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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,642 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,642
Reviews: 1,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 249
Gots: 380 | 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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle thanks to egadzis!

Poured a clear 'see through' amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), caramel and light pine. Nice sweet to bitter balance. Citrus burps. Chewy body.

Notes from 5/9/05

11-21-2008 23:12:54 | More by hopdog
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snaotheus

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Slightly cloudy, light amber. Pours almost like syrup. Great lacing, thin head, slow and slight carbonation. Smells piney and sweet. Feels thick and chewy.

Slight clove and caramel taste, but dominated by pine and hops with a nice sweet taste throughout. Powerful hops aftertaste.

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2014-03-23, Release Number 18

I cannot argue with my previous self, which is surprising because of the ~5.5 year difference in visitations.

11-21-2008 04:15:57 | More by snaotheus
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ironlung

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Burnt orange. Nice soft pour with very tiny head. Nice lacing.

S: Big-time malt with a little hop twinge.

T: Very smooth, I'm in awe of this monster. Lots of pineapple and tons of grapefruit and maybe a twist of lemon for good measure.

M:Too-nice. Leaves a hint of malt on the tounge, but like I said SMOOTH!

D: A one bomber beer. Don't push it (I tell myself!).

11-17-2008 21:40:18 | More by ironlung
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Extra from afterexile - thanks! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty orange ... or red ... or brown? Not sure, this one's a very strange color. Lots of active carbonation, very fine, and a huge, sticky meringue-like head with amazing retention and structure. The lacing is also fantastic, thick, sheet-like, and leaves rings with each sip you take. It'd get a perfect 5.0 if the color were a little more vibrant.

Aroma: Hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit. Wow, I can even smell the bitterness. Or is that alcohol? Is it a bad sign I can't tell? It smells like burning, but it hurts so good.

Taste: More hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit, but plus an absolute crapton of bitterness. Sticky, bready caramel malts, a few other roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and syrupy, mild carbonation, and medium bodied (as far as head goes).

Drinkability: Had this on tap before (at Brickstore in Decatur), and I think it was a little better on tap. Still, a solid, good, west-coast IIPA.

11-14-2008 04:52:46 | More by CrellMoset
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RThomas436

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

I had heard alot of hype regarding this fermented malt beverage. So going in I had God like aspirations for it - low and behold it delivered.

It poured a clear copper color almost like a penny. The head was creamy like fresh whipped cream.

The nose was like fresh cut fruit; oranges, grapefruits, clementines. I was also getting some melon in there as well.

Tastes like fresh hops with a malty body and bitter finish. I was expecting more carbonation however, aside from this minor flaw this beverage delivered upon all the hype.

If there is one thing to enhance I would add more citrus hop flavor and reduce the malty body.

In fact this is the beer that Chuck Norris drinks

11-14-2008 03:52:52 | More by RThomas436
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

This bomber pours out a reddish medium copper hue, with lots of foamy white head, and lacing all around the glass. The smell contains a whole lot of citrus hops and strong caramel malt essence, and is quite wonderful. The taste starts with a big citrus hop blast at the front, which mellows quickly and smoothly into the sweet raisiny malt body. There is low carbonation, and a warming from the alcohol. This is quite an intensely flavoured beer, true to the style, and quite good, and sharing the bomber is just about right.

11-10-2008 05:45:18 | More by biboergosum
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

Reviewed 3/27/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours an amber red color body that is very clear. Can get almost no head out of the pour, it is off-white, and diminishing. A strong aroma of hops, bitterness. Hoppy taste but not overly bitter, semi-sweet, and has a bitter aftertaste.

11-08-2008 05:31:51 | More by jujubeast6000
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hoplover82

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4%

This is truly an amazing beer.

This Kingly brew pours a royal reddish pale color, like one of the colors of the setting sun. Thw setting sun leaves an off white head like the clouds of the day.

Taking the chill off the brew makes it smooth on my palate.

The aroma is of the pines of Colorado. A little soapy too. Lemon peel shines too.

The flavor is the same, very piney. Very unique. Very Lemon peel citrus. Not many brewries can make it like this. A little sweet (very little sweetness) to it. I think the warmer it gets the more the sweetness comes out.

Full bodied but very smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable! A little too drinkable. I could have 5 of these. Definently a royal brew. Thank you Avery. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

11-06-2008 15:37:12 | More by hoplover82
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -9%

22 oz. bottle, Batch 8, May 2008. Pours an orange-amber color with a decent off-white head, pretty good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus hops with a decent malty backbone, caramel and pale malts. Taste is initial citrus hops with a good amount of maltiness, finishes fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is astringent (esp. the finish), fairly thick, and fairly active carbonation. Good beer, a more malty DIPA than I've had recently.

11-06-2008 02:06:11 | More by mtstatebeer
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LennyV

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

A great brew from Avery!

