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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 czechsaaz
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very spicey hop nose. Lots of resiny aroma. Just a little tiny bit of malt in the aroma. The hop smell seems a little stale though but this is a june '06 bottle so only 4 months which seems awfully quick for hops to go south.

Deep amber color and clear with nice rising carbonation. Head starts out thick and white but fades to a thin persitant layer with really nice lacing.

Powerfully bitter hops. Hits right off and carries through the mid-palate and on through the aftertaste. The small hints of malt are basically blown away. It's like you can perceive malt for just an instant and then it's all hop. A little more balance is in order. But the hops themseles are piney and resiny and oily. Nice, but very over the top.

Big bodied and somewhat warming from alcohol. Nice playful carbonation level.

Kind of rough on the drinkability. It's all about silly amounts of hops with no finesse. It wallops your tastebuds and doesn't let up.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, small off white head forms, head goes fast but leaves a circle around the glass, lots of lace and decent retention. Smell is very grapefruity, some pine, caramel, more grapefruit, quite nice. Taste is malty up front, caramel, grapefruit and a little pine in the finish, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite smooth, lots of grapefruity goodness. My favourite Avery brew.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a super hoped beer not afraid to have a bite! 102 ibu say what? Besides this fact I was surprised how smooth and how well the alcohol level did not over power the mix. Huge nose bursting with fresh lemons and a hint of apricot. med. body with sharp citrus tones with a firm malt backbone to help with the mouthfeel.
Very long finish seem to make your mouth salivate for more!
Avery brewery seem to knock it out of the park on this one!

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap this fall at the flying saucer in Raleigh; Poured a medium amber color topped with a foamy off-white head.
The aroma was something I wasn't expecting. It wasn't as much of a hop-assault, but more of a fruity and sweet smell, with hints of yeast beyond the piney-ness and floral hop tones.
The taste was much of the same, with typical hoppiness, but plenty of fruit, malt and yeast.
Medium-bodied with decent carbonation and sweet tones balancing the bitterness well. Overall a pleasant suprise from Avery.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A n IPA I purchased when out west a few weeks ago. For those in the Mid-West, I feel Maharaja is not as good as a Three Floyd Alpha King or Gumballhead, but it is a decent IPA. Very decided bitterness but a bit short on the grapefruit or pineapple esters present in the other beers I mentioned, so it felt kind of unbalanced to me.

There is a lingering bitterness that seems to stick the rear of the top of my mouth.

Odor is dry hop. Not very fruity for an American IPA.

Appearance is hazy, orange, abundant head.

Recommended, but not best in the style.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FRESH: 2006 Batch 4 ; consumed 10-7-o6
PURCHASED @: binny
COST: $6HEAD: 1/2" diminishing to sheet
LACE: excellent
COLOR: opaque orange
AROMA: Hops (duh)
MOUTHFEEL: med; sparkling cond.
PALATE: oily
COMMENTS: 100+ IBU’s ?! Wonderfully Bitter Nectar!

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Photo of malcontent
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A confident looking head that backs down to leave an even bubble ring around the perimeter. Color is mahogany; deep & beautiful, a really fine presentation.

Hops obviously dominate the nose but there are apricot & alcohol traces that provide the expected with a little extra on the side.

Mmmmm...immediate alcohol (not unruly, however) is followed with a delecate hop taste & a surprising maltiness. A strange pleasure; it manages to combine the unlikely qualities of sharp citrus with a warm caramel-like taste with complete success. Quite good.

While the mouthfeel is outstanding, there is just a bit of an alcohol bite & when combined with an ABV approaching 10% it makes for a beer that is a delight for one bottle but probably not much more. Still, I will absolutely be buying this again in the near future.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a foamy, thick off white head.
Awesome, huge hop/bud aroma of a pine forest.
Very smooth mouthfeel with a medium to full body.
Great taste of grapefruit and pine sap hops with an ever so slight malt sweetness which keeps the hops from killing your taste buds.
A great DIPA here.

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Photo of onsite416
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a= a variable orange, bright at the bottom darker near the top of the glass fluffy head and a lacing til the end.

s= Flowery, hoppy, citrusy (like the zest of an orange)

t= initial taste is: Hoppy. And it really doesn’t end, it just changes you get the citrus at the very end.

m= Soft for an IPA, was expecting a bigger mouth feel. a nice switch.

d= you can easily get in to this beer. the smell never stops, every time you take another drink the smell is like the first pour.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an English pint glass.

A: Hazy copper, but bright. 1" head reduces with nice lacing and mild streaming.

