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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2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SFLpunk
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of magictacosinus
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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2.75/5  rDev -35%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber

Pours a hazy orange amber. Nice creamy eggshell head that fades, but not completely. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells very citrusy an piney. Beautiful aroma. Extremely inviting.

Lots of upfront hops followed by a somewhat buttery aftertaste. I can't decide if that effect is from the hops or if it's more diacetyl. Whatever it is, it's delicious! Ringing in at 9.7%, I get no sense of the alcohol in the flavor.

Big, full body. Perfect for the style, very satisfying.

Consumed this bomber with ease. My wife has been circling me like a vulture and stealing gulps at every chance, so it's a true winner in this house.

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,680 ratings