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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,826 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,826
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 276
Gots: 424 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a copper color in the glass with a bubbly white head. Some sediment was noted in the glass.

Smell - A very pleasant malty citrus aroma set the tone. The malt was obvious, but the sweetness of the citrus was masked.

Taste - At the front, one notes a dry resin explosion. There is a sweetness toward the back, but it is not sweet enough for a DIPA. In a DIPA, I look for the clash between the sweet and the bitter. I seemed to be lost in a sea of bitterness with each swallow.

Mouthfeel - The thickness was on target with the hops remaining on the tongue well after each swallow. Sediment was noted and may have contributed to the lingering aftertaste.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but found myself a little disappointed.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass, bottles in May 2010

Appearance is a medium amber hue with light orange highlights. A semi-sticky off-white head provides a large crown for the beer and sticks around for quite a while.

Hop aromas are both a bit piney and citrusy. Simcoe hops help give a more pine/earthy scent, white the cascade give their typical grapefruit. At this point the hops still seem fresh enough to dominate the nose.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the aroma would have suggested. The strong malt backbone provide a lot of sweeter malt syrupy flavors, almost like a barleywine. The hops may not be super fresh, but still have enough in them to give a good kick. With the finish, the alcohol comes in to make the beer feel a bit warmer.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy texture that goes down well. Overall an enjoyable D.I.P.A. but nothing I'm going to go out of my way for (since we dont get it locally).

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Orange-golden color, clear. Medium amount of carbonation. Head looks very nice and creamy, lacing looks pretty good.

Smell:
Strong fruity hops (pineapples, mango, orange peel), hint of piney, sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Tropical fruity hops up front (pineapples and mango), a little orange peel, touch of piney, along with slight honey-like malts to balance off the beer. Spicy hops in the middle, a little peppery. Very crisp finish with nice fruity hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is great, I like that hop sizzle through my tongue. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability:
Drinkability is extremely high. Tons and tons of hops, yet very balance. Probably the best DIPA I've ever drank!!

Photo of Naugros
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and hazy yet giving off a pleasant, welcoming glow. The head is off-white and can only be described as luscious. Lace grips the sides and makes pretty patterns all the way down.

The smell is heavenly. The hops sing a concerto of grapefruit and pine. The malts come through in the background, all biscuity goodness.

Very, very bitter...an American hops lovers delight. The taste is not nearly as balanced as the smell. Any sweetness brought about from the malts is lost in the hops assault.

There are pleasant bitter aftertastes and there are unpleasant ones. This has the latter and it sticks around. Some hop heads look for this, so don't go by word if you like the grapefruit pith to stick around but if you prefer a smoother aftertaste, this will not make you happy and send you looking for something to clear your palate when your done.

If they could somehow knock down that aftertaste by an hour or two (kidding) this would be one phenomenal IPA, but it's still pretty damn good.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange color with a decent sized head that does not hold very well but leaves decent lacing

S: Heavy grapefruit and apricot smell with some earthy floral hops underneath. also present is a bit of caramel and some spice.

T: Much like it smells with a heavy apricot, almost like a candied sugar coated apricot. It finishes much more on the earthy side with some bitter grapefruit and pine

M: Slightly rough around the edges and a bit of a syrupy quality. Some heat is present too.

D: A solid DIPA that a pint every now and then would be great to enjoy

Photo of Beerandboards
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle about 2 months old

A - coppery red, good clarity, loose white head pours to about 1.5 inches and dissipates pretty quickly.

S - citrusy and floral hops, pine, alcohol

T - sweet citrus with a fair amount of alcohol heat. Some pitchy pine bitterness and then more malty alcohol sweetness.

M - definitely the beers low point. At little syrupy almost, the high alcohol content and corresponding sweetness turn the beer almost cloying by the end.

O - an enjoyable beer. I think it would have been better off if it would have stopped around 7%. The citrusy and floral hop notes are great, but are overshadowed by alcohol heat and sweetness. Still, a good IIPA, compared to the average of what's out there, this is a good 2-3 notches better.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Newest batch. Hit the shelf not long ago.

Body is clear, amber, a good amount of lacing.
The aroma and flavors are juicy. Not very crisp citrus but a rounded juicy citrus note. Some pine resins, which is what i was expecting since this is a DIPA that has been made for years before the new school of hops were experimented with.
Personally, i think there is quite a bit of malt flavors in here, more then what a DIPA should have. The feel is far from dry and bitter and i do not expect a toffee flavor in a good version of the style.

Overall. i think this is a classic that needs to be put to rest or tweaked into a better version of the style. Less Pine, Less Malt, More Tropical Fruit and a cleaner finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Appearance was murky amber colors with a thin head. The aromas were awesome woody smells of very, very hoppy flavors and citrus. Very sharp taste: almost syrup-like in sweetness with tons of hops and citrus flavors. Although I felt like I was drinking something thickly sweet, this drink had a great mouthfeel that aided in its great carbonation. Overall, a very strong and awesome drink.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,826 ratings.