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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,987
Reviews: 1,774
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 313
Gots: 519 | 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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Ratings: 4,987 | Reviews: 1,774
Photo of Brew_42
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As far as IPAs go this must be decent because I tend to not like IPAs and I still enjoyed this. The after taste is super bitter (which is why I don't like IPAs) but the initial taste is fairly fruity and citrus-y. I would recommend it to IPA lovers or perhaps even people like myself who are really trying to like IPAs.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with maybe a quarter inch of white head. Clear and carbonated.

Smells fruity, dark red fruits with some hints of lighter ones.

Taste is bitter up front, pine and grass, but balanced with grapefruit and citrus, tropical passion fruit.

Very wet, very drinkable. Sharp after taste.

It’s a great IPA. I get a lot of similarities to Pliny the Younger

Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Doing an imperial IPA tasting, this was second up in the line-up. Nice color, somewhat hazy color, nice thick mouthfeel and somewhat oily. Definitely strong lightly alcoholic burn, not overly bitter or herbal hop flavor, somewhat citrusy, mostly piney. Compared to Brew Dogs Hardcore IPA, this seems slightly dialed down in the nose and palate department, but overall still an exceptional double IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unclear bottling date but Batch #17/2013 vintage, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 7/3/13 over an hour or so.

A: 2/3 - deep orange-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs for an imperial IPA!

S: 9/12 - picking up pine and resiny aroma as expected with lots of booze; unfortunately, this bottle is several months old and the hop aroma is much more muted than I recall on previous encounters with this beer

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, the bitterness is a big time slap in the tongue; in the middle3 of the mouth, it definitely settles into a pine forest that, I think, is the result of a huge flame-out addition of Simcoe and Chinook; there is also some big time booze, which, I think, much more resembles a American barleywine than an imperial IPA; also picking up some marmalade and citrus qualities that stick on the tongue in the aftertaste

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 10%+ is present and, as mentioned above, drinks much more like an American barleywine than a imperial IPA for me; moderate carbonation for the ABV and large alcohol legs

O: 9/10 - historically, this has been one of my favorite imperial IPAs; unfortunately, this beer is long in the tooth and the hop aroma/flavor has dissipated over time - don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent drinking experience, and, if you want to get buZZed, this will get you there; I'd put it in the same category as a borderline imperial IPA/American barleywine similar to Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, but, on this pouring, I much prefer the Hoptimum

TOTAL = 41/50

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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