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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,867
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 288
Gots: 448 | 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 bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife flew this bottle home along with many others. We split it I in my new belgium tulip and she in a pilsner glass.

The beer is golden amber in color with a slightly darker then white head. It hugs the glass and laces all over.

The nose is sweet malty slihght floral citrus and hints of grass but very subdued. The alcohol cuts a lot of the smell. Id expect the temperature to be the problem but i pulled this out of my celler so its around 50 degrees.

The taste matches the aroma in many ways. The taste starts piny with hops, the middle is malty and the fresh malt flavor persist until it is cut by alcohol and hop bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Lizardville

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with a frothy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Big pungent aroma with floral notes, grapefruit, sweet sugary candy notes, and lots of alcohol

T- A big candy sugary taste, grapefruit syrup, some citrus notes, some spicy/herbal notes, big alcohol presence.

M- Syrupy, full bodied, big alcohol warming, and a slight alcohol burn

O- This is a super sweet DIPA that also has quite a bit of bitterness. Big, boozy, and sweet, which i usually do not like but it works here pretty well. The beer this most reminds me of is Unearthly, I think this is a bigger, boozier beer than that, but both are very sweet candy-like DIPAs.

Photo of Fibrillator
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle about 50-55 degrees F to a full pint glass standard pour.

A: copper, bright with 1.5 cm head medium ivory, medium density, with light lacing left behind.

S: definite citrus, some fresh cut pine, bit of alcohol scent.

T: grapefruit starts into a slightly tart malt. Surprisingly smooth long finish with a clear 'back of tongue' bitterness..

M: Smooth, coats tongue with flavor, not foamy, not watery, just right amount of IPA style body.

O: A very nice IPA (double), one of the better I've had. Yum. Share with a friend, high alcohol (10.4) for this 2011-12 release #15 from Avery.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orangish amber; half of an inch of soft, white, dense head; great retention

S - grapefruit, citrus, intense bready malt

T - bread, birthday cake, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, heavy bitter finish, a bit piny

M - smooth, perfectly carbonated, medium bodied

This beer has great flavor. There is great balance between the malt and hop characters. It's high ABV makes it a sipper, but the alcohol is well covered making this dangerously drinkable. I will definitely have this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on Julian date of 12013 (i.e. January 13, 2012) into Riedel Tulip glass.

A- Pours a a very hazy copper/red-orange color and a titanic 3+ finger, off-white, sea foam-like head with soldier-like retention and really nice lacing.

S- Initially, waves of pineapple! As the head (finally) subsides I get more orange citrus, sweet tropical fruit (mango/papaya) as well as some residual malt sweetness.

T- Sweet malt followed by citrus rind on the mid-palate and finishing with a pine-like tackiness. Insanely drinkable considering the 10% ABV.

O- Although I know did not acquire the freshest bottle, I'm very happy to have had a chance to sample and review this highly regarded beer. Although the hype is well deserved (this is one damn good hop lovers dream), there are other examples in the market that are just as delectable on the palate. If you can get, get it...but don't get into a fight to acquire one.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,867 ratings.