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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,616 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 245
Gots: 367 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

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

New York

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-09-2012 00:10:26 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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LadyOfMuchBeer

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-21-2011 16:19:06 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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TooGood

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-01-2014 01:21:59 | More by TooGood
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-11-2012 22:02:33 | More by enelson
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-24-2013 02:49:47 | More by jmccullough108
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teyuders

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-04-2012 01:41:02 | More by teyuders
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-19-2011 23:52:46 | More by Massbmx
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mattg

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-20-2012 13:16:27 | More by mattg
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shuggy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-21-2011 23:08:48 | More by shuggy
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.1%

02-23-2013 02:26:22 | More by Dave_Treat
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siddhartha

Colorado

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-06-2013 01:18:10 | More by siddhartha
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clord717

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-12-2013 15:01:19 | More by clord717
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

Batch 13, March 2011

A - Pours a very nice dark amber. The only issue is the odd lack of head. I poured it fairly aggressively, and still no head!

S - Well, there is not a great smell. There's hints of a typical DIPA, but the hops are hidden and the malts overwhelm them pretty badly.

T - Malts, more than I'd like. There is a little malt character, but only in the finish and only a sharp bitterness.This is such a disappointment, as I've had Maharaja before and it was a wonderful DIPA. For a (very) fresh DIPA, this has the worst hops I've had.

M - Syrupy and hot. Typically I'd expect the hops to take away some of the heat, but without much hops, I can't do anything about it.

Overall, this is a sub-par beer. If I were any less stingy, I would drainpour this. I love everything that Avery has done before this, so this is very, very queer.

04-08-2011 19:45:24 | More by gdrydenc
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.1%

05-28-2013 04:20:02 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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humulusphile

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-13-2013 00:13:17 | More by humulusphile
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

12-25-2012 22:42:28 | More by ejimhof
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

06-08-2014 20:07:27 | More by bvlaminck
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-10-2013 03:10:57 | More by spycow
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -29.1%

04-28-2014 03:11:17 | More by wrightst
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,616 ratings.