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:
5,601
Reviews:
1,856
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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392
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For Trade:
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, caramel-colored body with a bubbly white head.

Smell: Pungent, heavily hopped aroma with sweet-smelling notes of ripe apricots, grapefruit, and pine oils. The fragrant hop scent overlays some hints of freshly made dough and candy sugar.

Taste: Initial biscuity, toffee maltiness drops off into a tangy, sweetened citrus flavor. Grapefruit, mainly. Maybe some oranges, too. Finishes with a middling, restrained bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, although its especially oily, and syrupy on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer does a fitting job of balancing both the bitter and sweet elements to make for a fair Double IPA.

*4/19/08: Feb. '07 bottle. For me, a toned down citrus character and a dialed up peppery lemongrass character, both in aroma and taste. Otherwise, it's fairly similar and received a score consistent with the original review.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep orange color with a thick frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy, tropical hoppiness with strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine coming through. I love the tropical, juicy flavors to it.

The taste shows the tropical, fruity and juicy hops right up front. A pretty bold malty, caramel, sweetness starts to come through before the finish. It becomes more bitter in the finish but still keeps some of the great juicy hoppiness. A moderate amount of warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style. Carbonation is moderate and feels pretty appropriate. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol coming through hurts it a bit but the hoppiness is just so delicious it can overcome it. I love the tropical, juicy, hoppy beers and this one definitely fits into that category. One of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnished orange-copper with golden butterscotch accents. Even though the pour wasn't overly aggressive, the head filled most of the pint glass. It's somewhere between palest caramel and ivory in color, with an upper surface that is occupied by thousands of fragile, glassy bubbles. A thick blanket of lace is currently visible.

The nose is the hop monster that was anticipated. However, two things keep me from being wildly enthusiastic. The citrus and spruce of Centennial and Simcoe aren't helped by what I assume is the contribution from Magnum. The second thing is that the almost double digit alcohol is incompletely buried.

The same faults apply to the flavor profile, although I hesitate to use that word in what is still a delicious beer. The bulwark-like maltiness practically oozes sweet, sticky caramel. I'm not sure about an 'insane quantity of malted barley', as the label claims, but it's at least mentally unbalanced. Maharaja is sweeter than most DIPAs. Probably too much so.

What would a DIPA be without hops? Relax, that's strictly a rhetorical question. While this DIPA has a massive amount of them, it doesn't have the 'deranged amount' that the label would have us believe. What is it with Avery and mental illness? (rhetorical again). Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by candied citrus peel and pine sap, but the less desirable flavor qualities of the Magnum hops keep getting in the way.

Any beer with this much malt is bound to have a killer mouthfeel. It's expansive, smooth as heavy silk and some kinda likeable. It promotes sipping rather than gulping, which is a good thing since the beer tastes like a 12%'er and drinks like one too. Time and warming have smoothed some of the initial rough edges.

Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale is the antithesis of a well-mannered DIPA. It's big, bold and bombastic. Avery has a penchant for brewing Big Beer, but they tend to forget that refinement is a necessary quality in even the biggest beer. The relatively high scores that I've granted are a testament to my love of all things hoppy. I'm guessing that those of you who don't belong to 'Hopheads For Life' won't feel so generous.

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure I'll give this another review, had it since my original review. I believe I shorted it, we'll see...

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of rocky offwhite head. Super lacing & head retention.

S: Huge hops potpurri! Pine & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, pineyness & some lemmon notes up front. Malt & caramel sweetness sneak around the hops as this warms, but not for long. Also jammy & fruitty notes infiltrate before getting crushed by the hops (herbal & piney). Finishes warming, uber herbal hoppy & a little fruitty (dates & apricots). A great total DIPA taste package

MF: Medim bodied, slightlty oily, with medium carbonation, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks fairly easy, a little to intense to session on, but I could if forced too! Still a bit pricey @ $6.50 a bomber

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The beer is a clear dark orange/amber color with a two finger off-white, foamy head. Slow dissipation with nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very nice aroma, a great combination of pine and citrus. Tons of grapefruit here. There is a some caramel and a little vanilla as well, but the hops dominate here.

T: Lots of pine up front, love how strong it comes through. This gives way to an explosion of tropical fruits - grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. The malt bill does a good job at balancing things out for a DIPA. The hops still dominate, but there a little bit of caramel to offset things.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very crisp. Has a nice bitter/dry finish. Slight hint of alcohol.

O: A beer I would love to have stocked in the fridge. Have had it now on tap and bottle and it is fantastic. Certainly one of my favorites from Avery thus far.

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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange, slightly dark amber. Some chill haze, but still able to read through it. Impressive large-bubbled head that dies off slowly. Thick large lace, which with the popped bubbles looks a little like polluted water scum.

