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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep orangey amber with a yellow-white foamy head, about one finger.

S - Grapefruit and piney citrus, with a strong sweet backbone. Very fruity.

T - Sweet, warming, and somewhat boozy. Hops and citric fruits with a strong malt body.

M - Thick and syrupy. Quite sticky as well.

O - A very good IPA, though a little different. The strong malt body reminds me a bit of an American Barleywine. Still, very good.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from local Heinen's grocery store for $15.99/64oz.

Orange-ruby elixir into DFH chalice. One finger, slight off-white head, dissipates to rim. Thick lacing from top to bottom.

Nice aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, gf) plus some nice pine from the simcoe. There is a bit of malt biscuit which leaks through.

Smooth hop bitterness, tropical fruits, a bit more pine than the nose. The malt sweetness really comes through and knocks back the hops.

Medium to heavy body, a bit of an alcohol feel mid swallow.

Overall an above average DIPA, but no where near the big boys. Too much malt which is what Avery is shooting for, a "balanced" DIPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of frothy white head. Some nice lacing as I drink it. The malt is the first thing I smell, but is soon joined by citrusy and grassy hop notes. The taste is full of citrusy hops and caramel. The malt stands up to the hops making this very drinkable. This is a full bodied drink that is great to sit and relax with.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap poured into pint glass though probably would have been better to have been a snifter or tulip as this was a fairly full beer to sample. A thick light head formed on top of golden, slightly copper tones with lacing that clinged to the glass.

The nose was full of floral and hops...sweet and quite fresh. Taste followed suit with (obviously) fully hopped, floral notes and sweetness in front then slight bitterness that grabs the tongue toward the finish. Not as much alcohol that was initially expected from the 9+% ABV though as I say..a pint was quite a full sample especially as it was preceeded by a Mattingly's Dead Flower which is hopped to the hilt!!

Nonetheless, this is a really good beer. Very drinkable a great Imperial IPA.

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