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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company


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4,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 4114
Reviews: 1707
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%

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 TCMike


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Produced a finger and a half of off white head. Beer color is a medium orangy gold. Non-translucent. Good lacing.

The smell is of caramel, citrus, and biscuit. Very nice aroma.

The taste was similar, but with a little pine hop flavor. Medium-heavy mouth-feel, sweet/sticky, and medium carbonation.

This beer is awesome! At 102 IBU's I would have thought their would be more bitterness, but it is supremely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:01:56 | More by TCMike
Photo of nataku00


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a mostly clear copper color with a finger of soft off white foamy head. Head sticks around for a bit, leaving a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, papaya, pine, caramel, and a bit of boozy alcohol. Good amount of yeast esters, fruity and mildly spicy.

Grapefruit and pine hops mainly, with sweet yeast ester red apple and sweet alcohol flavor. Dry finish with a earthy pine bitterness lingering.

Medium to full body with mild carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat but mostly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:12:34 | More by nataku00
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Release No 1 2013.

A: Pours a very clear amber brownish with a one finger slightly yellowed head. Lots of tiny bubbles visible rising to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very fruity hop aroma going on in this beer. Lots of grapefruit and other succulent goodness. Touch of sweet malts in the background. Earthiness permeates the beer as well. Slight hint of alcohol.

T: Great hop profile on this beer. Well rounded hoppiness with a blend of fruit and earthiness. Surprised this sucker was released in January as the hops have held on pretty well. The malt adds a fairly sweet backing. Aftertaste lingers with some hop. Certainly a bitter brew.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. A bit sticky on the tongue giving it a nectar like mouthfeel. Isn't too hot but is nice and warming.

Overall quite happy I got to try this brew out, a solid double IPA that any hophead should seek out. Will be looking to pick one up as early next year as I can.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:29:41 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company - Maharaja, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy amber ruby with a massive soapy head that dissipates slowly. Abundance of lacing. Brews can't look any better than this from my perspective.

Smell - Deep caramel malts and citrus hops with a side of pine. Mouth watering and tangy.

Taste - Rich and borderline creamy sweet malt introduction moves aside for fruity juiciness and a piney/resin bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, sits bitter pine on the palate and back of the throat. Super smooth, slightly warming, but super drinkable.

Overall - Phenomenal, worth getting if you can find it for hop heads. Hop fanatics who don't like malt in their DIPA might not be as impressed as I was but I think it's still solid even in that regard. 100% recommend this stellar brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:09:06 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Brew_42


3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As far as IPAs go this must be decent because I tend to not like IPAs and I still enjoyed this. The after taste is super bitter (which is why I don't like IPAs) but the initial taste is fairly fruity and citrus-y. I would recommend it to IPA lovers or perhaps even people like myself who are really trying to like IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 06:30:31 | More by Brew_42
Photo of Smurf2055


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with maybe a quarter inch of white head. Clear and carbonated.

Smells fruity, dark red fruits with some hints of lighter ones.

Taste is bitter up front, pine and grass, but balanced with grapefruit and citrus, tropical passion fruit.

Very wet, very drinkable. Sharp after taste.

It’s a great IPA. I get a lot of similarities to Pliny the Younger

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:31:07 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Doing an imperial IPA tasting, this was second up in the line-up. Nice color, somewhat hazy color, nice thick mouthfeel and somewhat oily. Definitely strong lightly alcoholic burn, not overly bitter or herbal hop flavor, somewhat citrusy, mostly piney. Compared to Brew Dogs Hardcore IPA, this seems slightly dialed down in the nose and palate department, but overall still an exceptional double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:44:02 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unclear bottling date but Batch #17/2013 vintage, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 7/3/13 over an hour or so.

A: 2/3 - deep orange-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, big time alcohol legs for an imperial IPA!

