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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company


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4,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 4142
Reviews: 1712
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Photo of BradC


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label...Release #18 2014

Poured cloudy orange color with at least a finger of head and thick sticky lacing into an IPA glass

Smells dank and hoppy with smells of tropical fruits, grapefruit and an underlying sweet aroma.

Lots of hops flavor against a sweet malt backbone, with a good alcohol kick. Hop Flavors of grapefruit, mango with a bitter finish.

Pretty heavy thick mouthfeel, moderately carbonated.

Overall, great DIPA , real hop forward but with enough malt to balance it out. Not overly sweet, maybe a little too bitter in the finish for my tastes. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:40:47 | More by BradC
Photo of brureview


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014: This year there is an added sweetness and pronounced tropical fruit.
The aroma is strong tropical fruit, sweet, grape, and apple.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated.
The taste is one of the best in all the DIPAs I have tasted: tropical fruit, grapefruit, apple, sweet, grape finished with a hoppy, refreshing bitterness.

One of my two favorite DIPAs- the other is Heady.


Wow! I had this DIPA on tap, and it was great. It was served in a tulip and poured a beautiful tea color, with little head. The aroma was strong grapefruit.

The mouthfeel was very smooth for an IPA. No bitterness to speak of. The taste was excellent-fruity-especially strong grapefruit. A winner!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:02:54 | More by brureview
Photo of santomark


3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, caramel, bronze color. Off white head at 1 finger, disappears fairly quickly.

S - Not very DIPA in smell, to be honest, not very IPA in smell. First hits with big hop presence, followed with a resin of sweetness, like a molasses.

T - Taste, malt... there's no hiding the abv in this. Very little characteristics from the hops, mildly bitter towards the end. A sweetness that is nothing of a hop profile, this tastes like molasses sweetness, something very reminiscent of a darker ale.

M - Oily, thick, yet soft. there's this sticky finish to the beer, very oil yet dry.

O - This is a toss up, there's some really great aspects to this beer and some that could have been blended a lot better. The characteristics remind me of an American Strong Ale, very thick, oily, moderate hop profile, molasses at times. As far as an IPA or DIPA goes, this is far from it. Malty at times and could have just been better. Very disappointed with Avery for this Malt Bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:13:55 | More by santomark
Photo of T-34-85

New York

3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to trying this beer after reading about it, but was very disappointed in the beer. I was unable to find any dates on the beer, but I drank it within 3 days of purchase from the store.

The beer is very high alcohol, and has significant malt to balance that out, but it does not seem to have worked. The alcohol essence is somewhat overpowering. In addition, there seems to be too much malt sweetness in the beer as well.

The beer has some nice hoppy aromatic notes, with a nice the malt sweetness in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:39:40 | More by T-34-85
Photo of JoshuaMason


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent Copper; Some Floaties; Bubbly, Off-White Head; Vigorous Carbonation; Great Lace
Smell: Dank; Catty; Citrus Rind; Herbal Hops; Over-Ripe Banana, but not in a wild-yeast way.
Taste: Dank; Crème Brule; Herbal Hops; Oniony?; Alcohol
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Medium Carb, Resinous, Dry Alch Finish
Overall: Wonderful DIPA
Comments: If anything, I would like a little less Alcohol on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 05:09:38 | More by JoshuaMason
Photo of McStagger


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re review. Got a bad bottle a couple days ago.

A: Pours a nice reddish/amber. Finger of tight off white head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is stellar.

S: Lots of malt in this monster. Spicy, caramel, lots of toffee. Hints of tropical fruit come up from the glass. Banana, bubblegum. Some dankness.

T: Immediate malt sweetness, and a lot of it. This is hit by an expertly balanced bitterness from the hops. That's when things get interesting. Hoppiness is heavily tropical in nature, with fruity esters running wild. Mango, pineapple, again with the banana. Some heat fro the alcohol runs to the sinuses. There is a firm bitterness that asserts itself about mid palate. Firm, but not aggressive. The malt eventually takes over. More tropical fruits and the bready, yeasty element rears its head. The flavor takes on a definite spice component, almost akin to that of rumcake or spice cake. Slightest hints of citrus astringency on the finish, but this is almost lost in the re explosion of malt goodness.

