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Maharaja - Avery Brewing Company

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1,806 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,806
Hads: 5,286
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 348
Gots: 693 | 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 BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Tall, micro-pearl head, cream colored body like amber cream soda. Sparse rising strands of carbonation.

S - Lots of fresh piney notes like tree sap. Deep citrus, with some sweet and bitter citrus peels. A earthy side with mild cheese nuances.

T - Rich warm hops, fresh, floral, spicy, dry. A big spruce/citrus combination with an lasting vegetal taste. This IIPA has a malty sweetness about it. A sweet candied citrus rind note followed by a warming, crisp alcohol in the backend. Bitter, sweet, earthy.

M - Medium bodied, semi viscous with a warming abv and tingly carbonation.

O - A fairly deep and complex double IPA with a sturdy body and a sweet malt side.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, some malts in background, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. Bottled Jun 2009. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale golden body with a slight brown tint and is very clear showing off a strong carbonation. There is a tiny film of white foam that stays for a good bit.

S- The smell of pineapple weed hops has a slight skunky note (that is a good skunk) with an apricot smell to it. The hops are very fresh and earthy and I can't stop sniffing them.

T- The taste of green pineapple hops with lots of grassy flavors is supported by a slight sweet caramel malt flavor and the finish is a nice bitter hop flavor.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slippery texture with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a good fresh complex hoppy profile with depth and a malt flavor that can stand up to the hops without being too sweet or alcohol tasting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger head with lacing, looks nice. Moderate hop aroma with hints of grapefruit and malt. Taste is hop forward at the start and middle, with a nice sweet malt base. Hops are not as aromatic as other top DIPAs, but are pleasant and distinctive. After the hops and malt subside, an odd bitter almost dry-sour finish that detracts a bit from the overall impression. Quite boozy and warming. Medium bodied Except for the slight off-taste on the finish, a very nice DIPA experience. I would certainly buy this again.

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

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then hops, sweet malt background, slight pine, and slight citrus. Overall, a great blend, body, and drinkability for such a high abv.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden; the beer is fresh (just a few weeks old).

A: The DIPA is a coppery amber color, bright with an otherworldly glow. A dense, craggy head, white as snow, spilled over the sides of my glass. As that head receded, thick lace was left behind.

S: The DIPA has a

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy orange hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam sitting atop. Pretty standard, but pretty good looking too.

Smell: nice funky hop flavor with a little bit of spiciness mixed into the works. Malt is slightly sweet and there are also some nice floral notes here.

Taste: big, complex flavor! There's a sweetness to the malt which compounds the fruitiness of the hop characteristics. Floral, citrus and even berries and tree fruit notes come through in this guy -- this is what I like in my imperial IPAs. Dynamic flavor changes throughout, and the bitterness is huge but also quite smooth. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium-big body with a decent carbonation. Not creamy, really, but pretty smooth and complementary to the style.

Overall: this is a damn tasty beer. Why did I wait so long before trying it?

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy off-white head that had decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of lacing.

Extremely hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus and floral notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit as well as resinous hop oils and pine with a subtle malt presence.

Intensely bitter and hop forward with a blast of dry piney floral hops with hints o citrus lemon peel, grapefruit and pineapple. While it is sweet, there are still some earthy dry sticky dank pine notes. With all of the hops there is a decent malt backbone that provides a small bit of balance. Slight alcohol presence but the ABV is still very well masked making this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a snowy white head, good retention and lace. Highly aromatic, tropical fruit hops and caramel. Tons of citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Pine and sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced while still packing a formidable hop punch. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation, sticky and creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Bitterness comes out in a big way in the finish. A powerful, top-notch DIPA on the sweeter, maltier side. Definitely not in keeping with the drier west coast examples.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 4/29/11
*From notes

Big up's to Lee for hookin' a brotha up with this one - cheers!

A: Clean and clear sun-tan amber. Great bubbly 1.75 finger head and drool-inducing lacing.

