Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,633 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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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber, gold foil around the neck and cap. Pours out a hazed amber hue, with a loose creamy light beige head that settle to a mid-sized cap.

Sweet bready malt, mild caramel, with bright orange highlights on the nose, floral hops.

While not considered intense, there is a lot of good stuff going on in the flavour here. No got intense. Sweet bready and caramel malt up front with sweet orange citrus notes, punctuated with sharp pine and leafy herbal hops, grapefruit pith and rind, getting spicier and more astringent towards the finish, and lingering on well into the aftertaste. Hop bill has some depth and layering to it but never gets out of control.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, slightly on the lighter side of that spectrum but hardly an issue, full slightly chewy, creamy smooth texture, with a somewhat assertive mouthfeel for the style which adds extra depth.

More please. When it comes to DIPA's there are bulldozers and there are Mercedes, and this is the latter of the two, smooth, refined, yet still has the horsepower to deliver the goods, just with more grace and refinement.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tylerprince
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Avery tap room in Boulder.

Pours a clear light copper with thin off white head. Nice rings of lacing down the beer.

Standard DIPA with a twist. Citrus, tobacco, grapefruit, with a pleasant grassiness. Some floral notes. A rye-like malt at the end provides a nice twist on the typical DIPA malt profile.

Citrus and grass give way to a rye-like malt with ample finishing bitterness. Hints of tobacco and caramel. Alcohol is extremely prevalent and amplifies floral and fruity esters. Complex and delicious; my only complaint is that the alcohol is almost overpowering. The lingering bitterness at the end is complex and lengthy...hop oils and fruits hang around for practically minutes.

I feel like all the Avery beers I've had lately have been a bit too light-bodied, and this is no exception. It's syrupy but undercarbonated with little in the way of sticky resins. I seem to recall the MF being better when I tried this a year ago.

Despite the mediocre mouthfeel, this is an awesome DIPA and one of the best that CO has to offer. I plan on having some more of these soon and hope that the MF is a little more in line with what I remember...medium-bodied and sticky.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released Spring, 2012. Poured into a cognac snifter.

Red-orange color with some hop haze. Crowned with a stunningly stagnant inch of eggshell head. Starting to lace.

Burnt sugar maltiness with a lofty pine hop presence in the nose. Very, very light grapefruit nuance; but mostly just the pith. Dominantly pine with a few sparing herbal hop notes.

Egad! This DIPA is firmly bitter, but balanced. There's a rich and sweet malty backbone that has some dry caramel tones. Oily hops construct pine and grapefruit pith flavors with a touch of earthiness. Very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. A beastly and malty Imperial IPA with great composition, but without particularly evident hop flavors. It's hoppy, sure, but I can't pin much down other than pine and grapefruit.

Drinks big. A fuller-in-body IIPA with that perfect light carbonation. Pretty silky. Strength gets at me a bit, but that's to be expected of a brew that is very similar to an American-style barleywine.

One of those beers that just comes together so well. I recognize what it is for the style, and it's still a great example.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a snifter & reviewed between the 50-55 deg F recommendation.*

A- Dark Copper. Thick head recedes to a one pinky, soapy head around the rim of the glass. Surprising that there isn't a whole lot of lacing. There is a good bit of sediment.

S- Nose is a lot less hoppy then I would have expected. There is a large malt scent overall. The nose is of warm alcohol mixed with a kind cirtusy hop as well.

T- Malts, citrus hops, and a warming alcohol. The alcohol gives the beer another layer of bitterness to this already bitter beer! There is a rich tobacco flavor in the background as well! Finish is about 15-20 seconds in length to me. It coats the back of the throat very slowly with hops and alcoholic bitterness.

M- For such a high ABV beer, it's really an easy drinking beer. It's a medium body, but it's the right kind of body for an imperial IPA. A little sticky and oily, but not bad. It makes the alcohol with the malts and hops coat the back of your throat nicely.

*At $10 a bottle, I don't know how many more times I'll be having this beer. But in general, this a very good beer. I was nervous trying a 102 IBU beer, but there is so much malt and alcohol warmth that the hop bitterness isn't all that harsh. A beer for me!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Pours a clear and bright auburn-orange color and a light tan head. Very good retention and lacing.
Smell is hoppy of course, with subnotes of citrus and evergreen from the hops, and some malt trying to balance which it does fairly well. Not as much complexity as I remember but let's see what hits the tongue.
Taste is hop heavy but with a solid malty backbone running through it. Citrus and evergreen notes with the expected alcohol finish it off. Balance is pretty good.
Full bodied, medium effervescence. Warming from the start and a slight coating at the finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,633 ratings.
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