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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,484 Ratings
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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.

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GRG1313

California

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

Nose is an assertive orange/grapefruit/lemon nose in a golden honey colored brew with thin white head.

Huge hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon and lemon mouse with front palate of stone fruit giving way to a gigantic grapefruit/lemon finish that goes on forever. Nice. Good balance of hops and malt.

This is a very good and drinkable IPA. This is actually my "go to" IPA and "regular" beer when I just want something that I know is good and it goes with all sorts of food!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 19:38:04 | More by GRG1313
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bonbini26

New Jersey

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

Bottled on Feb 2006, Batch #3, poured from a 22oz bottle

Great Amber color, also pours a decent head

Smell- is what really makes this beer stand out from other double IPA's ive had. Has a very citrus (grapefruit like) aroma.

Taste- great hops, spicy finish, high alcohol content is hidden nicely

Mouthfeel- Taste of it really stays with you, strong after taste

Drinkable IPA, def. feel that 9.9% alcohol content after finshing it

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 01:12:14 | More by bonbini26
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

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

Double Dry-Hopped Maharaja served on tap at Avery.

A - Rich amber color, with a slight opaqueness that differed fromm the original. Slight head retention, but excellent carbonation.

S - Resinous pine notes, and a slight fruitiness. Dare I say a hint of cannabis. You can smell a fair amount of the alcohol (~10.5% ABV) in the nose.

T - Citrus, pine, and a bit of bitterness and alcohol that blends with the sweetness of the malts.

M- Crisp, slightly viscous. Warming from the alcohol.

O- Probably one of my favorite beers, the Maharaja never disappoints. Add the double dry-hopped nose and you've got yourself a divine experience, especially served on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 03:20:49 | More by LotsofLupulin
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TheViceBlog

New York

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

Beautiful amber cherry pour. Frothy, fruity, sugary, tons of hops, and very alcoholic. Complex, a terrific finish, and very drinkable. I could have these until I fell off the barstool.

I liked it so much the next day I went to Whole Foods and snagged a bomber of it which I found equally tasty. I'm gonna put this one into my regular IPA rotation.

A pretty damn perfect double IPA. I think it's probably Avery's best beer too.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 18:42:41 | More by TheViceBlog
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Blaketj80

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at 45 degrees. Pours with an excellent head for such an uberly hopped beverage. An overflowing amount of pine and malt come through in the drink. It has a nice hanging bitterness with a subtle sweetness. A very enjoyable beer, and one worth trying for the IIPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:21:38 | More by Blaketj80
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

The second beer of the sample I took last night. I was very excited to finally be able to try this one on tap. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 20:53:51 | More by mikesgroove
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into my ommegang glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a white head and excellent lacing. This is one of the most pleasant smells of hops I've ever experienced, with a lovely piney overtone. The taste is bitter upfront with some decent malt coming up on the finish to balance it out. The presence of pine disappears from the taste and is not apparent at all is it is in the nose. Some sweetness fights to break through, but isn't quite able to overcome that bitter upfront taste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, despite the dark color. Very drinkable. So drinkable, I bought a growler of this home after having a glass with dinner. An excellent double-IPA, probably only 2nd in my experience to Pliny.

Serving type: growler

09-23-2010 01:12:52 | More by Blanco
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bignick

Massachusetts

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

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is a very good douple IPA from Avery. It pours an dark orangey color with a moderate head. It smells of piney and citrus hops with a slight, but not overbearing, alcohol presence. The taste is all hops, without being too much of a kick in the mouth, due to the nearly-hidden malt backbone. It has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that makes each sip a pleasure. Overall a terrific offering from Avery. This is suitable for both special occasions and regular drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 20:00:36 | More by bignick
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Clear filtered amber color with a finger of beige foamy head. Falls somewhat quick and leaves bits of sticky lacing.

S: Sharp pine and citrus hop notes, backed by candy sweet malt. Some spicy pepper and tobacco mixing in with the aromas. Very balanced, but both sides are intensely strong.

