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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 261
Gots: 399 | FT: 7
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Huge foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops, honey, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a nice honey, brown sugar, and malt finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a very nice balance in both the aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but thick rings of bubbles on the surface around the edge and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of grapefruit and also has notes of caramel malts, pine resin hops and hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness and hints of stickiness in the finish.
O: This beer is definitely a sipper given its strength. However, it’s not all that difficult to drink because only hints of alcohol are noticeable in the taste.

metter98, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Maharaja quickly became classic among the über hopheads. We guess we fall into the group somehow, bring on the hops!
More than ample lacing from this extremely hoppy beer, bright copper hue. Big punget oily hop aroma of tobacco, hemp seeds, grapefruit zest and fresh mint leaves. Big oily smoothness in the medium to full body. Lots of hop flavor on the palate, fresh hop oil, herbs and mint, bitter tobacco, a touch of hemp oil with some earthiness. Maltiness stands strong with spikes of caramel and bready flavors. Alcohol brings some warmth and fruitiness to the table with more of a subtle pear and mango flavor. Hop bitterness is all around and never leaves even far into the bittersweet finish, more of a mellow bitterness that's thick.

American beer at its best here, hopefully it's one more known example where the industry is going and how far it can reach when it comes to the level of flavor. If you are a hophead and have yet to try this beer, what are you waiting for?!!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to knucks999 for sending a fresh bottle of this to me as an extra in a recent trade!

A: The pour is absolutely gorgeous and just about perfect for an IPA. Amber in color with great clarity and a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.

S: The nose if full of grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruits. A blast of pine finishes things off quite nicely.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with plenty of fruit notes. The grapefruit is not all that bitter and there is a lot of pineapple. The fruit is followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor and the sip is finished off by bitter pine.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleased by this beer. I had it back when I first started getting into beer and wasn't impressed (very likely an old bottle), but this is really a great DIPA and very easy to drink.

womencantsail, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second beer of the sample I took last night. I was very excited to finally be able to try this one on tap. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

mikesgroove, Apr 04, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kramerboy, Yesterday at 07:35 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dgtiii, Monday at 08:20 PM
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

DCLAguy11, Monday at 05:51 PM
Photo of beb86
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

beb86, Monday at 05:20 AM
Photo of MaxPowers
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

MaxPowers, Saturday at 07:48 PM
Photo of majorbase2
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky amber-orange with a thick light brown head, with decent retention and good lacing. One sexy looking beer. Smell is citrus heavy, with lots of grapefruit mixed in with a bit of caramel malt. Some pine as well. Taste leads with malts and a good deal of bitterness. Wonderfully sweet caramel malt lingers on the tongue after the first sip. The citrus comes booming through in the aftertaste-- a great sequence of flavor. A tiny bit of alcohol bite. Pine comes through more as it warms. Bitterness really sticks on the tongue. A little bit of breadiness comes through at the end. Despite the bitterness it is quite easy to drink. Not a lot of carbonation. A bit resinous. Overall, this stuff is like candy. It won't knock you on butt like the most powerful DIPAs, but it still balances strong taste with balance, and is very easy to drink.

majorbase2, Saturday at 04:21 AM
Photo of Nevils
4.44/5  rDev +5%

Nevils, Friday at 04:43 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

StephRai, Thursday at 10:46 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Stevebeergeek, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/18/14

Amber body with a small white tan head. Smell is mild hoppy earthy dank. Taste is malty with lots of hops. Very well balanced beer.

kkleu357, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of DerekCarruth
4/5  rDev -5.4%

DerekCarruth, Sep 25, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -9.2%

k47k, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Lots of honey on the nose. Orange and grapefruit citrus. Light caramel and toasted bread notes.

Taste - Right there with the aroma. Well balanced flavors that hit on sweet honey with plenty of citrus, mostly orange with lesser notes of grapefruit pith. Caramel deep in there somewhere. Fair mint leaf and dank herbal qualities. Finish is a fair citrus bitterness, along with that honey sweetness, met by hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Chewy and sticky texture. Finish is a touch dry.

Overall - It's good, but not overly impressive. Maybe too much herbal dank flavor for my liking. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it again, what with all the amazing DIPAs out there.

TheSixthRing, Sep 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

mvelilla, Sep 23, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

ToshiroS, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jamato14, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DLSheidy, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

digga90, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

pmangold, Sep 18, 2014
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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