S: 9/12 - picking up pine and resiny aroma as expected with lots of booze; unfortunately, this bottle is several months old and the hop aroma is much more muted than I recall on previous encounters with this beer

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, the bitterness is a big time slap in the tongue; in the middle3 of the mouth, it definitely settles into a pine forest that, I think, is the result of a huge flame-out addition of Simcoe and Chinook; there is also some big time booze, which, I think, much more resembles a American barleywine than an imperial IPA; also picking up some marmalade and citrus qualities that stick on the tongue in the aftertaste

M: 4/5 - super-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 10%+ is present and, as mentioned above, drinks much more like an American barleywine than a imperial IPA for me; moderate carbonation for the ABV and large alcohol legs

O: 9/10 - historically, this has been one of my favorite imperial IPAs; unfortunately, this beer is long in the tooth and the hop aroma/flavor has dissipated over time - don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent drinking experience, and, if you want to get buZZed, this will get you there; I'd put it in the same category as a borderline imperial IPA/American barleywine similar to Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum, but, on this pouring, I much prefer the Hoptimum

TOTAL = 41/50

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:31:19 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of ghengisflan


3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a dark amber with a tan head from a 22oz bomber, a little dark for an IPA.

Smell - Floral and fruity hops are pretty strong; there is some malt aroma to balance it out.

Taste - Sweet, fruity, somewhat malty, and slightly herbal. The 10.40% can be tasted, but the alcohol is pleasant in this beer. A good amount of harmony for all the complexity.

Mouth-feel - Definitely full-bodied.

Overall - Somewhat dark, sweet, and malty for an IPA, Maharaja is still refreshing and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:40:06 | More by ghengisflan
Photo of bambam2517


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into the hotel highball in San Diego. I go to the bottle store in San Dawg and this is the best I find? Support your local brewers, they are amazing "Whales Vagina"...

A - Strong body, syrupy and slow carbed, thick lacing. One sticky brew!

S - hmmm, grapefruit, pineapple, a lot of tropical sweetness...

T- now I remember this one, it was a bit more spot-on when it was Myrcenary by Odell! Enjoyed thoroughly, but can't help comparing the two...

M - Thickly sweet, but still delicious and a sleeper boozer.

O - Nice one, but I prefer Myrcenary and don't have to go to San Bootyego to find it...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 07:01:55 | More by bambam2517
Photo of woosterbill


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Clear copper body under two inches of fine tan head. Good retention but only spotty lace. Definitely on the dark side for the style, but attractive.

S: Powerful and balanced, with big fruity hops going hand in hand with serious caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal notes and spicy alcohol are also present. Enjoyable.

T: Spicy up front, with citrus and tropical fruit close behind. Some bubblegum and candy midway through as the caramel malt begins to assert itself ahead of the mildly boozy and majorly bittersweet finish. Decidedly warming aftertaste, but in a pleasant Barleywine-esque sort of way. Very tasty.

M: Sticky full body with a large dose of creamy carbonation. A bit much for the style, but just right for the beer.

O: This is a (the?) classic example of the big, sweet, boozy side of the DIPA style. A dry, aromatic vehicle for hops and hops alone this is not, and the combination of syrupy mouthfeel, warming alcohol, and treacly malt makes this flirt with Barleywine territory; heck, I might even rate it slightly higher if it were listed as an American Barleywine. Anyhow, in a style that has come to be defined (quite happily, IMO) by gems like Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder, Maharaja just doesn't quite fit. An excellent beer, but not quite an excellent DIPA.


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:43:18 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release No. 17, 2013. Poured into a fluted beer glass.

A balanced big IIPA. I love this beer. Heavier and sweeter than Stone's Enjoy By. Almost a barleywine, if not actually one. But no denying that this is a great beer.

A - Pours an orange/amber. Initially beer was cloudly, but allowed to warm and the haze disappeared almost but not completely. A half-finger beige rocky head, which quickly disapates, but better lacing than one might expect.

S - Resiny and sweet floral, ENTICING, a hint of lemon, maybe a bit too sweet (-)

T - Moderately malty, honey sweetness, that sweetness you taste with some whole wheat breads.

