Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2005

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Photo of McNuts
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #13, March 2011 poured into Bells Tulip.

Deep orange-copper colored with 1" off white head that hung around a while. Excellent lacing coated the glass. Very sexy.

Reeks of fruit (orange, grapefruit) and floral hops. Very pleasant aroma.

Hop forward creamy bitterness. Apricot and grapefruit flavors followed by a *slight* boozy warmth. Slight alcohol present which is to be expected from a 10+ abv. Alcohol well disguised though. Finished with a malty caramel sweetness. Very nice balance to this one. Very smooth and delicious.

Creamy mouthfeel and resinous hops coats the tongue. Full bodied brew for sure. Very, very nice.

This is an excellent DIPA and my favorite offering from Avery. This one rounds out my Top 5 for the style. Very well done.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold to orange in color with a beautiful 2 fingers of head that lingers and shows really great lacing.

S - Seriously so full of hops it it just makes me giddy. Citrus and pine with a little malt in there too.

T - Hops hit you right off the bat, but his beer is incredibly balanced. Nice grapefruit bite and bitterness, followed by a malty sweetness that is wonderful.

M - Medium body, syrupy, perfect carbonation, sticks around long enough but never too long.

D - This beer is almost too drinkable for the ABV. So good, so balanced, and once of my all time favorite Imperial IPAs!!!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, as advertised. A seriously bitter double IPA. Great appearance (deep amber, large foamy head), and the fruity hop aroma busts out of the bomber. The bitterness leads to a somewhat dry finish, and the malts (although providing a sturdy backbone) are not as prominent as in the Hercules from GD. The 9.7 ABV is felt by the end, and it was an enjoyable drinking experience. I would say that I would do a head-to-head taste test with Hercules, but then I would be drunk! Recommended for all the hop-heads (myself included!), for sure. Great brew.

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Photo of lflesh
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is a big beer. im in awe after every sip. grapefruit and pine are all over this thing. maybe some red licorice. get some! if you like double ipa's you need to try this. this is an amazing beer. i wish it was a little less $$. $8 =for a 22oz. excuse me i want more.

music: thievery corporation-cosmic game- track 4 -Satyam Shivam Sundaram

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Photo of Beauregard
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a strikingly bright, slightly hazy orange color with a decent if unimpressive head. The aroma is strong, and it is all hops -- citrus up front, with grapefruit and orange scents followed by sweet piney resins. The flavor delivers what the aroma promised: a citrus hop paradise. The mouthfeel has nice tangy and sticky resin characteristics. The finish is wonderfully crisp, slightly sweet, and followed by a hop bitterness that is just strong enough to balance the hop flavors without overshadowing the fruity, citrusey, sweet perfume hop character that makes this beer so nice. The alcohol content is practically undetectable due to the great balance and bursting flavors present. I really can't say enough about the Maharaja; I've had it on tap numerous times in the past couple of weeks, and I keep going back for more. Aside from the 3F's Dreadnaught, this is one of my favorite DIPAs, and it's far more economical, too.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery burnt orange color with a very nice head that lasts forever and leaves some good lacing.

Smell is hops and lots of it. Very Floral and Citrusy. Grapefruit is definitely present.

Taste is more of the same. Very citrusy. Grapefruit is prominent a little pineapple is there too. There is also a nice caramel malt sweetness that helps balance the beer out. A lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is pleasant.

This is a very drinkable DIPA that shows no signs of its nearly 10% ABV.

Well worth the drive over to Illinois to get this brew unavailable in MO.

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Photo of challenja
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Fireworks Courthouse,VA (in Arlington ya'll)

A: Honey almond blood Tang. Light white lacing entices the young teen athlete.
S: Sweet nectarines, honey, fresh golf tee grass, hoppy tree resin.
T: Sweet nectarines mashed with sour lemons. White grapefruit laced with a dash of white table sugar. Warrior hop bitters. Nice hop sour mouthful that lingers like a super sour lemon rind in the mouth.
M: Medium carbo, frothy, with a slick resin middle with a tingling carbo sour palate ending. The finish is extremely long and sour packed, a great midrange thickness to this sappy brew.
O: A really decent DIPA that lacks another taste profile to take into top tier contention. Definitely worth a try and buy.

