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Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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1,836 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: 1,836 | Ratings: 5,523
Photo of mizzouguy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden copper and crystal clear with no haze. The head is fluffy and white. A great looking beer. It smells sweet and citrusy with a little bit of booze smell. The taste is sweet up front with some hop blast in the back. It is smooth and easy to drink. Very pleasant beer and will drink again!

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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 boulevard2
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber Febuary 2006

Pours bronze with no head. Smells full of fruit, hops and pineapple.
A smooth and delicious beer that sips like a fine wine. As the beer warms the flavours punctuate and let you know about the 9.7%. A dam good IMP ipa and will store a couple of these for later!

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just cracked open a bomber of this imperial IPA and i think i'm in love.
Either it's been a long while since i've had a good IPA or this beer rocks!!
This brew was bottled in February of '06, Batch 3.
A wonderful, rich copper colored beer, with a sturdy head, a poignant punch of hop greatness in the nose is followed by one of the silkiest IPAs in existence. Great depth in the adjuncts used. I'm not sure exactly the species brewed with here, but whatever melody the brewmaster conjured, it's a damn fine one. Almost too easy to drink for an imperial, the 9.9% ABV is almost a shadow. Which to my tastes, is a good thing. I would have to say it's worth the six bucks. i would recommend all of the hop lovers out there to keep one or two of these in the far corner of the 'fridge just for rainy days. Great beer. Period.

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

Poured 22 oz bomber into DFH signature glass.
A: brilliant orange with sticky off white head. Clings to the glass and goes nowhere.
S: the best smelling dipa out there. Just amazing, grapefruit and resin and pine. Just fantastic.
T: not as citrusy as expected. Nice and spicy and delicious. The taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell, but still a fantastic beer.

This is a wonderful DIPA when fresh. Fantastic aroma and taste, very drinkable and amazing for the price as compared to the other top in the style.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a superb DIPA. Have had several of these (all via bombers) this summer, and love it. Avery nails the style 100%, this thing rocks.

Pours a nice deep, somewhat hazy dark copper. Really nice head that laces down the sides and lasts until you're finished.

Smell is amazing -- true west coast, hopped up aroma. Begs you to stop smelling and start drinking.

Taste is perfect. An overall balance of a slight alcohol nose (less in your face than a lot of DIPA's, but right there nonetheless), grapefruity, floral hops and a malt backbone. Really good balance of flavors and smells as you drink. Take it slow, breathe it in and enjoy very sip.

Drinkability only hurt by the abv%. I've put back 2 bombers twice now over the course of maybe 3-4 hours, watching baseball. The alcohol sort of sneaks up on you as you really don't notice it like you do in say a DFH90min, or even a Hercules. Really, really good job by Avery here.

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small pint glass.

Paired really well with chicken tikka masala, based on a recommendation from a blog posting here on BA. Thanks loyal beer drinkers!

A great example of an imperial- great citrusy hops but not overpowering. Not a beer I could drink a great deal of, but definitely worth savoring and enjoying a little at a time.

A thicker, more viscous offering that other IPA's, but I really liked that. A nice, off white head, maybe one and a half fingers thick.

Nice, deep orange color, a bit hazy. Looked delicious in the glass, and tasted so in my mouth! Check this one out, especially with your favorite Indian resturant.


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Photo of robhunta
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with perfect head, about 2-3 fingers, and orange/pear color with perfect clarity.

S - The aroma kind of surprised me, it has a fruity aroma, not much of a hops aroma, but still nice, just a surprisingly low hops aroma.

T - The taste also surprised me, it is citrusy & fruity, not overly sweet at all, very nice, the more I drink it the more I taste the hops though, they are very subtle. there is a nice alcohol flavor as well for the high ABV beer.

M - smooth and delicious, not sticky at all as one might expect for the high ABV.

D - Extremely drinkable, I am drinking it way to quickly, though some of this may have to do with the low level of bitterness for an imperial IPA.

** came back to edit because I took a look at the Avery website and saw that this beer is 102 IBUs. I am very surprised, either it is the most balance 102 IBUs I've ever had or it is lower than they report. I am betting on the former though, it is a very balanced beer.

