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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,735
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 252
Gots: 387 | FT: 6
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.

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Photo of mltobin


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Purchased a bomber of this at a local package store.

Poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is brown with a thick head.
The smell is rich, sharp, and drew me in for my first sip.
The taste is hoppy, with an interesting combination of spice and flora flavors.
Mouthfeel lingers a strong aftertaste, it is a rich boozy brew, so cleansing the palate with some water is a good idea.
Overall, I was very pleased with this beer from Avery.

12-14-2008 19:18:26 | More by mltobin
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

I remember having this on tap at Tyler's in Durham last year and I couldn't believe how good it was. I taste tested it against the Hopslam and discussed the merits of each with the knowledgeable bartender. I hope the bottle stands up to that experience. This Raja pours a muted orange and slightly hazy with a creamy off white head and lace that covers everywhere the beer has been.

Instant withering hops greet me as I take a slow skip. Citrus and especially pine are the active players. The malt then steps in with dark fruit flavors and caramel and chocolate tones. The finish returns to the hops and the aftertaste shows elements of both. Mouthfeel is thick and oily in the finish. I like this beer but I'm not overawed with it the way I was on tap.

12-14-2008 02:50:41 | More by daliandragon
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale is a hazy red-orange ale with a bubbly, dense, off-white head. The aroma is huge, spicy, grassy, sweet, malty and boozy. It smells like a strong ale. It is medium-full bodied and quite slick. The finish is dry and a little acidic. The bitterness is heavy, but not sharp. It seems like more flavor comes from the malt than from the hops. There is a long, bitter aftertaste, after the sweetness shows its face. It's a bit bottom-heavy for my taste. Very boozy. This tastes more like an American strong ale to me.
(rated Jan 17, 2008)

12-11-2008 04:23:31 | More by yesyouam
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Shared with a friend, poured into snifters.

A-A deep-amber/orange-red beer, somewhat hazy. Topped with an attractive, lightest tan head which retains nicely.

S-Strong bitterness, which subsides into fruity and earthy aromas, very heavy-feeling (if that's possible). Just a hint of boozy harshness.

T-Dank, resiny, flowery hop flavors dominate the start of this flavor. These persist quite well, but as they slightly fade, the bitterness is able to enter the stage with a fruitiness, maybe the likes of tropical fruits. I like the balance of this beer's flavor. Some smooth alcohol flavor emerges at the end of the flavor.

M-Grainy with bitterness and hop flavor, it almost feels rough moving around my palate. This is accentuated by the beer's full body. A pleasing alcoholic warmth in my stomach, but the alcohol flavor is not harsh.

D-The nice balance of this brew lends good drinkability, regardless of the fact that the bitterness and hoppiness dominate the flavor profile. I know, I know, this beer isn't balanced, it's f*ing hoppy! But I still felt that the other flavors were represented well and vital to the overall profile for the beer.

12-08-2008 21:45:05 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of piny hops with some citrus notes in the smell

T - Lots of nice piny hops has a good bitter finish to the taste

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - This DIPA is very easy to drink if the abv was lower I would drink it all night but at almost 10% gotta take it easy very good beer worth trying

12-08-2008 17:16:39 | More by armock
Photo of magictrokini


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Simply one of the best Imperial IPA's out there. Pours clear orange with a wuge white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, and pine. A sweeter Imperial versus, say Ruination or Pliny, but very good. Grapefruit, orange, and mango hops are all over the place, but with a sweet citrus-candy back. Caramel malt must be there to tame the hops, but can't really taste it. Great balance, incredible beer.

12-04-2008 23:40:31 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Bubslang


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

deep dark amber pour with a small off white head. Glorious hop aroma with both citrus and floral hops present. nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with citrus and pine hops in the forefront, balanced with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. very nice.

12-03-2008 23:29:23 | More by Bubslang
Photo of sweetbrew82


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass: Label states that it was bottled in May 2008, batch #8.

