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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,540 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,540
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 242
Gots: 343 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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kenzak

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-16-2011 02:16:31 | More by kenzak
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-19-2012 18:48:23 | More by King_KongDCO93
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-16-2014 01:26:03 | More by Fettpopps
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-14-2011 05:14:42 | More by PhineasGage
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durrrr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-01-2012 15:57:59 | More by durrrr
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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-22-2013 13:46:13 | More by Nobcefus
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-13-2013 00:52:26 | More by mmulebarn
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-29-2013 19:28:38 | More by Centennial
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-10-2013 15:26:01 | More by thegerm87
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CellarGimp

Missouri

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-17-2012 17:43:01 | More by CellarGimp
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foulhooked

New York

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-30-2011 19:03:56 | More by foulhooked
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sellmeagod

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A supreme, ultra-fancy looking bottle covered in aluminum and colors. A pour that leaves monstrous head and an orange golden glow. Incredible appearance that only loses points because of the excess floating sediment.

The taste is so powerful, all about the hops at 100+ IBU. I actually think this started to taste better as it warmed up, but still the hops nearly mask any other taste, and hops for hops sake is more of a novelty than a necessity.

A bit of citrus smell and a very powerful hop aroma.

The problem with the price comes down to this - the 22oz size and the 10 dollar price tag makes this require dedicated drinking, and the payoff (other than the awesome look) does not come. This won't be a common purchase simply out of value reasons (there are much better/cooler economic choices).

Drinkable? Well, for the 10.5 abv and being an IPA, I'd say it does decently. But what beer will you feel cooler drinking? Not many.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 20:50:31 | More by sellmeagod
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy orange color with hints of reddish yellow hues. Medium levels of carbonation, and a dense, rich head of orange/white foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Smooth, yet dense aromas of hops, citrus, pine, malty grain and a earthy grassy sweetness.

T: Strong hop presence that overpowers all the nuance flavors; grapefruit, pine, sweet & sour citrus notes. They're all washed away by a dry hop presence. Malty backbone quickly gets thrown to the back of the palate. Very hoppy, and a bit too much "one sided". Flavor doesn't really develop.

M: Oily, slightly sticky and dense. Otherwise, the carbonation remained in the glass and didn't translate to the palate.

D: One and done. This one was way too flat and boring for me. There are far better DIPA's out there. The abundance of alcohol didn't help things, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 00:06:29 | More by Frozensoul327
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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/21/2011. Reviewed on 04/04/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby red color with a finger of white foam. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a soap-like lacing around the glass.

Great hop aroma from the nose. Huge citrus and pine aromas are present along with some tropical fruit. There is also a sweet characteristic to the nose. Caramel malt and some ripe fruit seem to be here as well.

The taste is considerably different from the nose due to a huge presence of alcohol. The big citrusy and piny hops are here, but not as assertive as they were in the nose. Sweet caramel malt is here as well but the alcohol that is present completely changes the profile. Slight bitter finish that lingers a bit but the alcohol is prevalent towards the back end.

Slick, oily and sticky. Bitterness isn't all that strong but it sticks a bit. Normally these work well with a DIPA but they don't work with the alcohol in this one.

Overall, this one has a great nose. It's very enticing but the rest of the beer doesn't live up to the aroma. The alcohol is overwhelming at some points and provides a harsh finish at others.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 06:24:55 | More by ms11781
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks are nice, with a white foam on the typical orange amber brew in the small globe. Sharp on the tongue. Warm and spicy, with vast sweep of tropical fruity flavors. Plenty of hops. Smell of green vegetables, like fresh green beans. Murky flavor of something like hummus.

A fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Something about the combination of spritzy carbonation and the flat sweet flavor is not very inspiring. Bitterness comes along to take over the mid-range and aftertaste. A little lemon, and even more like grapefruit soda.

