Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,605 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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Lizardville

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with a frothy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Big pungent aroma with floral notes, grapefruit, sweet sugary candy notes, and lots of alcohol

T- A big candy sugary taste, grapefruit syrup, some citrus notes, some spicy/herbal notes, big alcohol presence.

M- Syrupy, full bodied, big alcohol warming, and a slight alcohol burn

O- This is a super sweet DIPA that also has quite a bit of bitterness. Big, boozy, and sweet, which i usually do not like but it works here pretty well. The beer this most reminds me of is Unearthly, I think this is a bigger, boozier beer than that, but both are very sweet candy-like DIPAs.

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

22 oz bottle about 50-55 degrees F to a full pint glass standard pour.

A: copper, bright with 1.5 cm head medium ivory, medium density, with light lacing left behind.

S: definite citrus, some fresh cut pine, bit of alcohol scent.

T: grapefruit starts into a slightly tart malt. Surprisingly smooth long finish with a clear 'back of tongue' bitterness..

M: Smooth, coats tongue with flavor, not foamy, not watery, just right amount of IPA style body.

O: A very nice IPA (double), one of the better I've had. Yum. Share with a friend, high alcohol (10.4) for this 2011-12 release #15 from Avery.

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

A - dark orangish amber; half of an inch of soft, white, dense head; great retention

S - grapefruit, citrus, intense bready malt

T - bread, birthday cake, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, heavy bitter finish, a bit piny

M - smooth, perfectly carbonated, medium bodied

This beer has great flavor. There is great balance between the malt and hop characters. It's high ABV makes it a sipper, but the alcohol is well covered making this dangerously drinkable. I will definitely have this again.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on Julian date of 12013 (i.e. January 13, 2012) into Riedel Tulip glass.

A- Pours a a very hazy copper/red-orange color and a titanic 3+ finger, off-white, sea foam-like head with soldier-like retention and really nice lacing.

S- Initially, waves of pineapple! As the head (finally) subsides I get more orange citrus, sweet tropical fruit (mango/papaya) as well as some residual malt sweetness.

T- Sweet malt followed by citrus rind on the mid-palate and finishing with a pine-like tackiness. Insanely drinkable considering the 10% ABV.

O- Although I know did not acquire the freshest bottle, I'm very happy to have had a chance to sample and review this highly regarded beer. Although the hype is well deserved (this is one damn good hop lovers dream), there are other examples in the market that are just as delectable on the palate. If you can get, get it...but don't get into a fight to acquire one.

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Spring 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a dark amber/ orange color with a finger and a half worth of white foamy head. As the head fades I get lots of sticky lacing to the sides of the glass.

S- All hops; lots of citrus notes seem to dominate the aroma, and I also get hints of grapefruit.

T- This is one hoppy beer. Up front I get lots of grapefruit and citrus, with hints of pine resins as well. Hop presence finishes with a nice malt backbone.

M- Bitter, medium bodied, dry finish. Drinks easy for a higher ABV beer.

This is not the first time I've had Maharaja, but the first I'm taking the time out to review. Maharaja is an awesome, juicy DIPA and something I always grab a few bottles of when released.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,605 ratings.
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