Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

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4.23 w/ 5,649 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 Mavajo
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a good white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is a generous offering of hops and some malt. The taste falls a bit short, in my opinion. The hops are there with a tropical flavor, backed by a good malt backbone...but it doesn't doesn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on what I didn't like, but it just didn't do it for me. Mouthfeel was good.

All in all, a decent DIPA, but not one I intend to buy again. The package just didn't come together for me.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's Downtown location - 1/2 price during happy hour, served chilled in a snifter.

A - A rust colored copper w/ good clarity and thick whipped light beige cap with a tiny bead. The color has accents of gold and crimson and lace clings well

S - the smell is rather pungent ad hoppy with both pine and citrus with a mild floral element. The nose is bolstered by a slightly sweet malt note and light alcohol ester

M - The feel is very good, it starts sweet with a gentle resinous texture from the hops with a bitterness that builds and spiced tinges with the alcohol moderate in the feel. There is a drying effect from both the alcohol and hop resins on the palate with mellow malt sweetness and hop acidity

T - A flavorful blend of hop goodness! The slightly piney hops have a light spice and rind flavor with a mellow bit of fruit acidity and light astringency. The resinous texture leads to a mild malt which balances the almost hot alcohol flavor and high bitterness. The taste is well nuanced with hop flavor utilized above the bitterness factor, it comes off as a really juicy sweet hop taste first and bitter spicy and warm taste next with alcohol only noted after the swallow

D - This is a seriously well made Imperial IPA, I commend the talented folks at Avery for the fact that malt presence and yet still an abundance of hop flavor and long finishing with only a very mild alcohol influence on the taste - you definitely know it is there after the first glass which is whey I gave a 4, but very smooth for the strength of 10.3%

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

A-Looks the part. Dark amber with foamy head.

S-Various types of hop scents woft from the brew. Spicy and malty backbone comes out after the tropical hops.

T-Complex hop flavors. Strong malt backbone makes this brew a well balanced beer. I taste some pear as well which is unique.

M-Full bodied. Nothing wrong here.

D-Pretty drinkable had it a few times and always go back

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured dark hazy orange. Thick off white head stuck all the way around the glass. Smells of figs, dates and apricots, toasty sweet malts and citrus. First a sudden burst of piney hops and heavy malts. Hints of orange and caramel peak through the hot alcohol taste at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Drinkability suffers because ABV is not hidden as well as some in the style. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, bottled in May '10 Batch 12

A - Pours a hazy light copper with bits of sediment floating around; pours with a good 2 inches of off white head with excellent retention and sticky lacing that lasts the duration of the drink

S - Powerful pine and citric notes in the nose; resin, grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt

T&M - Navel orange and grapefruit come through first, and in the flavor the resin actually takes a back seat to a more assertive spicy and herbal character. The citric tart and spicy hops are nicely balanced by a sweet malt presence. Full bodied with the spice, malt and citric flavors hanging around for a bit.

D - Very tasty, a nit heavy and high in ABV to have a lot, but I'm finding this one bottle to be very easy to drink, and am happy to have another in the fridge!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The new top 100 is encouraging me to put in some old handwritten reviews!

Pours a reddish amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing as it goes down. Smell is tropical fruits, some citrus, and a few hints of earth. The taste is much the same, but it lacks the punch of the nose and some of the more-intense West-coast DIPA's. Medium body and somewhat dry. Drinkability is affected by a bit of an alcohol taste and a slight lack of cohesion to the hop flavor and intensity.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts, and laces delicately yet plentifully. Aroma is juicy fruit hops. Taste starts with a light malt sweetness, and quickly morphs into fruity hops which tantalize, yet do not overpower. We're talking hops flavor here, not just the bitter hammer over the taste buds. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes be daunting. An almost subtle yet effective brew, surprised by this one

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great slightly cloudy amber color with a solid one finger head that took quite some time to go away. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Gotta love that pine resin. As soon as the bottle was open your hit with a wave of citrus and floral pine.

