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

This brew poured with a full finger of pure white head that left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The body is orange with a lot of carbonation. It also looks like there is some “stuff” floating in this. Interesting. On the nose, I get a lot of pine and grapefruit and a hint of sweetness on the end. On the taste, the first thing that I get is pine, then grapefruit and then another taste that I can’t really identify. I think it’s caramel or some nuttiness? This nuttiness hangs around until the finish and lingers for a while. The alcohol in this brew is significant, but it is insanely well hidden. This is a very enjoyable IPA. This brew was 102 IBUs, but doesn’t hit you in the face with hops. This would be up there are one of the best Imperial IPAs that I’ve had. Go out and get this if you haven’t tried it.

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

Poured from a 22 to a snifter glass

A- pours a blood orange, ruby red, visible carbonation, 1 finger head that forms a tight bubbled white lace, just a perfect looking double.

S-big juicy hops, peaches, mangos, grapefruit, pungent juicy hop burst, toffee and caramel also very present.

T- juicy tangerine, oranges, mangos and grapefruit, full on fruity hop assault. Well balanced toffee malt, lots of brown sugar,tart aspriny finish.

M- full bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, juicy, bitter.

O- definetly one of the better ones I've had, flavor an hop profile is ridiculous great malty backbone. A+

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

Appearance is a burnt orange-to-copper color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is distinctly hoppy in a way that makes my mouth water for the first sip.

The taste is certainly NOT a disappointment - great combination of malt and hops. The hop bitterness gets bigger near the finish, but a touch of malty sweetness comes back to merge with the increased bitterness.

The alcohol is well-hidden here. All-in-all, a tasty and complex offering!

Update: Sampled the 2013 batch and found the alcohol to be much more pronounced than the 2012 batch. Still a tasty offering, but I enjoyed the 2013 version less as a result of this variance.

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

Pours amber with a cream-colored head. Excellent retention, some slight lace, which is a real surprise. Thick beer. Bubbles slosh suspended in liquid.

Some caramel malt and toasty goodness, but this one is all hops. Big leafy oily piney hop notes and a good whiff of booze.

Now this is where the rubber meets the road. Huge hop oil flavor up front. Resinous. Brown bread crust, slight fruit, well-hidden (!) alcohol for ABV%, some herbal notes, and a very very smooth bitter finish.

Medium to fuller bodied. Very good carbonation.

Big winner here. big bottle is made to be shared. Not hard to finish, but this is an ass-kicker. So worthy.

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