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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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1,806 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,806
Hads: 5,285
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 347
Gots: 691 | 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:
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 homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber with blood orange tint, small head with poor retention, heavy lacing

S: ripe tropical fruits with an emphasis on mango character, caramel malts hang around inthe background

T: taste starts out with citric hop bitterness, this smooths out to a fruit juice character, malt comes in on the finish which makes for a nice balance

Mf: everything on par for style, medium body, high carbonation

O: awesome dipa, very fresh, this one is up there with hopslam and double trouble

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Photo of JEdmund
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy/iced tea color; big head; some lacing

Huge! Extremely pungent - citrus, floral, sweet, candy-like, fruity (berry) and tart

Taste & Mouthfeel
Super hoppy; burns a bit in the nose; an explosion of flavor - awesome; big hop flavor with enough malt to hold it in place but still show off, certainly not a 50/50 split; silky and creamy texture

Lived up to my expectations; I really enjoyed this seasonal and will grab a few more before they're gone

Side Note
Mix this 50/50 with a Dogfish Head 90-Minute and you're in for a treat!

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Photo of Bfarr
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with big off-white head with great retention. Earthy, sweet orange, floral English hops. Resinous complex flavors follow the nose. Great malt backbone with lightly sweet finish and light hop linger. Very silky smooth feel.

Fantastic balanced DIPA. It has a great feel with no alcohol burn and only slight warming. A wonderful complex flavor though it could use a little more on alpha hops. This is a very easy drinking beer for such a big brew.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (-).

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This marks the first Avery brew that I've had the pleasure to try. I bought this bottle about five weeks ago in Cincinnati. And at 6.99 a bomber I feel like its priced great.

This was poured into a bell shaped footed ale glass and it looks to be a dark hazy amber color. The frothy foamy head on top is a shade darker than pure white and has some real variance in bubble sizes.

The smell is of fresh hops and grainy malt. It has the same basic aroma of DFH 90 min. There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, plenty of fresh hop aromas, and I can feel the alpha acid as I inhale.

The taste is very smooth and full of hop bite but yet it sits on a bed of deep malty flavor. There is a chewy texture that compliments the flavors amazingly. The finish is long and flavorful. I really enjoy this ale.

I think at such a great price, with so much flavor, and despite the 10.21 abv this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark ruby red. Half a fingers worth of head, settles to a fine wispy lacing.

S- Bitter grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, elmers paste, maple syrup, and pine.

T- Piney peppermint hops followed by a fruity alcohol cocktail. The malts seem to be squished between the bitterness of the hops and the strong alcohol finish which is semi dry. Carbonation stings the toungue a bit and has a pleasing burn down the gullet. The malts balance the hops well and this is somewhat sweet.

M.F. Nice and chewey, carbonation was perfect for style.

O- A fine brew. Wish I had more of this. My bottle was very fresh so hop flavors were ideal and the bitterness of this was not so overwhelming that it became unbalanced.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head, deep copper color. Nice lacing.

Great aroma, lots of citrus and very floral.

Tasted amazing lots of citrus and hops but not overly bitter (for a double IPA) finished with a little alcohol burn and good malty character.

Very full bodied beer. Maybe the most full bodied IPA I have tried.

This beer blew me away. It is one of the best IPA's I have ever had, double or not. It is expensive but if you like this beer style you need to try it at least once.

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Photo of ryno09
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the nose on this beer. Big grapefruit and lemon aroma with a bit of malt and maybe some other fruits. Definitely my favorite type of IIPA style. Tastes like it smells. Just a huge beer in terms of taste and alcohol content. The downside for me is that it lacks some of the smoothness that other IIPAs have.

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Photo of jwff
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #5. Nice looking beer. Rustic orange with a nice white head and lacing all the way down. Smell is a mix of citrus of pine hops. Mandarin oranges come through with a bit of bitter rind. Incredibly juicy and fresh. Taste follows suit to the smell except more intense, and sugary malts are present but they take a back seat to the hops. Just enough bread and caramel to calm things down, but the hops dominate. Very rindy, but I don't see that as a bad thing as it keeps it from being too sweet. Creamy mouthfeel that remains light despite the abv. If it weren't for the price this would be my go to.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalyze, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one (still fearing The Beast)...

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick white, creamy head, (poured into a Duvel snifter), copper-orange body. Very nice.

Nose is pungent citrus with a pear or peach component, really gets the mouth watering.

First sip is all tangy citrus. Sweet, but not too sweet. Malt is there, and generally in balance, but hoppiness comes first. Subsequent tastes get sweeter, but the hops remain to make it a taste sensation. Alcohol is nearly absent for a high gravity brew. This is seriously good stuff.

Mouthfeel is satisfyingly tooth-stripping. A great, tart, tangy mouthful.

Drinkability is outstanding! This brew does not drink like 9.7%. I dare say that I could and would session it, but for the exorbitant price and certain hangover that would follow.