T - Just like the smell, intense piney greatness intermingles with grapefruit. Very delicious bittnerness.

M - Nice medium carbonation really works with this DIPA. Nice and dry with a strong hop finish.

D - One of my favorite DIPAs. Had everything working for it. Really something to try. That 10% does sneak up on you though!

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Photo of Thur123
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(May 2008) So its a bit aged

This beer pours with one finger of light khaki head over a very hazy, deep orange/brown color. Looks nice and as it should. Smell is big caramel malts with a subdued blend of hops. Dark fruit smells abound as well with a slight citrus, herbal bitterness along with the dark fruit sweetness.

Glug glug glug

The taste is big on the malts rather than the hops, but as this beer has been sitting around for almost 2.3 years I should've known the hops would be faded. Malt tastes traditional with toffee and caramel. What hops I do taste remind me of white grapes, mango, slight grapefruit and a bug orange flavor with a slight lemon citrus edge. This fresh might blow my socks off with hops. The mouth feel was full without being heavy and a little chalky at the end but no big deal. The drinkability was great and a sure benefit of its age. No alcohol tastes what so ever. This could have been a 7% brew as far as I could taste but as it's 10.5 or so, good job beer. Overall I think this is good but I need to try it fresh.

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Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard this is one of the hoppiest beers of all time, on several occasions. The May 2010 batch is the first time I have seen it fresh in MA, fairly excited.

A- Pours a dark peach-orange with massive, creamy three-finger head. The head has great retention and doesn't wanna move, some good froth going on here. Amazing pattern of unpredictable but beautiful lace, this is what beer should look like.

S- Right away, from about four feet away I get a wind of hops from the pour. Fruit, citrus, earthy and pine, all in large amounts. A lot of orange and peach fruit aroma. A surprising amount of grainy malt comes through and gives this one a unique IIPA scent.

T- Right off the bat I notice the hops taste more like just general hops than I am led to believe by the aroma. I certainly get some fruit, pine (most prevalent) and citrus but like Hop Dam and Devil Dancer, I almost feel like I am chewing on an actual hop (I do prefer this to those). Caramel malt backs up the hops in an over the top flavor that will destroy your palate. Definitely a bit like a Barleywine.

MF- First time I will say this in a mouthfeel, I like the feeling of the foam hitting my upper lip every time I take a sip, this head never goes away. Moderate body that is creamy and fairly warm with good carbonation. Bitterness level is through the roof and blasts the taste buds away. Oily, probably from the hop oils that couldn't dissolve into solution, wow.

DB- I am not going to complain about the price, you get a freakin' huge beer but one that is slightly over the top. Lots of hops in a flavor that will probably prevent you from legitimately reviewing another beer. Amazing looks, great smell, good flavor... you will remember this one for sure. It might be a bit much to drink a whole bomber solo but I didn't get sick of it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good sticky lacing.

S: very nice fruit forward DIPA which consisted of mango, tangerines, and citrus grapefruit. There is a very nice floral piney hop aroma that had good malt presence.

T: very nice oily fresh piney hop punch upfront with mango, tangerine, and citrus grapefruit accents that also had a pretty good malt backbone.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a fruity, sweet, oily, and hop bitter punch crisp finish.

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

A: Reddish amber. Cloudy. Frothy white head. Spots of lace.

S: Mango and peaches. Citrus. Bright tropical fruits. Pine and grapefruit. Smells great. The hops really shine. Traces of caramel pull up the rear.

T: Follows the aroma with lots of citrus and grapefruit pith. Sight vegetal aspect. Pine bitterness. Alcohol warms the chest but is otherwise stealthy. Mildly yeasty with a brown bread, caramel malt. Assertively bitter without being overbearing.

M: Full bodied chewy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for something this potent. Great stuff.

Bottled March 2010. Batch 11.

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

From a bomber, Maharaja pours a chill-hazed deep amber hue with a very thick head that retains and laces quite nicely.