Labeled batch #8 bottled May 2008 Abv 10.21%

Poured into my Maudite snifter little to no head and no lacing. It has a wonderful deep honey color.

Smells like citrusy pine with some alcohol.

Wonderful malt flavor with some citrus fruit balanced perfectly with hops. Some IPAS are over the top with hops but this one hits the mark balancing sweetness with bitterness. The alcohol is well masked but lingers slightly in after taste

This IPA feels wonderful in the mouth. It is syrupy thick full bodied and a great sipper.

One of my top 10 beers I have enjoyed to date and the least expensive. I can only imagine what a few years in the cellar will bring.

11-04-2008 03:27:30 | More by LennyV
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tadowdaddy

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Cloudy rust color. I can't see through the glass to the other side. Very minimal head and lacing is almost non-existant.

S- Smells wonderful. A mix of caramel malt and fruity hops. Hops are very overwhelming in the scent of this beer.

T- AMAZING! Caramel malts, piney hops, and a citrus punch. Bitter aftertaste which is comparible to other DIPA's. Absolutely outstanding taste for those who love hops. Malt comes through in the backend while the piney hops and citrus tastes come through initially.

M- This brew leaves an oily and thick taste in the mouth.

D- The alcohol in this beer is almost unnoticable to me. I could drink a few more of these with no problems. Very easy to drink and a perfect DIPA for hop lovers.

I will definitely be drinking this one again.

10-30-2008 00:52:32 | More by tadowdaddy
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ncbeermonger

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

WOW

This beer is OUTSTANDING!

Simply hard to beat. It pours a dark almost amber and orange, head sticks to the sides and is outstanding!

The smell is of hops, hops, and more hops!

the taste is outstanding citrus, and hops mixing in an outstanding mix!

The mouthfeel is second to maybe just Bells HopSlam, yup that's it!

This beer even at the price is very, very drinkable! Pick onbe up like NOW....if you can find it!

NC BEERMONGER LOVES THIS IPA!

10-29-2008 05:47:34 | More by ncbeermonger
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bifrostguard

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Note: This bottle says 10.21%

A - Deep amber color with matching light tan head that leaves minimal lacing

S- Some floral and citrus hops and strong malt sweetness.

T - A little earthy. Pine and citrus hops are equally present with a complimentary malt backbone that balances it out. A little on the malty sweet side for me but at over 10% it's pretty damn good! Alcohol is noticeable and warming in the end.

M - Thick and syrupy. Feels nice and smooth going down. Not thirst quenching, but if you're in the mood for a beer then this will certainly quench your craving.

D - Very easy drinking. Smooth and not too overpowering. I like this beer a lot, but a little less malt and more bitterness would be more to my liking.

10-28-2008 04:18:03 | More by bifrostguard
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Batch 6 -May 2007

Pours a dark golden amber with only the most minimal of head. Smell is big 'ol sticky, stinky hops. And a lot of them.
Taste is huge, bittering hops. Mostly bittering floral hops, but some citrusy hops as well.
There is a very malty presence to support the amount of hops which gives it a full mouthfeel. This isn't a very refreshing beer, but a very good tasting one.

10-24-2008 19:34:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
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treyrab

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Very glad to still see this on tap at Zeno's last night...Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Extremely hazy orange color with a solid one finger head. Looks like carbonated orange juice! It is so hazy it is hard to see the carbonation creeping up the glass...

S: Fore! A huge hop bomb just landed. Tons of citrus hops that are very robust. Tons of orange and lighter fruits in the nose as well.

T: The taste is exceptional! So much orange and citrus hops in the taste without being too bitter. Very slight pine notes, this one is all citrus! Some light fruits like orange and lemon and grapefruit.

Overall, this is what a DIPA should be! Tons of hop flavors, but it doesn't make you pucker with bitterness.

10-23-2008 20:17:48 | More by treyrab
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

On-tap at Zeno's, and was referred to it by a fellow BAer..

A: Really gorgeous hazy dark amber. About a finger head, slightly off white, that last a good way through the drink. Solid lacing.

S: Very slight and subtle hints of citrus, particularly orange, possibly some lemon as well. Definitely some caramel, and some really bold piney hops, which smell very refreshing.

T: Very hoppy, and oh sooo good. The main citrus that stood out to me was orange, but my friend noticed a lot of lemon flavors (didn't stand out as much for me i guess). Slightly dry, but to be expected with this style.

Overall, very good, I find hoppier double pale ales to be very refreshing, especially this time of year in the midst of all of the stout releases. Again this one is loaded with hops, and is definitely worth a try.

10-23-2008 15:54:56 | More by CoolJosh
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DIPAbrewer

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice ruby color with an off white creamy head that lasts for the duration. Good lacing on the glass suggests the great brew that is to come.
The aroma begins with sweet caramel malt and fades into some nice piney hop notes.
The flavor erupts with sweetness and is balanced by huge hop bitterness. Caramel, plums, pine, sweet citrus, finishes cleanly with a little residual sweetness on the tongue. There is very little bitterness left on the palate.
A little too sweet to earn an excellent drinkability rating but with 10% ABV that is probably a good thing. Great beer that I would highly recommend for any hophead!