Sweet yet harsh, carbonated yet flat-flavored, hoppy yet murky. I will have to taste this again, but this bottle is not much to brag about. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/12.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 06:19:26 | More by mactrail
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bomber poured into a tulip, two plus fingers creamy head slow to recede, hazy golden brown coloring.

s- aromatic, lots of ambiguous citrus, slight sweetness, malty backbone.

t- strong, citric, smooth malty backbone again. where is the bitterness? wish i had some more of that in here. sweet/citric alcohol kicks in the finish - and is a bit dry.

m- full, big, and sticky.

d- okay, not great because of the high abv. i've gotta say i'm really disappointed that i'm not loving this - i think this is another one like hopslam that i'm really pissed i'm not enjoying as much as i'd like to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:17:35 | More by thecarster1
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another hoppy beer from the wonderful guys at Avery (a self professed HopHead).
Beer poured a deep copper/amber colour, medium body, ended with a light head and lacing that lasted throughout the entire consumption. Nose distinctively HOPPY, and ended with a bitter aftertaste, as true IPA's do. I am not a hophead and it was nice to taste this treat, but wouldn't want more.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:50:33 | More by thequeen711
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend scored a bottle of the brand new batch from the brewery and was kind enough to share. This wasn't first time trying the Maharaja as I had last years batch sometime in the summer. This batch was amazing! The color was orange and hazy. The smell was straight pine and grapefruit but not at all cloying. the taste was so hoppy and delicious. I can't wait until this hits the shelves so I can snag a few while they are fresh. A truly outstanding beer and Avery's best in my opinion.

update - batch 9 02/2009

cat-piss, cat-box just a really poor taste and not what I am used to tasting in this beer. I think this beer was a lot better when it was 9.7% and I thought it was pretty good but now it is just a pungent (not in a good way) stinky mess, goddamn...this sucks.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:59:33 | More by ArrogantB
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt, 6 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a semi-transparent amber/copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent creaminess. Retention is OK at best.

S - Strong grapefruit notes, musty citric hops, sweet caramel. The hops are fresh, but a bit generic.

T - Musty, grassy hops and strong citric notes are countered (but not balanced) by some sweet caramel malt. The citric hops are overbearing and far from balanced, but I still find it a bit refreshing.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. I think it's a bit to smooth, however.

D - It's not bad, but it's not good. Just an average offering in my book. I appreciate the freshness of the hops, but it's entirely unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:50:27 | More by blakelive784
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was ket in fridge. Batch 13, March 2011.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a sunset orange, hazy, creamy yellowish head that lingers
for a while.

S- hoppy. Strong malts.

T- Sweet, dark caramel. Hops, lots of bitterness from the hops.

M- Good carbonation. Can taste the alcohol.

O- Not the best DIPA that i've tried. Don't get me wrong, it's
drinkable, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:07:01 | More by rfbenavi80
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DrDCon

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I am truly disappointed in this brew. It poured from the bottle nicely with a pale orange color and white foamy head that stuck around.

Sour-mash, grapefruit, balsam tree smells.
Tastes of orange initially, fading into an radically bitter pine-tree, almost of unripened juniper berries. Mouthfeel is dry, makes my taste buds desire water over more of this beer, the beer's greatest downfall in my opinion. I struggle to drink it because of the lingering balsam-juniper taste which I feel is uncomplimentary to the initial fruity flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 20:13:59 | More by DrDCon
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Didn't seem to care much for this out of the bottle so let's see if on tap makes a difference.

Looks great for starters, a real nice orange bodied slightly cloudy with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Gorgeous body color.

Smell. I am not getting it but a big butter thick sensation... not of diacetyl either. I am looking for hop presenece here and I am not finding it this is really odd, I smell next to nothing everything seems very muted.

Hop ambush on taste with a big grassy chew somewhat but a lingering grain and melted butter slick and thick spiced hop finish. Oily once again as I remember it. Barely a hint of citrus perhaps some orange zest but not able to get passed a lingering just basic bitterness that wont go away. If I want bitter give me some flavor with it for starters.

Overall I find this thick, syrupy and it's even a bit boozy uneccesarily, and I can't get rid of this aftertaste which is just an unpleasant bitterness, and not even a pleasant hop bitter. I feel like I drank a stick of butter also which really isn't fun. Still can't get into this brew and I am never having this again, this isn't for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 17:35:07 | More by smakawhat
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msween21

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -35%

12-27-2013 14:42:47 | More by msween21
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arash1000

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -35%

12-27-2012 05:52:21 | More by arash1000
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -35%

03-12-2013 22:02:15 | More by chippo33
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,540 ratings.