Aroma is hoppy: very woodsy, spicy and piney, yet at the same time relatively tropical and fruity.

The flavor is very big. This is a huge DIPA that I don't think could be any mightier, lest it literally shred one's tongue and erode one's enamel. This beer doesn't even care about balance, it simply goes for grandeur in every regard-- hops, malt and alcohol. It's quite malty and in the Colorado DIPA tradition, but it's also one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Incredibly juicy, chewy and resinous with a piney, bitter aftertaste. Enormous mouthfeel. You can really taste the booze here, but it's still one deliciously hoppy sipper.

Even though this isn't my ideal DIPA, it's a very impressive brew.

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

Pours a ruddy amber with a clotted cream-thick off white head that puckers and sheets. Fresh Centennial hop flower nose with spiced berry jam malts. Stewed plum, some butter-and-brown-sugar plus Amaretto malts with brandy-soaked orange and an herbal bark quality like Fernet Branca. Orange rind linger. Chewy, heavy and hot.

bottled March 2010; batch 11; labeled at 10%.

Monster; every flavor is steeped, intensified and doubled up. That has to hurt the drinkability - this is a one and done beer. And as flavorful as it is (no noticeable loss of hops at 5 months) between the sweet malts masking some of the IBUs and the ABV burn, this is not my first choice for a hophead DIPA.

But what a way to finish the night!

Edited for change from Drinkability to Overall.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler from De Cicco's in NY after the captain. In a glass.

A- Deep orange shaded bronze metallic with a gorgeous tanned foam on top with vigor. Notches down the side of the glass, spray paint like.

S- Smells like a nugget nectar with more booze, nugget, simcoe? semi citrusy hoppy with a malt overlay. Sweet boozy, hoppy.

T- A real malty double I. Maha comes off with mild citrus, orange and something else. Malt is up there with sugar and sweet. Some booze, it shows, a small caramel bite, no pine.

M- A sweet rush followed by a muted hopping under the malt and barley. A big medium body that does not shield the booze to much. Carbed up well off the spout.

D- I got through it, not my favorite double, not one i'll seek out again. Too east coast for me, this is nearing Stoudt's DIPA territory for me, not a good look.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maharaja-=Big king=Big Beer= OUYSTANDING
Picture Perfect Pour,DEEP golden orange with two finger magestic head.
Subdued malt scent with lots of hoppiness,citrusy,grapefruity,honey,Care for an Hawaiian Punch?
A slice of Heaven came down and slapped me when this hit my tounge,WoW, What a great job of putting everything together in a complex but balanced package!
More quality comes through in the mouthfeel,Crisp but with a lingering wetness and sweetness with a alchohol presence,similar to a well orchestrated piece of music,very nice!
Drinkability is Superior,each sip leaves you wanting another,the sooner the better. Top Notch Stuff!

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Photo of ralree
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Gold, slightly cloudy, 1/2 finger head, fluffy white. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit, strong hops backed by nice malt kick.

T: You must love hops. Hops just keep coming and don't stop. Basically kills all other flavors. Grapefruit almost undetectable. Not sweet. I wish it were a tad more fruity.

M: Pretty oily, a bit astringent, perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, especially for being so strongly flavored!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled june 2009

Pours a brilliant sunset orange with a thick fluffy off white head, lacing my goblet in spotty patches. Murky haze with a little sediment flying around.

Smells juicy and big. Hops still holding on even after a years plus age, grapefruit/orange citrus and pretty pungent. some serious malt presence as well.

Malts are first in the taste, HUGE caramel malts smacking me in the face. Im also pleasantly surprised that the hops again are still holing in even after a year and a month. Hops are tropical and big. Almost no heat from the 10.69% alcohol content which is pretty fantastic.

Big bold mouthfeel that is thick and chewy. Im loving the bitterness this leaves behind in my mouth, slightly dry finish.

I love this IIPA a lot, this particular batch was 10.69% abv. Even with the huge alcohol content i could drink this all year round.

