Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,641 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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured an amber looking color. About a finger of off-white head. Medium amount of carbonation, and the beer is clear. Nice lacing.

S: It smells like sweet citrus and piney hops. Smells just like a west coast IPA. Also a malty backbone, fairly sweet smelling.

T: At the front it tastes very malty but definitely getting the hop characteristics on the end. I get the citrus hop characteristics. Just a tad bit of alcohol on the end, more warming feeling than the actual alcohol taste.

M: Full bodied. Definitely a sipper. Honestly its more malty than it is hoppy to me. Pretty dry aftertaste though.

Overall its a good beer. I prefer less malty DIPA's but its still good. I think it fits the style pretty well. I really don't get alot of the alcohol. Pretty well balanced.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was in the store picking up some sausages and ground beef to make chili. Been meaning to pick up this brew for a while now, finally did. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Cool packaging, like the name behind the beer and for the series as a whole, the "Dictator Series." Cool concept. Pours a nice amber color, semi-transparent, with a one finger, mildly soapy white head. Lacing is excellent, retention is average.

Smell - One of my favorite parts of the beer. For a DIPA, this has an unusually strong malty, caramel nose to it. There are of course your piney, citrusy hops as you would expect, but the sweet malts really surprised me. Very good nose.

Taste - Much like the nose, very surprising indeed, in a good way. The strong sweet malts come first, washing the palate with a caramel flavor, while the hops do not make their appearance until towards the end of the drink. The hops are mildly bitter, floral, and there is an absolute dividing line between the malts exit and the hops entrance. Hell its like drinking two beers at once.

Mouthfeel - Nice alcohol burn, some hop bitterness sticks with you for a while. Fairly well carbonated. You can certainly tell, on the finish, this is a high ABV beer.

Overall - This is an excellent beer, a very unique interpretation of the DIPA style. I really enjoy DIPA's (or any of pale ale styles) that do not try to overwhelm the drinker with pure hop power, but actually have a flavor and balance to them. That being said, this beer, as I mentioned, is literally like drinking a strong malty beer combined with a DIPA. It has such good flavor. Highly recommended, will drink and buy again.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,641 ratings.
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