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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,798
Hads: 5,231
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 345
Gots: 649 | 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 sdmvd6
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange color with about a finger of white head. Light lacing is left behind.

S - Nice caramel malt aroma that transitions to citrus and tropical fruit hop bitterness. Some floral and soapy scents come in as well.

T - Juicy citrusy and tropical fruits hit hard up front followed by prominent caramel malt sweetness. It finishes with more bitterness and a bit of an alcohol burn.

M - Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Not quite as chewy and resinous as I prefer from an imperial IPA.

O - This is a pretty darn good IPA, but as weird as it sounds I would like to see more bitter hop prominence (it is claimed to be 102 IBU, after all). The unbalance between hop and malt is what makes imperial IPA's so great, and this one is almost a bit cloyingly sweet in the malt department which tends to dominate the flavor profile. It lacks that bready backbone that complements many imperial IPA's so well.

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

Just had the newest, Feb. 09 version of this beer. Always thought it was too sweet and malty in the past, but really loved this beer this time. Poured a transparent dark orange color with the carbonation maintaining a steady crawl up the sides of the glass. Smelled very sweet and good. Tasted of fruity hops, a very good, fresh taste that I was pleased with. Mouthfeel and drinkability were great. I could definitely drink on this with no problem which says a lot for this beer considering its ABV. Very good overall and this is one I look forward to trying every year.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
2.51/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

First off, I wanted a traditional IPA, and maybe its too much for me. I bought a 22ounce bomber, and poured it into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber almost orange/gold in color. I poured it nicely, yet a 1 inch head still appeared, and took awhile to dissapear.

Smell: FRUITY! Grapefuit, orange, not a scent of malt in my opinion.

Taste: BITTER!!! Hops very heavy, no malt after taste. Hops, Hops, and more hops, way too strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight carbonation, Oily-hops character, slightly acidic.

Drinkability: Terrible, can only drink one, if that, too much alcohol, too much hops, too bitter. Not a fan, wouldn't buy it again. If you want high alcohol, and strong hops, try it, you may like it.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Maharaja Imperial IPA ABV: 10.24%

A: The appearance has a golden, hazy look to it. Pours a very noticable head that stays apparant for at least a minute or so, thn falls to a minimal head. The lacing is very noticable.

S: Has a citrus hint to it. The hops and malts just linger in the nose. Does also have a floral smell to it too.

T-M: The taste is very bitter and sweet. Can taste sort of like a tangerine taste with the apparent hops and malts. Very good taste and mouthful.

D: This beer is a drinkable beer. They serve it in a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle. Good beer to share with a friend or you brother! wesbrownyeah approved.

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

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip glass...

A: Golden brown minimal head with some lacing

S: nothing really overpowering, very subtle hints of pine / grapefruit

T: Wonderful mix of hops / grapefruit, the high ABV is wonderfully masked....minial heat coming through

M: medium to heavy carbonation, hoppy after taste, good drinkability

Overall a better then average IPA mostly becase of the flavor and the masking of teh high ABV....will definitely try again and again and again....

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

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a brilliant, cloudy amber with three fingers of luscious head that held like a champ and left a nice lacing around the glass. Massive notes of citrus, honey, and fresh flowers on the nose with a firm and steady bitterness accompanied by a smooth and elegant mouthfeel.

I love this beer because its got massive flavor without being too brutal on the palate. The extremely well concealed ABV is just the icing on the cake.


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Photo of aaronxsubaru
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm really sorry guys, i know i should think this is a god beer but i don't. it was highly recommended by my bartender. It tatsed like pine sap to me. Other than that it was a pretty good beer, but it was to hard to get past this taste for me. I've had other, more balanced tasting IPAs that didn't hit me over the head with pine taste. i prefer more citrus than pine.

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Photo of MarkVegas
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beauty from notes taken a couple nights ago here at my lovely apartment in Sin City.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Had this beer once before as part of a beer meet-up. Saw on the shelf in Cali very recently HAD to get it again.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head floating on top and leaves a nice clingy lace to the side of the glass. Quite nice!

S: Deliciousness! Get that citrusy/grapefruity nose right away. Some caramel roasted malt characteristics too. Just awesome.

T: Get that citrus and pine hop bitterness that is all so inviting. There also is a definite maltiness to this brew that helps balance things out quite well. Also must note that this beer finishes pretty well and pretty long, loving it.

M: Carbonation done right. Just enough effervescence to be refreshing and not weigh down the palate. Very pleasing.

O: Very, very well rounded and balanced brew. Right up there with my favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of bball208
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Meh, not sure what the hype is all about. I wanted to love this beer so much since a lot of people I know like this, but it just didn't taste like an IPA.