10-21-2008 01:43:20 | More by DIPAbrewer
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

L: Pours a nice orange amber color with a medium sized but thick white colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass very nicely and laces all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a huge piney/citrisy/earthy hoppy aroma. It was more than I was expecting.
T: Tastes of a sweet malt base and then a huge hoppy flavor for the rest of the beer. It has a very very strong tasting piney and citrisy and a bit earthy hop flavor.
M: Very crisp and spicey feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable double IPA as I did not notice the alcohol in it.

10-19-2008 15:06:30 | More by erosier
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chuckd123

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Definitely a superb DIPA. Have had several of these (all via bombers) this summer, and love it. Avery nails the style 100%, this thing rocks.

Pours a nice deep, somewhat hazy dark copper. Really nice head that laces down the sides and lasts until you're finished.

Smell is amazing -- true west coast, hopped up aroma. Begs you to stop smelling and start drinking.

Taste is perfect. An overall balance of a slight alcohol nose (less in your face than a lot of DIPA's, but right there nonetheless), grapefruity, floral hops and a malt backbone. Really good balance of flavors and smells as you drink. Take it slow, breathe it in and enjoy very sip.

Drinkability only hurt by the abv%. I've put back 2 bombers twice now over the course of maybe 3-4 hours, watching baseball. The alcohol sort of sneaks up on you as you really don't notice it like you do in say a DFH90min, or even a Hercules. Really, really good job by Avery here.

10-19-2008 14:56:40 | More by chuckd123
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caminiti

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Wow.
For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it.

10-19-2008 00:31:30 | More by caminiti
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with minimal head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet citrus with oranges dominating and bitter hops to balance it out. A bit of caramel malts add some depth to the sweetness.

Taste of sweet citrus with oranges dominating again, almost like orange juice. Hop flavor initially blooms into a clinging hoppy bitterness that becomes more bitter as the taste lingers.

Mouthfeel is clean and tight, leaving an oily film through the mouth.

10-12-2008 02:55:07 | More by paco1029384756
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. I was really hoping somebody would send me one of these... my bottle says 10.21% ABV.

2 finger head lasts forever with big waves of collar and lace with every sip.. brew is amber orange red.

Hops are huge citrus and some pineapple... a little pine with a little bit more than enough maltiness and a little caramel.

Flavor is very much a DIPA with quite a bit of malt pushing the hops.. grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malts... maybe a little sweet ... I like malty DIPA's but this may be a bit much tonight... still badass though. Body is on the thicker side for the style too.. but again.. I like that.. it keeps me from drinking it too fast... smooth ... finish sorta dies of quick especially as it hits room temperature.

Nice Brew.... Great BIF... Fantastic Trader... Redwood21 gets a bunch of props.
4/4/4/4/3.5

10-05-2008 04:36:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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itcomesnpints

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Appears hazy copper with a large head and extensive lacing. The smell is explosively grapefruit and pine. Maybe a little bit of peach. The taste is exceptional with bold hop character, grapefruit and a caramel malt moderator that steps aside for the main event. A full body tries to tame the abv and IBUs, but comes up a bit short. Maharaja means business. It's a top DIPA, but a little too massive to completely throw caution to the wind. A very complex DIPA that I will continue to scrutinize and enjoy.

10-03-2008 16:25:48 | More by itcomesnpints
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Not much bubbling in this copper toned brew. Some nice sticky, lace up to thirty minutes after the pour. Slowly recedes to a ring o' foam. Th smell is a blend of bitter orange zest and the aroma you get when you break a danelion stem in half and take a whiff. Very flowery beer with no shortage of toasted biscuit malts in both the aroma and taste. The taste starts with lots of citrus skin. Borderline burnt/toasted white notes begin to mix with a flower field of herbal and flowery hops.Very nice tasting DIPA. Palte is a chewy, resiny, hop bomb. I'mso glad this beer is always available by me.

10-03-2008 04:22:13 | More by scruffwhor
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xare

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -57.9%

Poured as a lovely burnt orange / amber color with a white head that has constant carbonation. Nice appearance.

Aroma was of alcohol and I had to strain really hard to get a faint hint of grapefruit... but malt was the rest of the aroma. This is a DIPA? Definitely doesn't smell like one to me.

Taste was of malt, alcohol, and no hops whatsoever. Turned me completely off. I demand some hops or at least for the beer to not be so boozy / hot.

Mouthfeel was decent at first but then heats up rather fast due to the alcohol.

Drinkability was very low due to the massive alcohol content and the letdown that this brew was for me. I won't be purchasing this beer again. DIPA without hops whatsoever makes no sense to me.

09-23-2008 02:16:17 | More by xare
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,642 ratings.