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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,940 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,940
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Clear copper body under two inches of fine tan head. Good retention but only spotty lace. Definitely on the dark side for the style, but attractive.

S: Powerful and balanced, with big fruity hops going hand in hand with serious caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal notes and spicy alcohol are also present. Enjoyable.

T: Spicy up front, with citrus and tropical fruit close behind. Some bubblegum and candy midway through as the caramel malt begins to assert itself ahead of the mildly boozy and majorly bittersweet finish. Decidedly warming aftertaste, but in a pleasant Barleywine-esque sort of way. Very tasty.

M: Sticky full body with a large dose of creamy carbonation. A bit much for the style, but just right for the beer.

O: This is a (the?) classic example of the big, sweet, boozy side of the DIPA style. A dry, aromatic vehicle for hops and hops alone this is not, and the combination of syrupy mouthfeel, warming alcohol, and treacly malt makes this flirt with Barleywine territory; heck, I might even rate it slightly higher if it were listed as an American Barleywine. Anyhow, in a style that has come to be defined (quite happily, IMO) by gems like Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder, Maharaja just doesn't quite fit. An excellent beer, but not quite an excellent DIPA.


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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,940 ratings.