Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,623 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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5/5  rDev +19%

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2.91/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks are nice, with a white foam on the typical orange amber brew in the small globe. Sharp on the tongue. Warm and spicy, with vast sweep of tropical fruity flavors. Plenty of hops. Smell of green vegetables, like fresh green beans. Murky flavor of something like hummus.

A fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Something about the combination of spritzy carbonation and the flat sweet flavor is not very inspiring. Bitterness comes along to take over the mid-range and aftertaste. A little lemon, and even more like grapefruit soda.

Sweet yet harsh, carbonated yet flat-flavored, hoppy yet murky. I will have to taste this again, but this bottle is not much to brag about. Release No. 15 Winter 2011/12.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good head retention for a high-booze beer, and great lacing on the glass. Bright bronze color is fairly translucent. Nose is unsurprisingly hoppy, fairly floral, a little bit of booze. Taste is very rich with tons and tons of hop bitterness and not so much hop flavor. The good news here is that it allows the beer to present a focus of balance between the bitter and the sweet, which it accomplishes fairly well while also hiding its alcohol for the most part. Nice dry finish. The body is great, medium to heavy, and it isn't too sticky or viscious, however, carbonation could definitely be bumped up. All in all, an absolute keeper, but not in my personal hall of fame. Could definitely see where it would make it into someone else's though.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a clear reddish amber body, with a nice beige head. Good head retention and okay lacing.

S - The aroma is very fruity, with hints of passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit. Also hints of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. No smell of alcohol. Very intriguing!

T - This beer is JUICY! Right from the start I'm getting an explosion of tropical and citrus fruit flavours! Mangoes, passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit, and a little bit of oranges, together with a nice caramel sweetness. Then comes the bitterness, which is quite massive but well counterbalanced by the fruitiness. Finishes a little bready and quite dry. Every sip makes me want to take another one!

M - Medium-bodied. This beer brings lots of hop oils to the palate. Not sticky or syrupy, though a little bit buttery. The ABV is well-masked, although you will probably get a warming sensation from it. Slightly spicy and very bitter, but it won't be a problem if you're used to hoppy beers. I also like that it doesn't dry out my mouth.

O - This one really pleased me. Just like the brewers intended, this is a very hop-forward beer: intense, juicy yet very drinkable! I personally love these more-fruity and juicy Imperial IPAs, so this was right up my alley, so to say! Highly recommended and well worth the $9+tx I paid for it!

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

A: Marmalade orange. Not much of a head, but a ton of retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Sugar-coated tropical fruits. Boozy malts. Butter.

T: Barley-wine-like malts, sweet piney hops, and a buttery backbone. It really reminds me of the SN Bigfoot, just categorized differently--they're both crossovers.

M: Chewy for an DIPA. Spicy and slightly dry on the end.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,623 ratings.
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