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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Photo of MDDMD
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nice orange amber color with a generous white head and decent lacing

S-malt, grapefruit, sweet notes

T-grapefruit, sweet malt, light hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth but with some slight alcohol burn

O-a decent DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of turnerk3
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a perfect finger width white head. The head retains very well along the side of the glass.

S: This is the definition of a "citrusy" aroma when describing an IPA. Not too over powering either, but there is a slight indication of the ABV that leaves a tingling in the nose.

T: Delicious, utterly delicious. Amazingly well balanced for a imperial IPA. The hops coat the entire mouth, but it is the taste of the hops not the bitterness that really comes through. The malts add a very pleasant sweetness that perfectly compliment the hops. The most amazing aspect is the alcohol taste from the10.3% ABV is practically obsolete.

M: Coats the palate with a perfectly carbonated chewy hoppiness that is expected of most imperial IPAs. The hops are more focused on the entire mouth and not just the bitter area on the back of the tongue. The malts help to keep that overpowering of the hops effect that most other imperials have.

O: This is probably my favorite imperial IPA and I always snatched it up whenever it's available. The hops and malts work astoundingly well together, and combine to make an exceptional brew. Definitely a must if available, cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhartley
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on April 12, 2012. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/2012.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Poco Grande flute glass.

A-Beautiful hazy orange with a thick 1 finger head, tremendous amount of lacing.

S-Grapefruit! Mango! Orange! Peaches! Hops explosion, slight alcohol on the end.

T-Taste is exactly like the smell at first. Tropical fruits, grapefruit and mango. Sweet malt finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

M-Tart and bitter bite, just coats the inside of the mouth with hoppiness.

O-Wow! An awesome DIPA! Exactly what I am after when it comes to a DIPA. Alcohol is hidden well and you gotta be careful drinking this one, before you know it, it's gone.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber, gold foil around the neck and cap. Pours out a hazed amber hue, with a loose creamy light beige head that settle to a mid-sized cap.

Sweet bready malt, mild caramel, with bright orange highlights on the nose, floral hops.

While not considered intense, there is a lot of good stuff going on in the flavour here. No got intense. Sweet bready and caramel malt up front with sweet orange citrus notes, punctuated with sharp pine and leafy herbal hops, grapefruit pith and rind, getting spicier and more astringent towards the finish, and lingering on well into the aftertaste. Hop bill has some depth and layering to it but never gets out of control.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, slightly on the lighter side of that spectrum but hardly an issue, full slightly chewy, creamy smooth texture, with a somewhat assertive mouthfeel for the style which adds extra depth.

More please. When it comes to DIPA's there are bulldozers and there are Mercedes, and this is the latter of the two, smooth, refined, yet still has the horsepower to deliver the goods, just with more grace and refinement.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Avery tap room in Boulder.

Pours a clear light copper with thin off white head. Nice rings of lacing down the beer.

Standard DIPA with a twist. Citrus, tobacco, grapefruit, with a pleasant grassiness. Some floral notes. A rye-like malt at the end provides a nice twist on the typical DIPA malt profile.

Citrus and grass give way to a rye-like malt with ample finishing bitterness. Hints of tobacco and caramel. Alcohol is extremely prevalent and amplifies floral and fruity esters. Complex and delicious; my only complaint is that the alcohol is almost overpowering. The lingering bitterness at the end is complex and lengthy...hop oils and fruits hang around for practically minutes.

I feel like all the Avery beers I've had lately have been a bit too light-bodied, and this is no exception. It's syrupy but undercarbonated with little in the way of sticky resins. I seem to recall the MF being better when I tried this a year ago.

Despite the mediocre mouthfeel, this is an awesome DIPA and one of the best that CO has to offer. I plan on having some more of these soon and hope that the MF is a little more in line with what I remember...medium-bodied and sticky.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,671 ratings
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