Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,654 Ratings

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sprucetip for sharing this one. purchased at brown jug.

Pours a nice clear amber/orange color with good white head. Smell is mostly spicey flavor hops and malt. Taste follows, spicy hop flavors mixed in with some good grapefruity hop taste and a solid malty backbone. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a good DIPA. Drinkability is suprisingly good considering this batches abv is listed at 10.54%. a good DIPA, and one I will buy again when looking for good balanced hop flavors without a palate thrashing hop bite. Thanks to sprucetip for the brew!

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-review on fresh batch. ~1 month old 22oz bottle into snifter.

A- Darker than expected, amber with orange highlights. 3cm ivory head, sticky lacing that's pretty thick. Good retention.

S- Heavy tropical fruit, pine sap, little dank stank as well.

T- Heavy floral perfumey and fruity hops. Very sweet. Flirting with being too sweet, the excellent hop flavors pull through. Solid caramel malt... orange sugar candies.

M- Boozy, but not abrasive. Carbonation is on the low side. Oozing hop oils... tasty.

O- Much more enjoyable this time around- I must have reviewed an older bottle last time. Not my favorite, but def. one to enjoy fresh. Will pick up another this week while I can. I am impressed, Avery wow'd me with this one.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a large white foamy head that leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with hops. Grapefruit,orange zest, and pine tree are the most prominant aroma here. The smell is strong and very good. One of the better smelling Doubles out on the market. The taste starts bitter than the hops mellow and show their citrus side. Like the smell, pine,grapefruit, and orange are a big part of this beer. The alcohol gives a nice warming feel,but it's not overpowering. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.
Overall this is a kick ass brew that should be tried. I'm able to buy Avery beers,but this is the first time I've seen this. Believe me, I will pick this up again.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. for $6.49 in early April, 2006.

Pours a nice, clear, orange-amber with a moderate off-white head that collapses, but a solid cover lasts through the session. The sides of the glass show lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma is quite pleasant, aromatic hops, grassy and fruity (grapefruit) and solidly in the DIPA style. Flavor follows through- quite tasty. Sharp evergreen oils mix with oranges with a solid malt background.

The amazing part of this beer (and the reason for its highest praise, in my mind) is that this high ABV DIPA only has the slightest alcohol burn at the back of the mouth, and it is highly drinkable. I almost didn't open this tonight because of the alcohol content, but it is highly drinkable for the style. There are some that do it better for me in the flavor profile, but I can easily drink this one and enjoy it.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled in March 2010, batch 11.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a one inch, bone white head that dissipates steadily and leaves some webs of lacing. Pours a hazy amber, and leaves occasional spots or webs of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle there's dank, tropical fruit hops. In the glass the smell is considerably less dank. Bitter grapefruit, orange, banana, melon, pineapple, all pretty distinct and very nice. I like the lack of sweetness despite the fruity aroma. As I get deeper in the bottle, the malt starts to come out in the nose as well.

Taste: Follows the smell. First impressions are grapefruit and a juicy aftertaste. Definite marijuana note, orange zest, pineapple. Pretty strong bitterness. Very complex and hoppy. Several sips in a nice malt backbone comes out in the finish as a decent counterpoint to the hops. The aftertaste has more bitterness than actual hops flavors, though there's a faint echo of grapefruit. Alcohol warmth is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Eventually, the malt and hops reach a sort of equilibrium that tastes like a cracker flavored with the myriad hops of this beer. Originally, I had this set as a 4.0 taste, but the beautiful hop/malt balance that emerges bumped the score up .5 points. The entire second glass is characterized by a perfect marriage of deep, varied hops and toasty, cracker-like malt.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, and on the full side of medium-bodied. Not much carbonation. There's a growing bitterness in the finish, but it's less pronounced than in some other legitimately 100+ IBU beers.

Drinkability: This is a strong beer, in terms of ABV, quality for the style, and intensity of flavor. While for various reasons I don't expect to crave this beer, I would happily have it again and jump at the chance to have it fresh on tap.

While Maharaja is pretty unarguably a top 5 or at least a top 10 DIPA, the strange thing about it for me was that it's not very refreshing. Something about the combination of flavors was, to be a little repetitive from some of my other reviews, much less refreshing than it was interesting. I loved the depth of hop flavor, and the malt/hops balance was excellent... yet I would trade some of that big flavor for a solidly refreshing DIPA. Hard to quantify what that means, but that's my impression.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! It's one of my absolute favorite IIPA's.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Front label says "Bottled in May 2010, Batch 12."

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with thick rich creamy off-white head with great retention.

Nose: Big pine forest! Lots of bitter orange, pink grapefruit, agave nectar maybe?

Palate: Big and creamy carbonation, lots and lots of piney bitterness, bitter grapefruit rinds, thick caramel malt. Big bittersweet finish!

Notes: Tries to be East Coast style in malt body, but has West Coast drying hop character. A perfect style bender and one of my favorites!

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,654 ratings
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