Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,632
Reviews:
1,868
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
396
Gots:
868
For Trade:
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDis
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of addiwilliams
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 11, 2017... OCCASION: watching the All-Star game and needed an accompaniment... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a dark amber body with palpably active effervescence... its white head thickens and remains a finger thick, which arches of coral reaching up and around... loads of tangerine and grapefruit invade the nostrils, with watermelon, tangerine, and passion fruits... herbal accents like ginger, rye and bourbon suggest a robust profile... first sip is warm but smooth, chunky and substantial... sweet honey, tangerine, watermelon, boozy sweetness, with caramel, bread malts and a late charge of citrus... small resin too boot...a lethal cocktail of hops that lifts the spirits in a soft, inviting package... the Maharaja sneaks up on his constituent before shiving him with fruity hops and a smile while doing so....

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Photo of Junichi
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darwin68
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XavierBenitez
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of El_Brujo_de_A2
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown. Head is a finger thick.Nose of sweet malt and tangerines. Taste is sweet with a sharp whip of it's 10%ABV making itself present.Mouth feel is quite pleasant, softly velvet on the palate. Medium dry finish. Overall it is a pretty good brew to sip on.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange, mostly clear slightly hazy body, thin off white head, lots of fine dot lacing.

S - Pine, resin, orange zest, a hint of vanilla, a bit of malty dough.

T - Lovely open of bubble gum, with hop notes of orange zest, pith, and mint, a middle reveals a nice malt core, delivering a dinner roll hit, slight buttery note, but nothing offensive, and a bitter but not harsh close. Delicious.

M - Sticky open, brisk middle, dry close. Alcohol is well cloaked, and this is superbly drinkable for the ABV and heavy hopping.

O - Superb. A big, bold, full IPA experience, with a big malt core. Not a boozy mess, this is a refined, carefully constructed beer that delivers on all fronts. Impressive.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jewel tone Amber, nice head, lots of lacing, smell of hops and over-ripe cantaloupe, taste follows with a little caramel to balance the hops. Alcohol packs a punch, a beer to be shared.

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Photo of Bones10
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce can poured hard into a straight thin wall glass. Beautiful color with amber, orange and copper tones. One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly but leave a heavy rim with beautiful lacing. This brew is spicy on the nose with hints of fruit and pineapple. The taste pretty well follows the nose. Surprising smooth flavor for an Imperial IPA. Boat loads of hops followed quickly by tons of malt. Great combo. Not at all boozy considering its high ABV. A little ripe grapefruit along with pineapple hops to even things out. A great IPA. Some as good but few are better.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden/orange color and leaves the same color body with a thin somewhat foamy head that concaves to a nice looking valley in the center of the glass, some carbonation is seen rising. The aroma is malty resinous caramel bitterness; the taste is bitter yet sweet at different times just like "old DIPA’s" tend to get, still comes through in a good way, nothing bad, sticky resinous aftertaste; dry sticky finish; on the palate it sits fairly well and has a nice smoothness to it (I did get an old bottle); overall, this is a good DIPA for the most part.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful West Coast sunset with a long lasting beige head.
There are so many more aromas in this IPA its hard to identify each single element. I get the typical resind, grapefruit pine scent, but I am also getting a layer of wet leaves, not in a bad way though.
The first taste was a bit too much for me. Guess I wasnt ready for the fullness along with the Rich flavors and still drinkable at a high IBU rate.
The second and third tastes were MUCH better. I like the fullness of this beer. Almost like a barley wine. But still that aroma is still a bit intense. The actual taste is not as strong as the aroma.
This is one to share with some good beer buddies

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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow these IBUs are Very in your face. The ABV is also not very well hidden. Overall big and malty and chewy and not very enjoyable. Also no notable smell. Will not try again.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a mild hazy light amber-color with some orange highlights. The head is a medium sized off-white color. The aroma is mostly grapefruit with some earthy notes tossed in. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,632 ratings.
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