Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,850 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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Reviews: 1,850 | Ratings: 5,586
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky caramel colored ale with good head retention.

Pungent scent of Juicyfruit bubble gum, grapefruit, and resiny, piney hop cones. Clearly a fresh bottle.

First punch of heady alcohol followed by slick lingering bitterness. Some notes of toffee and smoke.

Although it's a multi-dimensional alcoholic hop bomb, I had no difficulty finishing the 22 ounce bomber.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange with a long withstanding white head. excellent lacing. aroma is lots of big american hops. a touch sweet in the aroma as well, but there's also a lingering vegetable/earthy smell. nice grapefruity bitterness with piney/grassy hops. finishes a little caramelly sweet. alcohol is well hidden. light resiny but fairly thick mouthfeel. really easy to drink, though. solid iipa, but the cooked vegetable aroma hinders a bit. not sure if it's just an off sampling, but even though, still a solid beer.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: so the bottle said that this would pour a scarlet color... and it didn't... it was maple syrup colored (not scarlet at all!) There was good lacing and decent head for the style, but it makes me angry when they say it will be one color, and it's different.

smell: I really liked the aroma; lots of different hops. I picked up some perfume/flowery hops as well as some deep fruity hops. There was a notable malt background with the hops and I'm left rather impressed.

taste: this was pretty good too... similar to the aroma, but even more balanced in taste. the malt background shines through significantly when near room temperature and creates an interesting mix of flowery hops and sweet, almost buttery, malt.

mouthfeel: this was near perfect near room temperature, but lacking a little at colder temperatures. It went down easy, provided a substantial, but not overwhelming bitterness and coated the mouth in a nicely smooth yet textured way...

drinkability: once it warmed it was easy to down. the alcohol was unnoticeable and the brew was so balanced that I could have gone through another glass without needing a break. I'm pretty impressed.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an Avery bomber into pint glasses. Crystal clear and coppery tan color, thick and sticky head. You can tell from the smell that there are lots of malts in the backbone, it's got a nicely balanced nose, considering you expect tons of hops from the imperial ipa moniker.

The flavor is exceptional, malty and hoppy with hops winning the battle. The beer is pretty full-bodied too, making the taste last a long time as it coats your tongue.

Very good beer at a reasonable price ($5.99 per bomber).

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Photo of wingman14
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangish amber with a foamy white head. The hoppy aroma hits first, very loud and tangy. Hints of fruit are there, most likely from the hops. The taste is extremely hoppy as suspected, and the flavor is also very loud. A giant flavor yet still has that bitter bite at the end. The aftertaste is dominated by the hops with a high ABV taste. The balance isn't quite there, the power of the hops drives the beer but there isn't much else. A good imperial IPA, worth checking out. I enjoyed this beer, but couldn't drink too many because the strong flavor could get annoying.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Looks exactly like cloudy, fresh brewed iced tea with a good two fingers of dense cream colored head. The first thing to hit my nose is the grapefruit followed by an unexpected large dose of sweet malt. The big malt flavor balances out the taste rather nicely and I'm picking up lots of lemon, grapefruit, and I'm picking up a hint of sweeter citrus, possibly orange. Mouthfeel is medium in body and in carbonation. This is a great DIPA that everyone that enjoys this style should seek out. I only had one bomber, but I would not have turned down a second if it was in the fridge.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

As soon as I popped the cap I got a big hit of citrus hop goodness. I poured the Maharaja into my snifter and it looks damn tasty. A big two finger creamy white head sits on top of a fiery orange semi-clear body. The head lasts forever with hardly any dissipation and sticky sheet of lacing all the way down.

Smell is a big backbone of caramel up front that fades but sticks around for a solid backbone. Ther is also a candy sweetness. The hops are citrus and big. Mostly orange and a little grapefruit bitterness.

This is a really well balanced IIPA. The malt and hops go hand in hand particularly well. Everything meshes together so seamlessly that I can't even pick any certain flavors from the profile but there is a grapefruit bitterness mid-palate. There is a touch of alcohol at the swallow that leaves a nice heat down my throat.

Mouthfeel is right on. Medium bodied and smooth. Prickly on my tongue and cheeks. Small alcohol on the back of the throat and swallow.

Drinkability is pretty high because of the nice balance. I could actually session this beer if it wasn't for the high alcohol.

This is a good IIPA from Avery. About half way through my review I noticed it was bottled in June....damn. I'm going to buy another, fresher, bottle and re-review. I'd imagine the hops are more pronounced but we'll see. It is an exceptionally good beer even though it isn't as fresh as I'd like. With that said, give it a try if you spot it.


