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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,759 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,759
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 267
Gots: 414 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

tattoopunk031, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

CGAR, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Bdel34, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

durlta, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bralston345, May 26, 2013
Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head that leaves some amazing lacing.

Smell: Fruity tropical, piney hop aromas; grapefruit, mango, and pine. Followed by a kiss of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Dank, piney, tropical hop goodness! Some nice pine needle type flavors going on as well as a really great earth dankness, followed by some citirus, and tropical undertones.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body to stand up to the hop barrage, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Overall: Very, very good DIPA, stands up there with greats IMO, would love to be able to get my hands on some more of this sometime.

RattleheadKV2, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

megamass, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

lpayette, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Meleah, May 25, 2013
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Swim424, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DooshBagalow, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

RayUF07, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

foxyaardvark27, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

msinger1002, May 25, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a hold of one that was super fresh and man is it good. Extremely hoppy yet well balanced with a ton of malts. A big, delicious beer. Great hop aroma, even better balanced taste. The higher alcohol content is pretty well hidden as well. Definitely want to get this one fresh. Had one in May earlier this year that was probably about 3-4 months old and it was just a malt bomb but this fresh one is fantastic

bennett_loves_good_beer, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

RichardMNixon, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

davesway10, May 22, 2013
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kizyle, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

scottyu27, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Busker, May 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

willcabral, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ericwa1154, May 20, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

This is one nasty beer. I will admit that this bomber has been sitting in my fridge for 4-6 weeks, so maybe the problem is that it ages horrifically, but my god, this was awful.

It looked pretty as I poured it into an imperial pint glass, but it was all down hill after that. The aroma was subdued, but what there was was bitter in a way that I can't associate with any known type of hops.

The taste was also bitter, but not in a pleasurable, hoppy way. More of a getting a mouthful of gasoline when you do a shitty job of siphoning way. It just burned itself into the roof of my mouth and back of my tongue and would not go away.

I see from the reviews here that a lot of people have had a much better experience with this beer than I did, so it may have been a bad bottle or at least a bottle with too much age on it. I couldn't find any dating on the bottle, but unless it was several years old, there's no excuse for it going THIS bad. But there are so many great DIPAs out there that I enjoy regularly, I will not be giving this one another shot.

LCB_Hostage, May 20, 2013
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,759 ratings.