Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,839 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.

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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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Photo of jamesdergen
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden transparent honey with an ample foamy cream-colored head that sticks around for the whole glass.

Smell: Intense floral/herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a full-on assault on the tastebuds with the intense floral/herbal hops leading. There is some caramel/nutty maltiness lurking in the background, just enough to complement the hops. A bit too much of the vegetable/hop taste for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: The 9.7% ABV is well hidden and this brew goes down super smooth for the style and strength.

My friends and I have long been fans of Avery's The Reverend and Salvation, so when I saw this one at Cellar's I had to get it. Overall a very solid brew, but not my favorite IIPA.

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Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a while. JUST picked it up at the store and I'm already in the bottle (a bit earlier in the day than usual, hehe).

Hops hiss out from under the cap when I crack it open. Bottled in Feb '06, so this is pretty fresh. Orangish, light caramel colored clear body. White head on top. Not overly big, but a nice layer sticks around capping this one off. Grips the sides of the glass.

Hops abound in this one as expected. Lots of pine and citrus explode from the glass. Some straw, grassy aromas come in too. A bit of caramel malt sweetness sneaks in the aroma as well.

Spicy hops hit the tounge initially. Resinous and pine hops dominate the flavor. Balanced really well with some biscuity malts with a touch of caramel once again. Finishes pretty bitter (nothing I can't handle or don't enjoy though). Its more bitter than hop flavored. I'm not saying the flavor isn't hoppy, because it definately is, but the flavor disappears quickly once its down. Some lingering effects outside of the bitterness could be good. No hint of alcohol at all...might be a bit troublesome later on.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. A bit of oiliness, but not too slick going down. Good feel though, but like I mentioned above, the bitterness lingers and the flavor goes away. Drinkability is nice. Nicely hopped and well balanced, really quaffable for this level of ABV. Definately a must pickup if you see it...

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Photo of sloejams
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm of the lot that prefers to call excessively hopped IPAs - "Double IPA". "I2PA" is a trendy way to make it internetty. "DIPA" cuts to the chase. For Avery Brewing Co , with other big beers such as The Czar and The Kaiser have a theme going, only "Imperial" will do.

A seasonal release for the summer, is now available in California's better liquor shops in early April. It pours a dark amber color with a remarkable 2 finger head. It looks glorious. It smells glorious too - full on hops: a great balance of piney and sweet. The taste fills out with a nice, smooth tanginess. It has that bitter bite but is cut with the almost honey resin.

It's very easy drinking for the 9.9% ABV. I was a bit shocked to see it running that high. I've found Avery to be a decent brewery, but there wasn't any beer I'd go out of my way to get. Until now...

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Photo of BadBadger
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer!!! The Maharaja is something else: it rules. Take the cap of the growler and the smell takes over your senses (no hint of alcohol here just pure pleasure). It is the most absolutely wonderful aroma of any beer-period! An herbal delight for the olfactory system. Pours from the growler with a nice amber color and a nice foamy head. Yum, the taste is hoppy but not excessively bitter. A pleasantly well balanced flavor profile. There is a mild sticky factor on the tongue, which is forgivable and does not diminsih this taste treat. This is a dangerous beer, given the ABV, with no hint of the high alcohol content. Search this out and enjoy. Beware all other DIPAs will no longer suffice.

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Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copperish color with a very good amount of frothy white head. Wonderful lacing that does not seem to dissipate. Aromas of cotton candy, bubblegum, citrus, peach, hops, grapefruit really get the mouth salivating.

Well what can I say. I've always been a big Avery fan and the Maharaja does not dissapoint. Not to say it's the best IPA I've tried but nonetheless it is extremely balanced, and easy to drink. This beer has great flavors that are pretty much what's in the nose. The only thing that seems lackluster about this brew is that for an IPA it could be a little hoppier. But I do think the IBU's in this brew make it what it is and that's one of the easiest, smoothest drinking IPA's I've tried to date.

