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: 5,587
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 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 KettleBellFreak
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely impressed with this beer. Not a fan of IPAs normally, but this beer is something far from the IPA that I've had.

Pours a lovely pale brown with slight orange/red hues. Great head on the beer with a lot of foam and beautiful lacing.

Smells sweet, malty and vegetal. EXTREMELY pleasant. Nothing outstanding but just so damn calm and easy.

Taste is super pleasant stone fruit, malt, citrus and a slight bitterness from hops. Absolutely no alcohol. Can't believe this is 10%. Such a crisp and refreshing drink, so easy to sip, but a mouthful that puts some imperial stouts to shame.

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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 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 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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Photo of colt45n
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a wonderful dark orange/amber haze with a light sticky head.

S: Getting a lot of sweet malt upfront on this, there are some grapefruity hops there as well but not as there was in previous years.

T: Sweet malt very little hops, sweet sticky malt is all am getting.

Overall I thought it was a "good" beer but unlike the other years I have had a was disapointed with the lack of hops, I love the sweetness but I thought it would be better with more hops in taste.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a A deep orange, almost encroaching on copper/amber/red territory, with a little white bubbly head. Pretty decent looking beer
s Nice hoppy nose with a little bit of citrus and sugary malt--not very boozy on the nose.
t A little piney and floral on the front end, but there is a definite undercurrent of citrus that washes in after the initial fast has subsided; this is a pretty well balanced beer, and, considering there is so much alcohol, this is a feat. I appreciate this beer--it is about the ingredients and their expression, rather than the booze or hop smacking. Good stuff.
m Pretty standard in this department
o I respect this beer--I like it when brewers worry more about the fullest expression of their ingredients. And though I respect it more than I enjoy it, I thought this was a fine beer.

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Photo of bryanbullock
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After race reviews from friends I went into my tasting with high hopes. The aroma was odd, kind of musty and odd, that of "beer sweat" I was not pleasant on the nose. The visual was of an dark maple syrup hue with slow flowing micro bubbles that cling to the edge of the class with a death grip. Strong hoppy taste with some pine, clearly and imperial IPA. Overall a good beer but the aroma was hard to get over.

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Photo of AMoceri7
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just when you were pretty sure you have had the hoppiest DIPA around, you try Maharaja. This, is amazing.

A: Burnt orange with lacing till the last drop. Nice thick head and continual lively carb. bubbles. Beauty.

S: This is the only time I have ever given out a 5 before and I mean it to every extent. The first wiff is the most delicately aggressive mixture of fruit, malt and citrus flowers I have ever smelt in an IPA. Absolutely incredible.

T: First thing that hits your tongue is the hops, then again with more hops and what do you know, more hops. Balanced out by gauzy delicious caramel malt. But not overbearing like some DIPAs, just enough. The hops used in this mixture of breath taking stew is beyond me. Imagine taking every flavor there is out there to take in hops and mix them together, then balance them out, giving way to mystery all over. Farther into it reveals a grapefruit dominance. So damn good.

M: Was near perfect. I am a huge barleywine fan and almost would rather it be a tad more thick, but no disappointments.

D: Second to some, as getting through the bomber was a trek to say the least. Not that it was unbearable, just hard to walk.

Overall: By far my new favorite DIPA. Blows all others out of the water and every idea of what DIPAs should taste like. Lets just say I had a Stoudts DIPA after this and it tasted like a pale ale. Oh and by the way its 10.27% ABV.

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Photo of moosington
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful medium amber with a quickly dissipating one-finger head that leaves a healthy ring and nice lacing.

Aroma of a balanced sweet citrus and malt and a nice piney hop. Smells like an Imperial IPA.

Taste doesn't follow aroma as such. Though the sweetness is there (bit of pineapple) at first, it is almost instantly dominated by a solid hop kick, though it is a nice hop kick with a grapefruit bitterness that stays on the back of the tongue as a bridge to the next sip. I get no heat and the 10+% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is a highlight. Nice and full for the style with more than adequate carbonation to coat the tongue and open the tastebuds.

While I probably wouldn't spend the whole night drinking this, I could handle a few pints to start. Overall a very good Imperial IPA and worth checking out.

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

Pours clean with little to no head. Dark golden color, transparent. Smells sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Tastes really good, bitters sit on the back of the mouth with a nice citrus finish. Bold citrus and hops with sweet malty undertones. Feels smooth with light carbonation. Very tastey for its class, will delightfully drink again.

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Photo of Anker13
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/16/13 Avery Brewing Company | Maharaja | 22oz Bottle

Appearance- brilliant deep copper, off white creamy head, lacing, beads of CO2

Aroma- The aroma is pleasantly subdued. Doesn’t smell like a hop-bomb, but it also doesn’t smell like a pushover. Dank hop aroma, earthy with a little pine, slight yeasty aroma, bready malt character as well

Mouthfeel- light co2, kind of oily and viscous, slightly coating, warming

Taste- Really well balanced, surprisingly malty. It’s a fairly complex DIPA, you brace for the bitterness but it never really hits you too hard. Earthy and piney hops make way for a juicy malt center, rounds out with another wave of hops.

Residual- Pleasant aftertaste, the right mix of sweet and bitter

Overall- This is unlike most DIPAs I’ve had. Not saying it’s the best one out there, but it carves out its own identity. Tough to really put my finger on what makes it unique. Perhaps it’s the interplay between the strong malty backbone and the light hearted bitterness. Thoroughly enjoying this one.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a dark amber with a tan head from a 22oz bomber, a little dark for an IPA.

Smell - Floral and fruity hops are pretty strong; there is some malt aroma to balance it out.

Taste - Sweet, fruity, somewhat malty, and slightly herbal. The 10.40% can be tasted, but the alcohol is pleasant in this beer. A good amount of harmony for all the complexity.

Mouth-feel - Definitely full-bodied.

Overall - Somewhat dark, sweet, and malty for an IPA, Maharaja is still refreshing and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Lledd
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even with a small pour there is a nice one finger head. Really beautiful, rich copper/orange color. Lots of webby lacing. Very attractive.

Wonderful caramel malt notes up front, slightly bready. The hops don't stand out in the nose. What's there is crisp and piney. The sweetness of this brew dominates the nose.

Wow the malts in this are outstanding. Bready, and caramel sweet. The hops finish the swallow with mostly bitter notes. Just a tad of astringency on the finish.

Mouth is creamy with soft and large carbonation. This is a thick brew which could be expected at 10.4%.

This is really a great beer. It's not as hoppy as you might expect for an ipa but its hoppy enough and very malty. I wouldn't mind having another one in the fridge.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,587 ratings.
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