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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,637 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,637
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 247
Gots: 377 | FT: 6
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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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%

a: Clear copper color, served to me with a big, frothy head.

s: Big fresh piny hop aromas and plenty of caramel backing things up.

t: Sweeter and hotter than I'd like. The huge piny hop flavors were nice, but the fuesel finish was a bit much.

m: Slick body with creamy carbonation.

d: Pretty good, but not my cup of tea.

04-27-2009 22:26:52 | More by DIM
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Had this one on tap at Plan B. Served in a chalice.

A - Copper - very clear. Decent white head with a yellow tint to it. Very nice lacing.

S - Hops, Hops, Hops - Very Nice (spoken like Borat) Powerful aroma here, picking up some citrus, resin, and pine as well but the hops are by far the most prominent in the aroma. Smells as good as Christina Ricci right after she showered.

T - Hops again, smooth bitterness, very nice caramel malt undertones providing a nice balance. Grapefruit combines with the hops to provide a very powerful flavour.

M - Carbonation on the lighter side. Medium body. Very smooth for such a powerful beer.

D - Very powerful DIPA - barley detect the alcohol. Very strong taste - couldn't throw back too many of these. I sipped on this one for about an hour.

04-27-2009 15:10:32 | More by DNICE555
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Florida9

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Color is on the brown side of amber. Clear. Two fingers of stable, foamy head with distinct lacing.

S: Intense grassy, floral hops with some pine noted.

T: Mildly sweet then spicy. Reminiscent of a "rye PA." Peppery bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Some beers beg for another sip and this is one of those beers. Full flavored and well balanced; not overwhelming in any sense, this beer leaves just enough on the palate that you continuously need just another taste before you put down the glass.

04-27-2009 02:03:49 | More by Florida9
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Wheelinb

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Had this at a sampling party at our house.

I am a fan of big hoppy beer. This was a recommendation from the beer geeks at Lukas Liquor. I went in looking for Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA and they suggested this was a good substitute. They we were right. You can smell the hops right away. Nice amber color with a nice head. Carmel flavors at first then a nice hop bite with little aftertaste. I can see this becoming a regular.

04-26-2009 18:40:24 | More by Wheelinb
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Brad007

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with grapefruit in the nose. Definitely a hell of an aroma.

Taste is full of floral hops with grapefruit being a dominant feature of the hop bite. There's a decent biscuit malt bite underneath as well. A hint of mint as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hop bitterness and biscuit malt. A bit of alcohol lingers as well but basically serves to warm up the throat.

A very good example of the style. The hops are spot on and this beer is a hop lover's delight. Easy to drink and worth a try. You must seek this out.

04-26-2009 02:27:22 | More by Brad007
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NonServiam

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz bottle poured into a straight pub glass.

First impression after popping the cap: an aroma of citrus, sap, resin, some toffee or butterscotch.

Once poured, the aroma is much more earthy, with a sort of twiggy component. Bitter citrus.

The color is a bit oranger than copper, more like amber. Lightly carbonated.

A fine short, stout head forms and persists, lacing the glass throughout the session. It is an off-white, cream color.

The flavor begins with a sharp explosion of hop notes on the blade of the tongue. Fruit and malt slide up the sides and over the dorsum of the tongue, as the original hop blast melllows into something very malty-sweet and bready. The mouthfeel is appropriate: medium slick, not creamy, but not watery either. A certain sappy warmth clings to the back of the mouth, becoming a somewhat bitter aftertaste with no real alcohol bite.

Dangerously delicious and drinkable for the ABV.

04-25-2009 20:09:30 | More by NonServiam
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

From cask at FRTH in Denver,

A=looked very much like a double/imperial IPA should almost copper in color, clear, with a thick, two fingered almost off white head

S=very appropriate, citrus notes, hoppy bitterness, though alcohol was very muted given the ABV

T=good, citrus, hops, much the way it smelled

M=nice, light carbonation, some oilyness and aftertaste

D=very drinkable, dangerous given the ABV, could have easily had a few more

04-25-2009 03:37:46 | More by jacobseyb
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thespaceman

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A darker amber in color, beatiful head and excellent lacing and retention.

Smell: Lots of piney, citrus hops.. Hints of toasted malt are also here.. Grapefruit, mango combined with a nutty, ester like fruit floral. Loads of barley and hop oil smack the nostrils.

Taste: Hops up front are fruity and sweet, strong alcohol like malt smooths out the sharpness from the hops. A sour bitterness takes over the palete, dark esters and resinous hops explode towards the middle and the finish of this one. Pungent and strong.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, lots of bitterness, very subtle on the tongue from the malt. Stays in tact on the tongue

Drinkability: This was a great DIPA.. So much hoppiness and malt overload, it was suprisingly sessionable and bold enough to keep my attention. This is no Hop Stoopid but it's a damn good backup if you want something hoppy with a big malt backbone.

