Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,623 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 +1.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capped/foiled bomber.
Batch 7, Feb 2008, 10.54%

A- pours a yellow/orange color, it sports a small, quickly dissipating white head. A ring of bubbles, like barnacles appeared on the bottom of my 25cl Chimay glass. Hazy.

S- Mostly hoppy, winey, some semi-sweet malts and some alcohol.

T/M- Real heavy, meaty hop character. Winey even greater still, lots of fermented grape notes as well as some ripe citrus fruits and a grainy corn whiskey like feel, dried apples and some booze. It got more intense in its hop bite as the beer warmed up. Its body thickened up as well. Very coating and a light helping of carbonation. Smooth going down until about 20 minutes out of the fridge, than this thing becomes a chore to get down. I love IIPA's but wasn't completely charmed by this one. I enjoyed the complexity and its very powerful hop profile but i think its downside are its balance, body and drinkability issues.

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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to sniffer, 10 oz pour at Urge Gastropub

A: Copper-tan in color, little carbonation or head. Looks dense.

S: Subtle notes of honey-malts and grapefruit float from the glass, but this has perhaps the most delicate nose I've come across for this style. It almost smells like the booze and hops are cancelled out by the malt-backbone.

T: The subtlety stops at the nose. Big, biting, pine notes scrape the palate, along with citrus and floral notes. Burning booze mixes with the sweet malts, bordering on something like a beer liqueur. The onslaught of hops dry towards the end, keeping the bitter aspects front and center. Finished resinous and bitter, with a touch of lingering honey sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, surprisingly light for the style and huge ABV. Could use a bit carbonation.

A big hopbomb, I've had this several times and never taken the time to review. I can't remember a beer that had a bigger disconnect between the nose and the palate. But if you're in the need for a hop-fix, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, Maharaja pours a chill-hazed deep amber hue with a very thick head that retains and laces quite nicely.

Aroma is hoppy: very woodsy, spicy and piney, yet at the same time relatively tropical and fruity.

The flavor is very big. This is a huge DIPA that I don't think could be any mightier, lest it literally shred one's tongue and erode one's enamel. This beer doesn't even care about balance, it simply goes for grandeur in every regard-- hops, malt and alcohol. It's quite malty and in the Colorado DIPA tradition, but it's also one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Incredibly juicy, chewy and resinous with a piney, bitter aftertaste. Enormous mouthfeel. You can really taste the booze here, but it's still one deliciously hoppy sipper.

Even though this isn't my ideal DIPA, it's a very impressive brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Hazy copper pour with nice caramel-white head and decent lacing. Nose is a bit disappointing. It's all pine with a hint of alcohol and not much else. Almost like medicine. The taste is all malty caramel sweetness and alcohol at the start. Very piney but the hop bite is conspiculously subdued. Some bitterness kicks in towards the end, but the balance is definitely leaning to the sweet side. The alcohol is not well hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. This beer improves towards the end, but it was a bit disappointing considering how highly it's rated.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in hue with a frothy beige head that has great retention; lacing is consistant down the glass

S: Big citrus aromas--especially mango, grapefruit, and orange; subtle grainy malt quality--but the citrus hop quality overwhelms

T: Hop bitterness coupled with a pleasant boozy quality; quite sweet and surprisingly malty

F: Decent mouth feel though a bit too carbonated on front end and thin on the back end

D: A great DIPA but pretty sweet and boozy--not as balanced as it needs to be

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a Feb. 2006 Batch 3 tag poured into a mug.

A- It poured a deep orange with a very thick white head. It left a lot of foamy lacing behind. A medium carbonation was noticeable.

S- I was met with a dose of floral and grassy hops up front, but definite malt notes at the same time.

T- Very balanced. A good bit of sweeter malts balancing the spicy hop flavor. It was actually much more balanced than I expected. It was by no means a "hop bomb."

M- Very much what I expected for the style. Smooth with a slight coating effect.

D- It was an easy drinker considering the ABV, but I just wasn't blown away by this beer. A lot had been made of it and I think I may have set my expectations a bit too high. I would definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to seek it out at the going price. Noticing the date on the bottle, being a season out, I may have to give it another chance.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Maharaja is da man!

Poured into a pint glass and had a huge foam explosion! Huge creamy head with major lacing throughout the experience. Spider web city!

Malty grapefruity aroma. Almost calls the drinker to consume more and more.

Tastes amazing. Hoppy, grapefruit goodness with a huge malty backbone. Tastebuds hold the bitterness for awhile which is a nice feeling.

Drinkability is somewhat lower because of the high alcohol content but it shouldn't damper any desire to taste this awesome brew.

At around the $6 mark...this is a must have! Just wish it was brewed year around.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,623 ratings.
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