Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,632 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Release number 15 Winter 2011/12

Creamy frothy off white head leaving nice sticky laxing. Light copper color body with sporadic bubbles and noticeable floating yeast sediment.

Sweet caramel, doughiness, citrus and pine on the nose.

Sweet caramel in the beginning, bready doughiness in the middle mixing with an intense grapefruit, citrus pine assault and a dry alcohol finish.

Smooth, very dry, slight carbonation, some alcohol heat - this is definitely a sipper.

This is a very big beer! This is a must sipper. If you are a huge hophead, like myself, you still might find this is a little too hop forward. I've had beers claiming to be well over a 100 IBU's and this clocks in at a 103; yet, this brew is nothing but hops with some sweetness to back it up. I am not complaining at all - but beware!

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Photo of vitters03
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kopfschuss
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Fubar1453
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, almost mahogany. Large creamy head with lacing.

S: Amazing hops with citrus sweetness.

T: Lots of piney hops, amazingly drinkable.

M: Creamiest DIPA ever, so amazing.

O: This is a fantastic DIPA. The hops mix with the citrus very well, does not leave a huge bitterness even at over 100 IBUs, so rich and creamy its like a stout without the cloying thickness.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Hazy orange with a snowy white head, good retention and lace. Highly aromatic, tropical fruit hops and caramel. Tons of citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Pine and sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced while still packing a formidable hop punch. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation, sticky and creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Bitterness comes out in a big way in the finish. A powerful, top-notch DIPA on the sweeter, maltier side. Definitely not in keeping with the drier west coast examples.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.45/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Newest batch. Hit the shelf not long ago.

Body is clear, amber, a good amount of lacing.
The aroma and flavors are juicy. Not very crisp citrus but a rounded juicy citrus note. Some pine resins, which is what i was expecting since this is a DIPA that has been made for years before the new school of hops were experimented with.
Personally, i think there is quite a bit of malt flavors in here, more then what a DIPA should have. The feel is far from dry and bitter and i do not expect a toffee flavor in a good version of the style.

Overall. i think this is a classic that needs to be put to rest or tweaked into a better version of the style. Less Pine, Less Malt, More Tropical Fruit and a cleaner finish.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Clear filtered amber color with a finger of beige foamy head. Falls somewhat quick and leaves bits of sticky lacing.

S: Sharp pine and citrus hop notes, backed by candy sweet malt. Some spicy pepper and tobacco mixing in with the aromas. Very balanced, but both sides are intensely strong.

T: Malt candy sweetness kicks off with fruity and floral hop flavors rushing in. Very sticky/resinous hop flavors dominate through the middle and finish. Spicy, herbal, piney, fruity.... you name your hop flavor of choice and it's in there. But the malt really holds up to it quite well! The finish is spicy, zesty, and dry.

M: Medium-full body, syrupy, medium carbonation, and dry in the finish.

O: This beer may not be the tastiest imperial IPA I've ever had, but the flavors are super intense. I'm also really amazed at how well the malt holds up to all the hop flavors, as well as how well the two play off each other. Outstanding beer. The best I've had from Avery thus far.

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Photo of delapowicz
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am traveling on a boat. It is rocking back and forth. It will take me 6 months to get there but I will be mature when I get there. For the troupes.

This beer is everything that hop lovers love about brewers. The hop challenge. Balance it with malt. It does with this one.

It is cloud but I dont care about that. My mouth with determine the value. A turbid beer makes it all the more mysterious.

This is a great beer brewed by guys that like hops. No one can do this with out a love for the cone.

Thank you brothers

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bcgpete
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap on a few different occasions at Tizley's. Served in a snifter-style 10oz glass.

The appearance is beautiful. Nice frothy head with that hop-oil glimmer to it. Clear, pale ale color.

The smell is my favorite part of beers like this. Super hoppy aroma, grapefruits and hops for days.

Taste is quite impressive. Very smooth for the abv, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Very slick and easy to drink.

This beer is great, I've had several on more than one occasion. It's so drinkable for the %, kinda dangerous.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden orange pour with minimal white head.

Smell: extreme hop scent with citrus undertones

Taste: powerful, hoppy taste, not too strong for 10.39% ABV.

Mouthfeel: typical IPA, a little bit of retaining in your mouth though.

Overall: pretty good IPA. Would have again.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Chmpgn36
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,632 ratings.
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