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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: 5,666 |  Reviews: 1,873
Photo of PatandDavid
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I can see where some might think it was a bit sweet, but I couldn't get over the aroma and pretty much kept my nose in the glass. I almost dipped my finger in to dab some of this behind my ears! Alright, on tap at redbones, served in a goblet. Deep copper in color, the small white head dissipated a bit and left that petri dish look floating on the top. I dug and dug and dug again the piney and candied hop arroma. Man did this beer smell good. I thought the body was a bit chewy, but still enjoyable. Tastewise, you start with some initial hop sweetness, prickly carbonation, and then you end with some hop bitterness (but not too bitter).

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Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From warriorsoul, this IIPA came in a 22 oz. bomber with a regal label and silver neck foil. The beer was poured out into a tulip, and looked clear glowing reddish orange with a well proportioned creamy dense head.

The aroma was thick in its tropical fruit lustiness with grapefruit rinds, mangoes, and guava. The background was earthy and ripe like a mellow cheese.

The taste was as pleasurably intense as I was anticipating. The hops came up front with a peppery and citric snap. The malt was thick and chewy with a tongue coating caramel sensation. Overall the effect was like chewing on a hop flavored hard candy. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation soft. The aftertaste lingered, making this more of a sipper.

Not a complex beer, but with such a solid cohesive structure, additional complexity would just get in the way.

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Photo of BierReise
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber $7.25. Bottled in 2005. This is god damn delicious. Some shade of amber and clear.Thick clinging head. Sweet fruity citrus hop aromas with notes of peaches, oranges, pine and tropical fruits of delight. Doughy aromas from malt also add to the pleasure. Body is full, syrupy and slightly sticky. Lots of bitterness in the flavor from start to finish. Sweet and super hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Overall pretty much in line with most other good Imperial IPA's.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a find. A really bold (duh!) yet drinkable double IPA. The color is a bit lighter than I was epxecting, but a nice clean look with some honey around the edges.

The taste is amazing. Somehow they have managed to make a truly staggeringly hoppy beer, but with a smoothness and drinkability to it. It is just such a clean and crisp taste. Not overly metallic or too grapefruity in taste - considering the amount of hops in this thing.

Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of carln26
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper to orange in color with a thick tan head made of tight, dense bubbles. The nose has a great hop forward flavor. Citrus, hop flower, and dare I say a little cannabis is delivered up front. There is a mild candy malt aroma. Caramel with a hint of dates. More malt than I expected. Wow, very nice flavor. A lot of citrus grapefruit up front, but the balance of malt sweetness is very refreshing. This isn’t just another hop bomb. The balance of the caramel and citrus come together for a pleasant tanginess on the finish. It’s all tied together nicely with a slight alcohol warming, a mild, slightly slick mouth feel. Very nice beer.

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Photo of maxpower
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear copper- amber with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Pineapple, pine and grapefruit aromas, citrus, pine, melon, pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry and bitter, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.

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Photo of Truh
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Followed all proper etiquette with this one on 4/2/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. foiled bomber (purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits) poured twice in a shaker glass.

Currents of frothy, big bite foam run through the middle of a quiet lake of covering head, about ¼ inch thick that, once settled, has corpuscles of lace and generous stick. Juicy orange hue with 100% clarity and some slower than molasses going uphill on a cold day action. Nose is full of hop, like a green-leafed nose gay, and I can almost see the srystals; seems like an almost orange/raspberry sweetness to it. Very deep hop core, but not overly bitter, and a big enough malt profile where I think this almost verges on a barleywine; clover and some rock candy sweetness later. Better than the Wailing Wench.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Label sez bottled in '05.

Orange/amber with an off-white head that rises quickly and then falls to a very thin sheet.

Smells of sweet malt paired with a hop strain I can't ID. Something west coast? Whatever it is, it works out nicely.

Surpisingly, the malt flavors take up most of the taste with the hops jumping in to share in the finish. Very clean and balanced. Where's the alcohol?

I was expecting a mouthfeel that is bigger than a standard IPA and that is what I found. Just enough carb to get a slight tingle.

This is a big beer and as such has limited drinkability, but it goes down fairly easy.

I'm impressed with this brew. Its weird (in a good way) how malts take center stage yet it has enough hop to satisfy all but the most rabid of hopheads. One of Avery's better "big beers" for sure.

