Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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MaharajaMaharaja
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,601
Reviews:
1,856
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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392
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861
For Trade:
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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland.

Pours orangey copper and hazy with a huge rocky snow white head. Tons of lacing, some thick and some fine works it's way down the glass. Smell is very citrusy, strong bitter hops.

No doubt about it, this beer is a little hot. Alcohol up front that quickly smooths into a sweet tangerine flavor that even more quickly slips into hoppy flavors that become much spicier. Eventually the hops build to an tooth enamel ripping level. They are everywhere and dominate the body of this beer. After the first couple of sips that is about all you taste. Long lingering bitterness, numbing the toungue. Haven't had an experience quite like this since I first tried Ruination. All in all though it's tasty and I would have it again. It's quite unbalanced and that doesn't work well with this beer. Probably the only thing keeping it from being truly great would be a weak (relatively speaking) malt profile.

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

Bomber. This was a dark caramel-amber color poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Smell has a bitter caramel character with definite hoppiness.
Taste is initially dominated by malt, the sweet caramel/Campbell's soup-esque darker malts that I've picked up in a number of beers.
Following that are the typical strong IPA flavors: bitter hops/grapefruit, pine needles, etc. A lot of earthy characteristics to this one.
Not too strong, alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Appearance was murky amber colors with a thin head. The aromas were awesome woody smells of very, very hoppy flavors and citrus. Very sharp taste: almost syrup-like in sweetness with tons of hops and citrus flavors. Although I felt like I was drinking something thickly sweet, this drink had a great mouthfeel that aided in its great carbonation. Overall, a very strong and awesome drink.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

22oz bottle, extra in a recent trade with errantnight...very excited as i got to sample this for the first time at a beer festival over the weekend and wanted more. served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with an inch and a half of insanely frothy eggshell colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, dirty gold/brass colored. leaves behind a pretty solid wall of foam.

S - mmmm. intense citrus hops...loads of melon, candied orange, tangerine. malts dont stand a chance, dont need to. finishes with a kiss of caramel and more melon.

T - very intense. massive orange and grapefruit bittering hop attack. not graceful, just punch you in your face and steal your raincoat hops. the strong caramel malts do come through in the taste, providing just the smallest glimpse of balance. is "dank" the right word here? good nonetheless.

M - very thick body, syrupy...carbonation is about spot on and complements both the viscosity and bitterness. very chewy, and (no surprise) leaves a lasting bitterness.

D - wonderfully done DIPA...no holds barred hop attack with an attempted balance. me likey.

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Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper with a nice mahogany hue. a decent sized eggshell colored head recedes quickly and laces pretty well.

lots of tropical fruits mixed with pine and bitter citrus, as well as plenty of leafy hops that bring some mint and tobacco into play on top of some sugary sweet malts. plenty of alcohol (rum?) on the nose as well.

alcohol jumps out first with some sticky sugary sweetness behind the onslaught of hops. tropical fruits, leafy hops, and bitter citrus are all accounted for, but the pine seems to have disappeared, unfortunately.

hot and syrupy with plenty of resin and sticky sweetness.

not my style of DIPA. a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking. its very well brewed for what it is, just not what I look favor. will definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire it.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a fresher bottle of this beer, 2009 version. Color and look is exactly the same, aroma is much fresher than I remember, more citrus is prevalent, pineyness is outstanding, flavor is bitter but well integrated and balanced. Much better fresh than with a few months age on it.

Original Score: 3.95
4-1-09 Score: 4.3

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Review from 6-21-08: Pours a clear copper color with a tan colored head that recedes very slowly, leaving some lovely lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma is extremely floral with hints of tropical fruits and some nice piney hop characteristics. Taste is extremely piney. Nice use of caramel malts to back it up giving a slight malt sweetness, but the pine notes are completely dominant. Hints of grapefruit round it out, extra-bitter for the hop-heads, slightly grassy and somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with delicate carbonation. Drinkability is low due to the high alcohol content. A nice representation of the style, but missing my favorite American hop varieties.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In a word, "AWESOME". Avery IPA was the first beer I had from Avery and was left a little unimpressed. And typically I'm not a huge fan of Imperial IPAs. But WOW, this beer stands out. Close to perfect.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully rich copper amber that I could almost swear is glowing. The head is parchment and tightly packed, clinging to the sides of my glass like crazy and leaving equally crazy lace.

The aroma is wonderfully fresh and full of perfume citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange and pine all mingle with sweet caramel malt background that has just a hint of toffee to it.

The flavor is surprisingly different from the aroma and brings out tons candied character from the hops. Orange, some pithy white grapefruit and loads of pine needles are the result of the hop additions. The malt backbone is very sweet with some caramel notes, but otherwise is surprisingly (from the color) plain. This beer does not hide its strength all that well, but it is far from too boozy and does not really take away from the flavor. If I have one complaint it is that the malt is so sweet that it detracts a bit from the hop character. Bitterness is quite high, but balanced out by the malt.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and medium bodied with an amazing finish that seems to just evaporate off the tongue, leaving bitter dank hop flavors on my palate.

I would describe this as dangerously drinkable, and the imperial pint is disappearing at an alarming rate. I really enjoy this beer and can see why it is so popular.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of bobsy - thanks for sharing!

