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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Presentation: Foil wrapped and capped with a paragraph on the label that talks about the Maharaja being a "great king". We shall see....

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a pancake-like ivory cap. Carbonation cascades up through the body.

Smell: A deep pine resin smell hits the nose hard. Maybe some tea-like hop notes but pine is the dominant characteristic.

Taste: Alternating layers of pine bitterness, carmel sweetness, fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, then back to the pine bitterness. Multi-dimensional and very interesting. There is some malty sweetness in the background but it quickly gets kicked to the curb by the hops. This is definitely a drier and more bitter double IPA. But that's perfectly fine with me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and bitey due to the hops. There is some mild alcohol that gets left in the back of the palate that dries up the taste.

Drinkability: Very refreshing on a warm spring day and dangerously drinkable. This will definitely tear up your palate.

Notes: Not for the faint of heart. Slightly unbalanced for me but I think it's a very good example of the style. Still, there are more out there for me to sample...

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Reviewed from notes: This bottle is fresh bottled 3/11

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops galore, ciitrus, pine, sweet caramel malts

taste: pine, citrus, tons of grapefruit, sweet malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and fresh DIPA. only draw back as it warmed up became very sweet.


Reviewed from Notes.

Appearance: Amber in color with a 1 finger tan head

Smell: Sweet malts, little hops, caramel,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops must of faded away not getting a whole lot of hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, sticky lingering taste

Drinkability: Not my favorite Double IPA but freshness might have done this one in from the get go. Just wish it was more balanced.


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Poured from 22 oz. bomber. Two finger tan head recedes to surface skim that lingered. Some scant lacing, but not a lot. Color was a clear orange-copper-amber.

Aroma - piney hops, and piney hops ! Hint of bready malt. Some alcohol astringency.

Taste - as promised by aroma. Piney hops upfront and center, they dominate this whole thing. The middle gives a slight taste of the malt , bready and tea-like. Alcohol warmth. Finishing with of course, piney hops. Aftertaste of lemony tea.

Mouthfeel - full, alcohol warm, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkabilty - goes down fairly easy. This is a very good beer, but high abv limits it to one 22 oz. bomber ( 2 x 12 oz. equivalent ) per session ( maybe two 22 oz 'ers, if you're not driving, or do not have to get up early ).

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.9% out of 100 with 5,649 ratings
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