M: Glides across the palate. Very smooth. Alcohol presence is noted, but subdued. Not heavy, but ample bodied.

O: I get it now. I seem to forget that not all IPA's are west coast in style. While high in IBU's, the overall bitterness of this beer is actually relatively low. It's fruity and a touch spicy. It has notes of citrus and evergreen, but they are subdued in the context of this brew. Great stuff, and I'm surprised I hadn't picked it up sooner.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 07:31:09 | More by McStagger
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark peach color, little head. bitter hop aromas and tropical fruit, indiscernible which ones; and a cat urine taste (not in a bad way, I think). a little bitter, old hop generations, but a definitive standby. very decent. very consistent. I didn't know this was a seasonal, but glad I got an opportunity to try it this season....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:13:49 | More by pkalix
Photo of MaillardRx


4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. Bottle poured into a stein.

A: Very pretty copper color with an ivory head. Decent head size and good lace down the glass.

S: Beautiful aromas of hops. And then come the smells of more hops. Repeat.

T: Definitely taste the hops. Lots of pine and citrus

M: Not overly carbonated, but a good enough mouthfeel

O: Liked this beer. Lives up to the bill and fits the DIPA profile well.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:26:34 | More by MaillardRx
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light and fiery copper color with a fat creamy head of off white foam. The beer is lightly hazed and has a constant stream of bubbles making their way to the top. Leaves glorious lace, a cap of loose bubbles and a ring. Nose is outstanding. Crisp and tart grapefruit. Fresh leafy mint. Herbal and a sweet little caramel that is gonna surprise you later. There is a pungency to this nose that is like tobacco and really the most authentic tobacco I have seen in a DIPA. As it warms a subtle and tropical sweetness from fruit like guava takes the nose to a new height with a bit of orange as well. There is a hemp seed scent on this that you might recognize as almost nutty but not quite. Never have I seen hemp so authentic before.

Taste is sensational. Strong malt. Like a spike in the glass around which all the flavors will revolve. Caramel and bread. Earthy and pungent with herbs and grapefruit. There is a middle sweetness in this that is tropical like guava but it's so delicate. This beer is big and bold. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate, just a tiny bit of warmth. Juicy orange, earthy grapefruit and something leafy like tobacco. Pine. Like you did not expect that there would be no pine? In so many ways this beer is like a conversation with you. This has a bitter that starts at the roof of your mouth and continues to the finish but this beer is mellow with so many flavors and with such a tremendous malt to sweeten it so deeply. Medium mouthfeel and sticky like a baked pastry. Finishes dry and bittersweet.

Hot damn! Get this beer. This beer has a most successful bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 15:03:48 | More by utopiajane
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4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I found a bottle of this brew in a local grocery store with a reasonable release date of No. 17 2013. The bottle was labeled 10.4% ABV and 1 pint 6 oz. (22 oz.). I had read about this Imperial Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Co. and considered it a lucky opportunity just to give it a test flight.

Poured into a 22 ounce glass the color was amber with a thick head that left substantial lacing. The aroma was very busy with hops, citrus, and malty sweetness dominating.

The taste was thick and rich with the malt balanced simultaneously with the bitter hops along with grapefruit and floral flavors. The flavor profile was solid all the way through to the long, lingering finish.

The beer has a rich, luscious mouth feel throughout all the way past the light to medium carbonation and lovely lingering finish.

Overall this beer adds new and welcome taste dimensions to the Imperial IPA battle ground and I highly recommend it. While this is my first beer from Avery Brewing, it won’t be my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 01:34:09 | More by abeerwiseguy
Photo of bball208

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Meh, not sure what the hype is all about. I wanted to love this beer so much since a lot of people I know like this, but it just didn't taste like an IPA.

