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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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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Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- dark copper to amber in color, thin, quickly disappearing head that leaves a fair amount of lace as you drink

S- very hop forward, pungent, and harsh but doesn't overpower the complexity of the malt somehow

T- pretty great, major hops, face punching IBU's, and somehow the malt again isn't lost.

M- thick, chewy, almost like eating a pine tree, but in the best way possible

O- the BA reviews were right on, great beer, will absolutely buy again

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,701 ratings