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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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1,805 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,805
Hads: 5,282
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 346
Gots: 688 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,805 | Hads: 5,282
Photo of Jparker37
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Release no.17 2013.

A - Big pillowy light tan head, tight bubbles. Excellent clarity inside its copper color. Good lacing.

S - Tropical; pineapple, melon. Citrus; sweet tangerine. Catty/dank presence (more as it warms up).

T - Great level of toasty malt holds a perfect backbone. Huge hop flavor has a citrus and somewhat herbal/spicy feel. Hops lend a wallop of bitterness but are very smooth. Finishes with warming alcohol alongside moderate lasting hop flavor.

M - Shows some sweetness in the taste but goes pretty dry at the finish. Medium-full bodied, less than moderate carbonation.

O - Wow, quite impressed by this brew. Looks perfect and smells just as good. Hop aroma far exceeds the typical DIPA and is unique and complex. Flavor is right there with malt striking a good balance. Full bodied for the style and overall excellent mouthfeel. Much thanks goes to Chugalug06 for sending me the best DIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Co Maharaja

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a Jurassic Park Amber. There was a nice full finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention and a shit-load of lacing.

S) It's wonderful... Tropical fruit, mango, ripe pineapple, hint of sweet citrus. A whiff if alcohol as this warms. Shit... This is good.

T) My enjoyment of this brew continues. The flavor follows the nose. Delightful tropical fruit sweetness, with a dusting of table sugar. Nice balance... The 10.4 ABV is very well hidden.

M) A full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is some kind of smooth... Light alcohol tingle. Damn, this is all around good.

O) This was fantastic.... What kind of asshole wouldn't enjoy this beer? Glad to recommend.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dulcie says: "As good as Dreadnaught!" and I'm inclined to agree; and that is our benchmark for greatness - yet to be exceeded. From the bottle a clear pale orange amber with a modest head (poured slowly), fairly viscous and syrupy, some lacing on the glass. Immediately the smell intoxicates: intense piney citrus aromatic and sensual (perfect air freshner). Even better on the palate as it begins with sweet, citrus (orange and orange peel), transforming in the mouth to a lingering, mouth-coating bitter aromatic finish which lasts an eternity or until the next sip.

Very classy, very well structured, very well resolved.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, mango and grapefruity hops. In the taste, a dry grapefruit like hop and a small alcohol like burn. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. Sweet aroma, and dry taste, with big hops and a nice presence of alcohol.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice. Nice head. Insane aroma of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon. Taste was sublime. CITRUS CITRUS CITRUS. Warming alcohol finish. More than two of these would be dangerous. I can't believe the hop aroma and flavor I'm getting from this beer! Fairly drinkable despite the some 10% abv. This is a delicious double IPA! Total citrus BOMB. Simply amazing...

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

A sticky sweet, aggressively hopped masterpiece. Strong citrus notes with bitterness that is present but not overwhelming, nice heat, sweat caramel malt body.

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure I'll give this another review, had it since my original review. I believe I shorted it, we'll see...

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of rocky offwhite head. Super lacing & head retention.

S: Huge hops potpurri! Pine & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, pineyness & some lemmon notes up front. Malt & caramel sweetness sneak around the hops as this warms, but not for long. Also jammy & fruitty notes infiltrate before getting crushed by the hops (herbal & piney). Finishes warming, uber herbal hoppy & a little fruitty (dates & apricots). A great total DIPA taste package

MF: Medim bodied, slightlty oily, with medium carbonation, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks fairly easy, a little to intense to session on, but I could if forced too! Still a bit pricey @ $6.50 a bomber

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Photo of mscudder
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A beautiful amber copper with a fine head, leaves a nice lace behind.

S- Strong citrus notes, nice hops, malty.

T- Fantastic and well put together. Strong bitterness from the hops, nice peppery notes and a pleasant dose of caramel.

M- Amazing body, very flavorful with a superb progression.

O- This brew is true to its reputation. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. Pliney the Elder is the only one that stands out as superior (although hardly so!). Highly recommended for any enthusiast.

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Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange to copper, like a sunburst. coats beautifully. immediate hop punch, followed by pine and citrus. smooth taste with bananna, grapefruit, and orange peel. fruit and malts balance the potent hops quite nicely making this very drinkable. alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. great brew

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Photo of TheNapkin
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong contender for the best Imperial IPA available. The best thing about this beer is that as it warms up the hop bouquet really becomes more and more complex: wild, grassy, dare I say wild oniony/garlicky? Weird, I know, but somehow it works. Pineapple and syrup mix with honeyed grapefruit. A must have for any hophead.

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Photo of Dewboarder213
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by far better than Avery's IPA, which is a statement to this beers quality! This beer is like a philharmonic orchestra on the tongue... From the hiss of opening, to the last sip, you will love this beer!

When opening this beer, the encouraging sound heard is a beautiful one, almost as if encouraging your salivary glands for what is to come...

