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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,684
Reviews: 1,738
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 259
Gots: 395 | 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:
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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hopheadhiker, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerMeBrah, Apr 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MrBuckHigh, Apr 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

LSx, Apr 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Tim, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

PopnLoads, Apr 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

unclejazz, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

EvoJoe, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big cascading effervescence with a one inch head that resembles the thickness of my shaving foam. Deep golden amber with ruby hues in the sunlight. Severe lacing.

As far as aroma, not much happening. Faint wafts of sweet grapefruit and hops.

Wowza, wowza, wowza....what a IIPA bonanza! Deep malt backing that supports a muddled sweet mellifluous tropical fruit rush. Guava, papaya, mango and grapefruit. I also imagine myself sucking on a hop bud.

Low carbonation, resinous, sticky, chewy deliciousness.

A tremendously tremendous IIPA holding true to form. This is like squeezing a grapefruit right into your mouth. This is one you can crush. I say amen to this this sir.

joeseppy, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

HipHopinHooligan13, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

rydev24, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Blaze5445, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Ford, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Crystal clear orange copper body with minimal head. Webbed stairs of lacing.

S: Malt heaven opened up and bestowed its sweet goodness in the form of an IPA.

T/M: Robust toasted caramel malts, super sweet backed by a pungent pine resin that aggressively coats the palate. Wood essence and crisp bitters deliver a rustic flare that marries well with the intense malt base. Orange oil and citrus round out the after bite of this giant. Sticky syrupy body with aggressive carbonation. Finishes semi dry and delivers great citrus and pine bitterness.

O: A fantastic BIG beer that delivers everything you want in a DIPA. I almost overlooked this when choosing my beer but glad I didn't. Another hit from Avery.

Hopswagger, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Beerandboards
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle about 2 months old

A - coppery red, good clarity, loose white head pours to about 1.5 inches and dissipates pretty quickly.

S - citrusy and floral hops, pine, alcohol

T - sweet citrus with a fair amount of alcohol heat. Some pitchy pine bitterness and then more malty alcohol sweetness.

M - definitely the beers low point. At little syrupy almost, the high alcohol content and corresponding sweetness turn the beer almost cloying by the end.

O - an enjoyable beer. I think it would have been better off if it would have stopped around 7%. The citrusy and floral hop notes are great, but are overshadowed by alcohol heat and sweetness. Still, a good IIPA, compared to the average of what's out there, this is a good 2-3 notches better.

Beerandboards, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong amber/scarlet hue with exceptionally active carbonation. The bubbles built a fluffy white head that lasted for quite some time.

Sweet citrus fruits hit the nose with tangerines, orange, lemon and even a little grapefruit. Light hints of malt, tea leaves and sweet grass hold the back of the scent.

There is a full bodied Pale Ale element to this IPA. Tons of malt flavor with hearty earthy notes like , tea leaves, grasses and caramel malt. No pine or floral hops can be found. At 102 IBU there is a very nice, smooth bitterness and at 10 percent there is an easy warmth. Only complaint is that there is a heavy dryness that assaults the palate in the end.

KYGunner, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

gueuzedreg, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Asics, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

semaj, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

KWMiles, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Bromine, Apr 19, 2013
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,684 ratings.