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Photo of darksunshaman
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was let down by what I think is best described as the body of this. I think I was expecting more of a fullness rather than a distinct and almost overwhelming booziness. As far as hoppiness, I like a much more bitter IPA then this. To me the bitterness was almost overwhelmed by the alcohol. I also tend to like more carbonation in my I DIPA, the mouthfeel of this was definitely short of what I was wanting. I think now, my standards for DIPA / IIPA are Alchemy Hour / Leviathan respectively. As much as I love Avery IPA in a can, this just falls disappointingly flat for me. Wouldn't recommend.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- dark copper to amber in color, thin, quickly disappearing head that leaves a fair amount of lace as you drink

S- very hop forward, pungent, and harsh but doesn't overpower the complexity of the malt somehow

T- pretty great, major hops, face punching IBU's, and somehow the malt again isn't lost.

M- thick, chewy, almost like eating a pine tree, but in the best way possible

O- the BA reviews were right on, great beer, will absolutely buy again

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Photo of WAP
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy orange with a 2" fluffy white head that leaves gorgeous sticky billows on the sides of the glass.

Smell is pure sweet grapefruit and the taste is more of the same. A very nice, sweet IPA with a bitter hop bite on the back end. Nice, distinct flavor without being overly sweet or bitter. I am getting hints of pineapple as well...

The taste hides the alcohol well and the brew feels deceptively drinkable - definitely worth a second try.

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Photo of Wegbier
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

yellowish eggshell head that starts with dominating size and it slithers down into large oasis of big foam
the bubbles are few and they creep up slowly inside a brilliant honey amber. from a snifter
same bottle now pouring the second time into a regular pint glass and i see so much carb action

spicy almost stinging(alcohol) pine hops that are sweet from the light malt back bone.

the taste is deep and thick hop bitterness, only some hop citrus notes, i dont know where that aroma went.
from pint glass with enduring large head i wouldnt even guess it is the same beer, citrus pine notes mask the bitterness and bring out a distant caramel malt background

balanced and full of power is this great king. strong and complex. it is heavy on the palate
a little oily

heavy balanced dangerous mouth destroyer.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a copper-amber color. A nice amount of sediment in the glass. The head was about a finger and half width, but a short retention... Decent sticky lacing.

S- piny, malty, dark fruits/citrus. A good balanced aroma, but it didn't pop so much. It was very subtle on the nose.

T- Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon peel, a sweet malt, and piney hop goodness fills your mouth, then a very warm finish with a mild spice of alcohol creeps up on you. The alcohol isn't very overpowering, but you know it's there. This is a fierce Imperial IPA indeed.

MF- Syrupy/chewy. It is a thick ale that goes down smooth with a medium carbonation. Your palate just won't let go of the taste, feel and that mild alcohol spice.

O- Not bad at all... This is a very intense ale, with many complex characteristics that transitions well between aroma and taste. Expect your tongue to be kicked around with this DIPA, it is definitely for the bold bitter enthusiast.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to try this. Overall very solid. Sweet and fruity aroma - mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Pleasant bitterness and a bit of a boozy bite on the backend but nothing off-putting.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A beautiful looking beer with a deep hazy orange color. The biggest head I have seen for an IPA.

S: Sweet malts and fresh piney hops, with some grapefruit. This smells so sweet and delicious I just can't wait to drink it.

T: Wow. This beer is so good and smooth. The flavors are so balanced and the 9.7 % ABV is so well hidden you would never find it in a hide and seek contest. This is a hop lovers dream with such a wide range of hop flavors but it still has room to balance it out with other flavors. Simply an outstanding beer.

D: Not only the best DIPA I have had but also one of the best beers I have ever had. I would drink this all day if the ABV wasn't so high. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of beavers
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with decent clarity and a thick white head that goes away fairly soon but leaves excellent lacing. Hops fill the nose with wonderful notes of citris, pinneapple, and pine needles on top of biscuity/caramel malts. Mmm...flavorful hops dominate the palate with its zesty-tropical-citric-floral notes. Alcohol has its presence in the palate but the rich flavor of the hops make this bad boy quite drinkable and one to remember. Will definitely be enjoying this one again sometime soon.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Brewing Co.

Maharaja is a transparent orange color with orange-yellow highlights. There is a small white head that dissipates quickly while bubbles continue to erupt from the base of the glass. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass, as well.

Citrus hops hit my nose right away. Then something a little softer enters the aroma. I can't really put my finger on it. It comes close to a yeasty Belgian Ale scent.