S: Tangerine and orange reigns supreme, an oily hop fiesta. Crazy amounts of hop aromatics abound from the moment the cap is removed, nice Grand Marnier notes.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Resiny, oily, citrusy, and slightly piney hops. Almost reminds me of the Stone 10th: excessive brilliance. Creamy middle malts become more evident as the beer warms, and balance the insanity of the orange explosion well.

M: Crisp, clean, real bite on the taste buds and palate. A bit drying at first, reminding you that the hop excess was little more than formaldehyde for beer.

D: Drinks easily and smoothly, provided your palate is accustomed to these types of hop-bombing IPAs.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bottled in Feb 2006, batch 3.

Pours a hazy dark copper, with a dense two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a heavy sheeting of lace.

Smell; mmm...hops, and lots of them. Grapefruit and orange peel are the dominant aromas, but there's also a nice undercurrent of caramel malts in the background. I really like the way this smells.

Taste; the hops practically jump out of the glass; as with the smell the citric hops are the main attraction, with grapefruit and oranges, and just a touch of pine tress as well. The bitterness fro the hops is definitely strong, but they are offset some by a nice, slightly sweet, caramel malt profile, with a warming acohol presence in the finish. Mouthfeel is undeniably on the full side, with a drinkablity that is very good for a beer as "big" as this is.

Hopefully I'll have a chance to buy this again someday. I'd, without a doubt, buy more if/when I do.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - deep burnt orange color, huge head with good retention and great lacing

s - big hop aroma, very citrusy, malt backbone with notes of alcohol as well

t - sweet maltiness up front with big hoppy bitterness dominates, slight alcohol finish

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied

d - very drinkable for a hophead like me, alcohol not very evident

I was impressed with this beer. Very solid DIPA with a good depth of flavor, not just a hopbomb. Just wish this was a little bit cheaper for a bomber.

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

Pours an amber color that brightens a bit to a dark orange color on the edges. Thick, creamy off-white head that leaves a heavy sheet of lacing down the glass.

Scent is dominated by citrus hop oils. Caramel malts and some pine also come out.

Flavor is, again, strong on citrus with a sweet nut-covered caramel apple middle before another round of hops bite you again. Tasty, but the sweetness seemed a bit out of place for some reason.

Medium body with moderate dryness after swallowing. The abv is hardly noticeable...which could get some into trouble. ;-)

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Photo of mikepthe11
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'm a - drink outta' the bottle guy - so's i can't give too much credit to appearance...the smell is bold with plenty of hoppy goodness to delight the nostrils but not overly so...very smooth to the olfactory and to the taste...some Double IPAs can be coating like a cough syrup but this tastes full-of-body without the heaviness usually associated with a full-tasting body...smooth going in and even smoother going down...i found this to be very drinkable until the last 1/5 of the bottle was left...although, i might have nursed mine for a little too long in all honesty...i'll definitely try this again...it's up there in my book but behind the Hercules, 90 min and Stone offerings...

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

Nice creamy, off-white head, and orange color. A light malt aroma, but a heavy hop, orange, citrus, pine resin aroma. Right on style for a DIPA. The mouthfeel was not as thick as some similar brews. It didn't really coat the tongue. In a blind test I'd be hard pressed to distinguish this from Hercules. The taste is very, very similar, but I think the Hercules has a better hop aroma.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped
Bottled: 1-6-16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some really nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice hoppy, some malts, very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, piney, nice sweetness. Full body, ABV hidden very well, very nice chewiness, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, definitely one of the best DIPAs out there. Nice to see it available to me. Highly Recommended!

WOW! This is an awesome DIPA, one of the best I've ever had.

Pours a cloudy dark golden color, small head, but some nice lacing/islands thoroughout the drink. Scents of hops aplenty, some citrus, and some slight spices. The taste is very sweet and hoppy, a nice bitter bite finish. Medium body, pretty complex for a DIPA. This DIPA is very drinkable, an awesome brew from Avery, highly recommended.

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Photo of Beauregard
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a strikingly bright, slightly hazy orange color with a decent if unimpressive head. The aroma is strong, and it is all hops -- citrus up front, with grapefruit and orange scents followed by sweet piney resins. The flavor delivers what the aroma promised: a citrus hop paradise. The mouthfeel has nice tangy and sticky resin characteristics. The finish is wonderfully crisp, slightly sweet, and followed by a hop bitterness that is just strong enough to balance the hop flavors without overshadowing the fruity, citrusey, sweet perfume hop character that makes this beer so nice. The alcohol content is practically undetectable due to the great balance and bursting flavors present. I really can't say enough about the Maharaja; I've had it on tap numerous times in the past couple of weeks, and I keep going back for more. Aside from the 3F's Dreadnaught, this is one of my favorite DIPAs, and it's far more economical, too.

