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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,742 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,742
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 266
Gots: 411 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper. Translucent. Finger head that slowly retreats to a very frothy rim and slight film. Excellent lacing.

S: Pineapple big time. Hoppy at the end. This is where this beer excels.

T: Hoppy, but not very strong and not bitter, not sweet either. A medium citrus note. Balanced.

M: Smooth. Moderate bodied. High carbonation. Smooth. Clean finish.

O: A great IPA with an excellent smell, which is by far my favorite aspect of this ale. I would assume a glass of pineapple juice is under my nose if I was blindfolded. I get big-time pineapple in the nose but citrus/hops in the taste.

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

22oz bomber, labeled Release 17, year 2013, poured into a FFF teku glass and quaffed today, 5/3/2013

Aroma: Smells incredibly malty and earthy. Loads of toffee, caramel, biscuits along with a background of earthy and citrus hoppiness that I can best describe as grapefruit rinds, pineapple and pine both. This nose is heavy on the malt for sure. (4)

Colour: Looks absolutely delicious. Pours a dark amber colour with a big 3cm, thick foamy off-white head that takes a good couple minutes to settle down into a thick collar that leaves super thick, dry lacing on the glass that persists as I drink it. Definitely an impressive appearing beer, like its namesake. Heck even the bottle with its gold foil and labeling is impressive. Even though I know the bottle doesn't count in the appearance department. (4)

Flavour: Very smooth blast of earthy, floral hops, followed by a big malty presence of toffee and biscuits, followed by a complex bitterness that I can only best describe as bitter pineapple juice. It's got a lot going on and it smoothly moves between all of these flavours each time I take a sip of the beer. It's pretty good, almost a little too complex than I'd expect for a DIPA though. (4)

Mouthfeel: Resinous thicker medium body DIPA that is fairly well carbonated. The finish is clean and smooth but not cloying or dry. It also coats the palate rather well. Aftertaste is like sucking on bitter toffee, but not unpleasant or lasting too long. It's a sipper, certainly not the most quaffable DIPA I've had.. but I think that's a good thing when it comes to its mouthfeel characteristics- it seems like its meant to be savored. (4)

Overall: Very nice, complex DIPA with a different flavour profile than I'm used to with the other west coast DIPAs like Pliny, Sucks, Enjoy By. It's heavy on the malts which I appreciate, bringing a nice balance, but its not too overloaded with hoppy bitterness like Double Crooked Tree is. In this DIPA, the malts are the stars of the show here, with the hops contributing the atmosphere and lighting. It's somewhat like a very hopped up barleywine that is a bit less malty than typical barleywines. Drinks well, very complex and enjoyable- and different than the typical west coast DIPAs that I've had. It's a bigger, more complex version of the DFH 90 min. (4)

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,742 ratings.