Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,654 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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big cascading effervescence with a one inch head that resembles the thickness of my shaving foam. Deep golden amber with ruby hues in the sunlight. Severe lacing.

As far as aroma, not much happening. Faint wafts of sweet grapefruit and hops.

Wowza, wowza, wowza....what a IIPA bonanza! Deep malt backing that supports a muddled sweet mellifluous tropical fruit rush. Guava, papaya, mango and grapefruit. I also imagine myself sucking on a hop bud.

Low carbonation, resinous, sticky, chewy deliciousness.

A tremendously tremendous IIPA holding true to form. This is like squeezing a grapefruit right into your mouth. This is one you can crush. I say amen to this this sir.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Crystal clear orange copper body with minimal head. Webbed stairs of lacing.

S: Malt heaven opened up and bestowed its sweet goodness in the form of an IPA.

T/M: Robust toasted caramel malts, super sweet backed by a pungent pine resin that aggressively coats the palate. Wood essence and crisp bitters deliver a rustic flare that marries well with the intense malt base. Orange oil and citrus round out the after bite of this giant. Sticky syrupy body with aggressive carbonation. Finishes semi dry and delivers great citrus and pine bitterness.

O: A fantastic BIG beer that delivers everything you want in a DIPA. I almost overlooked this when choosing my beer but glad I didn't. Another hit from Avery.

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle about 2 months old

A - coppery red, good clarity, loose white head pours to about 1.5 inches and dissipates pretty quickly.

S - citrusy and floral hops, pine, alcohol

T - sweet citrus with a fair amount of alcohol heat. Some pitchy pine bitterness and then more malty alcohol sweetness.

M - definitely the beers low point. At little syrupy almost, the high alcohol content and corresponding sweetness turn the beer almost cloying by the end.

O - an enjoyable beer. I think it would have been better off if it would have stopped around 7%. The citrusy and floral hop notes are great, but are overshadowed by alcohol heat and sweetness. Still, a good IIPA, compared to the average of what's out there, this is a good 2-3 notches better.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong amber/scarlet hue with exceptionally active carbonation. The bubbles built a fluffy white head that lasted for quite some time.

Sweet citrus fruits hit the nose with tangerines, orange, lemon and even a little grapefruit. Light hints of malt, tea leaves and sweet grass hold the back of the scent.

There is a full bodied Pale Ale element to this IPA. Tons of malt flavor with hearty earthy notes like , tea leaves, grasses and caramel malt. No pine or floral hops can be found. At 102 IBU there is a very nice, smooth bitterness and at 10 percent there is an easy warmth. Only complaint is that there is a heavy dryness that assaults the palate in the end.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden orange with a dark tint to it as well, had a very small head at the top that left a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is very fruity, lots of tropical fruit and brown sugar. The hops and malts are very present and slight hint of caramel on the tail end.

T: The tropical fruit is very present as it was on the nose, the taste is somewhat boozie with the fruit and sweetness throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, and a nice stickyness to this one as well.

O: Lots of booze with this beer, but I enjoyed it anyway a very good brew by Avery.

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3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was let down by what I think is best described as the body of this. I think I was expecting more of a fullness rather than a distinct and almost overwhelming booziness. As far as hoppiness, I like a much more bitter IPA then this. To me the bitterness was almost overwhelmed by the alcohol. I also tend to like more carbonation in my I DIPA, the mouthfeel of this was definitely short of what I was wanting. I think now, my standards for DIPA / IIPA are Alchemy Hour / Leviathan respectively. As much as I love Avery IPA in a can, this just falls disappointingly flat for me. Wouldn't recommend.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,654 ratings
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