Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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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 tjfinkle
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into my Bruery tulip after dinner. Labeled as Batch 11.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a nice orange color with light carbonation creating some soft white head that settles out to a nice lacing that sticks around.

Smell - Citrusy piney hops up front followed with some nice malts.

Taste - The hops are very noticeable up front. Some serious pine and floral notes, also some noticeable grapefruit. Some nice soft malts on the finish that are then overpowered by the bitterness of the hops.

Mouth- Bitter, but balanced adequately by the carbonation, however the alcohol is a little more noticeable for the style. Granted, this is a 10.4% beer, but was still a little too much.

Drink- Tasty beer, but still a tough beer to enjoy a lot of. The 10.4% alcohol is very noticeable as is the significant amount of hops. Would still recommend to someone who is interested in this style.

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A supreme, ultra-fancy looking bottle covered in aluminum and colors. A pour that leaves monstrous head and an orange golden glow. Incredible appearance that only loses points because of the excess floating sediment.

The taste is so powerful, all about the hops at 100+ IBU. I actually think this started to taste better as it warmed up, but still the hops nearly mask any other taste, and hops for hops sake is more of a novelty than a necessity.

A bit of citrus smell and a very powerful hop aroma.

The problem with the price comes down to this - the 22oz size and the 10 dollar price tag makes this require dedicated drinking, and the payoff (other than the awesome look) does not come. This won't be a common purchase simply out of value reasons (there are much better/cooler economic choices).

Drinkable? Well, for the 10.5 abv and being an IPA, I'd say it does decently. But what beer will you feel cooler drinking? Not many.

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Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange in color with a deep haze. Lots of active carbonation along with tons of yeasty floaties makes this one very interesting to look at. Big floral bouquet, pine and tropical fruit. Despite the high ABV no hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Sweet malty character that is quickly overcome by the piney hop flavor. Finishes with a complex tropical fruit hoppiness and a touch of alcohol heat. Definitely a sipper, but easy to drink.

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Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second of 2 DIPA's I had on-tap at City Taphouse in Philadelphia.

Avery Maharaja was served in a 10 oz tulip that came to the table a bright copper color with dissolving foam that started leaving lacing on the glass. The beer smelled very resinous with good pine notes, sweet tropical fruit, and rich doughy malt.. The beer was very bitter with a sweetness from the malts as well as fragrant ripe pineapple. The low level of carbonation allowed the flavors to really come out of the beer and gave the beer a very thick smooth texture.

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Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-The first pour yields a crystal clear orange amber color with a dense, two finger cream-colored head. Leaves behind thick, sticky lacing.

S-Dank piny, pineapple, and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel in the background.

T-I get mildly bitter pine and some pineapple right away with some alcohol notes (but not in a negative way) with some lingering pineapple and caramel flavors.

M-Thick bodied and creamy with low, prickly carbonation. It also leaves you with a warming mouth- and throat-feel from the alcohol.

D-This is dangerously drinkable in that the alcohol is there, but not at the nearly 10.5% ABV (my bottle says 10.48%) that this one clocks in at. If I had to guess what the ABV on this one was, I'd mid to high 8%. Probably my favorite DIPA to date.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22oz. bottle dated May 2010, Batch 12 into my go-to DFH snifter.

Pours a burnt orange with a cream colored, finger thick head with some nice lacing down the glass that sticks around for a while.

S: Massive amounts of floral and hops hit the nose right off the bat. The scents of citrus and slight amounts of caramel are disguised by the powerful hops.

T: Very hoppy taste up front with the taste of alcohol lingering behind. Tastes almost exactly as it smells, very small amounts of caramel in the taste with hints of citrus. The finish is pretty bitter and works with this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with average carbonation and a very hoppy aftertaste left behind well after the beer has left. Very nice.

D: Although alcohol is prominent with every sip, the 10.48% goes down smooth. A great IIPA with lots of character.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass, bottles in May 2010

Appearance is a medium amber hue with light orange highlights. A semi-sticky off-white head provides a large crown for the beer and sticks around for quite a while.

Hop aromas are both a bit piney and citrusy. Simcoe hops help give a more pine/earthy scent, white the cascade give their typical grapefruit. At this point the hops still seem fresh enough to dominate the nose.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the aroma would have suggested. The strong malt backbone provide a lot of sweeter malt syrupy flavors, almost like a barleywine. The hops may not be super fresh, but still have enough in them to give a good kick. With the finish, the alcohol comes in to make the beer feel a bit warmer.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy texture that goes down well. Overall an enjoyable D.I.P.A. but nothing I'm going to go out of my way for (since we dont get it locally).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep orange/copper with a rather small off-white head that leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: Loads of American hops - pine, pineapple and citric notes. Sweetness from caramell malt.

