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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,938
Reviews: 1,769
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 302
Gots: 493 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of NightINgale
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a clear reddish amber body, with a nice beige head. Good head retention and okay lacing.

S - The aroma is very fruity, with hints of passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit. Also hints of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. No smell of alcohol. Very intriguing!

T - This beer is JUICY! Right from the start I'm getting an explosion of tropical and citrus fruit flavours! Mangoes, passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit, and a little bit of oranges, together with a nice caramel sweetness. Then comes the bitterness, which is quite massive but well counterbalanced by the fruitiness. Finishes a little bready and quite dry. Every sip makes me want to take another one!

M - Medium-bodied. This beer brings lots of hop oils to the palate. Not sticky or syrupy, though a little bit buttery. The ABV is well-masked, although you will probably get a warming sensation from it. Slightly spicy and very bitter, but it won't be a problem if you're used to hoppy beers. I also like that it doesn't dry out my mouth.

O - This one really pleased me. Just like the brewers intended, this is a very hop-forward beer: intense, juicy yet very drinkable! I personally love these more-fruity and juicy Imperial IPAs, so this was right up my alley, so to say! Highly recommended and well worth the $9+tx I paid for it!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Marmalade orange. Not much of a head, but a ton of retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Sugar-coated tropical fruits. Boozy malts. Butter.

T: Barley-wine-like malts, sweet piney hops, and a buttery backbone. It really reminds me of the SN Bigfoot, just categorized differently--they're both crossovers.

M: Chewy for an DIPA. Spicy and slightly dry on the end.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Neighborhood in San Diego.
Hazy golden-orange color with a fingers worth of foamy,sticky head that dissipates ever so slowly and leaves a LOT of lacing.
Aroma is just an explosion of fruity hops; with lots of peach, mango, pineapple in the nose. Hints of alcohol, caramel malt and sweet esters as well.
This is a really BIG beer. Lots of hops upfront which slowly give way to a nice caramel, chewy malty sweet coating of the palate. There is a nice lingering after taste of the hops in the finish. There isn't a lot of bitterness, just a good balance of hops and malt. To me this is a sipper.
Very good mouthfeel and visually very appealing.
One of the best imperial/double IPA's out there.
This is a 'must-try' for every hop-head and comes highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 15 Winter 11/12

Clear orange(slightly reddish) and a whiteish head.

Lots of fruit in the nose namely peach, apricot and grapefruit.

Not as much bitterness for a big ol Imperial IPA as I was expecting. Maybe the age might have taken effect? But it is fairly well balanced. I get just enough malty sweetness and bready character to not make it a ridiculously undrinkable hop bomb. It is still quite the hoppy monster though. The bitterness gives way to a citric grapefruit and pine flavor. Plenty of alcohol warmth, but not much alcohol flavor.
Long lasting aftertaste and dry. Pretty big and sticky. Not much carbonation.

A super solid big IPA, yet I wasn't super blown away like some beertubers seem to be. I did drink it fairly quickly for such a high abv DIPA in a bomber. I could have used more in the flava department though.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper. One finger head with great lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus with a toffeeish touch. Flavor is citrus. Pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit with a caramel malt. Mouthfeel is syrupy and on the thick side. Really good DIPA

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Am tasting batches 14 and 15 side by side both from 22oz bottles poured into new belgium globe glassware. Smells coming from the bottle are pine, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Suprisingly the batch 14 bottle smells more of hops than the batch 15 bottle. Each glass poured with a 1/2 inch head that quickly receded into a patchy lace floating upon the surface of my beer, like algae on a farmpond. Both beers are a golden amber in color while the batch 15 seems to be a tad darker. The batch 15 smells of grapefruit rind, alcohol, and a slight burn of alcohol. The batch 14 certainly smells much hoppier and I am picking up grapefruit, orange zest, burnt caramel and sugar. The aroma difference in between the 7 month old, and two month old bottle are really catching me off guard. I would think that the fresher bottle would be the more aromatic of the two. The batch fourteen aroma is heavenly while the 15 is a little more subdued and boozy.
I tasted the 15 first and it is resinous, boozy, grassy and prickly and drying to the pallete. The taste sticks in your mouth for a while after the fist sip, and the boozy finishes sticks with you as well, but is not at all offensive. The batch of fourteen is danker, and heavier in taste. The dankness and burnt caramel flavors shine through, but does not have the piney grassy finish that the 15 did. The fourteen was prickly and drying as well, but not so much as the fresher batch 15 was. I am suprised that I like the older bottle a little better than the fresher one. Overall I enjoyed both bottles and would purchase this beer again. Good job Avery brewing company. Edit: Upon a second pour after the beer had warmed a bit it holds a head quit nicely and has now warmed to the point that resinous piney hops are shining through, coating my entire mouth and destroying my ability to taste. The fifteen is now drinking like the hop bomb it should. That'll learn me for reviewing too cold a beer. Thanks Avery Brewing Company.

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,938 ratings.