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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,486 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,486
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 238
Gots: 328 | 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.

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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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dmsohyea

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nucleated pint glass from a bomber labeled "March, 2011"

A: A deep, rich orange with very soapy off white, one finger thick head. You can tell when you pour this how thick and syrupy this is. The head lingers for most of the glass, and head retention is great.

S: Very sweet and malty, hints of caramel. Faint, piny hops and a tiny bit of citrus.

T: At a first sip I couldn't believe how sweet this beer was. Very caramelly and rich with a tongue stinging dry finish of grapefruit and pine. Put some brown sugar on a grapefruit and take a huge bite. This is what this beer tastes like to me.

M: Starts off very smooth and creamy, but finishes dryer than most. The aftertaste lingers for a few minutes. For 10.5% abv, it doesn't have a strong alcohol flavor, but it's certainly there on the harsh finish.

O: A good beer, but doesn't measure up to some of the other TIPA's out there. It's starting to become a chore to finish the glass, but I certainly got my hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:22:05 | More by dmsohyea
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DovaliHops

California

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

Poured into a new Lost Abbey stem glass. Pours an almost-clear orange color with a medium-large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very hoppy with some fresh pine and floral hop notes. I also get great melon and grapefruit notes. A bit of alcohol as well. Taste is very hoppy with a strong alcohol flavor. Boozier than last batch, but I like it. Such an amazing DIPA. Tons of melon and hops with a lot of sweet malt and nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is complex and full-bodied with delicious drinkability. Overall, a top of the line Imperial IPA. This beer also ages well for it's style.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 07:23:39 | More by DovaliHops
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Fenris244

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, sticky 2 finger off white head, not much to the carbonation but the head leaves thick trails of lace down the glass.

Very floral with some citrus and pineapple notes, note a very complex aroma but certainly a strong one.

Fruity sweetness up front and balanced by a strong hop character, citrus peel and grapefruit and a big piney finish that the bitterness clings to long after the beer is gone. The alcohol only makes it self known afte the flavor subside and you feel the warming effect.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, maintains a light body, very drinkable as well.

Overall Avery knocks this one out of the park for me, flavorfull DIPA that I'd be happy to get anyday

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 18:52:14 | More by Fenris244
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whatthehull

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice transparent golden amber, half finger white head and minimal lacing

S - Sweet sticky hops, resin, alcohol, pineapple, citrus hops, a bit of pine, toasted yet sweet malt. Almost a super concentrated pineapple sticky smell. Really nice and a hint of floral

T - Big malt, hop and alcohol explosion. Tones down and you get the pineapple, toastiness, candy sugar sweetness, floral, a bit of pine. The lingering taste reminds me of fresh, ice cream shop strawberry malt shake. This has some nice bitters with amazing sweet flavors and the resin comes out in the taste pretty big

M - This one is sticky, big carbonation and the sweet bitter can at times turn into a soured bitterness. Leaves your mouth always wanting another sip to balance the sweet and bitter

D - For a 10.25% abv, this goes down super nice. The complex yet balanced flavors are really nice. Minus the ghost bitterness

Final thought - $7 a bottle, you might as well get 3, one for now, one for a few months from now and one to see what happens next release

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:58:56 | More by whatthehull
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful semi-translucent amber-orange with about a fingers worth of slightly off white head. When swirled through the glass, bubbly and sticky lacing drags down on all sides, covering the walls of the glass.

S- The scent of this brew is outstanding. Sliced tropical fruits such as mango, apricot, and guava is picked up instantly after popping the top on this bomber. A bit of piny hop resin is also noticed in mixture with some citrus. Smelling further, I can sense the hoppy bitterness. With a deep pull through the nose, a bit of booziness is detected but isn't off putting because of a great blend of scents lying on top.

T- The taste is similar to the nose but intensified in certain areas. The fruity piny hop bitterness blasts my palate at first, alongside some biscuit and sweet tasting malt. Beneath it all lies the beastly ABV. To my surprise, the potency of this brew doesn't come out to steal the show, which is awesome. Considering the different tastes going on, it all seems to be quite balanced.

M- This DIPA is pretty rich and thick for most, leaving a lot of hop oils that saturate my palate until I take the next sip. The carbonation is moderate which contributes to the creamy texture.

D- The well masked ABV makes this one easy to drink, not to mention the great flavors and light crispness offered by the "Great" "King." If I am lucky enough to spot another one of these on the shelves, I will be sure to grab it. This DIPA stands out pretty boldly against many others.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:46:00 | More by ChugginOil
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a snazzy new label and a bottled date of March 2011

Full disclaimer....my previous experiences with this beer have been less than stellar. Going in, I feel this beer to be grossly overrated and cloyingly rotten garbage fruit. Enough talking up this beer.

Pours a translucent peach with thin film of egg whites. Near microscopic bubbles lazily rise from the deep at random intervals.

As a rabid lover and imbiber of Indian food, my subconsciousness plays tricks on me. This beer smells exactly like the Mango ice cream I devour as a post buffet dessert nearly weekly at my local favorite restaurant. Try as I might, it's the predominant scent I draw from the glass coupled with crushed baby aspirin.

