Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,632 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: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/16/13 Avery Brewing Company | Maharaja | 22oz Bottle

Appearance- brilliant deep copper, off white creamy head, lacing, beads of CO2

Aroma- The aroma is pleasantly subdued. Doesn’t smell like a hop-bomb, but it also doesn’t smell like a pushover. Dank hop aroma, earthy with a little pine, slight yeasty aroma, bready malt character as well

Mouthfeel- light co2, kind of oily and viscous, slightly coating, warming

Taste- Really well balanced, surprisingly malty. It’s a fairly complex DIPA, you brace for the bitterness but it never really hits you too hard. Earthy and piney hops make way for a juicy malt center, rounds out with another wave of hops.

Residual- Pleasant aftertaste, the right mix of sweet and bitter

Overall- This is unlike most DIPAs I’ve had. Not saying it’s the best one out there, but it carves out its own identity. Tough to really put my finger on what makes it unique. Perhaps it’s the interplay between the strong malty backbone and the light hearted bitterness. Thoroughly enjoying this one.

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

Release #17, 2013. So 3-4 weeks old-ish?

A: Pours a clear deep amber. Big fluffy light tan head. Head fades so slowly that I am honestly bored. 10 minutes go by and there's still 1/4 of the head left. Quite heavy lacing, some nice streaks and blobs everywhere.

S: Huge hops that I can smell before I even pick up the glass. Very resinous. Pineapple and grapefruit. Some pine, but it's the lesser hop aroma here. Lots of caramel.

T: More huge hops. Big wash of bitterness along with it. Again, grapefruit and resin. Pineapple much more subdued here. Bit of pine, more towards the middle. Malt is surprisingly decent, mainly bready with some decent caramel. Bitter grapefruit, resin and pine in the finish as the sweetness of the malt fades away. Mouth-coating hop oils, especially in the finish gives it a slick, oily sensation and it's also a bit drying.

M: Fairly heavy but the hoppiness breaks it up. As mentioned, oily with hops, particularly in the finish. Leaves a coating between sips.

O: Great DIPA. It's a big one for sure, both in hoppiness and in the malt. It's kinda like Devil Dancer light in a way (I don't know why that stood out in my mind but it did). Lots of big, sharp hop flavors and aromas and with a huge malt base to back it up. Honestly balanced pretty well but then again I am pretty neck-deep in hops most days. To a newbie it would probably be overpowering (I remember having this years ago, it was almost undrinkable). Great beer for the hop lover.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing IPA never disappointed by the maharaja. Always get the citrusy grapefruit notes and right upfront with the hops. finishes nice and dry.tasty as hell! love it! I give it an A + top 3 IPA's all time. Avery is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries . it's like they can do no wrong.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper and amber color with some shockingly excellent clarity; a light beige, creamy, fine-bubbled head tops this one off and leaves little bits of lacing on its way down the glass. Big-time pine and citrus hits your nose right away; mild pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest. The hop profile is lightly peppery, piney, and leafy. As it opens up, it becomes more weed, dank, and pungent. The hop bill is met with an equally powerful malt bill; sweet, toasty, steely caramel and light brown sugar on the nose. Again, there are some light spices, mostly reminiscent of white pepper, floating around in the aroma.

The taste hits big with a uniquely pungent and sweet hop flavor, alongside a faint cinnamon and white pepper spiciness. Upon tasting, the hop profile seems to be a little more floral and perfume-like than the nose would have you believe. Caramel malts are present, and heavy at that, maybe almost too powerful for a DIPA. Sweet bread and butter also comes alive thanks to the hefty malt bill. There's a nice sharp bitterness brought in from the leafy hops, followed closely by a nice, counterbalancing sugar-coated grapefruit flavor. Little bits of citrus sift into the aftertaste with a dying leafy and floral flavor from the hops. Medium-thick body with middle of the road carbonation.

Decent DIPA, although maybe a tad overrated in my opinion. Little heavy on the malt, I would've liked to see a little more hop flavors jumping out, although the hop profile was pretty unique in its own right.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,632 ratings.
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