Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,587 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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Photo of jas0n02
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out for the Maharaja! Solid double IPA at 10% its very drinkable. Strong malty taste with tropical citrus flavors. Pours a nice amber orange copper.

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

Canning date is 3-16-16.

A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color, no floaties, anda thin, but very dense white lacing ring. Carbonation is mild, but steady.

S - Pungent pineapple rind and sticky pine, with a little bit of spiciness.

T - Follows the nose and all hops. Dominated with juicy and dank pineapple rind, some pepper spiciness, and ends with some mango sweetness with a pine bite. There's a slight hint biscuity malt but is very faint, it's all hops from start to finish. There's a very small amount of alcohol poking through.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation.

O - The 8% in this D-IPA is extremely well hidden and there's alot of juicy hoppiness still left at six weeks out. Had this in the past but scratching my head why I never reviewed it until now.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sexy appearance on these, the quintessential orange ipa appearance replete with a legit 3/4" white head. Aroma super resiny, forest, citrus, grapefruit dominant, some tangerine.

Viscous for sure, plenty of malt, but the hopping still cuts the hardest here. Chewy. Lots of older hops. Columbus and Centennial I would guess make up the largest quotient. Hides alcohol well. When I've had it on tap, it has always been superior to the bottle. I love they are in cans now (or at least I heard?). Would bang again. Its from back when 100ibu was something they bragged about, but this was one of the few that wasn't just massive bitterness, it still imparted some good old school C hop vibes and tons of toasted pale malt that quelled the alcohol.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper, darker orange color with excellent retention on the glass. Tight white bubbles on the head.

Smell is very tropical, not getting much pine like some reviewers mentioned. Getting plenty of mango, papaya and melon. Some floral elements as well.

Taste follows the nose quite well with hints of tropical notes. Some pine bitterness comes through at the back end with a nice coat of hop resin and bready malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety.

Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Namabiru
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (combat) bottle into a standard English pint glass. Enjoyed at around 55 degrees, perfect for cold is not the way to drink an IPA

(A)ppearance - nice clear copper color, no haze and great head retention and long lingering lace.
(S)mell - nice floral, not overpowering hoppiness with melon lingering in the noise and very pleasant
(M)outfeel - nice, full body beer, smooth and silky
(T)aste - nice, not too hoppy but a defining DIPA certainly showing Columbus or Cascade hops. Not boozy, but does sneak up on you, it got high ABV, but is not significant in the taste
(O)verall - a very nice IPA, and not the first time I have enjoyed this exceptional beverage! I tried six months ago in OK, at a local tap house on tap. Had to trend carefully as you don't notice the ABV and it will kick you after having two or more...but it goes down smooth as silk. I was thankful to find this at a whole foods in Dayton, OH as it has a hard time making it this far east! Nice!

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber copper. Clear with carbonation bubbles visible. Head is nice and suds and doesn't want to dissipate. Aroma is juicy and hoppy. A hint of astringent sour rind in there, I think I'm also smelling the barley. Slightly rotting peaches.

Taste hits on the citrus hard then the malted barley. Very creamy that goes to grapefruit. Creamy malt overtakes the taste, and the citrus is more candied than real. The label claims 102 IBU but it's so very well handled I'd never guess it. It's there but only just as a nice gesture. I'm also getting pepper, as another reviewer noted.

Ends sticky and overly boozy in the taste. Doesn't handle the 10.2 ABV very well. Careful, feels boozy and sticky/sickly sweet. This DIPA feels like a Triple IPA with a little too much going on, a little on the rotted fruit side. Not for all tastes.

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Photo of lic217
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Copper orange, hazy, long lasting white head, tons of lacing on a week old growler
Smell: Tropical and piney hops
Taste; Tropical, pine, and citrus hops dominate, starts sweet and ends dry/bitter, with a touch of alcohol heat
Feel: Thick and creamy
Overall: Wow a great imperial IPA

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rust clean inch of big bubbles
Spicy citrus, biscuit, orange, apricot, pineapple, zest, grass
Big fruity hops with spice and florals behind it. Just enough malt backbone
Smooth but tacky, if that makes sense. maybe a little flat
Good beer, reminds me of founder's azaccaza or something, but much smoother and more pleasant. Ridiculously drinkable for any ABV, let alone 10+

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

Bottle3/6/16... Little over a month old.

Look is light copper and crystal clear body, cream colored head leaves little lacing.

Smell is piney resin, with lighter citrus notes in the back. Malty aroma picks up and later dominates as the beer warms. Well balanced, with a tangy rush of grapefruit toward the close.

Taste follows smell, pine and fruity notes slightly more prominent.

Feel is excellent, very full for an IPA with lively carbonation. Chewy, sticky finish with excellent bitterness at play with the thick malts.