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Photo of mayamike
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with thick head, which eventually dissipates to a nice lacing because of all those hops (112 IBUs). Aroma seems subdued to me, even after I let my glass warm up a bit--some citrusy hops but not as much as I would have expected. The bittering hops are definitely there, but as another reviewer noted, there's also plenty of malt to balance it out. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thick side, but not too thick, and almost perfectly carbonated. A very good beer.

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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 Westsidethreat
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark saffron orange with a touch of haze. Buttercreme head is nice and fluffy..not too sticky just creamy.

S: Huge amounts of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Some malt resin there as well.

T: Its like strawberry candy. Intense red fruit with mingling orange occasions. Hop resins blend with caramel moments to give this beer a superb drinkability. Moves towards a more tame veggie maltyness, perhaps squash. Finishes with present alcohol phenols and lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel.

D: This is a nice, straight forward DIPA with very nice flavor. Very sweet but nothing cloying about this one. Great complexity

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber orange with about one finger of bubbly thick white head that left moderate lacing on my glass. Smelled of HOPS! , citrus fruits , and faint pine notes. Tasted again of hops, sweet grapefruit and orange. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warm alcohol finish that is smooth as well. Nice bitter dipa that was rather drinkable. Wish i had another bomber of this.

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Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good clear auburn color. Head is white, small and has a great lace. Aroma is very fresh. Malts are honey-like and blended rather seamlessly with citrus/candy orange hops and sweet malts. Bitterness is very nice. Fullish body and smooth coating mouthfeel. Taste is sweet, honey and bready with cascade/centennial hoppiness. Very fresh feel to it too. With the hops, its like they used fresh sping water when they brewed it. Mouthfeel is delightful. No sign of alcohol either.

Good refreshing beer. Very well done, but not extra exciting at the same time. Worth the $6 I bought it for.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in June 2006
Batch 4

Thick honey amber - clear with a short yet sticky, soapy head. The aroma is heavy with hops: citrus juice, floral...but mostly rich, fresh fruity juiciness. The Simcoes really pull through in the smell. The flavor, again, seems to focus on a deep juicy hop quality. Oily citrus, sweet tropical fruits...not a huge amount of malt at all, but it does do a pretty good job at covering up the alcohol. Pretty darn rich overall and, despite the 102 IBUs, it doesn't seem punishingly bitter. This is suprisingly starting to resemble Weyerbacher's Simcoe DIPA after warming...starts to develop some piney flavors. Nice, creamy smooth mouthfeel. The bitterness becomes more assertive towards the end of the glass.

Good DIPA...not sure if its truly worthy of the expensive price tag but I found a bomber for $6, which seemed like a bargain, and I'd say it was worth it.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber/golden body with a chill haze, topped with a really nice looking head. Off-white to tan and super sticky. The smell, smells just like a big IPA should. Sticky malt, resinous hops, piney goodness. Smells like it will be a mouthfull of hop oils.
Gulp....Ohh yeah... that's a nice. It's not abrasive or cloying sweet. It's actually well balanced. Heck yeah, there's lots of hops in there, but man -- there's lots of malt, too.
Nice medium-to-heavy mouthfeel, and pretty darn good drinkability for a 9%+ brew. I'm impressed.

EDIT: I had this beer in the beer tasting room at the brewery and took notes. A couple weeks later I found my notes and was ready to post them to BA. Well, my rating #s were exactly the same at the brewery vs the bottle. I'm somewhat suprised. Not in a bad way; just suprosed. It's a really nice beer -- bottle or tap.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very spicey hop nose. Lots of resiny aroma. Just a little tiny bit of malt in the aroma. The hop smell seems a little stale though but this is a june '06 bottle so only 4 months which seems awfully quick for hops to go south.

Deep amber color and clear with nice rising carbonation. Head starts out thick and white but fades to a thin persitant layer with really nice lacing.

Powerfully bitter hops. Hits right off and carries through the mid-palate and on through the aftertaste. The small hints of malt are basically blown away. It's like you can perceive malt for just an instant and then it's all hop. A little more balance is in order. But the hops themseles are piney and resiny and oily. Nice, but very over the top.

Big bodied and somewhat warming from alcohol. Nice playful carbonation level.

Kind of rough on the drinkability. It's all about silly amounts of hops with no finesse. It wallops your tastebuds and doesn't let up.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, small off white head forms, head goes fast but leaves a circle around the glass, lots of lace and decent retention. Smell is very grapefruity, some pine, caramel, more grapefruit, quite nice. Taste is malty up front, caramel, grapefruit and a little pine in the finish, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite smooth, lots of grapefruity goodness. My favourite Avery brew.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a super hoped beer not afraid to have a bite! 102 ibu say what? Besides this fact I was surprised how smooth and how well the alcohol level did not over power the mix. Huge nose bursting with fresh lemons and a hint of apricot. med. body with sharp citrus tones with a firm malt backbone to help with the mouthfeel.
Very long finish seem to make your mouth salivate for more!
Avery brewery seem to knock it out of the park on this one!

