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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #173
Ranked #1,212
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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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The color is a beautiful dark gold that lightens slightly at the top of the glass. Head is nicely developed and remains on edges of glass well after pour. I was surprised by the smell— sweet for an imperial, with mango and pineapple immediately, along with a twinge of dank hops. The taste is big and complex. Sweet at first, with the mango and pineapple, becoming floral pine and bready malt, finishing moderately dank and bitter. The 10% is apparent after a few sips. Feel is wonderfully creamy, soft, and wet, which seems to balance the big flavor and ABV.
I can’t say huge IPAs are my favorite, but this beer does everything so well I can’t help but appreciate it. I’d love to have it fresh on tap sometime.

Apr 29, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. OG 1090, ABV 10.41%. 102 IBU. Orange colour, big off-white head with an orangey hue. Strong sweetish aroma with notes of tropical fruits, citrus and pine, very nice. The flavour is sweet, alcoholic and dominated by an absurd amount of American hops from start to finish. Unbalanced. Another example of "overkill".

Mar 19, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im giving this 4 cuz I love Avery but I need to have this again for sure. It was good but I tasted the alcohol a lot. This has such a high reputation though so if you're feeling it you should see for yourself.

UPDATE!!! Much better the second time around, im not really tasting the alcohol like before. Much better experience

Mar 18, 2021
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J-legend-K from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

~80 Days old when opened (canned on 12/16/2020)

A: Deep copper orange with significant haze without being murky
S: Nice aroma of dank green pine with wafts of citrus. Noticeable strong malt tying it all together
T: intense dank resin that brightens towards citrus zest. Strong bitter carried by sappy honey
Mf: hefty but deceiving given the abv
Overall: pretty intense but focuses a complex hop profile nicely. this particular can is not very fresh, so I can imagine a much better hop experience closer to the canning date

Mar 11, 2021
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look deep amber orange hue with nice 1/2” white head
Smell of citrus (sweet orange)
Taste nice taste of hops with sweet orange hints immediately hits your palate with a warm finish
Feel nice carbonation and served around 40 degrees .
Overall this beer is excellent and has nice Heft! Not watered down. I will be serving this to my friends, neighbors and relatives over the holidays or as gifts !

Nov 14, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass a nice foamy light tan head of 1F sits on a golden orange tinged beer with about 80% transparency.

The nose is floral, bready, light grapefruit and pine.

I taste lightly sweet malt with grapefruit and alcohol with pithy hop dryness. I also get some pine and a bit of sulfur and a hint of thymol (Listerine note). This is not nearly as dark and dank as Avery describes. It is not too bitter but rather presents too much of a sharp alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied with drying astringency and alcohol. Very light carbonation and a hint of metallic tang.

I am glad I got to try this beer. The beer did not taste super hoppy unless it is those "off" notes of thymol and pine resin mixed with alcohol that is just not doing it for me. It is certainly drinkable and interesting but I don't think I would buy it again as I prefer Odell Myrcenary quite a bit more.

Nov 08, 2020
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Jeez from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle without a date. It is clear amber in color with a retentive head. Smells strongly of citrus, herbs, and caramel. The taste forgoes citrus for caramel and toffee with subdued bitterness. Its sweet flavors match nicely with a backdrop of barley and strong malt character. It has thick mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. The high alcohol heat is evident, but no worse than in a good wine.

A very balanced beer. Strong flavors, but easy to drink. I'm glad I have 22 oz of the stuff.

Aug 22, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

resinous and earthy pine hop that opens up to reveal orange, vanilla, caramel toffee malt sweetness, floating like a honey bee before diving back into sticky dank floral hop explosion with a subtext of herbal mint leaf. dry earthy grapefruit-tinged finish to cap it off. outstanding, but certainly not one I will drink more in a row.

Aug 11, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opalescent orange with splendid gold reflections, abundant white foam. Scent of citrus, peach, tropical fruit, pine, and a delicious hint of vanilla. On the palate the muscular bitter component is supported by an excellent malted base, biscuit and honey. There
Fruity notes are not lacking like the resinous one. On the palate the sip is soft and round except in the finish where the bitterness and alcohol are felt. Good, balanced and well made despite the long journey and the four months on the shoulders.

Jun 29, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am getting close to wrapping up my Avery horizontal in support of The CANQuest (tm). I have been steadily pulling beers out of the backlog to try & finally bring some closure to this CANsense. I like when I CAN assemble even a small brewery horizontal & I really dig that Avery is CANning!

From the CAN: "Welcome to His Kingdom"; "The Maharaja Imperial IPA"; "The Maharaja flaunts his authority with a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent, along with an insane quantity of malted barley, fashioning a royal scarlet hue and exquisite malt essence."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast."

I Crack!ed open the vent on my aged CAN & beCAN a very slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was heartened by the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. OTOH, its color was a slightly-cloudy Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Let's chalk that up to being my fault & give them the benefit of the doubt. Nose had a flowery dankness, like a fading bouquet with some green matter thrown in for fun. 8=O Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was like a Sugar Daddy rolled in dank & served in the middle of a flower garden. 8=O Caramel & sticky dank were totally commingled while the floweriness provided a backdrop. 8=O Man, this in CANbination with The Reverend was beCANming too much for me. Worse, this was entirely TOO mellow & easy-drinking for its ABV. Phew. Finish was cool, minty, hoppy & very dry. Yum! YMMV.

May 29, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Dec 19, 2019
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Spellogue from Ohio

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.

Dec 03, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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.

Jul 28, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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

Jun 26, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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.

Jun 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 06, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 22, 2018
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D9sus4 from Missouri

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.

Oct 09, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

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.

Sep 20, 2018
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bshefftz from California

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 07, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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. Deschutes 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


Aug 06, 2018
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Solid78 from Michigan

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!!

Aug 01, 2018
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Tennisballa07 from Georgia

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”

Jul 21, 2018
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Keithkam from Pennsylvania

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!

May 23, 2018
Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
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