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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: 5,659 |  Reviews: 1,872
Photo of Kettle1
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a mild hazy light amber-color with some orange highlights. The head is a medium sized off-white color. The aroma is mostly grapefruit with some earthy notes tossed in. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Photo of radius129
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejb63
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a little late in the game to finally getting to this beer 12 years after it was introduced. I think I had it once but not in a setting to do a review. Anyway. thanks y. bro for this fine sample.
A boy beer out of a can. Who knew? Pours heavy with a huge head and dark syrupy gold. The head stays around for the whole drink with a tan show of sticky foamy goodness. Tops off with tons of hops. Heavy hop liqueur aroma that pushes limits without passing to the excess stage.
Drinks big and full as well but what a drink. Rich malt dances with the fullness of the hops. Bitter, but not really with sweetness of the malt and heaviness of the feels keeping everything in check. I like the raw, almost rustic taste of the hops.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into glass

Orange bronze liquid, of white one finger foam cap

Aroma of citrus , orange

Heaps of piney citrus hops over malt

Bit of a bitter bite

Good beer

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A; slight haze; reddish bronze in color; 1 finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple, caramel, a bit of mint;

t: earthy and caramel up front; middle is sweet pineapple and caramel; alcohol is noticeable on the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish that increases to moderately dry in the aftertaste;

O: a sipper;

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Photo of mikerieder
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Big sweet malt met by huge piney hops. Tons of flavor in this brew. Earthy bitter finish. One of the first massive IPAs years ago before everyone was doing it. Still delicious.

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Photo of moundbz
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheWolf
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottspencer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of km02600
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pine. Taste is pine, resin, dank, herbal, light malts. moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was expecting much more.

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

(12 oz can, canned on 01/03/2017, poured into a teku - NOTE: this, I'm almost 99% positive of, has been sitting in the fridge of the store from which it I purchased for a few months now - it's been chillin long time)

L: deep almost red-orange colored liquid - looks clear, but appears to have mild haze... creamy, rocky sponge of aged-white foam, recedes into a chunky collar... collar eventually thins to little, not much lace - foam was pretty while it lasted

S: dense orange-grapefruit hops, bit of syrupy thread through the middle... gets more intensely fruity with successive sniffs - melange of tropical highlights, candy- or smoothie-like... for this abv, not an intense, raw alcohol presence, perhaps maybe some spicy esters (though that could be the hops) - it does creep out little by little... the fruity hops are the screaming centerpiece, though certainly a brawny malt lurks below

T: first sip - coursing through the middle of the palate, a very interesting, rather intense floral-herbal note, blended with or rather boosted by a soft, round, yet forceful slug of ethanol... lovely, mostly-dry finish and long-lasting, quite wonderfully ever-present tannic and biting bitterness... malt takes a bit to emerge, but it's actually nearly as densely-packed as the hops

F: smooth, lightly bouncy, somewhat surprisingly light(er) body with a marginally-oily viscosity... a surging-ly warm, yet relatively bone-dry finish that drops off mid-sip - any resinous bulge remains up front

O: well-executed brew, superb slow sipper... nice balance of sweet and dry, stalwart bitterness, strong yet so easy-drinking... a lot to like, the other 3 cans I will savor

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Photo of PSanger
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into a tulip glass. Found this beer to be very strong and heavy. I didn't get the dankness mentioned so a few times below in the reviews. Dark colored beer with some alcohol smells. I got a lot more malt then hops. In my opinion this beer is not worthy of the high reviews.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip, pours an amber/gold with an inch and a half of off white head that fades slowly and leaves ample lacing. Smell is of pine, citrus zest, and huge loads of typical American hop character. Taste follows, but is huge! Hops, and lots of them, give you s nice forceful smack in the face, but in the middle, there is a soft sweet malt character, which then fades to dank, resinous hoppy character. That taste lingers long into the finish. Feel is medium to full in body with lively carbonation. Overall, I'm all about this. Super hop forward, but just enough malt to give it balance and harmony, but not without distracting too much from the boat loads of dank hop flavors.

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big pine, orange peel, toasted malt, and alcohol. Heavy bodied, bitter with moderate carbonation. Makes for an above average, bitter treat. Tasty but there are several other IIPAs that I would go to first.

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Photo of NMA
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 15.00 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.3125/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Canned on 03/07/17. Stored and served at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Citrus and flowers, some pine.
Head – large (Maximum 7.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy and dense, good retention, diminishing to a thick seven mm ring and heaped rocky partial layer. At this point, the receding head has left thick rings of excellent lacing.
Lacing – excellent. Thick complete rings of tiny to small bubbles: rings are connected by thin tiny columns.
Body – dark orange, hazy but it could be chill haze. It isn’t going to last long enough to warm up in the glass.
Flavor – Begins with a dank hoppiness which contrasts with the original aroma. Warming in my mouth accentuates the dankness as well as bringing out some malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

An excellent DIPA and lawnmower beer. If I had another four-pack, I’d mow the lawn again just so I could drink this after.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,659 ratings
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