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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,612 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 244
Gots: 365 | 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.

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NorCalYeti

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

taste- tangy hop bite and a dry finish

color- honey-amber

clarity- slightly hazy

smell- grapefruit, pineapple, alcohol

body- loaded upfront, soft mid-palete

appearance- like an ipa, nice head

overall impression- outstanding, so good!

notes- deranged amount of hops, tangy, vibrant and pungent, with an insane quantity of malted barley. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

10-16-2009 05:28:16 | More by NorCalYeti
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Blitzstyle

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +17%

Had on tap at Dunedin House of Beer. Was poured into a sniffer. Beautiful deep orange color. Laceing on the glass after swirling.
Very citrusy smells of pineapples almost. I spent more time sniffing this than I did actually drinking it. Smells great!!
Tasted pineapple/grapefruit on the front some piney notes on the back.
Wonderful beer couldn't get enough of it all night(had 3)

10-15-2009 14:13:47 | More by Blitzstyle
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearence is a deep copper color with some slight cloudiness. There is nice lacing on the edges as well. Aromas of citrus, pine, and malt are outstanding. Overall taste is slightly sweet and citrusy. There is a nice malt background to it as well. Overall this a great DIPA. Great hop notes and a fine slick texture. Classic DIPA feel and taste.

10-15-2009 03:15:25 | More by ShrLSU
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

Dark honey color with a picture perfect off white head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass. Nose is swarming with hops and malt, but it's a little biting. Could use a little more depth in the aroma. Taste is everything I want in a double ipa. Extremely well balanced between biting hops, and a sweet slab of caramel malt. This beer is perfectly married! Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet crisp, and not overly chewy like some double ipa's. Feel definitely leads to the overall drinkability getting a perfect score. Highly drinkable and hard to put down.

10-15-2009 03:07:53 | More by ryrust5301
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Dspohn

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Batch 10, bottled June 09 so this beer is a few months old.

A. Pours a couldy orange color with a nice solid off-white head. Decent retention with some lacing.

S. Big fruity/juicy smell. Big on orange and some tropical fruits. There's also some slightly spicy malt.

T. 102 IBUs?? Maybe some of the hop kick has faded but it doesn't seem quite that bitter. I found it to have a pretty solid hop kick right off the bat with an orange rind and piney taste, but a pretty sweet aftertaste and overall profile. This beer has a pretty big malty body too. The malt flavor was quite interesting actually and I detected some plum flavor that I'm not really accustomed to with IPA's. Alcohol warmth present also. Pretty balanced DIPA. Tasty.

M. Smooth with subtle carbonation, medium body, good but nothing fantastic.

D. A good beer but the alcohol is fairly present which limits its drinkability. I'm curious to try the next batch when it's fresher to compare.

Edit: Re-rating this beer after trying some fresher bottles and on tap as well. Unfortunately I still don't care for this beer much, I find every time I try it I enjoy it less, so I'm actually lowering the score. In general I find it to be overly hot with a fusel alcohol presence. Bitterness never really pops as I'd like even fresh and on tap. Heavy booze soaked oranges and pineapples with a warm sweeter malt finish.

Some people really dig this big bold DIPA but it always seems overly heavy on alcohol, sweetness, and malt to me. Not to mention at around 10 bucks a bomber where I usually find it in CA I feel like I've given this beer a fair chance but don't plan on buying any more of this. A decent DIPA but for the price point I'd much rather get a 6-pack of Odell's or Racer 5. Hell I can get 2 bombers of Just Outstanding for the same price and I'd say its also twice as good.

10-14-2009 21:10:38 | More by Dspohn
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chasebrownyeah1

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

The Maharaja Imperial IPA ABV: 10.24%

A: The appearance has a golden, hazy look to it. Pours a very noticable head that stays apparant for at least a minute or so, thn falls to a minimal head. The lacing is very noticable.

S: Has a citrus hint to it. The hops and malts just linger in the nose. Does also have a floral smell to it too.

T-M: The taste is very bitter and sweet. Can taste sort of like a tangerine taste with the apparent hops and malts. Very good taste and mouthful.