Oily, piney, and citrus hop flavors sting the tongue immediately. The bitterness subsides, momentarily, to let a subtle malt flavor pass by the roof of the mouth. Along with that malt flavor, this brew brings a yeasty, alcohol flavor I recognize in Belgian Ales. The aftertaste is bitter and semi-dry. Some piney bitterness sticks to the tongue, but does not overwhelm. A warm alcohol feeling in the belly accompanies and compliments the aftertaste.

Maharaja has a medium to light body with a decent amount of carbonation that lightens the load and foams up very quickly with agitation.

Great flavor and not overwhelmingly bitter. The warmth and high ABV keeps this beer from being extremely drinkable. One and done for me, but I would definitely grab it again sometime.

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

A- copper in color with white head and white lacing that sticks to the glass the whole time

S- HOPS HOPS HOPS with some citrusy undertones

T- again tons of hops really fresh again with some citrusy undertones maybe some pine in there too yet kind of boozy

M- pretty heavy for an DIPA but still pretty good

D- the high ABV kind of takes away on this one

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hanging out with a few buddies at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Brighton, MA. After hearing so much about this Imperial IPA and seeing it on tap--I had to give it a try.

Awesome, lively golden ambiance was poured into a 13 oz. goblet. I was somewhat disappointed by the lacking head however. Perhaps the pour by the bartender?

This was a bouquet of hops, just what I was waiting for. Incredible citrus, tart notes, and clearly super-hoppy.

The taste was equally as powerful. After letting my buddies try a sip of whom couldn't handle the hops--I was glad as there was more for me. But this was a battle of sorts to finish. Definitely something you need to take your time with.

The 10% or so is clearly felt throughout--this brew is probably designed to be bigger than life and a once in a while treat.

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Photo of timmick
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this DIPA poured from a 22oz bomber.

A: Clear, dark orange color with two fingers of slightly off-white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass as I drink this down.

S: Wow! Love the smell of this... Citrus, pineapple, and grape... very fruity. Nice sweet malty notes come through the big hop aromas. Very enjoyable to the nose.

T: Nice and hoppy with juicy citrus in the front end with a bitter bite to the finish. Nice sweet malty backbone balances nicely with the abundance of hops for a nice bitter/sweet complexity that leaves me wanting another sip. Slight alcohol warming, but not heavy, lets you know you are drinking a 10+% beer.

M: Bitterness hangs around with a slight alcohol finish. Carbonation is good with a nice medium, smooth feel.

O: Nice, easy to drink DIPA. I will buy this again.

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

Wow, Avery got the recipe right on with batch 7(2008). I bought two bottles from Coaltrain in Colorado Springs the day they arrived and I expect I will be buying a case of this gem.
Amazing citrus and floural hops auroma. The flavor is amazing with the perfect balance of grapefruit, or citrus, and carmel. For a high gravity beer, this one is very drinkable.

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

A - Dark golden color with a good, foamy head and decent lacing.
S - Spice, herbs, grapefruit, maybe some raisins
T - Malt and hops up front, with some spiciness, citrus, and maybe some raisins again
M - Some carbonation, medium bodied, with a bit of a creamy texture to it.
D - Fairly hoppy, and the there's enough malt that makes this not a super refreshing beer. Plus, the alcohol is pretty high. Still, it's quite delicious, and I'll give this a 4 for drinkability.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. Bottle poured into a stein.

A: Very pretty copper color with an ivory head. Decent head size and good lace down the glass.

S: Beautiful aromas of hops. And then come the smells of more hops. Repeat.

T: Definitely taste the hops. Lots of pine and citrus

M: Not overly carbonated, but a good enough mouthfeel

O: Liked this beer. Lives up to the bill and fits the DIPA profile well.

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Photo of velo343
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep orange with a medium beige head.

Smell: Grassy hops, some sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: A general hoppiness, not too snappy or distinct, that is felt all the way through the drink. The malt is fairly bready, but with a tartness reminiscent of sourdough. An underlying sweetness that is fairly indistinct.

Mouthfeel: The beer is syrupy, leaving a thick, slightly bitter coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: A little disappointing for the style. The hops seem to be overshadowed by the syrupy, creating an unbalanced DIPA. A decent beer, but not my top choice.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets start off by saying how great this beer was! poured very hazy orangish. had a good one finger frothy head. smelled of great hops and light aroma of fruits. Mouth feel was great. I really could not get enough of this. but my favorite thing about this beer had nothing to do with the taste. it has to do with the bottle. it displays the ABV not as 10.30 but more accurately as 10.27% amazing.

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