Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,844 Reviews

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 hreb
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Crystal clear amber with a big off white head. Big all-hop aroma: grapefruit, citrus. Very American IPA so far. Big all-hop flavor too. I'm really enjoying the combination of floral, citrusy, and spicy hop flavors along with a little bit of bite. The finish is actually a little bit creamy...yeah, I'd bet the final gravity on this one is higher than many IPAs start fermentation at. But if this beer has any flaws, they're in the finish. It's too oily, and along with the high residual sugar and alcohol, it limits drinkability. But making a double/imperial IPA this well balanced is a feat and Avery has made something I'm happy to drink. Even if I still like Dogfish better. :P

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Photo of wingman14
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangish amber with a foamy white head. The hoppy aroma hits first, very loud and tangy. Hints of fruit are there, most likely from the hops. The taste is extremely hoppy as suspected, and the flavor is also very loud. A giant flavor yet still has that bitter bite at the end. The aftertaste is dominated by the hops with a high ABV taste. The balance isn't quite there, the power of the hops drives the beer but there isn't much else. A good imperial IPA, worth checking out. I enjoyed this beer, but couldn't drink too many because the strong flavor could get annoying.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 13, March 2011
Poured from the bomber into my DFH Signature Glass.

A--Dark orange in color with a cream/off-white head. My aggressive pour produced a 2" head that dissipated down to a 1/4" permanent head. It had syrupy retention on the glass. There were lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the brew.

S--Lots of pine and fresh grass. Grapefruit and a syrup-like sweetness on the back end.

T--Booze is the first thing that hits me. Tastes very dry. Lots of hop flavor, with an ever present taste of pine. The problem is a real funky taste on the back end of the drink. I don't know what the funk comes from. There's also a lot of booze and syrupy sweet taste to this.

M--Whatever the funked aftertaste is, it leaves the mouth feeling awful. The carbonation in the beer is nice and I like the hops, but I can't overcome the funk.

O--It's going to get a 4 from me because I think it represents the style well, but it is far from my favorite DIPA. There are plenty others out there that I would rather have. It's a shame, the nose and look of this one led me to believe it was going to be simply amazing.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Very interesting nose, and I'm not really sure what I'm smelling. Piney, resinous hops, slight citrus, but not very noticeable.

Taste begins light and floral, but explodes into a resinous, earthy, piney, hop taste. Lots of resin taste with a nice warming feeling from the abv I'm guessing. Lingers heavily on the finish. Pretty earthy.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy.

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper in color with white head and white lacing that sticks to the glass the whole time

S- HOPS HOPS HOPS with some citrusy undertones

T- again tons of hops really fresh again with some citrusy undertones maybe some pine in there too yet kind of boozy

M- pretty heavy for an DIPA but still pretty good

D- the high ABV kind of takes away on this one

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Photo of meathookjones
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At almost 10% I was worried this one would be a little hot given my experience with some of Avery’s stronger beers. This was a deep orange color body with reddish highlights topped with a light tan small head. Light webbings of lace were left around the glass. Sweet hop juicy citric aroma with plenty of malt to be had. This could use a bit more hops and bitterness. The flavor retains the citric juice hops that were gong on in the nose but with more bitterness to help it along. Nice maltiness here with a light sweetness than the nose. Finishes with a nice hop juiciness and a light bitter bite. Pretty big mouthfeel here but none of the prickly hop feel on your tongue I expect form Double IPAs. Good drinkability as well, the taste is hoppy yet balanced. Good overall effort but a boost in the nose and bitterness would do this one a world of good. Also the alcohol was no where to be found.

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Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably one of the sweetest DIPA's I drank. Poured in to snifter glass. Minimal head appeared, I did pour aggressively. Beer was amber colored, seemed more darker than other DIPA's I tried.

Just after opening I smelled citrus, nothing more really. After pouring into glass I smelled primarily pineapples, honey, and some oranges. Very very sweet and fruity.

Wow this beer is malty! It's so sweet it's not even funny. Maybe some hops noted but not a lot. It just seems so rich or maybe cloyingly sweet, then followed by a bitter finish. Hard to define the flavors specifically, maybe pineapples, just really sweet. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is definitely noticeable, not well concealed. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall it's not a bad beer. It has flavor but at the same time it seems so sweet. A little hard to get past the sweetness as I really appreciate bitterness from hops which I did not get a whole lot of in this beer. It is different than other DIPA's, a very malty beer overall.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, Batch 8, May 2008. Pours an orange-amber color with a decent off-white head, pretty good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus hops with a decent malty backbone, caramel and pale malts. Taste is initial citrus hops with a good amount of maltiness, finishes fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is astringent (esp. the finish), fairly thick, and fairly active carbonation. Good beer, a more malty DIPA than I've had recently.

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Photo of tjfinkle
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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 blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A goblet full of Maharaja appears to my awaiting meditating liver with a dark golden apricot hue on tap, topped with a thin collar of khaki halo radius.