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

A - this IPA pours a light brown with a frothy thin tan head, there is also faint carbonation

S - theres an unusual slight cured ham deli meat aroma, was confused at first, upon a second whiff, there is a sweet honey aroma, like clover honey

T - wow, intense honey sweetness, a perfect balance of sweetness and bitter hops, a great job

M - there is a sweet thickness with accomapnied mouth coating, full-bodied, great job Avery

D - very high, a great IPA, one of the best ive ever had

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a clear bronze color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves spotty lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of fresh pink grapefruit all the way. It is juicy and resiny in the aroma. There is a bit of pineapple too. The caramel maltiness is there, but the fresh, juicy hops are taking the mainstage. Just wonderful.

The flavor is juicy, and a bit resiny, with the grapefruit flavors coming through. The caramel maltiness forms a solid backbone, but it is the hops that are making themselves known. It has a pleasant bitterness, it is not over the doesn't take one's attention from everything at play here.

It is medium in body, and somewhat drying in the finish. This one really masks its will sneak up I'm sure.

A very nice surprise...very enjoyable...I do recommend.

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Photo of Chaz
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BANG! Nose of medicinal hops. Dole pineapple juice christmastreeoverload . . . wow! Pours copper-gold with an off-white head of moderate duration and notable lacing. JUICEY hops, creamy texture and lively on the palate. Medium bodied, oily-resiny texture, dry and astringent. Berry notes in its aromatics, reminds me of (gulp) the white/pineapple-flavored jelly beans at Eastertime (in a good way of course.) Mostly dry, but semi-sweet, with bitterness running the full length of the spectrum (beginning, middle, and end-of-palate.) The big alcohol is extremely well-hidden, with a hop profile that is on-par with Avery's other alpha-rich brews, and that's exactly what I'd expect of a double IPA from Avery. Herbal, vegetal hops . . . it's like walking into a greenhouse at the end of winter! This is an easy step-up from their very-palatable year-round I.P.A., and poured next to Hog Heaven (for comparison's sake), Maharaja's intense hop profile is pervasive, intruding on the (by comparison) delicate profile of Hog Heaven (and btw, Maha followed by H.H. is a deadly 1-2 punch!) Maharaja is everything I'd expect of the style from a consistent, top-notch brewery like Avery. Batch 3 (2/06 bottling 3/27 decanting.)

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Photo of benito
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 (2006) is just as impressive as Batch 2.

Amber with a nice white head, this brew's defining characteristic is its bouquet: a strong mix of grapefruit and pine that portends the strength of the flavor itself. This is one of the most forceful and enticing IPAs, strike
that beers, that I've ever smelled.

As for flavor, no surprises here. The strength follows through and starts with a hop wallop on the front of the tongue that is offset by only the slightest malt sweetness and alcohol. The earthiness is matched by a spiciness that I've never seen in an IPA before: the mix of bitter and spicy creates a wonderful balance. My only gripe is that the flavor dies off quickly at the back of the tongue, but, given how complex the preceding flavors and harmonies had been, I think anything more would have sent me into a (good) sensory overload.

This is a beer designed to for sipping and contemplation--a heady mix of traditional IPA flavors with a strength and bite that puts it in a class all by itself. This is a must-have beer. Kudos to Avery.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AP: Clear coper. Yellow tinted tan head. Full coat of lace is left behind.

AR: Huge pink grapefruit pulp tones. Huge fresh hop aroma. Huge resiny, canabis tones. Huge pungency. One of the best smelling DIPAs I've come across.

TST: This DIPA is more about Hop Flavor than actual hop bitterness. Juicy, grapefruit driven hop flavors are Huge. Bitterness is quite clean and long lasting, but not OverTheTop. Also pungent, rind-like qualities. Rich caramel malts lay down the foundation and don't get in the way.

MF: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Alcohol is barely detectable. It blends in nicely with the spiciness of the hops.

DK: One of my favorite DIPAs. Extremely rich, yet quite drinkable as well. This one could be dangerous.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,531 ratings.
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