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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company


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4,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 4149
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 ONUMello


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown, one-finger head
S: Lots of malt, caramel, toffee followed by grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit underneath. Complex and very pleasant to smell
T: Matches the nose but the hops are more prevalent
M: Full bodied; malty, hoppy, not hot but I can tell the EtOH is there
O: Not the best DIPA I've had but quite tasty and a classic example of the style. I've had this both bottled and on tap and it's far better on tap

Serving type: growler

03-07-2014 04:36:56 | More by ONUMello
Photo of deadonhisfeet


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

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is an amber-apricot color, dark for an Imperial IPA, and has a bit of haze. The head is fine, about a finger thick, and is an eggshell white. I could smell this one the moment I opened the cap on the growler. Big notes of over-ripe peaches and grapefruit hit me smack in the nose. It's fruity, sweet, and a little bit resiny.

Medium-full body and a big creamy feel. The flavor is exceptionally well-balanced with big, malty flavors of toast and marmalade up front followed by hops that accentuate, not over-ride, the maltiness. This beer is sweet, but not cloying, syrupy, or medicinal. The hops add spiciness and fruitiness. The finish has just a hint of booziness, but not nearly enough to suggest that it really carries a hefty 10.4% ABV. Very drinkable for such a robust representative of the style.

Another Beer of Fame off my list. Definitely glad I waited to get this one on tap. Still, I wonder if it isn't a little bit past its prime. I expected something much more hop-forward.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2013 01:25:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of turnerk3

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a perfect finger width white head. The head retains very well along the side of the glass.

S: This is the definition of a "citrusy" aroma when describing an IPA. Not too over powering either, but there is a slight indication of the ABV that leaves a tingling in the nose.

T: Delicious, utterly delicious. Amazingly well balanced for a imperial IPA. The hops coat the entire mouth, but it is the taste of the hops not the bitterness that really comes through. The malts add a very pleasant sweetness that perfectly compliment the hops. The most amazing aspect is the alcohol taste from the10.3% ABV is practically obsolete.

M: Coats the palate with a perfectly carbonated chewy hoppiness that is expected of most imperial IPAs. The hops are more focused on the entire mouth and not just the bitter area on the back of the tongue. The malts help to keep that overpowering of the hops effect that most other imperials have.

O: This is probably my favorite imperial IPA and I always snatched it up whenever it's available. The hops and malts work astoundingly well together, and combine to make an exceptional brew. Definitely a must if available, cheers!

Serving type: growler

06-30-2012 22:27:21 | More by turnerk3
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was visiting friends in Greenville, SC this past weekend, stopped by Community Tap and picked up a half-growler of this one. Split with a friend and poured into an over-sized wine glass.

The pour yielded a much darker-than-expected ruby garnet. Clear of haze, but very dark. A thin sheet of lace caps it off. Great nose bursting with candied hops, tangerine, orange slices, grapefruit. Awesome. Flavor is floral and well rounded with plenty of citrus as well. Bitter grapefruit, sweet tangerine, pineapple. The bitterness spikes at times, but gives way to a sweet candy-like finish. Loved it. Excellent beer that hit the spot, and one I will revisit again.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2012 14:37:47 | More by Onenote81
Photo of mscudder


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2012 06:04:24 | More by mscudder
Photo of 02maxima

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the GBX poured into stemless wine glass.

Amber appearance with a deep reddish hue. Very clear. Quarter-inch head the settled quickly into a thin collar of small bubbles and a dusting of tiny bubbles on the surface.

Grapefruit and other tropical smells dominate the nose. A hint of pine and some booze also come through.

A big sweet double that tastes a lot like it smells. Citrus, pine and booze. The malt comes through in the middle and the finish is bitter and smooth. Alcohol warms all the way down.

Medium carbonation that feels good in my mouth.

