Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,849 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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Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, and what a wonderful smell!! It poured a clear dark orange colour with a thick, snow white fluffy head that dissolved in approximately 20 secondes into a thick ring about the edges of the glass. The smell was tremendous!! Big grapefruit - citrus smell that contacted my nose before I even brought the glass up to my face to smell it. The taste is packed with citrus like hops, as well, with the grapefruit being quite pronounced and right up front. It finished with a lovely hop biterness and is very refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated to a level condusive to the style. This is everything I hoped it would be and more, quite honestly. Great Divide's Hercules was my favourite of the style until about 6 minutes ago!! Anyone who fancies that, should definitely try this!! Smashing!!

Blessed Be


Ah yes! The label on mine says, "Bottled in Feb. of 2006. Batch No.3" 9.9% alc/vol (versus the 9.7 as stated here).

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Photo of Naes
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very clear light amber colored IPA with hues of orange around the edges. Its head is a tall layer of white that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is full of citrus (grapefruit and orange rinds) and has a slight piney presence.
The flavor has a surprising amount of malt to it, but it is still dominated by the hops. Grapefruit and pine are very distinctive but it does remain balanced. The alcohol is noticeable, but does not take away from the flavor.
Mouth feel is medium in body and nicely carbonated, but the drinkability is hindered by its strong alcohol content.

Overall verdict: this is a very good beer, but the alcohol content mixed with the bottle size will keep me from getting this brew again.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber marked "Bottled in Feb. 2006, Batch 3". Honey color, slightly amber. Crystal clear with lazy carbonation. Very little head when poured. Very little lacing.

Smell is crisp, clean piney hops. I can just make out some sweetness underneath the hops.

The hops are very pleasant tasting and not overdone...not a hop bomb. Actually I can't believe this has 102 IBUs. The malt is there, but fairly well hidden as I swish it around my mouth. At first I just barely make out some orangey sweetness. The faster I drink it, the sweeter it tastes, especially in the finish. This is a pretty good beer, but there's one thing that bothers me a little - there is a soapy flavor in there I notice now and then.

Medium/Light bodied and oily with noticable carbonation sharpness on the tongue.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable IIPA. I really like the hop blend they've used (not sure what it is) and the overall balance. Definitely give this a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005.

Appearance: cloudy yellow / orange in color with a short 1/4" head. A spot or two of lace develops. A few carbonation bubbles are seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: tons of alcohol, citrus, and a piney bitterness that is overwhelming and not very enjoyable.

Taste: huge malt backbone, loads of grapefruit slices and piney bitterness. Alcohol is quite evident. Nicely balanced but an overload for the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. The finish is dry and smooth. Medium heavy in body. The aftertaste is very long on the bitterness and alcohol tones.

Drinkability: a true slow sipper, and an over the top version of a double IPA. There are better ones out there that aren't so in your face.

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

I've had Avery's Maharaja a few times and I have always enjoyed it as it is one of the most well balanced double IPAs that I have tried. I was pleased to find it at a local bottle shop.

Pours a clean copper hue that has great clarity. There's a cream colored head that stands about a half an inch that fades into a ring of thick bubbles. Lots of very thick creamed long lasting lace on the glass.

Aroma is fragrant and hoppy, strong notes of resinous Simcoe and piney Centennial. Citric grapefruit like esters. A hint of sweet malts.

Clean malty sweetness that is just right, very even. Hop bittering is strong, assertive and mildly astringent. Hops offer a blend of citrus fruit and pine. Slight vegetal flavor. Bitter and spicy alcoholic bite in the finish.

Medium body that is smooth and creamy, carbonation is clean and balanced, warming as it goes down from the high level of alcohol, dry and astringent finish.

Nice offering from Avery, definitely meets the criteria for a west coast American double IPA. Overall, a very pleasant, enjoyable offering that is sure to please most any hop head out there. While at times the alcohol is visible, this brew is very easy to drink and it will creep up on you. Drink with caution. Maharaja is welcome at my place anytime.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy, grassy taste. A little too syrupy, but terrific smell and leaves lacing down the glass. Can be tough to drink too many, as alcohol is prevalent and high. However, if you love IPA's, this is an awesome offering. Just hard to make a session brew, but that's just cause of the style. And nice hoppy grapefruit, kick the backend.

