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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,760
Reviews: 1,743
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 267
Gots: 414 | FT: 7
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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005)
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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped into a tulip.

Appearance - Medium amber body. Small white head with fine lacing.

Smell - Candy sweet. Hoppy. Great balance.

Taste - Acidic. Fruity. Crisp. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer, but for the style, thoroughly unimpressive.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-has a nice amber color with a nice white head and great lacing
S-great smells of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and hops
T-taste is pungent with oily hops and malt the pine and floral still present
M-great balance with all the malt and hops
Love this DIPA for sure

reebtaerG, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very decent beer, one of the better double IPA's I have tried. The head and lacing were relatively long lasting. The smell was pretty strong, sweet and syrupy. Taste is a bit weaker than other DIPA's but very good none the less. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both above average.

supercolter, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

KimenTshom, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Punisher
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Punisher, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Andy_Luft
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Andy_Luft, May 28, 2014
Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Nordbier, May 02, 2014
Photo of seand
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange tinted amber, with a fair amount of dense white head. Enough retains in clumps on the surface and around the edge of the glass to leave solid sheets of lacing.

S: Strongly hop dominated, with huge pine and citrus notes. There's a touch of malty sweetness, but no alcohol to speak of.

T: Huge hops, with strong citrus, especially grapefruit, and quite astringent. There's a malt backbone which is especially noticeable at the tip of the tongue, but gets a bit lost in the hops towards the middle and finish, just barely peeking out again in the aftertaste. Booze is noticeable on the finish.

M: Full body, slightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

Overall a good but perhaps over-the-top representation of the style. It's pulled off well, but if you don't love hops and big beers, you won't like this beer.

seand, May 01, 2011
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoutfan23DJ, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of beerme626
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

beerme626, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

tylerstravis, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cherche, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Getalegup, Apr 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of eat
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure who brought this one, too many beers in too little time. Thanks ritzkiss, bobsy and viggo for the beer hang.

Translucent and glowing-honey coloured with a thin covering of off-white head. Bits of lacing.

Strong smell of pineapple and grapefruit, soymilk (?) and caramel malt. Wicked, powerful smell.

Tastes like pineapple, grass, pine. Serious malt base with a bitter hoppy finish. Smooth for the ABV. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter.

The feel is not quite there. Medium-thin body with a mild carbonation. Leave me wishing for more body.

Awesome. This is a great double IPA, I could drink this all the time.

eat, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev -5.4%

tubeyes, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of marcpal
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber and the colors of a malty brew. White head was substantal and lacing present.

S: Hops and malty hops at that. Citrus somewhat but dominated by the malted alcohol hops. Really looked forward to the taste after the aroma.

T: Malted hops initially great- my favorite style and accent to a beer. The hops are there and come through very smoothly. I did think there was a strong hop aftertaste without being too sweet. Like the malty based hops over anything that had overly citrus.

M: Not overly carbonated and had the thickness of a good hop presence. Hops clung on and attached a bit to the palate.

D: For an Imperial, this was ridiculously drinkable. The hops were strong but the alcohol was well hidden and enjoyable afterwards.

This is one damn fine beer. Top notch. The first Avery I have tried and it looks like I will venture further into their offerings if this one is representative of the quality.

marcpal, Dec 09, 2007
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass. from notes
A: A bold, hazy orange that sparkles in the light, with a thick white head that leaves frothy lacing.
S: The best grapefruit/citrus hop profiles known to the realm of IIPA. Just perfect, IMO nothing to change.
T/M: As the nose suggests grapefruit and citrus hop profiles are massive. Mouthfeel of a thick soup, but still refreshing. A dry hoppy finish upon first pour, but as brew warms the malt characters come out.
D: This is one of those IIPA that I could come back to time and time again, and do, where you are impressed, just as much as the first time. An outstanding beer.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

s1ckboy, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DRTBrewster, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Lukafer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Cincinnati Brew-haha, review from notes.

Received in a plastic cup, appearance was a murky orange with a slight whit head. Smells are hops, citrus hops and maybe some pineapple. Taste is citrus fruit, orange, some grapefruit, really sweet at first but with a nice hop kick at the end to even things out. Damn good beer. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

Drinkability is unreal with this, my girlfriend and I were getting 12 oz. pours for $4, and I had around 3 or so, no wonder I got sloshed, I had NO idea it was this high of an ABV., glad I took notes!

Lukafer, Sep 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,760 ratings.