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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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95
world-class

4,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,829
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 276
Gots: 423 | FT: 7
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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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maharaja opens with a nose befitting a 102 IBU hop monster, being full of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, syrupy pine resin, dandelion stem, rose hip, mint, lemon, eucalyptus, and a touch of anise, seemingly hitting all of the possible hop aromas all at once, and thus instantly setting itself up as a hophead’s dream beverage. A healthy malt base lingers just beneath, providing a nice offsetting mélange of floury baguette, toast crust, biscuit, and fresh wheat, along with nice orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, and enough brown sugar to make the rim slightly sticky and the vapors almost palpable. The nose as a whole features more bitter plant-stem aromas than sugars, but not excessively so, and so comes across as nicely balanced and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge slam of grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and dandelion stem from the hops, but joined in almost equal force by an orange liqueur, berry, and apricot sugar fest from the fruit esters. Breads are more difficult to find here than on the nose, but do still provide a toast and biscuit undercurrent, as well as touches of lightly burnt bread and toasted pecan which, when combined with a sharp peppery edge, help offset the sugars. The high 10.17% ABV does add a vodka-like alcoholic tinge, as well as a distinct vapor left in the mouth after swallowing, somewhat detracting from the flavors, but not overly so. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, plant stem hops, with a touch of sugar and bread remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is an excellent Imperial IPA, and while the hops and bitterness are most certainly present in strong enough quantities that anyone not already familiar with 100+ IBU beers should drink with caution, for the well-acquainted this will prove a taste fest nonpareil. Highly recommended.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unclear bottling date but Batch #17/2013 vintage, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 7/3/13 over an hour or so.

A: 2/3 - deep orange-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs for an imperial IPA!

S: 9/12 - picking up pine and resiny aroma as expected with lots of booze; unfortunately, this bottle is several months old and the hop aroma is much more muted than I recall on previous encounters with this beer

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, the bitterness is a big time slap in the tongue; in the middle3 of the mouth, it definitely settles into a pine forest that, I think, is the result of a huge flame-out addition of Simcoe and Chinook; there is also some big time booze, which, I think, much more resembles a American barleywine than an imperial IPA; also picking up some marmalade and citrus qualities that stick on the tongue in the aftertaste

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 10%+ is present and, as mentioned above, drinks much more like an American barleywine than a imperial IPA for me; moderate carbonation for the ABV and large alcohol legs

O: 9/10 - historically, this has been one of my favorite imperial IPAs; unfortunately, this beer is long in the tooth and the hop aroma/flavor has dissipated over time - don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent drinking experience, and, if you want to get buZZed, this will get you there; I'd put it in the same category as a borderline imperial IPA/American barleywine similar to Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, but, on this pouring, I much prefer the Hoptimum

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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of NightINgale
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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!

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF. One of the beers I really wanted to try and was really impressed by this. A think smoky, super thick DIPA, very resiny and very very tasty. Lots of really intense hoppy notes, thick piney and grapefruit with a strong liveliness as well, smooth malt body, an excellent DIPA. Worth seeking out, very complex and tasty.

Photo of toreysan
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - beautiful amber color with big frothy head. lacing, oh yeah.

s - light grassy and piney. i get a slight acidic sweetness and of coarse some hops.

t - its not as offensive with the hops as i thought it might be. its rather sweet at first and then the hops settle in with hints of pine and grapefruit.

m - this beer coats my entire tongue and continues to deliver flavor. good amount of carbonation and a nice feel.

d - for a DIPA and considering its 10.54% it has some very nice complexity's. It is much tamer than i would have imagined but yet it boasts a ton a flavor.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from a 1L growler into a clean pint glass. Nice golden / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head leaving nice lacing. Wonderful hop aroma, citrus, pine, earthy, some caramel malts as well. Big, bold flavors in this DIPA - the hops are very upfront and in your face (bitter citrus and a piney / resiny bite), but are eventually balanced out by a sweet malt finish. Some nice warmth to this beer, especially as it reaches room temp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. A wonderful all around DIPA - as someone that doesn't like malty examples, this was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, you can actually smell pungent and citrusy hops just upon opening the bottle! Avery usually delivers, and this one is no exception. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-copper body with orangeish highlights beneath a short but creamy head of white. Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold quite as well as might be hoped for (but with 9.7% alcohol by volume that's to be expected!), and it does leaves some thin rings of lace about the glass. A firmly caramelish and delicately biscuity malt comes into play within the aroma, although the hops are still clearly present with notes of grass, pineapple, orange peel, dried pine needles, and muddled grapefruit. In the mouth its filling and dextrinous as the very-fine-bubbled carbonation warms and becomes airy before sliding away like silk pajamas on silk sheets. The flavor delivers a heavier blow than the aroma suggests with its solid maltiness ducking and weaving between punches of hop flavor and hits of solid bitterness. There's no real pattern to the way that it appears on the palate, and slaps of hops or hits of malt seem to come and go in a different fashion with each sip. Everycomponent is always there, but certain characteristics just seem to pop at times. The one constant, however, is it's lingering, resinous and citrus-fruit-rind finish. There's bitterness there as well, but it doesn't come across as being raspy because of the thin but sticky layer of sweet malt that so stealthily hides itself while slowly receeding. It's a really nice, very well-balanced IPA that offers a decent amount of changing character in its profile; but might actually be lacking in complexity due to it's being "too balanced" - if that's possible. Still, this IPA rocks! The alcohol rarely appears, and its bitterness never overwhelms the palate! You can't drink too many because of the strength, but it's definitely drinkable.

Photo of scootpolute
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was good, golden orange pouring into the glass. VERY fresh Aroma of hops! A Big Hop-Punch in the Face! At first there’s no doubt hops are present…Oh-Oh!! I’m just about midway and worried (hence, 10.54%!)!! VERY GOOD (4 out of five). But, One is enough!!!

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,829 ratings.