Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,847 Reviews

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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 kkrez
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Maharaja pours a bright copper orange with a thick and sticky head.

As soon as you crack this beer you get engulfed in citrusy, tropical, dank, grassy, hop aromas. Once you pour it you find even more pungent hop aromas oozing out of the glass with a faint caramel malt backbone.

The taste, oh the taste! A barrage of pineapple, mango, pine, citrus, grass, tangerine, orange, floral, then cut slightly by a caramel, honey biscuit, and toffee malt backbone accompanied by a warming alcohol flavor and then finishing with a biting bitterness.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick. You can almost feel the astringent hop oil stripping the enamel off your teeth and it tickles your tongue and throat all the way down. This beer should be rated low on the drinkability scale but it is just so amazingly delicious that it always goes down faster than you would hope.

Overall, I love Maha, bow to him.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really handsome and rich amber with a skimpy, fizzly head. The color looks pretty spot on for the color of honey. I'm pouring a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, so on my second pour I dropped it in there vigorously, and that gave it a nice and creamy eggshell-colored head. This is a really good-looking beer.

Smell: I smell fresh cut wood. This is weird, I keep trying to sniff and see if I'm imagining this, but I smell meat. Something between smoked meat and salted pork. I can't put my finger on it. There's sugar drifting in and out, also. Yeah, there's that ambiguous, smoky smell again. It works in well, but it's a little confusing, because I can't seem to taste anything resembling that smell in the beer. Oh well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: has that lip-smacking taste and texture right off the bat. A good dose of fresh, woody hops layered on top of a smooth and sticky sweet malt. A perfect balance of sweetness, hoppy twang, and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's packed full of flavor and experiences, without being overpowering. Most things that begin with "imperial" I would be hesitant to consume more than two before I start squandering the tasting experience in exchange for haziness. However, this is just smooth enough that I could see myself enjoying a few of these in a night while still enjoying all its subtleties in full.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

A: Poured a hazy copper with a slight orange hue shining through. A three finger off white head accompanied that also left a sticky sea foam curtain of lace down the glass.

S: Upon opening a blast of ruby red grapefruit rushes out the bottle. In the middle hints of sweet dates, white raisin and light caramel came through. I also got bits of biscuit and pine resin towards the ends.

T & M: Middle to full body which added a lovely sweet syrupy malty start. Somewhere in the middle I experienced a mix of tangy and oily rind of ruby red grapefruit and mango. The finish was well balanced by the alcohol and hoppy bitterness.

D: Surprisingly, for a DIPA this brew is pleasantly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked underneath it other elements. However, be warned it will kick your ass if taken lightly.

Overall, this brew rocks! Great taste, great balance and a great session. The only bad thing about this brew is that it came to a finish. I'll revisit this one again. Enjoy.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Cloudy amber, with half a finger of head that gives way to decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S: My nose is a little stuffy at the moment but I detect some strong, resinous hops. Had to get my nose into the glass to smell it though. Probably my nose's fault.

T: Wow! Super heavy malt sweetness balanced by a noticeably high level of hop bitterness. Very, very well balanced. Hard to tell that this one's 10% ABV.

M: A slightly thick, syrupy feel to this one. It stays in the mouth for quite a long time. Very, very good.

D: Exceptionally good, I would drink this IPA all night until I fell off my chair.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22 oz bottle into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: a hazy darker golden color with a white head that leaves loads of lacing with the great carbonation.

Smells: a lemon hop with grass and slight toasted amber malts.

Tastes: a super flavorful DIPA with a beautiful balance. there are citrus notes like orange/lemon zest that blends with a hay like grassy note and a wonderful balance with a crispy malt.

Mouthfeel: at 10.3% this is a potent ale without even a burn from the high abv. The great carbonation makes this refreshing and smooth with a full of flavor bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I was excited to try this one. I was selling for $9 by me and to be honest with you I feel that its money well spent and I would constantly pick this up on the regular if it stayed available.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10, 22oz bomber bottled in June 2008 (on June 4th to be precise, as stated on the case). 10.69% abv, 1.090 O.G, 102 IBUs.

This is a beautiful beer to behold, crystal-clear amber topped with a snow white head. There is plentiful lacing and the foam layer remains at an inch or so.

The aromas are of the forest, I feel like I am still in Sequoia National Park. And not to be forgotten, there is grapefruit...

And this is just how it hits the palate, only more so. The malt backbone is silent and invisible, yet its presence makes the hop explosion an exceptional and unique delight. Ever so balanced.

The carbonation seemingly forces the hops into the gums, which are soon comfortably numb while swimming in hoppy oils. I am beginning to sense the power of the Maharaja, yet on a good night I am beginning to believe that I could down two of these marvels.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep orange body, finger head, amazing lacing

S: pine, grass, peach/mango aroma

T: mango, firm malt middle, long sticky bitter finish

M: med body, big sticky mouth

O: Delicious, another fine Avery bomber.
Well done. Big sipping hop bomb here
and I will get this beer again for sure.


