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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,644 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,644
Reviews: 1,734
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 250
Gots: 382 | 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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smooth_aleing

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-03-2013 03:12:46 | More by smooth_aleing
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groovy24

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-03-2013 02:48:23 | More by groovy24
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BtownIrish20

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-02-2013 18:07:02 | More by BtownIrish20
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magictacosinus

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured on tap into a semi-tulip glass at Small Bar in Chicago. ABV was listed as 9.5% at the bar (after a long day of trying beers, I wouldn't have ordered it if it were stronger). Review is from my notes.

Presents itself in a deep orange-amber color, complete with a foamy cola-like yet thickened head at the top. Not too much carbonation is present in this thing, but interestingly enough the head sticks around for the entire consumption. Definitely is super sticky, and lacing really stays around as the beer dwindles down. Very, very viscous, almost in the same sense that a cocktail is. Quite a strong looking DIPA.

The aroma is what I expected, which is a combination of bittered citrus rinds combined with a boozy, stinging sensation from the high ABV. Blood oranges, huge lemon notes, earthiness, leafy compost, pine, alcoholic induced nectar, and herbs such as cannabis (not joking here). However, I cannot get past this near rotting, skunky like backdrop from the initial aromas. It actually smells like the same byproduct phenol you get in muted hops, or ones that are outright old. Combined with the extra alcohol and toasted yet overly cracked graininess, it almost completely ruins the experience for me - and yes, I will admit I'm too much of nerd to not constantly whiff aromatic hoppy beers all throughout the night - so these quirks take that away from the experience. I appreciate the unique hop profile, but it may be too much for me.

The flavor luckily does not hold those bizarre rotting, hop muted notes, and instead comes off as a fairly straightforward DIPA only distinguished by its high ABV. There's a full flavor of citrus (all kinds) and grapefruit that appear at first, to be followed by strong pine needles, and then an herbal, slightly floral profile that follows soon after. There's a larger malty flavor that melds with the bitterness in a slightly syrupy but pretty solid bready finish. The booze is well hidden here, unlike the aroma, and the astringency from all of the hop acids shows itself. I do not enjoy the off-grainy sensation that appears in the aftertaste, but luckily this is so melded in with hops that it never becomes too bothersome.

There's intense DIPAs, and then there's this one. Super herbal and dry and boozy all the way. This took me some time to drink, in fact. Definitely an extreme IPA that has a good citrus flavor to it, as well as comfortable mouthfeel, but a lot of these aromas and flavors are really doing strange stuff when they meld with one another. I feel that this may have been an older batch but I still think a beer this monstrous should hold up just fine. If you like your IPAs super dank and earthy and don't mind several irregularities as I mentioned above, give this a shot. Wasn't a fan but I'd be open to have a fresher batch if given the opportunity.

05-02-2013 17:17:01 | More by magictacosinus
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Beerrenda

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-02-2013 04:36:45 | More by Beerrenda
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-02-2013 02:32:59 | More by TheBishopco
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Hefewiseman

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-02-2013 01:14:07 | More by Hefewiseman
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2013 15:14:27 | More by lunarbrew
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev 0%

2013 bottle was purchased in Feb. 2013. Review taken from notes early March 2013, and another was tasted last night.

Brown bomber style with gold foil gracing the next and cap. A unique foil compared to most I've seen. Excellent quality Label showing The Maharaja' and a bit of Avery's style. A beautiful bottle display if one must know. Poured this into a stemmed, somewhat fat tulip glass.

A - Deep orange/copper hue. Massive off white head sits on top, thick and fluffy. I can't describe how tightly compact this luscious head is. It looks like its been painted or even built and sat on like it's one piece. Slowly dissolves into a thick ring of creamy lace that leaves good stick throughout the entire experience. This may be the greatest head in terms of look and quality ive ever seen. It's a freaking beautiful beer.

S -Big pineapple juice like hop aroma with some grapefruit, earthiness, and a slight touch of fresh tobacco. Very oily/resinous character to the aroma. Bready malt set the back ground and do a nice job of balancing this aroma.

T - huge wave of pineapple hoppiness up front. Grapefruit flavors remain the sidekick to pineapple. A hop oily/resinous character with this flavor just like the nose. Earthiness and tobacco spice find their way into the action as well. Malt is much needed in balancing the intense hop bitterness. Sweet caramel malt and Bready malt do their job of punching the hop flavors in the mouth just enough to make this enjoyable.