Pours a standard burnished caramel orange with 2 plus fingers of sticky head that leaves some light lacing.

Pineapple is the dominant smell coming out of this one along with citrus fruits, a hint of pine and a big billboard stating: Warning, major caramel malt!

Yep, the billboard wasn't lying. Hefty sticky sweetness with a touch of acridity and roast, pine and citrus hops keeping up though. BIG is the word I'd use, no surprise though from Avery. Pretty typical American DIPA, big all around, plan is to knock your socks off. Pretty well executed.

Plenty of crisp carbonation keeps this one from weighing your mouth down, yet the hefty nature of this and the sweetness of the malt make this a no-more-than-one-bottle beer. Thanks Bobsy!

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Photo of Benesi88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ToddBeans
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

August 2015 bottle poured into ale glass. Wish it was more fresh, but best I could do in East.

L: Very nice deep Amber with big foamy head and lacing. Good retention.

S: Citrus and hops are really the tops!

T: Big, more malt forward than hop forward. Not too bitter despite big IBU

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, good balance.

It's not top-tier, but it's very good.

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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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Photo of DavidST
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter, this is Batch no. 14, June 11.

I had this on tap before and I got pretty toasty not realizing its high ABV which was pretty well hidden. I'm looking forward to the bottle and hoping its just as good.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color or a copperish color, it has a nice off white head which looks pretty nice and seems to have decent retention for the ABV. The smell is full of strong citrus hops, some grapefruit followed by lots of caramel malts. Feel is medium to thick and creamy, I'm getting a nice coating of hops as I swirl it around, excellent feel. The taste is pretty balanced, you get a load of mouth coating hops, followed by a wave of sweet malts followed by a long lingering grapefruit hops bitterness. To me the alcohol is very well hidden, there is a reason why I didn't realize the AVB of the pints of this on tap I was having.

With this one and hop stoopid a couple of nights ago, I'm warming back up to the Imperial IPA style, normally I find them too sweet but this one is great even with the sweetness, this might be perhaps my favorite Imperial IPA (assuming that Runiation is a double IPA and slightly different). Great stuff.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release no.18 2014. Medium amber pour with a slight ruby cast. Excellent head and good lacing retention. Nice complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange) and spruce hops over a rich caramel background. Almost full bodied with a creamy texture and a slightly above normal carbonation level that has a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex, but a bit unbalanced due to the alcohol content bite. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows to a rich caramel sweetness which is accompanied by a medium well rounded bitterness. It progresses to the finish where alcohol predominates over a residual sweetness, leaving an alcohol burn on the tongue and back of the throat. While outstanding, it could be improved by reducing the alcohol content a percent or two to achieve better balance.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 2006 bottling. I'm somewhat pissed, since this was bought on the day of release in 2007, and the store clerk said it just came in that day. I suspect it was probably a distributor dumping old beer. It happens all the time at my store, though usually with Oktoberfest. I'm hoping to pick up a fresh 2007 bottle as soon as I can find one, in which case I'll update the review. It is still good, but I don't think this year old batch gives the beer justice.

The beer pours to a nice clear golden color with an amber hue. Huge white head with good retention and excellent lace. Still has a nice carbonation. Looks good.

The smell is plenty hoppy. Pine resin and grapefruit. Lots of citrus. A fair bit grassy as well. The malt shines through quite strongly as well, showing off a biscuity grain aroma. I think this would be more muted and more pungent with the hops if it were fresher. Extrapolating from a year of age, this is something I think I would really enjoy.

The taste is also pretty good. Sweet and grainy up front, with lots of bread and biscuity malt flavors. Then comes the hops. Resinous pine and an intense grapefruit and lemon citric hops finish. Very grassy. Has a fairly rough cohumulone content. Once again, I suspect this would be much juicier without a year of age. As it is, it is very good, however it tastes more like an aged barleywine, almost like a two year Bigfoot.

The body is medium to heavy. Carbonation is very smooth to the palate. Plenty of bitterness with a rough, grainy cohumulone. Also a lingering grassy finish with a hint of ethanol. Fairly drinkable. I can't wait to try a 2007.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A faint haze in an amber brew with a slight reddish tint. A frothy head that is long lived with thick clumps of lacing.

S - Floral (roses), grapefruit pulp and pine in the aroma. A touch of white pepper.

T - A lot of floral (roses and lillies) hops, grapefruit pulp with some faint smoky caramel maltiness that lingers to the aftertaste where it is joined by a pepper alcohol finish. The aftertaste is mostly a floral bittermess. There is a very faint medicinal presence throughout the beer.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. It isn't refreshing though.

D - No problem finishing this one. I might have it again if I find it on tap somewhere. Worth a try.

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Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy,deep orange that I can barely see through.Big, thick foamy tan head that leaves nice fine, sticky lace on the glass.Smells like toffee, grapefruit and ripe bananas. Big complex flavors of toasted grains and fresh grassy hops smoothed out perfectly with a nice hit of sweet maltiness.Nothing dominates the palate, very well balanced.Pleasant bitterness that leads to a nice lingering warm honey alcohol quality in the finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel that is not overly carbonated.A damn fine beer that nails the style perfectly.

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Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of scottwurst
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,601 ratings.
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