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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 261
Gots: 399 | 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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Photo of Treyliff
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a tulip glass; pours a dark amber-orange with a copper hue, two-finger creamy white head, good retention with thick lacing as it settles

S- oily hop resin with citrus zest, tropical fruit, dank and earthy, clean mint, hop-dominant

T- pungeant and wet hops with strong notes of citrus, herbal, leafy and minty. Some tropical mango and pineapple flavors mid-palate that is balanced nicely by a slight caramel malt. The finish is nearly bone-dry, but leaves a pungeant oily hop bitterness on the palate long after the pour, with a touch of mint

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a warming finish. Drinks no where near the high ABV, very well hidden.

O- this is definitely a hop lovers beer, the hops linger on the palate like very few beers that I've tried, so strong it almost provides an astringency to the flavor. Definitelt some uniquely defining flavors and one of my favorites of the style.

Treyliff, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

timontheroad, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

rkf1976, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Boilerfood, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a copper colour. One finger of thick creamy off white head. Bright, good carbonation and a half finger of retention with spotty lace rings.

S - Great juicy hops. Pineapple, citrus, good maltiness too. Definitely let's the hops shine.

T - Great depth of flavour is evident off the bat. Great hop blast. Boozy pineapple, piney, resinous. Alcohol makes itself known but doesn't offend. Malt body gives some good sweetness too. Tasty and complex.

M - Powerfull bitterness. Good gentle carbonation and a full body. Really smooth. Good stuff.

O/D - A solid DIPA. Avoids being too boozy and balances well but still gets very hop forward. Well done. A please to sip and enjoy. Wonderfully complex and enjoyable.

tbeckett, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

booyahachieved3, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jason1337, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bottle (Batch 17, Release 2013) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a nice looking copper/caramel/amber colored beer. The brew is mostly clear with a few chunky bubbles. The head is thin, a thick cap really, and off-white. No lacing.

S-The smell is big and bold. I detect soapy bitterness, grapefruit, peppery spice, pineapple, pine, and quite a bit of fruity, warming alcohol. The scent is intense and biting.

T-The taste, while also huge and brash, is more earthy and dank. There is a lot of peppery spice and bitter, herbal hops. The alcohol is very noticeable, and it gives a nice touch of fruit and warmth. The malts also come through with a little bread dough and caramel. The hoppy finish is one of the longest I have ever experienced.

M-The feel is medium body with an oily character and fine, lightly prickly carbonation.

O-I don't know if I actually like this beer as much as some of the more nuanced IIPAs out there, but I give credit where it is due, and if you like big, bold, in-your-face flavors, credit is due here. Somehow, the malts and fruity alcohol amplify the hoppy bitterness, and while the whole thing can be a bit much, but if you're buying this beer, you probably know what you are getting into.

spoony, Apr 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.