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

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carobonation is present. An aroma of hops, pine and a touch of caramel and malt. The flavor was of hops and heavy on the caramel sweet aspect. It had a medium body and a slightly creamy texture. The finish was sweet with just a touch of astrigency. A sweeter style for a double IPA, but still very good.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Nick, aka BeerPanther at Bauer Wine @ Spirits for this rare one.
Pours a brilliant cloudy copper w/ a full finger of dancing tan head, full of large bubbles...like it was anxiously awaiting release from its bottle.
Lacing is very clingy and web-like...real attractive.
The first aroma is malt, which blows my mind...but keep the nose there for a few seconds and the hops make their way up front. It is not pushing its way up front, just waiting patiently in line...gotta respect that.
The taste is also very balanced...mild in the hops department for a double, but a very unique twist on the style...even detect a touch of pumpkin spice.
Following is a sweet caramel, citrus, cherries in a warming bitter crunch.
Alcohol is detected, but very slight.
Session beer....no.
Could I throw back a few....yes.
One heck of a fine offering from Avery...continuing to impress me time after time.

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

Baby oh baby --- a new Avery brew on tap at the Blind Tiger, life is good! a double IPA , even better, this poured a brilliant shade of amber, clear and left big time lacing. White head, hoppy/grapefuit nose. Crunching blast of citric hops, balanced upon lucious layers of malt. Very enjoyable brew. Royally enjoyable, a fine creation in brewing, seek and enjoy!

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

Appearance: reddish copper with a big cream colored head and nice lacing

Smell: all hops: very floral and piney, some grassiness as well

Taste: resinous piney hops, citric notes as well, good malt backing creates a nice balance to the hops, a yeasty earthy undertone

Mouthfeel: full bodied and slightly oily

Drinkability: very well balanced, the hop bitterness does not build to overwhelming proportions,

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

This is most likely my favorite of the dictator series. With Avery claiming this to be similar to there "eleven" I was excited to give it a try. I believe this is the last one of the dictator series but I'm not for sure. I cant say anything bad about any of the beers in the series, there all good. I wonder what a Hitler would have tasted like. Oh well. The pour was excellent flowing with red and orange entwined. The hops are very noticeable and a slight bit over powering, as they should be. This beer was very crisp, and not to much malt which I liked. I was impressed by the 112 IBU's and after drinking I might have even guessed it was more. All a round a good beer from every point of view. I see myself drinking more and glad Avery made it a regular item instead of a seasonal.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.69/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is much more reserved that I was expecting. At first, all I get is earthy metallic hops. Then some sweet melon and tangerines come out to dominate. I also pick up some medicinal alcohol astringency.

The flavor is sweet melon followed by some harsh alcohol (that becomes less noticeable as time goes on) and a bitter almost metallic hop finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy.

Overall, another Avery "big beer" disappointment for me - they sound soooo good, but don't live up to expectations for me. I've had much better IIPAs. I don't like the sweet melon in an IIPA, the alcohol is a bit much, and I don't care for the hop flavor and finish. Great Divide's Hercules is MUCH more up my alley. To be fair, as I finish the 22, it becomes less un-appealing.

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

2005 bottling, Sampled March 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with hints of orange. It is topped by a creamy, reasonably dense tan head that is held up by hops and a mild carbonation. The aroma smells like a fresh cut mix of oranges and grapefruit from a distance. Up close the citrus character is intensified as it gains a lemon-like sharpness as well as the aforementioned orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, apricot, and tangerines.

The taste is lightly sweet with an intense fresh American hop character that plays up the fruit character of this beer. This beer finishes with a bit of astringent sharp hoppiness, a solid bitterness and a bit of alcoholic bite. This beer is quite smooth, and even has a nice creamy body that is quite pleasant and helps to make this beer that much more drinkable. The flavors of this beer run the gamut from grapefruit, tangerine, mint, basil, pine needles, and candied orange peel. This beer has a bunch of hops in it, but it is not all that balanced towards the bitterness, there is a solid malt backbone, that while not particularly noticeable over the hops is very important to the fruity hoppiness that characterizes this beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The departs the 22-ounce brown bottle a clean and clear dark amber color with the head creamy and light tan in color, the size modest, after its decline the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet that clings mightily to the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt with a magnificent hop floral spiciness with is fresh and appetizing, start is sweet malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish determined in it hop spicy bite, the acidity meaningful and the aftertaste dry and pleasant, another great beer from a magnificent brewery.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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