Hazy orange, with nice head. Looks beautiful. The aroma was if biscuits and more breads. Kinda strange for an IPA. Taste was not bitter although it said 102 IBUs. Tasted like biscuits, little hops, some grapefruit, but overall it was muddled by the malt. Not too balanced, definitely not a refreshing IPA. It's a wintertime beer, I would never drink this on a hot day. I've had way more IPAs that were tasty, more floral, and more appealing than this one. This just was not a very good beer, despite its complex flavors. I guess I like more of the floral beers like heady topper


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Photo of mwearl
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A supremely hoppy high gravity Double IPA, this beer poured copper colored with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasted forever. Smell very hoppy with definite grapefruit and floural odor with a light green grape scent. Taste was smooth for such a hoppy high ABV brew. As expected, the hops really stand out but its not completely out of balance. Mouthfeel is rather light with a slight alcohol burn on top of tongue. Drinkability depends on your tolerance for a stout beer. I'd never drink more than one per session but will definitely drink more.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orangey copper clear, 3 finger head, 1 mm cap, consistent lacing with thin broken rings per each sip.

S- pine and citric, sweet caramel notes

T- piney and citric, aggressive hops but not overpowering in either bitterness or finish. Slightly medicinal.

M- active fine carbonation, full bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a nice double, not an outright hop bomb, but not short on it either.

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Photo of DigitalHype
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a big, dense, foamy head. Lots of lacing. Honey sweet floral hops tingle your nose.

Lots of "big" hop flavor. Bitterness is very nicely balanced. Very floral hops, accompanied with orange fruit, and faint herb and pepper. Very light pale ale malt character imparts some good sweetness. Alcohol is a bit heavy on the finish. But, calms down nicely if you let it sit. Feels sticky and slightly chewy.

Solid IPA! Drink up. And consider sharing.

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Photo of amneziak
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: There is unquestionably a lot going on this glass. It's one I've had to smell multiple times to get my head around. Some of the characteristics aren't immediately noticeable. Of those are: deep hops, fresh honeycomb, and a caramelized orange. There is also something very familiar in the nose that I can't quite uncover. As it warms, it almost dwarfs into something completely different, however the intensely floral honey notes stay with it the whole time.

Appearance: It pours a nice clear burnt orange color and has an average-sized head that hangs out for a short period of time. You'll want to drink this one out of a tulip so you can constantly refresh the head.

Taste: With an IBU rating of 102, it's obviously bitter, but I don't find it to be too over the top. The burnt orange honey components are the most immediate flavors. As it warms, the beer almost tastes salty even though there is definitely a lot of sweetness here.

Palate: Immediately hits the tongue and makes it sing. The beer is buttery and smooth. It hangs on for a good while and can still be tasted a while after finishing.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but certainly one I won't go out of my way for again. Perhaps the best thing would've been to share this one with friends because the whole bottle is bit overwhelming. If you are a fan of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, you will like this one. They are very similar but the drinkability in this one is not as good.

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Photo of rringler
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear medium copper color, pours with about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head, composed of small/medium bubbles. Leaves behind lots of great lacing.

S: Starts a little fruity, with lots of solid malts to back it up. Not an overly bitter/hoppy smell.

T: Less fruity then it smells, but perhaps even maltier; the taste is dominated by sweet, caramely malts. Somewhat mild hop finish, which I suppose shouldn't be surprising given the smell. Never would have guessed that this is 10.4% abv. I've had 6-7% abv beers that have more dry alcohol taste than this brew.

M: Pretty full bodied; a bit bigger, thicker, and heavier than most IPAs. Carbonation is very good.

O: Malt lovers' beer, sort of like Lagunitas Copper. Claims 102 IBUs, but I'm not really sure I believe that. While it's nowhere near as hoppy as a decent west coast IPA, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a rich, malty beer that non-hopheads might find more enjoyable. It also packs a punch at 10.4% abv.

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Photo of JVEyck309
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, foil wrapped, poured into a large snifter

Red/orange haze, sticky lacing with a thin head. smells of the usual citruisy orange hops, oily, a bit of a chewey bready malt in there. Taste is good. Buttery smooth hoppy bitterness, citric/piney as to be expected... Hops dominating but with some toasted/bready malt backbone. Carbonation is on the heavy side and alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. This one is great.. but might not be a first choice amongst pricey DIPA bombers.. But definitely worth it. Drinkability.. well its a high abv 10.7%..so one is enough. gnarly

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

Appearance is a hazy orange with a creamy head and good lacing. Smell is a huge citrus-hoppy treat. The taste is even bigger than the nose. Initial bitterness followed by a full mouth of grapefruity hops. The malt is very well balanced with this insane amount of hops. Although this is a very rich beer, its incredibly drinkable for over 10% abv.

This is a top tier imperial IPA. I've had this on tap as well and it's even better in draft.

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Photo of huhl23
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14, June 2011. Been looking forward to trying this bad boy. Poured a deep amber color with two finger head that hung around the entire beer. Very malty and hoppy. Similiar to 90 min, but not as good in my opinion. Maybe cuz it's not ultra fresh, but not as good as I expected although I had set my expectations high. Overall I'd drink again but not go out of my way to get.