MF - Medium to heavy body, smooth with some lasting bitterness and some alcohol warmness that lasts into the finish (-).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:26:17 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of Klutch14


4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time actually reviewing a brew. And this beer is the reason I signed up. So I'll keep this simple and base purely on my drinking experience of this IPA

The most unique tasting IPA I've had since I've been a fan of IPA's

Almost belgian style appearance; with little head

Very fragrant, not the hoppiest smelling, a bit surprised with my first sip because of this.

Malt, hop, citrus. First three words that popped into my mind.

Great feeling from first to last sip

And at 10.4% alc, the alcohol was not overpowering at all.

Will be investing more in this brew

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 20:09:42 | More by Klutch14
Photo of Benish


3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably one of the sweetest DIPA's I drank. Poured in to snifter glass. Minimal head appeared, I did pour aggressively. Beer was amber colored, seemed more darker than other DIPA's I tried.

Just after opening I smelled citrus, nothing more really. After pouring into glass I smelled primarily pineapples, honey, and some oranges. Very very sweet and fruity.

Wow this beer is malty! It's so sweet it's not even funny. Maybe some hops noted but not a lot. It just seems so rich or maybe cloyingly sweet, then followed by a bitter finish. Hard to define the flavors specifically, maybe pineapples, just really sweet. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is definitely noticeable, not well concealed. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall it's not a bad beer. It has flavor but at the same time it seems so sweet. A little hard to get past the sweetness as I really appreciate bitterness from hops which I did not get a whole lot of in this beer. It is different than other DIPA's, a very malty beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:21:24 | More by Benish
Photo of guityler83


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A soft yellowish foam built from the agressive pour nearly two fingers tall and retained for a bit before receeding completly. The murky copper color of the beer brightens a few shades when held to a light, but doesn't make it more transperrant.

S: Pungent dank, pine, and resinous hop aroma kills all but faint hints of toasty malt and a wee bit of alcohol.

T: Strong armed bitterness on the first sip, ripe with the same piney dank aromas in the nose. With a few more sips an interesting bread crust, toast malt vibe comes out making it more interesting than the uber dry west coast IPAs (imho).

M: A moderate amount of body and mid carbonation. Resinous sticky hop oils dry out the tounge after a few minutes with out a sip.

O: Flavorful, bitter and aromatic everything I like in an DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:15:00 | More by guityler83
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Co Maharaja

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a Jurassic Park Amber. There was a nice full finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention and a shit-load of lacing.

S) It's wonderful... Tropical fruit, mango, ripe pineapple, hint of sweet citrus. A whiff if alcohol as this warms. Shit... This is good.

T) My enjoyment of this brew continues. The flavor follows the nose. Delightful tropical fruit sweetness, with a dusting of table sugar. Nice balance... The 10.4 ABV is very well hidden.

M) A full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is some kind of smooth... Light alcohol tingle. Damn, this is all around good.

O) This was fantastic.... What kind of asshole wouldn't enjoy this beer? Glad to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:16:20 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful orange/copper color. The head is thick and looks like orange sherbet. I gave it an aggressive pour, but was still surprised by the big three-finger head.

I immediately got intense pineapple and mango aromas. There is some lingering grapefruit and pine, but the most dominant smells are the tropical fruits. Faint light malt smells linger in the background, but are completely dominated by the aromatic hops.

Starts off with a great punch of clean fruit bitterness. The tropical fruits are more subdued than in the nose and the grapefruit and orange flavors become more prominent. Little to no malt presence The malt supports the aggressive hop bill fantastically and helps to balance out the alcohol, but does little to add to the flavor. There are very subtle biscuit and bready notes
, but they are buried beneath the intense hop flavor. Relatively "balanced" for an imperial IPA.

A light to full-bodies mouthfeel. Not chewy - still crisp and refreshing, but not too light for the imperial style.

Unfortunately, I could find no bottling date, but knowing my bottle was new, I would say this beer ought be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Form what I can tell, most of the hops are late additions and their flavors will not survive long in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:28:16 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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New Mexico

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head that leaves some amazing lacing.

