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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,942 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,942
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 303
Gots: 496 | FT: 5
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

Consumed 28 August. Reviewed from notes. The Dictator Series. Batch Number 14, June 2011. 102 IBUs, 10.46% ABV. Poured from 1 pint/6 fl oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a burn orange/copper color--very hazy--with 3 fingers of fluffy, pillowy head that is very substantial. The head really sticks around and leaves ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma is heavenly. Imagine harvesting citrus and tropical fruit in a pine forest. Can't imagine that? Neither could I until I smelled this imperial IPA. Now the sent and image is burnt into my memory and I'm forever grateful. The smell defines the style. Deep resin smells. Citrus grapefruit rind. Sweet malt smells pour through--surprising sweetness in the nose like a lemon meringue pie. Oh, and the sweet and bitter, pungent hop aroma.

Taste. Phenomenal balance and complexity. Beautiful bitter grapefruit, pineapple, citrus finish that lingers, puckers the mouth and smacks the lips. Upfront is an amalgam of sweet caramel malt fairies fighting for control against the bitter hop gnomes of the pine forest. And that's just on the surface. I can only dream about how this double would have been consumed a couple months earlier (that's why I'm leaving just a little room in the ratings). There is an earthy and sweet malt character with some tobacco leaves for some balance. Alcohol heat lingers at the end. Also some orange peel in there. The 103 IBUs don't punch quite as hard as you might expect--because of the massive malt presence.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. Oily, slick, bitter, pungent, resinous, thick.

Overall--what more can be said?

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,942 ratings.