Overall, this is a must for anyone who likes big ipas.

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Photo of Ac-dx
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Mango and grapefruit on the nose.
Nice malty sweetness, citrusy with a bitter grapefruit rind and pine finish.
The alcohol is very well hidden.
Just a great balanced beer in the style

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Photo of puck1225
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is really good stuff. Poured from a can into a snifter, beautiful fluffy head and great lacing. The smell is great, fruity and fragrant. The taste is very citrusy and subtle and sweet. The bitterness is well integrated into the overall taste and nicely compliments the other flavors. An excellent beer!

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Photo of kw_pip
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught. Not bad but I tried a sip of the Raja and liked it better. Palate fairly well balanced but typical west coast profile. I didn't think the boozieness went well with the hops.

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Photo of moysauce
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Avery beer I've had. It was definitely solid. A little sweeter than I prefer, but hell, it's a DIPA with a high ABV, so obviously that's to be expected.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at euclid tap house and grill in denver. 8 oz pour in a large tulip glass.....absolutely spectacular balance, taste and feel. First time having a beer from avery and this was a good start

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ordinarily, 102 IBUs would cause my throat to close up and my lips to seal in reaction to my tastebuds being brutalized by the assault.
The fact that I could finish this beer twice is testament to "it can't be all bad."

The first time I had it, my abbreviated notes said "NA" for "Never Again!"
But because the ale is listed on the "!001" beers, I gave it another try; but wisely ate Indian take-out while drinking Maharaja.
I'm not going to say that the pairing spared this beer from a below average rating.
But, the food unquestionably helped me finish the beer. At that level, this is a good pairing.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to Tulip. No head. But wow, the high abv is very well hidden. No idea. Half a bottle in and feeling great!

Not too bitter, hoppy with a hint of sweetness.

I really like this beer. Could drink a lot of it, and feel increasingly "better"...

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

Smell is pine, orange citrus, hint of tropical fruit, a dankness. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, pineapple, and citrus. This is really smooth for a big beer with very little booziness. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and reminiscent of a triple IPA. First IPA I've had from Avery and I'm pretty impressed.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear orange/amber color. Mostly translucent, with 3 fingers of thick off white-head. Gorgeous lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... mango and citrus. Hints of pineapple. Spicy.

T/F: Big malt character at the outset... nicely complemented by flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. Slightly peppery. Carbonated and sticky... lots of oily hops.

O: Just a fantastic Imperial IPA from Avery... they hit this one out of the park.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dank/spicy hops, citrus/fruit and a hint of pork greasiness. The flavor is grapefruit, hops/slight hop resin, malts, light tropical fruit and a bitter/slightly oily finish.

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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 SovereignGood
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first review on BeerAdvocate. This bottle of Maharaja was batch No. 20, bottled in December 2014. 22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Deep orange, almost crimson color. Thin head that seems to last a while.

Smell: Tons of amazing hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, some pine, malt, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of grapefruit and mango with a very nice malty finish. The perfect trade-off of sweetness and bitterness. Avery has done a great job at hiding the alcohol in this beer, but there still is a small hint of it in the back. However, the beer is very well balanced.

Feel: Relatively medium-bodied beer. Obviously, slightly thicker than most IPAs but definitely suitable for a DIPA.

Overall: A very tasty hoppy beer. Avery has done a great job with this beer and I would recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a great DIPA.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, release number 25 July 2015, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a deep golden orange body color, supremely heavy lacing, to finger off white phone head, carbonation
S: orange, citrus fruits, sweet malt
M: medium creamy body
T: sweet citrus, orange, biscuit, malty, slight earthy and pine resin from hops
O: will seek this out again!

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Photo of Imperialjake
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice hazy gold with a small white head. I would equate the smell to orange candy. Since I'm a fan of ipa's on the sweeter side, this was right up my alley. The best way I can describe the taste is sweet, orange, zesty, and pungent. In my opinion the sweetness along with the pungent taste balances this beer out perfectly. I'll definitely be headed back to the store to buy a couple of more of these 22 ounce bottles to enjoy in the future.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome IPA. If you love piney and citrus notes you must try. My friend and I shared a bomber and we both wanted much more. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of hman43
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a golden orange with an off white, full head that produces lacing as the head diminishes. It is fairly clear.

Smell: It has pine, citrus, hints of apricot, and a slight hint of malt, caramel. It has a very sweet beginning and then the bitter kicks in. The flavors are It has a caramel base with pine and citrus hops. The citrus hops remind me of apricots.

Fell: It has a semi-dry finish. The texture is high on the moderate end. The bitter punch on the palate is long lasting after swallowing. It has a moderately high amount of carbonation..

Overall: The combination of hops and malt works well. The overall feel is a bit heavy, but quality none the less.

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