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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Reviews: 1,844 | Ratings: 5,550
Photo of GregJ
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow amber with white head. Smells of grapefruit, barley, piney. Tastes of sweet malts, citrus, pine, gassy. Full bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a piney sweet aftertaste with pine resin on the lips.

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Photo of asmangat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Darker copper than I expected with a plenty of head and great lacing.

S: The nose is surprisingly full of sweet citrus, almost burnt, along with a nice refreshing hop character.

T: The taste is way sweeter than expected in a good way. I got a ton of green apple and almost like grilled pineapple. Hops are definitely there and do linger for a bit, but perfectly complement the sweetness.

M: The body is medium to full (for an IPA) with a decent carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer. Couldn't find it anywhere when I went to Denver, so I was surprised when BevMo in SoCal had a few. This is really a great DIPA IMHO and may be one of the easiest to drink I've ever had. I could see how some hop lovers may be left looking for more, but it was almost perfect for my palate.

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Photo of Moose90
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from 22oz bottle into 16oz tulip
Release No. 22
April 2015

Two lines printed on the bottle read — "15112F5 / 1356263" so this means bottled on April 22, 2015 from brew tank F5. Reviewed fully on June 27, 2015. I've had this for about a month now and didn't realize how fresh it was. A couple months in the bottle should do this beer no injustice.

A — Poured carefully out of the bottle, as there was a bit of sediment visible near the bottom of the bottle when held up to the light. This pours a reddish, coppery amber hue in the glass. There is an initially tall, off-white colored head that settles and fades into a thin layer atop the body of the beer. Lacing left behind is supremely consistent and heavy/sticky.

S — Smells of dank, piney, resinous, hoppy fucking goodness. Very hoppy and bitter, lots of juicy Simcoe hop character, as well as a bit of Centennial spiciness and Columbus sweetness.

T — A true hop bomb, tons of bitter, piney, dank, herbaceous, resinous, peppery, earthy, herbal, slightly sweet notes. Extremely hop forward and bitter, while still having enough of a malt foundation to keep this from being excruciatingly bitter, lots of nice sweet malt characteristics, caramel specifically. Very nice balance of bitter and sweet.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, seriously cannot believe that this beer is 10%+ ABV, supremely smooth and no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

O — Fantastic overall, have had this many times before on-tap, but needed to add a full review, this is a fantastic beer, perhaps a "sleeper pick" in some regards, very nice.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

A sticky sweet, aggressively hopped masterpiece. Strong citrus notes with bitterness that is present but not overwhelming, nice heat, sweat caramel malt body.

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Photo of riTLce
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Bright amber-orange pour, bubbles suspended throughout, one finger of off-white foam that lingers.

S: Grapefruit citrus, bright and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, mango.

T: Bright sweet citrus flavors, fruity tropical that fades into a citrus bite and crisp finish. Citrus bite lingers for a bit after.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body and clean finish.

O: Excellent IPA, the tropical citrus flavors are refreshing and delicious. This is a revisit for sure.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky amber-orange with a thick light brown head, with decent retention and good lacing. One sexy looking beer. Smell is citrus heavy, with lots of grapefruit mixed in with a bit of caramel malt. Some pine as well. Taste leads with malts and a good deal of bitterness. Wonderfully sweet caramel malt lingers on the tongue after the first sip. The citrus comes booming through in the aftertaste-- a great sequence of flavor. A tiny bit of alcohol bite. Pine comes through more as it warms. Bitterness really sticks on the tongue. A little bit of breadiness comes through at the end. Despite the bitterness it is quite easy to drink. Not a lot of carbonation. A bit resinous. Overall, this stuff is like candy. It won't knock you on butt like the most powerful DIPAs, but it still balances strong taste with balance, and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/18/14

Amber body with a small white tan head. Smell is mild hoppy earthy dank. Taste is malty with lots of hops. Very well balanced beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a sandstone colored finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Lots of honey on the nose. Orange and grapefruit citrus. Light caramel and toasted bread notes.

Taste - Right there with the aroma. Well balanced flavors that hit on sweet honey with plenty of citrus, mostly orange with lesser notes of grapefruit pith. Caramel deep in there somewhere. Fair mint leaf and dank herbal qualities. Finish is a fair citrus bitterness, along with that honey sweetness, met by hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Chewy and sticky texture. Finish is a touch dry.

Overall - It's good, but not overly impressive. Maybe too much herbal dank flavor for my liking. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy it again, what with all the amazing DIPAs out there.

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Photo of pat61
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%

Big rich piney, resiny, floral hop nose backed rich malt.
3" snow white persistent very finely bubbled foam cap floating on a brilliant iced tea deep amber body. Lacy. Beautiful beer.
Palate: clean - no big yeast flavors, spicy light malts with light caramel support big piney, resiny hop flavors and bitterness.
Medium full body with medium low carbonation, warming.

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Photo of seedyone
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/02/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tons of horsepower hops-wise but well under control. At 10.5% this can & will be deceptive. Great brew.

05/13/2015 On tap at Rattlen Hum, NYC. Not sure where the difference is since last time, but I found this to be most disappointing. So much pine/resin in the taste made it unpleasant.

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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 Dellpepper123
5/5  rDev +19%

I'm from Portland. Home of many fine beers. However, this is simply the finest brew in production today. If u can find it... Buy it... Drink it. Rejoice.