The poor - poor this beer rather conservatively at first but finish toward the aggressive side... definitely tilt that glass but finish straight up with and straight down bottle... encourage that head to form at the end!

The aroma - it maybe uncustomary but with this beer, to experience it correctly, I encourage you to treat it like a fine wine, don't just slam it back like your uncle Bubba drinking PBR... prepare your pallet of the up coming experience by at least two or three deep inhalations or this beers aroma! You wont be disappointed!

The taste - Well at this point, it better be fantastic some might say, and don't worry, this beer does not disappoint, not with the first sip, not with the last... all the way thru, this beer is a philharmonic orchestra for the tongue/mouth... Very few beers are this pleasurable to drink/taste from start to finish... especially for some like myself who finds joy in drinking a great beer...

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Photo of ndaug21
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear bright red-orange color. The head is massive, billowy white, and leaves thorough lacing. The aroma is outstanding: lots of grass, lots of pine, lots of citrus, lots of grapefruit, and lots of strength. The taste is very bitter; it is one of the most bitter beers I have ever consumed. The grapefruit comes out a bit more in the taste than it does in the aroma, while the pine does the same in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice smoothness. Overall, this is a darn good IIPA, and I would drink this agian in a heartbeat. The only beef I have with this brew is the complete lack of a malt backbone which would add a little extra to the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head, no matter how I pour this beer. Brilliantly transparant, and a nice warm shade of amber. The head is a fluffy white creamy billowy pillow that leaves a ton of lace. Perfect.

S: I smell a ton of citrus, with tangerine and apricot. There's some faint pine hints. It smells so good...just the way an IIPA should taste.

T: It has a nice rich malt flavor, with a really strong spruce flavor. It's very well balanced between the malt and bitterness. It tastes like they didn't skimp on the hops at all in this one. I can taste some alcohol. The flavor has a huge rich profile though.

M: The mouthfeel on this is great. It has just enough carbonation to give it that zing, just enough bitterness that you want from a beer like this, without it being imposing or uncomfortable. There is a lot of resinous sting in the beer that tears at the tongue, so that's the only part that makes it slightly uncomfortable to drink. Otherwise it feels great.

O: Overall this beer is awesome. I would recommend it pretty much to anyone who loves hops, IPA's IIPA's...you get the idea. It's a very complete beer.

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Photo of aglose45
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear with some non-fermentables floating. Head was close to white.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of mango coming in real late.

T: PINEAPPLE!!! .. with a bit of grapefruit and mango. Hard to find a malty backbone per say, but I believe the sweetness of those tropical fruits do a pretty good job. Love the tropical fruits accompanying the bitterness.

M: Not too sticky, but some oiliness remains on the tongue post-swallow. Excellent carbonation.

D: The only thing that hinders the drinkablility is the abv, 10.27 is a bit high. That being said, I can't put this beer down and I've stopped trying..just have a longer morning.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Copper beer with a one-inch head, reducing to one-quarter inch. Nice lacing.

S: Beautiful, pink grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor is prominent, with a very present bitterness that remains restrained and lasts through the finish.

MF: Very smooth, almost thick, mouthfeel. Carbonation was moderate.

D: I will definitely have another. This is a beautiful DIPA.

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Photo of Beerking721
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winner of a brew in the traditional "West Coast" style. Lines up closely with Bell's Hopslam which is of a similar style.

A = Thick, rich dark amber color with volumes of head and white lace.

S = A beautiful enticement of sweet, ripe grapefruit and hint of pineapple and fresh cut pine.

T = A rich display of sugery grapefruit and requesite hoppiness loads the palate. A slightly more acidic and complex nature than Hopslam, the flavors are very satisfying.

M = Early carbonation was released through aeration. The result was smooth, substantial character that encouraged another sip.

D = A reasonable and easy quaff that "Shakelton" would approve of. Several bottles was just the ticket for me.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color with a big, rocky off-white head with great lacing. Really beautiful. The head eventually turns to a really dense film, but still nice.

Smell: Great fresh pine forest aroma, with a bit of citrus background. Not the usual pine aroma; this one is lovely and fresh.

Taste: A very tasty beer with slightly bitter citrus, fresh pine, and caramel. Light bitter pine into the finish and aftertaste, but still wonderfully balanced with that caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with some good light tingly carbonation. It leaves a bit of a caramel feel afterwards.

Drinkability: Very high ABV, but it is totally disguised by the taste. Goes down great.

I'd been eying this at the store for months now, but a bit put off by the price. But, got it today and absolutely love it! A really great double IPA. Definitely _not_ a hop-bomb, this has a strong but very well-balanced flavor with little bitterness (and, indeed, it even has some welcome sweetness). The aroma is amazing too: the fresh pine-forest smell isn't at all like most IPAs with a pine-like smell... this smells like a real pine forest, not like Pine-Sol! A real treat, well worth picking up. I'll get more bottles of this for sure!

