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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Reviews: 1,830 | Ratings: 5,441
Photo of hman43
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a golden orange with an off white, full head that produces lacing as the head diminishes. It is fairly clear.

Smell: It has pine, citrus, hints of apricot, and a slight hint of malt, caramel. It has a very sweet beginning and then the bitter kicks in. The flavors are It has a caramel base with pine and citrus hops. The citrus hops remind me of apricots.

Fell: It has a semi-dry finish. The texture is high on the moderate end. The bitter punch on the palate is long lasting after swallowing. It has a moderately high amount of carbonation..

Overall: The combination of hops and malt works well. The overall feel is a bit heavy, but quality none the less.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful burnt orange with 1-2 fingers of head.

S - sweet, hoppy, mouthwatering.

T - tons of malt and sweetness, mildly bitter at the end with a nice finish.

M - thick, with nice carbonation.

One of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of SirStep
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best IPA to date.
Had this when I went returning the rental car in downtown Boston at a stop in Bunker Hill (Brewer's Fork - awesome place).
Described the bar tender my likes and he poured me a sampler of this one, which sold me on it.
Strong citrus and grass nose, but the taste is plain fantastic joy. Flows like thick juice. Did not taste a lot of alcohol and thought it is an IPA until my buddy told me we better get going before the 10% kick in.
And they did eventually while the taste lingered....

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Photo of Hopine
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good if you like malty, sweet, hoppy doubles. A slight step up from the Dogfish 90 minute. And I know that's a bold statement. There's a lot of people willing to take the pepsi challenge in that one. It's blood orange in color with a sweet boozy floral aroma. Essentially the beer equivalent of a very rich sweet red wine.
Great nose, taste and body!
Poured into a short tulip off tap. Always good.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dense but somewhat fluffy beige head that dissipated quickly into lacing. Beer is amber with a slight red tint and is mostly clear.
S: So good! My mouth started watering immediately. Lots of pine and citrus zest.
T: Follows nose with a nicely boozy and smooth finish. Really nice balance of zest and bitterness.
F: Great combination of tasting booziness without scorching alcohol heat.
O: Avery nailed this one, it's really good.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is truly a WOW brew for me!
Pours an amber and orange color with a nice frothy head and sticky lace.
Big juicy citric and tropical fruit aroma, oily hops, sweet malts and a whiff of alcohol on the back end.
What an amazing big juicy taste! Arguably perfectly balanced. Really sweet on the tongue, toasted malts and tropical fruits, yet, it is also a hop bomb. Piny, dank, oily and resinous.
Big mouthfeel but unbelievably drinkable for the high ABV. I guzzled two of them in no time!
Amongst IPAs, I've given Pliny the Elder a 5 and Heady Topper a 4.9.(Would have been a 5 for appearance if not for the can) This is right up there and pretty damn close and perhaps right at there level. I will definetely have again and reevaluate if it does indeed make that 5.

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Photo of Rejis
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy brownish-orange. Smells very malty and sugary sweet. Taste is similar: malty and sweet with light hoppy bitterness. The feel is strange, smooth with a lingering creamy thickness. Overall, it's not what I expected. I was hoping for more of a juicy IPA than a sweet candied ale.

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Photo of pinyin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Malty Piney and Resinous Double IPA.
The best variety out there.

Served 38F in a 5 ounce brandy sinfter from the 22 ounce bottle.

The malts in this ale are very omnipresent.

It is difficult to get this portion of the brewing process correct, and Avery nailed it on this offering.

Not quite as good as Singlecut Bon Bon 2X TNT, but not far from it.

Just a really well balanced ale in every aspect.

Freshness is going to be crucial with this style of dipa, so make sure your bottles havent been exposed to sunlight or havent been laying around.

This is a limited release according the bottle so puschase accordingly.

Malty, bready, hoppy all with excellent balance and an even more enticing price point.

Really an outstanding and underrated dipa, and my first taste of Avery.

Reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Chillwave. Many similar qualities in the nose, taste and finish.

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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 Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.