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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 Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

APPEARANCE - Somewhat opaque dark orange with a light brown 3-finger head that lasts. Some lacing

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Well-rounded, bitter, dry, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - About average

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very fine beer indeed. Quaffable.

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Photo of Wreckerpecker
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- I like the Dictator Series theme, much curb appeal, so graphics.
S- Smells like an IPA to me ;-)
T- Typical IIPA; strong and distinguished.
M- Smooth with a slight bite of hoppiness with a malty wave of warmth afterwards.
O- Enjoyable beer, I wouldn't put it on my MUST HAVE list but it is worth trying.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer right here; this beer right here, man, this beer right here should be called def! Cuz it tastes so good that I tune out everything. (Somebody please tell me they got the Kat Williams reference). Anyway, this beer is really good! I love IPA's as it is, but this one looks so damn pretty, feels like water and tastes like some of Maharaja's gold. I would highly recommend it for, well...anything but a day in the sun. I encourage anyone google searching this reference while standing in front of a frosty glass cooler at Specs or Gabriel's or wherever, to go ahead and reach back into the cooler and add a necessary 8 bucks to your bill.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, but I have had better. Maybe I have held on to this one too long, but it was a bit too malty for my taste. Although the bottle promotes the balance and "control" like a raja of both hops and malts. I feel like the malts are too intense for the beer. Well balanced but for the style I would say medium to high ratings.

Color: Dark bronze, but with some transparency, also a very low amount of head and lacing.

Smell: Not as intense as a West Coast IPA. Maybe that is my favorite style?

Taste: Balanced, I got this one on sale for a super deal so I figured I would try it, but I would not pay what the original price reflected.

Overall: A Solid beer, well balanced, not as much hops going on as I would like but its not a bad beer in any regard. But, to me there are much better in the same price range.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, slightly hazy with an orange tinge, little fine carbonation a finger of orange tinged head.

S: Caramel, orange, sweet like candy, sugary.

T: Orange candy, deep toffee, caramel, hint of orange candy, richly sweet, light pine character.

M: Thick syrupy body with little fine bubbled carbonation. Solid bitter finish.

O: Well done Imperial IPA.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hate to judge a beer by its label, but I did with this one. A week ago I walked by it at the store and was like, looks weird. I knew it was probably good though, so when I was back I picked it up and thank the heavens. Very good stuff.

Beautiful color and carbonation, ruby brown body with a white head. Taste and smell are very earthy, bitter, hoppy. You can feel the hop oils on the back of your throat. Some fruitiness, mango and citrus hiding underneath the hop punch to the face. Nice nutty undertones. A little burnt in the finish, with obvious alcohol notes at the end as well.

I finished, the bottle, and felt real good, about the purchase and otherwise.
Buy again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date stamp appears to be 14072, but it's a bit smudged. Release No. 18, 2014. Sadly I have only had 2 previous encounters with this beer. I would guess 2008 and 2009. What was I thinking waiting 5 years?!
L - a frothy spattering of ivory head covers the top of the glass as it fades atop a brilliant amber colored ale
S - sweet, hoppy, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, caramel, bread
T - sweet yet bitter and pungent: caramel, honey, faint toffee and toasted grain, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and pine all meld together wonderfully
F - fuller body, a bit resinous and finishes semi dry with lingering bitterness; booze is warming and pleasant
O - world class DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle with a light amber/copper color. The pour yielded a good head that remained for a bit.
Aroma was complex with sweet notes and fruity undertones. Green/grassy as well.
Taste was just like the aroma. Complex with a lot going on. Grassy green and pine middle to end. Up front a small malt sweetness. Citrus notes carry throughout. Ends with a light grapefruit bitterness. Mouth feel is sold (moderate) and not thin. Mildly carbonated.
Overall, an excellent DIPA with a lot of complexity.

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Photo of mick303
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF. One of the beers I really wanted to try and was really impressed by this. A think smoky, super thick DIPA, very resiny and very very tasty. Lots of really intense hoppy notes, thick piney and grapefruit with a strong liveliness as well, smooth malt body, an excellent DIPA. Worth seeking out, very complex and tasty.

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Photo of slackattack
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- dark copper to amber in color, thin, quickly disappearing head that leaves a fair amount of lace as you drink

S- very hop forward, pungent, and harsh but doesn't overpower the complexity of the malt somehow

T- pretty great, major hops, face punching IBU's, and somehow the malt again isn't lost.

M- thick, chewy, almost like eating a pine tree, but in the best way possible

O- the BA reviews were right on, great beer, will absolutely buy again

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - blood orange, possibly copper hue; thin white head that produces decent lacing.
Smell - primarily citrus hop aroma with hints of pineapple and perhaps green apple.
Taste - a nice combination of citrus fruit, toasted malt and some grass.
Feel - flavorful with plenty of bitterness, but a bit heavy feel due to it's strong, warming alcohol.
Overall - a quality offering that DIPA fans should give a try. - R

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

Poured slightly chilled into a wine glass.

It appears a beautiful light amber or rich golden orange color with a three finger white head that has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a potent perfume of honey, lemon, orange, and dank hops.

A sip leaves an initial impression of juicy citrus and caramelized hops on my palate. And honey. There's a slightly dry finish of resinous pine and bread.

The feel is full, thick, and sticky, like honey.

I'd guess that any admirer of hops will hail the Maharaja.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,550 ratings.
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