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

On tap at Hop Devil Grill (nyc). I like Avery's Hog Heaven and I had never seen their beer on tap before and I got a wonderful surprise.
A- The beer was a dark golden amber hue(there was definitely some light that could get through, but not much), with a 1/4 inch creamy white head....the head left a really thick lace.
S- the smell was of herbal/floral hops, some carmel malt, but it had a wonderful strong peach and apricot nose. The peach and apricot was the predominant smell.
T- The body had a good hop/malt balance. Early on in the body the carmel malt was easily detectable, some of the peach and apricot came though in the middle of the body, but there was a predominance of spicy herbal hops. The hops really hit as the beer finished and left a strong hopy bitterness for the after taste.
M/D- This beer was really surprising and one of the best that I have ever had. The alcohol was disguised very well for being so high(9.7-9.9abv), and although the hops were very big in the finish the beer felt very well balanced between the carmel malts, the fruity flavors, and the hops. I think what did it for me was the smell of the apricot/peach every time you lifted the glass up to your mouth, it really just hit me, and to be followed by such flavor was just wonderful. This was really drinkable for the high alcohol level, so be careful it creeps up on you. I enjoyed it so much I picked up a bottle and brought it back with me on the plane. I'll find out soon if it is as good out of the bottle as it is on tap.

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Photo of phisig137
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color, but I had to work a bit to get any head out of this one. Nice lacing

Aroma is pleasantly, and aggressively hoppy. Very piney hops, with some cirtus balance.

Flavor is rather malty up from, with huge hop flavors, and finished solidly bitter. Quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full, but I feel it's slightly overcarbonated. Drinkability is decent, but the bittering hops begin to take thier toll on your tongue after 1/2 a glass.

Quite a nice beer overall, as are most of Avery's offerings.

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Photo of briman
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a somewhat light amber....crystal clear, with maybe a quarter inch white head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is strong...hoppy, notes of pine & citrus. The citrus notes seems to lean more towards a tangerine smell in this beer.

Taste has some malt sweetness upfront, hoppy front to back. Citrus notes throughout. Finish is mildly bitter, doesn't quite give that nice grapefruit rind bitterness that I would have expected. Bitterness in the finish doesn't seem to linger as long as in other examples. To some degree, it's almost like a hop explosion everywhere BUT the finish. It seems a little out of balance, not too much so, but it is obviously overcharged a little on the hop side.

Medium body....low carbonation. Very drinkable, but probably not sessionable due to the high ABV. Warming effect is there, but it's not in your face...kind of slowly works it's way in.

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Photo of IntriqKen
1.64/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

First off, I love Avery Beers and their IPA is among my favorites..that said....
Pours a clear golden orange amber with a single finger head that melts to a very small lace for this type of beer.
Aroma is....aroma is...aroma is a mistake. Bitter hops with nothing piney or citrusy...just sort of nasty bitter.
Taste is also a mistake...something I can't identify...bitter hops with strong alcohol...maybe medicinal alcohol. Sweetness that can't really be identified with the malts...just extremely unbalanced...the flavors don't seem to belong together.
Aftertaste and mouthfeel is creamy with an alcohol burn afterwards.
Drinkablility? Sorry...I'm not even going to finish this one.

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

Since this beer was last brewed in August I am assuming this beer has had some time to mellow.

Poured a nice thick orange with small amounts of head, but tons of retentention and lacing.

Smell is full of the usual suspects - Grapefruit and Lemon, but also contains a nice butteryness that sets apart from the usual DIPA smell.

Taste is has a nice thick malt backbone for a DIPA, with that creamy buttery smell coming through, after a bit the hops do kick in, but not in an overwhelming way, with a nice bit of floral grapefruit flavor. I would assume that the hops would be stronger if this beer was fresher.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full with lots of carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer, I can't wait to try a fresh one when it hits the store this summer.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a deep gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipates quickly into a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is lemon and grapefruit hoppiness...lots of it.

The taste reflects the smell to the letter. Lots of bitter lemon and grapefruit with just the barest of malt presence *near* the finish and even that is overwhelmed again with a bitter finish. And then, the warming from the alcohol moves in..hmmm....this one is not for the weak at heart.

Bottom line: This is a hop *monster*...look yee not for any malt balance because it just isn't there. I recommend it for occasional useage.

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Photo of hanco005
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6fl oz bottle, bottled in February 2006, Batch 3, 102 IBUs, 1.085 Original Gravity, 9.9% ABV….a lot of information on the bottle. Poured into a nonic pint glass

A—deep amber orange, very clear, with a 1 ½ inch off white foamy head that has lots of staying power, in fact there is still about ¼ inch of head left when I finished the bottle, full lacing shadows every inch of the inside and slowly fades away

S—extreme grapefruit fragrance, a little floral, bitter, of course, a touch of malty sweetness is hidden in there as well

T—grapefruit first, then pepper, some other citrus fruits, stays bitter the whole way through and the aftertaste lingers for a long time. Finishes very dry This is very tasty

M—sharp and dry, light/medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—excellent. A hop bomb for sure, but definitely drinkable. The almost 10% ABV prevents it from being a session beer, but another bottle of this would be welcomed.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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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 dfried
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never had an Imperial IPA before I had this one, and I still havn't had another, which is my bad. I thought this beer was absolutly outstanding. It's easy to tell the deeper malt flavor that makes this an Imperial, but as I write this I can't even really remember that malt taste because the hop flavor was so overwhelmingly delicious. I pin pointed the use of simcoe hops right away, which is one of my favorites, because of the citrus-y, almost grape fruit flavor. If you like IPA, you will like this beer.

