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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 300
Gots: 491 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Clear filtered amber color with a finger of beige foamy head. Falls somewhat quick and leaves bits of sticky lacing.

S: Sharp pine and citrus hop notes, backed by candy sweet malt. Some spicy pepper and tobacco mixing in with the aromas. Very balanced, but both sides are intensely strong.

T: Malt candy sweetness kicks off with fruity and floral hop flavors rushing in. Very sticky/resinous hop flavors dominate through the middle and finish. Spicy, herbal, piney, fruity.... you name your hop flavor of choice and it's in there. But the malt really holds up to it quite well! The finish is spicy, zesty, and dry.

M: Medium-full body, syrupy, medium carbonation, and dry in the finish.

O: This beer may not be the tastiest imperial IPA I've ever had, but the flavors are super intense. I'm also really amazed at how well the malt holds up to all the hop flavors, as well as how well the two play off each other. Outstanding beer. The best I've had from Avery thus far.

Photo of delapowicz
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am traveling on a boat. It is rocking back and forth. It will take me 6 months to get there but I will be mature when I get there. For the troupes.

This beer is everything that hop lovers love about brewers. The hop challenge. Balance it with malt. It does with this one.

It is cloud but I dont care about that. My mouth with determine the value. A turbid beer makes it all the more mysterious.

This is a great beer brewed by guys that like hops. No one can do this with out a love for the cone.

Thank you brothers

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bcgpete
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap on a few different occasions at Tizley's. Served in a snifter-style 10oz glass.

The appearance is beautiful. Nice frothy head with that hop-oil glimmer to it. Clear, pale ale color.

The smell is my favorite part of beers like this. Super hoppy aroma, grapefruits and hops for days.

Taste is quite impressive. Very smooth for the abv, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Very slick and easy to drink.

This beer is great, I've had several on more than one occasion. It's so drinkable for the %, kinda dangerous.

Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden orange pour with minimal white head.

Smell: extreme hop scent with citrus undertones

Taste: powerful, hoppy taste, not too strong for 10.39% ABV.

Mouthfeel: typical IPA, a little bit of retaining in your mouth though.

Overall: pretty good IPA. Would have again.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22Oz bomber poured into a snifter

Release #15, Winter 2011-12
Enjoyed in late February
100th review

A- A crystal clear body, Golden amber orange. It pours with a half finger of head that dissipates pretty fast but thats to be expected. Alcohol legs are here in good fun.
S- Powerful astringent hops dominate the nose. A bit of alcohol. Some citrus like pineapple and grapefruit. A sugary malt profile.
T- First off, there is hardly any alcohol taste and for 10.4% it goes down all too easy. Its so balanced its hard to pick out flavors. Its hop profile is astringent with a hint of grapefruit, my burps are my grapefruit however. Its neither too west coast or east coast. 102IBU's but isnt as bitter as I expected. The malt profile is very light and sugary. A good presence of caramel. A full body of complex flavors but its all too balanced and easy to drink.
M- Like I said, surprisingly easy to drink. Aftertaste is bitter there's a decent hop aftertaste and some pleasant hoppy burps after a while. This is a very enjoyable and well priced brew (8$). This beer is worthy of being my 100th review on BA, cheers to The Maharaja and to a 100 more reviews.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,923 ratings.