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Photo of Sephiroth
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a familiar guest in my tulip. It pours deep orange with a thick, off-white head. Sticky lacing clings to the side of my glass. The smell is of sweet, piney, resinous hops. Ahh.

My first sip is normal. Normal, for the Maharaja, that is. The sweet hops battle with the malt at first, eventually sweeping it aside completely. The hops contribute grapefruity, piney flavors that are coating of one's mouth, yet the sweetness is not cloying. This beer has fantastic head retention for the ABV. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. I have yet to find a IIPA that isn't just a little bit syrupy. The moderate to low carbonation found in this brew give it a creamy mouthfeel that begs for sipping which borders on gulping. As with most other IIPAs, I find this beer to be extremely drinkable. I am almost finished with the bomber and have yet to get the usual hop hiccups, knock on wood.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Ruby, copper hue. Mildly opaque with a nice cooper sheen to it. There is a one finger head that settled down to only a few drops on top.

S - Very fragrant nose. Smells of tropical fruit dominate with hints of pineapple, orange, and tangerine making the main nose. There is a hint of grapefruit up there as well. This is one of those beers you just want to keep smelling.

T - Here again the tropical fruit aspect dominates as pineapple is the main flavor I note. However, there is a slight grapefruit hoppy bitterness that comes on the backend. This combined with a twinge of alcohol give this a slight kick. These aspects are crucial to keeping this a well balanced DIPA instead of an overly sweet beer. There is a slight grapefruit bitterness that lingers on the tongue just to leave you with a reminder that the hops are there.

O - A surprisingly good beer from Avery that is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. A great nose, well balanced flavor and a mouthfeel that fits perfectly. Definitely pick some up if you see it!
MF - Thick and sticky with good carbonation to prevent this from being cloying. Somehow they manage to take this big body and make it almost refreshing.

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Photo of seniorcleaver
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great amber color with lots of creamy head. Make sure not to pour it too fast!! Smells of hops with great notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. The bitterness is balanced almost perfectly with the malty side of the beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering as you might expect from the ABV. I could drink these all day long but it may be too much for someone who doesn't love the HOP! I have had this beer before while visiting the brewery and it was on cask. All I can say is HOLY CRAP!!! Awesome!! Go there and try it.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason had been delaying on testing this one out - haven't been blown away by many of Avery's brews, although I have had a couple good ones. In any case, this one knocked me right on my ass. Really delicious, huge DIPA flavor. Pour is a lighter yellow than I expected, with a fairly weak head and no real lacing. Aromas and taste are huge - tons of citrus hoppiness, spice, and then a solid malt backbone. Warming, but no other hints of the 10% ABV in this one. A big fan, would pick up again in a second.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beartiful dark amber with a big, frothy head with great retention. This is what a beer should look like.

The aroma is tilted toward hops as expected. The mouthfeel is big, soft and tasty. Just the right amount of carbonation.

The Maharaja is a great tasting beer. Hops, grass and grapefruit all swirl around in a nice combination with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

I have to commemt on the mouthfeel again because it is one if the best ever. It's like everything else in this beer, big, soft and smooth. There is plenty of alcohol here and you will feel it but it's not in the taste. All of the flavors are bold and nicely balanced.

This is a superb DIPA

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Photo of BrianGaynor
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden orange pour with minimal white head.

Smell: extreme hop scent with citrus undertones

Taste: powerful, hoppy taste, not too strong for 10.39% ABV.

Mouthfeel: typical IPA, a little bit of retaining in your mouth though.

Overall: pretty good IPA. Would have again.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber with blood orange tint, small head with poor retention, heavy lacing

S: ripe tropical fruits with an emphasis on mango character, caramel malts hang around inthe background

T: taste starts out with citric hop bitterness, this smooths out to a fruit juice character, malt comes in on the finish which makes for a nice balance

Mf: everything on par for style, medium body, high carbonation

O: awesome dipa, very fresh, this one is up there with hopslam and double trouble

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Photo of JEdmund
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy/iced tea color; big head; some lacing

Huge! Extremely pungent - citrus, floral, sweet, candy-like, fruity (berry) and tart

Taste & Mouthfeel
Super hoppy; burns a bit in the nose; an explosion of flavor - awesome; big hop flavor with enough malt to hold it in place but still show off, certainly not a 50/50 split; silky and creamy texture

Lived up to my expectations; I really enjoyed this seasonal and will grab a few more before they're gone

Side Note
Mix this 50/50 with a Dogfish Head 90-Minute and you're in for a treat!

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Photo of Briken
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with big off-white head with great retention. Earthy, sweet orange, floral English hops. Resinous complex flavors follow the nose. Great malt backbone with lightly sweet finish and light hop linger. Very silky smooth feel.

Fantastic balanced DIPA. It has a great feel with no alcohol burn and only slight warming. A wonderful complex flavor though it could use a little more on alpha hops. This is a very easy drinking beer for such a big brew.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release No. 17, 2013. Poured into a fluted beer glass.