Hazy orange, with nice head. Looks beautiful. The aroma was if biscuits and more breads. Kinda strange for an IPA. Taste was not bitter although it said 102 IBUs. Tasted like biscuits, little hops, some grapefruit, but overall it was muddled by the malt. Not too balanced, definitely not a refreshing IPA. It's a wintertime beer, I would never drink this on a hot day. I've had way more IPAs that were tasty, more floral, and more appealing than this one. This just was not a very good beer, despite its complex flavors. I guess I like more of the floral beers like heady topper


Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:29:13 | More by bball208
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage Spring release, there was a part of me that wasn't going to review because it was fairly old, but then I decided to go for it since I'm unsure if I'll ever see it again.

Into a wine glass:

A: hazy golden/Orange colored body with a thin somewhat foamy head that concaves to a nice looking valley in the center of the glass, some carbonation is seen rising.

S: malty resinous caramel bitterness

T: bitter yet sweet at different times just like "old DIPA's" tend to get, still comes through in a good way, nothing bad, sticky resinous aftertaste; dry sticky finish

M: it sits about a medium on the body; and though the ABV is supposed to sit fairly high in this one, there's a part of me that says it may come across just a bit lower - still noticeable; also the bottle says 102 IBU's but once again, I really don't think it's that bitter. So there's some sharpness on the mouth and tongue but not 102 IBU's worth.

O: good DIPA for the most part that I hope to find again - hopefully fresh

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:44:34 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of jimilayne

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Disclaimer: I purchased a bottle in August 2012 that was a Sept 2011 batch. I know the purists will discount the review because of that, but what do you want from me?

Appearance - beautiful golden maroon with a thick creamy head.

Smell - overpowering hops

Taste - way too hoppy and intense for me, but not in a good way like the Dogfish Head 120.

Mouthfeel - Very oily, greasy and thick.

Overall - too much for my taste. Overly hoppy and oily on the tongue. I might go back if I find a fresher bottle and give it another go.

Update: I found a fresher bottle and went back. Boo-ya! Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 20:43:53 | More by jimilayne
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden amber with a short, off-white head. Leaves some minor lacing around the glass.

S - Has a real nice nose. Hints of citrus are plentiful, grapefruit and orange are prominent.

T - Nicely balanced with malts at the forefront followed by the slightly bitter hops.

M - A medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

O - A very well done beer that is highly drinkable. The alcohol content is well hidden, which shows how well this beer was made. A definite add to the must have again list.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:29:24 | More by aquazr1
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-has a nice amber color with a nice white head and great lacing
S-great smells of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and hops
T-taste is pungent with oily hops and malt the pine and floral still present
M-great balance with all the malt and hops
Love this DIPA for sure

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 01:08:46 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing Release 18/2014.

A - Pours a superbly clear copper/orange color with around 2 fingers of fluffy, dense creamy finger+ mountainous head nearly 5 minutes later. Retention is perfect, lacing looks to be fantastic as well.

S - Smells of resinous hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, peppery notes. Decent thicker malty backbone.

T - Initially some sweeter mango and resinous grapefruit flavors followed by a caramel sweetness which becomes quite dominated with overpowering resinous/peppery flavors and alcohol. The alcohol and sweetness mix to create a bit of a medicine quality. Aftertaste is quite bitter/resinous but pleasant.

M - quite full bodied for the style, definitely a big beer, fairly smooth, not too carbonated, probably closer to a sipper than an easy drinker but its somewhere in between.

O - Decent, looks absolutely fantastic, but as I always feel. Alcohol and resinous hops are just too overpowering - just not well enough balanced IMO

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 22:05:39 | More by MacQ32
Photo of ISmith87


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one while I was in Missouri for a while and can honestly say it's not that great. Jai Alai is way better, Maharaja is waaay to earthy/dirty tasting, like a cheaper IPA. It's way to malty and does not live up to the hype. I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:24:48 | More by ISmith87
Photo of TheBullsHorn


4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw, almost amber orange with a persistent head and nice lacing. The nose is wonderfully complex bouquet of honey, pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, lime and malt. The thick malty sweetness acts as a backbone for both the high alcohol and bitterness of the hops. Layering over the malty sweetness are again flavors of grapefruit and resin/pine with hints of honeysuckle and mint. The after palate one this beer lasts forever, with a pleasant dance of malt and bitterness lingering on your tongue. An absolute delight to drink and revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 04:27:35 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear. Medium amber color. Soft, yet substantial cream-colored head.

