the aroma. Very enjoyable.

T- More fruit, not a ton of bitterness. The sweet hops shine through very well with just enough bitterness on the back end to keep things in check. Really nice.

M- Rather thin, good low/medium carbonation. The smallest bit of residual hop resin.

O- I'm definitely a fan of this beer. It's big on the tropical citrus hops and that tends to be what I look for in a DIPA. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 01:51:49 | More by tyamhydrogen
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-11-2012 14:42:55 | More by stampfler07
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-11-2012 01:39:25 | More by barbellsNbeers
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Vicsvapo

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-10-2012 21:05:02 | More by Vicsvapo
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SageO

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-10-2012 16:07:51 | More by SageO
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matt062286

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-10-2012 14:51:40 | More by matt062286
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a one finger light sandy brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Created a oily, multicolored pond of bubbles off to the side when settled. Color is a murky, red pine with generous micro-bubble lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, winter pine, caramel apples, new leather, pineapples. The nose is really sweet.

T: Starts with sweet cream, piney hops, and citrus. Transitions to a more powerful alcohol bitterness. Strong malt backbone throughout. The sweetness lures you in..until you are beaten into submission by the Maharaja.

M: Resinous and sticky, this beer presents itself reserved and smooth. I could use a tad bit more carbonation. The ABV does not even make an appearance.

O: I'm torn with this one. As the beer warms it becomes more complex, but I'm a bit scared to fully embrace it. Overall, a solid offering from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:20:59 | More by cooler4life
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HopHeadAndy

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-09-2012 07:17:31 | More by HopHeadAndy
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Fitzmke

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2012 22:07:13 | More by Fitzmke
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.