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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,680 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,680
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 258
Gots: 396 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%

Rich clean clear amber. Deep amber, with almost a ruby tint to it. Good little white head. decent retention and minor lacing.

Nose pops hops primarily. there's some pine, some spice, some soap almost? I can't quite pin down the malts, but there's a distinct sweetness to it.

Spoiler alert: this is tasty, and presents mostly hops.
The intro is woven together with the toffee sweet malts and citrusy hops. the next wave i get is almost like a well made gingersnap: the sweetness remains, but instead of what I usually think of as hop spiceness, there's almost a cinnamon/alspice spiciness. Different. Enjoyable.

The citrus hops linger , and the alcohol catches up eventually. More in flavour than in feel.
An interesting take on the DIPA. I enjoy it for its components, but find it to be more of a slow sipper than many other similar brews. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe it's just more apparent to me at the moment as I am quite thirsty.
Definitely one to drink, if you can get your hands on it. A tasty, if slightly unique example, and solid entry to a very popular style

kemoarps, May 13, 2013
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Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Been a while since I last visited the old Raja; let's see what he's up to today, shall we? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, orange peel, pine resin, and plenty of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavier influence of grapefruit and pine, a more caramel-y tone in the backbone, and some grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a fine and dandy hop bomb, indeed.

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Had on tap last week at Third Avenue Ale House, and was substantially underwhelmed, given the high marks this brew has received. Like Waldos' Special Ale, this to me drank like a barleywine masquerading as a double IPA.

Appearance: Too deep an amber for a double IPA.

Smell: Almost no hop aroma, malty, sweet.

Taste: Sweet, cloying, malty, syrupy, hard to get down. Taste absolutely nothing like a double IPA and everything like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously thick and viscous, hard to get down.

Overall: I'm not sure I've ever had anything I've been particularly wowed by from Avery -- was hoping this would change things, but it appears the search continues.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,680 ratings.