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Photo of Souleman
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very tasty IPA is something I would go for on any day that I want some hoppy, malty big beer. Not too much in your face, but enough to make you realize you are getting what you asked for.
With a slightly red/amber hue, the head did just about as much as it was supposed to. The aroma is sneaky with sweet and floral notes. The taste gets right down to what I think an IPA should be. Slightly malty hints to smooth out a little bitterness and a whole lot of tasty hoppiness that transcends throughout each sip. I can't argue with this one, it's got just about everything I want in a real beer. I'd put it up close to the Pliney, and may actually be a bit more accessible at this point. I could see both of these beers blowing up.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy being part of the cult following of this tasty brew!

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preview: Overall, I must say, the flavors were subtle on a cream smooth background. Really strange IMO. Never had an IPA or DIPA that was subtle. But I found this to make the beer intriguing. It gave a nice background on which many different flavors could play and interact. So, no flavor was in your face. It was a really complex orchestration that was challenging and enjoyable. Although DIPAs are not a style I see putting in the cellar, I see this beer improving over the course of a couple years.

On to the review...

Should I? To late, I already opened it. Bomber obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed later that evening. Pours a finger and a half light tan head over a nearly clear rust/dark orange liquid. Smells, OMG, hoppy wonder. Grapefruit flesh (not pith bitter, it's the sweet fruit) and fresh sharp pine needles. A search for malt or fruit esters failed, but I did stumble on oranges and pineapple in the hop aroma. Sharp clean hop, I love it.

Taste...I love it. From the thick smooth creamy mouthfeel that starts at the lips to the sweet and fruity malt finish that hangs on my tongue, this beer battered me with an assortment of flavors that rise and fall and blend into each other in a frenzy of...well, you know. It's going to take me the whole bomber to describe this. I apologize in advance if I begin to slur my speech before I'm done.

Very odd, when I put a swallow in my mouth, I get almost no flavor to start. I guess, a gentle toasted grain and apricot. The most noticable feature is the silky smooth (almost oatmeal-like quality) to the mouthfeel. Upon the swallow some hop bitter arises, but much less than I was expecting based on the smell. Hop flavor at the time is oranges and tangerine bolstered by caramel in the malt and pear in the ester. The aftertaste is hop orange, apricot, clean hop pine, mango ester (not often I find *that* in a beer), hop tangerine, strawberry-rhubarb ester, and a gentle sting of alcohol. Oh, alcohol! You warm my belly tonight as you've warmed my life, like a booster supporting his favorite college team.

Thick body and mild carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue and gentle going down. No CO2 acrid here or stingy bubbles forming on the tongue. Really smooth, thick, and creamy. Lacing on the glass is about as good as it gets. Pull it over me like a blanket...I'm lit and ready for bed.

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Photo of caminiti
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For $8 a bottle, it had better be good, and it is.
I picked it up at a beverage barn place in New Paltz, and havent found it anywhere else, but if I go through there again, I would get another.
Poured a beautiful dark gold, slight head, and gave the smell of a wet-hopped, bitter, IPA. Came with a kick as well, advertised 10.2%. A beer worth the purchase if you see it.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a guiness 20z glass..fresh 2011 batch

a- wow poppeed the cap off and u can tell it is fresh with the big champaine popping sound...wowwww- huge frothy like clouds head-goos 3 inches (off-white, light tan head..light mahogany appearance, dark amber (def some redness)

s- holy hops-topical paradise-grapefruit,tangy citric...AND boy can u smell the alcohol, very boozy smelling (most i have every smelt).

t-definetly a complex bre for sure...as i am writing this i am still tasting different flavors after the first sip which occured 45 seconds ago...lots of sweet pale malt and light caramel, which appears in the taste as cookie which in the fore, pungent fruity hops balance this beer- not as much hops as i expected in the smell, but still definetly there..then comes the booze, definetely noticiable..nice spicy sting at the end to let you know this is powerful, could possibly have some corriander in here or maybe just alc.?

m- creamy smooth from the large amount of sweet malt

0- great beer, as with any imperial ipa, malt shines through mmore than hops to produce large alocohol content, but hops provide good balance

edit- after looking at alstrom bros review, def notice the tobacco and mint

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Avery got the recipe right on with batch 7(2008). I bought two bottles from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs the day they arrived and I expect I will be buying a case of this gem.
Amazing citrus and floural hops auroma. The flavor is amazing with the perfect balance of grapefruit, or citrus, and carmel. For a high gravity beer, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden yellow body with a nice thick ivory white head.

S: Plenty of citrus in the front of the nose but not over powering. There is subtle but balanced caramel on the finish.

T: Great and rare balance in a high ABV IPA. There is a citrus/grapefruit flavor on the front and then it seamlessly transitions to a subtly sweet caramel and toffee finish.

M: Amazing there is both great carbonation and body. Spot on.

O: Great beer. Well worth the price. Get this beer if you are a fan of IPAs.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.