A balanced big IIPA. I love this beer. Heavier and sweeter than Stone's Enjoy By. Almost a barleywine, if not actually one. But no denying that this is a great beer.

A - Pours an orange/amber. Initially beer was cloudly, but allowed to warm and the haze disappeared almost but not completely. A half-finger beige rocky head, which quickly disapates, but better lacing than one might expect.

S - Resiny and sweet floral, ENTICING, a hint of lemon, maybe a bit too sweet (-)

T - Moderately malty, honey sweetness, that sweetness you taste with some whole wheat breads.

MF - Medium to heavy body, smooth with some lasting bitterness and some alcohol warmness that lasts into the finish (-).

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This marks the first Avery brew that I've had the pleasure to try. I bought this bottle about five weeks ago in Cincinnati. And at 6.99 a bomber I feel like its priced great.

This was poured into a bell shaped footed ale glass and it looks to be a dark hazy amber color. The frothy foamy head on top is a shade darker than pure white and has some real variance in bubble sizes.

The smell is of fresh hops and grainy malt. It has the same basic aroma of DFH 90 min. There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, plenty of fresh hop aromas, and I can feel the alpha acid as I inhale.

The taste is very smooth and full of hop bite but yet it sits on a bed of deep malty flavor. There is a chewy texture that compliments the flavors amazingly. The finish is long and flavorful. I really enjoy this ale.

I think at such a great price, with so much flavor, and despite the 10.21 abv this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark ruby red. Half a fingers worth of head, settles to a fine wispy lacing.

S- Bitter grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, elmers paste, maple syrup, and pine.

T- Piney peppermint hops followed by a fruity alcohol cocktail. The malts seem to be squished between the bitterness of the hops and the strong alcohol finish which is semi dry. Carbonation stings the toungue a bit and has a pleasing burn down the gullet. The malts balance the hops well and this is somewhat sweet.

M.F. Nice and chewey, carbonation was perfect for style.

O- A fine brew. Wish I had more of this. My bottle was very fresh so hop flavors were ideal and the bitterness of this was not so overwhelming that it became unbalanced.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head, deep copper color. Nice lacing.

Great aroma, lots of citrus and very floral.

Tasted amazing lots of citrus and hops but not overly bitter (for a double IPA) finished with a little alcohol burn and good malty character.

Very full bodied beer. Maybe the most full bodied IPA I have tried.

This beer blew me away. It is one of the best IPA's I have ever had, double or not. It is expensive but if you like this beer style you need to try it at least once.

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Photo of ryno09
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the nose on this beer. Big grapefruit and lemon aroma with a bit of malt and maybe some other fruits. Definitely my favorite type of IIPA style. Tastes like it smells. Just a huge beer in terms of taste and alcohol content. The downside for me is that it lacks some of the smoothness that other IIPAs have.

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Photo of jwff
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #5. Nice looking beer. Rustic orange with a nice white head and lacing all the way down. Smell is a mix of citrus of pine hops. Mandarin oranges come through with a bit of bitter rind. Incredibly juicy and fresh. Taste follows suit to the smell except more intense, and sugary malts are present but they take a back seat to the hops. Just enough bread and caramel to calm things down, but the hops dominate. Very rindy, but I don't see that as a bad thing as it keeps it from being too sweet. Creamy mouthfeel that remains light despite the abv. If it weren't for the price this would be my go to.

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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 ghostwalker
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick white, creamy head, (poured into a Duvel snifter), copper-orange body. Very nice.

Nose is pungent citrus with a pear or peach component, really gets the mouth watering.

First sip is all tangy citrus. Sweet, but not too sweet. Malt is there, and generally in balance, but hoppiness comes first. Subsequent tastes get sweeter, but the hops remain to make it a taste sensation. Alcohol is nearly absent for a high gravity brew. This is seriously good stuff.

Mouthfeel is satisfyingly tooth-stripping. A great, tart, tangy mouthful.

Drinkability is outstanding! This brew does not drink like 9.7%. I dare say that I could and would session it, but for the exorbitant price and certain hangover that would follow.

Final thoughts: Avery continues to put out great brews and then price them into the stratosphere. I'm really glad I sampled this IIPA, it rocks! But at this price, ($7.45 for a 22 oz bomber), I am not sure when, if ever, I will buy it again.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-9-07

Pours an awesome neon orange color with a huge off-white head that settles to a half inch with immense lacing.

Smell is super sweet piney hops, with an equally huge amount of malt to back it up.

Taste is all sweet hops, with flavors of citrus fruits and grassy pine. The malt character comes in next to lend a meatiness in the middle. The finish is bitter and dry and very good. No noticeable alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is perfect, you can feel the hop flavors in the middle of your tongue and the bitterness on the sides.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, considering the huge flavors.

Overall an outstanding beer. One of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Ridiculously recommended.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,567 ratings.
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