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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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1,806 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,806
Hads: 5,285
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 347
Gots: 691 | 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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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

APPEARANCE - Somewhat opaque dark orange with a light brown 3-finger head that lasts. Some lacing

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Well-rounded, bitter, dry, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - About average

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very fine beer indeed. Quaffable.

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Photo of Wreckerpecker
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- I like the Dictator Series theme, much curb appeal, so graphics.
S- Smells like an IPA to me ;-)
T- Typical IIPA; strong and distinguished.
M- Smooth with a slight bite of hoppiness with a malty wave of warmth afterwards.
O- Enjoyable beer, I wouldn't put it on my MUST HAVE list but it is worth trying.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer right here; this beer right here, man, this beer right here should be called def! Cuz it tastes so good that I tune out everything. (Somebody please tell me they got the Kat Williams reference). Anyway, this beer is really good! I love IPA's as it is, but this one looks so damn pretty, feels like water and tastes like some of Maharaja's gold. I would highly recommend it for, well...anything but a day in the sun. I encourage anyone google searching this reference while standing in front of a frosty glass cooler at Specs or Gabriel's or wherever, to go ahead and reach back into the cooler and add a necessary 8 bucks to your bill.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, but I have had better. Maybe I have held on to this one too long, but it was a bit too malty for my taste. Although the bottle promotes the balance and "control" like a raja of both hops and malts. I feel like the malts are too intense for the beer. Well balanced but for the style I would say medium to high ratings.

Color: Dark bronze, but with some transparency, also a very low amount of head and lacing.

Smell: Not as intense as a West Coast IPA. Maybe that is my favorite style?

Taste: Balanced, I got this one on sale for a super deal so I figured I would try it, but I would not pay what the original price reflected.

Overall: A Solid beer, well balanced, not as much hops going on as I would like but its not a bad beer in any regard. But, to me there are much better in the same price range.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, slightly hazy with an orange tinge, little fine carbonation a finger of orange tinged head.

S: Caramel, orange, sweet like candy, sugary.

T: Orange candy, deep toffee, caramel, hint of orange candy, richly sweet, light pine character.

M: Thick syrupy body with little fine bubbled carbonation. Solid bitter finish.

O: Well done Imperial IPA.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hate to judge a beer by its label, but I did with this one. A week ago I walked by it at the store and was like, looks weird. I knew it was probably good though, so when I was back I picked it up and thank the heavens. Very good stuff.

Beautiful color and carbonation, ruby brown body with a white head. Taste and smell are very earthy, bitter, hoppy. You can feel the hop oils on the back of your throat. Some fruitiness, mango and citrus hiding underneath the hop punch to the face. Nice nutty undertones. A little burnt in the finish, with obvious alcohol notes at the end as well.

I finished, the bottle, and felt real good, about the purchase and otherwise.
Buy again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date stamp appears to be 14072, but it's a bit smudged. Release No. 18, 2014. Sadly I have only had 2 previous encounters with this beer. I would guess 2008 and 2009. What was I thinking waiting 5 years?!
L - a frothy spattering of ivory head covers the top of the glass as it fades atop a brilliant amber colored ale
S - sweet, hoppy, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, caramel, bread
T - sweet yet bitter and pungent: caramel, honey, faint toffee and toasted grain, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and pine all meld together wonderfully
F - fuller body, a bit resinous and finishes semi dry with lingering bitterness; booze is warming and pleasant
O - world class DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle with a light amber/copper color. The pour yielded a good head that remained for a bit.
Aroma was complex with sweet notes and fruity undertones. Green/grassy as well.
Taste was just like the aroma. Complex with a lot going on. Grassy green and pine middle to end. Up front a small malt sweetness. Citrus notes carry throughout. Ends with a light grapefruit bitterness. Mouth feel is sold (moderate) and not thin. Mildly carbonated.
Overall, an excellent DIPA with a lot of complexity.

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Photo of mick303
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF. One of the beers I really wanted to try and was really impressed by this. A think smoky, super thick DIPA, very resiny and very very tasty. Lots of really intense hoppy notes, thick piney and grapefruit with a strong liveliness as well, smooth malt body, an excellent DIPA. Worth seeking out, very complex and tasty.

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Photo of slackattack
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- dark copper to amber in color, thin, quickly disappearing head that leaves a fair amount of lace as you drink

S- very hop forward, pungent, and harsh but doesn't overpower the complexity of the malt somehow

T- pretty great, major hops, face punching IBU's, and somehow the malt again isn't lost.

M- thick, chewy, almost like eating a pine tree, but in the best way possible

O- the BA reviews were right on, great beer, will absolutely buy again

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - blood orange, possibly copper hue; thin white head that produces decent lacing.
Smell - primarily citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple and perhaps green apple.
Taste - a nice combination of citrus fruit, toasted malt and some grass.
Feel - flavorful with plenty of bitterness, but a bit heavy feel due to it's strong, warming alcohol.
Overall - a quality offering that DIPA fans should give a try. - R

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Photo of Kuaff
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly chilled into a wine glass.

It appears a beautiful light amber or rich golden orange color with a three finger white head that has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a potent perfume of honey, lemon, orange, and dank hops.

A sip leaves an initial impression of juicy citrus and caramelized hops on my palate. And honey. There's a slightly dry finish of resinous pine and bread.

The feel is full, thick, and sticky, like honey.

I'd guess that any admirer of hops will hail the Maharaja.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Copper in color with white head that leaves pleasant lacing. Nice effervescence throughout the drinking session.

S- Pleasantly within the DIPA spectrum. Definitely sensing citrus present.

