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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #145
Ranked #1,089
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: 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 Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly foggy copper-orange with two fingers of off-white, khaki foam. Head retention is good, as is the lacing left behind. Aroma is piney, resiny, dank, herbal and floral hops with hearty biscuity, bready malt underneath. Hops have quite a bit of bite and are 'old school' in their format, but still molded and melded together well. Flavor profile is herbal, dank, floral, piney, resiny and very light citrusy hops with biscuity, bready and lightly nutty malts. It forms a rindy, sticky IPA, and when paired with the light touch of alcohol heat, packs quite a punch. Mouth feel is medium-thick and quite heavy and full with a lightly grainy, moderate effervescence. Overall, hearty and heavy and yet refined and palatable.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Spellogue
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vibrant orange-light amber color, approaching a sugar maple in mid-autumn. Very pretty. Slight chill haze. Head is a mere film.
Spicy, piney nose, rather faint with hints of fruitcake.
Bittersweet upfront, with caramel malt focus. A bit of hop flavor middle, but more accent on the bitter alphas.
Mouthfeel is syrupy. The high alcohol doesn’t show on the palate much, but is warming on the way down and noticeable on the stomach.
Peppery finish.
Nicely balanced, big beer. Easy drinking. Be careful, noticeable buzz only 9 oz in.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy and almost cloudy amber/apricot gold with excellent head. It dissipates quickly, but he lacing is very persistent.

The aromas come from a variety of "hop" quarters. Citrus, resin, and weedy aromas all arrive, with grapefruit winning out. along with an "after" note of a vegetal variety.

The malt backbone in this brew is strong, but restrained, with the hops taking top billing in a tingly way. Not hop burn but definitely heavy-hitting in that regard. Malts hit the tongue followed by the immediate hop tingle. Crackery/buttery flavors in midstream give way to a multifaceted hop assault consistent with the aromas. Citrus, floral, earthy, grassy, resiny and weedy flavors are all there swirling around in a very complex stew. Yet the bitterness, like the malt, remains balanced and restrained. Just a hint of booze. The ABV is well-hidden.

The brew is definitely beyond medium, but doesn't "feel" that way in the moment. Still, this is definitely not a brew that easily begs for another glass. It is strong, and the variety of flavors are interesting and tasty, but busy enough to keep this from being an easy repeater. Of course, that isn't unique in this style. Regardless, the brew is easy to drink.

Overall, this DIPA features a wide variety of intense hop flavors, yet manages to remain well-balanced with an understated but solid malt foundation.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Filtered dark orange, somewhere between orange and dark brown cider.

S: Orange, Grapefruit, and pine meld to the point of being one unrecognizable smell.

T: Candied citrus peels, malty and bready, a little resinous

M: This has a full heavy body which is not overbearing like most in this ABV

O: Well executed double/triple IPA. If others could reach this level of refinement - I'd surely claim it as my favorite style

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The bone white, one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin foam ring and a lot of leaving all over the glass. It's a hazy, dull gold color with an orange tint.

Smell: It's a sweet and fruity scent of orange and grapefruit with some malt and pine in the background as well.

Taste: It's mostly sweet with some orange and grapefruit notes, followed by some malt bready-ness. It finishes with a dank, oily hop resin flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and slightly creamy with a quite robust body and medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty standard imperial IPA with a nice balance between the hop flavors and aromas and the sweeter malt character.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
1.5/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2014 vintage; drank 4/22/14 @ the Yarchives.

Clear orange color.

Off-white head; strong lace.

Fresh pine & back-alley urine nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

A bitter bomb; cat piss & pine. Some cloying caramel notes too; this is a mess. An awful drainpour of a beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a goblet. canned 11/8/18, so 6 weeks old.

Dull hazy orange body. Small white head leaving excellent lacing.

Strong hop aroma here.

Hoppy, VERY dank, somewhat bitter. No other flavors. The 10.0 abv is nigh undetectable, so drinker beware.

Mouth close to full and bitey. Finish bitter.

Overall, I've been looking to try a fresh one of these for some time, since in this part of PA, the shelves only have 4-8 month old Maharaja. Must admit to being slightly disappointed by this beer. Not bad in any way, and dank is certainly not my preferred IPA flavor profile. The beer just didn't grab me the way I hoped.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of the greatest Imperial IPAs that is currently being brewed. Dark and heavy, but not dank, slightly syrupy, but not sickeningly sweet. Amazing hops! Very well balanced.

I first tried this at Avery's taproom in Boulder a few beers... years ago. My wife and I sampled at least half of the available beers that day, so at least a dozen of the 20+ beers on tap. This one stood out in to both of us as being the most perfectly balanced offering they had. Even the tap master (bartenders are for mixing sissy drinks in bars, this was a Tap Room) said this was one of his absolute favorites.

If you like DIPAs or Imperial IPAs, find some of this and try it. You will most likely love it.

