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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful amber color with a bright orange glint. Head doesnt pour overly thick but seems lively and lingers. Absolutely wonderful aroma! Big grapefruit and citrus rind. Earthy tobacco notes, wet hay.Smells like a cirus orchard after rain. That grapefruit isnt just hints or notes its the whole fruit- rind, pulp, it smells like a ripe grapefruit was just cut. It smells somewhat thick on the nose. The malt doesnt do a whole lot for the aroma but the hop profile is so complex, from fruit to earth, spicy to damp, that is smells balanced.
Equally wonderful on the tongue. That grapefruit is as potent as promised, it engages the tongue while the earthy notes keep everything grounded (no pun intended). the malt is simple and sweet, but this beer doesnt need it to be much else.
Very good mouthfeel. Thick and oily, its coats the tongue.carbonation is noticable but not overly lively. As the beer finishes the overt flavors subside and for a moment the malt sweetens and then a vicious bitternous closes things down.
This is one of the best beers I have ever had.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served on-tap in a tulip glass, poured a deep copper/amber hue with a thin off-white head that disappeared quickly. A good amount of lacing sticks remains with the glass as I sip this one.

Smell: Awesome hints of citrus, and piney west coast hops--definitely a ton of hops in this guy. Also a very malt-forward brew with sweet hints in the aroma that make you want to sip away.

Taste: Very malty, almost a bit too much so, but well balanced out by the amount of hops. Some piney and grassy notes accompany the grapefruit and citrus flavors present in the malt and sugars. A very delicious DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew that is not too bitter despite the hops and goes down smooth for the high ABV. This is certainly a sipper, with medium carbonation but the alcohol is masked quite well by the malt.

Overall: This is a fantastic brew by Avery and certainly worth a try if you're into DIPAs. One of my favorites of this style and I would love to try it again.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a tulip. Purchased by my wife because "it has a cool bottle."

A - a nice, deep, copper color. Resembles amber when held to the light.

S - little bit of booze up front. Grapefruit, mango, and other citrusy goodness. The nose has some depth to it and is quite pleasant.

T - Excellent. Really high quality. There is a lack of malt balance in the nose but the beer is extremely balanced and for a high ABV IPA its not too hop forward. Very well done.

M - None of that unpleasant overtly pine after taste. A bit too syrupy but I am being picky here.

O - I'm glad my wife liked the bottle! You can't go wrong with this IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark amber with a super sticky cream colored head. Great looking beer

S: PUNGENT Huge sweet grapefruit and caramel. Ripe fruits - mango, pineapple, apricot. Incredibly vibrant tropical flavors.

T: Huge grapefruit/tropical fruit and caramel sweetness. Big bitterness at first, then balanced by rich sweetness. Incredibly rich and full - vibrant flavors and lots of complexity.

P: Huge! Sticky, chewy, smooth, full. Amazingly smooth

O: Just a huge imperial IPA, but a bit of an overload. I feel the nuances of the hops were lost in the malt overload - could pass as a hoppy american barleywine. Really enjoyed it, a bit too boozy

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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