T- Easy drinking balanced amount of bitter and sweet, no alcohol burn presence.

M- Somewhat astringent and lacking in the stickiness associated with some DIPA yet still easy drinking and enjoyable.

O- This is definitely an upper echelon DIPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Slight hazy dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves a little lace
S-strong piney hop aroma, orange and slight malt
T-Malt is the first taste that goes to a hop kick that gives you some pine and grapefruit that stays with you til the end
M-Medium body and light carbonation with some alcohol tatse
O- Great beer, I guess you can tell by the grade that I enjoyed this one. If you enjoy IPA's then this is the beer for you

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: poured a nice light brown with a slight tan head that was pretty thick

Smell: piney with a sweetness

Taste: being 102 ibus this is a hoppy beer hops hops hops all over the pallet. The malts in this beer are pretty strong to ease the bitterness but its not enough everytime you take a drink the hops are kicking at your tongue making your taste buds tingle.

Overall: this is one bitter beer and i loved it. Just the way a imperial ipa is suppose to be.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, amber color. Surprising three-finger head for being 10.2% abv.

S: Huge pine scent, some orange peel and other citrus aromas, some crakery/bready aromas as well.

T: Big hoppy bitterness right at the front of the beer, some citrus and tropical flavors. Middle of the beer it goes to very malty and an almost bready sweetness. Finished dry at first, but as the beer warmed it finished with more of that bready/crackery sweetness.

M: What an IIPA should be!

Overall: A beautiful, delicious, phenomenal, fantastic IIPA! If you haven't had it, get it; if you have had it, get more of it! Everything I hoped it would be, totally lives up to the hype.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a wonderful beer!

Taste: Malt upfront, which leads into tropical fruit, and grapefruit, hoppiness. The aftertaste is quite pleasant...as long as you love hops! The alcohol is well hidden but the little that comes through is very enjoyable and enhances the flavor.

Overall: Definitely up there with other world class double IPAs.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber with three fingers of beige cream that settles to a fat film that picks up with a swirl. Good retention; splotchy lacing.

Astringent and freshly hoppy. Grapefruit rind, pine, dirt, sweet citrus notes, some caramel malt flavors underneath.

Dry, crisp, hoppy. Slightly malty with dry hop flavors, grapefruit, lemon, pine, some biscuity malt.

Crisp and slightly creamy with some nice prickly carbonation, a medium body, and a smooth, dry finish.

Very tasty IIPA.
Excellent, dry, creamy, hoppy, bitter, fresh. Beautiful pour with a nice fresh aroma that is not too intense and only hints at the astringent hoppiness of the flavor. The beer tastes delicious and hoppy as could be. However, it is all quite tropical in character and is not shudder-inducing. It is creamy and feels lovely on the palate but is a little exhausting after a while (but it's a IIPA, so what are you going to do...).
Would have again; worth trying if you're an IPA fan.

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Photo of Bone53
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

Appearance: Light amber with a one finger off white head

Smell: Bright fruits, pine, caramel, booze

Taste: Definitely on the pine spectrum for a DIPA with undertones of tropical and citrus fruits. Caramel for good measure

Mouthfeel: Medium body; A tad boozier than I prefer

Overall: This doesn't hold up to the greats. A bit too boozy and bitter for my liking. I had GL Chillwave before this and found that to be more enjoyable. However, I will consider reaching for this again when available

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden, dark amber with finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing dissipates quickly as well. Boozy, citrus odor. Can detect hints of apple as well. There is a mild hoppy tastes up front with a strong, malty, boozy aftertaste. It goes down very smooth. Definitely a beer for cold weather. Will warm you up like a Brandy or Congac. Very little hoppy aftertaste. Definitely a beer you want to sip by a warm fire.

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Photo of beergoot
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, amber-orange body with a thick and creamy, sticky, white head. Powerful pine and citrus hop aroma. Complex mixture of caramel and biscuit malt flavors, zingy hop bitterness, and a bold alcohol heat percolating underneath. Heavy body; slight sweet heaviness; semi-dry finish.

I had the pleasure of sampling this at the brewery's tap room just two days ago and really liked it (and rated it at 4.25), but must give this higher props after making it my first beer of the day. Bold balance and depth throughout with eye-popping zest to please the palate. I get additional flavor notes of apricot and dried peaches for some additional fruit-like notes. If big, beautiful IPAs are your thing, check out an offering of this monster.

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Photo of da_beers
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tipple's Brews - Gainesville - Release #18, 2014 - 1 pint, 6 oz. Bottle

A - pours a nice orange with two fingers of white bubble head that somewhat quickly dissipated. Carb levels coming up are standard. Nice clarity.

S - Nice citrus notes on nose, has nice earthy qualities to it. Hop presence is forward here. Mildly boozy here.

T - Start is nice and warming. Has a boozy quality there (expected for 10+%). Extremely smooth for being an Imperial. Has a very balance hop and malt profile. The end you get that booziness for sure, but between it is a nice caramel, sweet taste.

M - Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Carbonation is perfect. Smooth, very smooth, no real bite to speak of like you get w/ alot of Imperials.

O - Worth a try. Very nice qualities to it. At the price point, it may not be all that, but for what it is it does not dissapoint.

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Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***Release No. 18 - 2014***

Pours a hazy dark honey color, thick head and lots of air bubbles inside as it recedes. Lacing isn't bad. Aroma is pungent, overripe oranges and peaches. Flavor really captures the sweet orange taste, strong caramel backbone, some grapefruit and a bittering aftertaste. A bit viscous but lacks a certain robustness that DIPAs usually come with. A good one for sure, but not top tier for me.

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Photo of bryanbullock
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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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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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.