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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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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 ShrLSU
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence is a deep copper color with some slight cloudiness. There is nice lacing on the edges as well. Aromas of citrus, pine, and malt are outstanding. Overall taste is slightly sweet and citrusy. There is a nice malt background to it as well. Overall this a great DIPA. Great hop notes and a fine slick texture. Classic DIPA feel and taste.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful orange/copper color. The head is thick and looks like orange sherbet. I gave it an aggressive pour, but was still surprised by the big three-finger head.

I immediately got intense pineapple and mango aromas. There is some lingering grapefruit and pine, but the most dominant smells are the tropical fruits. Faint light malt smells linger in the background, but are completely dominated by the aromatic hops.

Starts off with a great punch of clean fruit bitterness. The tropical fruits are more subdued than in the nose and the grapefruit and orange flavors become more prominent. Little to no malt presence The malt supports the aggressive hop bill fantastically and helps to balance out the alcohol, but does little to add to the flavor. There are very subtle biscuit and bready notes
, but they are buried beneath the intense hop flavor. Relatively "balanced" for an imperial IPA.

A light to full-bodies mouthfeel. Not chewy - still crisp and refreshing, but not too light for the imperial style.

Unfortunately, I could find no bottling date, but knowing my bottle was new, I would say this beer ought be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Form what I can tell, most of the hops are late additions and their flavors will not survive long in the bottle.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

torn between 4.5 and 5.0 on appearance and taste.

This is one hell of a dipa. Great head and lacing. Nice hoppy smell. Not as malty as some other dipas.

Taste is malty with a malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of a hopfix. Alcohol is deceptive at 9.7%.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Not too thick like other dipas.

This is one hell of a dipa. It is one of the most sessionable that I have ever had. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours a deep caramel orange color. Massive head potential for the ABV being so high. Formed a three finger head of slightly off-white, dense head. Really awesome head retention and lacing.
S - 4.5 - Pineapple, oranges, caramel, grapefruit, hops and a light touch of malt.
T - 4.75 - Upfront there is a really unique taste that sets this one apart as a unique DIPA for me. Similar to the candy, there is a sweet-tart type tartness upfront, which fades into a light maltiness and ends on a hoppy bitter tone. Perfectly executed flavor development. The tartness upfront is very tasty, the maltiness softens the blow so to speak into the bitter, hoppy ending. Very well balanced, especially for it being an imperial.
F - 4.75 - Oily and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.
O - 4.5 - This is a really great imperial IPA and the tartness of the taste is something unique and will drink a little off the beaten path and be something different for the seasoned IPA drinker. Well worth trying for fans of the style and you cant beat 7 bucks for a bomber!

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 22oz bottle in a shaker glass with a nice creamy egg shell white head and good lacing - dark orange slightly hazy color; citrus, caramel, aromas; taste is very bitter, light sweetness,;medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,; very enjoyable

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Photo of Jparker37
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Release no.17 2013.

A - Big pillowy light tan head, tight bubbles. Excellent clarity inside its copper color. Good lacing.

S - Tropical; pineapple, melon. Citrus; sweet tangerine. Catty/dank presence (more as it warms up).

T - Great level of toasty malt holds a perfect backbone. Huge hop flavor has a citrus and somewhat herbal/spicy feel. Hops lend a wallop of bitterness but are very smooth. Finishes with warming alcohol alongside moderate lasting hop flavor.

M - Shows some sweetness in the taste but goes pretty dry at the finish. Medium-full bodied, less than moderate carbonation.

O - Wow, quite impressed by this brew. Looks perfect and smells just as good. Hop aroma far exceeds the typical DIPA and is unique and complex. Flavor is right there with malt striking a good balance. Full bodied for the style and overall excellent mouthfeel. Much thanks goes to Chugalug06 for sending me the best DIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Co Maharaja

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a Jurassic Park Amber. There was a nice full finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention and a shit-load of lacing.

S) It's wonderful... Tropical fruit, mango, ripe pineapple, hint of sweet citrus. A whiff if alcohol as this warms. Shit... This is good.

T) My enjoyment of this brew continues. The flavor follows the nose. Delightful tropical fruit sweetness, with a dusting of table sugar. Nice balance... The 10.4 ABV is very well hidden.

M) A full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is some kind of smooth... Light alcohol tingle. Damn, this is all around good.

O) This was fantastic.... What kind of asshole wouldn't enjoy this beer? Glad to recommend.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dulcie says: "As good as Dreadnaught!" and I'm inclined to agree; and that is our benchmark for greatness - yet to be exceeded. From the bottle a clear pale orange amber with a modest head (poured slowly), fairly viscous and syrupy, some lacing on the glass. Immediately the smell intoxicates: intense piney citrus aromatic and sensual (perfect air freshner). Even better on the palate as it begins with sweet, citrus (orange and orange peel), transforming in the mouth to a lingering, mouth-coating bitter aromatic finish which lasts an eternity or until the next sip.

