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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
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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- coppery color, medium size head

Smell- caramel, some piney hops

Taste- mostly malt in the beginning, some hops in the finish, doesn't really taste like a DIPA to me

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I thought it was a little too sweet for a DIPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I'm going to re-review this one....I can clearly tell that my previous review was of an old bottle. This is the 2011 version that I had on tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. From a snifter.

Appearance: Maharaja comes out a burnt orange color with one finger of pure white head. Both lacing and retention are very good. Outstanding looking beer. The head really sticks around very nicely throughout the duration that the beer lasts.

Smell: I get a big citrus component as well as a caramel malt sweetness that is nice without being too malty. Citrusy and piney hops on back end.

Taste: Again the caramel malt sweetness up front, followed by a great, strong citrus component. Piney hops, followed by quite a bit of alcohol on the back end. The alcohol really shows on the finish, which is what prevents this one from grading out higher.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The feel on this beer is outstanding. Between light and medium bodied, nice fine carbonation. This beer is very near to creamy, which I don't get very often in this style. Overall, very good DIPA. A touch too much alcohol on the palate hurts it somewhat, but it is still very good.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a few bottles of this at my local spot.

Pours a clear amber with a very nice frothy white head and lacing.

Aroma isn't as strong as other DIPA's I've had but good. Very citrucy. Kinda pineapple and citric.

Taste is good. But it has a weird grainy flavor. Don't know what it is. The bitterness left on your tongue is weird as well. But it's citrucy and juicy.

Mouthfeel is weird because of the above flavors. Leaves a resonus feeling on your mouth.

Overall an ok DIPA. Better than alot but not in my top IPA's


I'm havin a hard time finishing this. It really has a weird bitterness and taste. It's not infected. Just must be this years batch. Not very good. I think I'll be pouring the rest.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of davet100
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was dated 2006...couldnt remember the exact month.
Beer poured a slightly hazy, medium gold with a good head, nice lacing and well carbonated.
Fragrance of hops and malt were immediately noticable. The citrusy hop aroma and malt were awesome..I couldnt wait to taste it!
Mouthfeel was fantastic, with a big time malt backing to help balance hop the enormous amount of hops. Very good beer.
Cant wait to try a fresher one.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma has lots of pine and grapefruit hops with sweet malt and mint. The appearance is amber with a light haze and a large foamy head. The flavor is not complex but it fits the style very well by matching the aroma exactly with a small addition of spices. The bitterness is present from start to finish. The palate is thick and sticky with an earthy aftertaste. Overall it's really darn good!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very yummy. There are many IPA's that are good, but this one is stellar. This is a big beer that has a very high hoppy flavor, but a very good malt balance. For those who like IPA beers this is a must try. Smooth and tasty all around. One of my top IPA likes.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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