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: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip glass...

A: Golden brown minimal head with some lacing

S: nothing really overpowering, very subtle hints of pine / grapefruit

T: Wonderful mix of hops / grapefruit, the high ABV is wonderfully masked....minial heat coming through

M: medium to heavy carbonation, hoppy after taste, good drinkability

Overall a better then average IPA mostly becase of the flavor and the masking of teh high ABV....will definitely try again and again and again....

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Lots of grapefruit hops and some floral hop. Never have smelled so much citrus hop before. Very nice.

T: A sweet toasted malt flavor that has grassy, citrus and floral hop flavors. The finish is amazing. Sweet malt and pure hop flavor without the bitterness and a burn from the alcohol.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Makes it nice and drinkable.

O: It really is an amazing beer. I've not had anything like it before. Love it.

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

Bottle into my Firestone Walker Tulip.

A: Dark Bronze Amberish color. About an inch head with nice lacing on top.

S: Grape fruit was the predominant smell that came through along with nice notes of hopes and grapefruit.

T: Very hop forward and boozy. This one packs a punch albeit it a delicious one. Pine and lots of citrusy fruit flavors are present, I also detected a little cherry. Finishes very bitter

M: Medium to full bodied. Nice carbonation.

O: As far as Doubles go this is a really nice beer. Defiantly a sipper, but overall I was very impressed. Would seek out again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep pumpkin orange with a finger of steady off-white head. Almost zero beading. The nose hosts plenty of west coast style IIPA notes plus a slew of Chinook-like herbal, almost garlic presence. Not oniony or unpleasant (like Green Flash's Imperial... save that for another review) - it's just a bit more earthy than a traditional west coast IIPA, it's a nice change of pace. The taste is balanced but still aggressive. I don't know what hops are at play here but, to me, every hop highlight has its place in this beer - herbal, spicy, floral, citrus, spruce. A part of me wishes that this beer would take a direction of its own, but most of me is enjoying the hell out of it as it is.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger head with lacing, looks nice. Moderate hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and malt. Taste is hop forward at the start and middle, with a nice sweet malt base. Hops are not as aromatic as other top DIPAs, but are pleasant and distinctive. After the hops and malt subside, an odd bitter almost dry-sour finish that detracts a bit from the overall impression. Quite boozy and warming. Medium bodied Except for the slight off-taste on the finish, a very nice DIPA experience. I would certainly buy this again.

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On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Huge foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and herbal hops, honey, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a nice honey, brown sugar, and malt finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a very nice balance in both the aromas and flavors.

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

Spring 2012 release.

A: Dark bronze, huge head, lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, cantaloupe, ozone. Picking up a subtle cheddar cheese note.

T: Very sweet, very hoppy. A real assault on the tongue. Cotton candy, cherry, bread flavors barely balance out the pine sap, resin, grapefruit skin hop flavors. For a hop head, this is definitely top tier.

M: Hides the abv very well, there isn't a tinge of hotness anywhere.

O: Just a great DIPA... fresh, this is hard to beat.

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