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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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1,806 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,806
Hads: 5,289
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 348
Gots: 694 | 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 nasman
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Jeanro Bistro in Cincinnati.

Served in a 10 oz tulip glass

Bottle/Fill: Not applicable

Aroma: Delicious, with a mix of citrus (orange) and earthy hops, with notes of carmel .

Appearence: Deep orange/brown color, expected clarity. Excellent head retention that slowly fades, thickly lacing the glass.

Taste: No flaws, appears to have even more malt backbone this year which allows it to handle the incredible hops well. Nice orange citrus with a hint of pinapple, lots of malt with carmel undertones. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no alcoholic heat, creamy, full, and clean given all this beer contains. No flaws.

Overall: A delicious, decadent treat and extremely drinkable for such a big beer. This is a hophead's dream.

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Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, ruddy, orangey, coppery-amber with a tight, frothy, off-white, one-finger head that slowly faded. A thick blanket of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted most of the drink.

The aroma was absolutely amazing. Rich, sweet and smooth with intense tropical fruits (passion fruit, star fruit and mango), citrus and flowery hops.

The taste was hoppy, zesty and flavorful, yet so smooth. Sweet malts blended with orange peel and pine sap to create a seamless balance. Some ripe fruits were detectable as well. Tangy notes of grapefruit were noticeable in the somewhat dry, clean and short-lived finish.

Mouthfeel was frothy, pillowy, rich and smooth.

This was one of the most drinkable double IPA's I have had to date. With such a perfect melding of flavors, an almost undetectable alcohol presence, and an unparalleled "smoothness" in regard to aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, this is truly an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of number1bum
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber (Feb 07) pours a medium-amber, orangeish brew with a huge rocky off-white head. Keeps a thick lace throughout and leaves a ton of stick all over the place; to the point of making the glass an absolute mess.

Smell is super fruity! Crazy amounts of grapefruit and tangerine, along with whiffs of pineapple and passion fruit. Hops are really incredible smelling.

Taste is, like the smell, just an amazing display of all the best that hops have to offer. So fruity and delicious, with dominating grapefruit and tangerine. There's enough caramel malts to make it supremely balanced, and the bittering hops, while certainly there, do not dominate and really let the flavors shine. Finishes very smooth with just a little h op bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delectably smooth, a bit more than medium-bodied and almost a bit chewy. The velvety smoothness makes this one of the best DIPAs on the palate I've ever experienced. Awesome. The subdued hop bitterness and amplified hop flavor also makes this one eminently drinkable for a DIPA.

This one goes right onto the short list of my favorite DIPAs. Awesome brew.

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Photo of westweasel
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance - The beer poured out a hazy apricot with about a 1/4 inch off-white head. As I drank, the glass displayed lots of belgian lace.

Aroma - Wonderful - Pine, peaches, mango, grapefruit, and a little background biscuit.

Taste - Wow... Dreadnaught is my favorite beer, and this one is almost dead-on. Biscuits, pine, grapefruit, and lemons - all mixed together.

Mouthfeel - Full with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Excellent - I love it. The only thing that would limit the amount you would drink is the fairly high alcohol content. You wouldn't drink this all night - but I'd like too.

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Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber marked May 2010 Batch 12.

Pour shows amber with reddish hues around the edges and releases two fingers of thick beige foam with great lacing.
Great smell with plenty of citrus, resiny pine, with some sweet spice. Just a little warmth in the nose from the 10% booze.
Taste is just what you smell. Hops hops hops but balanced with good and not overly bitter. Soid core of citrus and oily resin. Long hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkable? This much hops and flavor can't be guzzled. I could drink one every day. Two every day would be like homework.

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Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very tasty, enjoyable DIPA...pours a dark golden color...great fruity nose...tangerines, pinneaple, oranges, grapefruit,..smells more sweet than bitter..

Taste is excellent. Bitterness is low to medium but hop flavor is extremely high...again some of those same sweet citrus fruits...also a little bit of pineyness and some slight weed...malt is more biscuity and complements perfectly...

Body is about perfect....medium to full....carbonation is spot on...

Excellent, excellent DIPA...Taste is about a 4.75..same with the smell so I am moving the smell to a 5.0 to make the scores more accurately reflect how I feel about it..

Highly recommended..just don't expect a bitter hop bomb..

Finishes with a nice dry hoppiness....

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati Ohio.

Avery's description: 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.

Poured into a brandy snifter and paired with the beer cheese crock appetizer which worked surprisingly well.

Hazy golden appearance with a thin white head. Not the dark amber hue as described by Avery but I'm not complaining.