D: This beer is a drinkable beer. They serve it in a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle. Good beer to share with a friend or you brother! wesbrownyeah approved.

10-10-2009 18:43:32 | More by chasebrownyeah1
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale. 10.27% alcohol as stated on bottle. Bottled in Feb. 2009 batch 9.

A- Pours a thick orange fluid with one inch off white head that fall to creamy bubbly rim around glass. Leaves excellent patchy lacing that hangs around till the beer is long gone.

S- Smell is of rich fresh hops. Grapefruit, lemon and tangerine are first noticed. Mild malts and alcohol esters sneak in late in the nose. Top notch freshness.

T-M- Taste is a ground breaking grapefruit tart with matching tones of fresh cut grass and glorious notes of floral hops. At 102 ibu's this beer is packing a very nice hop experience with excellent balance between massive hop tone with subtle malty charactor... almost perfect.

D- For a beer of this magnitude I would love to find it on tap and sip pint after pint night after night. Wonderfully done brew, too bad I bought it in North Carolina and live in Florida. Would love to keep a few around.

10-10-2009 02:42:02 | More by wesbrownyeah
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

From notes. Labeled "Batch 9, Feb 09". I've admired this one for a few years. Pours clear, light amber, thick white head with good retention and lacing. Active. SMELL is grapefruity hops and a strong malty base hitting first. A very rich and robust aroma, not overly complex but it hits the spot. TASTE Medium hop bitterness blending with big caramel maltiness, citrusy and floral hop flavors, and obvious booze. Rich, complex, and balanced. Bitterness returns for the finish but is not overdone. FEEL ful, thick, rich and viscous texture. Alc warming, with drying bitter finish. OVERALL I have no trouble finishing a 22. A big, yummy treat. One of the best in its class, in my view.

10-09-2009 20:28:23 | More by sprucetip
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MisterSH

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a tulip, my bottle says "bottled in June 2009 batch 10." It's October now so this bottle is about three months old or so, been sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks now for the right time. I paid $8.99 for this bomber.

Pours a reddish gold with a nice blonde finger thick head. Looks delicious, I haven't sniffed it yet but the aroma is beginning to waft up from the glass into my nose, this thing is pungent.

Aroma is immediately grapefruity, quite floral hops. A spicy, almost peppery note is apparent, with an element of apple or other sweet fruit. Also a bready malt note.

Taste: Bold and bitter up front, with a very strong, rather sweet malty backbone, and an unusually spicy, grassy finish. Some alcohol warmth (although not what you'd expect at 10.69%). Strongly malty and bready, this is exceptionally well balanced, just how I like an IIPA- not only hoppy, but malty as hell, at 102 IBU's this isn't even close to a hop-bomb, it's a huge beer overall and is surprisingly gentle on the palate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but aside from the buzz I am starting to feel as I type this, it is shockingly well hidden considering the beer's strength. This is a deviously drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, smooth, moderate/low on the carbonation.

WOW! Now this is my idea of a balanced, full bodied, satisfying IPA. Sweet, bitter, powerful, and delicious. A memorable brew and a new favorite for me. Without a doubt, a huge beer, formidable at 10.69%, but I'd crack a second one now if I had it without hesitation. Perhaps a little pricey for frequent consumption, it's worth every penny as a now and then treat when it's available.

10-06-2009 02:42:56 | More by MisterSH
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JVEyck309

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle, foil wrapped, poured into a large snifter

Red/orange haze, sticky lacing with a thin head. smells of the usual citruisy orange hops, oily, a bit of a chewey bready malt in there. Taste is good. Buttery smooth hoppy bitterness, citric/piney as to be expected... Hops dominating but with some toasted/bready malt backbone. Carbonation is on the heavy side and alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. This one is great.. but might not be a first choice amongst pricey DIPA bombers.. But definitely worth it. Drinkability.. well its a high abv 10.7%..so one is enough. gnarly

10-01-2009 02:28:28 | More by JVEyck309
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A 22 ozer.

