Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,601 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful medium amber color, clear with a large creamy and very durable head. Splendid lacing.

Aroma: a pine bomb from the piney hops.

Taste: DIPA with ample hops from start to finish; dominated by spruce.

M: very smooth for style. Low level of hops/ABV harshness.

O: a very good DIPA, if too piney for my taste.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep copper-ish caramel body? Amber burnt orange? Damn what is it … it is mesmerizing … it almost glows in the light. If I made up names for a paint company I would call it copper glow. Just sheets of lacing hanging on the glass.

Aroma: the glass has to be a foot and a half away from my nose and I can smell it from here. Let’s get up close and personal; I was expecting a hop blast to the nose but, I pick up fruit first; mango, peach, orange, a touch of pineapple; then a whiff of rich caramel malt; then some ruby red grapefruit meat

Flavors: the malts are sure in the picture here for a 102 IBU (international bittering units) ale. What is going on here for it is almost hypnotic. Sweet on delivery, rich caramel and earthy notes hit the mid, then some hoppy bitterness mix in the mid and hold on thru the finish – the fruit reminds me of pink and red grapefruit mixed in with some mangos, and then there is a dusty bitterness on the long lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick, almost creamy, sticky oily hops, low-moderate carbonation – on the low side, earthy yeast on the front, grapefruit like bitterness on mid and finish, the alcohol was not a factor in this 10% abv – no boozy feel to me.

To the Point: a super DIPA, I can think of two others that I like better. This is the first beer out of 540 reviews on my blog that I have used the words ‘mesmerizing’ and ‘hypnotic’ during the review.

Batch 13 March 2011 on the bottle; it is aging just fine

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22oz bottle. Crystal clear amber with a big off white head. Big all-hop aroma: grapefruit, citrus. Very American IPA so far. Big all-hop flavor too. I'm really enjoying the combination of floral, citrusy, and spicy hop flavors along with a little bit of bite. The finish is actually a little bit creamy...yeah, I'd bet the final gravity on this one is higher than many IPAs start fermentation at. But if this beer has any flaws, they're in the finish. It's too oily, and along with the high residual sugar and alcohol, it limits drinkability. But making a double/imperial IPA this well balanced is a feat and Avery has made something I'm happy to drink. Even if I still like Dogfish better. :P

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