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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: 5,665 |  Reviews: 1,873
Photo of DavidRose
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of pvo
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the bottle on 4/4/13, 2013 release. I've had these in previous years, and always try to get at least one per year.

Appearance: Dark amber, hazy.

Smell: hoppy, as one would expect.

Taste: Hoppy, but less biting due to the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: substantial, lasting.

Overall: thoroughly enjoyable. It's still identifiable as an IPA, has more flavor between the hops and alcohol than most DIPAs, and I really enjoy the citrus and floral notes that dominate the hop flavors.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to quirkzoo for this bottle...

A: Pours a translucent apricot color with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, and there is only minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big and boozy with a big malt backbone, a good amount of pine, and some mild grapefruit.

T: The beers starts out with a big burst of pine and grapefruit that totally blows up my palate. The malt in this beer comes on strong in the middle, and I'm a bit overwhelmed with alcohol. I know this beer is above 10%, but the boozy burn, the big hops, and the sweet malt are super intense. I'm actually a bit taken aback by how hot this beer is.

M: This is a full bodied beer. It's biting to start, sticky and oily in the middle, and super boozy in the back end. The flavors linger on the palate for quite some time.

O: I'm not overly impressed by this beer. It just seems to be too much. It's over the top hop up front, over the top abv, and it's way more malty than I would have wanted out of a DIPA. This is not going to make my favorites list. In fact, I don't see myself ever seeking this beer out again in the future. There are just way too many better DIPA option out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PaulieNumbers
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had lately. I'd go into further depth, but there's so many positive reviews I think it's a bit nuts to be skeptical on this brew. If it's on tap near you get one. I just had it at a local bar in northern Virginia that was insanely smooth and delicious with a full body.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of JeffH
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 bottling, just released recently. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dank hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; with slight alcohol as it warms. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness. Nice amount of citrus and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, pine resin, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus and pine hop flavors; with a near perfect malt balance that does not overwhelm; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a light creamy, slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop notes with nice malt balance; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of hermit990
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2014 Vintage. Date code from bottle translates to 03/13/2014. Review date: 04/26/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with two fingers worth of an off-white head. Very clear. Moderate amount of carbonation rising. Alcohol legs present on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet fruit aromas, stone fruits, tropical fruits, some sweet citrus. Underlying notes of pine. Caramel and bready malts contribute as well. Aroma is balanced.

Taste: Bitterness strikes up front, lightly fading into the hop characteristics, the citrus and pine. More of the sweetness comes out along the tongue. Mixing ripe stone fruit flavors and finishing with the caramel sweetness. Sweetness transitions into the aftertaste, finishing slightly dry and sticky with resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on this one carries the flavor profile well. Feels very resinous on the tongue and finishes sticky as the aftertaste lingers. Very little alcohol presence considering the ABV.

Overall: This is an excellent IIPA. A little on the maltier side, so if that is not to your tastes, you may not favor it as much. However, this has been a favorite of mine, and one I look forward to picking up every Spring. Easy to find when it's released if you can get Avery in your area. Price is somewhat reasonable for a bomber at $7.99 in my area. Would definitely recommend seeking this one out.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Jree261
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Beautiful copper amber out of the bottle with bright egg shell foam.

Smell: Not that it matters particularly to the technical aspects of the nose but I walked to put the bottle back in the fridge and I could smell the beer out of the glass from across the room. That being said; it's an incredibly potent strawberry, red fruit and pine hopped nose. Great aroma.

Taste: The smell gives way to a butterscotch and chocolate with wood and charcoal and a long finish.

Mouthfeel: The heat of the alcohol is readily apparent but given the fact that it is 10.8% it's neither surprising nor overpowering. A strong, heavy beer that should (and really has to be) drunk slowly.

Overall: Wonderful nose, great flavor and balance, one of the best beers I've had in several months.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Skeeze
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Poured from tap into pint at luckys in Dayton. I cant believe I havent had this yet...glad to see on tap!
Pours a golden slight amber with thick creamy head. Superb fruity hop aroma...maybe citra? With a great caramel malt balance. Taste is sweet caramel malt and a nice citrus and slight pine hop flavor. Really well balanced...probably the most malt ive had in a dipa and enjoyed. Usually it can be over malted imo but the malts work so well here.
Its slightly over bitter for me but still nice.
This is a great dipa...I think its the malts and balance that shine here but will somehow slip quietly aside of the hops. Get this if you want a great example of a huge balanced dipa.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,665 ratings
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