Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,798
Hads: 5,231
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.62%
Wants: 345
Gots: 650 | FT: 5
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.
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2015 bottle poured into ale glass. Wish it was more fresh, but best I could do in East.

L: Very nice deep Amber with big foamy head and lacing. Good retention.

S: Citrus and hops are really the tops!

T: Big, more malt forward than hop forward. Not too bitter despite big IBU

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, good balance.

It's not top-tier, but it's very good.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A stunning dark orange/copper color. Slight haze. Looked beautiful in the tulip.
Smell - Sweet candied orange, floral, slightly tropical
Taste - BIG & BOLD, tons of sweet malts, orange, some floral, hints of booze
Feel - thick, creamy, warming

Overall - Thoroughly enjoyed this beer from start to finish.

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

Package: 650 ml bottle.

Appearance - Medium amber.

Smell - Very subtle hop notes.

Taste - This is a very confusing IPA. This is so GD smooth, and easy drinking there is not way I would think it is the abv it is. Quite tasty.

Mouth-feel - Odd.

Overall - This is a question mark, in an enigma, wrapped in a riddle and there is no way I would think it is that abv!

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly dark reddish brew. Fairly small off-white head with decent retention. Looks fairly clear, but difficult to tell in poor lighting.

The aroma is fairly neutral; you can tell that it falls in the IPA or ABW family, but everything is kind of subdued. A touch of pine and citrus hops meld with caramel grains and brown sugar.

Sweet, big, and bold on the palate; the hops really kick in on the last third. Fairly juicy and barleywine-esque. One of those big DIPAs that really straddles the line.

Oily and syrupy on the palate. Normally, that's a detractor for a DIPA in my book, but the way this brew presents itself (think: the smaller, lighter cousin of Devil Dancer or 120 min), it's actually a very enjoyable feel. 10.2% alcohol is very smooth.

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

I had this on tap. It had a nice orange color. great IPA taste, I thought for sure with the high alcohol content it would have too much of the alcohol taste, but not at all. It was a pleasant, bitter IPA that reminded me of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. It went down really smoothly and tasted great.

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Photo of hardysf
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, huge head that dissipates slowly leaving behind sine lacing. Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma is of some sweet malts, bready. Hops come in next, pine and some tropical fruits. Mangoes and some passion fruit. Taste is of the same, but more malt than hops. Probably my fault as I left it in the fridge too long. The hops are there though. This reminds me a lot of a hoppy barleywine with all the malts.

Good beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A heavier malt balance with this Imperial. Not cloying, but filled with pie crust, toasted bread and caramel from the malts. Heavy American hops flavors, leaning towards dank pine. Outstanding flavor and aroma.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark orange like all good DIPA's should.
S - Malts, hops and a little orange on the nose.
T - Flavor is Bitter, piney and a lttle citrus. This is not one of those citrus bombs.
M - Thick but i would not call it sticky.
O - A very tasty brew from the good folks at Avery. Would love to taste it on tap

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Photo of gamera
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Maharaja is a damn fine imperial IPA. As with most imperials, this one has a heavy, thick malt backbone to deliver an intense citrus and pine resin flavor bomb.

This one, however is a too malty for me. I prefer malt to take the backseat to strong citrusy hops. The thickness of Maharaja is delicious, but a bit too much for me.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015. Pours an opaque amber. Citrus and pine dominating aromas. Tastes is somewhere right between that citrus and pine juiciness with a heavy sweetness that lingers and is almost "chewy". Great beer and great to revisit after a few years, and still keeps up with current DIPA in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of mschrei
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into oversized wine goblet. Very brown with a moderately thick and consistent foam. Nice hop and fruit flavors on nose that are counteracted with a strong malt taste. Mouth filling, slight bitterness when cold, but as it warms, becomes almost creamy. Nicely well-balanced example of my favorite type of beer. Would gladly get this one again.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice malty DIPA, that has a pretty smooth finish and minimal bitter. It also hides that 10.2% ABV in a way that I can only assume is magic or sorcery of some kind. Very nice, but be careful. It will mess you up in a hurry.

Would revisit.

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Photo of L0ne
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, June 2015 batch.

Amber-orange, with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves delicate lacing across the inside of the glass.

Smell is citrus and herbal hops alongside sweet caramel malts, with a little funkiness playing in the background.

Taste follows smell and seemingly hits the palette all at once, almost surprising in its assault of herbal, orangey, bitter hoppiness and bright, in your face, caramel sweetness. Sweetness lingers, with just a bit of bitter hop flavor in the corners of the jaw.

The viscosity of this is typical DIPA, and there isn't a lot of carbonation, barely enough to leave a prickly sensation on the tongue. However, this works in its favor, and it is way too drinkable for having a 10+ abv.

Brings to mind 471, if you are looking for a comparison. But, I feel like the flavors of 471 hit in layers, rather than all at once, right at the front.

Overall a tasty brew, but I don't know if I'll seek it out again. I'm having a hard time laying a finger on why. I guess it boils down to the abundance malty sweetness going on, and the hop profile just not sitting quite right.

