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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: 346
Gots: 690 | 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 Pray_For_Mojo
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: caramel-malt sweetness and hops. You know this will be a hop-bomb. Alcohol is noticeable.

Appearance: copper-orange and bright. No chill haze even right out of the frig. Head is 2-fingers thick and light tan that fades to a thin veil.

Flavor: caramel-sweetness dominates the aroma initially, so much so, as to suggest this beer will be cloyingly sweet. This is not the case, though. Malt Flavors are sweet biscuit/bread, which grow increasingly sweet as the beer warms. Eventually the beer becomes too sweet. Hops are certainly ever present which attempt to balance the sweetness. Nice, dank hops. The 10.2% abv is noticeable but contributes to this beer. Despite the 10%+ abv, the alcohol is not hot or over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium to med-heavy. Chewy.

Overall: this is a quality IIPA, one of the better ones widely distributed and readily available for me (Denver). Hops are at the forefront, but are balances well the with malt.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with about a finger of head that slowly dissipated and left a capping on the liquid. Decent lacing left behind as I drink it. Smells like walking through a pine forest, but the taste seems more about malt than it does hops. There's still a decent hop bitterness there, but (and especially on the first sip) there is an overriding malty sweetness. Carbonation is very low, but a burn from the ABV helps lighten it up some.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The world of DIPA's is becoming fairly convoluted yet this still stands out as exceptional from the crowd. Fairly deep amber in color about an inch of foam and good retention. Floral hop flavors hit the nose first and leave a little room for a melony aroma to compliment a soft and well rounded pine presence. The taste is more geared towards a soft fruit touch along with a noticeable alcohol burn that takes a bit away from the taste. Not bad but I would have liked a touch more bitterness here. Smooth mouthfeel rounds out a great IIPA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color; this is a dark DIPA. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I really like both the good duration and texture, as well as the huge amount of lacing that clings to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Welp, that's certainly pungent. Lots of piny, grassy, lemony hops hit me square in the nuts (also square in the nose), and yet it's backed by a massive malt backbone. I get lots of nut, caramel, and even some leathery must (booze). Let it open up, and the hops become somewhat citrusy. This is definitely redolent of a barleywine, bringing an almost weird combo of extreme hops and extreme malts (really, though, this is nothing like Bigfoot). One of the more complex DIPAs I've sniffed, but I worry how sweet it will be. (3.5)

Taste: Tasting it, it doesn't seem as bitter as I anticipated. But those extreme malts? They're sweeter than I anticipated, as well. I can feel the hops ballasting the sugary sweetness to an extent, injecting a pleasant bitterness on the back end. To an extent. After a while, the malts smother the hops with heaping handfuls of caramel, nuts, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Holy balls, this is a total malt bomb - and not in the way I like. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This is almost ridiculously heavy and sweet. Naturally, the finish is longer than War and Peace. A sipper through and through, this goes down the palate like treacle. Low carbonation doesn't help much - on the other hand, a slight alcohol prickle actually does. (3)

Overall: This one isn't for me. It's WAY too sweet for my personal tastes. Even looking beyond my own preferences, it still seems rather messy - I won't go looking for it again. Others will like this more than me, however, so I can't be too hard on it. (3)

2.97/5: The Maharaja of maltiness

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely bold and flavorful IPA. Over the top hops and malt to keep up with the 10.2% ABV. The finish lingers and lingers. So great, I would definitely seek this beer out.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA stands out amongst other IPAs. This particular IPA tastes similar to India Pale Ale on tap at Avery but on steroids. One of my top beers for sure!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. Hop aroma, outstanding bitterness, and a unique finish. To me, borderline 5 star beer. A few subtle differences but would compare to Stone Enjoy Bys, which I had before ever trying this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice and creamy white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber that looks pretty nice and deceptively easy to drink.

The beer smell is fantastic. The beer has a very strong bitter hop note with a stronger malt note to balance it. The malt note is pretty strong and provides a nice sweet nose to it. The sweet notes are pretty strong and work well with the hop notes. The hops notes are something to behold and vary. The notes seem to range from pungent to a nice dry-hopped pine with a bit of citrus. However, some of the notes are stronger than others. The pine notes definitely dominate the other ones.

The beer taste is definitely interesting. It's a pretty bitter beer with a nice malt taste to it. The malt isn't as strong in the taste as it is in the nose. Rather, the malt seems to exist for keeping the beer from becoming too bitter. The hops also vary from pungent to piney but the differences are a bit more noticeable. When the beer is cold, the pungent notes come out stronger, and the piney and tangy ones come out but do not completely cover the pungent taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly deceptive and good. The beer doesn't feel very heavy and has a pretty smooth finish with a little bit of thickness to it. The biting carbonation also makes it a it lighter.

Overall,a fantastic beer and worth getting when available. It's good and inexpensive. If you're a hophead, you have no excuse not to get this.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In a word, "AWESOME". Avery IPA was the first beer I had from Avery and was left a little unimpressed. And typically I'm not a huge fan of Imperial IPAs. But WOW, this beer stands out. Close to perfect.

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Photo of delta490
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy amber with barely any head at all. The aroma of the hops is big, with deep tropical, floral, pine, and citrus notes. The taste closely aligns with the aroma, with all three hops flavors noted but blending together against the malt bill that does just enough to keep it all together and its just that much better. The body has a nice thicker feel to, with just a little alcohol tingle and a smooth finish. AN easy to drink IIPA is a dangerous delicious thing.