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Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I nearly crapped my pants when I was finally able to locate this beer at the Foodery in Northern Liberties. While ridiculously over-priced ($11.99) this beer has been on the top my list for too long for me to pass up.

Purchased in 22oz bottle, chilled for 12 hours.
Upon opening the bottle hop aroma immediately apparent.

No bones pour, full aeration of the beer revealed an attractive amber color with a thick off white head.

Nice aroma, but for an imperial IPA I was expecting more.

I've never had a beer with such a complete mouth taste of hops. Bitter but not overwhelming, sweet, but not too sweet. Well balanced malty body with grossly hopped flavor. Very slight alcoholic taste that should accompany any imperial beer. No complex aftertaste. Does not dry the mouth out. Definitely leaves you wanting more, trying to search out that dry mouth, over hopped characteristic that I've grown used to.

I found the beer to beer on par for drink ability for an imperial IPA.

Overall, a defining beer for an imperial IPA.

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Photo of geoffpm
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The last time i tasted a Maharaja , i found it cloying and overly sweet but the new JAn 13 batch is amazing. Not a lot of citrus from the hops but a ton of forest floor.

Dark golden in color with a head that disappears quickly with little lacing .

Really bright bitterness on the first sip; then a lil sweet malt but not overpowering. Incredibly smooth then a the hops hit again. No sense of high alcohol even though it's over 10%.

I would love to try this on tap to see if it translates well to keg.

One of the best Dipa i have tried. Oh i wish I could get mercenary from Odell here in MA.

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Photo of BradC
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label...Release #18 2014

Poured cloudy orange color with at least a finger of head and thick sticky lacing into an IPA glass

Smells dank and hoppy with smells of tropical fruits, grapefruit and an underlying sweet aroma.

Lots of hops flavor against a sweet malt backbone, with a good alcohol kick. Hop Flavors of grapefruit, mango with a bitter finish.

Pretty heavy thick mouthfeel, moderately carbonated.

Overall, great DIPA , real hop forward but with enough malt to balance it out. Not overly sweet, maybe a little too bitter in the finish for my tastes. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a clear bronze color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves spotty lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of fresh pink grapefruit all the way. It is juicy and resiny in the aroma. There is a bit of pineapple too. The caramel maltiness is there, but the fresh, juicy hops are taking the mainstage. Just wonderful.

The flavor is juicy, and a bit resiny, with the grapefruit flavors coming through. The caramel maltiness forms a solid backbone, but it is the hops that are making themselves known. It has a pleasant bitterness, it is not over the top....it doesn't take one's attention from everything at play here.

It is medium in body, and somewhat drying in the finish. This one really masks its strength...it will sneak up I'm sure.

A very nice surprise...very enjoyable...I do recommend.

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Photo of beergoot
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, amber-orange body with a thick and creamy, sticky, white head. Powerful pine and citrus hop aroma. Complex mixture of caramel and biscuit malt flavors, zingy hop bitterness, and a bold alcohol heat percolating underneath. Heavy body; slight sweet heaviness; semi-dry finish.

I had the pleasure of sampling this at the brewery's tap room just two days ago and really liked it (and rated it at 4.25), but must give this higher props after making it my first beer of the day. Bold balance and depth throughout with eye-popping zest to please the palate. I get additional flavor notes of apricot and dried peaches for some additional fruit-like notes. If big, beautiful IPAs are your thing, check out an offering of this monster.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass. from notes
A: A bold, hazy orange that sparkles in the light, with a thick white head that leaves frothy lacing.
S: The best grapefruit/citrus hop profiles known to the realm of IIPA. Just perfect, IMO nothing to change.
T/M: As the nose suggests grapefruit and citrus hop profiles are massive. Mouthfeel of a thick soup, but still refreshing. A dry hoppy finish upon first pour, but as brew warms the malt characters come out.
D: This is one of those IIPA that I could come back to time and time again, and do, where you are impressed, just as much as the first time. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1pt6 fl oz bottle poured into tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a murkey amber copper with an off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacing down the glass

S: Mango, pinapple any other deep and sweet fruit, there really is no need to go into this, but smelling this for the first time made we want to dive right into this one. Just juicy fresh fruits everywhere!

