Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

The Maharaja is the second installment in our Dictator Series.

102 IBUs

ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled june 2009

Pours a brilliant sunset orange with a thick fluffy off white head, lacing my goblet in spotty patches. Murky haze with a little sediment flying around.

Smells juicy and big. Hops still holding on even after a years plus age, grapefruit/orange citrus and pretty pungent. some serious malt presence as well.

Malts are first in the taste, HUGE caramel malts smacking me in the face. Im also pleasantly surprised that the hops again are still holing in even after a year and a month. Hops are tropical and big. Almost no heat from the 10.69% alcohol content which is pretty fantastic.

Big bold mouthfeel that is thick and chewy. Im loving the bitterness this leaves behind in my mouth, slightly dry finish.

I love this IIPA a lot, this particular batch was 10.69% abv. Even with the huge alcohol content i could drink this all year round.

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Photo of gdodd12
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer!

Pours a dark brownish color. No retention but decent lacing.

Great citrus/pine hops smell. Just very lovely to the nose.

A great taste for sure. The hops are there, but definitely not as bitter as I would have expected. I got some great citrusy fruits with a little bit of peppery goodness. Finished with some fruitiness as well.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I would keep this permanently stocked if I could.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of slowly dissipating head that leaves pretty good looking lacing around the glass.

Smell - Heavy citrus aromas such as grapefruit and orange peel. Piney and hoppy.

Taste - Bitter up front from the hops and unripe grapefruit - however, there is actually quite a heavy malt backbone, i.e. sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This is one thick sucker - lower carbonation, finishes with a slight bitterness.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. I've been meaning to try this but it isn't what I was expecting it to be. I feel there are two heavy competing tastes - the massive bitterness which gives way to a heavy malty backbone. I personally don't like beers made as such, so it is just personal preference. Also, there is definitely a slight alcohol taste while sipping this beer, and a noticeable warming of the throat.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured a burnt-orange, with a thick, tan head and tightly knit bubbles.

S= Grapefruit and pine aromas bursting out of the glass.

T= Wow. I was expecting a hop-bomb, but instead was greeted with rich malts. The hops did follow quickly, keeping the potential for sweetness at bay, but not in a face-puckering way. The grapefruit and pine are there, but so are floral notes, grass and spice.

M= Quite smooth and agreeable. Creamier than anticipated. Complex, but very well balanced.

D= One of the best IPAs I have tried as I make my way through a style that I previously did not care for. They are winning me over in a big way.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold to orange in color with a beautiful 2 fingers of head that lingers and shows really great lacing.

S - Seriously so full of hops it it just makes me giddy. Citrus and pine with a little malt in there too.

T - Hops hit you right off the bat, but his beer is incredibly balanced. Nice grapefruit bite and bitterness, followed by a malty sweetness that is wonderful.

M - Medium body, syrupy, perfect carbonation, sticks around long enough but never too long.

D - This beer is almost too drinkable for the ABV. So good, so balanced, and once of my all time favorite Imperial IPAs!!!

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Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Orange-golden color, clear. Medium amount of carbonation. Head looks very nice and creamy, lacing looks pretty good.

Smell:
Strong fruity hops (pineapples, mango, orange peel), hint of piney, sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Tropical fruity hops up front (pineapples and mango), a little orange peel, touch of piney, along with slight honey-like malts to balance off the beer. Spicy hops in the middle, a little peppery. Very crisp finish with nice fruity hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is great, I like that hop sizzle through my tongue. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability:
Drinkability is extremely high. Tons and tons of hops, yet very balance. Probably the best DIPA I've ever drank!!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours red-orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet hops and a very slight hint of malt. The flavor was big on hops, with a bitter bite upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice IIPA. The hop flavor can start to get a little overwhelming after some time but the bite at the finish is quite nice. This one is a must try for all hop heads out there as it is pretty close to be a complete hop bomb.

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Photo of mcnkuckles
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

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Photo of bamadog
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fries Cafe in Cincinnati had this on tap the other day, so I was more than happy to give it a shot from the tap as I really enjoyed it from the bottle as well. Review is from notes taken on 7/9/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep coppery color and starts with a firm 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head with great retention that eventually fades to a full and foamy cap; body is fairly cloudy and shows light to moderate carbonation where you can see into it; a thick and fat ring of lacing is left behind holding to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice bitter and piney grapefruit hops abound and just pour out of the glass; followed by a deep, sweet and abundant caramel maltiness -- this one just smells like it's going to fill you up.