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap this fall at the flying saucer in Raleigh; Poured a medium amber color topped with a foamy off-white head.
The aroma was something I wasn't expecting. It wasn't as much of a hop-assault, but more of a fruity and sweet smell, with hints of yeast beyond the piney-ness and floral hop tones.
The taste was much of the same, with typical hoppiness, but plenty of fruit, malt and yeast.
Medium-bodied with decent carbonation and sweet tones balancing the bitterness well. Overall a pleasant suprise from Avery.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A n IPA I purchased when out west a few weeks ago. For those in the Mid-West, I feel Maharaja is not as good as a Three Floyd Alpha King or Gumballhead, but it is a decent IPA. Very decided bitterness but a bit short on the grapefruit or pineapple esters present in the other beers I mentioned, so it felt kind of unbalanced to me.

There is a lingering bitterness that seems to stick the rear of the top of my mouth.

Odor is dry hop. Not very fruity for an American IPA.

Appearance is hazy, orange, abundant head.

Recommended, but not best in the style.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FRESH: 2006 Batch 4 ; consumed 10-7-o6
PURCHASED @: binny
COST: $6HEAD: 1/2" diminishing to sheet
LACE: excellent
COLOR: opaque orange
AROMA: Hops (duh)
MOUTHFEEL: med; sparkling cond.
PALATE: oily
COMMENTS: 100+ IBU’s ?! Wonderfully Bitter Nectar!

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Photo of malcontent
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A confident looking head that backs down to leave an even bubble ring around the perimeter. Color is mahogany; deep & beautiful, a really fine presentation.

Hops obviously dominate the nose but there are apricot & alcohol traces that provide the expected with a little extra on the side.

Mmmmm...immediate alcohol (not unruly, however) is followed with a delecate hop taste & a surprising maltiness. A strange pleasure; it manages to combine the unlikely qualities of sharp citrus with a warm caramel-like taste with complete success. Quite good.

While the mouthfeel is outstanding, there is just a bit of an alcohol bite & when combined with an ABV approaching 10% it makes for a beer that is a delight for one bottle but probably not much more. Still, I will absolutely be buying this again in the near future.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a foamy, thick off white head.
Awesome, huge hop/bud aroma of a pine forest.
Very smooth mouthfeel with a medium to full body.
Great taste of grapefruit and pine sap hops with an ever so slight malt sweetness which keeps the hops from killing your taste buds.
A great DIPA here.

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Photo of onsite416
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a= a variable orange, bright at the bottom darker near the top of the glass fluffy head and a lacing til the end.

s= Flowery, hoppy, citrusy (like the zest of an orange)

t= initial taste is: Hoppy. And it really doesn’t end, it just changes you get the citrus at the very end.

m= Soft for an IPA, was expecting a bigger mouth feel. a nice switch.

d= you can easily get in to this beer. the smell never stops, every time you take another drink the smell is like the first pour.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an English pint glass.

A: Hazy copper, but bright. 1" head reduces with nice lacing and mild streaming.

S: Tangerine and orange reigns supreme, an oily hop fiesta. Crazy amounts of hop aromatics abound from the moment the cap is removed, nice Grand Marnier notes.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Resiny, oily, citrusy, and slightly piney hops. Almost reminds me of the Stone 10th: excessive brilliance. Creamy middle malts become more evident as the beer warms, and balance the insanity of the orange explosion well.

M: Crisp, clean, real bite on the taste buds and palate. A bit drying at first, reminding you that the hop excess was little more than formaldehyde for beer.

D: Drinks easily and smoothly, provided your palate is accustomed to these types of hop-bombing IPAs.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled in Feb 2006, batch 3.

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a dense two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a heavy sheeting of lace.

Smell; mmm...hops, and lots of them. Grapefruit and orange peel are the dominant aromas, but there's also a nice undercurrent of caramel malts in the background. I really like the way this smells.

Taste; the hops practically jump out of the glass; as with the smell the citric hops are the main attraction, with grapefruit and oranges, and just a touch of pine tress as well. The bitterness fro the hops is definitely strong, but they are offset some by a nice, slightly sweet, caramel malt profile, with a warming acohol presence in the finish. Mouthfeel is undeniably on the full side, with a drinkablity that is very good for a beer as "big" as this is.

Hopefully I'll have a chance to buy this again someday. I'd, without a doubt, buy more if/when I do.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,586 ratings.
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