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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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4,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,541
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 241
Gots: 343 | 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:
ABV varies slightly batch to batch.

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Photo of Wheelinb


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

Had this at a sampling party at our house.

I am a fan of big hoppy beer. This was a recommendation from the beer geeks at Lukas Liquor. I went in looking for Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA and they suggested this was a good substitute. They we were right. You can smell the hops right away. Nice amber color with a nice head. Carmel flavors at first then a nice hop bite with little aftertaste. I can see this becoming a regular.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 18:40:24 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of mrz200


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

I'm a fan of everything of Avery's that I try and as an IPA guy, Maharaja is at the top of the list. For a cant miss hop fix, this is your beer (although if bang for the buck is a factor, I'd probably put Hop Stoopid a slight notch above). The hops are big, but there is enough complexity that it gets very interesting as it warms up, without gaining a ton of bitterness as the super hoppy ales tend to do.

One question: was there any difference between Maharaja and the 25th anniversary ale from earlier this year? Didn't see the point in the 25th anniversary ale for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:40:42 | More by mrz200
Photo of lynchtae

Ontario (Canada)

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

This a malty hoppy monster. A bit more malty than hoppy, and at over 100 ibus that is a lot of malt. Cracked this open after a long day of work on a chair in my backyard...it's really complex, I am just figuring it out. This one starts off sweet, but finishes bitter - like a woman. it has a really nice bitter core surrounded caramel and toffee malts and hops that I would call earthy rather than citrusy. Clever name, king of IPA's...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 23:02:05 | More by lynchtae
Photo of iSip


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

Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA: This is my first try at purchasing an expensive single bottle of “designer” beer. What is the world coming to if having a beer at home pushes $5.00 a glass? This had better be good! And 22 ounces of high alcohol content beer is too much for me to take in one sitting, but luckily my wife is all too happy to join in if the beer is exceptional. But on to the review..
Release #15, Winter 2011/2012. In the glass the Maharaja was caramel in color, but did show a ruby glow if held up to the light. This is a cloudy beer, with particles of sediment circulating amidst the carbonation. Topped with a beautiful head, artistic larger bubbles arranged in a sea of fine foam, the Maharaja is a joy to behold. The aroma holds up its end with a nice mix of hop spice tones and sweet malt notes. The only way to describe the flavor is balance. Many IPA’s start out with malt and then the hops kick in at the finish. With the Maharaja, the malt and the hops work together throughout the experience. There is lots of complexity, and many flavors, but all work well together. The warmth of the alcohol is noticeable, and the aftertaste has a touch of bitter. So yes, this is exceptional ale, but there are a few signature four packs of Double IPAs that are in the same league.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 20:10:56 | More by iSip
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

SAMPLE- 2006 Edition, poured from 22oz. bottle.

This is the second time I have tried this beer. Color is a deep amber, almost scarlett. Upon pouring, the head is about two inches thick and frothy as I have ever seen in a double IPA. The beer expresses a heavy hop aroma with hints of key lime, pineapple, grass, and pine. On the palate, it starts very sweet, with hints of honey and almond. It's almost overwhelming for this style. On the tail end, the beer finishes with the full force of hops, expressing notes of citrus, candied fruit, and foliage. A very full-bodied beer, the resiny oils of the hops coats the mouth and the flavor lingers for minutes to come.

Overall, I found the Maharaja to be slightly unbalanced, but still very approachable. I have a feeling that a few years in the cellar will turn this release into something almost magical.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 04:33:17 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Vancer


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

Excellent! Control one’s Avery expectations, and just sample the brew. It starts with the eye catching labeling, and progresses to an amber/orange pour with ivory head. PUNGENT floral, grassy, hoppy aroma. Dry (duh) hoppy taste, balanced out well with malts and citrus. Different mouth, very oily and slick, coats the tongue & throat. As it warms, the flavors increase accordingly. Sneaky 9.7% will give ya a poke by the end of the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 13:06:56 | More by Vancer
Photo of kawilliams81


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

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark copper with 2 finger off-white head and good lacing.