Peach, pine, grass, and some alcohol heat and lingering bitterness. Aggressive hops with malt playing a minor role. Thankfully, this plays better than my memory recalls.

Rich, thick mouthfeel with a heat burn that reminds of the 10+ abv tag. A sipper, but one that I would reach for more often when guaranteed fresh bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:36:19 | More by BarrytheBear
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Deadheadbill

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is Amber with a nice caramel colored head. Smells of hops and citrus with a slight fruitiness to it. Tastes deep and delicious with lots of hops, malt and a fair amount of fruit including a little peach. Full bodied on the palate, but not tiresome. This is a great beer which drinks well despite its 10.3 abv which will kick you in the butt.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 17:50:01 | More by Deadheadbill
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: This bottle is fresh bottled 3/11

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops galore, ciitrus, pine, sweet caramel malts

taste: pine, citrus, tons of grapefruit, sweet malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and fresh DIPA. only draw back as it warmed up became very sweet.

cheers,
The CPJ

Reviewed from Notes.

Appearance: Amber in color with a 1 finger tan head

Smell: Sweet malts, little hops, caramel,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops must of faded away not getting a whole lot of hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, sticky lingering taste

Drinkability: Not my favorite Double IPA but freshness might have done this one in from the get go. Just wish it was more balanced.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 18:33:35 | More by THECPJ
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warnerry

Michigan

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

Bottled May 2010; consumed 6/30/10

Pours a translucent reddish brown with two fingers of sticky head. Leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.

Smell is dominated as expected by hops, with citrus hops taking center stage. A small amount of pine hops also present in the smell.

Taste is similar to smell, with a wonderful hop presence and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. A little heavier mouthfeel than many DIPAs.

Very drinkable for the ABV, this is a very well made double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:36:41 | More by warnerry
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JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts, and it has a nice hop presence. There are notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some spiciness, and a touch of booze.

T - It tastes of sweet malts at first, which is immediately followed by a juicy burst of hops. There are also notes of fruit, such as pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Also, I am getting some pine, caramel, and some booziness. The finish has a lingering bitterness and a sort of strong alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. This goes down very smoothly. There is also a lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

D - This has very good drinkability. I really like this beer. It has a lot of citrus, but it is still sweet, boozy, and it has a nice hop bitterness. I could easily drink a lot of these, even though the high ABV. I definitely recommend trying this one. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2011 12:35:05 | More by JizackFH
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dizknee24

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets start off by saying how great this beer was! poured very hazy orangish. had a good one finger frothy head. smelled of great hops and light aroma of fruits. Mouth feel was great. I really could not get enough of this. but my favorite thing about this beer had nothing to do with the taste. it has to do with the bottle. it displays the ABV not as 10.30 but more accurately as 10.27% amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:13:56 | More by dizknee24
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimpled glass. Pours slightly hazy orange with a thick frothy beige head. I can see tons of sediments floating about (turn off for me especially in a DIPA). Aroma of pine, orange, dank hops, sweet malt. Taste is bitter, piney hops with a huge malt body. Hops are quite bold and resinous but the body is equally as large and present. Though, this is a good DIPA that does not have that sweet citrusy hop like so many have now. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but blends well with all the other flavors. Medium lived bitter finish, lively but smooth carbonation. I would have enjoyed this more without the sediments floating about.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:51:03 | More by CuriousMonk
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afksports

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery's Maharaja is a little overly sweet. I would never have pictured a Maharaja being that way. But, I'm on a DIPA kick, and this one is certainly a solid stop.

There's a caramel and sweet malty smell, with a pinch of sweet citrus hops. A bit of pine maybe too, but nothing huge. The Maharaja has a lovely appearance, which is maybe a bit hazy for my taste but comes with a clinging head that makes things more interesting.

This Imperial IPA is an easy drinker with a very full mouthfeel, but the taste is follows the nose and is too sweet for a double IPA. I mean, things are still IPA's, right? There's no drying, and only a little bitterness. The aftertaste is totally malty, and not even really bitter from the hops that do linger. Still, it's tasty. I'd love to get wasted on this. But it's just not balanced, and thus not in the top of it's class.

Then again, neither am I. Maybe me and the Maharaja have something in common after all.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 23:50:57 | More by afksports
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:
Pours hazy brown/amber with noticable carbonation. Has a 1 1/2 inch head that settles down to about a 1/4 inch with very nice lacing.
Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops, pine resin and alcohol, a little unbalanced.
The taste is caramalt based (I'd guess) with the hops on the DL. A bit of citrus and pine but very simple.
The mouth is pretty decent, not too heavy and smooth going down.
Drinkability wise, I wouldn't turn one down but I also wouldn't go out of my way to get another.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:49:29 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice two finger head, great retention, Goldish orange tone. Very hazy appearance as well.
S- Citrusy, piney right away, hints of peach and grapefruit. Nutty and malty aromas linger out as I continue, wonderful fruity hoppy aroma.
T- Great bitterness, well balanced. Taste the nuttiness as well as the hops, fruitiness mixed in well. Has a thick taste to it, truly unique. I taste the malts and hops throughout.
M- Taste the bitterness on the palate but doesn't linger for long. Kind of a tarty feeling on the mouth.
D- Excellent beer totally surprised. The nuttiness and malts combined with the hops was superb. Very easy drink especially for being over 10% abv. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 22:30:36 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip. Bottled: March 2010: Batch 11.

