Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #499
Ranked #2,272
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
Jul 01, 2022
Mar 03, 2005
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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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this is some good stuff - even though i broke one of my rules & picked this one up less than fresh. package 1/27/22, consumed 7/1/22 - happy 4th. still good - my rating reflects past fresher versions.
L: from the can - stylish.
S: sweet, pine
T: lots of hoppy notes crashing through. piney, bitterness. boozy
F: rich and smooth
O: it's a winner - belongs in your rotation if you like this style.
Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a rich dark gold with ample head. Smells fruity, herbal and hoppy. The taste is grapefruit, orange, lemon, piney, and pretty bitter on the back end but it’s a mostly good finish. This is a dry, hoppy, strong DIPA that is more than serviceable for the price, cheers!
Feb 05, 2022
Rated: 3.3 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Slyde180 from Texas

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BaniJet from Indiana

4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is an amazing beer. I have no idea why the named it after the official beer from India. The Indian made beer is like a nice coors lite. This is a man's beer. Fruity mango. Nice balance between 10% and sweet n bitter. Love it. Get it if you can
Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Ok this one is pretty. It's a orangeish copper barely translucent with a white head that settles into a nice cap and leaves lacing all over the walls of the glass. It smells very sweet with caramel bites and a touch of piney mangoes, but it's not as fragrant as expected. The alcohol is present on this one. The gates is sweet and warming up front followed by a nice tropical fruit flavor that compliments the alcoholic sweetness nicely. This one goes down too smoothly for a double digit abv beer. I could drink 2 of these in a row without feeling like I've over done it, which is rare with me and DIPAs. If you see it on draft get yourself a pull but I don't see myself buying a four pack of this.
Aug 30, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours a deep cloudy amber color with a two-finger beige head with awesome retention.
S: Smells rich of hops, pine resin slight amount of citrus, boozy, malts.
T: Follows the nose, has a great flavor, but I wouldn't mind a little more maltiness personally.
F: Moderate carbonation, full-bodied, crisp, biting.
O: Really good IPA with a bitchin ABV!
Aug 23, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Canned on 5/7/21, so fresh enough for me.

L---Opaque amber color with a two finger khaki head that had very good retention and left amazing lace.

S---Hoppy. Lemon, orange, mango. Light pine.

T---Follows the nose, but stronger. Somehow manages to hide the alcohol. Really nice stuff.

F---Medium/full body. Nice carbonation. No alcohol burn.

O---Really good beer. I will get this any time I see it.
Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by Jenn_a_g

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 3.21 by TAMU99 from Wyoming

May 16, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by joran from Kansas

May 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 2 by jeschaefer from Texas

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Reviewed by J-legend-K from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Rated: 4.22 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Feb 22, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri

Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by Pchoate3 from Colorado

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by Kamahl16 from Nevada

Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Dec 09, 2020
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
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
Rated: 3.88 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
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
Rated: 4.27 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by btbcolo from Colorado

Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by sbuck from New Mexico

Sep 02, 2020
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