S- Tons of citrus, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and sweet malt.

T- Sweet caramel malts and again a ton of citrus (same as nose) and great balance at finish of resiny pine hops.

M- Medium bodied, abv is present but not overbearing.

O- Great DIPA! One of my favorites and one I should enjoy more over the summer. Can't wait for fresh batches next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:18:01 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

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

Batch 13, bottled March 2011, 10.52% ABV.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger off white head that settles a bit and leaves nice lacing.
S: Sweet citrus, aromatic and bitter hops, and a nice malt presence in the background.
T: Flavorful hop bouquet to begin the onslaught, followed by sweetness from the sturdy malt backbone, orange and grapefruit, and finally the brew finishes with a bitter alcohol bite combined with more citrus.
M: A bit sticky and cloying, medium carbonation, smooth finish.
O: The finish on the taste sounds a bit overwhelming, but it the alcohol bite is just noticeable, and it hits with a good amount of bitterness and citrus flavor for a balanced combination. This beer is perhaps one of the best IIPA's I've ever tried, and now that I've tried it fresh, I think I can put it right up there with Green Flash & Double Jack as my favorite IIPA's. (Note, I prefer the citrus characteristics these beers impart more than I do pine, but I respect and enjoy PtE for what it is, but not as much as these 3).

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:35:04 | More by stimulus
Photo of AMoceri7


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

Just when you were pretty sure you have had the hoppiest DIPA around, you try Maharaja. This, is amazing.

A: Burnt orange with lacing till the last drop. Nice thick head and continual lively carb. bubbles. Beauty.

S: This is the only time I have ever given out a 5 before and I mean it to every extent. The first wiff is the most delicately aggressive mixture of fruit, malt and citrus flowers I have ever smelt in an IPA. Absolutely incredible.

T: First thing that hits your tongue is the hops, then again with more hops and what do you know, more hops. Balanced out by gauzy delicious caramel malt. But not overbearing like some DIPAs, just enough. The hops used in this mixture of breath taking stew is beyond me. Imagine taking every flavor there is out there to take in hops and mix them together, then balance them out, giving way to mystery all over. Farther into it reveals a grapefruit dominance. So damn good.

M: Was near perfect. I am a huge barleywine fan and almost would rather it be a tad more thick, but no disappointments.

D: Second to some, as getting through the bomber was a trek to say the least. Not that it was unbearable, just hard to walk.

Overall: By far my new favorite DIPA. Blows all others out of the water and every idea of what DIPAs should taste like. Lets just say I had a Stoudts DIPA after this and it tasted like a pale ale. Oh and by the way its 10.27% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:33:15 | More by AMoceri7
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Color is on the brown side of amber. Clear. Two fingers of stable, foamy head with distinct lacing.

S: Intense grassy, floral hops with some pine noted.

T: Mildly sweet then spicy. Reminiscent of a "rye PA." Peppery bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Some beers beg for another sip and this is one of those beers. Full flavored and well balanced; not overwhelming in any sense, this beer leaves just enough on the palate that you continuously need just another taste before you put down the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:03:49 | More by Florida9
Photo of Fubar1453


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

A: Dark orange, almost mahogany. Large creamy head with lacing.

S: Amazing hops with citrus sweetness.

T: Lots of piney hops, amazingly drinkable.

M: Creamiest DIPA ever, so amazing.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA. The hops mix with the citrus very well, does not leave a huge bitterness even at over 100 IBUs, so rich and creamy its like a stout without the cloying thickness.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:12:26 | More by Fubar1453
Photo of delapowicz


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am traveling on a boat. It is rocking back and forth. It will take me 6 months to get there but I will be mature when I get there. For the troupes.

This beer is everything that hop lovers love about brewers. The hop challenge. Balance it with malt. It does with this one.

It is cloud but I dont care about that. My mouth with determine the value. A turbid beer makes it all the more mysterious.

This is a great beer brewed by guys that like hops. No one can do this with out a love for the cone.

