Maharaja | Avery Brewing Company

1,850 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 OliasOfSunhillow
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling. Differences from last year's batch: 1. More hops in the nose. Unbelievably rich, spicy, floral hop aroma. 2. Alcohol "hotness" is greatly reduced from 2005. Perhaps Avery's high-gravity brewing is becoming more refined and less aggressive. 3. Lower level of carbonation, plus very low head retention -- kind of barleywine-like in appearance.

All in all, a more elegant, much more drinkable Maharaja this year. Kudos to Adam and the boys down on Arapahoe Ave.

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Photo of Hopine
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good if you like malty, sweet, hoppy doubles. A slight step up from the Dogfish 90 minute. And I know that's a bold statement. There's a lot of people willing to take the pepsi challenge in that one. It's blood orange in color with a sweet boozy floral aroma. Essentially the beer equivalent of a very rich sweet red wine.
Great nose, taste and body!
Poured into a short tulip off tap. Always good.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dense but somewhat fluffy beige head that dissipated quickly into lacing. Beer is amber with a slight red tint and is mostly clear.
S: So good! My mouth started watering immediately. Lots of pine and citrus zest.
T: Follows nose with a nicely boozy and smooth finish. Really nice balance of zest and bitterness.
F: Great combination of tasting booziness without scorching alcohol heat.
O: Avery nailed this one, it's really good.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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 ironarrow42
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just released - the March 2009 bottling.

Pours a brilliant, clear, coppery-orange hue with an eggshell coloured head that falls to a collar and large foamy patch.

Massive American hop aroma, with lots of orange peel and pine. Full bodied with a velvety, creamy texture. Enormous hops on the palate - loads of citrus peel and resinous pine with substantial bitterness. There's enough biscuity and caramel malt underneath to support the hop overload. Big, lingering resiny finish with some floral & citric hop notes.

Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. As it warms, a honeyish note shows up. Beautifully integrated, massive brew. Some light lace remains on the glass.

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Photo of ChazMania
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Batch 5 2007. I'm very happy....I first had this in bottle last summer at Najas and have wanted more ever since.

a) coloring of orange - amber. nice bubbly little head as it poured into my pint glass.

s) outstanding. crisp and refreshing aroma, pine, citrus, all the good dipa stuff.

t) holy schnikes! this kicks and is big and robust, flavor bigger than the aroma.

m) smooth and creamy with a full mouth texture feel. it really can be tasted from every part of my tongue.

d) I need more. I might have to go look for a case. Dang I wish I had a cellar.
This is up there with Pliny the Elder, 3 Floyds and Hopsickle.

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: poured a nice light brown with a slight tan head that was pretty thick

Smell: piney with a sweetness

Taste: being 102 ibus this is a hoppy beer hops hops hops all over the pallet. The malts in this beer are pretty strong to ease the bitterness but its not enough everytime you take a drink the hops are kicking at your tongue making your taste buds tingle.

Overall: this is one bitter beer and i loved it. Just the way a imperial ipa is suppose to be.

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Photo of ERASE21
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Read other reviews about how it poured. This is how it tasted to me...

The best Double IPA I've currently had. It sold out at my local best liquor store in about a week. I hope they get more. I'll be buying a case. It's better I thought, than Stone's 10th Anniversary Double IPA . Perfect balance of shock & comfort. Not your typical over-the-top punch in the face you might get from other overly hopped-up double IPA's, just perfect. The other ingredients are just as important here and they work perfectly together. Beware the ABV's. It doesn't taste like it has close to 10% at all. 2 bombers will go down smooth and then you will go down.

Just thinking about it makes my mouth wet.

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Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Wonderful grapefruit and pineapple hops on the nose

Taste: Extraordinarily well-balanced with a grapefruit and pineapple hops flavor on top of a sweet, malty backbone; after the swallow, the grapefruit bitterness builds along with the sweet malt to a powerful finish of minty intensity

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a wonderful brew where a ton of hops are well-balanced by the malts and the combination masks the high alcoholic content of the beer

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Photo of becktone
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fries while at the Oberon release party, notes taken on a Bell's coaster.

Eye: Amber-orange-copper is the best way to describe this beer's color. It pours clear with a light head and little lace, this could be the glassware at the bar, I think that the sanitizer they use at bars almost always kills the head. Other than that it looks great.

Nose: Hops and more hops, citrus and floral. Great malt backbone to support it. Spicy notes from alcohol. This is how a double IPA should smell.

Tongue: This is one mean beer, very very hoppy-citrus and floral notes abound. There is alcohol warmth and spice...more intricate flavors than I care to investigate in this crowded bar. The alcohol is evident, but adds to the overall flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As afore mentioned some alcohol warmth. A damn fine beer, I'm definitely going to be drinking this one again, it is worth the price.

