Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,623 Ratings

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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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark ruby red amber color.

The aroma hits big green pine, then of sweet caramel, pineapple, mangoes, orange and grapefruit. Tons of dankness and cat pee. A good amount of sweetness.

The flavor attacks of hop juice on all fronts. It’s extremely aggressive, though not abrasively bitter. In the front, bright green pine and tea like herbal hops. Then onto a spike of alcohol, a huge caramel sweetness, which plays really wonderfully with tropical hops and sweet orange and grapefruit. The finish lingers on of spicy hops and pepper.

The beer does a great job at the double digit ABV double/triple IPA. Towards Green Bullet, Devil Dancer, Hi-Res, and Hopslam, this beer is quite fantastic.

(Be sure to get this beer fresh. It has a year on it, but not the date. It is brewed in January, so get it fresh or ignore it on the shelf.)

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 18. Pours a clear amber with a large long-lasting head. Great lacing. Lots of pineapple and peach on the nose with hints of caramel and biscuit which become more prominent as it warms. Lots of fruit on the front of the tongue, mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Pine comes mid-palate followed by sweet malt. Finishes sweet with a hint of earthiness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall a well crafted DIPA that's just a bit too sweet on the finish for me.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: burnt orange. nice head, about a quarter to a half inch. good retention, nice lacing.

S: lots of tropical fruit. some citrus and pine. but the tropical fruits dominate.

T: resinous pine. I get orange, peach. some mango on the finish. A nice crisp bitter finish too. AT 10.2 % abv, this is a bit dangerous. Very well hidden. Easy to drink.

M: thick resinous mouthfeel.

O: a good beer. I'd drink it again. I don't know that I'd buy it again. I prefer Double Jack....but not much else holds a candle to Double Jack.

good beer.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,623 ratings.
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