S: Holy shnikes - big league pine and resin, just dripping down the glass like a fresh cut Christmas tree.

T: Boozy tropical fruit that hits like a Mack truck. The finish is bitter, with a rich, robust caramel and buttermilk thing going on. This is a killer DIPA.

M: Smooth and chewy, it suits the beer perfectly.

O: Delicious. This is easily one of the top ten to twenty DIPA's I've consumed. I'm stoked to have had this on tap, and even happier to know I've got a 64oz growler sitting in the fridge. A hearty recommendation from Rhettroactive.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep orange/copper with a rather small off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: Loads of American hops - pine, pineapple and citric notes. Sweetness from caramell malt.

T: Not as great as the taste, at first nice floral hops - American style, but then the taste gets a bit weaker to be really bitter in the end. My guess is that the malt isn't full enough to balance the greatness from the hops.

M: Body is medium to full and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste lasts a long time with a very nice bitter bite to it.

D: A nice DIPA, but I would have liked a stronger maltyness to balance the great hops.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Pours a clear, dark coppery-orange color, with a big rocky off white head that slowly receded leaving a splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: a huge citrusy blast of grapefruit, pine and a dry floral hopping. The nose was big, hoppy, with some sweet malt in the finish.

T: The flavor had an equally huge sweet grapfruit and citrus hopping with some dry pine and floral bitterness with a nice background of malt sweetness to balance things out a bit, but it is the truly pungent hopping that defines this beer. The beer finishes with some grassy notes.

M: sticky caramel and pine hop resin lacing the tongue with a medium body and a nice carbonation presence.

D: A huge showing of hops and malt combine beautifully for a huge citrusy blast that is sure to please. is equally as big alcohol wise and a monster of treat that comes with a high recommend for the serious hophead.

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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 beertunes
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 into 10oz glass. Poured a golden amber with a thin cap of head. A little bit of lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose with pine and citrus being prominent. The flavor profile is similar with a solid malt foundation holding up the hops nicely.

Very good body that coats the tongue nicely without being too clingy. Dangerously drinkable, this ImpIPA can be had repeatedly. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Derek
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1.085 OG, 9.78% ABV, 2007 vintage, relatively fresh.

A: Amber-orange with a fluffy, off-white head; great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop nose (Grapefruit, pine, grass and apricots), with hints of tropical fruit and a slight sulphery, mineral aroma.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (Pine, grapefruit, apricot & a little grassy spice). At over 100 IBU's, it's not harsh at all (must be the nobel, low cohumulone hops). Slight cotton-candy fruity esters from the yeast, with a little toffee sweetness and biscuity malt in the background. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hidden under all of these flavours! I love it. It really works well, but the magnum is a little untraditional for an American DIPA.

M: Full body is smooth and creamy, with a slight acidic finish.

D: Incredible considering its strength!

World class.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, mid-range shade of copper with a high level of carbonation. The off-white head is thick and has great retention. The aroma begins with a strong whiff of oily hops, but soon a strong, rich, and somewhat fruity malt smell takes over. The flavor has an interesting combination of hop and malt flavors; and is a little bit different from the few other 2XIPAs I've had. The malt flavor is strong, almost like a weak barleywine, with a distinct fruitiness. The hop flavor is strong, resinous, but not quite distinctly piney or citrissy. More than just a touch of alcohol flavor is noted towards the finish. This is great stuff, different from what I was expecting, but always interesting.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provided to me during a family function on April 4, 2009.

A -An attractive looking copper tone with a limited amount of head but good lacing.
S - Defintely the hops are the lead aroma on this. That came on strong.
M/T - The mouthfeel is bold. It starts out quickly like a stong ale but the hops come on very strong after the first sip. There is no aftertaste.