04-24-2009 04:15:00 | More by thespaceman
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OnThenIn

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Cloudy lighter orange color with two fingers of head. There is also some nice lacing.

Smell: A very strong Piney and a nice citrus smell.

Taste: Passionfruit and grapefruit are some serious flavors in this beer. There is a great deal of hop taste immediately. There is some malt sweetness in the taste. Then there is a nice dry somewhat bittery finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel: There is low carbonation and it is quite the large beer. There is a really nice creamy taste in this beer.

Drinkability: Truthfully I just do not want to stop drinking this beer. Wow I will buy more than just one more of these babies. Even with the over 10% alcohol it goes down super smooth.

04-24-2009 03:46:09 | More by OnThenIn
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a large, fluffy off-white head. Very sticky foam, as it leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Huge piney and citrus hop aroma. Juicyfruit bubblegum, papaya, passion fruit and fresh green ganja. Not much in the way of malt besides a touch of honeyed light white breadiness.

Tastebuds are assaulted by resinous pine sap and juicy grapefruit flavors. Sweet maltiness is there in abundance to at least stem the flow of lupulous hop juice. Tastes like a fresh nug of the sticky-icky! To say this beer is hoppy is certainly an understatement. I wonder what German maltsters would think of this...'Silly Americans, they soooo crazy'. Extreme beer, basically a hopheads wet dream. Definitely best tasting fresh, glad they put a bottle date on there. ABV is well hidden, but I have a feeling these hops might hide just about anything.

04-22-2009 22:05:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white head into my tulip glass. Smell is knock-your-socks HOPS along with some citrus flavors. Taste is straight up hops/citrus and nothing else...a true hop bomb. Mouthfeel is nice and medium, just what I expect from this beer. At 10.6% ABV, I don't know how many I could drink but I do like it.

04-22-2009 01:43:08 | More by Sean9689
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

A - nice head with a nice, ruby/orange appearance

S - smells like hops, hops, and more hops. Very sweet and juicy with citrus hops and bready malts

T - tastes predominately of hops. Pine and a bit of citrus dominate. There is also some caramel sweetness and a little bit of bread from the malt. This is pretty well balanced for the style.

M - slick mouthfeel to it, nicely carbonated and goes down smoothly

D - This was a pretty good DIPA. It is decently balanced compared to some others and isn't as extremely over the top as some can be. Enjoyable, but the abv is going to make it hard to take down by myself.

04-21-2009 03:03:19 | More by birchstick
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz bomber poured into SA Sensory Glass

A: Nice golden amber color, thick, fluffy bright white head. At least 3 fingers thick, really tight bubbling in the head fades to full lace which leads nice long legs down the sides of the glass.

S: This one is extremely hopped on the citrus side. Big blast of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical notes. Subtle hints of caramel sweetness also - and some alcohol fumes..

T: This one is more balanced than a lot of the DIPAs I've come across. Loads of hops upfront, again all of the tropical nature, balanced nicely, but not perfectly by good malty caramel sweet middle, which leads to a nice piney, bitter-dry finish. This one is not too over the top in hops, there is a huge presence though, just a bit too big for the malt to keep up. This works very well for me though. I like a big malt bill to match massive hops, but in the end, the hops should prevail in a DIPA.

M: Benefits from the dose of malts. thick and creamy - goes down very smooth. Hops are cloying and do assault the outer edge of the tongue. Look out for fatigue here. Carbonation is decent, little lower feeling in the mouth than the big head would've suggested.

D: Goes down nicely, but you are certainly aware of the abv at all times. This alcohol isn't hidden extremely well - this one drinks and feels like a big beer.

04-20-2009 14:51:19 | More by bwd110
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Mauerhan

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

a recent grab from o'sheas in south county. batch 9 feb 2009.

pours a beautiful copper/amber color with a big two finger white head that leaves huge sheets of lacing on the sides of my glass. as the head recedes it leaves a nice amount of film on top of this beautiful liquid.

smell is great. im picking up the centennial hops more than anything. i could sniff this all night but that would mean i wouldnt get to drink it.

taste is aggressive, but not violently so. a good kinda aggression. i am hit right up front by a big presence of the plethera of hops. a warm bitterness with a nice malt backbone. this is a tasty beverage.

mouth is thick and creamy and it warms my mouth and stomach on its way down. i had to double check the abv on this a few times, because there is no way i would have guessed this was a 10.27 abv. but daddy likey. this is a fantastic beer and now i work on building up a clone recipe.