This is an awesome double ipa. I can't get enough of the might maharaja but I'll probably limit myself to two tonight. If it wasn't a school night I would take down the entire growler.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 00:56:54 | More by 02maxima
Photo of rootbeerman


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark copper, finger of head that was off white.
S: sweet malt caramel with mainly grapefruit hop.
T: again sweet caramel malt upfront, hop hits on the back end with mainly grapefruit with a little bit of pine. There also is a general fruit hidden in with the hops.
M: thick a little bit sticky and coating but its not a complaint. Carbonation is a touch low.
O: I've had this many both on tap in bottle and now growler, this is in my top ten dipa/ipa's

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 23:18:52 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of biglobo8971


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this beer many times, first time in growler.
has a great amber orange color, lacing is present the whole glass.
smells like citrus and spice, most notably is lemon.
taste is a little bit to malty sweet for me, its got a great after bite of hops bitterness, just the middle is a tad bit to careamel sweet for my likings.
easy to drink, if your into sweet hops.
Overall, I would drink this beer again, but I would not seek out via trade.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 03:33:10 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Nose is big hops, grapefruit, caramel, booze, lightly toasted bread.

T: Taste is booze, pineapple, caramel, pine and bready. Pretty chewy for an IIPA. Plenty of hop bitterness from beginning to end. Big malt body, bigger than I expected

M: I thought it was pretty slick, big on body

O: I had a growler of it I was done after half. Just to much of a good thing. Very good in small doses.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 02:54:50 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of akorsak


3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).

A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.

S: The DIPA has a

Serving type: growler

03-27-2011 19:35:49 | More by akorsak
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Maharaja, growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the pour is very assertive, thick and carbonated, producing a super frothy and very white two-finger head with bubbles all around. Outstanding retention- head remains and lingers. Lacing is outrageous, so thick I feel like I brushed my teeth and left the foam on my glass of Maharaja. Color is a hazy orange/auburn, opaque and almost barleywine-like.

Smell: Scores very highly too. Appears very sweet on the palate, but not overtly so. Aromas of canned pineapple slices (with all the syrupy juice, of course), coconut foam, caramel and candied oranges. A distant but evident hoppy bitterness appears at the end.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more syrupy presence. Intense sweetness, butterscotch/toffee, like sucking on hard candy. Very citrusy, but not a la West Coast, dry and bitter- these are sweet and leathery. Orange zest, creme brulee, even "girly-drink"-like citrus (hard liquor). No pine or resin, but a good amount of malts. A tad of booze at the end, particularly as it warms up. Dry, sort of woodsy end, could almost be a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not overbearing despite the sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well played, never boozy. Medium-to-full body, full flavor, medium carbonation (surprising, considering how carbonated the initial pour was).

Overall: Almost a "5" in my book (but not quite). Extremely drinkable, almost chuggable. Not heavy or boring. Sure, a tad too sweet at times but oh-so-pleasant all around. Not for the hop-lover, but if you're seeking a more balanced and drinkable DIPA, this might be it.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 07:27:13 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice hazy orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts, and it has a nice hop presence. There are notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some spiciness, and a touch of booze.

T - It tastes of sweet malts at first, which is immediately followed by a juicy burst of hops. There are also notes of fruit, such as pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Also, I am getting some pine, caramel, and some booziness. The finish has a lingering bitterness and a sort of strong alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. This goes down very smoothly. There is also a lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

D - This has very good drinkability. I really like this beer. It has a lot of citrus, but it is still sweet, boozy, and it has a nice hop bitterness. I could easily drink a lot of these, even though the high ABV. I definitely recommend trying this one. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2011 12:35:05 | More by JizackFH
Photo of prdstmnky


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from a 1L growler into a clean pint glass. Nice golden / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head leaving nice lacing. Wonderful hop aroma, citrus, pine, earthy, some caramel malts as well. Big, bold flavors in this DIPA - the hops are very upfront and in your face (bitter citrus and a piney / resiny bite), but are eventually balanced out by a sweet malt finish. Some nice warmth to this beer, especially as it reaches room temp. Medium bodied and well carbonated. A wonderful all around DIPA - as someone that doesn't like malty examples, this was quite refreshing and something i would buy again when available.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2010 18:44:43 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of kpr121


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I never review beers, but I always enjoy reading up on here when I am planning on a purchase. I just had to share my experience with this beer, so here goes:

Bought at Growlers, Hilton Head SC while on vacation this week. Growler cost me 14 bucks, figured it was a steal. Store is very nice with a good selection of brews. Not too pricey overall but definitely some good some bad buys there.