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Photo of greenbeaner
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap and it blew me away, so now I'm reviewing it from the bottle. Pours a very rich copper with one just over one finger of frothy head, and it leaves an excellent lacing as the head dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Smells lovely on the nose, with grassy hop petal up front with just a hint of pine, and a well rounded floral finish. Light citrus and malt in there as well.

Absolutely delicious. The hops bite you up front but quickly smooth to reveal all kinds of robust flavor. Flowers, citrus, fruits, pine, a bit of a grassy feel towards the finish. It's all there and more. The hops leave your tongue tingling for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but full. Not so thick that it's syrupy and not so thin that it's oily. Great balance

This is one dangerous beer. So incredibly delicious. The alcohol is hidden so well. I'm barely halfway through my glass and I can already tell that this is one to watch out for. Ahhh but temptation...I'll be having many more!

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Photo of MisterSH
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, my bottle says "bottled in June 2009 batch 10." It's October now so this bottle is about three months old or so, been sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks now for the right time. I paid $8.99 for this bomber.

Pours a reddish gold with a nice blonde finger thick head. Looks delicious, I haven't sniffed it yet but the aroma is beginning to waft up from the glass into my nose, this thing is pungent.

Aroma is immediately grapefruity, quite floral hops. A spicy, almost peppery note is apparent, with an element of apple or other sweet fruit. Also a bready malt note.

Taste: Bold and bitter up front, with a very strong, rather sweet malty backbone, and an unusually spicy, grassy finish. Some alcohol warmth (although not what you'd expect at 10.69%). Strongly malty and bready, this is exceptionally well balanced, just how I like an IIPA- not only hoppy, but malty as hell, at 102 IBU's this isn't even close to a hop-bomb, it's a huge beer overall and is surprisingly gentle on the palate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but aside from the buzz I am starting to feel as I type this, it is shockingly well hidden considering the beer's strength. This is a deviously drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, smooth, moderate/low on the carbonation.

WOW! Now this is my idea of a balanced, full bodied, satisfying IPA. Sweet, bitter, powerful, and delicious. A memorable brew and a new favorite for me. Without a doubt, a huge beer, formidable at 10.69%, but I'd crack a second one now if I had it without hesitation. Perhaps a little pricey for frequent consumption, it's worth every penny as a now and then treat when it's available.

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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 b3barron
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in June so this one is fairly fresh. Served in a dimple mug.

A - Normal pour produces a frothy one inch head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Pineapple and sweet bready malt. Juicy citrus, too. Very fruity.

T - I get some floral notes and the bitterness is pronounced. The sweet malt and fruity esters are lying underneath but are really dominated by the bitterness. I'll give Avery lots of credit for hiding the > 10% ABV well as I don't really enjoy alcohol flavors in the DIPA style.

M - Creamy and on the fuller-bodied end of the spectrum.

D - Just OK. I'll enjoy this bomber but I would not session this one which is probably good considering the ABV.

Glad I finally got around to trying this. I'll probably grab it again when I am really need a hop fix.

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

Pours a vibrant dark orange color, with an off-white somewhat creamy head. Nose is very similar to Bells Hopslam, but with more of a malt background to give the intense grapefruit some backbone. Really smells of great citric fruit. The nose leads you to believe that there is going to be something incredibly interesting and possibly maybe quite a balance to the hops, but that doesn't happen. Intense hop pine, roasted grapefruit which is interesting but doesn't add a balance to the alcohol. Surprisingly there is a creamyness throughout the whole palate with the malts! Very tasty, although showing a little more alcohol than i would like. Just like rolling into a club, and seeing the hottest hop from a distance and you want to take that hop home for sure. After some hardcore krunk dancing, the dance is over and the lights turn on to reveal that miss hoppy isn't as treal as you thought. Even though you aren't 100% down, you still put that hop in your whip and take it home. Also you roll that hop in some peanut butter.

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

Bottle, first batch of 2008. Poured cloudy orangish yellow with a nice thick head. Nose reeked of colombus hops, fruity and piney. Tastes mainly hoppy with sweet, fruity and piney notes, slightly boozy (second batch of 2008 tasted slightly sweeter). A personal favorite Imperial of mine, love it, can't wait til February.

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
1.57/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

This is one nasty beer. I will admit that this bomber has been sitting in my fridge for 4-6 weeks, so maybe the problem is that it ages horrifically, but my god, this was awful.

It looked pretty as I poured it into an imperial pint glass, but it was all down hill after that. The aroma was subdued, but what there was was bitter in a way that I can't associate with any known type of hops.

The taste was also bitter, but not in a pleasurable, hoppy way. More of a getting a mouthful of gasoline when you do a shitty job of siphoning way. It just burned itself into the roof of my mouth and back of my tongue and would not go away.

I see from the reviews here that a lot of people have had a much better experience with this beer than I did, so it may have been a bad bottle or at least a bottle with too much age on it. I couldn't find any dating on the bottle, but unless it was several years old, there's no excuse for it going THIS bad. But there are so many great DIPAs out there that I enjoy regularly, I will not be giving this one another shot.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.