Smell: Spicy and citrusy hop aromas mix with apricot jam and a very slight smell of grainy malt. Complex and intriguing.

Taste: Earthy hops are reminiscent of tea leaves. In this case, their flavor outweighs their bitterness, which is moderate and lighter than expected. Lightly toasted malt with a touch of toffee create a sweetness that mixes well with the bitterness, both of which last into the finish. Outstanding complexity. Could be just a touch hoppier.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-high carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Light alcohol warmth is felt at the back of the throat.

Overall: A delicious, unique IPA that has both traditional and surprising elements to it. Manages to be both round and complex. The hops didn't take a backseat or anything, but I did feel they could have packed a bit more of a punch considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 12:30:19 | More by BethanyB
Photo of mrz200


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm a fan of everything of Avery's that I try and as an IPA guy, Maharaja is at the top of the list. For a cant miss hop fix, this is your beer (although if bang for the buck is a factor, I'd probably put Hop Stoopid a slight notch above). The hops are big, but there is enough complexity that it gets very interesting as it warms up, without gaining a ton of bitterness as the super hoppy ales tend to do.

One question: was there any difference between Maharaja and the 25th anniversary ale from earlier this year? Didn't see the point in the 25th anniversary ale for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:40:42 | More by mrz200
Photo of Flounder57


4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper clarity with breast clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts, candied orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little booze. This beer has a nice floral bouquet to it too. A little alcohol on the nose too.

Taste: Citrus characteristics and hop bitterness is more noticeable on the palate and the caramel and bready malts balance this out a little bit. Bitterness does linger for a little bit too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, boozy, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little dry, and more enjoyable as it warmed.

Overall: Pretty solid beer from a solid brewery. Extremely drinkable, balanced, hoppy, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:47:48 | More by Flounder57
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a copper color in the glass with a bubbly white head. Some sediment was noted in the glass.

Smell - A very pleasant malty citrus aroma set the tone. The malt was obvious, but the sweetness of the citrus was masked.

Taste - At the front, one notes a dry resin explosion. There is a sweetness toward the back, but it is not sweet enough for a DIPA. In a DIPA, I look for the clash between the sweet and the bitter. I seemed to be lost in a sea of bitterness with each swallow.

Mouthfeel - The thickness was on target with the hops remaining on the tongue well after each swallow. Sediment was noted and may have contributed to the lingering aftertaste.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but found myself a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:50:18 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I'm deciphering the code correctly, this was bottled on January 8th 2013. Yikes. I cringe to think what the hop bite was like when this was "fresh."

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Dazzling clear amber with a two inch tall off white head which persisted awhile before receding to a heavy surface foam and considerable spotty lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Attention-grabbing and yet very agreeable pine hops up front over a sweet malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue as it should with an IIPA, but does not become annoying. The huge ABV over 10% is amazingly well covered.

m: Medium due to the hops, Slick silky smooth.

o: One of the best, most enjoyably drinkable hop bombs (102 IBUs) I have had yet. A real gem, worth every penny it cost. Enough to make any BA a DIPA baby.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:12:36 | More by scotorum
Photo of ckollias


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 2-finger white head that leaves a great trail and persistent lace.

S: Hoppy citrus aroma with a good malt background.

T: Sweet malt and bitter hops mixed well. Citrus caramel mix and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent DIPA – would definitely grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 15:04:02 | More by ckollias
Photo of FLima


4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color with a two fingers head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious explosion of tropical fruits, citrus and pine aromas. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, peaches, passion fruit and pineapple.
Flavor is less complex than nose, but more intense and assertive. Very bitter and citrusy flavor, predominant notes of grapefruit and pine needles with slightly toasted malts, resins and caramel. Bitterness does not go away, and it does not lose its grace, sneeze type quality. Also, it is has a yeast spicy touch.
Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. ABV is felt much lower than its 10.4%.
Excellent DIPA, perfect sweet level and assertive with a strong hoppy punch. But still very balanced, considering it’s an Imperial IPA. Recommended for hops heads or adventurous.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:15:19 | More by FLima
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,142 ratings.