Brought it back to the beach house, got to pour one into a large tumbler (one of the only things in the pantry). Got about halfway through, then the SWMBO and the puppy wanted to go for a walk on the beach. "Chug it," they said! There was no way! The thick syrupy mouthfeel alone would make be gag let alone piss off the beer gods.

So I poured it into a not-so-obvious coffee mug and we went on our way. I have to say that it is the best beer I have ever drank out of a coffee mug while walking on the beach at sunset. I ended up sipping it even slower than I would back at the house, enjoying the moment with family I love.

As far as an actual review, the appearance was so-so, didnt really look like anything amazing. Smell was great, there are alot of things going on there including citrusy hops, biscuit malts, and a slight alcohol burn as it warms up. Taste was more of the same, I actually liked it better when it got warm. It tasted more like a liquor than beer. Mouthfeel like I said was thick and syrupy. Drinkability is low, I might have a hard time finishing the growler by the end of the week without help. Overall a great strong ale that I will definitely remember whenever I think about this vacation spot!

Serving type: growler

10-13-2010 17:29:38 | More by kpr121
Photo of Blanco


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into my ommegang glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a white head and excellent lacing. This is one of the most pleasant smells of hops I've ever experienced, with a lovely piney overtone. The taste is bitter upfront with some decent malt coming up on the finish to balance it out. The presence of pine disappears from the taste and is not apparent at all is it is in the nose. Some sweetness fights to break through, but isn't quite able to overcome that bitter upfront taste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, despite the dark color. Very drinkable. So drinkable, I bought a growler of this home after having a glass with dinner. An excellent double-IPA, probably only 2nd in my experience to Pliny.

Serving type: growler

09-23-2010 01:12:52 | More by Blanco
Photo of BARFLYB


3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.

A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.

S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.

T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.

M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.

D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2010 02:04:29 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of kirkpjr


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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful copper amber color with one and a half fingers of head. The head gives way to some chunky lacing.

S: A big punch of juicy tropical and citrus hops. Wonderful hop bomb here. No real malt apparent, only a faint hint of alcohol on the tip of the nose.

T: The hops in the smell follow through in the taste, with also some pine flavors. Nice bitterness that is slightly offset by an increasingly heavy malt sweetness. The ABV shows itself as I make my way through the beer. Solid DIPA all the way.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticky hops on the tongue and also some heat here.

D: Lovely beer. And this growler is much better than I remember the bottles I have tried. Only limiting factor is the ABV you can taste after a few sips.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2010 03:08:03 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of haddon


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this beauty from a growler I got from The Lodge in Hilton Head Island, SC

A- pours a rusty amber with a decent sized off-white frothy head.

S- sweet plosion of pine, citrus & spice. nice aroma!

T- in a word... goood! starts hops, citrus & pine. but follows with a beautiful balance of malts & sweet brown sugar. IMHO, close to a perfect balance for a DIPA!

M- medium to full-body. little velvety on the palate with light carbonation

D- it is drinkable but does come in a little on the sweet side. would be a perfect way to end the evening due to the sweet malty backbone. if you've not tried this one, run (don't walk) to a brew pub for a pint!

Serving type: growler

05-24-2010 20:27:45 | More by haddon
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2010 02:18:01 | More by cdizinno
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden brown color with a creamy off-white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of tropical fruit hops and some grapefruit. There is also a sweet aspect to the aroma, honey or brown sugar. The taste is of bitter grapefruit rinds, piney hops, some resin. This is followed by a sweet malt that does a good job supporting the hop flavor and enhancing the citrusy and floral aspects of the hops. There is some tropical fruit sweetness in this brew. Moderate body with tingly carbonation; sweet throughout but finishes bitter, light asprin dryness. The ABV can produce some belly burn from time to time. Very tasty brew. I like that it showcases the hop flavors instead of the bitterness. The sweetness is well balanced with the hops. The ABV limits this sucker to one 12oz.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2010 22:06:11 | More by Gmann
Photo of m1ked


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Bowery WF Beer room.

