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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,868
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 450 | 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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Photo of Tyecko
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of rand
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to sniffer, 10 oz pour at Urge Gastropub

A: Copper-tan in color, little carbonation or head. Looks dense.

S: Subtle notes of honey-malts and grapefruit float from the glass, but this has perhaps the most delicate nose I've come across for this style. It almost smells like the booze and hops are cancelled out by the malt-backbone.

T: The subtlety stops at the nose. Big, biting, pine notes scrape the palate, along with citrus and floral notes. Burning booze mixes with the sweet malts, bordering on something like a beer liqueur. The onslaught of hops dry towards the end, keeping the bitter aspects front and center. Finished resinous and bitter, with a touch of lingering honey sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, surprisingly light for the style and huge ABV. Could use a bit carbonation.

A big hopbomb, I've had this several times and never taken the time to review. I can't remember a beer that had a bigger disconnect between the nose and the palate. But if you're in the need for a hop-fix, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, amber color. Surprising three-finger head for being 10.2% abv.

S: Huge pine scent, some orange peel and other citrus aromas, some crakery/bready aromas as well.

T: Big hoppy bitterness right at the front of the beer, some citrus and tropical flavors. Middle of the beer it goes to very malty and an almost bready sweetness. Finished dry at first, but as the beer warmed it finished with more of that bready/crackery sweetness.

M: What an IIPA should be!

Overall: A beautiful, delicious, phenomenal, fantastic IIPA! If you haven't had it, get it; if you have had it, get more of it! Everything I hoped it would be, totally lives up to the hype.

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of capnamerica
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy, grassy taste. A little too syrupy, but terrific smell and leaves lacing down the glass. Can be tough to drink too many, as alcohol is prevalent and high. However, if you love IPA's, this is an awesome offering. Just hard to make a session brew, but that's just cause of the style. And nice hoppy grapefruit, kick the backend.

Photo of changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Orange color, some sticky lacing and a nice aroma with a lot of pine needles and citrus hops and the longer it breathes the stronger it seems to get. Big hoppy flavor with a lot of pine needles, citrus grapefruit and oranges. Just enough sweet malt backing while still allowing the hops to dominate. Very nice bitterness in the finish. Excellent!

Photo of NWer
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 13
March 2011

Wow! Where do I start?

Poured into my chalice deep bronze color nice light bronze head retains well minimal lace.
Aroma outstanding. Can't quite pick out individual flavors but moving on to taste, intense hop and malt flavors at the same time. The greatest beer sometimes is the last beer I had and that might be the case this time but suffice it to say that you want to drink one of these before you die.

Update April 2013
On tap at local watering hole recently blew me away. It had been a while - too many beers and all that. Checked back on my review and reassured by my original 5 on taste. Upticked appearance and mouthfeel. Deservedly so.
Release 17 2013
Not quite as overwhelming that I had on tap but still stellar. This beer should be much higher on the pecking order of top 250 in my opinion.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 2011 Bottle

Appearance: Looks like an imperial to me. Amber with a 1 finger white head and some lacing.

Smell: Strong, sweet, caramel malts upfront as would be expected for an IPA aged this long.

Taste: Malty, malty, malty. I didn't realize this was LAST year's batch until after the fact and oh, boy. I'm sure this tastes totally different/better fresh. It's not awful, but the hop presence is pretty much nihl at this point.

Mouthfeel: Not the most exciting feel but considering this is an old batch I'm not gonna crucify it.

Overall: Have to try a fresh one this summer and re-evaluate. Still not awful by any means, but there are several aged imperials I can think of that I prefer to the taste of this.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice light amber with a generous amount of carbonation bubbles, pours crystal clear with two fingers of frothy head that is off-white verging on light tan and lingers for a nice amount of time, leaves a solid amount of lacing sticking all around the glass
S: nice citrus and grapefruit hop scent with a nice sweetness as well
T: begins with a heavy sweetness like molasses then moves into the citrus hop notes that are really nice and help to ease the alcohol and slightly severe taste on the tail end, not off putting but definitely gives it some super depth
M: gentle on the carbonation, slides across the palate with a certain dryness then leaves a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat right at the end which is a wonderful feeling since it is not overwhelming but rather warming and really helps to give this dipa more complexity and character
O: great brew! Drinks smoother than dfh 90 minute with the same character and nice hop notes, lived up to my expectations and I really wish I could get this more often. Great offering

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Spuyten Duyvil. The beer poured a hazy amber color into the glass with a nice tan head and good lacing down the sides. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of floral hops and a bit of orange. Very pleasing. The taste is even more enjoyable with a nice hops bit and some malty sweetness all surrounded by nice carbonation in the body. What a treat. Although the abv is rather high in this beer, it is masked well with the tastes going on inside but leads to a rather full body.

Photo of Greggy
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a amazing ruby orange color with nice sediment dancing around. The head is thick, creamy white in color, and 2 finger in height. As it recedes, it leaves some ample lacing.

S- Incredible thick grapefruit, pine, and pineapple aromas. Thick sweet malt is balanced well with the aroma.

T- Starts out with a very piney maltiness with a clove note followed by nice hoppy malt. The finish is dry hops with the sweet malt in balance.

M- This thing is THICK. Appropriately low carbonation.

D- This is a nice DIPA, and very thick. Definitely a sipper. If you're into big IPA's, give this one a shot. The alcohol on this one slightly hurts the drinkability, it's still pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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