T: Not as great as the taste, at first nice floral hops - American style, but then the taste gets a bit weaker to be really bitter in the end. My guess is that the malt isn't full enough to balance the greatness from the hops.

M: Body is medium to full and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste lasts a long time with a very nice bitter bite to it.

D: A nice DIPA, but I would have liked a stronger maltyness to balance the great hops.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! It's one of my absolute favorite IIPA's.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Front label says "Bottled in May 2010, Batch 12."

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with thick rich creamy off-white head with great retention.

Nose: Big pine forest! Lots of bitter orange, pink grapefruit, agave nectar maybe?

Palate: Big and creamy carbonation, lots and lots of piney bitterness, bitter grapefruit rinds, thick caramel malt. Big bittersweet finish!

Notes: Tries to be East Coast style in malt body, but has West Coast drying hop character. A perfect style bender and one of my favorites!

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Photo of ballz50401
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle (May '10, batch 12) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a glowing copper with a orange/reddish hue. Head is big and frothy with an off white, almost light tan color. This one looks very inviting. Be careful, there is alot of chucky yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: This has alot of malt sweetness in the nose. Heavy caramel/toffee in the aroma. Light citrus hops in the back. Hop aroma probably faded some from aging 3-4 months.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with a thick malty base that is sticky with caramel, toffee, and some bready notes. It then finishes with a semi-sharp hop bitterness. Again, hops are pretty much muted at this point. Mouthfeel is very full, creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability: This has turned into a nice drinking "barleywine". I'm sure it would've been much better fresh, but the hops do not hold up very well with 3 months in the bottle.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #12, bottled in May 2010, and consumed 8/25/10.

A: Dark orange color with about 1/4 inch head. VERY cloudy with tons of yeasties floating around. Nice!

S: I detected more orange than grapefruit. Maybe a bit of peach?

T: Bitter, bitter, BITTER... but in an awesome way. Very hop forward with citrus to spare. Alcohol sizzle is prominent throughout. Still, the caramel malt backbone is strongly present and doesn't disappoint.

M: Pretty thick, but the flavors are so pleasant that the sugar residue that lingers is actually a good thing. Surprisingly, there isn't much lacing on the glass.

D: I guess that due to the high ABV, one couldn't guzzle too much of this stuff, but for being the Imperial monster that it is, it's a great drinker!

Overall: One of the many bench-mark setting IIPAs!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man oh man- fresh Maharaja on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Gotta love it. Well, I do anyhow. I love this beer, and the fresher the better. This is fresh! Pours a dark orange amber with a very full head that fades to thin cap but leaves lacing that coats the glass. Smells nicely of summit hops, and is hugely herbal. Taste is similar- a citrus and herb explosion with enough sweet malt to balance things. Very smooth in the mouth and juicy. A great experience!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy orange golden color with a massive frothy tan head. The lacing is spotty and chunky. Ahhh now this is how a double IPA should smell! This smells super yeasty and doughy. There's a nice lemony citric smell to it. Whiffs of alcohol. Taste is a combination of super piney hops and the caramelly sweet malt backbone. It has a strong brown sugar taste but i wouldn't say that its cloying. Alcohol certainly makes its presence in the flavor. Feel is smooth and creamy.

The only thing that hurts this beer is the alcohol pushing its way to the front which leads to a diminished drinkability.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber with huge cap og stiff merangue like white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is made of huge whiffs of citrus, tropical and pine notes with a solid carmely sweet malt backbone present. First taste is a bitter rush of the hop notes mentioned above, backed by the lightly carmel and grahmn crackery sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, oily, coating but high in carbonation, dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that is big and bold and could sitll affect a bruised palate.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, little head, heavy lacing

S: Nutty, perhaps hazel

T: Thick and creamy, like caramel and almonds.

M: same as taste, almondy and thick like a steak and shake milkshake

D: Tasty and not repelling in the least. Nothing too enthralling, but very solid.

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Batch#12 bottled in May 2010. It was a hazy amber color with plenty of carb streams. I gave it a good pour to stir up the aroma so it had a large, pillowy, off-white head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma is exceptional and one of if not my favorite these days. Amazing hop aromas blended in with some sweet malt to balance: citric and tropical, pine, sweet caramel malt. The taste is just as amazing. Starts out with a great hop bite with a bit of bitter and then is balanced by the sweet malt coming in at the end. Great balance. Mouthfeel was full and chewy with great carbonation and aftertaste.

Overall, an amazing ADIPA that I most highly recommend. This one is near perfection for me and my go to beer for when I want to have excellent flavor and just relax. As much as I've had this I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it. Available here in TX. Rotation - heavy rotation and a must when I can find it on tap. Only problem I find (two if you count only being rotating release) is that I've had it many times on tap at the brewery so I'm spoiled by the really fresh ones which are hard to get in Texas. We seem to have 1-2 month lag time from release in CO to here. [R;Y]

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep orange color with a thick frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy, tropical hoppiness with strong notes of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine coming through. I love the tropical, juicy flavors to it.