T: Malt candy sweetness kicks off with fruity and floral hop flavors rushing in. Very sticky/resinous hop flavors dominate through the middle and finish. Spicy, herbal, piney, fruity.... you name your hop flavor of choice and it's in there. But the malt really holds up to it quite well! The finish is spicy, zesty, and dry.

M: Medium-full body, syrupy, medium carbonation, and dry in the finish.

O: This beer may not be the tastiest imperial IPA I've ever had, but the flavors are super intense. I'm also really amazed at how well the malt holds up to all the hop flavors, as well as how well the two play off each other. Outstanding beer. The best I've had from Avery thus far.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:21:36 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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Hemi

Colorado

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

A - Golden in color, with a nice creamy head comprised of very small bubbles with great retention. Dense lacing that sticks around.
S - Piney mixed with orange scent. Very pleasant nose.
T - Citrus and pine taste with a nice hoppy bite.
M - Nice mouthfeel, not heavy or thick but definitely not thin.
D - I can drink quite a few of these bombers. Very drinkable although one that keeps you from drinking too quickly enabling the ability to savor the flavor.

My bottle reflects differently from above stated ABV showing 10.54% with an OG of 1.090. Batch 7 Bottled in Feb. 2008.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:28:07 | More by Hemi
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Axic10

New Jersey

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

Batch 11, bottled in March 2010. Poured from the bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours hazy dark golden, almost amber color with a foamy two finger head, which settled down to a half finger for the remainder of the drink.

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine. Piney hops on the end. Very pleasant aroma on this.

Taste: Pineapple and grapefruit at first then bitterness from the hops hits finished up with a decent malt aftertaste. Very balanced beer and extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not at all harsh due to the 102 ibus.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot and wish I had some more. I can see myself drinking this more often and not getting sick of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:18:48 | More by Axic10
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Kromes

Georgia

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Lots of grapefruit hops and some floral hop. Never have smelled so much citrus hop before. Very nice.

T: A sweet toasted malt flavor that has grassy, citrus and floral hop flavors. The finish is amazing. Sweet malt and pure hop flavor without the bitterness and a burn from the alcohol.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Makes it nice and drinkable.

O: It really is an amazing beer. I've not had anything like it before. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:22:37 | More by Kromes
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wedgie9

Tennessee

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

Tasted from 22oz bottle, Batch 11. Pours a clear, amber-orange with an average but long-lasting beige head. Nose of caramel, grapefruit, lemongrass, and hops. The lemongrass really comes through strong on the front of the palate with the caramel in the middle, and bitter grapefruit hops on the back. The body is fairly big with lively carbonation and a long bitter, but balance finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. It is super balanced and the alcohol is masked nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:00:43 | More by wedgie9
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gunnerman

Florida

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

Had this beast on tap at a new bar in Boca Raton, FL. The look of this beer is your standard IPA with nice redish yellow tone and nice fluffy head. Smell is where this beer is at, this was so fresh that the hops were dancing in my nostrils. I could smell strong tangerine, summer morning a bit of lemon zest. The taste hits like a brick very hoppy and malty, the hops lingers on your tongue and a sweet candy like finish. The alcohol heat up as it warms. This was truly impressive fresh and on tap made it even better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 11:24:29 | More by gunnerman
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gbontrag

Colorado

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

51F
Baby! Tornado of bubbles rise to old snow peaks. Tendrils of bubbles float like jelly fish. Golden to the verge of amber with green around the gills. Pine and lime zest aromas. Caramels. Scones.
Not too sweet, but assertive caramelly malt. Like the caramel over a sour granny. Chewy side bites. Great sour, tangy, piney, hop portfolio. Lime zest sorbet between bites of butterscotch cookies. Such a joy to spin the glass and watch the bubbles tornado around. Cool. I love the mouth on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 02:41:26 | More by gbontrag
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/11
*From notes

Big up's to Lee for hookin' a brotha up with this one - cheers!

A: Clean and clear sun-tan amber. Great bubbly 1.75 finger head and drool-inducing lacing.