Taste: What a great DIPA -- lots of those big and bitter piney/grapefruit citric hops that are wonderfully balanced by the deep and sweet caramel malts; a mild toasty graininess lingers in the back and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: the body is very thick and very creamy with very soft carbonation; a very thick and dry coating is left all over the palate; belly is really left quite warm.

Drinkability: Moderate due to the weight and the ABV, but the smells and flavors are great and I would love to sip on this beer over the entire course of an evening.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark orange/brown with two finger really thick head; great lacing during the entire beer

S-instantly smells like fresh hops right out of the hop pouches used for homebrewing...intense, yet not overly bitter or crazy; fresh citrus and pine; as it warmed a nice dark brown sugar sweetness was noticeable

T-really well balanced, yet hop forward; quite impressed with this beer; it had a nice citrus oils up front with a deep and complex malt flavors on the back end of the sip

M-semi-thick and syrupy; moderate carbonation; the aftertaste was a mild bitterness, but not overly bitter

D-for 10.something% abv its incredibly drinkable; even as it warmed the alcohol was not really apparent; it's not crushingly bitter even for 102 ibu's, i think cuz of the massive amount of malts to balance it out; it is a bit expensive...$10 for a 22oz bottle in Maryland

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 6/24/10

Faded amber color with a copper twinge. One finger head. Almost no retention; good lacing though.

Simcoe & C-hops are loaded for bear in the aroma. Lots of pine & tropical citrus: grapefruit, tangerine & hints of pineapple. Smells zesty - quite nice. Faint malty sweetness. Dank aroma as it warms.

The nose suggests but doesn't fully prepare for the onslaught of hops & malts. Scathing pine digs right in & doesn't leave. Citrus notes are dense but seated under the pine; as such they are not particularly vibrant. Malts are more assertive than the nose; caramel, nips of toasted bread & biscuit.

Full bodied for the style. Slick with some alcohol heat. Underlying grittiness; kind of sticky, actually. Carbonation is appropriately low. Pine & a touch of sweetness linger.

Drinkability is fine, yet at 10% abv it's a heavy hitter. It's too hot, in my opinion. One is plenty. I'd been considering getting a bottle; I'm glad I held out for the tap.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a nonic pint. Batch 12 bottled in May 2010.

A: Pours a clear orange-ish hue. Very bright. Three fingers of fluffy head that lasts and laces nicely.

S: Candied oranges. Honey drenched pine sprigs. A little bit of carmel malt comes through as well. Very aromatic.

T: Consistently bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. The sweet citrus that was apparent in the smell becomes tart in the flavor. I love the hop profile of this beer, but the malty sweetness is just too much for me. Pine makes an appearance. Malt, pine, and bitterness make up the finish and aftertaste.

M: Carbonation neither hurts nor harms this one. Feel has a certain slickness.

D: Pretty good. The abv is up there and the bitterness is in the 'palate wrecking' zone, but I can't really knock it because this is what an imperial IPA is supposed to be. It has become a little cloyingly sweet, however.

I wanna love this beer but it's just not to my taste. I find it to be too sweet. I don't mind a balanced IPA, but the combination of malty sweet and Imperial IPA bitterness is off-putting. Maharaja is reminiscent of 90 minute which I've never been a big fan of. I love the scent and the hop flavors, and I can see why this beer is very appealing to others...but it's just not my thing.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Cloudy amber, with half a finger of head that gives way to decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S: My nose is a little stuffy at the moment but I detect some strong, resinous hops. Had to get my nose into the glass to smell it though. Probably my nose's fault.

T: Wow! Super heavy malt sweetness balanced by a noticeably high level of hop bitterness. Very, very well balanced. Hard to tell that this one's 10% ABV.

M: A slightly thick, syrupy feel to this one. It stays in the mouth for quite a long time. Very, very good.

D: Exceptionally good, I would drink this IPA all night until I fell off my chair.

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks: Like an old grapefruit. Pours a hazy mahogany wooden color with a foamy light-orange head tha fades quickly to a ring but leaves impressive sheets of lace. The liquid itself looks unfiltered and hazy enough to obscure everything behind it.

Smells: like sugared grapefruits. Sweet tangerines, pine, grass, clove, pink peppercorns and sourdough, with a candy glazing.

Tastes: like biting into an unpeeled tangerine. Holy bitterness, Batman! The first sip reveals an explosion of tangerine citrus, which is soon met by the accompanying harshness of pith. The malt backbone is fighting back valiantly, imparting a heavy caramel sweetness. I almost feel like I'm picking up some hefeweizen flavors: wheat, clove, coriander, rose petals. As the beer rises in temperature, it becomes almost like drinking warm grapefruit concentrate, with a bitter finish to match.

