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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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Ratings: 5,666 |  Reviews: 1,873
Photo of MattGrimley
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gerred
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harryhops
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kaseydad
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Maharaja is da man!

Poured into a pint glass and had a huge foam explosion! Huge creamy head with major lacing throughout the experience. Spider web city!

Malty grapefruity aroma. Almost calls the drinker to consume more and more.

Tastes amazing. Hoppy, grapefruit goodness with a huge malty backbone. Tastebuds hold the bitterness for awhile which is a nice feeling.

Drinkability is somewhat lower because of the high alcohol content but it shouldn't damper any desire to taste this awesome brew.

At around the $6 mark...this is a must have! Just wish it was brewed year around.

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Photo of BeastLU
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Bustersuess
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Wheels2532
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap

Served up as part of the Colorado beer-themed ABF post-party, I gravitated to this beer almost immediately. Maharaja had a hazy peach color, a blizzard of finely wrought carbonation, and a dense vanilla-hued head that gripped the glass and left chunks of sticky lace behind.

The aromas of sweet caramel malts and sappy pine hops just belt you in the nose before you even get close to the glass. Running behind its blockers is the note of slightly fusel alcohol. It’s actually pretty subdued, given Avery’s penchant for big-alcohol beers that don’t hide the alcohol aroma.
After a couple pulls my tongue was ravaged by a blast of thickly resinous pine-infused hops, clearly the dominant feature. Yes, there’s a nice sweet caramel malt and tropical fruit (think pineapple and mango) counterpoint but the argument is worn down by the overriding hops that embed themselves on the tongue. The feel was full and creamy.

Maharaja is in keeping with Avery’s “not hiding anything” approach with their beers. In this case, Avery has done a really good job crafting a big, bad, smash-mouth double IPA. No one aspect is insanely over the top (re: Beast’s alc. content); rather they all work well to produce a dangerously drinkable double IPA. Well worth trying out.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland.

Pours orangey copper and hazy with a huge rocky snow white head. Tons of lacing, some thick and some fine works it's way down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, strong bitter hops.

No doubt about it, this beer is a little hot. Alcohol up front that quickly smooths into a sweet tangerine flavor that even more quickly slips into hoppy flavors that become much spicier. Eventually the hops build to an tooth enamel ripping level. They are everywhere and dominate the body of this beer. After the first couple of sips that is about all you taste. Long lingering bitterness, numbing the toungue. Haven't had an experience quite like this since I first tried Ruination. All in all though it's tasty and I would have it again. It's quite unbalanced and that doesn't work well with this beer. Probably the only thing keeping it from being truly great would be a weak (relatively speaking) malt profile.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. This was a dark caramel-amber color poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Smell has a bitter caramel character with definite hoppiness.
Taste is initially dominated by malt, the sweet caramel/Campbell's soup-esque darker malts that I've picked up in a number of beers.
Following that are the typical strong IPA flavors: bitter hops/grapefruit, pine needles, etc. A lot of earthy characteristics to this one.
Not too strong, alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

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Photo of seedyone
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/02/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tons of horsepower hops-wise but well under control. At 10.5% this can & will be deceptive. Great brew.

05/13/2015 On tap at Rattlen Hum, NYC. Not sure where the difference is since last time, but I found this to be most disappointing. So much pine/resin in the taste made it unpleasant.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, extra in a recent trade with errantnight...very excited as i got to sample this for the first time at a beer festival over the weekend and wanted more. served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with an inch and a half of insanely frothy eggshell colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, dirty gold/brass colored. leaves behind a pretty solid wall of foam.

S - mmmm. intense citrus hops...loads of melon, candied orange, tangerine. malts dont stand a chance, dont need to. finishes with a kiss of caramel and more melon.

T - very intense. massive orange and grapefruit bittering hop attack. not graceful, just punch you in your face and steal your raincoat hops. the strong caramel malts do come through in the taste, providing just the smallest glimpse of balance. is "dank" the right word here? good nonetheless.

M - very thick body, syrupy...carbonation is about spot on and complements both the viscosity and bitterness. very chewy, and (no surprise) leaves a lasting bitterness.

D - wonderfully done DIPA...no holds barred hop attack with an attempted balance. me likey.

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Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper with a nice mahogany hue. a decent sized eggshell colored head recedes quickly and laces pretty well.

lots of tropical fruits mixed with pine and bitter citrus, as well as plenty of leafy hops that bring some mint and tobacco into play on top of some sugary sweet malts. plenty of alcohol (rum?) on the nose as well.

alcohol jumps out first with some sticky sugary sweetness behind the onslaught of hops. tropical fruits, leafy hops, and bitter citrus are all accounted for, but the pine seems to have disappeared, unfortunately.

hot and syrupy with plenty of resin and sticky sweetness.

not my style of DIPA. a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking. its very well brewed for what it is, just not what I look favor. will definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire it.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a fresher bottle of this beer, 2009 version. Color and look is exactly the same, aroma is much fresher than I remember, more citrus is prevalent, pineyness is outstanding, flavor is bitter but well integrated and balanced. Much better fresh than with a few months age on it.

Original Score: 3.95
4-1-09 Score: 4.3


Review from 6-21-08: Pours a clear copper color with a tan colored head that recedes very slowly, leaving some lovely lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma is extremely floral with hints of tropical fruits and some nice piney hop characteristics. Taste is extremely piney. Nice use of caramel malts to back it up giving a slight malt sweetness, but the pine notes are completely dominant. Hints of grapefruit round it out, extra-bitter for the hop-heads, slightly grassy and somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with delicate carbonation. Drinkability is low due to the high alcohol content. A nice representation of the style, but missing my favorite American hop varieties.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclejazz
2.75/5  rDev -35%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zoso1967
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully rich copper amber that I could almost swear is glowing. The head is parchment and tightly packed, clinging to the sides of my glass like crazy and leaving equally crazy lace.

The aroma is wonderfully fresh and full of perfume citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange and pine all mingle with sweet caramel malt background that has just a hint of toffee to it.

The flavor is surprisingly different from the aroma and brings out tons candied character from the hops. Orange, some pithy white grapefruit and loads of pine needles are the result of the hop additions. The malt backbone is very sweet with some caramel notes, but otherwise is surprisingly (from the color) plain. This beer does not hide its strength all that well, but it is far from too boozy and does not really take away from the flavor. If I have one complaint it is that the malt is so sweet that it detracts a bit from the hop character. Bitterness is quite high, but balanced out by the malt.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and medium bodied with an amazing finish that seems to just evaporate off the tongue, leaving bitter dank hop flavors on my palate.

I would describe this as dangerously drinkable, and the imperial pint is disappearing at an alarming rate. I really enjoy this beer and can see why it is so popular.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,666 ratings
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