Smell: Fruity tropical, piney hop aromas; grapefruit, mango, and pine. Followed by a kiss of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Dank, piney, tropical hop goodness! Some nice pine needle type flavors going on as well as a really great earth dankness, followed by some citirus, and tropical undertones.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body to stand up to the hop barrage, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Overall: Very, very good DIPA, stands up there with greats IMO, would love to be able to get my hands on some more of this sometime.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 06:21:44 | More by RattleheadKV2
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a hold of one that was super fresh and man is it good. Extremely hoppy yet well balanced with a ton of malts. A big, delicious beer. Great hop aroma, even better balanced taste. The higher alcohol content is pretty well hidden as well. Definitely want to get this one fresh. Had one in May earlier this year that was probably about 3-4 months old and it was just a malt bomb but this fresh one is fantastic

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:09:07 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
Photo of LCB_Hostage


1.5/5  rDev -64.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 14:35:54 | More by LCB_Hostage
Photo of garuda


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep amber, brilliant, clear, white head has some retention and good lacing.

S/T/M - Huge hoppy nose, mostly pine and pineapple with underlying floral notes. Hint of booze in the smell, a little stronger in the taste. Sweet caramel malts provide a strong backbone, yet the body stays in the medium range. A little sweet overall for my liking, which is the only thing holding me back from giving even higher scores. Still finishes bitter though with resinous pine and a hint of booze.

O - A little sweet and boozy, but still maintains good hop character. I'll pass on another bottle, but would surely get it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 12:40:36 | More by garuda
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very pleased with this Colorado DIPA, as my expectations were not terribly high. It stands up to some strong DIPA competition. Not one characteristic stands out as being off the charts, but nothing disappoints either. I will have this again if I can get it fresh from the source, but otherwise I'd choose a handful of others.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 19:23:40 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is an amber-apricot color, dark for an Imperial IPA, and has a bit of haze. The head is fine, about a finger thick, and is an eggshell white. I could smell this one the moment I opened the cap on the growler. Big notes of over-ripe peaches and grapefruit hit me smack in the nose. It's fruity, sweet, and a little bit resiny.

Medium-full body and a big creamy feel. The flavor is exceptionally well-balanced with big, malty flavors of toast and marmalade up front followed by hops that accentuate, not over-ride, the maltiness. This beer is sweet, but not cloying, syrupy, or medicinal. The hops add spiciness and fruitiness. The finish has just a hint of booziness, but not nearly enough to suggest that it really carries a hefty 10.4% ABV. Very drinkable for such a robust representative of the style.

Another Beer of Fame off my list. Definitely glad I waited to get this one on tap. Still, I wonder if it isn't a little bit past its prime. I expected something much more hop-forward.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2013 01:25:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of kemoarps


4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich clean clear amber. Deep amber, with almost a ruby tint to it. Good little white head. decent retention and minor lacing.

Nose pops hops primarily. there's some pine, some spice, some soap almost? I can't quite pin down the malts, but there's a distinct sweetness to it.

Spoiler alert: this is tasty, and presents mostly hops.
The intro is woven together with the toffee sweet malts and citrusy hops. the next wave i get is almost like a well made gingersnap: the sweetness remains, but instead of what I usually think of as hop spiceness, there's almost a cinnamon/alspice spiciness. Different. Enjoyable.

The citrus hops linger , and the alcohol catches up eventually. More in flavour than in feel.
An interesting take on the DIPA. I enjoy it for its components, but find it to be more of a slow sipper than many other similar brews. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe it's just more apparent to me at the moment as I am quite thirsty.
Definitely one to drink, if you can get your hands on it. A tasty, if slightly unique example, and solid entry to a very popular style

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 06:52:50 | More by kemoarps
Photo of TMoney2591


3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Been a while since I last visited the old Raja; let's see what he's up to today, shall we? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit rind, light leek, orange peel, pine resin, and plenty of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavier influence of grapefruit and pine, a more caramel-y tone in the backbone, and some grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a fine and dandy hop bomb, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 00:28:39 | More by TMoney2591
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,114 ratings.