T/MF: Bitterness not too bad, quite smooth actually the alcohol seems to be hidden decently as well, hop oil stays sticky on the tongue but does not dry out the mouth too bad, the beer is far to juicy for that. There are hints of pine here and there mostly in the finish along with a bit of bready sweetness that builds as the beer warms, but this beer is about the fruit. I feel like I'm drinking a boquet of fruit. More sweet than bitter or at least the feeling of sweetness anyways (I'm suprised to see the 102IBU on the side of this beer). Mango is very prevalent when I first sipped this beer but the warmer it gets the more that fades and a fruit syrup flavor cuts in and the pine and grapefruit takes over and now I can see why this is labeled at 102IBU because my tongue is starting to dry out a bit more, but still not too bad.

D: Here's a tip: drink this one with a friend and you will be sure to have a good time if you both are hopheads or enjoy hops to a reasonable about, because drinking a whole big bottle of this by yourself is not recommended. Still the best DIPA I've tried to date in my young life.

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Photo of jsh420
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

batch #9 feb09
split a bomber

pours clear copper orange with a good 2.5 finger head that leaves lacing notches all down the glass. smells of strong citris, pine, and sweet malts. taste starts of with big grapefruit hops and sweet malts and finishes with bitter pine bite. this beer has a medium body creamy finish but leaves just enough hop resin to coat you mouth. drinkability is off the charts even @10.27abv. now i need to go back to the store and pick up a few more.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber in to a Deleriem Tremens snifter. Hazy golden color with a very lively and creamy head. Immense lacing down the glass. Smell is all hops; pine and grass with grapefruit and other citrus.
Taste is massive hops, lots of citrus and flowers up front, followed by huge bitterness all the way down. The bitterness amazingly lasts for minutes, never quitting.
Mouthfeel is good, but nothing exceptional. Drinkability? The high ABV stops me during or after 1 bomber, but this is incredibly delicious if you like an old-fashioned hop bomb.

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Photo of Tolann
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange copper with a white head. very little cloudyness.

S - big citrus hop bomb. Love it! sweet grapefruit/orangy citrus. Tangy and clean, but still balanced and not offending. Smell is hard to miss on this one.

T - Again, just how it smells. It's a big citrus hop bomb. Some sweet and lots of citrus hops. Some bitterness near the end of the sip. It is all very good.

M - Medium body. Some carbonation and not perfectly smooth. Doesn't coat or feel thick in your mouth. Good aftertaste that may help you to slow down and enjoy. You don't feel the big alcohol presence. (bottle says 10.54% abv)

D - Can't have much of this in 1 sitting, but you'll absolutely enjoy the bit you have. Doesn't feel heavy.

Really like this one. Would highly recommend it to any hop head out there.

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Photo of sitarist
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11.

Pours an amber color into my snifter. There is about an inch of head that fades to a top coating and ring that leaves some heavy lacing.

Smells of candied orange rinds, tropical fruits, wet dog, and something beyond my ability to explain. The smell is strong and welcomes me to take a sip.

Taste like candied hops! This is bitter but not astringent. The flavors match the nose with an added peppery bite. There is a nice malt backbone but the hops are the star of this game. This beer highlights the similarities between hops, and kush.

Medium body, sticky, and dry.

Despite the big, strong flavors this is very drinkable. Just beware, the ABV will get you.

edit 2011: I would score and describe this years batch the same as last years.

2-29-12: Year after year its one hell of a beer!

1-31-13: This years batch seems pretty consistent with previous ones. I am noticing an herbal/minty scent, and flavor that I do not recall. Also, the body seems a little lighter than I remember. I cant wait till the next batch.

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Photo of tronester
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On gravity pour cask, at the Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth 4/9/2010

Served cool with a hazy golden amber body and rocky, creamy light tan head. Smell was of fresh hops, extremely dank and pungent. Taste was very similar to bottled Maharaja, BUT, with an even more intense super fresh grapefruit flavor. The hops change to an herbal bitterness in the finish, very nice. Still a nice malt backbone to match up with the supreme hop flavors. Mouthfeel was super lush and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good, though a single 12oz serving of this strong ale is plenty. Much better on cask than in the bottle. If you see this on cask, get it!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 13

I had this beer two years ago and it wasn't too memorable. That was the time when I just started drinking craft beers regularly, so my palate has probably changed.