Appearance: Clear orange with a little whitish head that leaves great sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet orangey hops smell with some pine. I can tell this is serious.

Taste: Citrus hops explosion. Very juicy and fruity. There's a piney twang and heavy sweet maltiness too. On the back it becomes pretty bitter but finishes sweet with just a little bitterness. This is not a hops bomb. Its kinda balanced for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full and smooth. A little oily. Almost syrupy, but not quite.

Drinkability: This is delicious, but a bomber by myself is stretching it.

09-30-2009 23:51:07 | More by rapidsequence
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bminor7

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz bottle from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

A - clear yellowish. easy foam formation on the pour, and it's very stable and creamy.

S - great nose of floral hops, alcohol.

T - outstanding. easily competes with Southern Tier's Unearthly IIPA and is, in several ways, more appealing. incredible hop flavor but limited bitterness. sweet. the abv is hidden amongst the range of hop, malt and yeasty flavors. a nutty, citrusy aftertaste prevails.

M - syrupy. has the mouthfeel of a typical IIPA but the taste balances between an IPA and IIPA in terms of clarity. carbonation level after 10 mins of rest is perfect.

D - fairly drinkable. easier to quaff with some alimentations. I'd consider myself a bit of a hophead and this is one of the better IIPAs in my (limited) experience.

09-30-2009 11:16:20 | More by bminor7
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark orange copperish color with a very fluffy white head. Left nice glass lacing.

S: Huge hop aroma with an earthy pine and some fresher citrus smells.

T: Bitter hop with some deep earthy piney grapefruit and orange flavors come through but are eventually overtaken by the very deep caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness lingers through the finish as the hops come back for a bitter finish. Nicely balanced beer.

M: Full bodied with a warming alcohol feel upon the finish. Carbonation is well suited.

D: Powerful beer but then its a 10+ abv beer but I enjoyed the pint and felt like more.

09-30-2009 03:40:29 | More by DrMalt
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

A - tall 3 finger crown sits atop this dicatator's deep amber-hued head

S - juicy pinnapple, fresh honey, rich caramel, buttery toffee, sweet clementine oranges and dank-fluffy kind buds. whew! they should sell air fresheners that smell like this!

T - bitter and piney then turns into rich and sweet, like candy. followed by a bitingly bitter close that leaves a pleasant lingering hop taste reverberating on the palate and then once again reimerging in the form of belch.

MF - feels oily, full and properly carbonated

D - over 10? shananigans! this brew is excessively hopped without ever being too much -compliments of the highly sweet and satisfying malts. this is extreme beer at it's finest. this one can rule over me any day of the week. i just wish it was year around.

09-30-2009 02:00:46 | More by bonsreeb85
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beernut

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

poured into my duvel glass. pours a copper/orange color with a thick 1 inch head, very good lacing throughout. nice piney grapefruit aroma, big citrus hop aroma too. taste is big and strong, nice hop grapefruit taste. fucking delicious. bitter to the end. awesome ipa.

09-30-2009 00:43:02 | More by beernut
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

09-28-2009 03:50:18 | More by corby112
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cavedave

New York

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%

Pours a cloudy, translucent, golden amber, topped by one finger of well knit beige foam. The head recedes to a cap in a minute. A gentle swirl leaves finely clinging lacicles on my snifter.

The smell is a strong bouquet of dark caramel, yeast, and estery notes of ripe plum, fenced by lighter citrus, and a lighter, but deep, herbosity. It is a pleasant if not sensuous smell, with major complexity. Subsequent inhales reveal earthy tones, and a bitterness hard to decipher.

The taste is very malt forward, full of the same dark caramel, and yeast, of the nose. Alcohol is strongly present. Missing are the familiar hop notes of American DIPA's. I have the feeling this is not a fresh bottle, but I couldn't find a bottling/best by date when I bought it, and can't now. The sip resolves into notes of peach and plum, a spicy character, and ends long and sweet with a pleasing bitterness that swims in plenty of alcohol. This is far from the best DIPA I've tried, but it is good. Perhaps I will be able to confirm the age of this, and try a fresher bottle if this is indeed outdated, and edit this review. Not much more to add.