Very classy, very well structured, very well resolved.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, mango and grapefruity hops. In the taste, a dry grapefruit like hop and a small alcohol like burn. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. Sweet aroma, and dry taste, with big hops and a nice presence of alcohol.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice. Nice head. Insane aroma of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon. Taste was sublime. CITRUS CITRUS CITRUS. Warming alcohol finish. More than two of these would be dangerous. I can't believe the hop aroma and flavor I'm getting from this beer! Fairly drinkable despite the some 10% abv. This is a delicious double IPA! Total citrus BOMB. Simply amazing...

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Photo of Emersonio
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Deep amber to bronze in color. White head present with a medium amount of retention. Slight lacing present on the glass. Lots of lazy bubbles rising. Aroma: Very fresh and pungent hoppy aroma immediately on the uncorking. Light and lilting citrus notes on the swirl n' sniff. I also pick up some sweet stone fruits and well...mango, apricot. Can also detect some bready malty notes on the deep inhale. Taste: Really juicy. Less citrus and more juicy stone fruit are present. Velvety smooth and not overpowering fro such a large beer. I am also getting some pepper notes towards the end. Aftertaste: Spice picks up on the back end. Smooth and velvety on the back as well. The alcohol is well hidden and only trace amount are detected. Notes: Big bold aroma. I could smell the bouquet immediately after opening the bottle. love the nose. Crazy how well the alcohol is hidden for such a high ABV. Easy drinker and could become dangerous. High IBU rating but i don't think it is overly bitter at all. Very smooth. Result/ Rating: Very Good/ 4.64

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

A sticky sweet, aggressively hopped masterpiece. Strong citrus notes with bitterness that is present but not overwhelming, nice heat, sweat caramel malt body.

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

I figure I'll give this another review, had it since my original review. I believe I shorted it, we'll see...

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of rocky offwhite head. Super lacing & head retention.

S: Huge hops potpurri! Pine & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, pineyness & some lemmon notes up front. Malt & caramel sweetness sneak around the hops as this warms, but not for long. Also jammy & fruitty notes infiltrate before getting crushed by the hops (herbal & piney). Finishes warming, uber herbal hoppy & a little fruitty (dates & apricots). A great total DIPA taste package

MF: Medim bodied, slightlty oily, with medium carbonation, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks fairly easy, a little to intense to session on, but I could if forced too! Still a bit pricey @ $6.50 a bomber

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

A - A beautiful amber copper with a fine head, leaves a nice lace behind.

S- Strong citrus notes, nice hops, malty.

T- Fantastic and well put together. Strong bitterness from the hops, nice peppery notes and a pleasant dose of caramel.

M- Amazing body, very flavorful with a superb progression.

O- This brew is true to its reputation. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. Pliney the Elder is the only one that stands out as superior (although hardly so!). Highly recommended for any enthusiast.

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Photo of whothehellisstanpapi
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange to copper, like a sunburst. coats beautifully. immediate hop punch, followed by pine and citrus. smooth taste with bananna, grapefruit, and orange peel. fruit and malts balance the potent hops quite nicely making this very drinkable. alcohol becomes slightly present as it warms. great brew

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

A strong contender for the best Imperial IPA available. The best thing about this beer is that as it warms up the hop bouquet really becomes more and more complex: wild, grassy, dare I say wild oniony/garlicky? Weird, I know, but somehow it works. Pineapple and syrup mix with honeyed grapefruit. A must have for any hophead.

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Photo of Dewboarder213
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by far better than Avery's IPA, which is a statement to this beers quality! This beer is like a philharmonic orchestra on the tongue... From the hiss of opening, to the last sip, you will love this beer!

When opening this beer, the encouraging sound heard is a beautiful one, almost as if encouraging your salivary glands for what is to come...

The poor - poor this beer rather conservatively at first but finish toward the aggressive side... definitely tilt that glass but finish straight up with and straight down bottle... encourage that head to form at the end!

The aroma - it maybe uncustomary but with this beer, to experience it correctly, I encourage you to treat it like a fine wine, don't just slam it back like your uncle Bubba drinking PBR... prepare your pallet of the up coming experience by at least two or three deep inhalations or this beers aroma! You wont be disappointed!

The taste - Well at this point, it better be fantastic some might say, and don't worry, this beer does not disappoint, not with the first sip, not with the last... all the way thru, this beer is a philharmonic orchestra for the tongue/mouth... Very few beers are this pleasurable to drink/taste from start to finish... especially for some like myself who finds joy in drinking a great beer...

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Photo of ndaug21
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer suites my taste as I am a lover of hoppy beers. The beer pours with a head which I found to be bigger and frothier than most IPA's (poured from a bottle into a glass). It is difficult to describe the taste other than ultra hoppy and bitter, but with the taste and finish one would expect of a high quality IPA. It is a strong beer but this cannot be detected in its taste. While I haven't tasted many Avery beers, I have yet to find one that I did not like.