I wish I could compare thie side by side with other DIPA's because I felt the aroma was one of the finest I've witnessed. I'd like to see how it compares to a draft Unearthly or Ruination (If I could be so lucky). Wonderful fruity aroma. I spent way too much time swirling and sniffing.

Full flavor and finished very clean whcih are the traits I appreciate in this style. Not a ton of malt so it was unbalanced to the hop flavor side which scores points in my book.

For my tasting notes, this may be the benchmark for DIPA.

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Photo of timbro81
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting for this one to come to the state for a while and boy am I not let down at all. Bottled on March 4th, about as fresh as its going to get! Pours a very slightly hazy orangish color topped with a beautiful dense 1/2 inch head that leaves nice lacing and is not too quick to settle to a nice ring. Words don't do the smell justice. A nice dose of pine balanced with some citrus. The taste combines the hops with some sweetness, thanks to the high O.G. Its like drinking a candied hop cone. The mouthfeel is rather light considering how big this beer it. The alcohol is well hidden but lets you know that it is there. An absolute must for any hophead. I love this beer so much that I don't want to drink it. I want to build a temple or a shrine to it and pray at it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pencible
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a translucent amber with light tan head. It smelled like strong floral hops, with copper hops and honey malt blended in, and a hint of alcohol. It tasted like a potent blend of grapefruit and floral hops, with light honey malt for a bit of balance. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a solid grapefruit aftertaste, with slight alcohol warming. Overall this was a very clean and delicious beer that was very drinkable despite its potency. I have nothing to complain about, only to enjoy. (A huge relief following The Beast. Maharaja restored my faith in Avery.)

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Photo of wedge421
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a slight white head and full of hop haze goodness.

S - WOW! Tropical fruits and citrus scream out of the glass and tap. So Fresh!

T - The aroma was just the start of this one. Huge malts notes blend with the hops and bitterness to make this one amazing beer!

D - At almost 11% its not the most drinkable beer but man this is a great beer. I could definitely have more then one of these.

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Photo of nortmand
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red pour with a nice sized off-white head.

Huge grapefruot-lemon-lime citrus notes in the nose. A bit of raisin as well.

Huge west coast hops dominate the flavor from front to back. Ends with a moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, and moderat carbonation, this would be a very interesting beer in cask, or even through a randall. Very nice.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kegged approx. mid-March 2010. I can't emphasize enough that FRESHER IS BEST with IPA's or DIPA's !!!

A: Pours a clear deep copper color. Nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy with some citrus hop presence.

T&M: Toasted/roasted caramel and floral/fruity hop flavor. Well-balanced mild malty sweetness with flavorful hop bitterness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Medium bodied with some boozy alcohol flavor, but much better if it is fresher.

Quality DIPA and I cannot stress enough the importance of FRESHNESS (unless you like aged/boozy/smokey tasing beer when aged), this stuff is awesome fresh! One of the best I've had.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads: 102 IBUs, and 10.54% ABV. From the "Dictator Series."

Pours a copper-reddish color, very little head, and not much carbonation. The head is kind of a soapy film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is buttery, rich, and massively hoppy. Grapefruit, dense pine, rich caramel, rosemary, and peppercorn fill the nose. The smell is very heavy, and quite rich.

The flavor here, too, is remarkable. Very balanced and creamy. Deep grapefruit/citrus notes, caramel, rye bread, and some light oats/malt backing it up. The flavor is outstanding, and very, very big.

Another main proponent that stands out here is the alcohol. There is a major alcohol burn going down, one that reaches even up through the nose. This isn't a negative by any means...it is just powerful and pungent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It does what it set out to do: conquer the senses. Well done.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - tall 3 finger crown sits atop this dicatator's deep amber-hued head

S - juicy pinnapple, fresh honey, rich caramel, buttery toffee, sweet clementine oranges and dank-fluffy kind buds. whew! they should sell air fresheners that smell like this!

T - bitter and piney then turns into rich and sweet, like candy. followed by a bitingly bitter close that leaves a pleasant lingering hop taste reverberating on the palate and then once again reimerging in the form of belch.

MF - feels oily, full and properly carbonated

D - over 10? shananigans! this brew is excessively hopped without ever being too much -compliments of the highly sweet and satisfying malts. this is extreme beer at it's finest. this one can rule over me any day of the week. i just wish it was year around.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of masterkush
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, stamped May 2007, Batch 6.

Pours a cloudy amber. Moderate to low carbonation, not much head to be seen. Spidery lacing that seems to stick.

