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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed coppery crimson hue, under an adequate layer of beigish foam.
Nose reeks of hops. Piney and citric, yeah, ripe and luscious, a refreshingly lively aroma, very raw, like steeping ones senses in the freshest form of hops.
Taste: thick with hoppiness, again, rich and full of flavor, not the least bit timid....hops and bitterness hang on the palate, dig in deep, stay a spell...
this is a menacing monster of an IPA, and I want to make it my friend!
A challenging ale, but exactly the challenge we hopheads require...each sip releases a succor which enacts a sublime kind of pleasure... (that means I liked it! ;^)...
Full-bodied, intensely flavored, long, bitter, fruity finish...
The Maharaja is a mighty ruler and commands the palate in full, it's reign lasts long beyond the length of the 22 ounce bottle...if you love the homulus lupus, he has you in his sway, no questions asked...damned good stuff. Ranks among the best IIPAs I've had, somewhere in there, anyway...blessedly hoppy, leaving hop trails all along the palate...goodness, they're coming out of my burps, now, too...may I say? a very nice drink, for those of us on the hoppy side...oh, yeah!!!

enormous thanks to mentor for the bottle!

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Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Duff27
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch head on top of a extreeemely cloudy copperish colored beer. Scattered lacing.

S- Floral hops with some caramel malts.

T- DANK. Caramel malts. Hippity hops. Alcohol kick that'll kick your ass.

M- Thick! Nice and creamy...syrupy. Leaves a lingering alcohol taste.

D/O- This DIPA doesn't hide the booze well and that's alright with this guy. The 10.41% keeps it real...don't know what that means...but yeah! Props to Avery.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is a redo for me, because my initial review was an outdated bottle. Poured on-tap in a goblet, the beer is a hazy orange-amber coloring, with a frothy, thick beige colored head of about an inch. The head is airy and light, and it settles a bit, but leaves a strong lace along the glass as it does. Aromas of white wine (almost muscat), pear, citrus, and a subtle resinous highlight. The beer is fruit forward, with grape, grapefruit, and mango, with a solid booze characteristic, wine highlights, and some woody notes. The beer is bold and full bodied in mouth, and has a slightly bitter, richly sweet and resinous aftertaste. The finish is lingering, with booze and bitterness throughout. Heavy hitter.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this one as soon as it showed up on shelves here in Chicago. Batch #13 from March 2011. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin haze and persistent thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - The hops have that slightly cheesy dank note to them that I get sometimes, along with tropical fruits and a bit of citrus. Brown sugar malt backbone is present, but this lies somewhere between the coasts in terms of balance. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

T - Huge tropical fruit character, with straight up melon and cantalope flavors mingling with lightly browned sugar and cookie malt character. Bitterness is surprisingly low, and alcohol is non-existent. Drinks a little bit like candy.

M - Smooth texture, medium carbonation, medium-full body, oily residuals. Could use a bit more dryness in the finish to offset some of the sweet flavors.

D - This is a balanced DIPA but a very good one. Too strong for sessions, but something that I would purchase again and have on-tap if I knew the keg was fresh.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, sweet malt background, slight pine, and slight citrus. Overall, a great blend, body, and drinkability for such a high abv.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/05/06- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. No freshness info to be found on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker oraange rust coloration. 1/2 inch very creamy white head. A bit better than average lacing for a DIPA.

Smell- Wonderful smell of grapefruit and lemon rind resin with a heavy dose of powdered sugar. Lots of floral nose as well. Not really a significant amount of pine noticed. What seems like a fairly dark malt underneath.

Taste- Was quite happy to find this was pretty well balanced. Maybe a tad more malt would have pushed this into greatness. Very healthy dose of mid range bitter hops. Both floral, dare I say a bit herbal and definitely fruity and sugary. Grapefruit and maybe a apricot taste? Just enough malt to make this one very good.

Mouthfeel- Nice bitter backlash on the tongue, mid range mouthfeel. Lower to mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- This one is quite nice. Maybe breaks into my top 10 favorite DIPA's. Very drinkable and the abv seems a bit higher than it feels. Recommended.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger head with lacing, looks nice. Moderate hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and malt. Taste is hop forward at the start and middle, with a nice sweet malt base. Hops are not as aromatic as other top DIPAs, but are pleasant and distinctive. After the hops and malt subside, an odd bitter almost dry-sour finish that detracts a bit from the overall impression. Quite boozy and warming. Medium bodied Except for the slight off-taste on the finish, a very nice DIPA experience. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden brown, almost clear with slight haze. One inch head, with a lot of lacing.

Smells like sweet caramel malt, honey, and pine.

This is one of the more malt-forward IPAs, I've had, almost like a hoppy barleywine. This could be due to the age (not sure how old), but I've heard Maharaja is really malty anyway. Big boozy burn spikes up front, with very sweet, almost cloying malt character, followed by pine bitterness. This just isn't simply my type of IPA, it's a malty boozy mess.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Not all that drinkable. Very present alcohol.

This failed for me. I'd try it again if I found that I had an old bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, 0.33 L. Beer is amber to red and kind of hazy. Forms a thick head of off white bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is mostly piny and malty. Not too strong.

The beer is sweet first, medium to big in body. I suppose this is what people call a balanced IPA. Eh, its kind of malty and the bitterness is cut overall by the malt. Its not dry, its kind of boring. Definitely not my favorite IPA.

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