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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden yellow body with a nice thick ivory white head.

S: Plenty of citrus in the front of the nose but not over powering. There is subtle but balanced caramel on the finish.

T: Great and rare balance in a high ABV IPA. There is a citrus/grapefruit flavor on the front and then it seamlessly transitions to a subtly sweet caramel and toffee finish.

M: Amazing there is both great carbonation and body. Spot on.

O: Great beer. Well worth the price. Get this beer if you are a fan of IPAs.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 2011 Bottle

Appearance: Looks like an imperial to me. Amber with a 1 finger white head and some lacing.

Smell: Strong, sweet, caramel malts upfront as would be expected for an IPA aged this long.

Taste: Malty, malty, malty. I didn't realize this was LAST year's batch until after the fact and oh, boy. I'm sure this tastes totally different/better fresh. It's not awful, but the hop presence is pretty much nihl at this point.

Mouthfeel: Not the most exciting feel but considering this is an old batch I'm not gonna crucify it.

Overall: Have to try a fresh one this summer and re-evaluate. Still not awful by any means, but there are several aged imperials I can think of that I prefer to the taste of this.

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