Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

5,621 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 Shilt
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle. Pours a translucent, slightly hazy dark gold/ amber. 1 finger head with minimal lacing.

Smells like citrus hops, orange peel, pine sol, and brown sugar.

Taste is very bitter but oddly sweet. Maybe brown sugar and honey that follows an intense bitter, piney profile.

Mouthfeel is bitter, almost too much but the sweetness helps. Not bad.

Overall, I don't think it lives up to the hype but its good.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head, no matter how I pour this beer. Brilliantly transparant, and a nice warm shade of amber. The head is a fluffy white creamy billowy pillow that leaves a ton of lace. Perfect.

S: I smell a ton of citrus, with tangerine and apricot. There's some faint pine hints. It smells so good...just the way an IIPA should taste.

T: It has a nice rich malt flavor, with a really strong spruce flavor. It's very well balanced between the malt and bitterness. It tastes like they didn't skimp on the hops at all in this one. I can taste some alcohol. The flavor has a huge rich profile though.

M: The mouthfeel on this is great. It has just enough carbonation to give it that zing, just enough bitterness that you want from a beer like this, without it being imposing or uncomfortable. There is a lot of resinous sting in the beer that tears at the tongue, so that's the only part that makes it slightly uncomfortable to drink. Otherwise it feels great.

O: Overall this beer is awesome. I would recommend it pretty much to anyone who loves hops, IPA's IIPA' get the idea. It's a very complete beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pours a deep orange color with small white head. Aroma of big grapefruit notes, some pine, huge bready malts, toffee, biscuits, caramel. Flavor follows with the huge bitter grapefruit up front that fades into a soothing smooth bready malt character. Sweet for sure, and heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Very slick. Excellent brew, and on the malty side for the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear orange, with a foamy, very light toffee colored head.

The aroma is sweet, tropical fruits with some floral and pine backing.

The flavor is more of a blend of resiny pine and floral notes, with a slight spiceyness.

A medium body with low, yet still acceptable carbonation. Leaves a slight oily, sticky coating to the palate.

A decent DIPA, though a bit spendy for what it is, in my opinion.

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

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear red/orange with a two-inch bone white head that never backs down. Clumps of lacing cling to the glass like concrete. A great looking beer.

S: Tropical hop scents abound. Mango, tangerine, pink grapefruit with sugar, a brief blast of strawberry and passion fruit. Honeydew melon and watermelon too. Green, pithy, and oily. Malt base smells of sweet caramel malt. There's a lot going on here, hop-wise.

T: Sweet caramel malt tastes opens, but just for an instant. Then it's all hops, all the time. Mango, sugary grapefruit, tangerine, honeydew melon. Some strawberry and passion fruit in the background. Green pithy tastes and slight pine too. Bitterness comes on with only moderate strength at first, but builds stealthily until it reaches almost tongue-scraping levels. Some tropical esters and a slight, tingling warmth hint at the strength of this beer. Finishes sweet with lingering, bitter, oily, pithy hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Full and oily. Low carbonation. Smooth and well-rounded. Good.

O: One of the best DIPAs out there. I look forward to its release every year.

Notes: This is a very easy beer to drink, especially considering its strength. Barely a trace of alcohol despite its brawn (just over 10% abv). A quality beer and a good buy at $9 a bomber.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was visiting friends in Greenville, SC this past weekend, stopped by Community Tap and picked up a half-growler of this one. Split with a friend and poured into an over-sized wine glass.

The pour yielded a much darker-than-expected ruby garnet. Clear of haze, but very dark. A thin sheet of lace caps it off. Great nose bursting with candied hops, tangerine, orange slices, grapefruit. Awesome. Flavor is floral and well rounded with plenty of citrus as well. Bitter grapefruit, sweet tangerine, pineapple. The bitterness spikes at times, but gives way to a sweet candy-like finish. Loved it. Excellent beer that hit the spot, and one I will revisit again.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,621 ratings.
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