The smell is fantastic. A sweet, full, grassy smell. It makes me think of of a number of things, none I can quite put my finger on, but blended together to form an extremely full and pleasant scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

The taste is just as good. Hops, yes, but not overly bitter. Piny and a bit of a grassy flavor up front, but balanced out by a delicate sweetness. It leaves a nice thick aftertaste, which is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very smooth. This is where I think they get the 'imperial IPA' title from. It reminds me very much of drinking an Imperial Russian Stout. Very smooth and creamy feeling.

This beer comes through on all points. This is one I will have again and again while I have it available. Of course, not a session beer, but an extremely well crafted IPA to rival the best of the west coast IPAs.

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Photo of boogles
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes I like the Maharaja better than at others. Lately, I have been impressed. What I used to not like about it was overbearing bitterness, but I am noticing more citrus hops. In other words, it's similar to the Avery single IPA, but with more bitter, grassy hops, and they are both distinguishable. I used to prefer the single, now I think I like the Maharaja better. In a nutshell, it's a double with a multi-dimensional nose and a taste consistent with the nose, and no big surprises. If anything is lacking, it's refinement and subtle flavors that come out with time (for example, as with Stone's Ruination).

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Photo of riTLce
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Bright amber-orange pour, bubbles suspended throughout, one finger of off-white foam that lingers.

S: Grapefruit citrus, bright and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, mango.

T: Bright sweet citrus flavors, fruity tropical that fades into a citrus bite and crisp finish. Citrus bite lingers for a bit after.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body and clean finish.

O: Excellent IPA, the tropical citrus flavors are refreshing and delicious. This is a revisit for sure.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Batch 13 bottled in March 2011.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a decent bubbly white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong burst of grapefruit and citrus hops with oranges, pineapple, and a good amount of caramel malts mixed in. Very tangy and hoppy.

Taste: A strong burst of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and other citrus fruits up front are followed by some caramel malts. Hop bitterness comes in the finish but is fairly light considering how hoppy the beer is.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a medium carbonation. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: One of the better DIPA I've had. The tangy sweetness is almost too much but the malts balance things well. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of mcnkuckles
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bomber poured into a duvel tulip
pours a beautiful dark copper with a foamy head of about an inch. smells like a DIPA should, grapefruit dominates the nose..in a really good way. very hoppy, but not in a way than ruins the experience. perfect example of the style and i'd deifinitely go back to this beer. excellent, just excellent.

wish i could find this in a smaller serving, but i have no problems with a bomber, this is delicious.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

APPEARANCE - Somewhat opaque dark orange with a light brown 3-finger head that lasts. Some lacing

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Well-rounded, bitter, dry, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - About average

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very fine beer indeed. Quaffable.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a beautiful dark butterscotch/caramel body. The head is a one finger off-white/brown head that settles into a half-finger. The lacing is absolutely stunning: spotty, caligraphic, and mountainous simultaneously, this beer first settles into a sort of fingerprint pattern on the rim of the glass. Or, on second look, a wave's sea foam. This lasts well into five minutes. Outstanding.

Smell: Beautiful, beautiful Double IPA. Nutty tangerine, orange, lemon, and lime combine at first. A sort of citrus jelly candy-like aroma. Next is the harsher but still sweet grapefruit and the backwash of pine. All incredibly balanced, and showcased in such a n unusual and fantastic way, that this is currently one of my favorite beers.

Taste: Again, beautiful: caramel leads into orange candy syrup, followed by lemon, some lime, a slight tangerine and a swift orange. Pine dominates the citrus in, again, a backwash or background of flavor. Gorgeously satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Hate to keep giving a 6 month old Double IPA its kicks, but damn: creamy, thick, and tasty.

Drinkability: One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. That being said, it's a sipper, despite the lack of alcohol taste.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Dark copper, heavy head, dissipates real slow. Nice legs too.

S - Citrus, flowers, and grapefruit.

T - Flowers, grapefruit and citrus, which subside to roasty malts.

M - Not bitter at all, awesome. No alc feel either.

D - Wish I got more than a small sample.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head that sticks to the glass the whole way.

Smells like big hops, oranges and grapefruit, with a hint of bready malt undertones.

Tastes of bold earthy hops, big flavor up front. The finish is malty, balanced by the aformentioned hops throughout the flavor.

Feels thick and slightly viscous, with lots of alcohol.

Overall, a giant beer, great hops and good balance. There is flavor present in all aspects and it has an intoxicating aroma. If you like huge beers, this is a great example.


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