A- Pours a translucent hazy orange amber color with a thick off white foamy head that shrinks, leaving behind a sticky lacing. A couple of singular bubbles floating up to the top.

S- Mmmmm, immediately after pouring I can smell this guy. There's a sweet maltiness, with caramelized sugar. Some candied orange zestiness, some cedar & pine.

T- Just like the nose, I get a caramelish citrus zest, and a touch of anise in the end. I love the balance here. Definitely a hoppy brwe, but has a healthy malt backbone to support it. The alcohol is deceptively well hidden.

M- This is a thick & chewy IIPA. Leaves a resiny coat on my tongue, low carb.

D- Man am I glad that I found growler fill of this out here in NYC. I love the west coast IPA's & IIPA's alot, I think this one stands up, and surpasses many of them. I really enjoy Avery's offerings in general, but really, really enjoy this one.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 00:54:14 | More by m1ked
Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark orange copperish color with a very fluffy white head. Left nice glass lacing.

S: Huge hop aroma with an earthy pine and some fresher citrus smells.

T: Bitter hop with some deep earthy piney grapefruit and orange flavors come through but are eventually overtaken by the very deep caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness lingers through the finish as the hops come back for a bitter finish. Nicely balanced beer.

M: Full bodied with a warming alcohol feel upon the finish. Carbonation is well suited.

D: Powerful beer but then its a 10+ abv beer but I enjoyed the pint and felt like more.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2009 03:40:29 | More by DrMalt
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt and a floral quality.

T: Complex taste of hops, grapefruit, malt and a certain odd sweetness. It's a big, bold taste - just like an Imperial IPA should be.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mainly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer. Has a big ABV%, but is still easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2009 15:01:54 | More by avalon07
Photo of gatorbreath


4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours golden sandy color with some pearly colored head with lacing that stays..she's a beaut and we're off to a good start.

Smell: WHOA! definitely floral with overwhelming piney and citrusy grapefruity notes all over.

Flav/MF: Off the chain, just like it smells, LOTS of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Accompanied by piney taste with a hoppiness unlike any other i've had. This brew is truly one of a kind. The Alcohol is not noticable to me until late in the aftertaste and still hidden very well. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is balanced and the mouthfeel is clean forreal.

Drinkability: not for those uncultured to DIPA's. not a good starter. This was my 1st DIPA and i was overwhelmed, drank it because it cost much but i enjoy it much much more now. Being that it's seasonal grab one while ya can. Got one today.

Overall this brew is amazing, my first flirt with the DIPA and I am in love now and it is my favorite style. Very nice IPA here, get some if you can.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2009 23:16:51 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at PartyTown, reviewed same night. Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark apricot with nearly no visibility. 1ish finger of white head forms and falls withing a minute or 2. Nice lacing throughout.

S: From the bottle, it was perfect. Amazingly potent but I couldn't keep my nose away. Still very fragrant but not quite perfect. Malts are much heavier, nearly on the BW side. Hops are still floral and citrus juicy. Still great but was actually better from the bottle.

T/M: Right on the money. Great bitterness that feels like it might destroy you until the malts come to the rescue. Loads of grapefruit and massive orange notes. Very resinous and oily. Malts are biscuity and chewy. Body is damn near full and it finishes like a DIPA, plenty dry.

D: I almost always like beer on tap better. This beer isn't quite an exception... everything was just as good except the aroma was lacking. I don't know why... it's completely fresh... but it is. Damn good brew, nonetheless. And very easy to drink for an explosvie DIPA.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2008 03:31:14 | More by pwoods
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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,149 ratings.