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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sprucetip for sharing this one. purchased at brown jug.

Pours a nice clear amber/orange color with good white head. Smell is mostly spicey flavor hops and malt. Taste follows, spicy hop flavors mixed in with some good grapefruity hop taste and a solid malty backbone. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a good DIPA. Drinkability is suprisingly good considering this batches abv is listed at 10.54%. a good DIPA, and one I will buy again when looking for good balanced hop flavors without a palate thrashing hop bite. Thanks to sprucetip for the brew!

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of cavedave
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, translucent, golden amber, topped by one finger of well knit beige foam. The head recedes to a cap in a minute. A gentle swirl leaves finely clinging lacicles on my snifter.

The smell is a strong bouquet of dark caramel, yeast, and estery notes of ripe plum, fenced by lighter citrus, and a lighter, but deep, herbosity. It is a pleasant if not sensuous smell, with major complexity. Subsequent inhales reveal earthy tones, and a bitterness hard to decipher.

The taste is very malt forward, full of the same dark caramel, and yeast, of the nose. Alcohol is strongly present. Missing are the familiar hop notes of American DIPA's. I have the feeling this is not a fresh bottle, but I couldn't find a bottling/best by date when I bought it, and can't now. The sip resolves into notes of peach and plum, a spicy character, and ends long and sweet with a pleasing bitterness that swims in plenty of alcohol. This is far from the best DIPA I've tried, but it is good. Perhaps I will be able to confirm the age of this, and try a fresher bottle if this is indeed outdated, and edit this review. Not much more to add.

Mouthfeel is standard thick and resiny, with light carbonation, and no cloying or metallic feel to it.

Drinkability is poor, perhaps due to suspected outdatedness. It will be a struggle to finish this 22 oz.'er.

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2.75/5  rDev -35%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review on fresh batch. ~1 month old 22oz bottle into snifter.

A- Darker than expected, amber with orange highlights. 3cm ivory head, sticky lacing that's pretty thick. Good retention.

S- Heavy tropical fruit, pine sap, little dank stank as well.

T- Heavy floral perfumey and fruity hops. Very sweet. Flirting with being too sweet, the excellent hop flavors pull through. Solid caramel malt... orange sugar candies.

M- Boozy, but not abrasive. Carbonation is on the low side. Oozing hop oils... tasty.

O- Much more enjoyable this time around- I must have reviewed an older bottle last time. Not my favorite, but def. one to enjoy fresh. Will pick up another this week while I can. I am impressed, Avery wow'd me with this one.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a large white foamy head that leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with hops. Grapefruit,orange zest, and pine tree are the most prominant aroma here. The smell is strong and very good. One of the better smelling Doubles out on the market. The taste starts bitter than the hops mellow and show their citrus side. Like the smell, pine,grapefruit, and orange are a big part of this beer. The alcohol gives a nice warming feel,but it's not overpowering. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.
Overall this is a kick ass brew that should be tried. I'm able to buy Avery beers,but this is the first time I've seen this. Believe me, I will pick this up again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. for $6.49 in early April, 2006.

Pours a nice, clear, orange-amber with a moderate off-white head that collapses, but a solid cover lasts through the session. The sides of the glass show lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma is quite pleasant, aromatic hops, grassy and fruity (grapefruit) and solidly in the DIPA style. Flavor follows through- quite tasty. Sharp evergreen oils mix with oranges with a solid malt background.

The amazing part of this beer (and the reason for its highest praise, in my mind) is that this high ABV DIPA only has the slightest alcohol burn at the back of the mouth, and it is highly drinkable. I almost didn't open this tonight because of the alcohol content, but it is highly drinkable for the style. There are some that do it better for me in the flavor profile, but I can easily drink this one and enjoy it.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! It's one of my absolute favorite IIPA's.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Front label says "Bottled in May 2010, Batch 12."

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with thick rich creamy off-white head with great retention.

Nose: Big pine forest! Lots of bitter orange, pink grapefruit, agave nectar maybe?