Feels: meh. Smooth, but with high, nearly painful carbonation and a medium-light body.

Drinks: with increasing difficulty. Maharaja is decent at first sip, but became increasingly bitter and tart as it warmed. Even my tulip glass seemed too much for me by the end.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. May 2010 vintage. Purchased from a cooler at K&L in Redwood City, so I expect it'll taste pretty fresh. $9 or so.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of long-lived cream-colored head. Initially it deposits some nice sticky lace on the glass, though that ceases as I get past the first 25% or so.

S: Citrus bomb. Unlike Kern's Citra, which I had recently, this is more of a straightforward orange aroma, with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine coming after. It's not as pungent as I would like, though it's certainly not dead.

T: Wow, this is like drinking orange juice and melted caramel -- kind of a candied orange effect. It's initially really enjoyable, but halfway through the bottle I find myself starting to get sick of the sugar and the noticeable booze burn. Pine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body. A malty finish with a bitter aftertaste from the pine. I definitely notice the booze on this one, though it doesn't prevent me from finishing it.

D: It's pretty solid at first, but that's about the kindest thing I can say about it. It aspires to greatness but is ultimately not. By the second half of the bottle, the candied-grapefruit and booze one-two is starting to win the battle, and I'm contemplating throwing the rest of my glass out. You win this one, Avery. I won't buy again.

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Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with large poof of white head, retention and lacing all look above average.

Aroma is citrus and grapefruit, straight hops in the nose.

Not overly bitter, but a nice upfront punch, layers of citrus behind, leaves sweet hop flavors in the mouth.

Overall very tasty, but something with the balance of this beer has always bugged me, it just doesnt all mesh together for me and leaves me thinking a few tweaks could make it amazing.

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Photo of ndaug21
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

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Photo of philbertk
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale Batch 4--Bottled June 2006. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.90% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.9 / 5.0) Tight lacy rich ochre head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Smooth dry sweet caramel citrus pine grapefruit ester malty body. Hot balanced hop spice mild EtOH dry end. Huge. Balanced. Sampled 5/9/2007. Batch #5 Bottled Feb. 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.78% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Hazy bright amber orange color. Huge floral hop front. Creamy sweet delicate crisp pale malt caramel pine citrus body. Rich balanced sweet smooth clean rich hop spice no EtOH end. Wonderful! Sampled 5/10/2007. Batch #6 Bottled May 2007. 22 oz. Bottle. 9.65% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white head. Clear bright deep dark gold color. Sweet huge floral pine hop front. Thick floral sweet rich malty resinous caramel grapefruit ester body. Rich bitter hot hop spice end. WOW! Sampled 7/4/2007. Batch #7--Bottled Feb. 2008. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.54% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy mild head. Clear rich bright enticing amber color. Rich floral hop front. Mildly thick creamy sweet rich caramel spice body. Cloying sweet malt rich hop spice balanced over the top end. Huge IPA. Smooth & Balanced, but almost too much. Sampled 3/22/2008. $6.57 Each. Batch #8--Bottled May 2008 22 oz. Bottle. 10.21% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear dark gold color. Huge floral hop pine front. Tangy creamy sweet huge hop infused citrus pine caramel malt body. Spicy bitter sweet cloying hop citrus piney end. Hot EtOH hint. Sharp fresh flavors need Age. Sampled 7/13/2008. $8.99 Each. 4 Left For Aging and Tasting. Batch 9--Bottled in Feb, 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.27% ABV--102 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Huge floral pine Cascade hop opening. Thin lacy white head. Clear bright rich amber gold color. Huge floral grapefruit pine citrus grass front. Spicy sweet hop oil caramel grapefruit pine body. Balanced cloying hop spice lingering malt Stoner WOW! HOPBOMB end. Sampled 4/5/2009. 4 @ $8.99 Each. 3 Available For Aging or Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009. 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV--102 IBU's. 3 @ $7.39 Each. Aging and Available For Trade. Batch 10--Bottled in June 2009--2009-B 22 oz. Bottle. 10.69% ABV. 102 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white head. Cloudy bright hazy amber orange color. Huge pine hop front. Sweet orange citrus rich fruity caramel estery malty bitter body. Rich hop spice earhy hot EtOH tangy end. Over the top Hops. Rich & Smooth, but too much malt sweetness. Sampled 6/24/2010

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful bright amber with a huge billowing head a full 2 inches thick. Aroma is all resinous hops made up of primarily pine with some citrus. Great head on the beer that just clings to the glass. Hops are right at the front of the first sip giving way to a surprising malt backbone before it finishes with more earthy hops. Definetely a hop-head's dream, with hops of pine, pine (yes, that's twice), citrus, and grass all on the palate at once. Nice body to the beer thanks to the malt, though the hops really coat your entire mouth and throat the more you drink it. The beer just clings to your mouth. It also has a cumulative effect - the more you drink the more you taste the hops, though the malt and yeast adds some nice sweetness. Fantastic beer and one of my favorite examples of the double IPA style.

