Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,833
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 277
Gots: 428 | FT: 6
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release 15, winter 2011/2012

Beer is dark amber, chestnut-like. Smell to medium white head. Good retention.

Smell consist of pine, citrus fruit (orange), sweet caramel malt, a bit toasty. Maltier than expected.

Taste consist of pine, orange, sweet caramel malt. Booze is noticeable- a bit hot. Moderately bitter in the finish.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit chewy. Good.

Overall, pretty good, but not the monster I expected. Perhaps this bottle is a bit past its prime.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip. Pours bright vibrant red orange with small white head, alcohol legs along glass, sticky lacing.

Smell is resinous hops upfront along with pineapple and mint. Tropical, citrus and juicy hop character. Really intense. Malt background works well with sweetness.

Taste is similar to noise with big citrus notes and malty sweetness. Hints of green apple and ripe starfruit. More balanced than I imagined at 102 IBUs. Bitterness is not overpowering but welcomed.

Totally smooth at 10.17 ABV. A bit thick, prickly carbonation.

Gorgeous use of hops in this IIPA. Will search out again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep rich amber. Very nice looking beer.

S- On first smell I was really excited. Tropical fruit type hops, couldn't wait to taste it.

T- Starts great and follows the nose but a blanket of bitterness follows in the middle and it never recovers.

M- Perfect in my opinion for a iipa. I get the resiny sticky feel without feeling like it is coating my

O- I liked it but the bitterness in the middle took what could have been an awesome beer and made it merely good.

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Spring 2012 release, in a bottle

A: Deep amber color, clear as day with a nice head and good lacing.

S: A pleasant, light grassy aroma

T: Excellent - great malt flavor and well-balanced hops. The big flavor dissipates very quickly
M: big, bold, and dry.

o: I've been looning forward to trying this for a long time, and I'm glad Ive had the chance. This is a beer that I wouldn't hesistate to recommend

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Avery Maharaja
Release 15 winter 2011-12

Appearance: golden, huge head, and some lacing.

Smell: rich, floral hops.

Taste: complex rich hops, a slight lemon-orange citrus, and a malty finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and faintly syrupy.

This is an interesting brew. It is very complex in that all the flavors arrive and dissipate at the same time. The hops are not overbearing either.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,833 ratings.