Palate: Big and creamy carbonation, lots and lots of piney bitterness, bitter grapefruit rinds, thick caramel malt. Big bittersweet finish!

Notes: Tries to be East Coast style in malt body, but has West Coast drying hop character. A perfect style bender and one of my favorites!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Co Maharaja

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a Jurassic Park Amber. There was a nice full finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention and a shit-load of lacing.

S) It's wonderful... Tropical fruit, mango, ripe pineapple, hint of sweet citrus. A whiff if alcohol as this warms. Shit... This is good.

T) My enjoyment of this brew continues. The flavor follows the nose. Delightful tropical fruit sweetness, with a dusting of table sugar. Nice balance... The 10.4 ABV is very well hidden.

M) A full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is some kind of smooth... Light alcohol tingle. Damn, this is all around good.

O) This was fantastic.... What kind of asshole wouldn't enjoy this beer? Glad to recommend.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a semi-tulip glass at Small Bar in Chicago. ABV was listed as 9.5% at the bar (after a long day of trying beers, I wouldn't have ordered it if it were stronger). Review is from my notes.

Presents itself in a deep orange-amber color, complete with a foamy cola-like yet thickened head at the top. Not too much carbonation is present in this thing, but interestingly enough the head sticks around for the entire consumption. Definitely is super sticky, and lacing really stays around as the beer dwindles down. Very, very viscous, almost in the same sense that a cocktail is. Quite a strong looking DIPA.

The aroma is what I expected, which is a combination of bittered citrus rinds combined with a boozy, stinging sensation from the high ABV. Blood oranges, huge lemon notes, earthiness, leafy compost, pine, alcoholic induced nectar, and herbs such as cannabis (not joking here). However, I cannot get past this near rotting, skunky like backdrop from the initial aromas. It actually smells like the same byproduct phenol you get in muted hops, or ones that are outright old. Combined with the extra alcohol and toasted yet overly cracked graininess, it almost completely ruins the experience for me - and yes, I will admit I'm too much of nerd to not constantly whiff aromatic hoppy beers all throughout the night - so these quirks take that away from the experience. I appreciate the unique hop profile, but it may be too much for me.

The flavor luckily does not hold those bizarre rotting, hop muted notes, and instead comes off as a fairly straightforward DIPA only distinguished by its high ABV. There's a full flavor of citrus (all kinds) and grapefruit that appear at first, to be followed by strong pine needles, and then an herbal, slightly floral profile that follows soon after. There's a larger malty flavor that melds with the bitterness in a slightly syrupy but pretty solid bready finish. The booze is well hidden here, unlike the aroma, and the astringency from all of the hop acids shows itself. I do not enjoy the off-grainy sensation that appears in the aftertaste, but luckily this is so melded in with hops that it never becomes too bothersome.

There's intense DIPAs, and then there's this one. Super herbal and dry and boozy all the way. This took me some time to drink, in fact. Definitely an extreme IPA that has a good citrus flavor to it, as well as comfortable mouthfeel, but a lot of these aromas and flavors are really doing strange stuff when they meld with one another. I feel that this may have been an older batch but I still think a beer this monstrous should hold up just fine. If you like your IPAs super dank and earthy and don't mind several irregularities as I mentioned above, give this a shot. Wasn't a fan but I'd be open to have a fresher batch if given the opportunity.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wow. Maharaja pours a burnt orange hue with a generous off-white head that stays well throughout. Lacing sticks quite well to the glass. Everything you can ask for in a DIPA in terms of smell: citrus (lemon, orange, pineapple) and pine, Pine, PINE! Taste is amazing. Taste was great with a little bit of everything. The hops overpower with a zesty straw background. Very floral in flavor as well, but not overwhelming in that aspect. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a potent DIPA. Carbonation is quite mild which I enjoy. Drinkability is there for a DIPA, but for someone who isn't used to such a powerful out. This brew has really impressed me. Pick this baby up if you see it on the shelf!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,697 ratings