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Photo of duncan9idaho
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive color in the glass. Smells of floral, pine needle, and slight fruit. The taste starts with a punch in the mouth hop but mellows on the palate with a nice finish of fruit and hops. Out of the bottle is great but on tap is more appealing. Very interested to taste after some extended bottle aging.

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Photo of badbeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light caramel color with a white head leaving some lacing; looked good but I've seen better in IIPA's. Smell is awesome, citrus is powerful, full of grapefruit and juicy hops. Taste is full of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. It's like sticky hop juice on the tongue, a little bit of alcohol in the finish, brings down taste just a notch. Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. Really drinkable, I'll be picking up another bottle next time I see it.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #3 bottled in February 2006.

Pours a peachy orange with very docile carbonation and not much head retention. I'm aware of the abv of this, but I've had dipas at or around this abv that maintained more of a head. Some flecks of spotty lace. This smells like grapefruit and pine resin. Grapefruit and pine resin. The hops don't so much come at you out front with each sip, rather, I get the malt sweetness and some slight breadiness which segues into a big citrus hops flavor. The bitterness really doesn't hit me until the aftertaste really, to which it lingers. Not as balanced as I'd like. Kind of sharp carbonation up front, but slides over the tongue more smoothly. There's a viscous alcohol slickness as I swallow that just doesn't sit right with me. Good flavor makes this really drinkable, but that slick mouthfeel kind of knocks it down a bit.

The only big Avery beer I've ever had that didn't taste like someone threw a shot of vodka in the bomber. I suppose when you use this much hops it's to be expected. Good, but not worth the $7.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewery's website give the following information about the 2006 brew:
Hop Variety: Magnum, Crystal, Centennial & Simcoe
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Caramel 120L, Victory
Original Gravity: 1.080
Alcohol By Volume: 9.9%
IBU's: 102

22 ounce bomber. Poured half into a tulip glass, 'cuz I want those aromas. Hazy amber body under a large, off-white thick meringue-like two finger head. Pretty beer. Looks thick and slurpy.

Smell is pretty intensely walnutty and caramel malty with floral hops note. Mmmmm. Makes my mouth water.

Taste is nutty, peanutty, walnutty. Wow. Intensely nutty and a huge slam of grapefruit hops. This is large. Not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Long grapefruit-pine-hops bitter finish, and a final fascinating citrus sour-sweetness in the aftertaste. Lots and lots of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than it looks from the head and the lacing, but still nice and slurpy.

Way too drinkable for 9.9%. The alchohol is completely hidden: no burn, no heat, no nothing except a big kick in the backside.

Did I mention this is nutty and grapefruity? It would work for a breakfast drink! G R A P E F R U I T I E S T !

I was surpirsed by how close the bottled version is to the draught version. Really good. Go get some today.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden amber. Mountainous sand colored head of fine bubbles which settles slowly leaving strands, bands, and ribbons of thick lace. A handful of moderately active carbonation streams are visible. Rich resinous pine and tree sap and orange and grapefruit rinds are distinctly noticeable from a distance. The orange citrus oil flavor fills the front end along with an ample dose of pine resin. A thick malt body sports a thick coat of hops. The finish is warming deep in the throat and filled with spiciness and more citrusy resinous flavors, but they do not cling to the tongue and the finish is substantially shorter than anticipated. Certainly not a palate wrecker of a double IPA. Full bodied and on the thick side, the carbonation is relatively low. The hops oils are only a bit sticky and slick, but the malt weighs them down. Overall, the hops are big, but not huge and the alcohol is noticeable after the fact with its spicy heat. I could enjoy a few pints of this on draft and would be interested in seeing how it shines on cask.

Thanks go out to Heath for trucking me a box of fresh CO beers on a recent east coast visit.

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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 EvilKeith
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours into the glass a crystal clear deep amber hue with two fingers of tan batter-like head. The lace is remarkably thick and inviting.

The smell is tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, sweet caramel malt, apricots, and a strong spiciness.

The taste is a solid sweet malty base. The hops show a variety of faces here, grassy, tangy, and citric acidity. The alcohol comes across as both spicy and warming. The finish is bitter, spicy, and alcoholic.

I guess 102 IBUs is not something to be afraid of. I used to avoid DIPA’s. Apparently my palate has begun to devolop. I found this to be quite enjoyable. Higher quanities of hops nicely playing off the two-row and caramel, well done.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy deep copper in color with a generous head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell is massive, with huge sweet caramel malt and herbal hop.

Taste is sweet malt up front, then the aggressive herbal hop takes over. Finish is awash in hop bitterness with lingering pleasant citrus fruit and warming alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, full and round. Slick with a nice hop oiliness.

A very tasty treat for a hophead. Flavor is quite robust and not for the uninitiated. I will definitely get this one again.

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Maharaja from Avery Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,523 ratings.
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