04-20-2009 03:57:48 | More by Mauerhan
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a dark, clear copper with a thin layer of foam on top. Lots of lacing on the glass with this one.

S: Lots of pine and citrus in this one. Rich hop smell fills the nose on this one.

T: Huge piney hops in this one, with hints of citrus and grapefruit along the edges. a big malty backbone is behind this one, adding a strong hint of sweetness to even out the hops. Very artfully balanced.

M: Thick, piney, hoppy, lots of hops resin, and a warmth of alcohol. Very nice.

D: At almost 10%, it's not a session ale, but it's damn tasty. An incredibly well-balanced and finely crafted imperial IPA.

04-19-2009 03:12:18 | More by YonderWanderer
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moosington

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a beautiful medium amber with a quickly dissipating one-finger head that leaves a healthy ring and nice lacing.

Aroma of a balanced sweet citrus and malt and a nice piney hop. Smells like an Imperial IPA.

Taste doesn't follow aroma as such. Though the sweetness is there (bit of pineapple) at first, it is almost instantly dominated by a solid hop kick, though it is a nice hop kick with a grapefruit bitterness that stays on the back of the tongue as a bridge to the next sip. I get no heat and the 10+% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is a highlight. Nice and full for the style with more than adequate carbonation to coat the tongue and open the tastebuds.

While I probably wouldn't spend the whole night drinking this, I could handle a few pints to start. Overall a very good Imperial IPA and worth checking out.

04-19-2009 03:03:51 | More by moosington
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aristeros

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Was staring at this one and Avery's Hog Heaven, and I decided to get this one. It was hard, because I love Hog, but I figured I had to try something new. Turns out it was quite similar.

Pours amber into my pint glass, a bit cloudy in the middle. One finger of white head, significant lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Smells strongly of lychee and pineapple, sweet red fruits, I was shocked at how similar it was to Hog Heaven, their barleywine offering. Overwhelming hops wash over you with the first sip; it's what I love about APAs and similar, and this doesn't dissapoint.

It was smooth, even creamy, full-bodied, with hops and resins. Alcohol and sweetness on the back end.

Good brew, but not different enough from the barleywine. If it was a bit less sweet it'd be an easy favorite.

04-19-2009 02:44:03 | More by aristeros
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dankbrew21

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

No freshness date.

Appearance is a redish orange, medium white head. No rising bubbles. Good head retention.

Smell is of VERY strong bitter hop resins, kind of citrusy.

Taste is super heavy! The hops wrek the weigh the tongue down and completely destroy the palate. I have had this beer a few times now and it never fails to kick my ass! Very strong alcohol presence. Super bitter hop resins attack the palate de-arming its defenses and leaving it completely vulnerable to attack. Medium consistency. Medium carbonation. I can honestly say, maybe to many hops were used for this concoction, or not enough balance of other ingredients. This is a good example of extreme beer at its most extreme.

Drink this beer slowly. Sip on it. It will fuck you up if you don't take it seriously, trust me, I know from experience.

04-18-2009 23:47:15 | More by dankbrew21
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SaintArnold

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

I am just now getting around to reviewing this beer. I waited a year for this batch to come out and bought two cases of this most excellent beer. This is the only IPA that I have found so far that can stand toe to toe with Stones Ruination. I love this beer. Bow down to his holiness the Maharaja and he may just let you sample this nectar of the gods.

It was poured from a 22oz bomber into my fancy smancy Sam Adams glass.

A- The appearance is of honey that poured a beautiful fluffy white 2" head that left excellent lacing on the glass.

S- The smell of hops punches you in the face in a way that only a hophead could appreciate. I smell pineapple, grass and faint traces of spice.

T- You have to let this one warm up just a bit to truly appreciate all the wonderful flavors this beer has to offer. Its only after it warms up that the malt can compete with the hops.

M- There was a velvety smooth feel to the tongue, with a very nice tingling of the hops that was left on the back of the pallet.

D- I personally think this beer is very drinkable. I love this beer and waited a whole year to have it again. However, if you are not into hops you should stay the hell away from this beer. I will deduct some points for that reason alone.

04-18-2009 22:06:43 | More by SaintArnold
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

22oz bomber.
Bottled in Feb. 2009 Batch 9

A- So clear it looks to be filtered. Held up to light, I can see small specs of what I assume to be yeast. COLOR: Deep amber with orange/brown tints. HEAD: Perfect? Lacing and retention for miles. Full range of bubbles from three quarters of a centimeter to microscopic

S- HOPS: Fresh, fresh, fresh hops. Span the range from floral and citric to dank and spicy. MALT: Almost sugary sweetness to be expected from a big beer.