The taste shows the tropical, fruity and juicy hops right up front. A pretty bold malty, caramel, sweetness starts to come through before the finish. It becomes more bitter in the finish but still keeps some of the great juicy hoppiness. A moderate amount of warming alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style. Carbonation is moderate and feels pretty appropriate. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol coming through hurts it a bit but the hoppiness is just so delicious it can overcome it. I love the tropical, juicy, hoppy beers and this one definitely fits into that category. One of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Pours a cloudy,deep burnt orange with a fleeting,1/2 inch,off-white head that left gorgeous,clingy lacing.

S-Orange blossom honey,pine and pink grapefruit
with some noticeable sweet malt.Fragrant but not too aggressive.

T-Piney hops,white pepper,sweetened grapefruit and apricot.Good hop bitterness balanced by a nice caramel malt base.No real boozey character considering the ABV.

M-Full and viscous.Good resinous character.Coats and tingles the mouth nicely.Medium bodied with a moderately dry finish and limited carbonation.

D-A truly delicious and easy drinking beer.A deceptively high ABV that could be dangerous.

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a nice frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine hops with some citrus in front of sweet caramel malts. The taste is loads of pine and citrus hops in front of burnt caramel malts. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit of alcohol presence, but the 10.3% is very well hidden. I have always been a fan of this beer, at least when it's fresh (I've had it 9 months old and found it almost putrid) and this draft version was just what I hoped it would be.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep neon copper. Specks of sediment everywhere. Is that grapefruit pith! ;) Huge 3 finger head with great retention and leaves dynamite lacing.

S - Concentrated citrus along with a little pine, green apples and pineapple. Sharp alcohol vapors. Where's the malt?.

T - There's the malt! The flavor is quite different from the nose. Loads of sweet bready malt off the top, the hops are the supporting cast in this creamy silk beverage. The citrus hops come through with sweetness attached. Alcohol is noticeable and slightly sharp. Aftertaste has a slight mint flavor.

I've never come across a beer that the nose was so different from the taste. The mouthfeel was decadent! There is some perfect taste somewhere in there that is hard to pick out.
A solid DIPA.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review transcribed from notes from April 2009.

Feb. 2009 bottle from City Beer in SF. People say the hops in these "fade" after a couple of months. Well 2+ months after bottling, this one wasn't faded, but after drinking it and a few homebrews, I definitely was! Ok, bad joke. Anyway, wow. This is definitely top 10 in style I've had thus far. Deep golden color with a foamy white head. Strong piney hop aroma with a little malt thrown in. Flavor is lots of sweet caramel malt with a huge citrusy/piney hop punch and some slight light fruit notes. Medium-full, fairly oily on the palate. Party on, excellent.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my Rochefort glass...Pours a dark orange with nice white and very sticky head...Really nice aroma of grapefruits, sweet, very similar to dreadnaught. Light hops on the back end...The taste is down a little, malty caramel backdone not much of the grapefruits. Mostly pine resin from start to finish. Its not too overpowering as far as this flavor goes, but a little one dimensional.

Above average ipa, worth trying but not worth searching out or trading for.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a dense off-white head that fades to a nice lacing. Loads of juicy grapefruit aroma with caramel and honey in the background. Lots of citrus hops upfront in the flavor with a strong floral note. Some sweet malts coming out which are then quickly overpowered by a lingering pine flavor and a healthy dose of alcohol. Has a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste too. Full body with a dry finish coming from the alcohol content.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, peachy-brown and I'm surprised to see that it is rather hazy. Not much head, but the bubbles that stick around stick to the sides of the glass in a minimal manner.

A good deal of bready malts exist in the scent along with orange hops. There is also a good deal of barleywine like mustiness.

Everything about this beer suggests a barleywine-like IPA but the balance is wonderful. Right when you are thinking that this is malt heavy, grapefruit hops make their presence known and save the day.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being extremely heavy in the mouth, I would rate this a 6 or 7. The mouthfeel is one of the best aspects of this beer, nearly creamy but definitely soft feeling.

This is not the most drinkable beer, but deserves a good score for its complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass, 0.33 L. Beer is amber to red and kind of hazy. Forms a thick head of off white bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

The aroma is mostly piny and malty. Not too strong.

The beer is sweet first, medium to big in body. I suppose this is what people call a balanced IPA. Eh, its kind of malty and the bitterness is cut overall by the malt. Its not dry, its kind of boring. Definitely not my favorite IPA.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5,675 ratings