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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,745 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,745
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 266
Gots: 411 | 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 eat
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure who brought this one, too many beers in too little time. Thanks ritzkiss, bobsy and viggo for the beer hang.

Translucent and glowing-honey coloured with a thin covering of off-white head. Bits of lacing.

Strong smell of pineapple and grapefruit, soymilk (?) and caramel malt. Wicked, powerful smell.

Tastes like pineapple, grass, pine. Serious malt base with a bitter hoppy finish. Smooth for the ABV. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter.

The feel is not quite there. Medium-thin body with a mild carbonation. Leave me wishing for more body.

Awesome. This is a great double IPA, I could drink this all the time.

eat, Feb 07, 2010
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.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of bmmortale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev -5.4%

tubeyes, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -5.4%

MLaVioletteJr, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of marcpal
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber and the colors of a malty brew. White head was substantal and lacing present.

S: Hops and malty hops at that. Citrus somewhat but dominated by the malted alcohol hops. Really looked forward to the taste after the aroma.

T: Malted hops initially great- my favorite style and accent to a beer. The hops are there and come through very smoothly. I did think there was a strong hop aftertaste without being too sweet. Like the malty based hops over anything that had overly citrus.

M: Not overly carbonated and had the thickness of a good hop presence. Hops clung on and attached a bit to the palate.

D: For an Imperial, this was ridiculously drinkable. The hops were strong but the alcohol was well hidden and enjoyable afterwards.

This is one damn fine beer. Top notch. The first Avery I have tried and it looks like I will venture further into their offerings if this one is representative of the quality.

marcpal, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DRTBrewster, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Lukafer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Cincinnati Brew-haha, review from notes.

Received in a plastic cup, appearance was a murky orange with a slight whit head. Smells are hops, citrus hops and maybe some pineapple. Taste is citrus fruit, orange, some grapefruit, really sweet at first but with a nice hop kick at the end to even things out. Damn good beer. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

Drinkability is unreal with this, my girlfriend and I were getting 12 oz. pours for $4, and I had around 3 or so, no wonder I got sloshed, I had NO idea it was this high of an ABV., glad I took notes!

Lukafer, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cherche, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very glad to still see this on tap at Zeno's last night...Had it served in a pint glass...

A: Extremely hazy orange color with a solid one finger head. Looks like carbonated orange juice! It is so hazy it is hard to see the carbonation creeping up the glass...

S: Fore! A huge hop bomb just landed. Tons of citrus hops that are very robust. Tons of orange and lighter fruits in the nose as well.

T: The taste is exceptional! So much orange and citrus hops in the taste without being too bitter. Very slight pine notes, this one is all citrus! Some light fruits like orange and lemon and grapefruit.

Overall, this is what a DIPA should be! Tons of hop flavors, but it doesn't make you pucker with bitterness.

treyrab, Oct 23, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

s1ckboy, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

C2H5, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of phisig137
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color, but I had to work a bit to get any head out of this one. Nice lacing

Aroma is pleasantly, and aggressively hoppy. Very piney hops, with some cirtus balance.

Flavor is rather malty up from, with huge hop flavors, and finished solidly bitter. Quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full, but I feel it's slightly overcarbonated. Drinkability is decent, but the bittering hops begin to take thier toll on your tongue after 1/2 a glass.

Quite a nice beer overall, as are most of Avery's offerings.

phisig137, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass. from notes
A: A bold, hazy orange that sparkles in the light, with a thick white head that leaves frothy lacing.
S: The best grapefruit/citrus hop profiles known to the realm of IIPA. Just perfect, IMO nothing to change.
T/M: As the nose suggests grapefruit and citrus hop profiles are massive. Mouthfeel of a thick soup, but still refreshing. A dry hoppy finish upon first pour, but as brew warms the malt characters come out.
D: This is one of those IIPA that I could come back to time and time again, and do, where you are impressed, just as much as the first time. An outstanding beer.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

athomasPSU, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Pours a cloudy,deep burnt orange with a fleeting,1/2 inch,off-white head that left gorgeous,clingy lacing.

S-Orange blossom honey,pine and pink grapefruit
with some noticeable sweet malt.Fragrant but not too aggressive.

T-Piney hops,white pepper,sweetened grapefruit and apricot.Good hop bitterness balanced by a nice caramel malt base.No real boozey character considering the ABV.

M-Full and viscous.Good resinous character.Coats and tingles the mouth nicely.Medium bodied with a moderately dry finish and limited carbonation.

D-A truly delicious and easy drinking beer.A deceptively high ABV that could be dangerous.

StlHopHead77, Aug 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

olafphysics, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bradfordjohnson, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

paulys55, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mkirkland80, May 18, 2013
Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber (brewed in Feb 2008, batch 7) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Deep orange color, fantastic lacing.

S: A blast of pungent hops. Tons of citrus: grapefruit, orange and pineapple. A bit of pine at the end as well.

T: A damn fine DIPA. A big blast of citrus which is what I love in a DIPA. Nice malt bill as well. Nice balance on the sweetness as well.

M: Viscous, creamy and just a little on the thick side.

D: A very good DIPA, one of the better ones I've had. The alcohol comes through a bit but it doesn't dominate.

willjschmidt, Jul 13, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

pschul4, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JeffreyJDavis, May 25, 2012
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,745 ratings.