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Photo of haines710
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an Imperial IPA and taste likes and imperial or DIPA. I found a can in my local supermarket and had to try based on the reviews. This was a nice smooth beer for a 10%. It is malty and has a bit of an alcohol taste. It has a slight citrus scent and I can feel it on the tongue but then lose it. Surprising to find this in cans. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a 12 oz. can. Juicy and sweet, not a hop bomb. Deep orange. Lots of sediment in the last few sips. Solid IPA in the recent category of sweet and juicy hop profile trending away from resiny bitterness.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crimson in York PA. Nice clear orange-amber color with a persistent off-white head. Initial impression is a smooth, malty, fruity citrus bomb. Mouthfeel is medium tending toward sticky. Carbonation is on the light side. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finish is more malty than fruity, although there is a lingering citrus aftertaste.
Excellent IPA. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Blind comparison of 6 IPA's

1. Deschites Fresh Squeezed IPA
2. Cigar City Jai-Alai IPA
3. Southern Tier 2XIPA
4. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
5. Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
6. Avery The Majaraja IPA
LOOK: medium orange, medium head. Good retention.
AROMA: vinegar, wine, chemical. Strange smells for the style.
TASTE: lemon , citrus, mold.
FEEL:medium body


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Photo of Solid78
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Like biting into a piece of fruit! Even my burps taste nice, lol. Pour from can, off white 3” head went down to 1/2”. Good lacing. Juicy enough to bite!! Nice hop at finish. Aroma is juicy citrus. Love this beer!!

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Photo of Tennisballa07
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA as of 7/20/18

Golden orange sunburst color. Delicious, complex hop profile balanced by a malt body that does not mute the hops.

“Royal scarlet hue”

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Photo of Keithkam
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is such a good IPA. I've had it many times in the past, and each time I have it I think about how I really have to seek it out more often. Look: classic light golden semi opaque west coast IPA look. Smell:. Exactly what you would expect from a juicy and fruity hoppy beer. Taste: delicious. How well of a job they do hiding the high abv is very commendable. Taste upfront of nondescript fruits (citrus, a bit of peach) and a touch of pine. Nice dry finish that makes you want more. Feel: standard IPA mouth feel. I tend to care about the mouth feel more for stouts than iPas, so as long as it's not too thin tasting it's all good in my book. Highly recommend!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft tulip.

A: Golden orange. Hazy with a finger of white head.low carb.

S: fruity, strong grapefruit, really sweet, potent.

T: sweet, malty, grapefruit peel and pine arrival. Sweet citrusy malt and resin middle. Extremely piney on the finish.

M: kind of heavy-to-midweight low carb. Relatively clean, not terribly slick but low carb makes it feel not refreshing.

O: reminds me of a less sweet less carbonated six point resin. Limiting my weekly beer consumption this one feels like a waste.

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Photo of SwellSwill1
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured six weeks from canning into an oversized wine glass. Golden color with no sediment and looks clear. One inch head with medium lace.
Smells fruity and sweet like a tropical chew candy.
Tastes sweet and fruity with medium carbonation. Mildly dry on the tongue with no piney notes.
At first taste I though this beer would be too sweet and overpowering in flavor to want to finish but I was wrong. I now want to lower the abv so that I can sessions this wonderful brew. I will look for this beer again.

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Photo of Nass
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Canned on date on the bottom of the can. I am drinking this at 5 months old. Interesting looking artwork I may add. This is a pricey beer at $4.99 for a 12 ounce can. Wow! really well made IPA. That 10% ABV is undetectable. Well balanced & flavorful. Just when you thought you might not be a west coast IPA fan you should give this one a chance.This is nne of the originators in the west coast style IPA. This beer deserves to be titled the Maharaja. Commonly, I don't this give this style of beer a world class rating, but I think this one deserves it. I can see myself having some bud with this & I don't mean bud light folks. This is one of the best IPA's that I have had the pleasure of drinking. Cheers! A-

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is kind of like getting the prostitute at the end of her shift: I wish I could have tried it fresher. Canned 11/28/17, so at just under 3 months old, it ain’t that bad, but it still leaves Raul wondering. Light and citrusy with a HEAVY malt backbone... Yeah, Ima need to try this one fresher next time.

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Photo of jtadams69
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L-amber with 1/2” head that last through the experience
S-malty slight citrus
T-initial sweet start, malty, little hop bit,
F-good mouth feel. Felt smooth. No alcohol burn - I kind of expected that for a 10% brew
O-too sweet for my taste. But good overall. Surprisingly drinkable. You could easily down more than 1 but would feel it.

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Photo of ThePold
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a can into a perfect pint glass. Dating seems to be fresh. Can only have one of these beauties a night because of the 10% alcohol. Thick gold color, decent head, but the hops barely cover the high alcohol content. Wonderful expenditure of brain cells.

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Photo of Tadertot
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber with a quarter inch of foam. Very little lace. Smells buttery and fruity. Nice balance of alcohol and hops. Nice funky bitterness at the end. Rich and delightful.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice straw/amber appearance with slight white head. Aroma is nice hoppy with some citrus. Taste is also a nice hoppy with some citrus without bitterness.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super big DIPA brewed for an older time when making a DIPA instead of an IPA meant the malts were doubled and the hops were almost doubled and all put in the kettle. Double dry hopping and leaving the malts lighter and adding oats and flour would come much later. It's weird to say that a 10+ year old beer is a bit of a relic but I think in the insanely trendy and dynamic craft beer world it is a bit true. This DIPA was no doubt a king for its time but has now been usurped by more agile and younger DIPAs looking to make their claim.

Drink this in the cooler days of fall and think of the craft movement from years back with rose colored glasses, if necessary.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark copper orange red, with a very creamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet fruit, toasted grain, caramel and toffee malt, a little bit of pine. Smells very malty for a DIPA.

T: Sweet caramel, toffee, and malt lead the way with a strong hit of sweet citrus fruit at the end. A resiny piney bitterness, at the end but not overly strong for a DIPA, booze is pretty well hidden.

F: Pretty thick body, with creamy carbonation

O: Not a bad DIPA, but it is a little too sweet and malty for my liking.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 5759 ratings