Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,601
Reviews:
1,856
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
861
For Trade:
7
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After race reviews from friends I went into my tasting with high hopes. The aroma was odd, kind of musty and odd, that of "beer sweat" I was not pleasant on the nose. The visual was of an dark maple syrup hue with slow flowing micro bubbles that cling to the edge of the class with a death grip. Strong hoppy taste with some pine, clearly and imperial IPA. Overall a good beer but the aroma was hard to get over.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tillmac62
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy auburn color loaded with sediment. Big fluffy khaki head.

S - Muted citrus with a hint of dankness. Pretty bland.

T - Big piney explosion that I did not see coming from the smell. Just a tiny hint of citrus in the back ground. Not much in the way of malt, just a hint of a cracker malt backbone.

M - Really not too pleasant. Excessively bitter and hot. Prickly on the tongue and finishes SUPER dry, it's only saving grace.

O - Pretty let down by this. I didn't get much hop presence other than pine and the mouth was pretty off. Very hot and bitter. I'd like to give this another go when I know it's super fresh but I couldn't see what the bottled on date was.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a tulip. Darker than most DIPA. If it didn't have a 1/4" head on it I'd think it was a nice scotch.

S - nice sweet and boozy. Burnt caramel, apple cider, hint of bubblegum. I couldn't wait to taste

T - big bucket of yum. Great balance of pine and grapefruit. I thought the bitter, the booziness, sweetness would linger but it doesn't. Gives enough greatness to quench that palate and just mellows into your chest. Then begs for a refill

M - dig it. Nice and smooth. Nuff said

O - I tried this beer years ago before I really started exploring stronger beers, different styles etc. This was a great homecoming. I love this beer. It smacks the mouth with booze and tartness but mellows almost as soon as it appears. It may be a beer that's been around for a while but it's greatness hasn't faded.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip. fairly dark, orange red. this beer does have some amazing flavors to it. but whats really amazing about it is the silkiness of the mouthfeel. it really does go a long way because I cant say I enjoy this more than dirt wolf or stone enjoy by IPA, when it comes to flavor (just 2 other DIPAS ive had recently)

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,601 ratings.
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