Thank you brothers

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:59:51 | More by delapowicz
Photo of ADTaber

South Carolina

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

reviewed from notes, 22 oz bomber poured into an Avery pint glass, 12th edition, May 2010

A: pours a clear dark amber with some sediment floating in the glass with a thick off white head with good retention and leaves a nice lacing pattern

S: floral and citrus hops, sweet oranges, malt, some alcohol

T: floral and citrus hops as in the smell, some sweet and sugary malt but the hoppy bitterness lingers and overpowers the sweetness, the alcohol is definitely detectable

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a slight burn/tingle from the alcohol

O: Well-balanced hoppy bitterness and sweet malt, alcohol not very well hidden, but stilll very drinkable and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:26:43 | More by ADTaber
Photo of danrodrigue


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

22 oz. bottle from BevMo.

Pours an orange, light copper color.

I am new to this but I smell citrus and specifically pineapple.

The taste is similar with big citrus, pineapple taste upfront and a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

It has a medium body mouthfeel, not too heavy.

It is very drinkable. Overall, one of my favorite IPA's. Worth trying at least once!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:44:54 | More by danrodrigue
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 14024B1 (Jan 24 2014) poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates after a bit leaving rings of delicate lacing and a chunky ring of foam around the edge.
Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, boozy malty sweetness, spicy.
Taste is very big; sweet caramel malt backbone stands up to a huge wave of hops. Pine and tropical fruit swim borne on puffs of booze heat. Very hoppy, but well-balanced by the malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and slick, full of booze and hop resins. Awesome.
Overall this is a great DIPA, glad I found it. I'd love to have it on tap somewhere super-fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:17:23 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a copper colour. One finger of thick creamy off white head. Bright, good carbonation and a half finger of retention with spotty lace rings.

S - Great juicy hops. Pineapple, citrus, good maltiness too. Definitely let's the hops shine.

T - Great depth of flavour is evident off the bat. Great hop blast. Boozy pineapple, piney, resinous. Alcohol makes itself known but doesn't offend. Malt body gives some good sweetness too. Tasty and complex.

M - Powerfull bitterness. Good gentle carbonation and a full body. Really smooth. Good stuff.

O/D - A solid DIPA. Avoids being too boozy and balances well but still gets very hop forward. Well done. A please to sip and enjoy. Wonderfully complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:23:54 | More by tbeckett
Photo of dill


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. this one is from 2008, batch 7. I have been waiting for the 2008 version to hit the stores here, and I tried it as soon as I got the chance.

A - a nice deep golden color with a lingering, foamy white head.

S - intense pineapple smell, including the skin and leaves and tree...

T - lots of the fruit with a nice bitterness that is well-balanced. a great brew.

M - medium body, ample carbonation.

D - this is a great beer. the alcohol content is high but not noticably so. wow. i was excited to try this and it didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 17:28:52 | More by dill
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at PartyTown, reviewed same night. Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark apricot with nearly no visibility. 1ish finger of white head forms and falls withing a minute or 2. Nice lacing throughout.

S: From the bottle, it was perfect. Amazingly potent but I couldn't keep my nose away. Still very fragrant but not quite perfect. Malts are much heavier, nearly on the BW side. Hops are still floral and citrus juicy. Still great but was actually better from the bottle.

T/M: Right on the money. Great bitterness that feels like it might destroy you until the malts come to the rescue. Loads of grapefruit and massive orange notes. Very resinous and oily. Malts are biscuity and chewy. Body is damn near full and it finishes like a DIPA, plenty dry.

D: I almost always like beer on tap better. This beer isn't quite an exception... everything was just as good except the aroma was lacking. I don't know why... it's completely fresh... but it is. Damn good brew, nonetheless. And very easy to drink for an explosvie DIPA.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2008 03:31:14 | More by pwoods
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into tulip

A- Looks like unfiltered golden honey. I tend to like my beer clear, but this looks great. Small <1 finger head of head, lasted during most of the drink. Great lacing.

