Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,622 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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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very tasty IPA is something I would go for on any day that I want some hoppy, malty big beer. Not too much in your face, but enough to make you realize you are getting what you asked for.
With a slightly red/amber hue, the head did just about as much as it was supposed to. The aroma is sneaky with sweet and floral notes. The taste gets right down to what I think an IPA should be. Slightly malty hints to smooth out a little bitterness and a whole lot of tasty hoppiness that transcends throughout each sip. I can't argue with this one, it's got just about everything I want in a real beer. I'd put it up close to the Pliney, and may actually be a bit more accessible at this point. I could see both of these beers blowing up.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy being part of the cult following of this tasty brew!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 14, bottled June, 2011.

A- Pours a deep copper / amber color. The head is a thing of beauty, thick, creamy and sticky, light beige, about two fingers deep, leaves great lacing.

S- Big hop smell, with citrus, sweet honey malts.

T- Big hop flavors, citrus, earthy spice, herbal. I'm picking up on a pretty profound semi-sweet tea flavor in the nose and in the taste. Malts are huge and sweet, toasted, caramel. A bit of booze but not that much for the whopping 10.46% ABV. Hop bitterness is lingering and leafy. Finishes with a nice blend of bitter and sweet.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A cruel, domineering beer with big, aggressive flavors. This bottle was a bit old and the hops seem to have gone a bit down that tea route, but its still a tasty beer, I'll have to try this again if I can ever find a fresh bottle.

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2.87/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt, 6 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a semi-transparent amber/copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent creaminess. Retention is OK at best.

S - Strong grapefruit notes, musty citric hops, sweet caramel. The hops are fresh, but a bit generic.

T - Musty, grassy hops and strong citric notes are countered (but not balanced) by some sweet caramel malt. The citric hops are overbearing and far from balanced, but I still find it a bit refreshing.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. I think it's a bit to smooth, however.

D - It's not bad, but it's not good. Just an average offering in my book. I appreciate the freshness of the hops, but it's entirely unbalanced.

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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the top on this 2010 vintage labeled as “Batch 11”. It pours a sunset tawny, with a nice glow. It holds a brief one finger head of tan bubbles. This quickly recedes leaving mild patterned lacing around the glass. Carbonation is active, and although there is no sediment a ridiculous haze permeates the liquid. The aroma opens up with a bright sting of booze. The malts are almost as strong, and come across with distinct caramel roast, barley, and a bit of chalk. There are lightening notes of strawberry that nicely complement the hops. These are bright and citric, with earthy tones and grass varietals. Finally, the end is picked up with a soft sourness of heavy cream. As we sip, there is a wild explosion and mixing of stark fruit, booze, and the deepest caramel malts. The grain borders on smoky, but doesn’t quite get there. While all of these components are strong and individually apparent they mix evenly. The middle continues with the hops at its peak. The malts also begin to get a little darker, and more mineral-like. The booze also begins to seep in here, but it is sweet and pleasant. We finish on bitter notes of grassy hops, and a huge spicy sting of black pepper and booze. The final licks of malts are salty, buttery, and sweet with caramel. The aftertaste breathes of hop grassiness, oil, more peppery alcohol, buttery caramels, and citric rind. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is moderate. Each sip gives a thickness and chewiness, and cleanly coats the mouth. There is nice froth, smack, and slurp. The beer is not as drying as one might expect for something with such bitter components. The booze is warming but appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how well it aged. This was utterly surprising that the hops stayed so strong after almost three years, while the booze didn’t entirely take over everything with the malts. The hops held up astonishingly well, offering a great balance with the malts, making for a clean and thorough DIPA.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed wine glass (which in retrospect may not have been the best choice). It has a murky golden color with a little barely visible effervescence. In this glass it has very little head and minimal retention and lacing but that would probably be different in a pint or a tulip. The odor is not particularly appealing but not bad- it smells of piney hops and also has a similar odor to hop-trub (the remains of hops after they've been boiled before fermentation). The taste is a constant barrage of hops- piney, citrusy, and overall pretty bitter. Has a nice long finish. The mouthfeel is perfectly appropriate- a little oily with good solid carbonation. A fine example of an Imperial IPA .

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,622 ratings.
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