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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,927
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 300
Gots: 492 | 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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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maharaja from avery is a huge double IPA, or imperial IPA. It pours into a tulip shaped glass a beautiful sunset dusk red, the aroma is not overwhelming out of the glass like some DIPAs but has wonderful candylike notes of Peach, passion fruit, pineapple and pear. All of these aromas carry nicely into the flavor of the ale, with a solid kick of alcohol sweetness rolls into toffee and sweet cherry notes. The mouthfeel is full and screams of a barleywine in texture.

Overall I would compare this beer to 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish. It has a huge body and alot of malt and sweet hop character. I really like this beer and it shows the great contrast of DIPA and Imperial IPA...this I would say is an Imperial IPA. Cheers.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up recently, bottled March '11 and decided tonight was a good night to give it a shot... Live tasting poured into a tulip...

Appearance; pours a hazy amber color with a white one finger head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring of head and decent lacing.

Smell; nose is fairly subdued mystery citrus, tropical fruit and I get kind of a bready undertone..

Taste; taste is similar to the nose, citrus and tropical with no standouts, I also get hints of bread and caramel... Finish is moderate, and slightly bitter..

Mouthfeel; is medium and fairly smooth, gets a little fizzy going down...

Overall; a solid brew but nothing that really stands out to me.. Definitely not an unpleasant brew by any stretch but unfortunately a bit unremarkable... Perhaps a more fresh bottle would alleviate my feelings and I will certainly keep my eyes peeled for a fresh one next year and revisit when appropriate!

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,927 ratings.