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

This brew pours a clear bright red-orange color. The head is massive, billowy white, and leaves thorough lacing. The aroma is outstanding: lots of grass, lots of pine, lots of citrus, lots of grapefruit, and lots of strength. The taste is very bitter; it is one of the most bitter beers I have ever consumed. The grapefruit comes out a bit more in the taste than it does in the aroma, while the pine does the same in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice smoothness. Overall, this is a darn good IIPA, and I would drink this agian in a heartbeat. The only beef I have with this brew is the complete lack of a malt backbone which would add a little extra to the taste and mouthfeel.

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

A: Huge head, no matter how I pour this beer. Brilliantly transparant, and a nice warm shade of amber. The head is a fluffy white creamy billowy pillow that leaves a ton of lace. Perfect.

S: I smell a ton of citrus, with tangerine and apricot. There's some faint pine hints. It smells so good...just the way an IIPA should taste.

T: It has a nice rich malt flavor, with a really strong spruce flavor. It's very well balanced between the malt and bitterness. It tastes like they didn't skimp on the hops at all in this one. I can taste some alcohol. The flavor has a huge rich profile though.

M: The mouthfeel on this is great. It has just enough carbonation to give it that zing, just enough bitterness that you want from a beer like this, without it being imposing or uncomfortable. There is a lot of resinous sting in the beer that tears at the tongue, so that's the only part that makes it slightly uncomfortable to drink. Otherwise it feels great.

O: Overall this beer is awesome. I would recommend it pretty much to anyone who loves hops, IPA's IIPA's...you get the idea. It's a very complete beer.

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Photo of aglose45
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear with some non-fermentables floating. Head was close to white.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of mango coming in real late.

T: PINEAPPLE!!! .. with a bit of grapefruit and mango. Hard to find a malty backbone per say, but I believe the sweetness of those tropical fruits do a pretty good job. Love the tropical fruits accompanying the bitterness.

M: Not too sticky, but some oiliness remains on the tongue post-swallow. Excellent carbonation.

D: The only thing that hinders the drinkablility is the abv, 10.27 is a bit high. That being said, I can't put this beer down and I've stopped trying..just have a longer morning.

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

A: Copper beer with a one-inch head, reducing to one-quarter inch. Nice lacing.

S: Beautiful, pink grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor is prominent, with a very present bitterness that remains restrained and lasts through the finish.

MF: Very smooth, almost thick, mouthfeel. Carbonation was moderate.

D: I will definitely have another. This is a beautiful DIPA.

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Photo of Beerking721
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winner of a brew in the traditional "West Coast" style. Lines up closely with Bell's Hopslam which is of a similar style.

A = Thick, rich dark amber color with volumes of head and white lace.

S = A beautiful enticement of sweet, ripe grapefruit and hint of pineapple and fresh cut pine.

T = A rich display of sugery grapefruit and requesite hoppiness loads the palate. A slightly more acidic and complex nature than Hopslam, the flavors are very satisfying.

M = Early carbonation was released through aeration. The result was smooth, substantial character that encouraged another sip.

D = A reasonable and easy quaff that "Shakelton" would approve of. Several bottles was just the ticket for me.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color with a big, rocky off-white head with great lacing. Really beautiful. The head eventually turns to a really dense film, but still nice.

Smell: Great fresh pine forest aroma, with a bit of citrus background. Not the usual pine aroma; this one is lovely and fresh.

Taste: A very tasty beer with slightly bitter citrus, fresh pine, and caramel. Light bitter pine into the finish and aftertaste, but still wonderfully balanced with that caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with some good light tingly carbonation. It leaves a bit of a caramel feel afterwards.

Drinkability: Very high ABV, but it is totally disguised by the taste. Goes down great.

I'd been eying this at the store for months now, but a bit put off by the price. But, got it today and absolutely love it! A really great double IPA. Definitely _not_ a hop-bomb, this has a strong but very well-balanced flavor with little bitterness (and, indeed, it even has some welcome sweetness). The aroma is amazing too: the fresh pine-forest smell isn't at all like most IPAs with a pine-like smell... this smells like a real pine forest, not like Pine-Sol! A real treat, well worth picking up. I'll get more bottles of this for sure!

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

This very tasty IPA is something I would go for on any day that I want some hoppy, malty big beer. Not too much in your face, but enough to make you realize you are getting what you asked for.
With a slightly red/amber hue, the head did just about as much as it was supposed to. The aroma is sneaky with sweet and floral notes. The taste gets right down to what I think an IPA should be. Slightly malty hints to smooth out a little bitterness and a whole lot of tasty hoppiness that transcends throughout each sip. I can't argue with this one, it's got just about everything I want in a real beer. I'd put it up close to the Pliney, and may actually be a bit more accessible at this point. I could see both of these beers blowing up.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy being part of the cult following of this tasty brew!

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,523 ratings.
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