Lots of fresh, green hops; very fresh smelling. Highly dry-hopped. Low malt and surprisingly low alcohol aromas

Too bitter? This may be the one. Even as a hop head, the bite here is quite strong. Still, this beer is multidimensional--lots of malt up front which quickly gives way to the bitterness. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with higher carbonation, which I think cuts the high alcohol content flavors.

An interesting beer to try. I'd be fascinated to try this against other double IPAs. Could be summed up: Love your hops, love this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second beer of the sample I took last night. I was very excited to finally be able to try this one on tap. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's Downtown location - 1/2 price during happy hour, served chilled in a snifter.

A - A rust colored copper w/ good clarity and thick whipped light beige cap with a tiny bead. The color has accents of gold and crimson and lace clings well

S - the smell is rather pungent ad hoppy with both pine and citrus with a mild floral element. The nose is bolstered by a slightly sweet malt note and light alcohol ester

M - The feel is very good, it starts sweet with a gentle resinous texture from the hops with a bitterness that builds and spiced tinges with the alcohol moderate in the feel. There is a drying effect from both the alcohol and hop resins on the palate with mellow malt sweetness and hop acidity

T - A flavorful blend of hop goodness! The slightly piney hops have a light spice and rind flavor with a mellow bit of fruit acidity and light astringency. The resinous texture leads to a mild malt which balances the almost hot alcohol flavor and high bitterness. The taste is well nuanced with hop flavor utilized above the bitterness factor, it comes off as a really juicy sweet hop taste first and bitter spicy and warm taste next with alcohol only noted after the swallow

D - This is a seriously well made Imperial IPA, I commend the talented folks at Avery for the fact that malt presence and yet still an abundance of hop flavor and long finishing with only a very mild alcohol influence on the taste - you definitely know it is there after the first glass which is whey I gave a 4, but very smooth for the strength of 10.3%

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Sunset Grill

Deep orange hue, excellent lacing. Semi-pungent citric oil hop aroma, hints of pineapple & granny smith apple skin as well. Super smooth and creamy viscous mouth feel. Hay like, citric zest, toasted malt, fruit with passion fruit and a fruit punch like flavor. Soft yet muscular bitterness ... lots of hop petal flavor, aka "grassy". Warming alcohol has not problem showing off a bit.

A "kick in the pants Double IPA".

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, mid-range shade of copper with a high level of carbonation. The off-white head is thick and has great retention. The aroma begins with a strong whiff of oily hops, but soon a strong, rich, and somewhat fruity malt smell takes over. The flavor has an interesting combination of hop and malt flavors; and is a little bit different from the few other 2XIPAs I've had. The malt flavor is strong, almost like a weak barleywine, with a distinct fruitiness. The hop flavor is strong, resinous, but not quite distinctly piney or citrissy. More than just a touch of alcohol flavor is noted towards the finish. This is great stuff, different from what I was expecting, but always interesting.

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

Thanks to knucks999 for sending a fresh bottle of this to me as an extra in a recent trade!

A: The pour is absolutely gorgeous and just about perfect for an IPA. Amber in color with great clarity and a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.

S: The nose if full of grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruits. A blast of pine finishes things off quite nicely.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with plenty of fruit notes. The grapefruit is not all that bitter and there is a lot of pineapple. The fruit is followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor and the sip is finished off by bitter pine.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleased by this beer. I had it back when I first started getting into beer and wasn't impressed (very likely an old bottle), but this is really a great DIPA and very easy to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A little citrus as well.

t - Smooth sweet malts, as well as some citrusy hops. Hints of fruit as well. Quite enjoyable.

m - Full body with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Easy to drink considering the high ABV.

d - I liked this DIPA a lot. I thought there was a nice combination of citrusy hops and sweet malts that created a nice smooth taste that's easy to drink. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Been a while since I last visited the old Raja; let's see what he's up to today, shall we? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, orange peel, pine resin, and plenty of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavier influence of grapefruit and pine, a more caramel-y tone in the backbone, and some grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a fine and dandy hop bomb, indeed.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle March 2010. Thank you, Avery Brewing Co. for putting a bottling date on this DIPA.

A: Clear orange with a decent head and some sticky lacing

S: Pleasant grapefruit aroma with beautiful fresh hops, slight alcohol

T: Very tasty. Grapefruit and citrus are huge, with sweet hops sticking to your mouth at every sip. Although the alcohol is hidden very well, it is obvious when drinking this that it is a big beer.

M: Maharaja is a bit syrupy and sticky for my taste. Warming finish with a nice lingering aftertaste.

D: 1/2 bottle was just right.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,601 ratings.
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