P: Poured a light golden-amber color from the bottle with a nice cascading effect. Slightly hazy as it sits in the glass, displaying a beautiful deep amber color that is glimmering with tangerine highlights. The icing on this liquid cake is a sturdy, two-fingered off-white head that is made up of small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is quite good, as it finally sinks down to seal the top with an even-layered cap of foam. Leaves fat patches of spider-webbed lacing all down the glass. Just beautiful!

A: Big whiffs will register a generous amount of toasted malts, clean barley, citrusy-sweet hops that resemble orange peels, a twist of lemon, and some clementines to boot. Smells yummy!

T: ...Oh baby, this is absolutely delicious! Hits the palate with a pungent, yet very pleasing, sourness that is quite nicely balanced out with a sturdy-enough malt backbone that provides the ying to the yang. Clean and tight undertones of barley pop up about halfway through, while the citric notes of freshly-picked Valencia oranges weave in and out very gracefully. The twangy hops in the semi-dry finish provides a nice tingling sensation on the back of the tongue, while leaving a slight hop oil residue behind. There is an ever-so-slight alcoholic spice that cuts through towards the back-end, but for a 10.21% ABV Imperial IPA, it is so extremely well-masked that you hardly even notice it. It's mellow, yet fierce at the same time. This is truly a masterpiece to behold!

M: The mouthfeel to the Maharaja is superb. It's just a smidgeon below being full-bodied. Slightly chewy, mouth-coating, velvety smooth, crisp, and perfectly carbonated. Very well-done!

D: Oh, hell yeah! I could drink this stuff all day and night, baby. It's so damn tasty, so unbelievably silky smooth, and such a pleasure to indulge in. Seriously, where's the alcohol here?

Notes: This is one kick-ass Imperial IPA! The Maharaja (interpreted to mean "Great King") lives up to every expectation that its moniker implies. This is definitely the best Imperial IPA I've had to date. From the outset, the flavor just explodes on the tongue, releasing a shockwave of subtle malted barley, in-your-face citric hops, and a pungent kick that works just perfectly. Definitely a must-try for any IPA lover! What a great way to round out Turkey Day! Wish I had another...

11-28-2008 08:33:13 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of nick76


4.4/5  rDev +4%

The aroma has lots of pine and grapefruit hops with sweet malt and mint. The appearance is amber with a light haze and a large foamy head. The flavor is not complex but it fits the style very well by matching the aroma exactly with a small addition of spices. The bitterness is present from start to finish. The palate is thick and sticky with an earthy aftertaste. Overall it's really darn good!

11-28-2008 07:20:33 | More by nick76
Photo of Haybeerman


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Hazy copper/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Generous, thick lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Resiny pine lingers. Also plenty of sweet caramel malt.

T: Very clear and assertive citrus bitterness with resiny pine. Sweet caramel malt brings a bit of balance. Bitter grapefruit finisch with warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Well balanced carbonation. Creamy, warm and coating with a lingering hop finish.

D: Good for a10+% ABV DIPA. Nice blaance of citrus bang, sweet malts and bitter finish.

11-24-2008 19:36:53 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Greggy


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Pours a amazing ruby orange color with nice sediment dancing around. The head is thick, creamy white in color, and 2 finger in height. As it recedes, it leaves some ample lacing.

S- Incredible thick grapefruit, pine, and pineapple aromas. Thick sweet malt is balanced well with the aroma.

T- Starts out with a very piney maltiness with a clove note followed by nice hoppy malt. The finish is dry hops with the sweet malt in balance.

M- This thing is THICK. Appropriately low carbonation.

D- This is a nice DIPA, and very thick. Definitely a sipper. If you're into big IPA's, give this one a shot. The alcohol on this one slightly hurts the drinkability, it's still pretty good.

11-24-2008 01:12:37 | More by Greggy
Photo of hopdog


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle thanks to egadzis!