Final thoughts: Avery continues to put out great brews and then price them into the stratosphere. I'm really glad I sampled this IIPA, it rocks! But at this price, ($7.45 for a 22 oz bomber), I am not sure when, if ever, I will buy it again.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-9-07

Pours an awesome neon orange color with a huge off-white head that settles to a half inch with immense lacing.

Smell is super sweet piney hops, with an equally huge amount of malt to back it up.

Taste is all sweet hops, with flavors of citrus fruits and grassy pine. The malt character comes in next to lend a meatiness in the middle. The finish is bitter and dry and very good. No noticeable alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is perfect, you can feel the hop flavors in the middle of your tongue and the bitterness on the sides.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, considering the huge flavors.

Overall an outstanding beer. One of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Ridiculously recommended.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 3/13/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Copper to Brown in color with a moderate head on an aggressive pour. The head is lightly browned as well.
Aromatics: The hops hit me as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. There is a strong pineapple tropical fruit flavor so sweet that it almost smells honeyed. Some malt in the background.
Flavor: That bitterness keeps hitting. Along with a buttery fruit flavor. Some bready malts. I'm getting a lot of flavors from this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth until the finish.
Finish: The finish keeps a lot of the hop residue along with a boat load of carbonation lingering.
Notes: Sealed in tin foil. Release number 18 2014

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Photo of Portertime
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a doozie of any IPA. About knocked my socks off. Poured a caramel color with a wicked eggshell head. Smells of piny, citrusy, floral, straight up hops. Tastes just like that and the hop oil coats your tongue like syrup on pancakes. I could only stand one 22oz bottle or else my tongue would go numb.

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Photo of Dalem
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pop the cap and get ready to get hit in the face with a huge grapefruit. The scent jumps right out of the bottle and fills the room while pouring into a glass. Cloudy, malty orange in color with a fluffy quarter inch head that hangs tight for a bit. Even after it fades a slight foam cap sticks around leaving lace on the glass through it's entire duration. Letting it breathe a bit some honey and malt come out in the aroma but the hoppy grapefruit bang still dominates. The taste is all about sweet hop city. A mixture of pink grapefruit, tangerine and of course the expected pine are the up front flavors. A hint of apples and brown sugar come out too as the brew warms a little. Quite bold with mellow bitter but not eye watering as was expected from the smell. The beer itself has a creamy fluffiness in the mouth which is something Avery has mastered and they don't mess with that formula here at all. It finishes with a lingering hop tang in the mouth and an slight alcohol warming down the throat but at 9.6 abv and 102 ibu's surprisingly not all bossy and overbearing as it might have been if put in the hands of other brewers.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown and orange color…transparent, it looks filtered, I don’t see any sediment floating about…a thin layer of off white, mix of big bubble and small bubble head…it dies down a little to quickly, but swirling it around brings it back to life…(3.85/5)

Smell: Pineapple right off the bat, I could smell it while I was pouring…tons of light, zesty tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, mango…of course it’s back with mildly sweet caramel malts…tons of pineapple…it has a fresh and zesty aroma, very much hop forward…(4.25/5)

Taste: Hmm…sweet caramel malt beginning, comes in very smooth and creamy…the hops seemingly sneak up, first attacking the outside of my tongue with lemony citrus bitterness…real hops flavor and bitterness come very late, almost exclusively after I swallow…there’s a piney resinous taste that I definitely feel now, but can’t say I get when the brew is on my palate…I do get a touch of alcohol heat, but it does work well with the flavor…the mildly sweet, caramel malt last throughout the majority of the sip and really only fade in the after taste…as it warms, the malts do fade back a bit and the pineapple citrus/piney resinous hops flavor take more control bringing more fresh, citrus bitterness to the fore…a very malty I.I.P.A., but outstanding…(4.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with medium to full carbonation…it does fluff up bring lemony citrus bitterness to the palate…chewy, smooth and zesty…tons of piney resinous bitterness in the after taste…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is an outstanding beer, one of the best brews I’ve had in a while…a great thing about living in Chicago is that we get great beer fresh…it’s really an underrated beer town, people around here love their craft brews…anyways, this is a fantastic brew that I was able to pick up in one of Chicagoland’s many Binny’s outlets…I knew it was fresh and wasn’t passing up the opportunity to try this renowned brew…in fact, I bought two and I’m glad I did, for the bottle says it’s “Extremely Limited”…I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I was willing to take my chances…turns out, I made the right call and will enjoy my second bottle with a friend…I couldn’t recommend this more, this brew is strong and flavorful and certainly lives up to the hype…get this beer fresh, drink cold and relax…(5/5)

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Give Avery some credit. Maharajah and duganA are excellent DIPA's. They can hang with the west-coast, east-coast and midwestern DIPA's for sure. There is a strong floral/piney hop smell and taste that is complemented by a sturdy malt backbone making the beer sweeter than mos of the DIPAs I've tried. Sticky fizzy mouth feel. Pine resin aftertaste lingers. Beer is orange-gold with a thick off-white head that coats the glass in cottony lacing all the way down. Most frequently had this in 22 oz. bomber, but it improves in draft (if the bar knows what they're doing).

