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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
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4,484 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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notchucknorris

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Nice glowing copper color with a big off white head.

S: Big sticky hop aroma with some caramel in the background.

T: Huge sticky citrus hops with a big dose of caramel and a touch of mango. Tons of hop resin on the finish. Tasty stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 04:45:13 | More by notchucknorris
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dblab33

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-13-2012 22:23:49 | More by dblab33
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-13-2012 21:37:05 | More by danjohn1234
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tatums1984

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 08:19:07 | More by tatums1984
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 00:46:23 | More by polishkaz
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MarshallMan

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 21:23:55 | More by MarshallMan
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 20:51:49 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Frozenmoses

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 16:33:03 | More by Frozenmoses
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gregb13

California

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

Finally trying this one after much anticipation... To start with, it looks very inviting in the glass. Awesome pillowy head atop a nice amber body. Smell is a bouquet of tropical fruit and some citrus, along with an undertone of something like herbal tea. Taste is an absolute wallop of tropical, syrupy fruit with the same tea undertone. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

I must say, this is the best double IPA I have tried, and I have been sampling quite a few of late. Definitely seek it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 08:43:44 | More by gregb13
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furthurgone

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 06:47:53 | More by furthurgone
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hopburster

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-12-2012 05:01:38 | More by hopburster
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Souleman

California

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very tasty IPA is something I would go for on any day that I want some hoppy, malty big beer. Not too much in your face, but enough to make you realize you are getting what you asked for.
With a slightly red/amber hue, the head did just about as much as it was supposed to. The aroma is sneaky with sweet and floral notes. The taste gets right down to what I think an IPA should be. Slightly malty hints to smooth out a little bitterness and a whole lot of tasty hoppiness that transcends throughout each sip. I can't argue with this one, it's got just about everything I want in a real beer. I'd put it up close to the Pliney, and may actually be a bit more accessible at this point. I could see both of these beers blowing up.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy being part of the cult following of this tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:30:33 | More by Souleman
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 02:18:12 | More by SalukiAlum
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-11-2012 22:02:33 | More by enelson
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cirtap

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-11-2012 21:11:59 | More by cirtap
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-11-2012 19:51:29 | More by kspongeworthy
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2012 16:30:52 | More by zenwatts
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 14, bottled June, 2011.

A- Pours a deep copper / amber color. The head is a thing of beauty, thick, creamy and sticky, light beige, about two fingers deep, leaves great lacing.

S- Big hop smell, with citrus, sweet honey malts.

T- Big hop flavors, citrus, earthy spice, herbal. I'm picking up on a pretty profound semi-sweet tea flavor in the nose and in the taste. Malts are huge and sweet, toasted, caramel. A bit of booze but not that much for the whopping 10.46% ABV. Hop bitterness is lingering and leafy. Finishes with a nice blend of bitter and sweet.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A cruel, domineering beer with big, aggressive flavors. This bottle was a bit old and the hops seem to have gone a bit down that tea route, but its still a tasty beer, I'll have to try this again if I can ever find a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 05:10:55 | More by WillCarrera
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt, 6 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a semi-transparent amber/copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent creaminess. Retention is OK at best.

S - Strong grapefruit notes, musty citric hops, sweet caramel. The hops are fresh, but a bit generic.

T - Musty, grassy hops and strong citric notes are countered (but not balanced) by some sweet caramel malt. The citric hops are overbearing and far from balanced, but I still find it a bit refreshing.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. I think it's a bit to smooth, however.

D - It's not bad, but it's not good. Just an average offering in my book. I appreciate the freshness of the hops, but it's entirely unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:50:27 | More by blakelive784
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the top on this 2010 vintage labeled as “Batch 11”. It pours a sunset tawny, with a nice glow. It holds a brief one finger head of tan bubbles. This quickly recedes leaving mild patterned lacing around the glass. Carbonation is active, and although there is no sediment a ridiculous haze permeates the liquid. The aroma opens up with a bright sting of booze. The malts are almost as strong, and come across with distinct caramel roast, barley, and a bit of chalk. There are lightening notes of strawberry that nicely complement the hops. These are bright and citric, with earthy tones and grass varietals. Finally, the end is picked up with a soft sourness of heavy cream. As we sip, there is a wild explosion and mixing of stark fruit, booze, and the deepest caramel malts. The grain borders on smoky, but doesn’t quite get there. While all of these components are strong and individually apparent they mix evenly. The middle continues with the hops at its peak. The malts also begin to get a little darker, and more mineral-like. The booze also begins to seep in here, but it is sweet and pleasant. We finish on bitter notes of grassy hops, and a huge spicy sting of black pepper and booze. The final licks of malts are salty, buttery, and sweet with caramel. The aftertaste breathes of hop grassiness, oil, more peppery alcohol, buttery caramels, and citric rind. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is moderate. Each sip gives a thickness and chewiness, and cleanly coats the mouth. There is nice froth, smack, and slurp. The beer is not as drying as one might expect for something with such bitter components. The booze is warming but appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how well it aged. This was utterly surprising that the hops stayed so strong after almost three years, while the booze didn’t entirely take over everything with the malts. The hops held up astonishingly well, offering a great balance with the malts, making for a clean and thorough DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 21:40:36 | More by TheBrewo
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2012 21:00:14 | More by richbrew
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2012 19:25:06 | More by Kahlerbock
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thesaint6169

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-09-2012 07:25:35 | More by thesaint6169
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N8DAGR8

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2012 05:06:35 | More by N8DAGR8
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-09-2012 00:10:26 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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