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Photo of Dewboarder213
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by far better than Avery's IPA, which is a statement to this beers quality! This beer is like a philharmonic orchestra on the tongue... From the hiss of opening, to the last sip, you will love this beer!

When opening this beer, the encouraging sound heard is a beautiful one, almost as if encouraging your salivary glands for what is to come...

The poor - poor this beer rather conservatively at first but finish toward the aggressive side... definitely tilt that glass but finish straight up with and straight down bottle... encourage that head to form at the end!

The aroma - it maybe uncustomary but with this beer, to experience it correctly, I encourage you to treat it like a fine wine, don't just slam it back like your uncle Bubba drinking PBR... prepare your pallet of the up coming experience by at least two or three deep inhalations or this beers aroma! You wont be disappointed!

The taste - Well at this point, it better be fantastic some might say, and don't worry, this beer does not disappoint, not with the first sip, not with the last... all the way thru, this beer is a philharmonic orchestra for the tongue/mouth... Very few beers are this pleasurable to drink/taste from start to finish... especially for some like myself who finds joy in drinking a great beer...

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Photo of freescribbles
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, copper ale that pours with a rich thick head that laces nicely. Has a heavy taste to it with a strong hop profile and potent hops. Sediment collects on the bottom of the glass but doesn't come up with each sip/gulp. Definitely a tasty IPA that satisfies but not something that you could drink during a session.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - pours a hazy, coppery/orange color with a maybe a finger white head, decent retention; light lacing.

S - big pine and citrus nose. great aroma.

T - dominated by pine and citrus (notably grapefruit, lemon) hops and a malty backbone. subdued floral notes. alcohol a bit more evident than ideal, but nevertheless very tasty. a bitter finish.

M - full-bodied, medium carbonation.

D - good drinkablity even considering the north of 10% abv. great dipa, will have again.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic golden-orange. Slightly opaque, with a voluminous yellow head. Nice retention, and great lacing. Phenomenal.

S: Fresh dry hop scent--very nice. Grapefruit, leafy hoppy citrus. Citrus bouquet. Pineapple and pear seem to make their way in too. Some toastiness resides within the malt sweetness. Pungent character seems to work itself in after it sits a few minutes.

T: Bitterness doesn't quite get there. Heavy on the dry hops--which hints toward pellets, being very earthy/organic in flavour. Sweet citrus, sweet toasted malt. Bittersweet finish--not as bitter as I had hoped. Alcohol can be noticed, but works well with a nice piney element from the hops. Becomes a bit hot after some warming. Some fruity bubblegum esters emerge as well.

M: Medium body. Low-medium carbonation. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated.

D: With the large ABV, everything is worked in nicely. A bit too sweet overall perhaps--but the alcohol would likely stick out if it weren't as apparent

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch 12 - bottled May 2010) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pretty, crystal clear orange color with a creamy 2 finger pillow of dense white foam. Nice spiderwebs of lacing left behind.

S - Huge citrus aroma that heavy features ripe grapefruit and has some sweet oranges to blend in well. Lighter notes of pineapple and mango also contribute to this overall amazing aroma. Really subtle bready malt struggles to make any impression...and barely does, but it is definitely there as is some mild yeastiness and I think I'm getting a tiny amount of diacetyl in there too.

T - Sharply bitter with tons of grapefruit up front. Lightly sweet malt hits the front of the tongue before the hop assault hits, well, just about everywhere else. A noticeable alcohol presence. Pineapple falls in the middle somewhere. Bitterness turns a bit harsh and slighly medicinal towards the finish, which knocks this down a notch overall, but still very enjoyable.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with a full and prickly carbonation that tingles on the tongue. The bitterness is mouth filling, somewhat medicinal and lingers forever past the swallow. Alcohol level gives a bit of a warmth especially noticeable on the exhale.

D - I've had Maharaja on several occasions in the past, but this is the first time I've gotten to have it really fresh. Alcohol is pretty noticeable and quite high at 10.3%. Flavor is really good, especially as it enters the mouth on each sip, but turns a bit harsh towards the swallow. This keeps this out of the upper echelon of DIPA's for me, but is still quite an outstanding example of the style.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,632 ratings.
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