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Photo of gdodd12
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer!

Pours a dark brownish color. No retention but decent lacing.

Great citrus/pine hops smell. Just very lovely to the nose.

A great taste for sure. The hops are there, but definitely not as bitter as I would have expected. I got some great citrusy fruits with a little bit of peppery goodness. Finished with some fruitiness as well.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I would keep this permanently stocked if I could.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with about a finger of slowly dissipating head that leaves pretty good looking lacing around the glass.

Smell - Heavy citrus aromas such as grapefruit and orange peel. Piney and hoppy.

Taste - Bitter up front from the hops and unripe grapefruit - however, there is actually quite a heavy malt backbone, i.e. sweet caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This is one thick sucker - lower carbonation, finishes with a slight bitterness.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. I've been meaning to try this but it isn't what I was expecting it to be. I feel there are two heavy competing tastes - the massive bitterness which gives way to a heavy malty backbone. I personally don't like beers made as such, so it is just personal preference. Also, there is definitely a slight alcohol taste while sipping this beer, and a noticeable warming of the throat.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured a burnt-orange, with a thick, tan head and tightly knit bubbles.

S= Grapefruit and pine aromas bursting out of the glass.

T= Wow. I was expecting a hop-bomb, but instead was greeted with rich malts. The hops did follow quickly, keeping the potential for sweetness at bay, but not in a face-puckering way. The grapefruit and pine are there, but so are floral notes, grass and spice.

M= Quite smooth and agreeable. Creamier than anticipated. Complex, but very well balanced.

D= One of the best IPAs I have tried as I make my way through a style that I previously did not care for. They are winning me over in a big way.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold to orange in color with a beautiful 2 fingers of head that lingers and shows really great lacing.

S - Seriously so full of hops it it just makes me giddy. Citrus and pine with a little malt in there too.

T - Hops hit you right off the bat, but his beer is incredibly balanced. Nice grapefruit bite and bitterness, followed by a malty sweetness that is wonderful.

M - Medium body, syrupy, perfect carbonation, sticks around long enough but never too long.

D - This beer is almost too drinkable for the ABV. So good, so balanced, and once of my all time favorite Imperial IPAs!!!

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Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-golden color, clear. Medium amount of carbonation. Head looks very nice and creamy, lacing looks pretty good.

Strong fruity hops (pineapples, mango, orange peel), hint of piney, sweet malts.

Tropical fruity hops up front (pineapples and mango), a little orange peel, touch of piney, along with slight honey-like malts to balance off the beer. Spicy hops in the middle, a little peppery. Very crisp finish with nice fruity hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is great, I like that hop sizzle through my tongue. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is extremely high. Tons and tons of hops, yet very balance. Probably the best DIPA I've ever drank!!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours red-orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet hops and a very slight hint of malt. The flavor was big on hops, with a bitter bite upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nice IIPA. The hop flavor can start to get a little overwhelming after some time but the bite at the finish is quite nice. This one is a must try for all hop heads out there as it is pretty close to be a complete hop bomb.

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Photo of mcnkuckles
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both in the bottle and on tap, with tap style definitely exceeding the bottle style, so if you do happen to run into this on tap be sure to try one if you can, but you will probably have 2!

A. Very dark and ambery for an IPA, with a syrupy look that "clings" to the side of your glass.

S. Very strong hoppy/citrus smell, with a slight smokiness attribute.

T. Out of this world for an IPA. Very pungeant at first, but softens to take in all the hoppy glory of this monster of an IPA. Definitely has a "boozy" alcohol flavor that settles on your tongue, but finishes somewhat sweet, as the booziness lingers. This is a hoppy beer, but is insanely balanced with the sweet/caramel tones.

M. Very syrupy, yet smoothe. Good amount of carbonation via the bottle.

D. This is an addicting beer, but will fill you up fast, and that boozy character is chock full of "bang you up" so I have never drank more than 2 or 3 of these at a sitting.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.9% out of 100 with 5,649 ratings
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