Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first big American IPAs that I was introduced to. And a great example of one it is.
22 oz 'current release' bottle.

Pours a dark amber color, with a healthy looking white head. Head clung to the glass as I drank. Smells like it received a good portion of American grown dry hops. Bitterness is pretty strong followed by a floral citrusy punch of flavoring hops. Truly grapefruity in flavor. Bitterness lingers just a little but is complimented with a satisfying sweetness. Acidic and crisp, really refreshing. And with a decent ABV that is surprisingly smooth and bright in flavor. I like this beer a lot, and have for many years.

If you liked this beer, I suggest a "Gordons" or now is called the "G'Knight" from oskar blues brewing co. Very similar and also delicious.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful orange hue, slight hazy. Chunky, solid offwhite head. Pretty much leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

S - lucious nose of sweet tangerine, citrus and pine.

T - Wow! Where to begin? Great hit of tropical hops to start (more of that tangerine, but there is something else there like mango/papaya). A good bit of grapefruit slips in, and then everything is oblitered with hoppy bitterness. Aftertase is a nice mix of hops and alcohol. I can't believe I forgot to even mention the malt... I think it was in there somewhere... but who really cares when the hops are this tasty!

M - Body is relatively light, but swirling it in my mouth gives it a very creamy feel. Pretty tough to hide the alcohol in this monster, but it's smooth and doesn't really show up until the finish. Med low carbonation.

D - The best IIPA I've tasted to date!

Outstanding! The aroma was respectable, but the first taste you get of the hops is glorious. It's dominated by hops, you don't even notice the malt, but it is there doing it's job and nothing more (just how I like an IPA, I don't care for a lot of malt character in this style). Just a beautiful, beautiful beer. I'm now inspired to attempt a homebrew IIPA.

Thanks to Demcorhip for the bottle!

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,671 ratings
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