S - Citrus hops all over the place but unlike many DIPA's I've had there is a malt presence in the nose. Smells great.

T - Dare I say this is a greatly balanced DIPA? Great balance of the aforementioned citrus hops with a solid malt backbone that is not too sweet.

M - Very smooth with a subtle bitterness in the after taste

D - Alcohol is well masked and the beer is well balanced making for one highly drinkable brew. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 13:26:27 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of jmz62565


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a large white foamy head that leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with hops. Grapefruit,orange zest, and pine tree are the most prominant aroma here. The smell is strong and very good. One of the better smelling Doubles out on the market. The taste starts bitter than the hops mellow and show their citrus side. Like the smell, pine,grapefruit, and orange are a big part of this beer. The alcohol gives a nice warming feel,but it's not overpowering. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.
Overall this is a kick ass brew that should be tried. I'm able to buy Avery beers,but this is the first time I've seen this. Believe me, I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 06:26:48 | More by jmz62565
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: A golden copper color with some light yellow hues on the bottom. Some sticky lacing that I wish was a bit thicker. The head stays charged due to the carbonation, where the bubbles are small but all over the place.

Smell: Tons of orange zest, which is very warranted with the bit of lemon, slight grapefruit. A bit of acidic orange juice. Sweet malt, and bitter hops. Lots of orange, and I dig it immensely.

Taste: And the orange comes through again, especially with a fruity lingering orange peel at the finish. Lots of other bitter hops, and other citrus fruit both in the malt and hops department. Smooth and lingering with tons of flavor. Singular and tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full overall, with the carbonation never really bursting out but doing well in spacing itself out and contributing to the former.

Drinkability: A great experience and I definitely want to get more bottles of this. Delicious, complex, and highly balanced. One of my favorite Avery brews and one of the best big beers they produce.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:51:51 | More by asabreed
Photo of dirtylou


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at alchemy

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a snifter from the gaudy tap handle, bright amber body with a thin beige lace

smell: punchy and tropical, really fruity with nice citrus notes, piney hops...quality

taste: awesome DIPA - i've always neglected the avery presence on shelves here but this a nice beer. tropical punch, nice and sweet, ruby red grapefruit, pine. very nicely hopped

mouthfeel: creamy and coating

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 19:19:15 | More by dirtylou
Photo of GRG1313


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is an assertive orange/grapefruit/lemon nose in a golden honey colored brew with thin white head.

Huge hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon and lemon mouse with front palate of stone fruit giving way to a gigantic grapefruit/lemon finish that goes on forever. Nice. Good balance of hops and malt.

This is a very good and drinkable IPA. This is actually my "go to" IPA and "regular" beer when I just want something that I know is good and it goes with all sorts of food!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 19:38:04 | More by GRG1313
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb 2006, Batch #3, poured from a 22oz bottle

Great Amber color, also pours a decent head

Smell- is what really makes this beer stand out from other double IPA's ive had. Has a very citrus (grapefruit like) aroma.

Taste- great hops, spicy finish, high alcohol content is hidden nicely

Mouthfeel- Taste of it really stays with you, strong after taste

Drinkable IPA, def. feel that 9.9% alcohol content after finshing it

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 01:12:14 | More by bonbini26
Photo of LotsofLupulin


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Dry-Hopped Maharaja served on tap at Avery.

A - Rich amber color, with a slight opaqueness that differed fromm the original. Slight head retention, but excellent carbonation.

S - Resinous pine notes, and a slight fruitiness. Dare I say a hint of cannabis. You can smell a fair amount of the alcohol (~10.5% ABV) in the nose.

T - Citrus, pine, and a bit of bitterness and alcohol that blends with the sweetness of the malts.

M- Crisp, slightly viscous. Warming from the alcohol.

O- Probably one of my favorite beers, the Maharaja never disappoints. Add the double dry-hopped nose and you've got yourself a divine experience, especially served on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 03:20:49 | More by LotsofLupulin
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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