A: This pours a very cloudy red-orange color with an inch and a half of slightly off-white head that has decent retention and good lacing.

S: Strong caramel maltiness, piney and mildly floral hoppiness, and a little spiciness (perhaps coriander).

T: The hops have faded a bit but they are still a big factor; it also features a sweet and powerful caramel malt backbone and some lightly faded citrus. It isn't a sweet mess like some other older DIPAs.

M: It has a thick body with some creaminess and little alcohol presence.

D: This is a very good sipper. I would obviously rather have it fresh but it's still good at 11 months.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 17:25:07 | More by bucklemyshoe
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socon67

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They actually had bombers of this on sale by me. Hooray!
Batch #12 May 2010, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours dark amber/orange. Some lacing. This is a heavy looking beer. Inside the glass looks dark.

S - Smells of pine and citrus. Has a sweet essence. Behind that is a hoppy medley.

T - This is a DIPA that isn't playing around. Not subtle at all with the flavor of hops, sweet malt, and citrus. For those that like their IPA's with dominant flavor, this will be nirvana.

M - This is a thick IPA. It is freakin awesome, but the potency can be overwhelming.

D - Two pints and I was done. The Maharaja is a fierce tyrant that will smack you around. Be careful.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 00:09:41 | More by socon67
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is a redo for me, because my initial review was an outdated bottle. Poured on-tap in a goblet, the beer is a hazy orange-amber coloring, with a frothy, thick beige colored head of about an inch. The head is airy and light, and it settles a bit, but leaves a strong lace along the glass as it does. Aromas of white wine (almost muscat), pear, citrus, and a subtle resinous highlight. The beer is fruit forward, with grape, grapefruit, and mango, with a solid booze characteristic, wine highlights, and some woody notes. The beer is bold and full bodied in mouth, and has a slightly bitter, richly sweet and resinous aftertaste. The finish is lingering, with booze and bitterness throughout. Heavy hitter.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 01:50:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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sensorglitch

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this in Washington. It pour an interesting orangish color, and had good tones of citrus in the the smell, could smell the hops. The taste was obviously bitter, I liked it, it wasn't a disgusting bitter, but a good smell and taste, had a good drink-ability.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:07:19 | More by sensorglitch
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uustal

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a two-finger head. Solid lacing and retention. Sweet citrus aroma. The flavor follows. Big grapefruit and citrus hops. . Followed by sweet and creamy malt background. Nice pine bitterness on the close. The flavor was there, but not very cohesive. Big alcohol notes as well as the beer warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 02:32:02 | More by uustal
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heysuz

Indiana

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

Intro: 22 oz. dated May 2010, batch 12. poured into a pint glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Excellent head and lacing, great color but cloudy

Smell: Strong malt, some citrus notes and hops.

Taste: Good taste with strong hops balanced out with the malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some dryness and that hoppy taste that lingers.

Drink: Very smooth and rich in flavor with only a little aftertaste. Not overly carbonated and left me wanting more.

Conclusion: The head is really impressive with fine micro bubbles. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I think it rates in the top ten in its class. One I am looking forward to revisiting since DIPAs are one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 13:52:20 | More by heysuz
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pgaveau

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celler temperature 22 oz (bottled in May 2010) poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a deep honey amber. Very thick head with good retention. Smells like molass and ripe oranges. Tastes like sweet, creamy hoppiness. Strong malt presence. Slight bitterness with no after taste. Medium mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% brew. Halfway through and I'm already feeling buzzed.

I will be buying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:51:41 | More by pgaveau
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Frothboss

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clean with little to no head. Dark golden color, transparent. Smells sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Tastes really good, bitters sit on the back of the mouth with a nice citrus finish. Bold citrus and hops with sweet malty undertones. Feels smooth with light carbonation. Very tastey for its class, will delightfully drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 23:16:28 | More by Frothboss
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montecristo2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small pint glass.

Paired really well with chicken tikka masala, based on a recommendation from a blog posting here on BA. Thanks loyal beer drinkers!

A great example of an imperial- great citrusy hops but not overpowering. Not a beer I could drink a great deal of, but definitely worth savoring and enjoying a little at a time.

A thicker, more viscous offering that other IPA's, but I really liked that. A nice, off white head, maybe one and a half fingers thick.

Nice, deep orange color, a bit hazy. Looked delicious in the glass, and tasted so in my mouth! Check this one out, especially with your favorite Indian resturant.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 05:40:12 | More by montecristo2
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,486 ratings.