S: Holy shnikes - big league pine and resin, just dripping down the glass like a fresh cut Christmas tree.

T: Boozy tropical fruit that hits like a Mack truck. The finish is bitter, with a rich, robust caramel and buttermilk thing going on. This is a killer DIPA.

M: Smooth and chewy, it suits the beer perfectly.

O: Delicious. This is easily one of the top ten to twenty DIPA's I've consumed. I'm stoked to have had this on tap, and even happier to know I've got a 64oz growler sitting in the fridge. A hearty recommendation from Rhettroactive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 23:29:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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marcpal

New Jersey

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

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber and the colors of a malty brew. White head was substantal and lacing present.

S: Hops and malty hops at that. Citrus somewhat but dominated by the malted alcohol hops. Really looked forward to the taste after the aroma.

T: Malted hops initially great- my favorite style and accent to a beer. The hops are there and come through very smoothly. I did think there was a strong hop aftertaste without being too sweet. Like the malty based hops over anything that had overly citrus.

M: Not overly carbonated and had the thickness of a good hop presence. Hops clung on and attached a bit to the palate.

D: For an Imperial, this was ridiculously drinkable. The hops were strong but the alcohol was well hidden and enjoyable afterwards.

This is one damn fine beer. Top notch. The first Avery I have tried and it looks like I will venture further into their offerings if this one is representative of the quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 16:10:30 | More by marcpal
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onehomesickalien

North Carolina

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

Another winner from Avery.

Very similar to Great Divides Hercules Double IPA. This one has slightly more hops and a little less on the sweet side, but the difference is minimal.

Appearance: Golden/Amber with a light but consistent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Very strong Hops with Citrus overtones. Grapefruit and pine are very strong.

Taste: Excellent! From start to finish this one impresses. It does have a strong lingering hop and alcohol taste and warmth, but this is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Sticks to you a little, but not annoyingly so. Overall very good.

Drinkability: This one pint bottle is all I would want, but I enjoyed every sip!!!

Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 03:22:32 | More by onehomesickalien
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MarkVegas

Nevada

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

Reviewing this beauty from notes taken a couple nights ago here at my lovely apartment in Sin City.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Had this beer once before as part of a beer meet-up. Saw on the shelf in Cali very recently HAD to get it again.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head floating on top and leaves a nice clingy lace to the side of the glass. Quite nice!

S: Deliciousness! Get that citrusy/grapefruity nose right away. Some caramel roasted malt characteristics too. Just awesome.

T: Get that citrus and pine hop bitterness that is all so inviting. There also is a definite maltiness to this brew that helps balance things out quite well. Also must note that this beer finishes pretty well and pretty long, loving it.

M: Carbonation done right. Just enough effervescence to be refreshing and not weigh down the palate. Very pleasing.

O: Very, very well rounded and balanced brew. Right up there with my favorite DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:30:45 | More by MarkVegas
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

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

2009 Vintage

Just wanna say that I am so happy to finally OPEN & review this beer, as the
forces that be have made it unavailable in Oklahoma as of a few
months ago.

Cheers.

Bomber -> CHOC Rastal Pint

A ~ Poured slowly a cloudy, Rusty-Mahogany-Red that I could not possibly see through. For being almost 2 years old, this still has a pretty intense, sticky-pillow of a head. With some lacing that was pretty difficult to clean out after all was said and done. Visible yeast sediment in glass that I can only assume is from conditioning for so long. Can't wait.

S ~ An astringent & acrid bouquet of fermented apricot, Pomander, Lime Zest, Citrus Peels, and some definite Pine Sol. Chemically, Bitter, Dusty Earth. Super Excited.

T ~ HOPS!!! Spice and Citric Acid hits first. Shocks tounge, then mouth, then throat, teeth & tummy. This is some amazing stuff, straight up hop juice. Aged grapefruit, lemon & mango slathered in tree sap. Less boozy than expected but there is still a definite bite to this one. Almost a cat pee like acridness on the finish. This is one that I am glad I split with friends. Aggressive.

