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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,868
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 450 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/27/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with lively carbonation and one finger of creamy, off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and deposited thick, sticky foam around the glass.

S - Pungent fume of equal parts grapefruit and pine with a hefty waft of alcohol as well. Plenty of sweet caramel malt backs up the assertive hop nose.

T - Extremely hoppy yet exquisitely balanced DIPA with a sturdy malt sweetness underneath the abundance of hops. Hop bitterness is bold with juicy citrus fruit and sticky, resiny pine sap. There's also quite a bit of alcohol presence to heat things up a bit.

M - Medium to full body that's thick and rich yet sticky and syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Beefy alcohol presence.

D - Fantastic DIPA with a huge hop presence that I found to be quite pungent and fresh. As excellent on tap as it is from the bottle.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9, Bottled in Feb. 2009.

Pours golden copper into a large snifter. The head dies quickly into a white ring with islands of relatively large bubbles bordered everywhere by tiny ones.

The smell is rich and powerful like earth and the hearts and stems of fresh flowers possibly orange blossom as well as the seeds. Really rich and complex. This is far beyond your average beer and even most DIPAs.

Taste is overall orange at first. Not acidic citrus like grapefruit or lemon juice but the zest and seeds and pith and all. That's odd, and dare I say unique. There are caramel toffee notes that compliment the orange well.

Mouthfeel is really good. Foamy and creamy at first then settling into a full bodied liquid that reverberates after the swallow. The finish just seems to echo causing me to swallow several times for every sip.

It may just be the batch but as far as traditional hop flavors here there is only a slight bitterness but otherwise this is a different I2PA altogether. H/T to the brewers for this unique interpretation on the style.

I'd love to try this on tap to see of there's any difference and I'll likely get at least another one of this batch a few months from now but I also look forward to future batches.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,868 ratings.