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Photo of senglish7
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very fruit-forward malt bomb. One of my favorite DIPAs. 10% alcohol gives it a little "bite" but it surprisingly very drinkable. This one is excellent.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy light orange color with two fingers worth of creamy head

S-light caramel malt, grapefruit and lemon, and some tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell with a mix of caramel malt, citrus hops, some pine resin, and tropical fruits. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very drinkable DIPA and another nice offering from the Dictator series

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Photo of Buck89
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Hazy burnt orange color with a faint transient white head. Striking aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel and slight dankness. The taste closely follows the nose with bright bitter orange and grapefruit and a touch of dank resin and sweet malt. Warm dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of W_Des
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pours a nice burnt orange-yellow color. Strong malt backbone and a sweet malty finish. Lightly bitter and I wanted a little bit more to even out the malt.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: caramel-malt sweetness and hops. You know this will be a hop-bomb. Alcohol is noticeable.

Appearance: copper-orange and bright. No chill haze even right out of the frig. Head is 2-fingers thick and light tan that fades to a thin veil.

Flavor: caramel-sweetness dominates the aroma initially, so much so, as to suggest this beer will be cloyingly sweet. This is not the case, though. Malt Flavors are sweet biscuit/bread, which grow increasingly sweet as the beer warms. Eventually the beer becomes too sweet. Hops are certainly ever present which attempt to balance the sweetness. Nice, dank hops. The 10.2% abv is noticeable but contributes to this beer. Despite the 10%+ abv, the alcohol is not hot or over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium to med-heavy. Chewy.

Overall: this is a quality IIPA, one of the better ones widely distributed and readily available for me (Denver). Hops are at the forefront, but are balances well the with malt.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with about a finger of head that slowly dissipated and left a capping on the liquid. Decent lacing left behind as I drink it. Smells like walking through a pine forest, but the taste seems more about malt than it does hops. There's still a decent hop bitterness there, but (and especially on the first sip) there is an overriding malty sweetness. Carbonation is very low, but a burn from the ABV helps lighten it up some.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The world of DIPA's is becoming fairly convoluted yet this still stands out as exceptional from the crowd. Fairly deep amber in color about an inch of foam and good retention. Floral hop flavors hit the nose first and leave a little room for a melony aroma to compliment a soft and well rounded pine presence. The taste is more geared towards a soft fruit touch along with a noticeable alcohol burn that takes a bit away from the taste. Not bad but I would have liked a touch more bitterness here. Smooth mouthfeel rounds out a great IIPA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color; this is a dark DIPA. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I really like both the good duration and texture, as well as the huge amount of lacing that clings to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Welp, that's certainly pungent. Lots of piny, grassy, lemony hops hit me square in the nuts (also square in the nose), and yet it's backed by a massive malt backbone. I get lots of nut, caramel, and even some leathery must (booze). Let it open up, and the hops become somewhat citrusy. This is definitely redolent of a barleywine, bringing an almost weird combo of extreme hops and extreme malts (really, though, this is nothing like Bigfoot). One of the more complex DIPAs I've sniffed, but I worry how sweet it will be. (3.5)

Taste: Tasting it, it doesn't seem as bitter as I anticipated. But those extreme malts? They're sweeter than I anticipated, as well. I can feel the hops ballasting the sugary sweetness to an extent, injecting a pleasant bitterness on the back end. To an extent. After a while, the malts smother the hops with heaping handfuls of caramel, nuts, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Holy balls, this is a total malt bomb - and not in the way I like. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This is almost ridiculously heavy and sweet. Naturally, the finish is longer than War and Peace. A sipper through and through, this goes down the palate like treacle. Low carbonation doesn't help much - on the other hand, a slight alcohol prickle actually does. (3)

Overall: This one isn't for me. It's WAY too sweet for my personal tastes. Even looking beyond my own preferences, it still seems rather messy - I won't go looking for it again. Others will like this more than me, however, so I can't be too hard on it. (3)

2.97/5: The Maharaja of maltiness

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely bold and flavorful IPA. Over the top hops and malt to keep up with the 10.2% ABV. The finish lingers and lingers. So great, I would definitely seek this beer out.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA stands out amongst other IPAs. This particular IPA tastes similar to India Pale Ale on tap at Avery but on steroids. One of my top beers for sure!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. Hop aroma, outstanding bitterness, and a unique finish. To me, borderline 5 star beer. A few subtle differences but would compare to Stone Enjoy Bys, which I had before ever trying this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice and creamy white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber that looks pretty nice and deceptively easy to drink.

The beer smell is fantastic. The beer has a very strong bitter hop note with a stronger malt note to balance it. The malt note is pretty strong and provides a nice sweet nose to it. The sweet notes are pretty strong and work well with the hop notes. The hops notes are something to behold and vary. The notes seem to range from pungent to a nice dry-hopped pine with a bit of citrus. However, some of the notes are stronger than others. The pine notes definitely dominate the other ones.

The beer taste is definitely interesting. It's a pretty bitter beer with a nice malt taste to it. The malt isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the nose. Rather, the malt seems to exist for keeping the beer from becoming too bitter. The hops also vary from pungent to piney but the differences are a bit more noticeable. When the beer is cold, the pungent notes come out stronger, and the piney and tangy ones come out but do not completely cover the pungent taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly deceptive and good. The beer doesn't feel very heavy and has a pretty smooth finish with a little bit of thickness to it. The biting carbonation also makes it a it lighter.

Overall,a fantastic beer and worth getting when available. It's good and inexpensive. If you're a hophead, you have no excuse not to get this.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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