Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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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: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Little retention on a white head. Exsquisite lacing. Coppery brown and nice clarity.

S- Bitter hops with a metallic sort of nose. Aggressive smell but quite pleasing.

T- Hoppy with distinct dark bitterness. Like some dark fruits with a dark linger.

M- Thick and syrupy almost sort of feel. Not my favorite, but not repulsive.

O- Not my preferred style of beer, but a reasonable example of a DIPA.

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

Poured from their 22oz bomber...

Appearance - Poured 3 fingers of smooth, tight creamy eggshell head, color is a gorgeous hazy orange amber, incredible lacing left at the end of the session, covers the entire glass!

Smell - Fresh red grapefruit, sweet pineapple, candied tangerine slices and touch of vanilla carmel. Smells fantastic.

Taste - Starts sweet grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, and rum soaked apricots - there is a little bit of alcohol warmth at the center but it is not off putting, in fact it ushers in the hops - quick transition to floral and green grassy hops and finishes with grapefruit pith. Long finish of dried grapefruit peels and touch of warmth, with pockets of semi-sweet citrus left in mouth corners.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, nearly creamy and very smooth, an almost medium carb foams across the tongue and provides a really nice mouth watering tingle with some nice edges at the sides of the tongue. Really nice an refreshing, very easy and pleasant to drink.

Overall - This bottle had a few months on it, and I'm taking this into consideration in my review, as I suspect a fresh bottle would have even brighter citrus and would mask the alcohol warmth even better. But I still love the appearance and smell, and the taste is very nice for a DIPA, really nice mouthfeel too, carb is perfect. I definitely recommend this, especially if you can get your hands on a fresh bomber - enjoy!

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.9% out of 100 with 5,649 ratings
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