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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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Ratings: 5,664 |  Reviews: 1,873
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bcgpete
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap on a few different occasions at Tizley's. Served in a snifter-style 10oz glass.

The appearance is beautiful. Nice frothy head with that hop-oil glimmer to it. Clear, pale ale color.

The smell is my favorite part of beers like this. Super hoppy aroma, grapefruits and hops for days.

Taste is quite impressive. Very smooth for the abv, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Very slick and easy to drink.

This beer is great, I've had several on more than one occasion. It's so drinkable for the %, kinda dangerous.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden orange pour with minimal white head.

Smell: extreme hop scent with citrus undertones

Taste: powerful, hoppy taste, not too strong for 10.39% ABV.

Mouthfeel: typical IPA, a little bit of retaining in your mouth though.

Overall: pretty good IPA. Would have again.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22Oz bomber poured into a snifter

Release #15, Winter 2011-12
Enjoyed in late February
100th review

A- A crystal clear body, Golden amber orange. It pours with a half finger of head that dissipates pretty fast but thats to be expected. Alcohol legs are here in good fun.
S- Powerful astringent hops dominate the nose. A bit of alcohol. Some citrus like pineapple and grapefruit. A sugary malt profile.
T- First off, there is hardly any alcohol taste and for 10.4% it goes down all too easy. Its so balanced its hard to pick out flavors. Its hop profile is astringent with a hint of grapefruit, my burps are my grapefruit however. Its neither too west coast or east coast. 102IBU's but isnt as bitter as I expected. The malt profile is very light and sugary. A good presence of caramel. A full body of complex flavors but its all too balanced and easy to drink.
M- Like I said, surprisingly easy to drink. Aftertaste is bitter there's a decent hop aftertaste and some pleasant hoppy burps after a while. This is a very enjoyable and well priced brew (8$). This beer is worthy of being my 100th review on BA, cheers to The Maharaja and to a 100 more reviews.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of TTAmod
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring 2012 dated bottle poured into pint glass. Listed as 10.39% ABV.

A: The Maharaja pours a brilliantly clear dark amber with a one finger toffee head. Retention and lacing are good.

S: This smells amazing. A nice full bouquet of fruit flavors are given depth by pine and strong caramel malt.

T: Starts sweet, with pineapple and mango hop flavors, but it's balanced with a strong dose of herbal undertones, pine, alcohol, and a strong, strong malt backbone. Ends alcoholic and bitter.

Not my cup of tea when it comes to DIPAs. This one is way too herbal.

M: Medium-thick and creamy. Pretty good.

O: It's good all around, except for the overly herb-y taste. I'd like to see it a tad more fruit and piney and less herbal.

But, still, for an $8 bomber, you can't go wrong with this one.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Malted and hopped and big. Super-sweet semi-tropical citrus aroma. Refreshing yet sticky and filling. Full, pineapple-juicy body with a robust malt and a mixed molasses/slight cherry-like sweetness. I don't know if I'd call this a DIPA, the malt is so big -so are the hop, though. Reminds me of some of Dogfish Head's bigger IPAs. Top quality Ale. Couldn't dare drink more than a bomber.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear amber with some light visible carbonation and a two finger tall light beige head. There beer exhibits great head retention (barely diminished over the course of the beer) and lots of lacing.

S: Aromas are more of tropical fruits than citrus but still including citrus - I get a pineapple/mango predominant smell. Also, the finish of the aroma has just the slightest hint of pine.

T: Upfront, tropical fruits - pineapple/mango - followed by a sticky pine and a nice an bitter finish. Slight hints of alcohol can be detected.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky.

O: Very good and very enjoyable - a little too intense to be considered sessionable or even a very regular beer in the rotation. I enjoy the tropical hoppy nature of the beer but feel like I need to pair it with some intense flavored food (spicy or aromatic).

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz poured into a duvel glass

A- pours a burnt amber with a one finger off white head leaves spots of lacing all the way down

S- tons of pineapple and sticky tropical fruit, hints of pine and sweetness, nice full bodied aroma.

T- pine apple and sweet tropical fruit up front and sticky resiny pine needles on the end, a bit on the sweet side, but it rounds out an incredibly bitter ending, No lack of either Malts or hops in this one.
Light toasty grains peak through as the beer warms, light note of alcohol.

M- sticky medium boddy with medium tight bubbled carbonation. Carbonation helps to cleanse the stickiness. Slightly mouth coating bitterness lingers. Deffinatly warming.

O- a great dipa, a bit on the sweet side, but great taste, deffinatly worth drinking.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,664 ratings
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