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Photo of giblet
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew! admittedly IPA is my favorite type of brew and this is one of the best. this is not just a top 25 for me but a top 5 so far. but, to be certain i have made the very easy decision to have many many more just to feel very sure that this is true. that will be a difficult task, but i am man enough for the challenge!

the aroma is a citris and hops and it only gets better from there!

i highly recomend this one. if you dont try it then that means there is more for me!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Benjamin Franklin - words to live by!

[email protected]

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Photo of JMOvechkin
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this in a bomber and poured it into a snifter. I found this at a local liquor store that doesn't carry too many craft beers. On this small shelf off to the side they had Trappiste 10 and 8 along with some Stone and this bad boy was sitting in the back covered in dust, aged, just like I like it. It was wonderful.

A: First I love the art and description on the bottle. The color of the beer was beautiful and the head was thick and inviting.

S: I really enjoyed the light citrusy and fruity waves I received upon opening it, it put butterflies in my tummy

T: Delicious. The blend of ingredients were perfect. The ABV was perfectly masked and there was no overpowering flavor, very smooth and hoppy.

M: Light and smooth with small bubbles distributed evenly over my tongue.

D: Almost too easy. If I had this in a pint, I might have drank it too quickly. I will certainly drink this beer again. One of the best IIPA I have had to date.

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Photo of IvanJ126
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

when I see this I buy it No matter what it has plenty of kick and a great tasting Imperial IPA had it for the first time at the Cottonwood and the Orange color had me hooked and the aroma is out of this world

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Darker DIPA, nice head and lace.

S - Smells of grapefruit hops, alcohol ans some malt background.

T - Taste is rich hop grapefruit alcoholish and stron, great example of the style.

M - Normal larger bubble medium carbonation, pretty hot and hoppy brew, goes down nice with a rich aftertaste of hops.

O - Very nice brew, great DIPA flavor with some great grapefruit and malt mixture of hops. I would consider this a great example of DIPA.

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Photo of dnolan36
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best IIPA I have ever had. Had it on tap at Cape Fear Wine And Beer in Wilmington, NC.

Poured a beautiful golden orange color with a nice frothy white head.

Smelled strongly of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange. Also a nice malt smell on the back end.

The tasted is similar to the aroma, very strong citrus hops taste upfront followed by the nice malty finish.

I wish they brewed this year round. It is a must try and I recommend it to everyone that asks me about IIPA's.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 21, Jan 2015. Amber in color, slight off white foam head that lasted the whole time. Nothing much in the way of lacing though. Aroma was of hops, grass, and lots of pine. Taste is very heavy on the malts, pine, and quite big of hops. Pretty full bodied in nature with some bitterness bite on the finish. Really great, malt forward, semi-sweet DIPA that did not disappoint!

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Photo of dqderrick
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from mbunje bought at Avery. Poured into Chimay goblet. Consumed in the 52°-55°F range. Batch 9, Bottled in Feb. 2009. There is nothing like consuming a good IIPA/DIPA the same month it was bottled.

A - 4.0
Looks like a great DIPA. White head, fair to good retention. Sparse lacing. Transparent copper brown.

S - 5.0
Bring on the hops! Seriously. Reminds me a bit of the Green Flash Imperial IPA. Very hop skunky. I'm a self-proclaimed and buddy-proclaimed hophead (buddy bought me the BA HopHead tee.) I can't get enough of the smell. Damn. Unmistakable citrusy pine.

T - 5.0
Exactly what I want from a DIPA. Nice hop bitter with enough malt sweet to provide balance. Powering through a solo mission bomber will be a delight.

M - 4.5
Near perfect mouthfeel. Smooth on the front... almost impossibly smooth for this much hops. Bitter bite on the of the tongue on the way down. I can't help but keep this in my mouth an extra second before swallowing.

D - 4.5
Scary drinkable. I wouldn't touch more than 22oz of it in a session. But, I will enjoy the whole 22oz. I would love to keep a bottle of this in the cellar to personally enjoy... and when fellow BA's visit so I can say.... "I have a bottle of the MAH-ha-RA-ja." What a perfect name for a superior DIPA/IIPA. Congratulations again to Avery.

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Photo of praufs01
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange yellow with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut pineapple and raw honey.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied brew that has a creamy, slightly oily consistency that is perfectly scrubbed from the palate by just the right amount of carbonation.

Taste - Sweet pink grapefruit hop flavor up front that shifts to a tart orange zest middle and a dry bitter hop finish.

Overall - The beer smells divine and the flavors are pronounced and complex. Absolutely fantastic brew that could easily be classified as a masterpiece.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A big foamy three finger head rises above a red-orange (grapefruit juice) brew and stays around for quite some time. Enormous amounts of chalky, sticky, crusty lace sticks to the glass. The brew is slightly cloudy, and the color is amazing. Head retention is outstanding...especially for a high ABV beer.