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Photo of HotBeerJosh
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this one up by recommendation on a refill on my growler for 12 bucks. This is definately one of my favorites now.

This definately has a unique and strong hop and malt flavor. Not for the casual taster. My wife couldn't take more than 1 sip. Thats ok cause I finished the rest.

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Photo of kwjd
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark amber colour, verging on brown. Thick white head with tons of lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus hops with a little bit of sweetness. Has a ton of sticky pine in the taste, with some citrus hop bitterness as well. Some sweetness of the malt to balance it out. Nice level of carbonation. One of my favourite double IPA's.

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Photo of blakesell
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a Belgian style tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours dark amber yet clear with a hefty two finger head of foam. This looks more Belgian than imperial IPA, but I know better. Lacing clings round the sides forever and looks to be quite chunky.

Smell- Rich sweet citrusy hops, Amarillo, and Cascade. Buttery caramel malts provide ample balance. No hints at the alcohol hidden within. A big feast of hops is certainly hidden in this glass.

Taste- Creamy, sticky, leafy, and thick with full hop sweetness. Not terribly piney or biting. Malt adding amazing balance to this DIPA. Alcohol lingers only the slightest bit on the finish. The balance on this hopbomb is phenomonal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, chewy, sticky, fully carbonated, medium-full bodied, and not astringent.

Drinkability- I'm surprised to say it, but this is actually better than it is in the bottle. Damn near a perfect DIPA.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber.
Bottled in Feb. 2009 Batch 9

A- So clear it looks to be filtered. Held up to light, I can see small specs of what I assume to be yeast. COLOR: Deep amber with orange/brown tints. HEAD: Perfect? Lacing and retention for miles. Full range of bubbles from three quarters of a centimeter to microscopic

S- HOPS: Fresh, fresh, fresh hops. Span the range from floral and citric to dank and spicy. MALT: Almost sugary sweetness to be expected from a big beer.

T- TONGUE: Candy sweetness on top of intense herbal bitterness. HOPS: The bigger hops, the Columbus and Simcoe dominate this beer along with a healthy dose of Crystal and I suppose some Centennial. MALT: The pale malt flavors are most noticeable, and there is also lots of Caramel sweetness.

M- BODY: Slick and almost oily. Medium-bodied. CARB.: Low-to-moderate for a medium-body.

D- Killer beer. Worth about 4 standard beers for a decent price.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong citrusy hop aroma. Excellent dark orange color with lingering head. Pine abnd grapefruit flavors from hops predominate with a definite lingering bitterness. Balanced well by malt though with slight sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Truly a great beer! I wish I could get it in Sacramento.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber obtained at The Liquor Shoppe in Tyngsborro, MA. Bottled May 2008 (batch 8). Pours a fairly clear amber-red body with virtually no head. Citrussy and floral hops dominate with a fair bit of caramel malt for balance. Citrus floral hops dominate the flavor initially with a rich caramel toffee malt presence to balance things out. Silky-smooth in texture with light carbonation. Despite the full body and flavor (not to mention the alcohol, which is barely noticeable), this beer is surprisingly drinkable, leaving me wanting more. A phenomenal example of the style, a great beer. My first Avery, looking forward to many more soon!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have recently conducted two IPA/DPA tastings and both times this was the unanimous winner.

This beer simply ROCKS! I wish I could emphasize that this review is not only my own but also comes with the backing of 4 other Hop Head buddy's of mine.

Stop reading this review and go get some right now!

For those who have stayed, I will tell you this beer has a bright copper color and is surprisingly clear. Big Pine/grapefruit aroma that tells you that you are going to be tasting some big hops.

The flavor does not disappoint. Wonderful spice notes to go along with the chewy Pine/citrus flavor. Very nicely balanced with the big malt flavor and higher alcohol content.

You do not get that boozy flavor that sometimes comes with DPA's

Awesome beer. I think you should leave now to get some.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My good friend The Sage gave me the heads-up on this beauty a couple months ago, having tried it on tap at the dazzlingly good Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY. Boy, does this deliver. A big, bold, and burly Imperial/DIPA, Maharaja pours two fat fingers off-white foam on a somewhat cloudy copper body, with veritable curtains of lacing adorning the glass as it's consumed--fantastic start.

The smell is chock full of hops but more--lots of malt and caramel to sweeten the deal. It's sweet in taste but not cloying, really delicious and smooth, enhanced by balanced carbonation to expertly meld the flavors and texture. It's never lost that it's well-hopped, but the balance serves Maharaja very well. I'm really impressed. It also went well with my plate of spicy shrimp and penne pasta, working itself, with my food, on its way into my heart and soul.

Maharaja is fabulous, and the high ABV (9.70%) never becomes obstreperous. A fantastic DIPA, this makes my short list of favorite DIPAs and IPAs. A treat not to pass up; you'll thank yourself later.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.