Poured a clear 'see through' amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), caramel and light pine. Nice sweet to bitter balance. Citrus burps. Chewy body.

Notes from 5/9/05

11-21-2008 23:12:54 | More by hopdog
Photo of snaotheus


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Slightly cloudy, light amber. Pours almost like syrup. Great lacing, thin head, slow and slight carbonation. Smells piney and sweet. Feels thick and chewy.

Slight clove and caramel taste, but dominated by pine and hops with a nice sweet taste throughout. Powerful hops aftertaste.

2014-03-23, Release Number 18

I cannot argue with my previous self, which is surprising because of the ~5.5 year difference in visitations.

11-21-2008 04:15:57 | More by snaotheus
Photo of ironlung


4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Burnt orange. Nice soft pour with very tiny head. Nice lacing.

S: Big-time malt with a little hop twinge.

T: Very smooth, I'm in awe of this monster. Lots of pineapple and tons of grapefruit and maybe a twist of lemon for good measure.

M:Too-nice. Leaves a hint of malt on the tounge, but like I said SMOOTH!

D: A one bomber beer. Don't push it (I tell myself!).

11-17-2008 21:40:18 | More by ironlung
Photo of CrellMoset


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Extra from afterexile - thanks! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty orange ... or red ... or brown? Not sure, this one's a very strange color. Lots of active carbonation, very fine, and a huge, sticky meringue-like head with amazing retention and structure. The lacing is also fantastic, thick, sheet-like, and leaves rings with each sip you take. It'd get a perfect 5.0 if the color were a little more vibrant.

Aroma: Hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit. Wow, I can even smell the bitterness. Or is that alcohol? Is it a bad sign I can't tell? It smells like burning, but it hurts so good.

Taste: More hugely sticky, resinous pine tree and grapefruit, but plus an absolute crapton of bitterness. Sticky, bready caramel malts, a few other roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and syrupy, mild carbonation, and medium bodied (as far as head goes).

Drinkability: Had this on tap before (at Brickstore in Decatur), and I think it was a little better on tap. Still, a solid, good, west-coast IIPA.

11-14-2008 04:52:46 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of RThomas436


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

I had heard alot of hype regarding this fermented malt beverage. So going in I had God like aspirations for it - low and behold it delivered.

It poured a clear copper color almost like a penny. The head was creamy like fresh whipped cream.

The nose was like fresh cut fruit; oranges, grapefruits, clementines. I was also getting some melon in there as well.

Tastes like fresh hops with a malty body and bitter finish. I was expecting more carbonation however, aside from this minor flaw this beverage delivered upon all the hype.

If there is one thing to enhance I would add more citrus hop flavor and reduce the malty body.

In fact this is the beer that Chuck Norris drinks

11-14-2008 03:52:52 | More by RThomas436
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

This bomber pours out a reddish medium copper hue, with lots of foamy white head, and lacing all around the glass. The smell contains a whole lot of citrus hops and strong caramel malt essence, and is quite wonderful. The taste starts with a big citrus hop blast at the front, which mellows quickly and smoothly into the sweet raisiny malt body. There is low carbonation, and a warming from the alcohol. This is quite an intensely flavoured beer, true to the style, and quite good, and sharing the bomber is just about right.

11-10-2008 05:45:18 | More by biboergosum
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.38/5  rDev -20.1%

Reviewed 3/27/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours an amber red color body that is very clear. Can get almost no head out of the pour, it is off-white, and diminishing. A strong aroma of hops, bitterness. Hoppy taste but not overly bitter, semi-sweet, and has a bitter aftertaste.

11-08-2008 05:31:51 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of hoplover82


4.4/5  rDev +4%

This is truly an amazing beer.

This Kingly brew pours a royal reddish pale color, like one of the colors of the setting sun. Thw setting sun leaves an off white head like the clouds of the day.

Taking the chill off the brew makes it smooth on my palate.

The aroma is of the pines of Colorado. A little soapy too. Lemon peel shines too.