M - full and flavorful. Thick and very smooth. It was actually
Very easy going down. It has a huge bitterness but it's well balanced with malt to allow just about anyone to enjoy. This is a hop head's ale, but I'm telling you it's smoother and is easy going enough anyone could experience it. Mouthfeel coats you with flavor and a top notch thickness. Well done

O - This was the first vintage I've had of this. I'm really surprised this somewhat goes under the radar of the craft beer world. Given the respect and stature Avery has become. You'd think an DIPA of this quality would be very sought after. Avery took this in a slightly different direction than most massive IPAs, and it'll be a flagship of that direction for years to come. Its a well done ale and not discussed enough.

05-01-2013 13:40:09 | More by BradtheGreat7
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jdobe13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-01-2013 13:02:31 | More by jdobe13
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miadw3

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-01-2013 02:10:43 | More by miadw3
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2013 00:33:41 | More by uncccegr
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-30-2013 21:29:20 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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adam_e

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-30-2013 20:13:57 | More by adam_e
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%

A- Great looking dark copper/amber. Wonderfully bright with a thick 1 finger, off white head. Spotty lacing and fair retention.

S- Powerful and assorted hops take over the nose. Fragrence is amazing. Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango...the list goes on. Beautifully put together with the NW hops. Not much malt detected as the DIPA lets the hops reign supreme.

T- Hop heavy as the nose indicates. A lot going on with a terrific hop profile. Some resinous hops also find a way to surface. A little unbalanced as the sweet caramel malt backbone never seems to put up much of a fight to the hops and booze. Pine hop bitterness in the finish

M- Mid to full body. Despite my feelings that this beer has an overshadowed malt base, it remains delightfully creamy on the palate. The alcohol slaps you around a little, but as to be expected for a 10% beer. Dry. Maybe a little undercarbonated

O- A big beer here that while i enjoyed the hop complexity, I struggled to find its balance. Odd, i know, as many people have also said that the malt is too strong. An enjoyable brew that i will try again.

As an addendum to the previous review, I cellared this beer for a couple months to let the hops subside and I actually like it much better. The caramel malt characteristic really shines and seems to make it much more balanced than when I had it fresh.

04-30-2013 19:37:27 | More by Bosoxfan20
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jealmanzar

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-30-2013 18:54:12 | More by jealmanzar
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meegs

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange amber with a fluffy off-white head that lingers. The head has a great creamy foaminess that clings to the glass. Really a very inviting beer in the glass.

S - Big resinous hop nose with pine, orange and lemon zest. Malt sweetness sneaks in behind the hops and a definite assertive alcohol in the nose, but not offensive or hot. What you'd expect for a 10.4% beer. No diacetyl or dms. Well brewed.

T - Bready malt mixes with high hop bitterness with flavors of pine and grapefruit pith. Alcohol sweetness on the back end. Finishes dry. Grapefruit bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with a "woody" quality.

M - Medium-full to full bodied. Medium CO2. Very creamy on the palette.

O - A very nice Imperial IPA. I enjoy the big malt bill that balances out the big hops. For a 10.4% beer, it doesn't seem that big, which is a compliment. If it wasn't for that 10.4%, I could drink a lot of this beer. Nice job Avery!!

04-30-2013 00:53:25 | More by meegs
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Tamtweh

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-29-2013 16:25:09 | More by Tamtweh
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-29-2013 16:07:07 | More by TheNightwatchman
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

A- poured into a tulip glass; pours a dark amber-orange with a copper hue, two-finger creamy white head, good retention with thick lacing as it settles

S- oily hop resin with citrus zest, tropical fruit, dank and earthy, clean mint, hop-dominant

T- pungeant and wet hops with strong notes of citrus, herbal, leafy and minty. Some tropical mango and pineapple flavors mid-palate that is balanced nicely by a slight caramel malt. The finish is nearly bone-dry, but leaves a pungeant oily hop bitterness on the palate long after the pour, with a touch of mint

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a warming finish. Drinks no where near the high ABV, very well hidden.

O- this is definitely a hop lovers beer, the hops linger on the palate like very few beers that I've tried, so strong it almost provides an astringency to the flavor. Definitelt some uniquely defining flavors and one of my favorites of the style.

04-29-2013 02:22:17 | More by Treyliff
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timontheroad

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-29-2013 01:05:33 | More by timontheroad
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rkf1976

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-28-2013 23:55:21 | More by rkf1976
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bergdj

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

04-28-2013 23:51:26 | More by bergdj
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Cvescalante

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2013 23:05:58 | More by Cvescalante
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2013 21:22:36 | More by zachattack555
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,644 ratings.