Appearance-Clear orange color with little to no haze. About 2 fingers of head which turns into a ton of lacing. Ring of lacing rests on top of the orange beauty. Love the bomber look too.

Smell-I was expecting a complete hopbomb but on the first whiff I get some very sweet malt. Citrus hops come through and I get a ton of Grapefruit, and Orange. Hints of pine and flower come through as well, this scent is amazing.

Taste-Like the taste it starts off with a sweet malt. Once it gets to the back of your through you get the extreme citrus and bitter hops. Dry finish makes you want to go back to another sip to get that sweetness again. The perfect balance between sweet, malty, bitter and citrus.

Mouthfeel-Medium-Full bodied with just enough carbonation. After the first sip by mouth felt a little numb and instantly warmed the body.

Overall- This may be the most dangerous beer I have ever had. 10.54 ABV and this is so drinkable. The dry finish makes you coming back for more, and I did. I almost regret buying 3 bombers at a time because I'm going to want to have to restrain myself for going for another 22 ounces. All in all best beer I've had in 2011.

8/16/11-Drank the Batch 14 and it was horrid. Smelt sour, like popcorn and charcoal and just wasn't right. I drank it within 2 months of bottling date, Ended up w/ a Drainpour.

Batch 13 gets an A+
Batch 14 gets a D-

Dammit.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the new label, "Dictator's Series." I love dictators. The beer has a wonderful aroma, citrus, melon, and flower-like sweetness, much like Hopslam. Taste - buttery, earthy, and herbal, like drinking an herb garden in a bottle. Appearance - very golden red, with ample foam. Drank in a snifter for optimum aroma. Kind of a combination between a barleywine and double IPA. Will try to acquire more of this tomorrow.

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Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-deeper amber color with a nicely formed off white head. Little carbonation in the beer. The head turns into a fluffy cloud on the top.

s-beautiful. Smells like a fresh cut ruby red grapefruit, but with much more bitterness from the rind, not a ton of sweet from the pulp. There are malts in here too, they are fairly big for this being a hop forward beer. Smell has some smal hints of the strength of this beer.

t-like it smells, big hops that play nicely with the malts in here. Has a little tang on the back sides of the toung. Some cinnamon, some spice to the taste too. The big hops shine through the entire experience.

m-has some syrup, but it rolls around the toung well. No real burn from this big beer.

o-they did well with this beer again this year. Has a lot going on, and demands to be sipped. Nice layering of the flavors that gives the drinker a lot to think about while enjoying. Glad it's summer again!

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Photo of timmick
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this DIPA poured from a 22oz bomber.

A: Clear, dark orange color with two fingers of slightly off-white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass as I drink this down.

S: Wow! Love the smell of this... Citrus, pineapple, and grape... very fruity. Nice sweet malty notes come through the big hop aromas. Very enjoyable to the nose.

T: Nice and hoppy with juicy citrus in the front end with a bitter bite to the finish. Nice sweet malty backbone balances nicely with the abundance of hops for a nice bitter/sweet complexity that leaves me wanting another sip. Slight alcohol warming, but not heavy, lets you know you are drinking a 10+% beer.

M: Bitterness hangs around with a slight alcohol finish. Carbonation is good with a nice medium, smooth feel.

O: Nice, easy to drink DIPA. I will buy this again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my wife's favorite beers, shared a bomber of this. I said it was average quite some time ago, & she took offense; I now stand corrected.

Nice cloudy orange color, a little murkier than most IPAs. Smells divine, Pine-Sol cleaner & aggressive hops & a vague medicinal whiff.

Very good beer. Tastes just like it smells, with a nice little kick at the end & a nice dry bite. Easy drinking. A perfect summer beer to go with the pasta & mushrooms simmering on the stove.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a big brew. I love this one, had it a while ago from a bottle then later from a bottle and it wasn't as good. I saw it was on tap at Tap & Table in Emmaus so shot over after work. Got myself three wonderful glasses of this. The aroma and flavor mix well with each other the fruity hop aroma hits your nose on every sip. Then the piney sting of hops hits your tongue and just attacks it till you sip again and it just keeps coming. The color is a very nice golden color with a minimal head on it about 1 fingers worth. The brew is very tasty and if you haven't tried it please do so.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,587 ratings.
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