S - Big time funky grapefruit and tangerine. Lots of apricot and canned mandarin oranges here too. Smells wonderfully juicy and hoppy, and the citrus is backed up by sweet syrupy malt notes. There is an almost sea salt air freshness to this, and a big earthy funk lays down some real complexity.

T - Big grapefruit hops with a lot of herbal notes too. Extremely fruity and fresh with huge mandarin orange syrup flavors, bitter herbs and grasses, and some nice salty....almost fishy notes. Green tea and fish food come to mind also. Tastes tropical to me...lots of jungle fruits (like mango) and herbal grassy flavors.

M - Sandy, gritty, juicy, acrid, and extremely dry. This stuff sucks the moisture out of your mouth and leaves a gritty dirty feeling behind. The aftertaste lasts for days....I'll be intermittently tasting big herbal hops the rest of the night for sure.

D - Outstanding. There really isn't anything about this one not to love...I couldn't drink more than one bottle though. An outstandingly complex and satisfying DIPA. This doesn't have quite the malt muscle of other top notch DIPAs though, but it makes up for it with the earthy herbal complexity and juicy freshness.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, my bottle says "bottled in June 2009 batch 10." It's October now so this bottle is about three months old or so, been sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks now for the right time. I paid $8.99 for this bomber.

Pours a reddish gold with a nice blonde finger thick head. Looks delicious, I haven't sniffed it yet but the aroma is beginning to waft up from the glass into my nose, this thing is pungent.

Aroma is immediately grapefruity, quite floral hops. A spicy, almost peppery note is apparent, with an element of apple or other sweet fruit. Also a bready malt note.

Taste: Bold and bitter up front, with a very strong, rather sweet malty backbone, and an unusually spicy, grassy finish. Some alcohol warmth (although not what you'd expect at 10.69%). Strongly malty and bready, this is exceptionally well balanced, just how I like an IIPA- not only hoppy, but malty as hell, at 102 IBU's this isn't even close to a hop-bomb, it's a huge beer overall and is surprisingly gentle on the palate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but aside from the buzz I am starting to feel as I type this, it is shockingly well hidden considering the beer's strength. This is a deviously drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, smooth, moderate/low on the carbonation.

WOW! Now this is my idea of a balanced, full bodied, satisfying IPA. Sweet, bitter, powerful, and delicious. A memorable brew and a new favorite for me. Without a doubt, a huge beer, formidable at 10.69%, but I'd crack a second one now if I had it without hesitation. Perhaps a little pricey for frequent consumption, it's worth every penny as a now and then treat when it's available.

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Photo of HopsyTurvy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Simple as that. Ok, ok so I am a bit of a hop head and the heavy hand of hops used in the creation of this bad boy definitely plays to my tastes. But, the 2010 release of this is quite well balanced with a sweetness that comes through after the initial hop assault. The 10.5% ABV does not overwhelm with an alcohol bite like other high % beers I've had, in fact if one's not careful that 10.5 will sneak up on you by the end of the bottle. Trust me I know. Indeed going through a bottle of this is quite easy as its a surprisingly drinkable beer. This beer is a must try for all, even the non-hop heads.

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Photo of MChobanian
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent, complicated aroma of hops in an amber ale, highly tasty. Cloudy with hops, and the malt was tame, not overpowering. Will definitely come back for more.

Giving this one a solid "A". Thinking of exploring more Avery Brewing Company IPAs.

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Photo of Brad007
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful copper-amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with grapefruit in the nose. Definitely a hell of an aroma.

Taste is full of floral hops with grapefruit being a dominant feature of the hop bite. There's a decent biscuit malt bite underneath as well. A hint of mint as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral hop bitterness and biscuit malt. A bit of alcohol lingers as well but basically serves to warm up the throat.

A very good example of the style. The hops are spot on and this beer is a hop lover's delight. Easy to drink and worth a try. You must seek this out.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. brown bomber.

Poured a mostly clear ruby red with a goodly sized beige head, especially considering the high alcohol content.

A very enjoyable nose of vibrant hops- herbs, evergreen, and citrus- matched by sweet malts.

Full bodied and round with a resinous mouth coating. Big hops come out first carrying on the traits mentioned above plus a floral note, paired with a by a candy tinged malt sweetness that really holds its own. Alcohol is all but hidden under the massive flavor.

A new favorite and one I hope to find again soon.

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Photo of mwa423
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden with a solid finger of frothy head.

S - Citrusy hop aroma that fills the nose. From aroma alone you know it will be a hop bomb

T - Strong hoppy flavor with a sweet malt bote to chase. A bit of alcohol burn but very pleasant.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very pleasant especially considering the abv and hops. Drinkability is a 4 but that's as good as you can get for this much of an ass kicking beer.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,587 ratings.
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