The flavor is the same, very piney. Very unique. Very Lemon peel citrus. Not many brewries can make it like this. A little sweet (very little sweetness) to it. I think the warmer it gets the more the sweetness comes out.

Full bodied but very smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable! A little too drinkable. I could have 5 of these. Definently a royal brew. Thank you Avery. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

11-06-2008 15:37:12 | More by hoplover82
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -9%

22 oz. bottle, Batch 8, May 2008. Pours an orange-amber color with a decent off-white head, pretty good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus hops with a decent malty backbone, caramel and pale malts. Taste is initial citrus hops with a good amount of maltiness, finishes fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is astringent (esp. the finish), fairly thick, and fairly active carbonation. Good beer, a more malty DIPA than I've had recently.

11-06-2008 02:06:11 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

A great brew from Avery!

Labeled batch #8 bottled May 2008 Abv 10.21%

Poured into my Maudite snifter little to no head and no lacing. It has a wonderful deep honey color.

Smells like citrusy pine with some alcohol.

Wonderful malt flavor with some citrus fruit balanced perfectly with hops. Some IPAS are over the top with hops but this one hits the mark balancing sweetness with bitterness. The alcohol is well masked but lingers slightly in after taste

This IPA feels wonderful in the mouth. It is syrupy thick full bodied and a great sipper.

One of my top 10 beers I have enjoyed to date and the least expensive. I can only imagine what a few years in the cellar will bring.

11-04-2008 03:27:30 | More by LennyV
Photo of tadowdaddy


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Cloudy rust color. I can't see through the glass to the other side. Very minimal head and lacing is almost non-existant.

S- Smells wonderful. A mix of caramel malt and fruity hops. Hops are very overwhelming in the scent of this beer.

T- AMAZING! Caramel malts, piney hops, and a citrus punch. Bitter aftertaste which is comparible to other DIPA's. Absolutely outstanding taste for those who love hops. Malt comes through in the backend while the piney hops and citrus tastes come through initially.

M- This brew leaves an oily and thick taste in the mouth.

D- The alcohol in this beer is almost unnoticable to me. I could drink a few more of these with no problems. Very easy to drink and a perfect DIPA for hop lovers.

I will definitely be drinking this one again.

10-30-2008 00:52:32 | More by tadowdaddy
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%


This beer is OUTSTANDING!

Simply hard to beat. It pours a dark almost amber and orange, head sticks to the sides and is outstanding!

The smell is of hops, hops, and more hops!

the taste is outstanding citrus, and hops mixing in an outstanding mix!

The mouthfeel is second to maybe just Bells HopSlam, yup that's it!

This beer even at the price is very, very drinkable! Pick onbe up like NOW....if you can find it!


10-29-2008 05:47:34 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of bifrostguard


4/5  rDev -5.4%

Note: This bottle says 10.21%

A - Deep amber color with matching light tan head that leaves minimal lacing

S- Some floral and citrus hops and strong malt sweetness.

T - A little earthy. Pine and citrus hops are equally present with a complimentary malt backbone that balances it out. A little on the malty sweet side for me but at over 10% it's pretty damn good! Alcohol is noticeable and warming in the end.

M - Thick and syrupy. Feels nice and smooth going down. Not thirst quenching, but if you're in the mood for a beer then this will certainly quench your craving.

D - Very easy drinking. Smooth and not too overpowering. I like this beer a lot, but a little less malt and more bitterness would be more to my liking.

10-28-2008 04:18:03 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Batch 6 -May 2007

Pours a dark golden amber with only the most minimal of head. Smell is big 'ol sticky, stinky hops. And a lot of them.
Taste is huge, bittering hops. Mostly bittering floral hops, but some citrusy hops as well.
There is a very malty presence to support the amount of hops which gives it a full mouthfeel. This isn't a very refreshing beer, but a very good tasting one.

10-24-2008 19:34:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
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