Mouthfeel is standard thick and resiny, with light carbonation, and no cloying or metallic feel to it.

Drinkability is poor, perhaps due to suspected outdatedness. It will be a struggle to finish this 22 oz.'er.

09-26-2009 20:25:15 | More by cavedave
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mykie73

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

reviewed in April 2009

A) bright orange/amber lacing. looks smooth and nicely carbonated. two inch head.

S) best part of this beer. nice hop profile.

T) nice bitterness, reminds me of a love child between pliny the younger and white knuckle .

F) smooth and then hop/alch burn on the end of the throat.

D) worth the $8. could drink a lot of this.

09-21-2009 04:37:39 | More by mykie73
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jbhuxley

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours orange copper in color, with 1/2" of head, which quickly subsides to a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving rings of runny lacing.

Earthy hops dominate giving in to a sweet malty smell. Grapefruit and pine is also present.

Starts with strong brown sugar malt notes, moving into an earthy bitterness. Finishes crisp and bitter with a warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but chewy. Carbonation is adequate, but not over the top. The smoothness lends itself to a decent drinkability.

09-21-2009 02:33:02 | More by jbhuxley
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smallbatchbrewer

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%

This is the first beer I am reviewing on BA, ever. And it's a great place to start, too. This beer is just hands down amazing. I refuse to say one single beer is my favorite, but if someone made me single a beer out, I could see this one coming in at the top. I tried it first at a beer tasting for guest brewers up in Connecticut, and I was instantly looking for more. The guys from Avery were awesome and had any information I could imagine asking for.

This is a supremely hoppy, citrusy, complex beer that will linger on your pallet's memory for ages.

09-21-2009 00:16:41 | More by smallbatchbrewer
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

09-19-2009 23:46:43 | More by jdhilt
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Coutastic

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Served out of the tap into a 8oz snifter. Pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger head that doesn't hold very long. Good lacing lasts as long as the beer does.

Smells of deep citrus and very well balanced hops, both of which come out strong on the palate. A lot of grapefruit! Hops, Hops, Hops! It's almost PERFECT! Some Earth tones.

Love the carbonation, it dances. Leaves the mouth feeling dry, and an aftertaste of grapefruit and hops. I'll have another!

09-19-2009 18:16:08 | More by Coutastic
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alkemy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Amber/orange color with some haze. Creamy off-white head. Had this about a month ago and failed to review it. Got one last night as a gift and, remembering the taste, held off about 20 minutes before succumbing to opening it. Grapefruit and pineapple followed then by pine...I love my hops. I seem to get a hint of malt smell, but very little. Taste is much of the same. Sticky pine, pineapple, along with a nice sensation of alcohol. There is a hint of malt, but as far as "balanced," I don't know if I'd go that far. The thing is, that's the point of this beer for me. When I have a DIPA/IIPA, I'm not looking for a perfectly balanced beer. I want big hops and big alcohol. I dig this one.

09-15-2009 21:02:04 | More by alkemy
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap at The Happy Gnome. Wow, this is so much better than out of the bottle. The biggest difference for me was the alcohol. On tap it is undetected. Nice deep burnt orange color with tons of sticky lace. Nice crisp citrus with lots of pineapple finishing with straight pine. Nice malt backbone to balance it out. Big and smooth as hell. So tasty and easy to drink. Great all around DIPA.

09-13-2009 23:21:56 | More by jera1350
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from bomber into chalice. Finally had a chance to pick this up from a trip down to Mass this past weekend.

A - pours a bright copper orange with a small head that slowly dissapers.

S - Citrus, pine notes strong very pungent.

T - again citrus, grapefruit seams to be the stong suit of taste, pine in the background.

M - mmm sticky lacings leaving the mouth still stinging well after consuming.

D - Well this one was bottled in February so i haven't tried it obviously superfresh but great none the less and would not mind another.

09-09-2009 00:09:54 | More by Casey10
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.