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Photo of zen
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer came in a 22oz bottle. it pored out a nice color with about a 2 in head. it smelled like citris. when i drank it it went down very well. i can tell its a imperila ipa but not as hard as some others i have had. i would defently have another of these. as it is a seasonal and hard to get around me i probaly will get another 2 or 3 bottles in the next couple of days to drink again

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

What a pleasure to find a double IPA of this caliber in a bottle. Bought a bottle (22 oz) of this last night at the Concordia Alehouse (Portland, Or), and given the abv., thought I better share it with the bartender and a neighbor. However, it was so damn tasty I almost wish I'd kept it all to myself. This beer has a fabulous hop presense in the nose and is unabashedly bitter/hoppy on the palate. The flavor just explodes on the palate. This beer reeks of citrus and pine, but is oh so well balanced. Everything is in beautiful proportion, with just enough malt to keep this beer from geting tiring (a problem I sometimes have with the Hercules from Great Divide). Maybe it's not quite in the same league as the twin titans from Russian River (Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger), but it's pretty darn close. An absolutely excellent double IPA, and one I'll be taking home whenever I need a hops fix and don't feel like bellying up to the bar at my neighborhood pub.

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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 bignick
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is a very good douple IPA from Avery. It pours an dark orangey color with a moderate head. It smells of piney and citrus hops with a slight, but not overbearing, alcohol presence. The taste is all hops, without being too much of a kick in the mouth, due to the nearly-hidden malt backbone. It has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that makes each sip a pleasure. Overall a terrific offering from Avery. This is suitable for both special occasions and regular drinking.

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

Wow this is a huge beer. Cool label.

Pours a brilliant orange copper with an long lasting egshell head. Lace webs and blankets coat the glass. Loads of fresh grapefruit, orange lemon and melon hop aromas fill the nose. As does a fusel alcohol that isnt too strong. There isnt much room for malt but it hides meekly in the back.

Two things explode in my mouth on the first sip 1) a sinus clearing bombardment of piney bitter citric hops and 2) An immodest alcohol flavor that never seems distracting, only complimentary. Very high amounts of orangey, tropical, citrusy, melon-like hops completely dominate the palate throughout. A mouth numbing combination of bitterness and alcohol last for what seems like forever. Malt flavors are very subservient, this is simply an unbalanced beer.

I really like this. Its probably the most intense DIPA Ive tried so far. Not as herbaceous and deep as Ruination but extremely drinkable.

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

On tap at the Spuyten Duyvil. The beer poured a hazy amber color into the glass with a nice tan head and good lacing down the sides. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of floral hops and a bit of orange. Very pleasing. The taste is even more enjoyable with a nice hops bit and some malty sweetness all surrounded by nice carbonation in the body. What a treat. Although the abv is rather high in this beer, it is masked well with the tastes going on inside but leads to a rather full body.

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

Bought several bottles at Hollingshead.

Drank from a standard pint glass. Poured a amber ice-t color with an eggshell colored head that left a good ring of laces. The aromas were very floral orange blossoms and freshly peeled citrus.
The taste was equisite. Rounded tangerine and citrussy orange pulp up front ending on a bitter note. Flavors of pulpy orange juice and mandarin oranges are what constantly come to mind. Smooth, medium bodied and nicely carbonated this hop gift from god comes over as. This is a beer not to miss if you love the hops and is my favorite from avery.

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

Big Beer.
The snazziest, classiest born on date I've yet to see on a beer bottle, right under the main picture in a little, pronounced oval frame; Feb 2006, batch 3.
Cool fonts, pretty shiny label. These things do well with me.
Impressive looking in the glass as well. Attractive bronze/copper color with some foamy white head and some lacing.
Smells very... big. Big citrus notes. Similar deal in the flavor. Tangerine, lime rind, ruby red grapefruit juice... all packed in there in a fighty little bundle. This is the kind of thing that can anger up the blood.
Has an enjoyable texture. Very lingering hop party in the mouth and everyone is invited.
Maharaja= Great King... I'm not quite sure if this beer quite qualifies, but it's at least in the running.
Hop heads take heed!

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Photo of scooter231
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty, clear color with some big bubbles and a little bit of lacing. Smell is hooooppy. Earthy, grassy hops, to be more specific. Damn that'll wake you up in the morning. Taste is also hoppy in a grassy, earthy way. Some breadyness makes its way through as well. Just.... soooo hoppy. Mouthfeel is alright, and it's pretty drinkable. Man. Hoppy. Good. Try.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,584 ratings.
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