Perky scents of apricot schnapps and awl-kee-hawl nose buzz that holds no secrets and gives up the ghost.

First swigs: Orange wedges and tangerine juicy hops characters overtake the palate. Some awl-kee-hawl gullet waring is going on, with more citus fruit.

A medium bodied 2IPA with a slickness that lends to easy drinkability, despite the acclaimed 10% ABV. Enjoyable.

Last swigs: Runs the obstacle corse between Troegs Nugget Nectar and 90 minute. Warrior hops are in there somewhere! AVERY's Eleven is better. Send more kegs this way as this was only on a sixthel at McMennamin's where they refused to allow this to be a growler fill. We went home with Yards TJ in lieu.

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Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery's Maharaja is a little overly sweet. I would never have pictured a Maharaja being that way. But, I'm on a DIPA kick, and this one is certainly a solid stop.

There's a caramel and sweet malty smell, with a pinch of sweet citrus hops. A bit of pine maybe too, but nothing huge. The Maharaja has a lovely appearance, which is maybe a bit hazy for my taste but comes with a clinging head that makes things more interesting.

This Imperial IPA is an easy drinker with a very full mouthfeel, but the taste is follows the nose and is too sweet for a double IPA. I mean, things are still IPA's, right? There's no drying, and only a little bitterness. The aftertaste is totally malty, and not even really bitter from the hops that do linger. Still, it's tasty. I'd love to get wasted on this. But it's just not balanced, and thus not in the top of it's class.

Then again, neither am I. Maybe me and the Maharaja have something in common after all.

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Photo of libertygrails
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Everything about this DIPA is World Class-esque. Lovely floral resiny nose, rich amber orange in the pint glass, very complex piney/citrus/malty finish....

Definitely worth a try if it's available in your area. Was struck by how similiar to Stone's Arrogant Bastard it left me. Again a World Class DIPA.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A darker amber in color, beatiful head and excellent lacing and retention.

Smell: Lots of piney, citrus hops.. Hints of toasted malt are also here.. Grapefruit, mango combined with a nutty, ester like fruit floral. Loads of barley and hop oil smack the nostrils.

Taste: Hops up front are fruity and sweet, strong alcohol like malt smooths out the sharpness from the hops. A sour bitterness takes over the palete, dark esters and resinous hops explode towards the middle and the finish of this one. Pungent and strong.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, lots of bitterness, very subtle on the tongue from the malt. Stays in tact on the tongue

Drinkability: This was a great DIPA.. So much hoppiness and malt overload, it was suprisingly sessionable and bold enough to keep my attention. This is no Hop Stoopid but it's a damn good backup if you want something hoppy with a big malt backbone.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark honey color, just shy of crystal clear (adding a bit of depth). Just a finger of orange beige head, not much lacing (though it is unusually humid today), head dying to a light sheet. Smell is big on honey and caramelized pineapples and general citrus, with some pine hints and a bit of an alcohol kick on the back of the nose. Taste is fairly standard for the Double IPA, lots of hops on the front end, hints of malt and burnt pine. The hop's bitter was a bit sour on the back of the tongue, and the alcohol vapor seems to seep down the throat. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly dry and bitter

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Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with the help of Speedwayjim and Steph on 8/7/09.

Appearance: Amber and clear with little head retention.

Smell: The most prominent hop profile I get from this is the flesh and rind of the grapefruit.

Taste: This opens with the grapefruit hop and a subtle sweetness which sneaks in there. From the middle to the end the hop profile continues and as it approaches the end there is a citrus tang which comes about leaving a grapefruit and hoppy alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I am personally starting to like the hoppier IPA's but there weren't too many profiles of hop to make me want another on the same night.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange copper with a slight chill haze. Fluffy 2 finger off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is great. Peppery floral hoppyness. Malts in the background with a definite alcohol presence. Taste is also good. Lots of floral hops with a spicy piny blast followed by a smooth malty sweetness. Caramel and toasted pale malts balance out well. Mouthfeel is thick, but dry and the carbonation level is spot-on. Overall, another excellent beer from Avery brewing Co. I think I'm gonna have another...

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on-tap at Pizza Plant, good example of style and quite drinkable when I am not a big fan of the style. Looks like an aged peach with small soap bubbly white head. Fruity aroma, a bit citrus. Taste is substantially grapefruit, and smooth. Last beer of evening as it is a direct impact on you taste buds from the hops. A lot of grapefruit and the malts to make it drinkabale and it is.

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Photo of wscaffe
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 13 bottled March 2011. Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

I realize this should have been consumed earlier but I just got my hands on it.

A - Light orange/amber color. One finger head that leaves a decent lace on glass. Head lasts a few minutes then dissipates.

S - Strong malt character but the hops are definitely there. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus. I also get a bit of pine on the nose.

T - Hop character is still there after three months but it is definitely subdued. Slightly boozy. Good caramel taste. I am really enjoying the various fruit flavors found within this brew.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with a good level of carbonation. Some alcohol but it is hidden fairly well by the malt character.

