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:
5,603
Reviews:
1,857
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
862
For Trade:
7
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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

Bottle dated 14024B1 (Jan 24 2014) poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates after a bit leaving rings of delicate lacing and a chunky ring of foam around the edge.
Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, boozy malty sweetness, spicy.
Taste is very big; sweet caramel malt backbone stands up to a huge wave of hops. Pine and tropical fruit swim borne on puffs of booze heat. Very hoppy, but well-balanced by the malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and slick, full of booze and hop resins. Awesome.
Overall this is a great DIPA, glad I found it. I'd love to have it on tap somewhere super-fresh.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Hunger-n-Thirst, Lancaster, PA

Served in a small snifter

A- clear gold/orange, with a lovely white head on top, some decent lacing for the ABV

S- A sweet mix of hops, orange, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, some slight hempy/mint notes, and a pine sap.

T- Follows the nose, malt is there, but feint and crackery. A bit hot on the finish from the alcohol, finish is fairly bitter, and it hangs on for awhile.

M- Medium body, slightly syrupy. Dries nicely on the finish.

O- reminds me of a bigger version of Ruination, with slightly more orange/tropical notes. Very good.

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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maharaja fills a Dogfish Head snifter with a hazy, blood orange that glows. The one-half inch, frothy white foam drops to a ring within a few minutes, leaving rings of lace with each sip.

Pine sap and caramelized sugar are strong and up front, while mint and toasted malt fill out the middle. Alcohol fumes begin to dominate with warmth.

Dramatic bitterness envelopes the tongue, then occupies the entire palate, leaving little room for citrus flavors. Similar to an American Barley Wine, raisins and caramel show up with warmth.

Alcohol is very high, almost hot, while the astringency of hops wreaks havoc on the palate. A medium body with prickly carbonation and woolly texture.

Maharaja is not for the faint of heart, but fans of bitterness will find it to be in their wheelhouse. This one caters to the extremes, leaving no room for fine nuances to be discerned while sipping. One short pour at a time, it is enjoyable and can improve a meal of cheese and sausage.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a sweet, malt forward IPA that I apparently enjoy quite a bit. I enjoy a hop-bomb at times, but my palate is changing (for good or bad) away from wanting to be destroyed against taste for a short period towards enjoying balance in a beer. That said, I am not arguing there is great balance in this beer.

If you look at my tops beers (as of this rating), they are towards the sweeter end of IPAs. This follows suit, as stated; the bitterness cuts the sweetness quickly, but never grabs hold of the taste itself.

Amber-orange and fairly clear (nice lacing), the smell is orange, pine, maybe a little lemon; the sweetness is foreshadowed, but I can't explain how.

The taste hits the orange more than the pine (lemon?), but are recognizable from the nose. If I were forced, I'd say light brown sugar sweetness, but it actually still eludes me. The bitterness cuts the front taste, as mentioned, so that the taste comes to a neutral end point.

If I were to rate this higher, the bitterness would take over and produce something to react to.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 3/13/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Copper to Brown in color with a moderate head on an aggressive pour. The head is lightly browned as well.
Aromatics: The hops hit me as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. There is a strong pineapple tropical fruit flavor so sweet that it almost smells honeyed. Some malt in the background.
Flavor: That bitterness keeps hitting. Along with a buttery fruit flavor. Some bready malts. I'm getting a lot of flavors from this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth until the finish.
Finish: The finish keeps a lot of the hop residue along with a boat load of carbonation lingering.
Notes: Sealed in tin foil. Release number 18 2014

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,603 ratings.
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