Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,632 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: 3.5

A: Murky gasoline orange.

S: malty and a spicy hoppy smell

T: a flat smooth dryness overtakes me

M: a tongue tickler with a bitter dry finish.

O: dissappointed. I expected great things from this one but I'm only mildly impressed. It doesn't have the rich full body taste I expected. It still was one the smoothest Imperial IPAs I've had.

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

2012 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a golden amber with a one and a half finger bright white head that disipates slowly. Beautiful lacing present.

S: Grapefruit and fresh flowers dominate.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon upfront which transitions into lightly sweet malt with banana undertones, finishing with a light but firm citrus bite.

M: Light to medium carbonation and medium slick and silky body with a very evident malt backbone

O: A very, well-crafted and well-balanced double IPA. A recommended brew that should be sought out.

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

A - Pours a beautiful light-brown honey color with a thin beige head.

S - So fruity! Apricot, pear, apple, banana, and melon--a fruit salad for the nose.

T - Sweet melon with really bitter overtones and a bitter grapefruit finish.

M - It is syrupy in the mouth but fairly crisp. The hops seem to tingle your mouth in conjunction with the carbonation.

O - Overall, very delicious. The hops leave your gums feeling slightly numb like an analgesic. A great beer to try for any double ipa fan!

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

Reviewing the Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company.
Score: 90

Bottle code is "12038B6." Per Avery's bottle decoder, that means this beer was bottled on 02/07/12. Served in a Founders' tulip and enjoyed on 03/10/12.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color that falls closer to the transparent side between transparent and translucent. One finger of off-white creamy head at pour quickly settles into a thin, splotchy layer atop the glass. Average lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet citrus, barley malt and caramel. Bready malt, lemon, grapefruit, orange juice, and a mix of grassy and earthy hops present in the nose as well. A light alcohol aroma and modest floral notes too. 4/5

Taste: Lemon citrus and a ton of malted barley upfront. Quite a bitter malt bomb with a modest amount of booziness. Tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than an imperial IPA -- almost like a citrusier Bigfoot or a boozier Behemoth. Lots of caramel malt and biscuity/bready malt on the midpalate, in addition to sweet lemon grass and earthy hops. There is some orange rind and a light amount of grapefruit juice flavor present too. Decently balanced overall for a malt bomb, but it is definitely a sipper. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter and malty finish. 4/5

Overall: This beer succeeds as a hoppy barleywine, but it is a bit of a boozy malt bomb from an imperial IPA. While this brew was maltier than anticipated fresh, I enjoyed it thoroughly once the "it's kind of like Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA" reality set in. I would certainly drink this one again, but I am not sure it would be my first choice if I was seeking out an IPA for the evening.

Recommendation: A bit aggressively flavored for casual beer drinkers, but beer geeks should enjoy this one thoroughly -- especially fans of hoppy barleywines like Three Floyds Behemoth.

Pairings: Avery's website recommends that you "try The Maharaja with some Shrimp Cocktail and you'll find that the intense, 'grapefruity' hop aroma is a perfect compliment."

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –A nice golden color with a sea of little tiny carbonation bubbles running up through the brew. The head upon serving is quite small and fades fast to give a medium to high level of lacing with a little persistent film remaining on the brew.

Smell – A nice citrus hop aroma mixed with a bready backbone and a tiny bit of caramel sweetness. At the end of the aroma, more earthy hop notes come into play and give a nice rounding out of the smell.

Taste – A heavy maltiness mixed with a slightly bitter hop flavor are in the front. These begin to blend with a sweet citrus hop flavor. The sweeter citrus flavor is mainly lemon in nature and complements the more bitter hop flavors. The sweet and lemon seem to strengthen at the expense of the more piney and bitter hop flavors (although these remain strong) and finish out the taste leaving a rather enjoyable aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – It has a very nice creamy body. The tiny carbonation bubbles seen in the look, tingle the tongue as one drinks the beer. The smoothness and creaminess mixed with the tickling burst of the bubbles on the tongue and make for a nice mouthfeel experience.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable and flavorful double IPA. One that evokes you to sit and sip over some time.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,632 ratings.
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