Overall a representation of a DIPA. Hop character is still there even though the bottle I had was three months old. Alcohol is a little too evident but overall I would drink this again.

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Photo of velosuds
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my never ending quest to find a great, bottled, DIPA above 10% ABV, I decided to give this a try. My favorite DIPAs tend to range between 7.7 and 9.4% ABV. It must be very difficult to stay true to style above 9.5%. This is no different, but closer than others, in that it also was too much like a barleywine.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. May 2010 Batch 12. Paid $8.99 at John's Market.

A-Poured a hazy, medium, golden-amber hue with a two finger bone white, frothy head with nice retention and gorgeous, sticky lacing. Nice appearance.

S-At 102 IBUs there are plenty of hops present, mostly of the citric and piney essences, but not fragrant enough. There is also too much sweetness from the malt bill. The high ABV is not masked adequately. Smells a bit more like a barleywine.

T-This was too malty for style. Much more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Too pungent from the alcohol noticeable in the taste at 10.48 ABV. Somewhat disappointing. Not a bad taste, by any means, just not a great DIPA. But, Avery already has an excellent barleywine in Hog Heaven.

M-Is very smooth, but a little heavy from the high ABV. Its roughness mellows as it warms.

D-This was probably the best DIPA >= 10% ABV I have had and it comes closer to the DIPA style than the others I have reviewed. A bit pricey, but I will look forward to trying a fresher batch in the future, willing to modify the scores if warranted.

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Photo of sjverla
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose: Caramelly and fruity. A little raisin that gives way to citrus and dank, damp green grass.

Appearance: Clear copper, big sticky off-white head. Laces like crazy. Gorgeous.

Taste: Big, sweet and juicy. Strawberry preserves and toffee quickly followed by a cavalcade of hops. Piny, resinous and mildly astringent and slightly drying. A hint of alcohol taste, but no real burn.

Overall: This big boy is quite good. Not mind-blowing - but a nice, sweet Double IPA that drinks huge.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, copper with a big, off-white head. Decent retention, with significant, chunky lacings throughout.

Orange, grapefruit and sweet malt aroma blend with a big, pine hoppy presence.

Orange slices up front with a grapefruit and hoppy finish. I expected this to be a bit more bitter, but the hop presence is definitely felt. The aftertaste is also surprisingly, not dry. The saving grace is that this has a very smooth taste, with almost no alcohol presence. Still, not what I expected from a DIPA.

Very well carbonated with no syrupy texture, this is a very drinkable DIPA with a light, nice mouthfeel.

This is a nice, smooth brew but it just does not deliver the high hop profile that one would expect from a DIPA.

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Photo of Alkey
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured a cloudy reddish/brown color with small white cap that leaves some lace around the glass. Smells of malt and yeast in the nose and taste big and malty with an equal portion of earthy, floral hops. It also has a yeasty thickness to the feel and leaves a bit of an alcohol dryness to the aftertaste. This brew is easy to drink and is very balanced between the malt and hops but doesn't seem to have anything that jumps out at me and I would probably not go out of my way to obtain this one again.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a snifter.

Appears a brown with a subtle dark orange. A thin creamy head remains - 1/4 inch.

Smells heavy duty. No real fruits in nose but a noticeable non-citrus heaviness.

Tastes like a heavy wine. More malty than I expected. Want to research what hops are used. There's a bit of muddy overripe fruit in there.

I dont think I'd purchase another one so quickly but I'll gladly split one if you bring it over. :)

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm lucky enough to have a wife that buys me buy such as this.

A - Copper body with a dash of red kicked in. The head is the purest of white and has nice stamina at a quarter to a half inch.

S - Citrus hops with a sweet candy-like accent.

T - A combination of bitter hops with pine for a rather unique flavor. There is a hint of citrus and evaporating alcohol to act accordingly. I give Avery some credit for taking a stab at this flavor in an Imperial IPA. I've never really had anything like it. For that it's good, otherwise I'd say average.

M - Thick and sticky like any good DIPA should be. There's a slight coarse feel in the finish.

~ This isn't something I'll seek out again but I will recommend it to friends. The reason being, this is a unique flavored Double IPA. For that it should be sampled.

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Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me just start off by saying that I am not a big fan of double IPA's. IPA's are pretty brutal on my taste buds to begin with...but doubles are even more so. With that said, this is THE best double IPA that I've ever had. Poured a nice golden brown color with a good sized head that gave some lacing. Aroma was HOPPY...but there was also a presence of citrus and, well, booze (it is 10% after all). Actually tasted pretty sweet in the start, but it finished very hoppy/bitter. Not to the point that I was not wanting to finish the glass, but it was actually pleasant...and I never feel that way about supremely hoppy beers.

Pretty smooth, light to medium in body...again, pretty darn drinkable for a 2x IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, but if I had to drink a double IPA...this would be it.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,549 ratings.
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