T- TONGUE: Candy sweetness on top of intense herbal bitterness. HOPS: The bigger hops, the Columbus and Simcoe dominate this beer along with a healthy dose of Crystal and I suppose some Centennial. MALT: The pale malt flavors are most noticeable, and there is also lots of Caramel sweetness.

M- BODY: Slick and almost oily. Medium-bodied. CARB.: Low-to-moderate for a medium-body.

D- Killer beer. Worth about 4 standard beers for a decent price.

04-18-2009 02:13:14 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Goblet at Long Room.

Amber tinged orange, bright with a fine clarity. Bursting with citrusy orange, grapefruit aromas, approaching tropical proportions. Smooth bodied, a little bit syrupy, with sturdy anchoring malts holding down the fort under the huge dank/fruity hop load. The foam is lasting to the end, and leaves generous lace. A really nice DIPA that i'm glad to have discovered. Locally comparable to Flossmoor and FFF in quality and taste.

04-17-2009 23:40:30 | More by emerge077
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A - A very light but creamy amber body...explosive head which settles into amazing lacing

S - Explosive nose as well...grapefruits and more citrus mixed in with pine

T - The taste was not as big as the nose...the hops were still very dominate...again with the citrus and pine...big West Coast taste...the malts provide a strong backbone that allows for a great sweet taste

M - Medium body...creamy and crisp at the same time

D - I'm giving this good drinkability...but with precaution...you have to love hops and you have to be careful of the 10% ABV...other you could enjoy this beer all day

04-17-2009 21:59:07 | More by thain709
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

04/09/10- Adding some thoughts after a recent tasting. Either the recipe or my palate has changed dramatically in the past year, because I certainly didn't get massive maltiness this time around. Adjusting scores accordingly.

Aromas- Big citrus and peach with stinging pine. Fresh and raw.

Taste/feel- A burst of fruit up front- melon/peach/tart apple/grapefruit quickly transitions to a flash of sweetness, then tanginess, then a smack of pine. All this happens within the span of a second or so. Wild. Just enough sweetness to impart a moderate quenching quality. Pungently bitter drying finish, just short of puckering. Booze only shows up in the aftertaste as a warming presence, quite a feat. This brewery certainly knows how to put a quality hoppy beer together.

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Original review

On tap, served in a small nonic.

Very dark, intimidating copperish color. 1/2 finger cream colored head composed of very fine bubbles. Lots of visual carbonation bubbling up. Delicate, almost creamy looking lacing.

Why must bars, even good beer bars, serve beers in glassware that blunts the wonderful aromas??? By cupping my hands around the top of the glass, I'm able to gather up a pretty big bouquet of citrusy and piny hops. Lots of bold malt, too. If I get a chance to try this again in a decent glass, I will adjust ratings accordingly. Seems like the smell would be off the charts from a snifter.

This is a BIG beer. Big hops, big malt. Massive sweet and bready malts smack the tongue around almost as hard as the tag team of grapefruit and pungent earthy hops. Love the balance provided by the big malt backbone. The noticeable alcohol burn in the swallow and aftertaste is my only complaint. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Almost full-bodied, vigorous carbonation of small, creamy bubbles. Drinks like a meal!

Overall impression: Very enjoyable DIPA.

04-17-2009 17:45:17 | More by PDXHops
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -26.7%

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, MA. tasted in mid-late march, 2009. served in "fluted teardrop" stemware

amber, with slight haze. bubbly foam, fades to wispy suds. splotchy lace.

aroma and taste are hoppy, but subdued, as is the caramel character. a more subtle apple fruitiness comes out, but this is not very dynamic. hops just become annoyingly resinous, without that great citrus freshness, which the keg and bottle versions have.

nah... it seems that most of the time, these extra-fresh/hoppy double IPA's just don't benefit from the cask...

a wasted effort on one of my favorite beers.

04-17-2009 10:37:09 | More by tai4ji2x
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A slightly aggressive pour yields a big frothy head that leaves a soapy, oily lace around the glass. The beer is a reddish copper in color, with a slight haze.
The nose is all hops, slightly astringent lemon and mint notes with an almost gasoline finish.
The focus on the hops in this beer is flavor and aroma, the bitterness is definitely apparent, but not in the front. Again, the lemon and mint notes ride on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is pretty big, with decent carbonation, and an almost silky effect.
I could sip on this for quite a while, I am quite impressed with this beer, an excellent offering from avery.

04-14-2009 22:01:38 | More by grayburn
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,637 ratings.