This ia a powerful IPA and really hopped up to the point of extreme. But it has a good handle on the style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze, medium amber with an orange hue. Dense, creamy, eggshell cap, tons of lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of caramel and hops, biscuity malts, tropical fruit, citrus and pine, slightly grassy, hint of alcohol. Nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness -- both are impressive in weight, so getting the tension between these two qualities is well-done. Tropical fruit and alcohol, less citrus and pine than in the aroma, caramel and biscuity malt. Slight spicy, peppery quality towards the end. Lingering bitterness tempered by grainy, husky malt. Full bodied with a slight syrupy character, creamy carbonation, considerable alcohol warmth. I can't believe I've waited this long to try the Maharaja, but some of Avery's other beers were less than awe-inspiring. A solid (and potent) entry in this class and pretty tasty, though fairly malt-forward.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a deep gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipates quickly into a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is lemon and grapefruit hoppiness...lots of it.

The taste reflects the smell to the letter. Lots of bitter lemon and grapefruit with just the barest of malt presence *near* the finish and even that is overwhelmed again with a bitter finish. And then, the warming from the alcohol moves in..hmmm....this one is not for the weak at heart.

Bottom line: This is a hop *monster*...look yee not for any malt balance because it just isn't there. I recommend it for occasional useage.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2007 (Batch 6)

Pours a dark caramel colored amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma explodes with resiny pine and citrusy hops and malt. The taste starts out pretty subtle with some malt but before long the hops explode in your mouth for a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that delivers enough hops to satisfy any craving.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Generous, thick lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big piney hops with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Resiny pine lingers. Also plenty of sweet caramel malt.

T: Very clear and assertive citrus bitterness with resiny pine. Sweet caramel malt brings a bit of balance. Bitter grapefruit finisch with warming alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Well balanced carbonation. Creamy, warm and coating with a lingering hop finish.

D: Good for a10+% ABV DIPA. Nice blaance of citrus bang, sweet malts and bitter finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great slightly cloudy amber color with a solid one finger head that took quite some time to go away. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Gotta love that pine resin. As soon as the bottle was open your hit with a wave of citrus and floral pine.

T - Just like the smell, intense piney greatness intermingles with grapefruit. Very delicious bittnerness.

M - Nice medium carbonation really works with this DIPA. Nice and dry with a strong hop finish.

D - One of my favorite DIPAs. Had everything working for it. Really something to try. That 10% does sneak up on you though!

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Photo of markgugs
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[bottled 2005 on label] poured from 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter

A: A nice creamy beige head floats atop a gorgeously cloudy orange/amber-hued body. I can see already how much lacing this beer will leave stuck to the glass like ivy.

S: It's obvious right away this beer has been aging for some time, a delectable nutty roasty malt wafts upward, with only a hint of the resiny hops that existed. Thankfully...

T/M: ...this monster is as robust as ever! A massive wall of grapefruit dives headfirst in a creamy pool of sweetened, yeasty bread. Delicious! A perfectly bitter finish lingers just long enough, smacks the lips and demands to be fed again.

D: This regal beer's only drawback is that it only comes in 22oz. bombers, and the high ABV will knock you sideways if you're not careful. Not "drinkable" in the all night sense, but surely in the grab one whenever you can sense. Awesome beer!

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, small off white head forms, head goes fast but leaves a circle around the glass, lots of lace and decent retention. Smell is very grapefruity, some pine, caramel, more grapefruit, quite nice. Taste is malty up front, caramel, grapefruit and a little pine in the finish, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite smooth, lots of grapefruity goodness. My favourite Avery brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AP: Clear coper. Yellow tinted tan head. Full coat of lace is left behind.

AR: Huge pink grapefruit pulp tones. Huge fresh hop aroma. Huge resiny, canabis tones. Huge pungency. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've come across.

TST: This DIPA is more about Hop Flavor than actual hop bitterness. Juicy, grapefruit driven hop flavors are Huge. Bitterness is quite clean and long lasting, but not OverTheTop. Also pungent, rind-like qualities. Rich caramel malts lay down the foundation and don't get in the way.

MF: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Alcohol is barely detectable. It blends in nicely with the spiciness of the hops.

DK: One of my favorite DIPAs. Extremely rich, yet quite drinkable as well. This one could be dangerous.

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