M ~ Attacks mouth in all levels in almost a specific order. Pretty incredible how complex this beer is. Silky smooth bubbles and almost every flavor profile achievable from hops; Spicy, Citric, Earthy, Fruity, Bitter, Piney. ABV comes out more halfway through.

Spicy Hop bomb for sure. Recommendable to any hop head. Wish I had copped more when I had the chance.

I <3 Avery

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:51:20 | More by chocosushi
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steamingheap

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy amber with a huge white frothy head. The aroma is primarily evergreen hops and a touch of sweet malt with underlying citrus just to add to the complexity. Citrus hops dominate the initial flavor before being backed by and blending with a substantial sweet malt background. The high alcohol content shows up after the malt and just before the dry hop bitterness finish. A hefty mouthfeel rounds everything out nicely.

Overall, this is a great double IPA. It is good for an hour of enjoying the smells and flavors. The flavor profile moves through 3 to 4 phases at every sip. I've had beers with this much alcohol that hide it completely. Given that this one gives a slight alcohol burn that interrupts the other flavors, I can't give it the "5". Still, this is a supurb beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:07:01 | More by steamingheap
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ciachef1212

Pennsylvania

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

Finally!!! I have been waiting for this beer since last year. This is my favorite Imperial IPA and this is why.

A- Pours golden in color and is very clear

S- It smells of grapefruit, mango, pine. Just a complex smelling beer.

T- I think what makes this beer is the taste. At first you are hit with this beautiful hop bitterness the can be very over powering to the faint of heart. Then the sweet malt hugs the tongue and draws you in more and more. Finally, it finishes really dry making you want more and more.

M- The mouthfeel is very sticky and resin like.

Overall- An awesome beer. I also really like this because its easy to find almost everywhere. I you haven't had this beer do your tongue a favor and make it your next purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 13:06:28 | More by ciachef1212
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JonathanL7890

Texas

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

22oz growler. Batch 7 bottled in Feb 2008.
Color is light amber. There was a bit of cloudiness when first poured into a glass but it cleared up when it warmed up a bit.
Smell was excellent. Floral citrus, grapefruit. Very pronounced.
Taste was very smooth. Lots of grapefruit. A slight bit sweet in the aftertaste but overall it was very well balanced.
Mouthfeel -- silky --- a bit oily from the hops.
drinkability- Very good for a big beer. It's dangerous to have this beer on tap without a designated driver around.

A beer I will definitely seek out and hoard.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:01:13 | More by JonathanL7890
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Domingo

Colorado

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

This batch is super fresh...bottled in February of 2008.
Pours a deep burnt orange color. It's got a medium to moderate head that can be kept under control with a less aggressive pour.
Smell is actually really fruity...but that's due to the insane amount of hops. Pineapple, citrus, and a strong smell of peaches. It smells potent in terms of flavor, but not necessarily boozy.
The taste is a tour-de-force of hops, but with a malt backbone that doesn't hide. Fruity and sweet, but with a lingering bitter-hop finish. Lots of tropical fruits coming out of the woodwork.
It's smooth and goes down like a normal IPA. I'm picking up the sweetness of a higher ABV% beer, but no burn or lack of drinkability. I split this bottle, but I think I could handle 2 bottles myself.

Excellent. My new top DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 15:49:02 | More by Domingo
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YankChef

Louisiana

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

On tap at track 84... Oh how i miss thee

Appearance: pretty clear from what I remember with a bronzish amber and some hues of peach too.

Smell: Very floral and fruity. Apricot/peach even a little bit of pineapple. HOPS!! bang right there for you piney, herbaceous hops

Taste: juicy sweet upfront kind of like the single IPA but unlike the single, this one just pops. Massive hop punch in an almost caressing way. Unlike the single, which I find to be too sweet for the style, this one is pedal to the floor all the way too.

OVerall: I have had the pleasure to have this both on tap and in the bottle and I prefer tap in this case because of the freshness and being able to taste the fresh hop glory. If you like IIPA's and you see this at the store and have not tried it, you should buy it as a compulsive necessity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2008 06:24:07 | More by YankChef
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.