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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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Photo of danieelol
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum

Into Victory shaker; pours a golden red.

Nose is awesome. Lots of malt here but also orange from the hops. I get tropical fruits and in particular pineapple mixed with some pine; alternating with the malt.

Taste has a lot of really juice pineapple, sweet malt, pine and lots of bitterness. Really high amounts of bitterness considering the malt body and ABV. Some tea on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good- lots of hop syrup. Good amounts of carb and decent body.

Overall a delicious beer. Balances everything really well. You only feel the alcohol after you've drunk it- it remains extremely drinkable and well-balanced. The dry-hopping really gives it a luscious quality. Dangerous.

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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Maharaja pours a bright copper orange with a thick and sticky head.

As soon as you crack this beer you get engulfed in citrusy, tropical, dank, grassy, hop aromas. Once you pour it you find even more pungent hop aromas oozing out of the glass with a faint caramel malt backbone.

The taste, oh the taste! A barrage of pineapple, mango, pine, citrus, grass, tangerine, orange, floral, then cut slightly by a caramel, honey biscuit, and toffee malt backbone accompanied by a warming alcohol flavor and then finishing with a biting bitterness.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick. You can almost feel the astringent hop oil stripping the enamel off your teeth and it tickles your tongue and throat all the way down. This beer should be rated low on the drinkability scale but it is just so amazingly delicious that it always goes down faster than you would hope.

Overall, I love Maha, bow to him.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing light amber with a rich head. Wonderful lacing in a Dogfish Head goblet. Pungent, wild notes of fresh hops hit the nose and make the mouth water.

Oily, skanky and funky, this is an earthy full-force hop delight. The taste is wonderful with pungent, oily hops playing lead as the tropical fruit malt backbone holds everything together. Biting, juicy finish with a creaminess that is not too common to the style. Medium-bodied but full of flavor.

This is a great example of the DIPA style and has so much to offer for a hop head. I'm not a hop head, but I totally appreciate the way everything is pulled together and think this should be a good benchmark for any brewer looking to create a solid DIPA.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a clear almber with a decent sized off white head that lingers.

Some citrus and malt in the smell, with a heavy pine smell as well.

Taste is quite sweet for a DIPA with a slight hops bite on the aftertaste.

This bottle was not as fresh as I would like. A DIPA I would love to revist.

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

A - Pours a hazy copper/amber with half a finger of white head, extremely tiny bubbles.

S - As soon as the cap came off, the room was filled with the smell of hops. Citrus mostly, some slight earthiness. The main aromas I get are lemon, grapefruit, and hints of pine needles. There's a decent amount of booze coming off the nose, and a nice balance with the sweet malts underneath.

T - Slightly underwhelmed with the bitterness of the beer, but I have held it for a bit longer than I cared to, so it is most likely my fault on that one. Malts are still amazing at balancing the hop flavors and alcohol. Same as the aromas, just a different blend. More of the sweet caramel/nutty malts, less of the pine, and general citrus notes from the hops. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable.

M - Medium body, nice and sticky sweet. Finish is sticky, with sweet malts finishing out the flavor.

O - I have had this before, fresher, and really enjoyed it. This doesn't seem to be an IPA that takes too well a 1 or 2 months of holding onto. Still really good, just not as I remember it before.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty damn good avery! pours a dank reddish color with a thick white head on er. smells incredible, sticky hops and booze. genuinely would wear this as cologne! taste is complex for an imperial ipa. more than just that hop smack, its got a lot of fruity stuff happening, some lemon or orange in there as an acidic and complementary thing. there is also a sort of earthy naturalness to it, a purity. mouthfeel is perfect to, chewy thick hops with a bright carbonated finish. this one is a keeper

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally in upstate NY!

A- Pours with a finger of sticky head into my DFH glass. Dark, ruddy orange with a ton of sweet sticky lacing that grips the glass and drips like an oil slick. Neat!

S- Grapefruit dipped in caramel! This one smells sweet and sticky! Nice bloom of spicey fresh cut grass lies underneath the strong caramel maltiness. Honey, orange zest, pineapple and mango.

T- Sweet caramel is the first thing that rolls on the tongue... funky, yeasty grassiness followed by strong citrus and tropical fruit flavors! Over ripe peach, pineapple, mango, guava, honey, licorice, bitter orange peel, and some kind of smokey notes follow. Has just a touch of compost pile that I find myself loving!

M- For a IIPA... this is rediculously sticky and thick! Sweet caramel malts, mouth puckering bitterness, grassy outdoors funk, and a really nice blend of all three. This is really a tongue coater!

O- Really glad that this is available to me now! Really wished I picked up more than just one, but at $9.49/22oz... not exactally wallet friendly. This is really fantastic though and I will definately be grabbing more when the IPA bug bites!

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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me just start off by saying that I am not a big fan of double IPA's. IPA's are pretty brutal on my taste buds to begin with...but doubles are even more so. With that said, this is THE best double IPA that I've ever had. Poured a nice golden brown color with a good sized head that gave some lacing. Aroma was HOPPY...but there was also a presence of citrus and, well, booze (it is 10% after all). Actually tasted pretty sweet in the start, but it finished very hoppy/bitter. Not to the point that I was not wanting to finish the glass, but it was actually pleasant...and I never feel that way about supremely hoppy beers.

Pretty smooth, light to medium in body...again, pretty darn drinkable for a 2x IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, but if I had to drink a double IPA...this would be it.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma isn't in your face, but don't worry. What this beer lacks in bouquet it more than makes up for in taste. Tastes so hoppy and malty. I love it. Definitly worthy of the name Imperial IPA. Very smooth with pine up front and malty finish. Creamy mouthfeel. So delicious. 102 IBUs/10% abv equals one hell of a good beer.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice light amber with a generous amount of carbonation bubbles, pours crystal clear with two fingers of frothy head that is off-white verging on light tan and lingers for a nice amount of time, leaves a solid amount of lacing sticking all around the glass
S: nice citrus and grapefruit hop scent with a nice sweetness as well
T: begins with a heavy sweetness like molasses then moves into the citrus hop notes that are really nice and help to ease the alcohol and slightly severe taste on the tail end, not off putting but definitely gives it some super depth
M: gentle on the carbonation, slides across the palate with a certain dryness then leaves a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat right at the end which is a wonderful feeling since it is not overwhelming but rather warming and really helps to give this dipa more complexity and character
O: great brew! Drinks smoother than dfh 90 minute with the same character and nice hop notes, lived up to my expectations and I really wish I could get this more often. Great offering

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3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped into a tulip.

Appearance - Medium amber body. Small white head with fine lacing.

Smell - Candy sweet. Hoppy. Great balance.

Taste - Acidic. Fruity. Crisp. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer, but for the style, thoroughly unimpressive.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,665 ratings
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