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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 oldn00b
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic DIPA. Looks gorgeous out of the glass. I do wish it had just a bit more bite or bitterness from the hops but the malt is all around fantastic. I think it's only a few weeks old - I'd think that's fresh enough but maybe some of the brighter notes already faded. Still, great DIPA I'd definitely have again. It's a lot less expensive than most of their offerings which is nice too.

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Photo of milehighhop
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this one, nice cloudy copper color with a light tan head. Good balance between sweet & bitter. Over 10%, but went down nice and smooth. Great stuff, will purchase again for sure.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of the most balanced DIPA's I've ever had.

There is a nice, pineapple sweetness that pushes against the bitter hops and creates a truly fantastic beer.

The aroma is pure pineapple juice with some piney undertones.

The alcohol is absolutely present, but by no means overpowering. I was shocked when I saw this was 10.2% Abv. It drinks like a regular IPA. Very smooth and moderate in carbonation.

For $9 I would absolutely buy a bomber of this again.

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Photo of rockaroo
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not the hop expert but this is "tropical" and "bitter/onion/garlic" hops combined. My saliva 5 minuets after drinking this tastes better than half the beers I drink. There is a great extra long taste cycle from the first thing you taste to the last.
Maybe the best xIPA for me this year. Avery goes back to the top of the brands after the disappointing or misunderstood Kaiser release a few months ago knocked them down for me.
Thanks Avery guys. This compares to the most savory stuff I can concoct on the grill. Can't give anything a perfect cuz I know it is something still out there , ya'll are probably drinking it now.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stopped in Saturday afternoon after hiking for a week in RMNP. Was very surprised by the quality of this DIPA. Compares very favorably to Bells Hopslam, the beer in this style I am most familiar with. Though not as intense or pleasant a nose as Hopslam, and slightly less sweet, it was nearly as good in every other way. Damn fine brew here. My compliments to ABC. Solid job!!

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Photo of MA_hops
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow…very tropical in both smell and taste, but that MALTY SWEETNESS!!! It hits your palate hard!! Such sweet, malty goodness combined with a noticeable booziness makes it a very good DIPA!!

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Photo of pressdavid
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, but not overpowering fruit. Hoppy but with the malt, it brings down the hops, but not enough to take away the fine hop flavor. I enjoyed this brew at the new Avery Brewery building, and the freshness was quite nice.

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Photo of shadwow13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
The head is frothy and semi translucent white in color, approximately two fingers thick and dissipated after a while. Nice lacing affect left behind in the glass as the beer disappears. This brew is slightly hazy and is a rich orange/ amber ray of sunshine.

Smell - 4/5
Avery’s offering is definitely a Hop-fest for the nose paired with a sweet fruity/citrus aroma. The malts and hops are ever present and in your face as the brewer intended.

Taste - 4.5/5
This DIPA incorporates smooth malt flavors with the backdrop of a perfect balance between bitterness and sweet. The Hops are true to form for a DIPA. The citrus/grapefruit flavors are distinct and help to mask the taste of alcohol.

Mouth Feel - 4/5
The Maharaja is a medium-bodied offering that is smooth, well balanced, unrestrained and very appealing to the palate. The carbonation is noticeable and tingles the tongue just the correct amount.

Overall - 4.25/5
I really enjoy American DIPA’s and look forward to trying anything in this style that is new to me. Avery has produced an excellent American Double India Pale Ale in my opinion which is worthy of the accolades it receives. The complex flavors are vivid, the alcohol is hidden well and the mouth feel is robust resulting in a solid offering from beginning to end. This brew is similar to Stone Brewery’s Ruination.

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Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange to copper, like a sunburst. coats beautifully. immediate hop punch, followed by pine and citrus. smooth taste with bananna, grapefruit, and orange peel. fruit and malts balance the potent hops quite nicely making this very drinkable. alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. great brew

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Photo of beermeplz
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to try this. Overall very solid. Sweet and fruity aroma - mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Pleasant bitterness and a bit of a boozy bite on the backend but nothing off-putting.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 21, Jan 2015. Amber in color, slight off white foam head that lasted the whole time. Nothing much in the way of lacing though. Aroma was of hops, grass, and lots of pine. Taste is very heavy on the malts, pine, and quite big of hops. Pretty full bodied in nature with some bitterness bite on the finish. Really great, malt forward, semi-sweet DIPA that did not disappoint!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I pick up mango, and a slight grapefruit taste. There is a fruit, and a sweetness that I can't figure out, and it helped the feel and taste. I liked the unknown character that I couldn't pin point. This was a bit malty for me, but it didn't take over this beer completely.

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Photo of aporia
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BeerAdvocate. This bottle of Maharaja was batch No. 20, bottled in December 2014. 22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Deep orange, almost crimson color. Thin head that seems to last a while.

Smell: Tons of amazing hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, some pine, malt, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of grapefruit and mango with a very nice malty finish. The perfect trade-off of sweetness and bitterness. Avery has done a great job at hiding the alcohol in this beer, but there still is a small hint of it in the back. However, the beer is very well balanced.

Feel: Relatively medium-bodied beer. Obviously, slightly thicker than most IPAs but definitely suitable for a DIPA.

Overall: A very tasty hoppy beer. Avery has done a great job with this beer and I would recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a great DIPA.


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Photo of InkedinRi
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good double ipa. But not as good as the scores it gets. Glad I was able to try it. Pretty balanced beer. I grabbed some off Flavors on it. Like olive on the nose?

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